Too much self-tanning lotion? Orange gator puzzles residents

HANAHAN, S.C. — No one seems to know why there's an orange alligator in a pond near Charleston.

Residents joke the gator used too much self-tanning lotion. Or maybe it's a fan of the Clemson Tigers, who are known for their orange colors.

Residents living near the pond in Hanahan say they've seen the orange or rust-colored alligator a number of times.

Photos show the 4- to 5-foot-long alligator on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood.

Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the color may come from where the animal spent the winter, perhaps in a rusty steel culvert pipe.

Experts say the alligator will shed its skin and probably return to a normal shade soon.

Cops: Drunken bus driver stranded St. Louis basketball team

The Saint Louis University men's basketball team lost a game to St. Bonaventure — and then its bus.

The Billikens walked out of the arena Wednesday night following the team's 70-55 loss to the Bonnies, and their bus was nowhere to be found, said New York State Police Trooper James O'Callaghan. The driver, later identified as 56-year-old Linda Edmister of Gasport, N.Y., had taken off.

While authorities searched for the bus, the players sat in the arena. The team posted pictures on Twitter of players talking on their cellphones, playing cards and napping.


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"Just chilling in the Reilly Center while we try to find our missing bus," the team tweeted.

State police said the bus was eventually stopped in Randolph, about 40 miles from the arena. Troopers said they were able to find it through GPS on an item left on the bus. School officials said the item was head coach Travis Ford's iPad.

"I'm not sure where their destination was after that. But yeah, it definitely wasn't Randolph," O'Callaghan said.

Troopers charged Edmister with driving a commercial vehicle while intoxicated. Police say her blood alcohol content was 0.22 percent, more than five times the limit for commercial drivers, 0.04 percent.

It couldn't be learned if she has a lawyer who could comment on the accusations. Her employer, Grand Tours, said in an email Thursday that she had been fired and that the company was "extremely disappointed and troubled by her behavior."

As for the team, it later posted an update on Twitter thanking the St. Bonaventure staff for helping out.

O'Callaghan said police don't believe Edmister was drunk when she drove the team to the arena. He said troopers don't know exactly when she left the campus or why. The game ended around 9:30 p.m. Edmister was pulled over shortly before 11 p.m., troopers said.

Another bus took the Billikens to Randolph so the team could retrieve their possessions from the first bus. They were then taken to the airport in nearby Bradford, Pa., for the return flight, which arrived in St. Louis around 3 a.m. local time.

Associated Press