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April 08, 2018 - 12:00 am


SC resorts looks for people who threw carrots at alligator

(Information from: The Island Packet,

FRIPP ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Officials at a South Carolina resort are looking for the people who harassed an 11-foot alligator by throwing carrots at him, calling the action "a new level of stupid."

The Fripp Island Resort Activity Center posted about the harassment Friday on its Facebook page.

The Island Packet in Hilton Head reports that Fripp Island naturalist Jessica Miller says the people were lucky because the large alligator didn't respond and later slid back into the water

The Facebook post says Fripp Island has a description of the people who threw carrots. The fine is $200 per carrot thrown.

Violators could also face up to 30 days in jail for feeding alligators if convicted, according to South Carolina state law.

Wildlife experts say that most attacks occur when humans feed, poke or swim near alligators.



Dog that lost ears in attack now healed, looking for home

(Information from: The Greenville News,

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A mixed-breed dog that lost both ears in an attack by two other dogs is mended and looking for a new home, thanks to a South Carolina woman who helped save him.

Fran Alexay Rizzo of Greenville is the foster mom of 2-year-old Legend, who looks like a mix of basset hound, Labrador and pit bull.

She tells the Greenville News that as a volunteer with Greenville County Animal Care , she took Legend to a veterinary clinic about three weeks ago. He was bleeding from bite wounds on his head, neck and front legs.

Rizzo says the cost for his care topped $9,000. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC , which had seen a request for help, paid his medical bills. It's also the contact for adoption.

Though his hearing is fine, both his ears are gone.



Sticky-note robbery fails, man then goes to next-door bar

(Information from: The Sun News,

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A masked man armed with a sticky note who was unsuccessful in his attempt to rob a South Carolina gas station then left for the next-door bar.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports a man wearing a black ski mask brandished a sticky note reading "I need all the money in register" when he tried to rob Turtle Market in North Myrtle Beach on Wednesday.

Police say an employee told them that she didn't turn over any money. Police say the man then walked to 39th Avenue Bar and Grill located next door.

The employee told police the man never spoke and that he used his elbow to push open the door as he left.

Witnesses say he left 39th Avenue Bar and Grill on a blue moped.



SC council mulls deal to buy land with no public access

(Information from: The Post and Courier,

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A 48-acre parcel of land could be saved rather than developed, although some local South Carolina officials are unhappy that the deal wouldn't include public access.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports a Charleston County Council committee has recommended giving the Lowcountry Land Trust up to $900,000 to buy the Johns Island site, which was appraised at more than $3 million last year. The full council will consider the recommendation Tuesday.

Officials say Three Friars LLC is selling the land at a steep discount.

The land will be limited to five houses, rather than the 48 that could be built there otherwise.

Some council members are concerned the public won't have access to the site, which has 650 feet of frontage on River Road in unincorporated Charleston County.



Company that paid $2M settlement to close 5 doctors' offices

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina company that agreed to a $2 million settlement with the federal government over accusations of false billings has told patients that it's closing five doctors' offices.

News outlets report patients have received letters from Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina saying the offices will close around May 31.

In September, the company agreed to a settlement with the federal government over accusations of false Medicare and TRICARE billings. The company and its co-owner, former chief executive Dr. Stephen Serbin, agreed to pay the government about $2 million to settle the case.

The company denied any wrongdoing and said the financial settlement was a business decision. Federal prosecutors said the company over-billed and over-performed tests.

Company co-founder Peter Stahl says financial reasons caused the office closings.


The Latest: Giffords' husband reacts to congressman comment

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — The husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is speaking out against comments made by a South Carolina congressman who pulled out his own loaded handgun at a meeting with constituents, and said he was "not going to be a Gabby Giffords."

News outlets report that Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman's comments were made Friday at a restaurant in Rock Hill where he placed his .38-caliber gun on a table.

Giffords, a Democrat, was shot and wounded outside a grocery store during a constituent gathering in 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.

In a statement, Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, called Norman an extremist who relies on intimidation tactics and perpetuates fear.

In the years since the shooting, Giffords and Kelly have advocated for gun control laws aimed at reducing gun violence.

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