Fires destroy homes of 2 Cainhoy families

CAINHOY — Two families are displaced this Christmas season after fire ripped through their mobile homes on Sunday.

The fires occurred about three hours apart early in the morning in the Perino Drive area off Clements Ferry Road. Fire Chief Michael Alston said each home was a total loss, and the causes of the fires are under investigation.

"It is very sad, especially during the holiday season, but they are still fortunate and blessed that they still have their lives," he said.

The Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross helped the families replace their food and clothing and find temporary housing, said Meredith Jarvis, local Red Cross public support associate.

Donations to the American Red Cross can be mailed to 8085 Rivers Ave., Suite F, North Charleston, SC 29406 or made at

Shots fired into car with toddler inside

About five shots were fired into a car where a toddler sat with her mother Friday in the Union Heights community in North Charleston.

The 1-year-old girl was with her mother and another person in the car about 6:50 p.m. in front of a home on Forest Avenue, a police report said.

The report said someone shot several times at the car, and bullets penetrated the rear window and rear bumper. Police found about five 9 mm shell casings in the road. No one was injured.

Accident injures Charleston officer

A Charleston police officer was injured in an automobile accident Monday night in West Ashley.

The officer reported the accident near 2055 Bees Ferry Road about 10:20 p.m. He was taken to a local hospital, and his condition was not serious, according to Charleston County EMS.

The S.C. Highway Patrol at 11 p.m. was investigating and did not have details about the incident.

Restaurant robbed by masked man

The Arby's on Folly Road was robbed late Saturday night by a lone, masked man.

About 11:25 p.m., a man with a black stocking over his face grabbed an employee by the throat from behind and pointed a handgun at her head, a police report said.

The man made her open the safe, and he got away with a bag filled with an unknown amount of money, according to the report.

The robber was dressed in black clothing and was described as black, in his 20s and about 5 feet 4 inches tall.

Descriptions similar in two robberies

Two robberies involving three men in black clothing were reported this weekend on opposite sides of North Charleston.

Three men forced their way inside a home on Tipson Street off Rivers Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, a report said. The men beat two people inside and took their money and belongings.

About 8:15 p.m. Saturday, a man on Suzanne Drive in the Forest Hills neighborhood off Dorchester Road was beaten and robbed, a report said. It said they made off with his wallet.

Shooting results in 9-year sentence

A man was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison last week for accidently shooting and killing a friend in North Charleston during summer 2006, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Damon Terrell Heyward, 30, of Charleston, was sentenced to 110 months Wednesday for illegally possessing a firearm, a release states. U.S. District Judge Patrick Michael Duffy ordered that Heyward be placed on probation for three years after finishing his prison term.

North Charleston police responded to the Ashley Villas off Dorchester Road on the afternoon of July 21, 2006, to find Wilson Swinton wounded by a gunshot to the chest. Heyward had remained at the home and provided care for Swinton, who later died at the hospital.

An eyewitness told police Heyward had shot Swinton accidentally while playing with a revolver, and Heyward admitted to the shooting when interviewed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Heyward was prohibited from possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions. The prosecution was carried out through the joint federal, state, and local Project Ceasefire initiative.