Originally created 12/25/05

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Man with knife holds up store

Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated a robbery at a convenience store Saturday morning, a police report states.

A clerk at the Circle K in the 1700 block of Walton Way said that at 12:30 a.m., a man entered the store and demanded money at knifepoint.

The clerk handed money to the man, who then ran from the store.

The man is described as black, 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 160 pounds and wearing a blue-gray jacket, khaki pants, white shoes and a black hooded sweatshirt.

He was wearing a blue mask over his face.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Woman is accused of hitting man with car

Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a woman accused of hitting her child's father with a car, officials said Saturday.

Investigator Dan Carrier said Tamera Lynn Ryan, 33, is wanted on an aggravated assault charge.

The investigator said Ms. Ryan is accused of hitting Anthony Randolph, 41, with a car at Brandywine condominiums at about 10 p.m. after he attempted to see their child.

Mr. Randolph was taken to University Hospital.

Ms. Ryan was last seen driving a 1994 Buick Century with a paper tag.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 821-1080.

Minor league player faces DUI charge

A minor-league baseball player from Appling was arrested Christmas Eve in Richmond County on a charge of driving under the influence, Richmond County sheriff's records state.

James Albert Shanks Jr., 26, of Burks Mountain Road, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, an open container violation and disregarding a stop sign.

Jail records state he was arrested at Willow Street and Dan Bowles Road, but the jail record does not state at what time he was arrested.

Officials said he was released Saturday on $1,790 bond.

Mr. Shanks is an outfielder for the Carolina Mudcats, a Zebulon, N.C., Double-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins.

He played high school baseball for Greenbrier.

Man loses $2,700 in property to burglars

Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated a burglary in which more than $2,000 worth of property was taken, a police report states.

A 42-year-old man living in the 500 block of Delano Street said Friday that someone broke a window to a back room and entered his home.

Among the items taken were a golf bag with golf clubs, a television, a watch, a personal digital assistant and another electronic device, the report said.

The total value was listed at $2,700.

Woman says man tried to run her car off road

A Hephzibah woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that a man attempted to run her car off the road and later assaulted her Friday, a police report states.

Amanda J. Mandera, 19, told deputies that after arguing with the man, she got into her vehicle and left the apartment where the argument took place in the 6000 block of Jaguar Way.

She said the man followed her in his vehicle and tried to run her off the road before swerving in front of her and slamming on the brakes.

Once they returned to the apartment, she said the man punched her in the mouth. No arrests were immediately made.

Merchant says man robbed her with gun

An Augusta store owner told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that a man robbed her business at gunpoint Friday morning.

According to an incident report, the man entered Overpass Package Store in the 3700 block of Peach Orchard Road at about 10:20 a.m. and displayed a small handgun.

The man, who was wearing a black ski mask, robbed the woman of the store's cash and told her to get on the floor, the report said.

A witness said he saw the man get into the passenger seat of a four-door, green Ford Taurus driven by another man.

- From staff reports