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New Orleans police are investigating the death of a 26-year-old woman.

The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office identified the victim as Lauren Tanski. John Gagliano, the coroner's chief investigator, says Tanski was found beaten and strangled inside of her home early Monday morning.

Detectives have yet to determine a motive or suspects in the case.

A state appeals court has upheld a man's convictions for his role in a burglary that led to the beating death of the owner of popular New Orleans restaurant.

Thursday's ruling by a panel from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal affirms Bryant Boudoin's convictions on charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

The Times-Picayune reports that Boudoin's convictions stem from a May 2008 break-in at Elizabeth "Betsy" McDaniel's Marrero home. McDaniel owned Betsy's Pancake House in New Orleans.

Bail has been set at $1 million for a 21-year-old man suspected of firing a gun through the bedroom window of an eastern New Orleans home early Monday, killing a local college freshman and badly wounding her boyfriend.

The Times-Picayune reports 21-year-old Jeffery Washington is accused of the second-degree murder of 18-year-old Marguerite Washington, and the attempted second-degree murder of 19-year-old Justin Alexander.

Police say the shooting occurred while the victims were asleep.

New Orleans is known for being different. The trial of the man accused in the 2010 murder of "social-media celebrity Anthony Barre, better known as Messy Mya," is adding to the city's reputation.

As The Times-Picayune reports, the trial was halted Monday after the district attorney's office "got wind of a YouTube video of the 7th Ward slaying and dropped the murder charge against Jason Baptiste Hamilton in an attempt to track down the footage."

A triple shooting in the Central City neighborhood Wednesday night left a 25-year-old man dead and two male teenagers wounded, police say.

The Times-Picayune reports the shootings happened about 8 p.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Magnolia Street.

Police say an unidentified suspect in a black vehicle opened fire on the three as they stood near the entrance to a grocery store. All were shot multiple times and were taken to a local hospital, where one later died.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the community of Jefferson.

A statement from Sheriff Newell Normand reports said the shooting was reported Saturday morning after a man found his parents at their home.

Homicide investigators said it appears that 89-year-old Branighan shot his wife, 89-year-old Clara Branighan then turned the gun on himself.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says a 29-year-old man has been booked with second-degree murder in the death of a funeral home employee whose decomposing body was found in the apartment where he lived in the funeral home.

The sheriff's office says Alfred R. Scott of Marrero was arrested Wednesday and booked in the stabbing death of 51-year-old Noah Stoute.

Stoute was a caretaker and embalmer at Mothe Funeral Home in Harvey. His body was found Tuesday, but he apparently was killed Aug. 28, as Hurricane Isaac was approaching.

New Orleans police have arrested a suspect in last month's shooting death of a cab driver.

The Times-Picayune reports Rodney Thornton was booked Thursday with second-degree murder in the slaying 44-year-old Ali Husnain. Investigators say Husnain was shot in the back of the head on July 9.

Police found Husnain slumped over the steering wheel of his cab in eastern New Orleans.

Thornton was already in prison when he was booked with the murder charge. He was arrested earlier on a burglary charge.

It was unclear whether Thornton has an attorney.

A 24-year-old man accused of shooting a St. John the Baptist Parish deputy is being held without bond.

That information about Brian Lyn Smith was posted Tuesday on the sheriff's office website. Brian Smith was booked Friday with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

He's accused of shooting 33-year-old Deputy Michael Scott Boyington, who remains hospitalized.

Sheriff Mike Tregre has said three deputies were ambushed while investigating that shooting, and two were killed.

Several suspects arrested after two Louisiana sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed and two others wounded are believed to be part of a group on the FBI’s domestic terrorism watch list. The group was heavily armed.

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