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Weekend stabbing leads to man's arrest


A North Augusta man was arrested during the weekend in connection with a stabbing in downtown Augusta.

Lawrence Matthew Rogers, 24, of the 1500 block of Martintown Road, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, according to Richmond County jail records.

Witnesses told police that Mr. Rogers started arguing with John Gleason, 27, of Fort Gordon, after Mr. Gleason said "good night girls" to women accompanying Mr. Rogers.

Mr. Rogers pulled a knife, and, after a struggle, stabbed Mr. Gleason, according to a Richmond County sheriff's jail report.

The incident happened about 1 a.m. at the corner of James Brown Boulevard and Broad Street.

No injuries reported in house fire

Augusta Fire Department officials were investigating a fire that destroyed a south Augusta house and displaced a family Sunday.

The home in the 2500 block of Friar Lane in Barton Village was a total loss, according to Capt. Frank Lanier Jr. There were no threats to nearby homes, he said.

The fire started at the rear of the house . A couple lived in the home with seven children, but no one was injured, Capt. Lanier said.

"We had it all under control within five or six minutes," he said.

AARP providing free tax help

AARP is offering free tax preparation assistance to low- and middle-income people 60 and older.

The service is available through April 15. Bring your Social Security card or annual statement SSA-1099 for you, information on your spouse and dependents; a photo ID; last year's return; W-2s and other tax documents; records and receipts if you are itemizing; and a blank check if you want direct deposit.

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