Morning roundup: News from around the state

  • Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 7:24 a.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 7:35 a.m.

Man shot to death in Dorchester County

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dorchester County sheriff's deputies are investigating the shooting death of a man near North Charleston.

Deputies say 43-year-old Anthony Eugene was found shot to death in a home on the night of July Fourth after a fight.

Thirty-year-old Antwan Persay Black has been charged with murder. Deputies said there was blood on Black's clothes when they arrived.

Investigators found a revolver in the home where Eugene was killed.

Deputies said Black lived in the home where the shooting occurred. Investigators have not released a motive.

Black was still in the Dorchester County jail. It was not clear if he has a lawyer.

Trial starts in split among SC Episcopalians

ST. GEORGE, S.C. (AP) — About 50 Episcopal churches in South Carolina are taking the national church to court, saying they should be able to leave the group without losing their property.

The national church is demanding the separating group, which calls itself the Diocese of South Carolina, give back $500 million in property and buildings. The churches say the land and the buildings were bought and paid for by members past and present and belong to them.

The Diocese of South Carolina is made up of about 50 Episcopal churches in the southern and eastern parts of the state who say the national church became too liberal, especially on the issue of gay marriage and by electing a gay bishop.

The trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning at the Dorchester County courthouse.

Missing North Carolina woman was to be in court

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman who was reported missing by her husband over the weekend was scheduled to appear in court Monday on a habitual felon charge.

A police report says 42-year-old Amy Arrington of Lowell, North Carolina, which is about 15 miles west of Charlotte, was last seen about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Her husband, Paul David Arrington, told a lifeguard that he last saw his wife walking into the ocean. He was going to join her about 20 minutes later, but he says she vanished. He reported her missing to a lifeguard.

Media reports in both states say Amy Arrington was supposed to appear in a Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, courtroom Monday to face identity theft and forgery charges. A judge issued a warrant for her arrest.

Study: Fossil soaring bird had huge wingspan

MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer

NEW YORK — A fossil found in South Carolina has revealed a gigantic bird that apparently snatched fish while soaring over the ocean some 25 million to 28 million years ago.

Its estimated wingspan of around 21 feet is bigger than the height of a giraffe.

The skeleton was discovered in 1983 near the Charleston airport, but its first formal description was released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Daniel Ksepka (SEP'-kuh) of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, who wrote the paper, said the creature probably did not land on water. And it was apparently clumsy on land.

The bird is named Pelagornis sandersi (peh-leh-GOR'-niss SAN'-der-sy). The name honors a retired Charleston museum curator who recovered the fossil.

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