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Accidental Gunshot Leads to Death of Teen

August 2nd, 2015

downloadAn accidental firing of a .22 rifle has resulted in the death of a 16-year-old girl. According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Selena Seleste, 16, was taking pictures with Clayton Webb, Jr. of Newton with a rifle when the gun fired and hit Seleste in the chest.

Authorities say Webb fired the weapon.

Seleste was taken to an area hospital and died as a result of the gunshot wound before she could be airlifted to a hospital in Charlotte.

Deputies say a 21-year-old acquaintance of both the victim and the suspect was meeting with both Seleste and Webb to potentially sell the .22 caliber rifle when the accident occurred.

The incident is still under investigation and a report regarding the incident is expected to be submitted to the district attorney’s office when the investigation is concluded.

So far, no charges have been filed in the case.

Injuries or fatalities from an accident involving firearms can come when issues of gun safety are not followed, or they can come when there are defects in a product. While the investigators are looking into why a tragic accident happened in the first place, that is of little comfort to the Read more

Posted In: In The News, Injuries to Children

North Carolina Boaters Urged to Watch for Whales

July 31st, 2015

North Carolina boaters are typically urged to proceed with caution on the state’s waters, but boaters have recently received a new warning: watch out for whales.

A large number of whales were spotted close to the Farallon Islands early last week, and boating enthusiasts were being warned to operate with caution. In just a single hour, approximately 115 blue, fin, and humpback whales were spotted near the island.

According to Maria Brown, superintendent of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, “We are alerting small boaters and large vessel operators to be on the alert for endangered whales, and to maintain a minimum distance.”

It is important to understand that the risk associated with running afoul of one of these large sea creatures is minimal; however, it is still possible. Boaters are being told to follow federal distance guidelines and maintain a respectable 300 feet of distance from the whales. Previously, a family had an unexpected encounter with a dolphin that resulted in injuries to the family.

Roger Thomas, 80, dean of Bay Area salmon fleet says that there are more whales near the shore than he has ever seen before. “It’s unbelievable,” he said. “Whales are all over the place.” Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident

Local Students’ Boats for Auction

July 29th, 2015

Boating is a popular pastime in North Carolina. Hundreds of people purchase new boats every season with big plans to spend ample time on ocean waters. If you are one of the many in the market for a new boat this year, we urge you to support the students at Cape Fear Community College.

Students in the popular boat-building program will be putting their vessels on the auction block at the end of the month. The custom-made boats are true works of art and as seaworthy as they come. Taking about a year to complete as part of a major class project, the vessels will be ready for purchase by the public.

The wildly popular course has students that range in age from 18 to 80. As part of the course, the students are taught how to build boats through instruction that includes launching and lofting. The course also includes instruction on the proper use of power tools, making prior knowledge unnecessary.

Some of the students are enrolled in the course simply due to a desire to build their own boat. Others want to get into the industry. When that is the case, graduates are able to pick and Read more

Posted In: In the Community

Man Captures Accident on Video, tries to Sell Footage

July 28th, 2015

images (35)An accident that claimed the life of one teen and left another seriously injured was caught on film by an Ohio man.

According to police, Paul Pelton, 41, recorded video of 17-year-old Zachary Goodin as he lost control of his vehicle after speeding over train tracks then crashing into a home, an SUV and a tree.

Rather than rendering aid to the teens after the accident, Paul Pelton, 41, opened the door of the crashed vehicle while one of the teens was dying and another was critically injured and continued filming even as the vehicle caught fire.

Neighbors to the crash scene came to help pull Goodin out of the vehicle. The passenger, Cameron Friend, 17, was taken unconscious to an area hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

Pelton reportedly posted the video of the tragic accident on Facebook and attempted to sell the footage to local news agencies.

The Lorain Police Department arrested Pelton on charges of vehicle trespass. Police say that Pelton never attempted to render aid to the accident victims but rather attempted to profit off of the misfortune of others in an emergency situation.

Whenever someone is a witness to an Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News

Auger & Auger Handling Invokana Lawsuits

July 27th, 2015

North Carolina Invokana lawyers Auger and Auger have begun accepting cases for victims of type 2 diabetes medications including Invokana and similar medications Infokamet, Farxiga, Xigduo XR, and Jardiance. Just two months ago, the FDA released a warning to consumers that taking Invokana may lead to ketoacidosis, a condition that can cause serious complications including coma or death. Invokana and its potential risks and side effects are currently being investigated.

F.D.A. Warning

In May, the Food and Drug Administration issued a public warning regarding Invokana. In that warning, the FDA reported that anyone taking the drug should pay close attention to any side effects they experienced. Difficulty breathing, nausea, abdominal pain, confusion, and unusual fatigue should alert patients to seek immediate medical attention. The drug puts people at risk of developing ketoacidosis, an extremely serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated.

Invokana and Invokamet

These drugs are SGLT2 inhibitors. That is, when they are combined with a prescribed diet and exercise regimen, the drugs help the patient control their diabetes by lowering blood sugar and improving glycemic control. Invokamet differs slightly in that it is a combination of Invokana and metformin. It is utilized when either drug Read more

Posted In: Legislative News

Missing Boaters Rescued by North Carolina Coast Guard

July 24th, 2015

Last Sunday, two adults and two children went on a fishing trip on the waters of South Carolina. They were rescued by the Coast Guard on Monday morning, two miles from the wreckage of their capsized vessel.

The group left Remley’s Point just before dawn on Sunday. The boat lost power around 9 a.m., erasing the ability for the group to summon help. As high winds began to kick up powerful waves, the boat overturned and all four aboard were tossed into the water. When no one on the boat was heard from by Sunday afternoon, the spouse of one of the adults on board contacted the Coast Guard.

As the Coast Guard turned into a longer pattern of searches, they spotted an orange life vest being waved in the water by one of the boys. The four had drifted close to two miles from the capsized vessel. Even though they had strayed, through no fault of their own, from the boat, the four would eventually have been found, according to the Coast Guard. Why? Because they did the right thing in telling family members exactly where they were heading.

Once the four survivors realized that they had been Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident

Doubling Up on a Jet Ski Safely

July 22nd, 2015

Riding a jet ski is an exciting way to spend an afternoon. The salt water spraying your face, the wind whistling past your ears…there may be nothing better. Scratch that. Better would be sharing the experience with a friend.

When you ride your jet ski with a passenger, a few things change. Much like riding a motorcycle with someone on the back, you have to be more aware of the added weight as you accelerate, brake, and turn. If you decide to drive a jet ski with a passenger on board, take these tips into consideration.

  1. Life Jackets

Both you and your passenger should be wearing life jackets. If your passenger doesn’t have one, and you don’t have one they can borrow, they don’t get to ride. It really is that simple.

  1. Knowledge

Does your friend know what to do if something were to happen to you? If not, be sure to give them a brief safety lesson before you take off. Your friend should, at a minimum, know how to power the ski, steer it, and put the brakes on.

  1. Face Forward

The time for tricks is not when you have a passenger on board. Make sure your friend Read more

Posted In: Jet Ski Accidents, Safety Tips

Golf Carts Lack Safety Features

July 20th, 2015

Golf carts aren’t just for the links any longer. Drive through any major city in North Carolina or any tourist town, and you just may find yourself sharing the road with these four-wheeled vehicles. Better yet, you may choose to drive one yourself. The ease of getting around town makes them quite attractive.

Unfortunately, golf carts are not required to pass the same safety standards as traditional motorized vehicles. This can put you and your passengers at very real risk of injury. A lack of regulations has caused these vehicles to be built with little adherence to safety standards. For example:

Tip Overs are Common

Due to their small tires and light weight, golf carts easily tip over when driven carelessly. Even when you drive with purpose, rough, uneven terrain can jostle the vehicles just enough so that they end up on their sides.

Lack of Seatbelts

Very few manufacturers put restraints in their golf carts because, quite simply, they are not required to do so. This leads to one of the main causes of injury and death: falling out of the vehicle.

Open Sides

Golf carts are meant to be entered and exited quickly. Because of this, they Read more

Posted In: Golf Cart Accidents

Choose Your First Boat the Right Way

July 17th, 2015

Do you visit the shore and stare longingly at the boats on the water? If so, you aren’t alone. Boating is becoming one of the most popular past times in North Carolina. Unfortunately, some people buy their first boat without any consideration for their safety and the safety of others. If you are new to boating, don’t run out and buy a yacht. Instead, do a fair amount of research and choose a vessel that is right for your skill level…you can always upgrade later. Here’s what to consider:


How do you plan to use the boat? That should be your first consideration. There are three main ways that you can use a boat: fishing, cruising, and watersports.

If you plan on entertaining guests, a cruising boat is a good choice. If you plan to fish, look for a boat designed with that purpose in mind. If your plans include pulling friends and family on rafts or skis, look for a boat designed for watersports.


It is generally recommended that your first boat be no larger than 24 feet. Any boat bigger than this will be loaded with features you won’t understand or need right away. Keep Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Safety Tips

Mother Alleges Ill Treatment of Daughter by Police after Seizure

July 15th, 2015

downloadAn incident involving a teen having a grand mal seizure while attending a concert venue has led to a lawsuit being filed by her mother against several Alabama law enforcement agencies and the venue hosting the concert.

The lawsuit alleges that several police officers from Rainbow City and Gadsden used excessive force and gross negligence when handling a medical situation on January 16th during a hip-hop concert. After the artist had left the stage, concert goers stampeded causing the girl to fall and be trampled, thus causing the seizure.

Court documents in the lawsuit allege that an employee of Center Stage, the company that booked the event, “unceremoniously dumped” the teen on the floor in the lobby. Police then proceeded to pin the teen to the ground holding her in a chokehold while using a Taser three times on her. The girl was rendered unconscious and taken to an area hospital. The suit claims that officers joked about the girl’s condition and suggested that she be committed to a mental health facility.

The girl was accompanied by her sister who called their mother who was at home at the time of the incident. When the girls’ mother arrived on Read more

Posted In: In The News
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