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Gastonia is a city located in Gaston County in North Carolina, a state of the United States of America. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 66,277. It is the county seat of Gaston County. It is considered part of the greater Metrolina area, a region of population, of which... (More Info and Source) Gastonia Real Estate

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Defense calls 4 to stand during wrestling coach’s trial

Three former East Gaston High School wrestlers have accused Scott Goins of forcing them to have sex.

The defense called four witnesses to the stand Monday, including a former student and three of Goins' former colleagues. They all testified they never witnessed the former coach doing anything wrong.

Joseph Coss, a former wrestler at East Gaston High, was first to take the stand for the defense. 

The 18-year-old told the court he wrestled for Goins for a year in 2009. Coss said Goins was tough but a great coach. 

He testified Goins would rub his shoulders during mental exercises, but said it was nothing inappropriate.

During cross-examination prosecutors asked Coss about the team's out-of-town trips.

“Had you ever had a chance to see Goins share a bed?” the prosecutor asked.

“Yes, once,” Coss said.
Coss said that was only because one of the wrestlers didn't have a bed to sleep in during a trip to Atlanta. 

Coss said it wasn't unusual for Goins to tell him and other players he loved them. He said the players would tell Goins they loved him, too.

Coss said after Goins' arrest he was interviewed by Gaston County police.  He told them he had not been abused.

Former assisting wrestling coach TJ McNellie also took the stand. He worked under Goins from 2003 to 2008.

He said he never saw anything inappropriate happen in the locker room that would give him concern.

Former East Gaston Principal Andy Mcginnis also took the stand late Monday afternoon. Prosecutors asked about an incident when Goins was accused of striking a student on the head with his ring. 

He admitted to doing it and there was never another complaint about it.

Court has recessed until Wednesday morning because a juror has a doctor's appointment and won't be able to attend court Tuesday.

Read our past coverage:

June 5, 2013: Police: Gaston Co. coach accused of molesting students

June 6, 2013: 3rd student accuses coach of sexual abuse

April 1: Judge OKs contact between accused coach's attorney, victims

July 15: Jury selection starts for former coach accused of sex abuse

July 18: Witness describes how he says former coach ‘groomed’ him

July 21: Former wrestler testifies in trial of coach accused of sexual misconduct

July 22: 2nd accuser testifies against former wrestling coach

July 23: Third accuser takes stand in former wrestling coach’s trial

July 25: Accuser said he tried to kill coach charged with sex abuse

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:56:31 -0400

Teen's phone ignites under her pillow; how real is the risk?

Plenty of people tend to fall asleep with their phones in their beds at night, but one 13-year-old's tale is cautionary, to say the least. KDFW has the story of the Texas teen.

"The plastic, the glass, you can't even really tell it was a phone."

"This is what's left of Ariel's phone. She says it slipped under her pillow as she fell asleep. The smell of something burning woke her in the night."

Definitely a scary situation that could have been much worse. Ariel Tolfree had a Samsung Galaxy S4. Her dad told KDFW he thinks the phone overheated and the battery swelled while she slept. 

Now, the battery was not original to the phone; it was a replacement. And Samsung's manual does contain a warning:

"Use of a non-Samsung-approved battery or charger may present a risk of fire, explosion, leakage, or other hazard." 

A piece on phone safety from Digital Trends emphasizes that third-party batteries are dangerous — they aren't necessarily compatible with your phone.

But even with the approved company battery, phones can be dangerous.

A quick Internet search reveals several stories of Samsung phones catching fire this year alone. (Via The Huffington PostEmirates 24/7Business Insider)

Samsung's not the only one — there are headlines about iPhones igniting, too. (Via Apple Insider)

Now sometimes, there's user — well, we'll call it error. According to International Business Times, one man who said his Samsung Galaxy exploded later revealed he'd previously microwaved the phone.

And sleeping with phones poses a very real potential danger —  Apple's manual even says, "Don’t sleep or place a device or power adapter under a blanket, pillow, or your body when it's plugged into a power source."

Of course, just like we often sleep with our phones, we often don't read users manuals. Be safe with your phones, but Digital Trends also reminds us:

"You're far more likely to be struck by lightning, give birth to quadruplets, or be an Olympic medal winner than get hurt from your phone."

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:59:18 -0400

Kayakers breach JFK Airport in latest NYC security lapse

Two kayakers say they nearly died, but now they've been cited for trespassing. (Via Getty Images)

The pair of 21-year-old kayakers are telling New York City media their vessel flipped in Jamaica Bay early Saturday morning. They were able to grab onto a pier and get to safety -- problem is the pier is property of JFK International Airport. 

In 2012, a different waterway breach made headlines. (Via Getty Images)

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As ABC reported, a man who had problems with his jet ski swam to shore, scaled a fence, crossed runways and walked into a terminal to get help.

That man went undetected by a security system valued at at least $100 million.

Now again, two years later, the same headlines. (Via USA Today)

It's a system that even those using it don't believe in. A spokesperson for the Port Authority's police union told the New York Post:  “Once again a perimeter security breach at JFK Airport raises serious concerns about the Port Authority’s Perimeter Intrusion Detection System, a system the PAPBA believes is a failure." 

Though the Port Authority itself has a different story, telling CBS: "The kayakers did not breach the secure airfield. They were seeking help in a restricted water area and at a light pier."

But all this comes not long after other seemingly scary security breaches in New York City. Just days ago, American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced with white ones. The incident is under investigation. (Via CNN)

And in September a group of men base-jumped off the Freedom Tower. (Via New York Daily News)

The kayakers were not actually arrested, but were cited. They were also treated for hypothermia.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:58:22 -0400

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