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Police use stun gun to subdue alleged drunk driver at toy event

On Dec. 3, Texas authorities used a stun gun to subdue a suspected drunk driver during a holiday toy drive. The incident occurred at approximately 5:35 p.m. in Southlake.

According to local media reports, the defendant drove his white Mercedes into the drop-off zone of a Toys for Tots event run by the U.S. Marine Corps, Southlake Public Safety officers and local volunteers. However, when officers spoke with him, they noticed that there was an "overwhelming" smell of alcohol on his breath. They asked him to pull over, but he did not comply. Instead, he drove the wrong way into a one-way area where volunteers were gathering the donated toys.

How do I handle this military divorce?

Divorce is rarely easy, but for military families in Texas, the process can be even more difficult. As an active duty service member, you understand that your obligations to the military may play a role in the divorce proceedings, affecting the outcome of everything from asset division to child custody. However, these effects do not have to be negative ones.

Like with all divorces, you can work towards securing the most agreeable outcome possible by maintaining a careful attention to detail. This includes understanding that residency affects where you can file, your military benefits and more.

What to do if one parent is jeopardizing a child's safety

Texas parents who are concerned about their child's safety with the other parent during a divorce may not always have an easy time convincing a court that the other parent's access to the child should be blocked. One man, who said he had always been his 7-year-old son's main caregiver, was worried that his wife would drink and drive with the child in the car. He was also concerned about the fact that their son was with her and that she had cut off contact.

Parents who want to keep the other parent away from the child for safety reasons may encounter a few obstacles. They might need to present some evidence to the court, such as a police record, to show that there is a problem. However, even demonstrating alcohol abuse may not be sufficient. One father drank nightly, but a court ruled that this did not prove he drank when he had the children with him and that he could still have access to them.

First Step Act could help thousands of inmates

The First Step Act is a criminal justice bill that could help reform prisons in Texas and across the United States. The bill is the first step in what many believe to be the beginning of prison reform and has been hailed by both the president and the American Civil Liberties Union. There are several components of the bill that could help thousands of individuals who are currently in prison.

The bill ends the disparity in prison sentences for those who were charged with using crack cocaine versus a powdered form of cocaine. Because many African Americans were charged with crack cocaine possession in the 1980s, this could help end some of the racial disparity seen in prison. The bill also gives judges the ability to exempt individuals from mandatory sentences during sentencing for those who have limited criminal histories.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner officially end marriage

Not everyone in Texas pays attention to celebrity couples and their marital woes. However, the situation involving Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner is a perfect example of the circumstances that can determine the direction a relationship takes. The two stars met while making the 2003 film "Daredevil" together. After dating for a few years, the actors tied the knot in 2005. Following a decade together, the award-winning stars decided to separate in 2015, reportedly because of Affleck's infidelity.

After submitting the required paperwork in Los Angeles, the couple's marriage officially ended in divorce three years after their separation. The couple agreed to share joint custody of their three children. They also agreed to visit a co-parenting therapist together for a minimum of six months. While it is common for celebrities to have prenuptial agreements, Affleck and Garner did not have such a document. Instead, the two stars worked out a mutually acceptable property settlement.

The Presumption of Innocence and Coping with Felony Charges

The justice system in the United States of America is built upon the founding principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence. We all know these by heart: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is precisely because of America's reverence to individual freedom that our justice system hinges upon the presumption of innocence. This principle is an individual right guaranteed to every person in the United States and it asserts that an accused person is, in fact, innocent until proven guilty. There are standards for this too. Guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This entails corroborating evidence, witnesses, and a factual case. The burden of proof is on the accuser and they have the task of proving to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the accusations are substantial and based on truth.

2 men arrested after police drug raids

Police in Texas arrested two people, seizing guns and drugs, after they carried out search warrants in two separate homes in Temple. On Oct. 31, they searched one home, where they say they found 2 grams of methamphetamine, 5 ounces of marijuana, over 40 Xanax pills and more than 500 ecstasy pills. They also found $3,000 in cash and a Glock 42 handgun, confiscating both. According to police, the drugs had a street value of $17,000. The sole person in the home at the time was arrested and taken to the Bell County Sheriff's Office.

On the same day, police also searched another home in Temple. There, they said that they found 180 grams of powder cocaine, 262 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 21 grams of black tar heroin and unspecified amounts of ecstasy and cannabis. In addition, police confiscated $3,500 in cash as well as several weapons: an AK pistol, a Glock 23 handgun, a Kahr 380 handgun, a Taurus 38 special and a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun. Again, only one person was present in the home, and he was taken to the Bell County jail. The drugs found in the house had a reported street value of $55,600.

Who will get the dog when you divorce?

Like many families, you have a dog that is part of the family. You may take the dog on vacation, allow it to sleep in your bed and perhaps even include the dog in your family portraits. If you have no children or your children are grown, the dog may be especially important to you.

Unfortunately, the laws in Texas and most other states view pets as property, so if you and your spouse are preparing to divorce, you may have a difficult choice to make regarding your furry companion.

Pre-marital cohabitation and the odds of divorce

Many couples file for divorce in Texas every year. According to research from multiple studies, partners who live together prior to tying the knot are actually more likely to file for divorce than those who wait until marriage to move in together. A recent study examined how the "premarital cohabitation effect" may affect a married couple's odds of divorce in the long term.

Data was collected from United States women ages 44 and younger who were in their first marriages between 1970 to 1995. Previous research found that the odds of divorce are initially decreased for couples who resided together before marriage. However, the new study found that the odds of divorce increased for each subsequent year of being wed.

Utah lowers BAC limit

Drunk driving is a common cause of car accidents in Texas. In most states, the legal limit for blood alcohol content is .08 percent. Utah is about to become the first state to lower the legal BAC limit to .05 percent.

Drunk drivers are responsible for about 29 fatal accidents per day in the United States. The yearly cost of accidents related to drunk driving is estimated to total over $44 billion. Statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board show that the risk of a fatal crash is seven times higher for drivers with a BAC level of .05 to .079.

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