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Authorities say two people died and a third was injured when an 18-wheeler in which they were riding ran off Interstate 12 near Lacombe, struck a tree and caught fire.

State police tell The Times-Picayune the injured person was taken to the Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans with serious injuries.

Identities of the victims were not immediately released.

The tractor-trailer rig ran off the highway's eastbound lanes near the Lacombe exit in St. Tammany Parish.

A New Orleans man charged with having a role in five killings, including the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer, has agreed to plead guilty in the case.

Robert Toale, one of Steven Earl Hardrick's attorneys, said his client has a plea agreement with prosecutors but wouldn't elaborate on specifics of the plea. Hardrick is scheduled to plead guilty on Thursday.

In October 2007, Hardrick and others allegedly broke into the home of New Orleans Police Detective Thelonius Dukes and demanded money and cocaine before shooting him. Dukes died later.

State police say a 45-year-old pedestrian was killed on Airline Highway in Kenner.

Troopers say Chris Robertson of Kenner was attempting to cross the road around 9 p.m. Monday when he was struck by an SUV.

Robertson was taken to a New Orleans hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies are investigating a fatal shooting in Harvey.

Deputies say 48-year-old Troy Hensley, of Harvey, was shot to death Monday evening.

Officers heard gunshots and found Hensley death in a parking area. Several spent bullet casings were found at the scene.

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

The criminal trial of Murphy J. Painter, former commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, has been postponed until April 22.

The Advocate reports Painter's trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but U.S. District Judge James J. Brady granted a request for a delay.

Painter faces federal charges of computer fraud, aggravated identity theft and making false statements to federal investigators.

New Orleans police say that when a man was shot in the Tremé neighborhood, a stray bullet hit a school bus where flying glass injured a girl.

Officer Frank Robinson says the man was shot in the hip and leg Monday afternoon. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Officials at O. Perry Walker Senior High School say one student was taken to a hospital as a precaution. A statement released Monday evening says she was released after treatment for a small abrasion from a chip of glass.

New Orleans police are investigating the fatal shooting of a cab driver.

Police say the 56-year-old driver was found death is his taxi shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday. They believe the cab driver was shot during a robbery.

The victim's name has not been released.

The St. Charles Sheriff's Office says a man has been killed in a shooting at an apartment in Norco.

A news release from the department says 21-year-old Jay Bertucci died from a gunshot to the chest. Detectives say Bertucci was home with two other people when he answered a knock at the door.

A man at the door allegedly pointed a gun at Bertucci and shot him in the chest when Bertucci grabbed the gun.

Authorities are looking for three suspects who fled the scene on foot.

Police are searching for two men who dug through a cinderblock wall to burglarize a convenience store in New Orleans East.

The Times-Picayune reports that surveillance cameras showed the unidentified men climb through a hole in the wall of the Family Ranch Market and enter the store through a cooler door.

The men had fled by the time police officers responded to the store's alarm early Saturday.

They allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of merchandise and $100 from the cash register.

A New Orleans resident has helped police catch two men suspected of using a tow truck to steal cars from homes.

Dawn Dedeaux tells WWL-TV that she caught two men trying to steal her van from a house near the Fair Grounds Race Course. Dedeaux collected enough information that New Orleans police were able to arrest two men who allegedly were towing cars and selling them for scrap in Belle Chasse.

Keith Lanne, 45, and Ruel Smith, 32, both of Gretna, were arrested on multiple counts of theft and conspiracy.

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