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Greenville Deputy Dragged while Trying to Serve Warrant

March 29th, 2015

download (6)A Sheriff’s deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department was injured when he was dragged by a car while trying to serve a warrant last week. According to law enforcement official, the deputy was dragged while trying to serve an active warrant at the Oak Ridge Apartments located near Pelham Road at approximately 3:35 p.m.

The injured deputy and three additional deputies were in uniform when they made contact with the 26-year-old defendant, Jimmy Reese Thompson Jr. Thompson and another man then jumped into silver Honda Accord and fled the scene.

During the encounter, a deputy broke out the driver’s side window, attempting to stop the two men. The deputy was dragged a short distance but was able to free himself.  The deputy was checked out with minor injuries at an area hospital. The Sheriff’s Office was attempting to identify the second man who was driving the Honda.  Sheriff’s officials said that the two men are considered dangerous.

Many workers perform potentially dangerous jobs every day.  Injuries on the job can happen at any time, even when they take every precaution possible in order to be safe.  When you are hurt on the job, the ordeal can end up affecting Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Workers' Compensation

It’s Spring: Birds Singing, Bees Buzzing, and Dogs Biting

March 27th, 2015

Spring. It’s time to emerge from our houses, shake off the cold, and get down to enjoying time outdoors. We spent months cooped up in our houses trying to avoid inclement weather. Many of us have even come down with a case of cabin fever. The birds are singing and the bees are buzzing. Unfortunately, the dogs are biting.

What’s that you say? Dogs who bite don’t care what time of year it is. While that is true, statistics show that dog bites rise as the weather takes a turn for the better.

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. When the weather turns warm again, more dogs are out and about. Not only are kept dogs being walked by their owners, but stray dogs are more active. People and dogs come into contact more during warm-weather months.

Loose dogs are among those that bite the most. Dogs become loose when people leave gates open, the animals jump fences in pursuit of smaller animals, and pets sneak out of doors, among other reasons.

It is important that anyone outside be aware of their surroundings. If a loose dog is approaching, seek shelter or higher ground whenever possible. Read more

Posted In: Dog and Animal Attacks

Who Is Being Targeted by Charlotte Checkpoints?

March 25th, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If you live in Charlotte or any of the surrounding areas, chances are high that you have seen the flashing lights of a DWI checkpoint. These targeted areas of enforcement are put in place to get drunk drivers off of the street and they do just that. But who is being targeted by these checkpoints?

Channel 9 recently took a closer look at DWI checkpoints in the city of Charlotte held by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police from 2013 through November 2014. Each of the 42 checkpoint areas were plotted on a map.

When looked at closely, it is easy to see that the checkpoints have taken place from the airport to Northlake Mall and along South Boulevard. These areas hardly encompass all areas of Charlotte. In fact, some areas like Ballantyne saw no checkpoints conducted within its borders during the 23-month period.

When Charlotte attorney Bill Powers was approached with the map, he stated, “It tends to be the country club communities you see in Ballantyne, Providence, and up on the lake. You’re just not seeing the checkpoints. I don’t know why.”

During the course of two years, more than 3,000 drivers were arrested for DWI in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Read more

Posted In: Drunk Driver, Drunk Driving

North Carolina Doctor Charged with Sexual Abuse

March 23rd, 2015

14471106513_7af0534abd_zCHARLOTTE, N.C. – When you go to the doctor, you do so because you need medical assistance. You visit a doctor when you are ill or injured, and you expect to be treated with dignity and respect.

Unfortunately, for 31 patients of Dr. Fidelis Edosomwan, that is not how a trip to the doctor ended.

Edosomwan has been charged with 16 counts of sexual battery and 16 counts of sex offense on behalf of 31 victims who have come forward. The doctor was arrested in January after two patients accused the doctor of inappropriately touching them during what should have been routine examinations.

Captain Cecil Brisbon of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Major Crimes Division told reporters, “You’ve got somebody who is entrusted with conducting these types of medical examinations who violated that trust by doing some inappropriate activity.”

Although Edosomwan has denied the allegations, he agreed to suspend practicing medicine.

Not only have 31 victims come forward, but police have identified eight other victims. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations has expired for those incidents. Police reported in a statement that they are still investigating.

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Posted In: In The News, Sexual Abuse

Horse and Rider Struck, Horse Killed

March 20th, 2015

download (2)A rider is recovering from his injuries after he and his horse were hit by a minivan. According to officials, 27-year-old Samuel Granger II, who was riding his horse, Beau, was hit by a Dodge minivan being driven by Alinda Butz of Jacksonville, when she was driving down Ratliff Road at around 8:00 p.m. Investigators say that Granger’s horse was hit a second time sometime before 9:00 p.m.

Ganger was taken to UF Health Jacksonville to be treated for his injuries. No word has been released on his current condition. Nassau County Road and Bridge Department foreman, Reggie Popham, said his crews were out searching for the horse Sunday night but didn’t find it.

A reporter spotted the dead horse and reported it to authorities. Crews to remove the animal, but by the time they arrived, it is estimated that the dead horse had been on the road for approximately 12 hours.

Investigators found that Butz was at fault in the accident for failing to yield.

Horses and traffic can often be a dangerous or even deadly combination. When an accident involving a motor vehicle and a horse does happen, it is often because an animal is frightened unexpectedly. Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News

Inclusion Conference Comes to Raleigh

March 20th, 2015

group-418449_640With children and grandchildren of our own, the team at Auger & Auger Law believe that it is important to highlight any special goings on in the local area that benefit our youngest community members. Having that in mind, we would like to tell you about the amazing Inclusion Conference that will be coming to Raleigh March 30-31.

Over 175 professional educators, recreational experts, and child specialists will be at the National Inclusion Project’s Power of Play Inclusion Conference located at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. The event is open to all people who want to help children with special needs or who simply want more information.

For the past five years, the conference has welcomed participants from all around the country. Knowledge is shared and the latest practices for including children with disabilities in everyday activities is available. Sessions during the conference will include training on preventing and dealing with bullying, creating accessible activities, serving families with best practices, and achieving positive behaviors.

Jerry Aiken, National Inclusion Project Executive Director, says, “The Power of Play Inclusion Conference brings together an amazing group of individuals and organizations that believe all children can participate, all children can make friends, and all Read more

Posted In: In The News

North Carolina Man is “John Doe” Predator

March 18th, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. – A suspected child predator was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) early Thursday morning. The arrest occurred in Raleigh after a tip provided by a member of the public.

William Akers, 46, is now in federal custody and facing child pornography charges. The accused is charged with capturing sexually explicit acts with an 8-year-old girl on video.

Officials recently released a plea for help in identifying and capturing the man. The plea reached millions on Facebook and Twitter, resulting in more than 80 leads investigators were able to follow up on.

“Within hours of our request for assistance, more than a million people took notice and started spreading the word on social media and in the press,” says ICE Director Sarah R. Saldana.

Akers, an employee in an IT department of a Raleigh company, was positively identified as the “John Doe” seen in the video. He was arrested in the wee hours of the morning while on shift at his company. The arrest is credited jointly to HIS, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, and the Raleigh Police Department.

Akers was discovered in the video while police were investigating Bailey Mills of Read more

Posted In: In The News

St. Patrick’s Day Is Here – Stay Safe

March 16th, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day rivals only New Year’s Eve as one of the top drinking holidays in the nation. Although many revelers party on the weekend before the holiday, there will be thousands of people out and about on the day itself. If you plan on going out, we at Auger & Auger urge you to stay safe.

Going Out?
If you plan on going out, be sure to designate a sober driver ahead of time. No one wants to be the one chosen to stay sober after they walk through the doors of the local club. How you pick the driver among your friends is up to you, just make sure you pick.

Use your smartphone wisely. There are several apps that allow you to catch a sober ride home from wherever you are. Apps like Uber are wildly popular across the nation. Simply give someone your location, wait for your ride, and get home safely.

Keep money for a cab. Even if you designate a driver, that person may not stay sober. Do not rely on them to get you home. Keep money tucked in your wallet for a cab ride home should the need arise.

Staying In?
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Posted In: Drunk Driving

Relay for Life Looking for Greater Participation

March 13th, 2015

The team here at Auger & Auger Law enjoys a variety of community activities and look for opportunities to both support local organizations and garner participation. It has come to our attention that Relay for Life of Greater Charlotte is looking to boost numbers when it comes to participants, volunteers, and staff.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Relay for Life. Felisha Fletcher, the new community manager for Relay for Life of Greater Charlotte, says that building awareness is one of her primary missions for the organization. There is tremendous growth potential in the Charlotte area which includes, Ballantyne, West Charlotte and Matthews-Mint Hill.

Held annually across the nation, the Relay for Life raises both money and awareness for the fight against cancer. Spearheaded by the American Cancer Society, the walks are open to anyone who is interested in participating.

When speaking to community members, Fletcher quickly discovered that there is a feeling that there is simply not enough involvement. There are not as many cancer survivors participating as the organization would hope for. Past participants encourage new walkers to join the Relay for Life family. Rather than a day of mourning, the day is spent celebrating the Read more

Posted In: In The News

Passengers on Charlotte Flight Forced to Deplane

March 11th, 2015

DENVER, Col. – If you are afraid to fly, count your blessings that you were not aboard an American Airlines flight out of Charlotte this past Wednesday, March 4.

The airplane, operated by U.S. Airways, was making its way to a gate at Denver International Airport just before noon. According to spokeswoman Mindy Crane, smoke was reported in the airliner as the plane was taxiing on the runway.

To protect the 158 passengers aboard the flight, the captain ordered emergency chutes to be activated. All 158 passengers, along with six crew members, slid safely to the ground from Flight 445. Everyone boarded buses and were driven safely to the concourse.

Thankfully, only one minor injury was reported during the incident, though it was not immediately clear what that injury was or how it occurred.

Upon inspection of the plane, no sign of fire was detected. What happened and what caused the smoke is still being investigated by officials.

According to passengers on the plane, the evacuation was calm.

Passenger Andy Long reported a smell similar to that of an emergency brake left on in a car. Long also reported a light haze filling the cabin. It was then that passengers Read more

Posted In: Aviation Accidents
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