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Rhonda Cook

Reporter for Enterprise

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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Jury scam run from inside Georgia prison using cellphones
 Inmates, using smuggled cellphones, would call Gwinnett County residents posing as a deputy collecting fines from those who supposedly missed jury duty and were facing arrest, officials said Friday. According to Channel 2 Action News, at least one inmate at Macon State Prison made more than 10,300 phone calls from one smuggled cellphone ...

Posted: 3 days ago

Inmates, using smuggled cellphones, would call Gwinnett County residents posing as a deputy collecting fines from those who supposedly missed jury duty and were facing arrest, officials said Friday. According to Channel 2 Action News, at least one inmate at Macon State Prison made more than 10,300 phone calls from one smuggled cellphone ...
Businessman steps in to help jailed stranger
 Moved by the plight of a mentally disabled man jailed for more than two months because he couldn’t afford to pay the bond, a businessman has stepped forward to help. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the arrested man’s situation, leading a complete stranger to take action. Read more about this story on our subscriber...

Posted: 5 days ago

Moved by the plight of a mentally disabled man jailed for more than two months because he couldn’t afford to pay the bond, a businessman has stepped forward to help. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the arrested man’s situation, leading a complete stranger to take action. Read more about this story on our subscriber...
Decatur businessman pays bond for a stranger to get out of jail
 A Decatur businessman on Tuesday paid a stranger’s bail so the man could be released from jail, where he had been held since his arrest in October for yelling at customers at a gas station. Randall McCrary was arrested Oct. 22 at a Boulevard gas station where he was shouting obscenities at customers. According to the police report,...

Posted: 6 days ago

A Decatur businessman on Tuesday paid a stranger’s bail so the man could be released from jail, where he had been held since his arrest in October for yelling at customers at a gas station. Randall McCrary was arrested Oct. 22 at a Boulevard gas station where he was shouting obscenities at customers. According to the police report,...
Suit: Free jailed Atlanta man too poor to pay bond
 A 45-year-old man, was covered with his own feces when he was arrested, has been held in jail since late October without a judge ever deciding if he was able to pay a $500 bond. Randall McCrary was charged with yelling obscenities at customers at an Atlanta gas station, according to a suit filed Monday. Sarah Geraghty, managing attorney at...

Posted: 7 days ago

A 45-year-old man, was covered with his own feces when he was arrested, has been held in jail since late October without a judge ever deciding if he was able to pay a $500 bond. Randall McCrary was charged with yelling obscenities at customers at an Atlanta gas station, according to a suit filed Monday. Sarah Geraghty, managing attorney at...
Accused murderer found with handcuff key hidden in hair
 Accused murderer Ricky Dubose may have been planning another escape Christmas Eve when correctional officers decided he needed a haircut and found a key hidden in his hair. Dubose was one of two prisoners who set off a nationwide manhunt last summer after he and another prisoner allegedly killed two state prison guards while escaping from...

Posted: 10 days ago

Accused murderer Ricky Dubose may have been planning another escape Christmas Eve when correctional officers decided he needed a haircut and found a key hidden in his hair. Dubose was one of two prisoners who set off a nationwide manhunt last summer after he and another prisoner allegedly killed two state prison guards while escaping from...
Was notorious Georgia fugitive planning another escape?
 Accused murderer Ricky Dubose may have been planning another escape Christmas Eve until correctional officers found a key hidden in his hair, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said in court Friday. Details of the hidden key, which might have worked on handcuffs, came out when Sills said Dubose should be handcuffed and shackled in leg irons...

Posted: 10 days ago

Accused murderer Ricky Dubose may have been planning another escape Christmas Eve until correctional officers found a key hidden in his hair, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said in court Friday. Details of the hidden key, which might have worked on handcuffs, came out when Sills said Dubose should be handcuffed and shackled in leg irons...
Civil rights groups ask new mayor for changes in Municipal Court bonds
 Two civil rights group on Thursday asked Atlanta’s new mayor to stop the practice of demanding cash bail from all low-level offenders appearing in Municipal Court, regardless of their ability to pay, or face the risk of a lawsuit. The Southern Center for Human Rights and the Civil Rights Corps sent Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms a letter...

Posted: 11 days ago

Two civil rights group on Thursday asked Atlanta’s new mayor to stop the practice of demanding cash bail from all low-level offenders appearing in Municipal Court, regardless of their ability to pay, or face the risk of a lawsuit. The Southern Center for Human Rights and the Civil Rights Corps sent Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms a letter...
Hiker’s murder still haunts those closest to the case, 10 years later
 It was a case that resonated with just about everyone who followed it. Parents with daughters. Boyfriends and husbands. Outdoor enthusiasts. Women. >> Read more trending news  On New Year’s Day 2008, Meredith Emerson set out for a vigorous hike up Union County’s Blood Mountain with her black Labrador retriever...

Posted: 11 days ago

It was a case that resonated with just about everyone who followed it. Parents with daughters. Boyfriends and husbands. Outdoor enthusiasts. Women. >> Read more trending news  On New Year’s Day 2008, Meredith Emerson set out for a vigorous hike up Union County’s Blood Mountain with her black Labrador retriever...
Ten years later, hiker’s beheading continues to haunt investigator
 It was bitter cold in early January 2008. But despite the frigid temperature, it seemed like the entire world had come out to search Blood Mountain in North Georgia. They were looking for Meredith Emerson, who had disappeared on a New Year’s Day hike with her dog Ella. It soon became clear that something terrible had happened to...

Posted: 11 days ago

It was bitter cold in early January 2008. But despite the frigid temperature, it seemed like the entire world had come out to search Blood Mountain in North Georgia. They were looking for Meredith Emerson, who had disappeared on a New Year’s Day hike with her dog Ella. It soon became clear that something terrible had happened to...
Ten years later, hiker’s murder still haunts those closest to case
 It was a case that resonated with just about everyone who followed it. Parents with daughters. Boyfriends and husbands. Outdoor enthusiasts. Women. On New Year’s Day 2008, Meredith Emerson set out for a vigorous hike up Union County’s Blood Mountain with her black Labrador retriever mix, Ella. There she encountered a grizzled...

Posted: 18 days ago

It was a case that resonated with just about everyone who followed it. Parents with daughters. Boyfriends and husbands. Outdoor enthusiasts. Women. On New Year’s Day 2008, Meredith Emerson set out for a vigorous hike up Union County’s Blood Mountain with her black Labrador retriever mix, Ella. There she encountered a grizzled...
Middle Georgia’s opioid overdose outbreak remains unsolved 
 In his nightmares, Jamarco Gibson doesn’t know where he is, why he is there and where he is going. He feels as if he is dying, just like when he swallowed the yellow “Percocet” pill he bought from a stranger six months ago. When the 24-year-old Macon resident wakes up from his nightmares, he is drenched in sweat, jobless...

8:03 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

In his nightmares, Jamarco Gibson doesn’t know where he is, why he is there and where he is going. He feels as if he is dying, just like when he swallowed the yellow “Percocet” pill he bought from a stranger six months ago. When the 24-year-old Macon resident wakes up from his nightmares, he is drenched in sweat, jobless...