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DNA from Brookhaven rape suspect no match to other cases


BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Brookhaven Police said Friday afternoon that according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, preliminary DNA information obtained from Brookhaven rape suspect Roberto Gaona-Pina did not match information tied to similar crimes in Roswell or Norcross.

Early Voting Begins Tuesday, May 26th for State House District 55

Early Voting Begins Tuesday, May 26th for State House District 55

House District 55 voters are encouraged to cast their ballots early for the June 16, 2015 Special Election for State House District 55 to fill the unexpired term of Tyrone Brooks who resigned the seat. Residents can cast their ballots beginning Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, June 12 and on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Please note that on Saturday, June 6, 2015, residents can only vote at the Registration and Election Headquarters from 9:00am-4:00pm. Beginning Wednesday, June 10 through June 12, 2015, two (2) additional locations will be available for early voting.

Early Voting

May 26 - June 12, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 am

Registration and Elections Headquarters

130 Peachtree St, SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA


Saturday Voting - June 6, 2015

2 charged in Brookhaven prostitution investigation

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Two people were arrested during a prostitution investigation in Brookhaven last week.

An undercover police officer visited Himalayan Salt Therapy in the 2800 block of Buford Highway on May 4. When he arrived, he was reportedly solicited for sexual services by 35-year-old Maria Favela. Favela was arrested and charged with prostitution.

Police executed a search warrant on the property, which revealed evidence consistent with a place of prostitution. Brookhaven Police Officer Carlos Nino said the business was also not equipped to provide the professional massage or salt therapy services it advertised.

The owner, 34-year-old Mateo Martinez Hernandez, was arrested and charged with keeping a place of prostitution.

Favela and Martinez Hernandez were taken to the DeKalb County Jail.

MOSAIC Group wins 2015 Chrysalis Award

MOSAIC Group wins 2015 Chrysalis Award

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] won a Regional Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence in a Residential Bathroom Category. The entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

The same project also won first place in a Bathroom Category during the recent Contractor of the Year awards competition sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation's best work in 15 general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The competition is open to professional remodelers and design professionals in the United States.

Apartment fire displaces N. Druid Hills residents

DEKALB COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – Families were forced to watch helplessly as flames engulfed their homes in a North Druid Hills apartment complex Friday evening.


In all, 24 units were involved in the blaze.

By late Friday evening, firefighters were still working to control a small flame from a gas line, with the intent of allowing it to burn itself out.

For the people living there, the evening was one of close calls and emotional reunions.

Brookhaven rape suspect could link to other cases

UPDATE: DNA from Brookhaven rape suspect no match to other cases (Original story below)

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (WXIA) -- Police say DNA should provide the link they need to connect three rapes in Metro Atlanta. They say the cases appear to be very similar.

With a suspect picture, name and warrants out, police are now searching for their rapist and providing new hope for investigators in Roswell and Norcross.

As Brookhaven Police circulate a photo and surveillance video of 38-year-old Roberto Gaona-Pina in connection with a rape last week, they are not realizing they may have a much bigger case on their hands.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.