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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 www.ghia.org.

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.

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LOST IN GA.
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LOST IN GA. 01/06/08 - 05:32 am
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looks like this is the third

looks like this is the third or fourth bad wreck in that spot, within the last year. something must not be right in the area, speed? LOTS OF FAST MOVERS ON US 1.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/06/08 - 07:54 am
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A carjacker took my deposit?

A carjacker took my deposit? Sometimes responsibility can be very heavy.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/06/08 - 07:57 am
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A memorial for a train wreck

A memorial for a train wreck that happened three years ago is held at a middle school? I wonder how many of the current students were in the middle school three years ago?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/06/08 - 08:00 am
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There's a lot more to the

There's a lot more to the Tomeka Rollins story then the few points stressed in this blurb.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 01/06/08 - 09:39 am
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The carjacker story is a

The carjacker story is a little smelly.......I think the store owners and The police should look a little closer...

karmakills123
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karmakills123 01/06/08 - 09:40 am
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The middle school is large

The middle school is large enough for the crowd.

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condelieeza 01/06/08 - 09:48 am
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tomeka rollins is a fine

tomeka rollins is a fine church going christian woman. ill see u in sunday in sunday school.

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juicy101 01/06/08 - 10:35 am
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tomeka may be a fine

tomeka may be a fine christian church going woman, but what kind of a mother is she to leave her child at the scene of an accident? she did the crime, so why jump out of the car and run? i don't care what you say "condi" she needs to be charged with abandonmentof her child and the child needs to be taken away from her. no good mother would have even had her child in a stolen vehicle. say what you want, but it is time for the justice system to get tougher on all the deadbeat parents in the "world". children are not asked to be born, there is too much protection available, if you are not ready to be a parent then use protection or don't engage in "s" activities at all. bottom line!!!!

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juicy101 01/06/08 - 10:45 am
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tomeka may be a fine

tomeka may be a fine christian church going woman, but what kind of a mother is she to leave her child at the scene of an accident? she did the crime, so why jump out of the car and run? i don't care what you say "condi" she needs to be charged with abandonmentof her child and the child needs to be taken away from her. no good mother would have even had her child in a stolen vehicle. say what you want, but it is time for the justice system to get tougher on all the deadbeat parents in the "world". children are not asked to be born, there is too much protection available, if you are not ready to be a parent then use protection or don't engage in "s" activities at all. bottom line!!!!

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betterme706 01/06/08 - 11:19 am
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okay in the end the lady that

okay in the end the lady that was robbed for the deposit money the "black man" (which is probably white and her boyfriend or a friend of theirs) will b charged with robbery by sudden snatch or whatever they call it............( and the woman will be charged with setting it up and lying:) these stores need to pay there mgrs more money....maybe they will stop being robbed:)

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Just me 2 01/06/08 - 11:23 am
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It doesn't even say that they

It doesn't even say that they charged her with child abandonment.
Wonder why?

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Inkjet 01/06/08 - 11:24 am
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The locks on my BMW lock

The locks on my BMW lock automatically, but then it is a lot newer than that one. I still say if someone pulled that crap on me, and that's a big 'IF', they'd go on the ride of their life, because I bought my Bimmer in Germany, and I've driven a couple of years on the the Autobahn and all, and you can believe me when I say I can drive! They don't call it "The Ultimate Driving Machine" for nothing! Anyone who drives with me on a normal drive knows I would drive that carjacker out of the car before he would complete his crime!

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dani 01/06/08 - 11:24 am
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Unlocked passenger door??. I

Unlocked passenger door??. I don't see how that could be. All cars of recent years have doors with automatic locks on doors that engage when you start the engine.

--_Here we go again. Posters defending the undefensible.
You cannot, with any sanity at all, defend the actions of this Tomeka person.
Wrong is wrong.

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Reality 01/06/08 - 11:30 am
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Most of the locks are

Most of the locks are "rolling locks", that lock at 15 mph..........

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a crazy old man 01/06/08 - 11:50 am
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An employee of an Augusta

An employee of an Augusta convenience store in a 1997 BMW. I have a 96 and a 98 Dodge and the 96 doesn't lock until you push the button and the 98 can be programed to do what you want it to do. It can lock when you put it in gear or at 15mph or you can program it to lock only when you push the button. I have it set to lock when you put it in gear. Who knows what her 1997 BMW does.

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Purrfectlyevil 01/06/08 - 12:16 pm
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It is sad that we have to

It is sad that we have to 'think' the way we do when someone from a retail store gets robbed... We now have to believe 'guilty' until proven innocent. Makes the rest of the employees with responsibilities of similar caliber Hope like hell nothing happens in a similar fashion to them, as they will be judged before facts are gathered..... as they say..'one bad apple'.

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Purrfectlyevil 01/06/08 - 12:18 pm
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.... By the way.. Thanks to

.... By the way.. Thanks to crazy old man for explaining that all makes and models of cars are NOT the same. Kudos man for an unbiased opinion. Seems lost in the judgemental attitudes shown here today.

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dani 01/06/08 - 12:19 pm
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Honest. But..then they stay

Honest. But..then they stay locked until you unlock them. If it's not done automatically would any woman actually drive around with her cars doors unlocked? Foolish actions or foolish people. ___The man knew she had money and knew her doors were unlocked and knew the light would be red at Walden Drive and that she would stop...ok. I got it.

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KSL 01/06/08 - 12:29 pm
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conde, what was this "fine

conde, what was this "fine church going Christian woman" thinking when she drove off in someone else's car, endangered the public, her child and friend by driving wrecklessly, abandoned her child and her injured friend by fleeing the scene of an accident?

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dani 01/06/08 - 12:32 pm
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ksl..I'm not condi, but I'll

ksl..I'm not condi, but I'll bet she was thinking, Man, this here is fun!

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owensjef 01/06/08 - 12:55 pm
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How do you know Pat? Why do

How do you know Pat? Why do you you care pat? Oh I know why Buzz word Gilbert Manor.

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TrukinRanger 01/06/08 - 01:24 pm
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I believe (hope) that Condi

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I believe (hope) that Condi was being sarcastic!! There should have been a child endangerment and abandonment charge to that thug too!!!

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tiff418 01/06/08 - 02:58 pm
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The memorial service is being

The memorial service is being held at the middle school because it is the largest facility in Graniteville and can accommodate the crowd attending. It has nothing to do with the students that attend the school, except for the fact that they live in the area. The Chronicle choice of wording is strange in describing the service.

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TakeAstand 01/06/08 - 03:04 pm
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Yep truckin, and I see she

Yep truckin, and I see she got a child restrait charge so either shes sorry ( which we alreay know) and doesnt restrain her child to start with or she did because she was making a quick getaway cuz she was the one the one who stole it.... so that "she didnt know it was stolen" crap people were defending her with yesterday doesnt fly. She may be a girl, but shes still a thug. Throw the book at her and give her a long time to think about it, and take her kid away from her too. If they are lax on her they will just be creating a bigger menace to society. This kid didnt make a lil young dumb mistake, she took wayyyyyy grown up actions and mucked things up in about 10 different ways, I have no idea why shes not being charged with more, she played grown up, take punishment like a grown up JAILTIME!!!!!

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dani 01/06/08 - 03:07 pm
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So many memorials are

So many memorials are lessening the importance of memorials. There are memorials for everything and everybody. Doesn't mean much. I'm waiting to hear of one on Dugas St.

KSL
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KSL 01/06/08 - 03:37 pm
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Given the number of sometimes

Given the number of sometimes stupid, sometimes ignorant statements posted here, very subtle sarcasm can be hard to detect.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 01/06/08 - 04:52 pm
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lmaoooo kathy, yeah, I'm

lmaoooo kathy, yeah, I'm always like, are they playing or really that dumb!!! lol

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patriciathomas 01/06/08 - 05:24 pm
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owensjef, I see I'm still

owensjef, I see I'm still confusing you. I must have been typing fast this morning. My apologies. (p.s., Gilbert Manor is gone. Augusta is growing. Better get out of the way or get in the parade.)

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twman 01/06/08 - 06:16 pm
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I dont care if shes guily or

I dont care if shes guily or not.If she can afford a BMW,I'm going to work for Circle K

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 01/06/08 - 07:01 pm
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lmaoooo twman, me too!!

lmaoooo twman, me too!!

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