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House candidate's campaign office among vandalized Brookhaven businesses

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Several Brookhaven businesses and offices, including the campaign office for Georgia House candidate Catherine Bernard, were vandalized overnight.

Bernard's office is located at 4274 Peachtree Road, as is health food store Nuts 'N Berries. Brookhaven Police said someone painted various drawings and symbols at both locations. Detectives also found office supplies and electronics staged as if they were going to be stolen.

Similar vandalism was reported at Peachtree Flower Shop, which is next door to Nuts 'N Berries. No one broke into the flower shop, but the exterior of the building was damaged.

The investigation is ongoing.

Bernard is running to become State Representative for Georgia's 80th House District, representing Brookhaven. A special election to fill the seat will be held Tuesday.

Brookhaven cop's act of kindness goes viral

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- A photo of a Brookhaven police officer going above and beyond the call of duty is going viral.

While on patrol, Officer Charles McCoy spotted an elderly woman mowing her lawn. When he returned several hours later, the woman was still at it -- so he decided to do something.

McCoy stepped in to help finish mowing. He later learned the woman's late husband took great pride in the lawn. When her husband passed away, the woman tried to keep up with the yard work, but has difficulty due to her age.

The image was posted to Facebook and has since been shared thousands of times.

Woman arrested for falsely reporting rape

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- A Brookhaven woman has been charged with making false statements after wrongfully accusing a man of raping her.

Anamirna Cabello-Loeza, 31, turned herself in to Brookhaven Police on July 1. She was booked in the DeKalb County Jail.

Investigators said Cabello-Loeza claimed Roberto Gaona-Pina raped her in April near a Buford Highway MARTA bus stop. Police later identified Gaona-Pina as a person of interest in two more rapes -- one in Norcross and the other in Roswell. He was arrested in Alabama in May.

Brookhaven man charged with human trafficking

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- A 51-year-old Brookhaven man faces several charges related to sexually exploiting a juvenile.

Brookhaven Police charged James Clay Webb with human trafficking, interference with child custody and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.

Webb was arrested when detectives and GBI agents executed a search warrant on a home in the 3500 block of Mill Creek Road. Police obtained the warrant after receiving a suspected sexual exploitation complaint from Bartow County DFCS and conducting a forensic interview with the juvenile victim.

Electronic devices were seized during the search warrant, according to police.

The GBI is still investigating the complaint and will release more information to Brookhaven Police at a later date.

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Man dies after being hit by car in Brookhaven

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- A man has died after being hit by a car in Brookhaven Thursday morning.

The accident happened at around 4:15 a.m. in the 2200 block of North Druid Hills Road near Executive Park Drive.

The driver told Brookhaven Police she was traveling west when she hit a man crossing the road. She claimed she did not see the pedestrian.

A Georgia State Patrol spokesperson said the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing.

The pedestrian, whose name was not released, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with significant injuries. He later passed away at the hospital. Responding officers said they believe the man was heavily intoxicated.

The GSP is investigating the accident. No charges have been filed against the driver.

DeKalb County to discuss equipping officers with body cameras

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. – DeKalb County commissioners are meeting Monday to discuss equipping officers with body cameras.

The meeting is the first as the county decides whether to spend millions in taxpayer money to buy the cameras. Some people feel they are too expensive. Others say they are necessary to rebuild trust and hold officers accountable.

Two recent deaths in DeKalb County have fueled the call for the cameras.

In March, a DeKalb County police officer shot and killed Air Force veteran Anthony Hill. Police say he was running through an apartment complex naked when he lunged at the officer.

Charges dropped in alleged Brookhaven rape case

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. – Police have dropped charges against a man accused in an alleged Brookhaven rape.

The alleged bus stop rape made headlines and kept a community on edge for weeks.

Authorities arrested Roberto Gaona-Pina in Alabama last month. Now, police say that the woman who accused him of raping her was not telling the truth.