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.

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.

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.

Overall crime in Gretna decreased 13 percent last year.

The Times-Picayune reports Police Chief Arthur Lawson told the city council Wednesday night that no murders were reported in 2012 and declines were recorded in all categories of crime except thefts, which registered a slight bump.

Lawson said the department logged a 12 percent rise in arrests. He says officers are assigned small patrol beats which allow them to pass through an area repeatedly and catch criminals in the act, which happens often.

Newly elected Clinton Mayor Lori Ann Bell has appointed Fred G. Dunn as the town's police chief replacing Police Chief Eddie Stewart.

The Advocate reports Stewart, who had served three years as police chief during the administration of defeated Mayor Don Reason, left Wednesday's meeting without comment after the Board of Aldermen concurred with Bell's appointment.

Stewart also served as chief for 12 years until he was forced out by then-Mayor Donald Jefferson in 2005.

Authorities have arrested a 28-year-old man accused of killing a New Orleans woman and wounding three others on Dec. 1.

Police say 26-year-old Tiara Reynolds was shot and killed while her children looked on from the driveway of their home.

Larry Haynes was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on Tuesday night on one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

The Advocate reports U.S. Marshals and New Orleans police arrested Haynes in Kentwood.

Plaquemines Parish sheriff's deputies say a 54-year-old Belle Chasse man has been booked with second-degree murder after he confessed he fatally stabbed his girlfriend during an argument.

Cmdr. Eric Becnel tells The Times-Picayune that the argument erupted on an isolated road Tuesday afternoon where the couple went to have sex earlier during the day.

Becnel said after the stabbing, John Edward Rivers Sr. went to the 44-year-old woman's home, packed his belongings and went to a relative's home in Baton Rouge.

The New Orleans Police Department will be conducting a motorist sobriety checkpoint "in the Orleans Parish area" tonight, according to a press release issued by NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams.

The NOPD Traffic Division will conduct the checkpoint from approximately 9 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Friday morning, the department said. Motorists are advised to have the proper documentation available if requested by the police, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.

Police say a 34-year-old Crowley woman they arrested tried to convince investigators that her estranged boyfriend was sending her threatening text messages.

The Advertiser reports Trudy Miller was arrested Tuesday on one count of false swearing for violation of health or safety, a felony charge.

Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson says Miller was believed to be the victim of stalking about five weeks ago when she filed her first complaint.

Slidell police are investigating the shooting death of a 21-year-old man.

A police spokesman says the body of Warren Pryor of Slidell was discovered in the parking lot shortly before 11 p.m. Monday.

Investigators say it appears Pryor had been shot twice in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say a suspect has been arrested by New Orleans police and the victim's car was also located New Orleans after it was burned.