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Woman reports carjacking

An Augusta woman told police she was the victim of a carjacking and armed robbery while stopped at a south Augusta traffic light early Sunday.

Elizabeth Mitchell, 45, told police she was driving her 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity at 1:30 a.m. when three men in camouflage clothing approached her, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

She was at Olive and Milledgeville roads, and the armed men forced her from the car and drove north toward 15th Street, the report says.

Police recovered the vehicle about a half-hour later in the 1800 block of Cooney Circle, the report says.

Sonic worker says man grabbed wallet

An employee of a south Augusta fast-food restaurant told police she was robbed in the parking lot of the business.

Jade L. Stewart, 17, told police a man grabbed a wallet from her as she worked her Saturday night shift at Sonic Drive-In at 2622 Peach Orchard Road.

The robbery happened about 10:30 p.m., a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

The girl said she saw the man earlier outside the business and asked him whether he was OK. He said he was waiting for a ride, according to the police report.

If arrested, the man will be charged with robbery by sudden snatch.

Convenience store robbed at gunpoint

A west Augusta convenience store was the scene of an armed robbery during the weekend.

At 11:53 p.m. Saturday, an employee at OK Pantry on Highland Avenue near Surrey Center said, a man wearing a hooded sweater and a bandanna over his face entered the store, pointed a black handgun at her and demanded cash and two packs of cigarettes, a Richmond County sheriff's report says.

Public has chance to tour portions of SRS

The National Academy of Sciences will sponsor a series of public meetings in Augusta next month that includes an opportunity for the public to tour portions of Savannah River Site.

The academy's Environmental Management Roadmap Committee's Jan. 8-10 meetings will be at the Marriott Hotel & Suites, No. 2 10th St. and will be open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 8 and from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 10.

Agenda items include briefings from SRS personnel involving waste disposition overview, nuclear materials stabilization overview, area completion update and a public comment period for stakeholders.

The Jan. 10 meeting will include discussions regarding the DOE-EM Engineering and Technology Roadmap, a multi-year program plan and leveraging opportunities with the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership.

A site tour open to the public will be conducted Jan. 9.

Participants in the drive-by tour must contact Laurie Posey at (803) 952-8994 by Thursday. The tour will be limited to the first 25 participants.

Schedule changes at Augusta 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 and reservations.