Masked gunman robs BP station

MOUNT PLEASANT — A masked person thought to be in his teens robbed a BP station at gunpoint and ran away Tuesday night, police said.

Wearing a white shirt and gloves, he entered the business at 650 Coleman Blvd. around 8:45 p.m., police said. He showed a small gray pistol and told the clerk to give him all the money in the register, repeating himself.

Witnesses reported seeing a man running from the south side of the store. The robber appeared to be a young teenager, Sgt. Steve Meadows said. A report describes him as 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall.

Anyone with tips about the robber's identity is asked to call Mount Pleasant police at 884-4176 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

Jury convicts Ladson man on drug charge

COLUMBIA — A Ladson man could face up to life in prison after a federal jury convicted him Tuesday of a conspiring to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

A Richland County deputy found Shawn Sadler, 37, sitting in a car with another man outside a northeast Richland County house around 12:30 a.m. July 14, 2002, a release said. The deputy asked for permission to search the car and found more than $116,000 in cash in the trunk.

Richland County officers obtained a warrant and seized more than 7 kilograms of cocaine from the house, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

U.S. District Judge Cameron M. Currie will impose a sentence after reviewing a report prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

School of Law to host memorial

The Charleston School of Law will host a memorial service at 5 p.m. today at the school for Angela Nussbaum, a third-year student who died Tuesday from injuries suffered in a car crash on James Island.

The service will be held in The Barrister area of the law school's campus at 81 Mary St. in Charleston.

Items for Nussbaum's family will be collected at the service by members of the Federal Courts Law Review, the journal for which Nussbaum served as editor-in-chief. Among items suggested are food, ready-made meals, paper products, cards and flowers. Perishable products will be put into coolers and taken Friday to the family in Columbia.

Members of the FCLR staff also are assembling a memory book to give to the family. It will include letters and pictures from her classmates and faculty.

Citadel to host talk on war on terror

The Citadel Middle East Studies Student Association will host Bill Speer, a contractor with the Janus Research Group and a U.S. Army Signal Center Global War on Terror historian at 6:30 tonight in the Jenkins Hall Auditorium on The Citadel campus.

The meeting, co-sponsored by The Citadel Republican Society, is free and open to the public.

The presentation will focus on the global war on terror and the role of U.S. troops, specifically the Army, with a focus upon Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fred Thompson to speak at Citadel

The public is invited to hear Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson talk with The Citadel's faculty, staff and students about leadership and ethics. The former Tennessee senator will give the talk at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the McAlister Field House.

Thompson, who starred on NBC's crime drama "Law & Order," entered the race late but is at or near the top of most polls among South Carolina's Republican voters.

Thompson was minority counsel during the Watergate hearings and later served in the U.S. Senate from 1994 to 2002.

Clinton campaign to hold food drive

This weekend, U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign will hold a canned food drive across South Carolina to help state residents in need over the holidays.

Donated items should be non-perishable and will be delivered to local charities. They will be accepted through Nov. 21 at Clinton campaign offices, including her office at 531 Savannah Highway. For more information, call 763-7945.