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Rhonda Cook

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Rhonda Cook is a native Georgian. She began reporting in 1978 with United Press International and joined the AJC in 1989 with the assignments to cover the Georgia Legislature, politics, state government, prisons and criminal justice matters. In the years since, she has specialized on the criminal justice system.

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Attorney: East Point police used Tasers as ‘cattle prod’ on man who died

Two former East Point police officers might have discharged their Tasers more than twice as many times as they reported in the death of a 24-year-old man in April, according to an attorney. Chris Stewart, who is representing the family of Gregory Lewis Towns Jr., said Tuesday former Cpl. Howard ...

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Suspect in carjackings denied bond

A 17-year-old boy slammed into a mailbox because he was texting while driving a stolen SUV, setting in motion a series of arrests that led to him and charges that he had targeted women in parking lots, according to testimony.Atlanta Police Department investigator Lakea Gaither, assigned to the APD’s gang ...

Photos released of thieves who stole 100 computers from Atlanta school

Atlanta police have released pictures captured by surveillance cameras of four men who may have taken more than 100 computers from Brown Middle School west of downtown Atlanta. The images show the men, believed to be in their early to mid 20s, making several trips carrying computers during the predawn ...

FBI director: Agents sent to Ferguson, Mo. to learn the facts

The head of the FBI said investigators are pushing hard to find out what happened when Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., two weeks ago, but how long it will take is unknown. In Atlanta to meet with agents as well as local and state law enforcement ...

Judge shoots himself in his Greene County home

Judge James L. Cline, Jr., 62, who presided in eight central Georgia counties, was found dead in his home in Greensboro around 6 p.m. Thursday.He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, according to an autopsy performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is helping with the ...

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Gwinnett woman, 73, chases burglar suspect from home with gunshots

A 73-year-old Lilburn woman shot through a door as a burglar approached her bedroom and then she chased him out of her house, continuing to fire, according to a police report. Police found evidence that Hilda Douglas hit whoever was in her house earlier this month. Police found blood on ...

Lawsuit seeks permission for dad to bring gun to Douglas County school

A Douglas County man has asked a judge to allow him to bring a gun when he comes to his daughter’s’s school at least while his lawsuit to force the issue at Beulah Elementary School moves through the courts. According to the suit filed by the gun-rights group GeorgiaCarry.org on ...


Gwinnett woman held without bond on charges of starving 15-year-old

A Gwinnett County judge declined to set bond Thursday for a mother accused of starving her 15-year-old daughter and keeping her locked in a room reeking of human waste. Jade Marie Jacobs remains in the Gwinnett County jail charged with cruelty to children in the first degree and false imprisonment. ...

Suspect in Aug. 11 failed attack on Freedom Parkway Trail/GBI

Sketch released of suspect in Freedom Parkway Trail failed attack

Atlanta police have released a sketch of a man suspected of attacking a jogger on the heavily-traveled Freedom Parkway Trail earlier this month. Emory University medical student Pearl Ryder told police a man came out of a stand of trees near the path where North and Euclid avenues intersect around ...

Two more arrested in Phipps Plaza parking lot attack on woman

Police have arrested two more suspects in a string of car thefts involving women in parking lots, bringing to three the number of teenagers now in custody on charges stemming from attacks that started July 5. Atlanta police said Wednesday members of the U.S. Marshal’s counter gang unit picked up ...


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Airport flight plan: New parking decks, another runway

Travelers at the world’s busiest airport are likely to see new parking garages and renovated terminals over the next decade, and possibly a sixth runway and more concourses after that, according to a master plan proposed by Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport officials Wednesday.

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Flashback fotos: Navigating North Avenue, 1946-1999

One of Midtown's most famous east-west thoroughfares, North Avenue crosses Peachtree, Piedmont and Spring streets and runs parallel to Ponce de Leon for much of its length.

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Nunn casts Perdue as Mitt Romney as 2012 theme reappears

Like so many summer blockbusters, the Michelle Nunn ad hitting Georgia television screens is a sequel.

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