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Man dies after truck crashes into tree

Johns Island — A 42-year-old man died Wednesday after his Chevrolet pickup truck went off a road and crashed into a tree.

Bryan Williams of Mount Pleasant was the sole occupant of the truck. He died at 8:54 a.m. at Medical University Hospital, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Bobbi Jo O'Neal said.

The crash occurred around 8 a.m. on River Road, near Edenvale Road, Charleston County sheriff's Maj. John Clark said. It remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office, Clark said.

East Side man faces more drug charges

An East Side man who was out on bond after a crack cocaine distribution charge was one of three men Charleston police arrested on narcotics charges last week.

Stefan Issacs, 30, was free after an Oct. 30 arrest, said Charles Francis, police public information officer. Francis said Issacs and his brother, 21-year-old Seon Issacs, were arrested again Dec. 6 on Hanover Street. Both men were charged in that arrest with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute within close proximity of a school and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Francis said.

Police also recovered a loaded .45-caliber revolver, a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol, 15 grams of cocaine, 4 grams of crack cocaine, 8 grams of marijuana and money, Francis said.

Stefan Issac's original bond was revoked, and he remained at the Charleston County jail Wednesday night. Seon Issacs made his $25,000 bail and was released, the jail said.

McCain to return to Lowcountry

When it comes to presidential candidates, Republican John McCain is one of the most familiar faces in the Lowcountry. And the Arizona senator won't relinquish that title soon.

McCain plans to return at 5:45 p.m. Friday to meet and greet supporters at the American Legion Post 147 at 968 Folly Road on James Island.

While McCain hasn't recaptured the front-running status he enjoyed earlier this year, he still has the backing of many influential Charleston-area Republicans and has campaigned recently on Seabrook Island and Goose Creek. He won the coastal 1st Congressional District in his race against George Bush in 2000.

Police make arrests in graffiti cases

Timely complaints about graffiti at two Charleston businesses led police to make a half-dozen arrests over the last month on charges of malicious damage to property.

A clerk at the Li'l Cricket at 1029 Harborview Road called at 5 p.m. Tuesday after seeing a teenage boy writing on a wall, a report states. A 16-year-old was arrested and released to his mother. On Nov. 12, 17-year-old James Robert Steffel III of James Island was arrested after a manager at the same store reported writing on a bathroom wall.

On Dec. 2, police arrested three teenage boys and a man in connection with writing at a building at 34 Woolfe St. downtown, police said. Austin Dukes, 20, of Mount Pleasant was charged. Teens 14 to 15 years old from Johns Island and West Ashley were released to relatives after being charged.

Charleston police were still searching for the hands that defaced road signs over the Crosstown Expressway, according to public information officer Charles Francis.

N. Charleston wins fire-safety grant

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded North Charleston a fire operations and safety grant of $53,960 to be used at Ashley River Fire Department, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Wednesday.

The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community.

The grant is part of $1.5 million announced for several fire departments across the state.

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