2 Charleston men face federal fraud charges

Two Charleston men were indicted on mortgage fraud charges, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Jason G. Haywood, 42, and David Mantek, 46, each face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison if convicted on the charges, officials said. An indictment alleges that Haywood agreed to buy a Rice Drive housing complex from Mantek for about $1.68 million but that the men inflated the price of the deal and then reported that the deal only included 16 units, not all 32.

Mantek gave the remaining units to Haywood for $5, the indictment said, but the men failed to disclose that sale. Haywood defaulted on 16 units but owned 16 more without a mortgage, the indictment said. Officials say the mortgage company lost more than $400,000 in the transaction between Haywood and Mantek.

Traffic stop results in arrest, seized drugs

A Charleston police officer’s traffic stop Saturday resulted in the seizure of nearly 200 grams of marijuana and more than $4,100 in cash and the arrest of a suspected drug dealer.

Cal Demetrius Lockwood, 35, of Cyrus Lane in Huger was arrested after the stop about 9:30 p.m. on Clements Ferry Road. He faces a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Officer Corshawn Summers of the Charleston Police Department was on Forrest Drive when he caught a 2005 Toyota Avalon speeding, according to a statement, which also said the tag on the vehicle actually belonged on a Volvo.

Summers reported that he could smell the marijuana as he walked up to the car.

Davis to run for new District 15 House seat

Charlie Davis, the Berkeley County School District’s director of pupil services and athletics, is running for the newly created District 15 House seat that was moved from the Upstate to Berkeley and Charleston counties after the last census.

Davis, who also is a former principal of Hanahan High School and a former assistant principal at Goose Creek High School, said he would stress education if elected. He also would work to create jobs and keep taxes in check.

Davis faces the Rev. Samuel Rivers of Goose Creek in the June 12 primary.

International Festival of Choirs starts tonight

The fourth annual Charleston International Festival of Choirs will hold performances here tonight and Saturday.

The two-day festival will showcase groups from Virginia, along with the CSO Gospel Choir and the CSO Spiritual Ensemble.

Guest conductor is choral clinician Jeffrey Redding, director of choral activities at West Orange High School, Winter Garden, Fla.

At 7 tonight, the American Youth Harp Ensemble will perform a special concert at Rodenburg Chapel at Franke at Seaside, 1885 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant.

From 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, four 30-minute performances will be held at Saint Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King St. in Charleston.

At 5 p.m. at the church, Redding will conduct a mass sing performance of all participating voices. All events are free and open to the public.

Separation of church, state focus of talk

The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, will appear in Charleston on Sunday to speak about his organization and issues of concern.

The talk is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.

American United was formed in 1947 to defend the First Amendment.

Lynn’s free presentation, open to the public, will be followed by questions from the audience. The program will conclude with a reception.

Staff reports