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Louisiana church van in deadly crash on way to Walt Disney World

If you drive about 120 miles northeast of Lake Charles, you will come to the small city of Marksville, the seat of Avoyelles Parish. The area is in shock and grief after a dozen parishioners from the Avoyelles House of Mercy traveling in a church van were in a fiery interstate crash that left seven people dead and eight others injured.

The church group was on its way to Walt Disney World when the van crashed on Interstate 75 in Florida; five of those killed were young passengers in the House of Mercy van, officials said. Their ages ranged from 14 to 9, news sources reported.

How might your divorce impact your grown children?

For those raised in a stable two-parent home environment, the effects of divorce can be devastating – even as adults. But with grey divorce on the rise, questions remain about how grown children may experience its impact.

Divorce proceedings probably aren’t as difficult when child custody and support aren’t part of the settlement. And, while blame and resentment are often common pieces of the divorce puzzle, they may not be as great a consideration in regard to adult children as with younger dependents.

Tax change to significantly impact many 2019 divorces

It happens at the end of every year: couples struggling to keep their marriages intact will give their relationships one last chance over the holidays. For some couples, that renewed effort brings them closer together and revives their marriages. For others, the holidays serve as a last gasp for their marriages, making it clear that it is finally time to go in another direction.

For them, the new year is a time to begin that new journey and sit down with a family law attorney to discuss divorce and matters such as child custody, property division and spousal support (also known as alimony). It will be important to those who expect to pay or receive spousal support to discuss with their divorce lawyer the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on their financial lives.

A safer, cheaper way to get home on New Year’s Eve

This past year has been a wild ride, but 2018 is drawing to a close. It will end as all years do: with a big party on New Year’s Eve. While most Lake Charles residents will ring out the old year with family and friends in a responsible way, there unfortunately be those who will refuse to listen to the warnings and the overwhelming evidence of the dangers of drinking and driving. They will ignore it all and get behind the wheel of their vehicle and drive while drunk.

Far too often the result of that irresponsible choice is that there will be completely preventable motor vehicle wrecks, injuries and fatalities.

Criminal justice reform will reduce some excessive punishments

We have not seen much bipartisanship in this year’s Congress, but it has finally reared its head as the end of 2018 is just days away. A bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats that include lawmakers, prosecutors and defense attorneys across the nation are getting closer and closer to passing a criminal justice reform known as the First Step Act.

If signed into law, First Step would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

By the numbers: Louisiana’s motor vehicle crashes

A fatal motor vehicle crash happens somewhere in Louisiana every 11 hours, 21 minutes and 42 seconds, according to a new traffic study by Louisiana State University. That is almost exactly two people per day being killed in wrecks on our state’s highways, streets and roads.

The report says that last year, 771 died in traffic crashes, up nearly 2 percent from the year before. While most of the data is grim, there is some good news, too: there was a 4.7 percent decrease in the number of auto accidents that involved injuries but not fatalities.

Why has the divorce rate dropped?

We have all heard that half of all marriages end in divorce. But that statistic has been outdated for years, Time magazine says. The divorce rate is on the decline and sits at about 39 percent in the U.S. today.

That begs the question of why the divorce rate has dropped.

Study: Distracted driving crashes tend to be more severe

It’s not uncommon to see folks talking on their phones as they drive around Lake Charles. A new study finds that those motorists are putting themselves and others at risk of causing car crashes that result in injuries, however.

The study by researchers at the Risk Institute at Ohio State University states that distracted driving makes it more likely that a wreck will cause severe injuries or death than other crashes. The study found that the risks are greater if the distraction-related wrecks involve a rear-end collision or take place on an interstate highway or in a road work zone.

Louisiana police chief arrested after wife drives cop car on suspended license

When couples marry, they often vow to have and to hold their spouse for better or for worse, for richer and poorer, in sickness and in health. One Louisiana sheriff is accused of taking his wedding vows too far after he allegedly allowed her to drive a marked police vehicle though her driver’s license was suspended.

According to news reports, the chief of the French Settlement police department has been arrested and charged with malfeasance in office.

Schoolkids struck in series of distracted driving crashes

The youngest participants in Lake Charles’ morning rush hours are also its most precious: children. They’re today’s joy and tomorrow’s promise, but they are also in danger of being harmed by distracted drivers. According to a news source, a series of recent early-morning distracted driving crashes across the nation claimed the lives of five schoolkids and left a half-dozen others hospitalized with injuries.

The sequence of tragic wrecks began when 6-year-old twin brothers and their 9-year-old sister were struck by a pick-up truck as they crossed a street to board a school bus. All three siblings were killed in the Rochester, Indiana crash. Another child was also hit by the pick-up, and had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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