Ravenel co-defendant back on house arrest

Former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel's admitted cocaine supplier is back home on house arrest in Mount Pleasant.

Michael L. Miller appeared before Magistrate Judge Joseph McCrorey in Columbia on Thursday, where he admitted to violations of his bond.

Miller was arrested last month after getting into an altercation with a police officer outside a Mount Pleasant Waffle House. He allegedly was drunk at the time. As part of his release, Miller was supposed to stay out of trouble and report to authorities if he were accused of a crime.

McCrorey reimposed electronic monitoring on Miller and also placed him on house arrest. He is living with his parents.

Ravenel pleaded guilty Sept. 6 to one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine. He testified to holding parties at his Charleston house where the drug was used. Miller testified he brought the drug to Ravenel's home. No date has been set for Ravenel's sentencing, but it is expected to be in January.

Man beaten, robbed in home invasion

Three masked, gun-wielding men burst into a Greenridge Road apartment early Friday and pistol-whipped a man before stealing guns and money, North Charleston police said.

Nicholas Mitchell, 24, told police he and two friends were watching television when a woman they didn't know knocked on the door at 12:40 a.m. She told them she was fighting with her boyfriend and they let her inside, police said.

Moments later, three men kicked in the door. One intruder reportedly said, "I think this is the wrong house." Mitchell told police that one intruder hit his head with a pistol and demanded cash, a police report stated.

The robbers stole an SKS rifle and a 9 mm pistol from the apartment, as well as jewelry, two cell phones and $465 in cash from Mitchell and his friends, police said. The robbers then fled the area.

Robbers cut woman, man during holdup

Two robbers stabbed a man several times and sliced his girlfriend's hand during a holdup outside a Rivers Avenue convenience store early Thursday, North Charleston police said.

The two victims were treated at Medical University Hospital, but their wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, authorities said.

Monique Gadsden, 28, of North Charleston, told police that two men confronted her boyfriend, 21-year-old Brandon Broughton, after they stopped at a store at Rivers and Reynolds avenues at 3 a.m.

Broughton told police the men demanded money and then started punching, stabbing and biting him. Gadsden climbed from the car and tried to grab the blade. She received cuts on her left palm from the effort, according to a police report.

Broughton received superficial cuts to his right shoulder, left arm and scalp, as well as a more-serious wound to his flank, police said.

The robbers escaped with about $2 in cash, police said.

Utility to build 3 green generators

Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility based in Moncks Corner, announced a plan Friday to build three more generators that will make electricity by burning landfill fumes.

The new plants would generate between 8 and 10 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 3,500 to 4,600 homes. Santee Cooper operates three similar plants, facilities that represent the state's first forays into "green" energy.

The utility also announced that 32 of its workers will now focus on renewable energy and conservation. And it launched a new Web site including its environmentally sensitive initiatives: www.SanteeCooperGreen.com.