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Rebecca Chase-Williams sworn in as Brookhaven mayor

BROOKHAVEN, GA (WXIA) -- Brookhaven's new mayor was sworn in Tuesday night by Judge Mike Jacobs. Their new mayor may have a name familiar to some who have followed news over the years.

Mayor Rebecca Chase-Williams takes over the reins from J. Max Davis, who, in a letter earlier this month, said he was steppign down from the post to "pursue another opportunity in public service to our community."

Chase-Williams is married to Dick Williams, known as host of WAGA-TV's long-running political talk show, "The Georgia Gang," but that's not where many people will recognize her from. As Rebecca Chase, the new mayor first graced our screens here at 11Alive as a political reporter in the 1970s, before joining ABC News as an award-winning journalist for more than 20 years.

FBI executes pair of search warrants

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- The FBI performed a pair of search warrants in the metro Atlanta area on Wednesday.

One search took place at a home in Brookhaven; the other happened on the fourth floor of an office building on Buford Highway.

An FBI spokesperson would only confirm that agents were executing a search warrant.

Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis resigns

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- J. Max Davis, the very first mayor of the city of Brookhaven, announced Tuesday that he is stepping down from the position.

Davis said in a letter that he is resigning "to pursue another opportunity in public service to our community."

"My term was due to expire this year, but I want you to know that I have thoroughly enjoyed my work in getting our city started," Davis said in the letter. "It has been my distinct honor to serve as your mayor."

Read the entire letter:

Dear residents and friends,

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.