Brookhaven businesses, Catherine Bernard’s campaign office vandalized

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Several businesses were vandalized in the early hours of July 13, including the campaign office of Catherine Bernard. Bernard is running for the vacant Georgia House District 80 seat. Brookhaven police said the vandalism occurred at Nuts ‘N Berries at 4274 Peachtree Road, Peachtree Flower Shop Inc. at 4280 Peachtree Road, and several businesses and […]

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Burrell Ellis found guilty of perjury and attempted theft by extortion

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A jury found suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis guilty of perjury and attempted theft by extortion. Ellis was accused of strong-arming vendors to donate to his reelection campaign in 2012. The jury came to a verdict July 1 after six days of deliberation, finding Ellis guilty of three perjury charges for lying to a […]

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Updated: Hemy Neuman’s conviction reversed


The state’s top court has reversed the conviction of Hemy Neuman, who was found guilty but mentally ill of the 2010 murder of Russell “Rusty” Sneiderman outside a Dunwoody daycare center.  In a 6-to-1 decision announced June 15, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that the DeKalb County Superior Judge Gregory Adams “erred by allowing […]

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Burrell Ellis on trial again


“Debt, desperation and deceit. That is what the evidence will show this case is about.” That’s how Assistant District Attorney Lawanda Hodges began her opening arguments June 9 in the retrial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. Ellis is on trial in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson. He is accused of strong-arming vendors […]

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Brookhaven rape suspect arrested in Alabama

Roberto Gaona-Piña

A 38-year-old man wanted in an alleged rape on Buford Highway was arrested in Alabama. Brookhaven Police said Roberto Gaona-Piña was arrested May 21 by the Opelika Police Department in Alabama. According to Brookhaven Public Information Officer Carlos Nino, Opelika police officers responded to a suspicious person call matching the description of Gaona-Piña. Gaona-Piña was […]

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Teen charged in fatal car accident that killed Lakeside teacher

Leah OBrien

*UPDATE* Decatur Police obtained arrest warrants April 30 for first degree vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle and reckless driving for 19-year-old Ramiro Pedemonte of Tucker for the fatality accident that occurred on April 25 on Scott Boulevard at Ridley Circle involving Leah O’Brien and her 8-year-old daughter.  Pedemonte was taken into custody at his residence without incident.    […]

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Avondale Estates Police investigating exploitation of senior citizens

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The Avondale Estates Police Department is investigating a case involving “exploitation of the elderly,” the city announced April 29. The city said in a release that the investigation is focused on a company operating under the name of AA Duct Cleaning or Anytime Duct Cleaning. “In addition, several other complaints have been received from citizens […]

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Brookhaven police seeking help to identify rape suspect

A sketch of the rape suspect

  Brookhaven Police is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect involved in a rape. The alleged rape occurred April 24 between 9 and 10 p.m. near Buford Highway and North Cliff Valley Way. The victim, a Hispanic female, received injuries and was treated at a local hospital, according to police. Police said the […]

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