Originally created 08/20/05

Across South Carolina



Poachers raid nests of Hilton Head turtles

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Poachers have stolen an estimated 125 loggerhead sea turtle eggs from seven nests on secluded beaches on Hilton Head Island, officials said.

The nests were made between May and July, and the eggs were taken a few days later, said Carlos Chacon of the Sea Turtle Protection Project.

After stealing the eggs, the poachers hid the thefts by covering the nests back up with sand, Mr. Chacon said.

The turtle eggs are a traditional food in parts of Latin America and the Sea Islands along the southern South Carolina and Georgia coast.

Mother is charged in baby's drowning

HONEA PATH - An Upstate mother has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child in the drowning death of her 7-month-old daughter.

Elizabeth Laura Sisk, 25, put Lillian Pearson in the bathtub with her 17-month-old sister July 31, then left the two children alone for 15 minutes while talking on the phone, according to an arrest warrant.

When Ms. Sisk came back to the bathroom, Lillian was under the water. She died three days later without ever regaining consciousness, authorities said.

Ms. Sisk faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

71 Beaufort Marines go to Iraq on Monday

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT - The Marine Corps says 71 Marines are slated to depart Monday for a seven-month deployment in Iraq.

The members of Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 will travel by bus to Cherry Point, N.C., then fly to Iraq.

The Marines will support a variety of units in the region, including airfield communications, weather services, aircraft rescue, firefighting and several others, an announcement said.

Wal-Mart videotaper faces voyeur charge

GAFFNEY - A 53-year-old Blacksburg man has been charged with voyeurism after being accused of taping women walking in and out of Wal-Mart.

George Clifford Rochester Jr. was arrested Wednesday after police investigating a complaint of a suspicious person found him in the parking lot with video equipment.

Wal-Mart employees told officers they had already ordered Mr. Rochester off the store's property after other women complained about the videotaping.