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June 17, 2018 - 12:00 am


South Carolina neighborhood warned over alligator removals

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina gated community says it has changed its handling of nuisance alligators after a resident complained about a recent removal.

The Island Packet newspaper reports the state Department of Natural Resources issued a warning to Hilton Head Plantation about relocating alligators without a permit.

The community's general manager, Peter Kristian, said neighborhood officials have been relocating alligators from resident's pools, garages and yards for years. He said officials didn't realize a permit was needed and are halting removals.

A resident said she called state officials after seeing a security guard remove an alligator on Thursday and hang it out the window of a vehicle.

Kristian said neighborhood security handled alligators itself to avoid them being euthanized by trappers or authorities. He said security previously removed multiple alligators per day during mating season.


Officers stopping for water make unexpected drug bust

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Two South Carolina police officers stopped at a pizza place to get water, but walked out with two arrests.

The Sun News reports that two Myrtle Beach police officers stopped in the beachfront pizza place to get water around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

A police report said they saw two men seated in the restaurant, and one was breaking up a clump of marijuana into smaller pieces. The other one then yelled to complain about the price, according to the report.

The report said the police made two arrests because they "literally walked into the middle of a drug deal in progress."

The report said the men were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.


1 hurt, 1 dead after being ejected in South Carolina crash

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities say an early-morning crash ejected two people, killing one of them.

The State newspaper reports that the crash happened early Sunday morning around 3:30 a.m. in a rural part of Orangeburg County southwest of Columbia.

Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins said the 2014 Dodge Charger went off the road and overturned. Neither of the two people inside was wearing a seatbelt.

One died and the other was injured after both were ejected.

The identity of the person who died wasn't immediately released by the coroner, who was identifying next of kin.


Sanford fears loss may have chilling effect on Trump critics

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A GOP congressman who lost his re-election bid amid questions about his loyalty to President Donald Trump says he's concerned that Republicans are afraid to disagree with the president and risk bad publicity.

In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Rep. Mark Sanford says he was "very supportive" of most of the White House's policy agenda. He added: "So this was not about policy, it was about personal loyalty."

Sanford lost in the Republican primary to a state lawmaker, Katie Arrington, who repeatedly highlighted Sanford's criticism of the president.

Sanford said in the NBC interview that Republican politicians are afraid to wind up "on the losing side of a presidential Tweet."

He said that mentality is "dangerous" to the system envisioned by the founding fathers to allow for debate over policy.


Students in recovery to find help at U of S Carolina in fall

(Information from: The State,

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When students return to the University of South Carolina this fall, they'll find the school has added a full-time staff member who coordinates support programs for recovering addicts.

The State newspaper in Columbia reports the school has hired Larkin Cummings, who previously worked at the University of Texas-Austin in that university's recovery program.

A survey conducted in the fall of 2016 found 4 percent of the student body could use help recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction. That's about 1,350 students at one time.

USC spokesman Jeff Stensland said in an email that students in recovery told school administrators that such a position is needed.

About 200 colleges and universities have a recovery program for students.



S Carolina toddler dies; cause of death investigated

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of death of a South Carolina toddler whose body temperature was high when emergency responders began treating him.

Spartanburg police Lt. Doug Harwell says the father of 18-month-old King Trammel called emergency services Friday afternoon because his son needed medical assistance.

Harwell tells news outlets that the father began driving his son to the hospital, then followed an ambulance until it stopped.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said emergency responders then worked to lower the boy's body temperature because he was very hot.

The National Weather Service reports temperatures peaked at 90 degrees shortly before 4 p.m. Friday.

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