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Louisiana man faces cocaine, marijuana trafficking charges

If you drive north of Lake Charles for about 195 miles, you will arrive in Monroe. The eighth-largest city in Louisiana is home to a 32-year-old man who faces a series of serious drug-related criminal charges.

After a three-month investigation, Louisiana State Troopers arrested the man on drug-trafficking charges that include allegations that he distributed cocaine, methamphetamine, alprazolam (Xanax) and marijuana.

Can social media affect my divorce?

No one can discount how popular using social media has become. Any day, you can log on and see elaborate pregnancy announcements, marriage proposals or news about someone's latest promotion. However, if you're going through a difficult divorce, what role might social media play in your divorce proceedings? The answer often is a larger one that you may be aware of.

According to a National Law review article earlier this year, now 81% of attorneys find evidence on social media they feel is worth presenting in court. As a result, more and more divorce and family law attorneys recommend deactivating your social media account while going through a divorce because social media posts can affect your divorce proceedings.

Surprising statistic about war and motor vehicle crashes

The sacrifices made by Americans who fought and died in defense of freedom in World War I and World War II are essential parts of history. The U.S. lost 535,000 military personnel in those two epic wars, but the nation has lost even more people on our streets and highways since January of 2000, according to a recent report.

More than 624,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes since the turn of the century, and more are added every day. Last year, more than 36,000 people were killed in car accidents, with more than two million injured.

A look at the financial impact of gray divorce

Divorce rates for people age 50 and above have doubled since 1990 and the rate for those age 65 and over has tripled, according to the Pew Research Center. But divorce in retirement presents financial challenges that most married couples will avoid.

For instance, so-called “gray divorce” has an impact for many on Social Security retirement benefits. In general, a person can claim benefits based on their ex-spouse’s work history if they were married at least a decade (but are not currently married) and that former spouse is eligible for benefits and is at least 62 years old.

Trucker arrested after apparently deliberate road rage crash

Everyone who has driven around Lake Charles knows the feeling: you are motoring along when you see two other drivers honking, gesturing and sometimes yelling at each other. Their flash of anger typically dissipates quickly and everyone drives off to their destinations no worse for the wear. But sometimes drivers experience a rush of adrenaline and ire that takes over.

Road rage is apparently at the root of a recent 18-wheeler crash that left a Louisiana motorcyclist dead.

By the numbers: Divorce rate is on the decline

It can be difficult at this time of the year for couples in love to get reservations at popular Lake Charles wedding spots in which to say their vows. The good news for those couples eager to marry is that there are fewer couples today that are facing divorce.

According to a recent news article, the divorce rate has dropped to its lowest point in the past 40 years.

What bail and bonds are and why they’re controversial

What happens after you’re arrested, and on what schedule, depends on several factors with the seriousness of the charges against you often being the most important. If the charges aren’t too serious, you’re issued a citation and told to show up in court at the specified date and time.

In more serious cases, to be released until your court date, you will be required to post bail.

“Contaminated Memories”: a look at mistakes and misinformation in criminal justice

The acclaimed Netflix series, “Making a Murderer,” examined the case of Steven Avery, who served 18 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder. Penny Beerntsen, the woman who had been brutally assaulted, had incorrectly identified Avery as her attacker. DNA evidence later proved that another man had actually been the assailant.

The true crime documentary series was largely focused on the story of Avery. But a new documentary is taking a look at Beerntsen and the phenomenon of memory contamination, in which eyewitnesses to crimes can misidentify perpetrators due to misinformation (often passed along by police officers), biases, errors and manipulation.

Confused wrong-way driver causes head-on interstate crash

Police said they do not believe that alcohol or drugs played a role in the tragedy. Instead, the violent, head-on interstate crash has been blamed on confusion in an older driver.

Law enforcement officials said a 45-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a head-on collision caused by an 84-year-old driver who was going the wrong way on the interstate highway. The older driver had apparently entered traffic going in the right direction, but became confused, and turned her 1994 Lincoln Town Car around.

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