Originally created 05/13/02

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Man accused of false report

A 50-year-old Augusta man has been charged with falsely reporting a carjacking to police.

Leon Brown was charged with the false report of a crime and remained at the Richmond County jail Sunday with his bond set at $4,050, according to jail records.

Investigator Blaise Dresser, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, said Mr. Brown was arrested Friday - the same day he told authorities that someone wielding a knife forced him out of his car on Fenwick Street at about 3:50 a.m.

Investigator Dresser said Mr. Brown's car was recovered Friday at 10th and Dugas streets.

Martinez man reports car stolen at gunpoint

Police are investigating a carjacking Saturday at Eighth and Hopkins streets.

Eugene Grant, of Martinez, said two men with handguns approached his car at 3:15 a.m. and told him to hand over his keys, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Mr. Grant said the thieves drove westbound on Hopkins Street. One of the men is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds and having gold-capped teeth. The other is described as black, 6 feet 1 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds.

Police arrest woman in patrol-car wreck

A 36-year-old Augusta woman has been charged in connection with an early-morning accident Saturday involving a Richmond County Sheriff's Office patrol car.

Quincy Lene Quattlebaum was charged with failure to yield the right of way, said Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Jason Johnson, adding that other charges are pending the results of a blood-alcohol test.

Cpl. Johnson said the wreck occurred at 2:33 a.m. on Washington Road near Interstate 20. There were only minor injuries, but Ms. Quattlebaum's 1998 Ford Escort and the patrol car, driven by Deputy Benjamin Rollins, were totaled.

Cpl. Johnson said Ms. Quattlebaum attempted to turn into the parking lot in front of Outback Steakhouse and drove into oncoming traffic. He said Deputy Rollins' car was hit on the front driver's side and was forced into an embankment.

Construction will close part of Broad Street

A portion of Broad Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today through Wednesday because of construction work on the Augusta Commons.

The closing will affect an outside lane and sidewalk in the westbound 800 block of Broad, according to a news release from the city's Public Works and Engineering Department. Drivers are asked to use Reynolds and Greene streets as a detour.

City fire chief plans to hold open forum

Augusta Fire Chief Al Gillespie will conduct an open house and forum at two fire stations today and Tuesday.

The chief will be at Fire Station No. 9 on Walton Way Extension from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. He will be at Fire Station No. 18 on Windsor Spring Road from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


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