A North Charleston man was arrested Thursday in connection with child pornography.

Michael Alan Morris, 64, of Fain Street, is charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, said Spencer Pryor, police spokesman. Pryor said an investigation revealed several thousand sexual images on a computer. They included child sex pictures and questionable still videos, he said.

Pryor said investigators continue to examine the computer for evidence, and Morris is expected to appear in bond court this morning , Pryor said.

Suspect description similar in robberies

MOUNT PLEASANT — Two robberies with similar suspect descriptions occurred within minutes of each other late Wednesday on the town's main highway.

At 10:54 p.m., a man dressed in black pointed a handgun toward the cashier at the Kangaroo station on U.S. Highway 17 north, according to a police report. He took an unknown amount of money from a cash drawer before fleeing the store, the report says.

Three people getting into a vehicle at nearby Atlanta Bread Co. were robbed six minutes later at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

The gunman in that robbery was described as black, 25 to 30 years old with a thin build and his hair in dreadlocks. He wore a black shirt and black pants, according to the report.

Holiday arrives early in Moncks Corner

MONCKS CORNER — The town's pre-Fourth of July craft show and street dance will be today at the Main Street train depot near the railroad tracks.

The craft show will be from 4 to 10 p.m. The two-hour dance will begin at 8 p.m. with live music from The Custom 4 plus 2.

At 9 p.m., two clogging groups, The Corner Cloggers of Moncks Corner and The American Elite Traveling Team, will do a special performance in honor of the firefighters who died at a furniture warehouse store last week and the two town officers who were killed in the line of duty.

A trio from the First Baptist Church of Moncks Corner will perform a patriotic medley after the cloggers. The town's patriotic parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Berkeley High School and end at U.S. Highway 52.

For more information call (843)-719-7900 or 899-4708.

Housing Authority plans to stay course

The Charleston Housing Authority doesn't plan to implement new programs next year nor does it anticipate creating new units, according to the authority's annual plan that was approved Thursday.

More than $2 million, an amount comparable to that of previous years, will be spent next year to maintain the status quo.

In related news, the housing authority is sill waiting to see if it will keep its top-performer status with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. If HUD awards the top rank, the authority could pick up a $150,000 bonus next year for capital repairs. Last year, it received an additional $177,000.

Executive Director Don Cameron said they should find out soon where they stand.

It remains unclear whether some financial shortcomings found in a recent federal audit could cost the authority its aspired standing.

Sanford's choice for solicitor confirmed

Gov. Mark Sanford's choice to fill the open 9th Circuit Solicitor seat was confirmed Thursday by the state Senate.

Scott N. Schools, a longtime federal prosecutor, will succeed Ralph Hoisington, who died of pancreatic cancer earlier this month. Confirmation came via a simple voice vote.

The seat comes open next year and Schools, a Republican, has indicated he is interested in running for a new full, four-year term.