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Woman reports robbery and carjacking

An employee of an Augusta convenience store was robbed and carjacked Saturday morning, authorities said.

The worker told police that while she was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Walden Drive, a black man wearing a skull cap entered the unlocked passenger door of her vehicle and told her to drive. She said the man then pulled out what appeared to be an automatic pistol and told her to get out of the car, according to the police report. The suspect drove off in the 1997 BMW in an unknown direction.

The victim said deposit money from Circle K was in the car and was taken along with the vehicle, according to the police report.

Service marks train wreck


A middle school service will be held today to commemorate the third anniversary of the deadly train wreck in Graniteville.

Nine people were killed and 850 injured when the train derailed just blocks away from Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, where the service will take place.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the school's gym, said Graniteville Fire Chief Phil Napier, who responded to the train wreck.

Woman arrested after wreck of stolen car

A woman who police say wrecked a stolen car Thursday and left her 10-month old baby at the crash scene was released from the hospital and booked Saturday in to the Richmond County jail.

Tomeka Rolland, 18, of 307 Gilbert Manor, is charged with theft by receiving, a child restraint violation, disregarding a stop sign, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. She was being held Saturday on an $8,500 bond, a jail attendant said.

Police say Ms. Rolland drove a stolen 1985 Pontiac Grand Prix through a stop sign on Dugas Street and crashed into another vehicle. She then reportedly left her baby with a bystander at the wreck scene to elude police. The Pontiac was reported stolen from a home on Ridge Run Drive in Hephzibah.

Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Tim Rzasa said a theft by receiving charge usually means authorities have not been able to prove a suspect stole something.

Woman dies after pulling into traffic

A 74-year-old woman from Bath died in a two-vehicle wreck in Aiken County Saturday.

Judith Turner Cox was pronounced dead at 1:50 p.m. after her vehicle and another wrecked on U.S. Highway 1, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Ms. Cox was reportedly not wearing a seat belt. Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said in a news release that the wreck occurred about 12:30 p.m. as Ms. Cox exited Bobby's BBQ Restaurant in a 2005 Nissan Altima, making a left turn onto U.S. Highway 1 and failing to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. He said Ms. Cox's vehicle was struck on the driver side by a 2006 Mitsubishi pickup headed north on U.S. Highway 1 and driven by David Davis, of Springhill, Fla.

Mr. Carlton said it was unknown whether Mr. Davis sustained any injuries. He said Ms. Cox was ruled at fault in the wreck.

Glass, electronics will be recycled

CSRA Environmental Science Education Cooperative will sponsor a day devoted to recycling later this month.

The CSRA Public Electronics and Glass Recycle Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 26. The public is invited to recycle all glass and electronic items excluding TVs, electronic ovens and microwave ovens.

The recycling site will be at the Fort Discovery bus entrance on Reynolds Street and Discovery Drive between 7th and 8th streets.

For more information, contact Cheryl Wynn at (706) 821-0224.

Home Depot will hold tree recycling event

A Christmas tree recycling event will be held at The Home Depot on Bobby Jones Expressway on Saturday.

The Bring One for the Chipper event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (706) 312-7191.

Free tax advice will be offered Thursday

A National Tax Advice Day event will be offered Thursday at the performing arts center in Evans.

People can drop in to get free tax information from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room A of the center, located at 7022 Evans Town Center Boulevard, according to Columbia County's official government Web site.

Mayor to speak at center's fundraiser

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver will deliver the keynote address at a Friday gala and fundraiser benefiting New Bethlehem Community Center and its variety of social service programs.

The gala, to be held at Ma Fannie's restaurant (formerly BL's) at 1117 Laney-Walker Blvd., begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 per person and may be purchased at Bethlehem Community Center, at 1336 Conklin Ave., or by calling (706) 722-0086.

Sierra Club invites public to meeting

The Sierra Club's Savannah River chapter will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Extension.

Dr. Jason Andrus, an Augusta State University microbiologist, will present a program on stream bacterial sampling and the Richmond County Adopt-A-Stream program, including results of recent tests in local waterways. The public is welcome to attend.

Registration goes on for winter art classes

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is taking registration for its winter quarter studio art classes and workshops, which begin Monday.

Classes are available for all ages in a wide variety of media, including drawing, printmaking, painting, ceramics, photography and sculpture. Tuition assistance is available.

To request a free catalog of class listings or a scholarship application, call the institute at (706) 722-5495 or visit

Winter schedule in effect at canal center

The Augusta Canal Interpretive Center is operating on its winter schedule through March 31.

The center's hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Petersburg Boat tours will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m., weather permitting. Special group charters for other days and times can be arranged with advance notice.

Call (706) 823-0440, Ext. 4, for information.