Community Concerns 12-8-19

On Community Concerns, Brian takes a weekly look around at events and topics concerning to the Baton Rouge area.

First up, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul joined Brian to talk about the spike in homicides in Baton Rouge during the month of November.  The rise in homicides is concerning to Chief Paul but he says that there is a 14% decrease in homicides compared to last year.  Chief Paul believes that a lot of the recent shootings are connected due to gang and group violence.  Paul breaks down who may be behind the homicides and what BRPD is doing to prevent these murders going forward.

Next, Officer Don Coppola from BRPD was in studio and spoke with Brian about different fugitives in the area in order to get them off the street.  Don details what the fugitives are wanted for, when the crimes occurred, what they look like, and where their last known location was.  Then, Coppola talks a little Christmas safety and how there are many ways that folks can stay safe during the holiday season.

Then, Jim Richard, the Board President for the Friends of St. Paul Church, joined Brian to break down different fundraisers to improve the church.  He also explains the backstory of the church and the different uses of it.

Finally, Brian talks about a variety of news stories that are important to Baton Rouge.