SC doctor charged after 9 dogs left in car die

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — A doctor faces charges of ill treatment of animals after nine dogs died when they were left in his car while he worked at a Charleston-area hospital.

Area media outlets report bond was set Wednesday at $90,000 for 64-year-old Dr. Charles Bickerstaff of James Island.

Mount Pleasant police say he left nine Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in crates in the back of his SUV on Monday while working at East Cooper Medical Center for three hours.

Bickerstaff's attorney, Bill Thrower, tells The Post and Courier of Charleston his client had an emergency, thought the dogs were safe and "feels as bad as anybody" about the deaths.

Police say after Bickerstaff left the hospital he took the dogs to a veterinarian because they had passed our but the dogs were dead.

Orangeburg woman accused of abandoning toddler

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A woman has been accused of abandoning her child in Orangeburg County.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said 24-year-old Amanda Leigh Vosburg of Neeses was arrested by Barnwell police Tuesday and charged with abandoning a 2-year-old girl and food stamp fraud.

Ravenell says Vosburg earlier this month left the child at a home where two people were arrested on methamphetamine charges.

The sheriff said investigators discovered Vosburg was receiving help from the Department of Social Services food stamp program for two children. Investigators determined one of the children was being cared for by a grandmother.

It was not clear if Vosburg has an attorney.

Ravenel says investigators are trying to determine where Vosburg has been since dropping the child off at the home Aug. 2. The child is in protective custody.

Female Citadel knobs donate hair to Locks of Love

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four incoming female Citadel cadets are getting their military haircuts and donating their locks to a good cause.

The cadets who report to the Charleston military college on Saturday are getting haircuts on Thursday along with their recruiter at a Charleston salon.

The college says in a release that all are donating their hair to Locks of Love, which provides wigs for children who lose their hair during cancer treatment.

The media is being invited Thursday. Reporters are not allowed in the Citadel barbershop when freshmen get their haircuts.

Female cadets must have hair three inches long on top and two inches long on the sides when they report. First-year cadets are often called knobs because of their short haircuts.