Crime & Courts

Team cleans home after meth bust, arrests

A drug decontamination team was called Friday to clean a Pelion house after five people were arrested for operating a methamphetamine laboratory.

When agents from the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team arrived at the house on Catherine Drive, they could smell chemicals emanating from inside.

Two men were found in the bathroom where they were making the meth, according to a report from the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. Three other people inside the house also were arrested.

The five being held at the Lexington County Detention Center Center and their charges are:

- Christina Annette Bryant, 19, of Gaston, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy.

- Lawrence Christopher Harper, 30, of Pelion, charged with third-offense manufacturing methamphetamine and third-offense possessing methamphetamine with attempt to distribute.

- Missy Renee Looney, 33, of Pelion, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

- Frank Gerald Storey, 51, of Elgin, charged with second-offense manufacturing methamphetamine and second-offense possession of cocaine.

- Theodore Chad Tindal, 30, of Pelion, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, distributing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

- Noelle Phillips

Duke shuts down reactor at S.C. plant to fix leak

LAKE WYLIE - Duke Energy says it has shut down one reactor at its Catawba Nuclear Station near the South Carolina-North Carolina state line to repair a small leak in the cooling system.

Duke spokeswoman Mary Kathryn Green said Friday the unit was taken offline Wednesday to find and repair a leak in a water pipe. Green said the other nuclear unit at the South Carolina plant is operating at full capacity.

Green said she didn't know how long the reactor would be offline.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Roger Hannah says the shutdown did not require the Charlotte company to file a special event report.

Duke Energy operates three nuclear stations in the Carolinas.

- The Associated Press

Urban, suburban design expert to speak on Monday

Award-winning architect and urban and suburban design expert Ellen Dunham-Jones will speak in Columbia on Monday. Her appearance is the result of a partnership between Richland County, the Urban Land Institute of South Carolina, and the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Dunham-Jones challenges decision-makers living and working in and around first-ring suburbs to focus less on big box retail and more on good design and the principles of mixed-use development. This shift in thinking is critical for local governments and communities, she says.

The session will be at the Medallion Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road. For details and to register for the luncheon, visit or call call (800) 321-5011 and give event code 81481044.

- Staff Reports

Boy Scouts picking up food donations today

The Indian Waters Council, Boy Scouts of America will be going door-to-door today to pick up donations for the Scouting for Food Drive.

Scouts, who dropped off bags in Midlands neighborhoods earlier this month, hope residents will fill them with nonperishable food items, which then will be delivered to local food pantries.

- Staff Reports

Ben Sawyer Bridge swings into action

MOUNT PLEASANT - An important link between the sea islands and the South Carolina mainland is open again to traffic.

Officials say traffic began moving over the Ben Sawyer Bridge linking Mount Pleasant and Sullivan's Island early Friday.

The bridge had been closed while the old swing bridge was replaced with a new 640-ton swing span. The opening concludes the $31 million bridge replacement project.

The old span was probably best known for the pictures transmitted around the world showing it wrenched at a 45-degree angle after Hurricane Hugo stormed ashore with 135 mph winds in 1989.

- The Associated Press