Judge rejects move to dismiss shark feeding charge

HONOLULU (AP) - A state judge has denied a request to dismiss a charge of illegal shark-feeding against a former employee of a shark tour operating off Oahu's North Shore.

Pier Diem District Judge Christopher McKenzie has set a Dec. 2 hearing at Wahiawa District Court for five shark-tour employees charged with illegal shark feeding. A trial is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 20.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported attorney Tom Bush on Thursday moved to dismiss the charge against his client, Eric Christopher Nourrie, but McKenzie denied the request.

Nourrie was a deckhand for North Shore Shark Adventures but Bush says he no longer works for the company.

Each of the five faces a $100 minimum fine, a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to 30 days in jail if convicted.

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