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Crime
9:32 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Man Shot Dead in Algiers

A 34-year-old man was shot to death in Algiers earlier this afternoon, the New Orleans Police Department said in a press release issued by Officer Gary Flot this evening.

Police say the man was shot at the corner of Belleville and Opelousas Streets while driving a black Toyota Avalon at approximately 3:50 p.m. After being shot, he drove to the corner of Belleville and Slidell Streets and collapsed.

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Super Bowl XLVII
2:16 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

New Orleans' Challenge: Policing Two Huge Parties

It's an unprecedented security challenge for New Orleans: The increasingly raucous buildup to Mardi Gras gets suspended for a week as 150,000 visitors pack the city for the Super Bowl.

The two events bring all the usual worries, from petty crime and public drunkenness to random gunfire and — in the case of the big game — heightened vigilance for terrorism.

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8:15 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Slain La. Police Officer Identified

Authorities have released the names of the Chitimacha tribal police officer who was killed and the two sheriff's deputies who were wounded Saturday in shootings near a south Louisiana casino.

The slain officer, Sgt. Rick Riggenbach, was a four-year veteran of the tribal police department who also served 10 years as a St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputy. At a press briefing Monday, a Louisiana State Police spokesman called Riggenbach a hero whose actions prevented other people from being hurt.

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8:06 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Southeastern Student Shot, Killed

Hammond police are investigated the death of a Southeastern Louisiana University graduate student who was shot inside his apartment.

Police told The Advocate 23-year-old Raphael Garrison was killed about 2:15 p.m. Friday.

Lt. Vincent Giannobile said police found Garrison lying on the floor of his apartment. Investigators don't know how many times he was shot.

Gainnobile says police are looking for two men seen leaving the area in a tan car.

Baton Rouge
3:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Baton Rouge Police to Increase Patrol Numbers

Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White says he plans to add several dozen officers to the ranks patrolling the streets of the Capital City.

White said Tuesday the move was inspired by the early success of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination crime-fighting project.

He says officers working with BRAVE have made more than 300 drug arrests based on information they have received from the public through community policing.

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9:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Plaquemines Parish Deputy Accused of Sex Assault

A Plaquemines Parish sheriff's deputy has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in his custody.

The Times-Picayune reports that 29-year-old Elijah D. Gary of Port Sulphur was arrested Friday on charges of sexual battery and malfeasance of office for sexual misconduct.

The sheriff's office began the investigation Nov. 20 after a 29-year-old woman told detectives he sexually assaulted her while he was processing her into jail.

He was being on a $50,000 bond. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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3:41 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

New Orleans Woman Found Dead in Her Home

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.

NOPD
7:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Federal Judge Approves Police Reforms

Despite objections from the city, a federal judge has approved a sweeping agreement between the Justice Department and the city of New Orleans designed to clean up the city's troubled Police Department.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu had invited Justice Department intervention in the department soon after taking office in 2010 and had sought the agreement as a way of putting reforms into law. But throughout months of negotiations, he had expressed concerns about the potential costs.

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5:08 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Man Fleeing From Police Commits Suicide

A 20-year-old man on the run from New Orleans police officers shot and killed himself this morning in the 3000-block of Sandra Drive in Algiers, the police department said today in a press release.

Police say the man fled from Fourth District officers after they spotted him on Sandra Drive with a gun. The man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his family, fired several shots at the police when they began pursuing him. Officers requested backup and set up a perimeter, and did not return fire.

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9:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Judge Declares Mistrial in Gretna Murder Case

A state judge declared a mistrial after defense attorneys provided evidence they say supports their client's alibi.

The Times-Picayune reports 28-year-old Derrick Francois has claimed he was in Mississippi when Gretna police say he barged into a home in April 2011 and shot Chandrick Harris in the head.

Francois's defense attorneys say that only this week they've gotten paycheck stubs that back their client's claim that he was working in Pascagoula when Harris was killed.

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