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August 2014 - Simien & Simien, LLC

Cyclist in Intensive Care After Being Struck by Car

41-year-old Marbin Reyes-Sauzo is in the intensive care unit at Christus St. Patrick Hospital after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle in St. Charles. On Monday night, Reyes-Sauzo was hit on Highway 14 at Hillcrest. According to police, the driver said she tried to avoid hitting the

Fracking Debate in Tangipahoa Parish Remains Peaceful

A recent debate on hydraulic fracking in Tangipahoa Parish remained peaceful as officials took no position on the drilling. Following a lengthy discourse by local resident and president of the League of Women Voters in Louisiana Sandra Silfer and a rebuttal by a Kentwood resident, the council remained rather quiet

Driver Cited After Striking Student Getting Off the Bus

Hoyt Norwood has been cited for failing to yield and operating a vehicle with a suspended license after striking a seven-year-old girl while she was getting off the school bus on Monday afternoon The accident occurred on highway 67 north of highway 959 in East Feliciana Parish. Norwood was driving

Teen Killed in Terrebonne Parish Accident

19-year-old Austin Neil was ejected from his truck and died at the scene of a single-vehicle crash in Bourg. According to police reports, Neil was driving north on Lower Country Drive around 6 p.m. on Saturday when he failed to negotiate a right curve and went off the side of

Coastal Parishes and Louisiana to Share 20 Percent of Initial Restore Act Funds

Louisiana and 20 coastal parishes will share 20 percent of the initial Restore Act funds, according to new rules issued by the U.S. Treasury on Wednesday. Two baskets of penalty fines will be distributed among Gulf Coast states over time. The portion coming to Louisiana and the local parishes could

U.S. Coast Guard Wants to Increase Fines for Oil Spills

On Monday, Aug. 18, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that they are considering new rules that would raise the fines for companies that cause oil spills. Currently, oil companies are in charge of handling these types of situations, but the amount of money they may be fined is limited. The

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Kicks Off

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) kicked off the nationwide ‘Drive Sober of getting Pulled Over’ campaign. The crackdown will run through Labor Day weekend. The Baton Rouge Police Department announced on Aug. 15 that participating law enforcement agencies will be using grants to fund overtime pay

Law Enforcement Offering Safe Riding Seminar to Motorcyclists

Law enforcement groups will be getting together in Baton Rouge to help teach motorcycle riders on how to keep themselves safe on the roadways. The Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championships will be hosting a civilian motorcycle training seminar on Aug. 23 in Gonzales, La. Participants will receive hands-on training

Law For Cellphones in School Zones Still Not in Effect

A new law barring drivers from using cell phones while going through a school zone has gone into effect, but not without some issues. The law can only be enforced if a sign that warns drivers of the ban has been posted. In East Baton Rough, officials are looking to

5 Cities with the Highest Number of Fatal DUI Accidents

Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that drunk driving cost the nation $199 billion; these accidents accounted for the largest percentage of total economic loss due to motor vehicle crashes. A new analysis of where these fatal accidents occurred has clarified where some of the most