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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.

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.

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.

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.

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