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More veterans face drunk driving charges

Many veterans in Tennessee and across the country are dealing with difficult emotional or even physical issues, and those problems can sometimes manifest in excessive drinking or drunk driving. One study by the American Addiction Centers found that binge drinking and driving while intoxicated have become more common among military veterans in the past several years. The study used behavioral data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine these incidents and the potential emotional and physical trauma that could be linked to increased alcohol use.

In 2017, rates of binge drinking among veterans climbed to nearly 16 percent from approximately 14 percent four years before. Binge drinking is defined as having more than five drinks in two hours for men or four drinks in the same period for women. In addition, the research found that while the overall increase was around 1.6 percent, the increase for female veterans was 3 percent.

Volunteer deputy charged with drunk driving in Tennessee

A 38-year-old man taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on the afternoon of Nov. 22 was a volunteer deputy with the Campbell County Sheriff's Office, according to reports. A CCSO representative says that the man has since been relieved of duty.

Police responded after receiving reports about a white Ford sedan being driven recklessly on Interstate 75 near Caryville. Callers are said to have told 911 operators that the vehicle was running cars off the road and using the shoulder to make passing maneuvers while displaying a flashing red and blue light. A THP trooper pulled the sedan over in the vicinity of the 132 mile marker. When he approached the vehicle, the trooper says that he noticed an empty container of vodka and a half-empty container of vodka in plain sight in the passenger side footwell.

Three individuals taken into custody after drug bust

Authorities in Tennessee announced that they took three people into custody after an incident at the Fairfield Inn on November 12. On that date at about 10 a.m., police searched a room in which the three defendants were staying. The search revealed about a kilo of methamphetamine in addition to Xanax and marijuana. Authorities also said that there was about $30,000 in cash that was believed to be the result of other drug transactions.

A 24-year-old woman and a 45-year-old female were both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth for resale in a park zone. The older woman was also charged with possession of a firearm to commit a felony and maintaining a dwelling that was used to store or use drugs.

Tennessee man charged with attempted murder and drug possession

A Tennessee man is facing a raft of felony charges after allegedly attacking a woman on the night of Nov. 11. The 23-year-old Bristol resident is accused of strangling the woman and holding a loaded handgun to her head. Reports indicate that he is being detained at the Sullivan County Jail on a bond of $250,000 and has been charged with attempted murder, methamphetamine possession with the intent to distribute, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, domestic vandalism, reckless endangerment and aggravated kidnapping.

Bristol police say that the sequence of events began when they responded to the scene of a domestic dispute on Kentucky Avenue. The female victim told responding officers that the man had tried to kill her and fired a gun inside the residence. Reports suggest that the man complied with police officers and was taken into custody without further incident.

Man charged with DUI after hit-and-run crash

On Oct. 30, a Tennessee man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident. The incident took place in East Nashville.

Authorities say that the defendant was attempting to turn from Trinity Lane onto Douglas Avenue when he struck another car head-on. He kept driving and struck several other vehicles before finally exiting his car and fleeing on foot.

Utah set to lower legal DUI limit, other states could follow

If traffic safety advocates have their way, Tennessee motorists could soon be subjected to stricter drunk driving limits. Further, a new national poll shows that most Americans would welcome the change.

Federal statistics show that an average of 29 people are killed in alcohol-related car accidents every day across the U.S., and the total cost of these crashes exceeds $44 billion per year. In response to the problem, Utah is set to enact the nation's toughest drunk driving limit at the end of the year. On Dec. 30, the state's blood alcohol content limit will drop from .08 to .05.

Defend yourself from a false abuse accusation

Family arguments can get heated, and when alcohol is thrown into the mix, people can act in an irate or an accusatory manner. Having passionate and strongly held views in an argument is not a crime, but domestic violence is. There are many ways to define domestic violence, therefore very often false accusations are made in the heat of the moment.

If you have been accused of domestic violence in the state of Tennessee, it is important that you first of all understand how domestic violence is defined under the law. Secondly, you should understand how you can effectively defend yourself from a false domestic abuse accusation.

Women arrested at Tennessee airport with marijuana and fentanyl

Earlier this year, the Drug Enforcement Administration tipped off law enforcement in Nashville about a suspicious shipment arriving on a passenger flight. A scan of a 22-year-old woman's luggage at her point of departure in October revealed what appeared to be packages of marijuana.

Authorities intercepted her when she was collecting her suitcases and initiated a search. They located roughly 50 pounds of marijuana along with two packages that each weighed 1 kilogram. At first, law enforcement officers thought that the smaller packages contained cocaine but later determined that it was fentanyl. A crime lab calculated that the 2 kilograms of fentanyl would produce approximately 1 million lethal doses.

The IRS has various timelines to recover missing funds

In many cases, the Internal Revenue Service has three years to audit a tax return. However, if a Tennessee resident fails to report 25 percent or more of his or her income, the government gets six years to audit the return. Generally speaking, this is considered a criminal matter, and the IRS is held to the beyond a reasonable doubt standard of proof.

Of course, there are exceptions to the rules that give the government unlimited amounts of time to audit a return. These exceptions involve a person who filed a false return or no return at all. Another exception applies to those who tried to willfully evade paying income taxes. This is considered to be a civil matter, and the IRS is held to a lower standard of proof to prove such cases.

The dangers of internet fraud

Tennessee residents who attempt to defraud online victims may be charged with offenses related to internet fraud. This type of crime includes using software with internet access or internet services to deceive victims in some manner. Every year, millions of dollars are stolen from people online, and the internet crime schemes responsible for the theft have many forms.

One common form of internet fraud is to use a business e-mail compromise scam. These scams target companies that conduct business with foreign suppliers that routinely use wire transfer payments. Legitimate business e-mails are compromised using various forms of computer intrusion methods or through social engineering to execute unauthorized funds transfers.

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