Summerville man faces meth charge


SUMMERVILLE -- A 50-year-old man is accused of threatening to burn down a church on Farmington Road, authorities said.

Joseph Ted Franks of Bacons Bridge Road is charged with disturbing school and with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He was being held in the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner on $70,000 bail set Friday.

According to an incident report from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, Franks entered the Faith Assembly Church and School about 9 a.m. Thursday and demanded to see the pastor. He threatened to burn down the church, because it was "preaching lies," the report said.

Franks told a deputy he was "the Son of God and he was sent to pass judgment on the church," the report said.

A deputy escorted Franks from the church and placed him under arrest.

The deputy saw material in Franks' sport-utility vehicle that he thought could be used for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Sheriff's narcotics officers were summoned, and the SUV was searched. A number of items used to manufacture meth were found, the report said.

Franks also is wanted in Kentucky for a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine, said Dan Moon, public information officer for the sheriff's office.

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