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Court date set in fight over cruises

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A federal judge wants to hear attorneys argue why a challenge to a $35 million South Carolina cruise terminal should be settled without a trial.

U.S. District Judge Rich­ard Gergel has scheduled arguments for Sept. 12 in the dispute over a federal permit for the terminal proposed for the Charleston waterfront.

Environmental and neighborhood groups have sued, saying the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should have more extensively studied the impact on the environment and the city’s historic district before issuing a permit allowing the South Carolina State Ports Authority to put additional pilings under a wharf.

The pilings are needed to transform an old warehouse into a new cruise terminal for the city’s expanded cruise industry.

Attorneys for the Corps have said the permit is not for a terminal, but only for installing five clusters of pilings beneath a structure that already is permitted for maritime uses.

Both sides have asked Gergel to rule in their favor without trial.

Hilton Head woman bitten by alligator

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — A Hilton Head Island woman is still in a bit of shock after she was attacked by an alligator.

Tamra Shattuck, 50, said she was walking her two dogs along a lagoon Wednesday when she heard a splash. She turned to see the 8-foot gator coming for her, and her first impression was seeing a lot of teeth.

Shattuck slipped and the gator chomped on her ankle. She kicked the creature with her other foot, and it let go and returned to the lagoon. Shattuck suffered some small puncture wounds but nothing serious.

She said she is sad the gator had to be destroyed just for doing the things alligators do.

Officer suspended over death of dog

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — A Bennettsville police officer has been suspended without pay for two months after his police dog died in a car of heat stroke.

Bennettsville Police Chief Larry McNeil said Officer Robert Miller will be placed on probation for 90 days after the suspension and can no longer be a K-9 officer.

The chief said the dog, named Tank, died Monday when he was left in a patrol car with no water and the windows up as Miller went into the department to do some paperwork.

McNeil said Miller did not mean to stay as long as he did and immediately took the dog to a vet when he realized Tank was in trouble.


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