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Hate Crime: Amish Gang Shears Beards

Samuel Mullet, Sr., the leader of an Amish gang (which prosecutors described as a cult), was sentenced to prison for multiple attacks on rival Ohio Amish, who Mullet believed had departed from traditional Amish values. Mullet planned the attacks, which were carried out by 15 others, including three of his sons.  Mullet’s gang held down […]

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A Cure for Affluenza?

Affluenza – a portmanteau combining affluence and influenza. In December of 2013, Texas teenager Ethan Couch was found guilty of drunk driving, killing four pedestrians and injuring 11. Surveillance video showed Couch stealing beer from a store, then speeding off (70 MPH in a 40 MPH zone) with seven passengers in a truck stolen from […]

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Half of All Marriages End in Divorce, Right?

In the U.S., there are about twice as many marriages as divorces each year. So 50% of marriages end in divorce, right? Wrong. How is that? Because the people getting divorced in a given year were not the same people who got married that year – for the most part. Moreover, the U.S Census Bureau […]

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Shreveport Car Wrecks

In 2013, Shreveport Police Department responded to 8,703 car wrecks. Here are the Top 10 Intersections and Streets for Shreveport Car Wrecks: Intersections Spring/Lake        88 Youree/70th        75 I-20/Spring       61 I-49/I-20        47 Kings/I-49        45 Youree/Regal        43 Youree/Southfield        38 Youree/Kings        38 Jewella/Greenwood     37 Fern/70th                      36 Streets (non-intersection) Bert Kouns                   208 Youree       […]

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Shreveport Crime Breakdown

In 2013, there were 1,403 violent crime arrests and 9,658 property crime arrests made in Shreveport, Louisiana, according to the Shreveport Police Department. Breaking it down by specific crimes: Homicide 29 Rape 85 Robbery 378 Assault 911 Burglary 2,366 Theft 6,784 Auto Thefts 508 Other Assault 2,724 Forgery 39 Fraud 124 Embezzlement 95 Stolen Property […]

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Car Accidents – Injury and Death Statistics

A car accident injury occurs every 14 seconds in the U.S.  Many of those car accidents result in fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 703 total Louisiana car accident fatalities in 2013. Drunk drivers were involved in many of those car accidents, and responsible for 234 fatalities. In the US, […]

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Marijuana – What does Louisiana think?

Louisiana State University conducted a 2014 public policy survey, which included opinion polling on the legalization of marijuana.  Here are some of the results. Since 2013, support for legalizing marijuana for personal use has increased from 42% to 44%.  According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in February 2014, the national average is 54%. […]

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DWI Primer from a Shreveport DWI Lawyer

There are three phases of DWI or DUI detection: 1) vehicle in motion; 2) personal contact; 3) pre-arrest screening. This is how police officers identify drunk drivers and gather evidence of DWI or DUI. Phase One – Vehicle in Motion Officers are trained to observe the vehicle in operation and note any initial cues of […]

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Pantsing US Marshal – Not Smart

A Pittsburgh woman was running along an Allegheny River trail, when she passed a 19-year-old man. He then chased her and pulled down her running shorts from behind. Unfortunately for him, the woman turned out to be a deputy US marshal. She pulled up her pants and chased after the man, yelling, “Federal marshal! Stop!” […]

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Quack Attack!

According to KATU in Portland, a woman is suing the owner of a duck that allegedly attacked her at a trailer park. Plaintiff’s personal injury lawsuit alleges that a “domestic duck” attacked her as she was “stepping out of her motor home.” She fell during her attempted escape, allegedly fracturing her right wrist. The complaint […]

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