Rodney Thrash

Rodney Thrash joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a breaking news specialist in November 2013. He previously worked at the Detroit Free Press, the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) and AOL’s Patch.com.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed signs marijuana legislation 
 A new staffer faces disciplinary action after a  tweet from the Atlanta City Council’s verified account created a political firestorm early Wednesday. The erroneous tweet, which indicated Mayor Kasim Reed  vetoed a measure intended to reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana,  was pushed out to thousands of the...

10:31 AM Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

A new staffer faces disciplinary action after a tweet from the Atlanta City Council’s verified account created a political firestorm early Wednesday. The erroneous tweet, which indicated Mayor Kasim Reed vetoed a measure intended to reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, was pushed out to thousands of the...
Pedestrian struck and killed in SE Atlanta

11:36 AM Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2016

A pedestrian was struck and killed Tuesday in southeast Atlanta, police said. A car struck the pedestrian at Moreland Avenue and Gracewood Avenue, Atlanta police Officer Kim Jones said. The pedestrian died on the scene. At one point, Moreland Avenue was shut down in both directions and drivers were urged to use Boulevard or Flat Shoals as...
Fulton Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr. accused of shoving wife

1:38 PM Friday, Sep. 16, 2016

Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr. was arrested Friday on a misdemeanor battery-family violence charge after he allegedly grabbed and shoved his wife, according to Channel 2 Action News. Arrington, the son of former Fulton County Superior Court Judge Marvin Arrington Sr., made his first court appearance Friday in connection with...
Lanes reopen after crash on I-285 in DeKalb
 Westbound lanes of I-285 reopened Tuesday just before 2 p.m. after “a major accident” at Moreland Avenue in DeKalb County closed them for nearly four hours, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. A cement truck overturned, blew a tire and hit the freeway median around 10 a.m., DeKalb fire official Kevin Cavanaugh...

2:57 PM Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Westbound lanes of I-285 reopened Tuesday just before 2 p.m. after “a major accident” at Moreland Avenue in DeKalb County closed them for nearly four hours, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. A cement truck overturned, blew a tire and hit the freeway median around 10 a.m., DeKalb fire official Kevin Cavanaugh...
2 killed in Hall County crash

5:55 PM Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Two people were killed Monday in a head-on collision in Hall County, the Georgia State Patrol said. About 7:25 a.m., a northbound Mitsubishi Galant and a southbound Ford Escape were on Ga. 11, just south of Walden Pond Road. For unknown reasons, the Galant went into the southbound lane and struck the Escape, the GSP said. Earlier, officials...
Man jailed after shootout with police
 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reviewing what happened during a shootout with police officers in south Fulton County. No one was hit in the gun battle, which occurred early Friday on Meadow Glen Parkway, interim Fairburn police Chief Vernal Sutherland told Channel 2 Action News. However, a man identified by police as Louberto B. Barbers...

10:59 AM Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reviewing what happened during a shootout with police officers in south Fulton County. No one was hit in the gun battle, which occurred early Friday on Meadow Glen Parkway, interim Fairburn police Chief Vernal Sutherland told Channel 2 Action News. However, a man identified by police as Louberto B. Barbers...
Sheriff: Teen offered officer $12K to kill classmates
 A Georgia high school student has been charged as an adult after he offered an undercover officer $12,000 to kill two classmates and their families, authorities said. Morgan Miles Morris, a 17-year-old Pickens High School student, was arrested on a charge of criminal solicitation to commit murder, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office...

10:14 AM Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

A Georgia high school student has been charged as an adult after he offered an undercover officer $12,000 to kill two classmates and their families, authorities said. Morgan Miles Morris, a 17-year-old Pickens High School student, was arrested on a charge of criminal solicitation to commit murder, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office...
Sheriff: Teen offered officer $12K to kill classmates
 A Georgia high school student has been charged as an adult after he offered an undercover officer $12,000 to kill two classmates and their families, authorities said. Morgan Miles Morris, a 17-year-old Pickens High School student, was arrested on a charge of criminal solicitation to commit murder, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office...

7:34 PM Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

A Georgia high school student has been charged as an adult after he offered an undercover officer $12,000 to kill two classmates and their families, authorities said. Morgan Miles Morris, a 17-year-old Pickens High School student, was arrested on a charge of criminal solicitation to commit murder, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office...
Police ID suspects in Johns Creek home invasion
 Police have identified two men who allegedly pistol-whipped a Johns Creek woman and her housekeeper during a violent home invasion. Kenneth Hayes, 28, and Andraus Betts, 23, were arrested in southwest Atlanta late Tuesday, hours after police said they attacked the women, made demands and stole items from the home. Atlanta police charged Hayes...

4:24 PM Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

Police have identified two men who allegedly pistol-whipped a Johns Creek woman and her housekeeper during a violent home invasion. Kenneth Hayes, 28, and Andraus Betts, 23, were arrested in southwest Atlanta late Tuesday, hours after police said they attacked the women, made demands and stole items from the home. Atlanta police charged Hayes...
Woman, 67, accused of shooting teen
 A 67-year-old Georgia woman was arrested after Middle Georgia authorities said she shot and critically injured a 14-year-old boy. Delores Gibson-Council told the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office she was driving just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday when she saw a large group of juveniles in the 3400 block of Flamingo Drive. She honked her horn...

3:09 PM Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

A 67-year-old Georgia woman was arrested after Middle Georgia authorities said she shot and critically injured a 14-year-old boy. Delores Gibson-Council told the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office she was driving just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday when she saw a large group of juveniles in the 3400 block of Flamingo Drive. She honked her horn...
Woman charged in crash that killed high school sweethearts
 More than 13 months after high school sweethearts Janeal Priester and Nicholas Wright were killed in a crash down the road from Paulding County High School, authorities on Monday announced an arrest in the case. A Paulding County grand jury recently indicted Sarah Elizabeth Dowdy on vehicular homicide and other charges in connection with...

7:46 PM Monday, Aug. 01, 2016

More than 13 months after high school sweethearts Janeal Priester and Nicholas Wright were killed in a crash down the road from Paulding County High School, authorities on Monday announced an arrest in the case. A Paulding County grand jury recently indicted Sarah Elizabeth Dowdy on vehicular homicide and other charges in connection with...