Lieber locked down for ‘security-related issue’

A “security-related issue” that officials would not discuss caused a lockdown to be ordered at Lieber Correctional Institution.

The lockdown at the maximum security prison in Ridgeville began Friday, due to “a security related issue that cannot be disclosed at this time,” S.C. Department of Corrections spokesman Clark Newsom said.

Newsom said the lockdown was in response to “a situation under investigation by our folks.” If the investigation goes well, the lockdown will last through Sunday and “we’ll be back up and running by Monday,” he said.

Charleston County holds Earth Day event

Charleston County is holding an Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Riverfront Park on the former Navy base in North Charleston.

Events include an art contest, science projects, information about composting, wildlife, energy and water conservation. To learn more, call 720-7111 or see

Citizen’s tip leads to burglary suspect arrest

An alert citizen helped Charleston police apprehend a man who is accused of breaking into a James Island apartment.

Officers responding at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to a burglary on Stefan Drive spoke to a witness who saw a suspect leave the area in a vehicle. The witness gave police a description of the suspect and vehicle, and its license plate number, police spokesman Charles Francis said.

With the information, officers identified and located the owner of the vehicle. Police were told the vehicle had been loaned to Steven Alonzo Smalls, 28, of Forest Lane, Francis said.

Smalls was arrested about 3:30 p.m. on Sycamore Avenue, when he returned the vehicle to its owner. Smalls is charged with second-degree burglary and grand larceny, and is being held at the Cannon Detention Center, Francis said.

He said electronic equipment was taken in the burglary.

Fire destroys mobile home in N. Charleston

No one was hurt Friday afternoon when fire swept a mobile home at 5737 Dorchester Road, authorities said.

The only resident of the home is being assisted by the American Red Cross, North Charleston Fire Department spokeswoman Bianca A. Sancic said.

The first arriving firefighters encountered heavy smoke and flames coming from the mobile home.

The fire was extinguished quickly, and the cause is under investigation, Sancic said.

Old Crow Medicine Show members to play

Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua, founding members of the popular roots music band Old Crow Medicine Show, have joined the Spoleto Festival USA 2012 lineup.

Their 2012 Reunion Tour will come to the Cistern at the College of Charleston in a special “Festival Eve” performance at 9 p.m. May 24.

Secor, who plays fiddle, harmonica and banjo, and Fuqua, who plays slide guitar and banjo, will be accompanied by Old Crow Medicine Show band mate Morgan Jahnig on upright bass.

Tickets are available at or by calling 579-3100.

Retired state workers to get electronic pay

COLUMBIA – South Carolina’s retired public workers will soon be required to receive their monthly payments electronically.

The South Carolina Retirement Systems announced Thursday it will no longer send paper checks starting July 1.

Spokeswoman Megan Lightle says all retirees who receive their money by check received notice of the change and instructions. Retirees who don’t provide the necessary information for direct deposits will receive their money through a prepaid debit card starting July.

Staff and wire reports