Attorney suspended from practicing law

A North Charleston attorney arrested on a cocaine possession charge this month has been temporarily suspended from the practice of law by the state Supreme Court.

John L. Drennan was arrested on Dec. 8 by Mount Pleasant police, who found Drennan parked on Coleman Boulevard at about 4 a.m., according to an affidavit. An officer spotted a bag of white powder on the car's floorboard; the powder tested positive for cocaine, police said.

The interim suspension was issued late last week. It will remain in effect until further notice, the court said.

Temporary oversight of Drennan's case files and accounts was put under the authority of Charleston attorney J. Stephen Schmutz.

McCain to unveil new campaign ad

Republican presidential candidate John McCain has a new television ad set to run in South Carolina that focuses on his military record, his call for changing the nation's strategy in Iraq and his record opposing special interests.

The 30-second ad titled "Never Surrender" touts McCain as someone who does "what's right, not what's easy."

It mixes images of him recovering after being held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, walking with President Reagan and on the campaign stump.

To read more, go to www.charleston.net/elections.

Fatal fire likely started in kitchen

AWENDAW — A fire likely started in the kitchen of a mobile home before causing a man's death by smoke inhalation Christmas morning, the Awendaw Fire Department investigators said Wednesday.

Investigators sifting through the ruins of the single-wide home at 8572 Old Georgetown Road found evidence that a pot had been left on the stove, Battalion Chief Joseph Bowers said.

It wasn't clear whether the home had a working smoke detector. William Winbush, 68, had been home alone when crews responded to the blaze about 5:39 a.m.

Robbers strike at 2 N. Charleston stores

Stores on Durant Avenue and Ashley Phosphate Road reported armed robberies on Sunday, North Charleston police said.

Two men entered the Sunfly Market at 4498 Durant Ave. around 3:10 p.m. and ordered a clerk to put money from the register into a bag, a report states.

After being informed that the store doesn't have a safe, one of the men hit the clerk in the chest with a handgun. The robbers then fled with the money from the register.

An employee at La Frontera at 3333 Ashley Phosphate Road reported an armed robbery around 8:20 p.m. the same evening, another report states.

A man walked into the store and pointed a revolver at the clerk. After taking money from the register, the robber tried to steal a customer's wallet, but he gave up after a struggle, the report states.