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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.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/24/08 - 04:46 am
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A stabbing at 9th and Broad

A stabbing at 9th and Broad at 1am? Who would have thought...?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/24/08 - 04:47 am
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A cold weather fire in Barton

A cold weather fire in Barton Village? Who would have thought...?

Frank
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Frank 03/24/08 - 05:32 am
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I'm gonna guess you spend a

I'm gonna guess you spend a lot of time downtown don't you PT.. this incident is not the norm for the area anymore, but then again you'd probably say the same for any place that's not your cush little corner of the world

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 03/24/08 - 05:32 am
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Ignorance knows no bounds, a

Ignorance knows no bounds, a family of 7 children is out of a home and patriciathomas thinks it's a joke. I wonder how your comments would differ if it was a house in Evans, or perhaps your house. How stupid to make ignorant comments about this tragedy.

CheckContents
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CheckContents 03/24/08 - 06:27 am
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"A stabbing at 9th and Broad

"A stabbing at 9th and Broad at 1am? Who would have thought...?"
Posted by patriciathomas on Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:46 AM
"Ignorance knows no bounds, a family of 7 children is out of a home and patriciathomas thinks it's a joke. I wonder how your comments would differ if it was a house in Evans, or perhaps your house. How stupid to make ignorant comments about this tragedy."
Posted by pantherluvcik on Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:32 AM

Pantherluvcik, please read patriciathomas' comment. I do believe it is satire on the state of the Broad St. area after dark (the stabbing) and not the house fire. You owe her an apology.

CSRAider
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CSRAider 03/24/08 - 06:38 am
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Get a grip people!

Get a grip people!

i know
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i know 03/24/08 - 07:01 am
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A disagreement in the

A disagreement in the comments section? Who would have thought...?

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curly123053 03/24/08 - 07:25 am
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Those out meandering @ 1am

Those out meandering @ 1am are just asking for trouble. If he would have been home in bed or watching TV he would not have had a problem. There is nothing but trouble lurking when you are out at such an hour!

HUH2
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HUH2 03/24/08 - 08:04 am
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Mom was right"ain't nuthin

Mom was right"ain't nuthin but cops and robbers after midnight so your @#$ will be home at 11:30" I guess Mr Gleason's mom never told him that or he didn't listen.

NotyourDadsBuick
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NotyourDadsBuick 03/24/08 - 08:18 am
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So?

So?

Frank
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Frank 03/24/08 - 08:54 am
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It's likely they were not

It's likely they were not "out meandering" but instead were leaving a nearby establishment toward one of several parking areas nearby. Just because your lifestyle rolls up the sidewalk at 6 doesn't mean that fits true for everyone else in the world. On both Friday and Saturday there was live entertainment at an establishment near that intersection that would have been wrapping up around that time. As for the trouble lurking at such an hour, the same type of crimes occur in ALL hours of the day in all parts of town, Columbia County included.

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darktall 03/24/08 - 10:48 am
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I agree with you Frank and I

I agree with you Frank and I also believe there was more than a good night ladies said by the soldier, maybe not but in I am guessing there was. Still no right to stab someone but if you keep to your self nine times out of ten people will leave you alone.

Frank
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Frank 03/24/08 - 11:10 am
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Having been a soldier once

Having been a soldier once myself, and growing up around them, I can definitely agree that there was much more to the remark than "good night girls". Many of the young recruits here at Ft. Gordon have "superman syndrome" after finishing basic training. This in no way exonerates Mr. Rogers for his actions but it is also something that could have occurred @ Columbia Square, or Washington Square..

Johnny Chimpo
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Johnny Chimpo 03/24/08 - 12:35 pm
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7 kids? Geez!

7 kids? Geez!

VoteRepublican
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VoteRepublican 03/24/08 - 08:04 pm
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The 27 year old soldier may

The 27 year old soldier may not be in training... there are many soldiers that are stationed at Ft. Gordon and are not "just out of basic". I'll take the word of the soldier over the knife wielding thug anyday. This community DOES NOT support the heroes that are the US military!

alessacosette
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alessacosette 03/26/08 - 01:00 am
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For those concerned, Frank,

For those concerned, Frank, you were correct in your assessment of the incident. The party was indeed leaving a nearby establishment heading to the parking lot, minding their own business. The soldier was clearly trying to pick a fight; he approached and took the first swing and knocked Mr. Rogers, who is also a member of the US armed forces, to the ground where he remained, struggling, until Mr. Gleason stood up and backed away from him. Just because the "perpetrator" suffered fewer injuries than his attacker was trying to inflict on him, he was charged with aggravated assault. As far as Mr. Rogers being a "knife wielding thug", this is a classic case of self defense and unless you've been in his shoes, you've no right to judge him. Any woman who's ever been leered or whistled at by a drunk on the street would appreciate someone who's willing to stand up and protect her at the risk of his own safety. Why bother carrying a knife if you can't even use it after being punched in the face and pummeled into the ground without being charged with a crime that could ruin your life and career? Something isn't right here....

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