Ben Brasch

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Ben Brasch is a reporter with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering Cobb County. He graduated from the University of Florida and is often reminded of that as the Florida-Georgia game approaches. Send him news tips and your favorite recipes.

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Sandy Springs bans electrified fences, barbed wire after close call
 It may come as a shock, but Sandy Springs has outlawed electrified fences. City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to amend an ordinance banning them, along with other types of fencing, after a close-call with first responders. Sharon Kraun, city spokeswoman, said firefighters were recently at a fire in a detached garage, but the &ldquo...

Posted: 20 hours ago

It may come as a shock, but Sandy Springs has outlawed electrified fences. City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to amend an ordinance banning them, along with other types of fencing, after a close-call with first responders. Sharon Kraun, city spokeswoman, said firefighters were recently at a fire in a detached garage, but the &ldquo...
UPDATE: Smyrna cops need help identifying driver in fatal hit-and-run
 Smyrna police are asking for the public’s help to find the driver of a fatal hit-and-run crash from early Thursday. Police said in a news release that they got a call about 6:40 p.m. of a pedestrian  hit at South Cobb Drive and Ask Kay Drive. READ | Music videos help metro Atlanta cops link alleged Bloods gang members Investigators...

Posted: a day ago

Smyrna police are asking for the public’s help to find the driver of a fatal hit-and-run crash from early Thursday. Police said in a news release that they got a call about 6:40 p.m. of a pedestrian hit at South Cobb Drive and Ask Kay Drive. READ | Music videos help metro Atlanta cops link alleged Bloods gang members Investigators...
Waffle House in Cobb fails health inspection for being unhygienic
 A Waffle House in Marietta failed its recent inspection by one point, according to Cobb County health department records. The store at 2720 Sandy Plains Road scored a 69 on Wednesday. Any score below a 70 is considered failing. The inspector marked off the single point after seeing employees do things like scrape dirty dishes...

Posted: a day ago

A Waffle House in Marietta failed its recent inspection by one point, according to Cobb County health department records. The store at 2720 Sandy Plains Road scored a 69 on Wednesday. Any score below a 70 is considered failing. The inspector marked off the single point after seeing employees do things like scrape dirty dishes...
Need a hotel room or Airbnb in Atlanta for the Super Bowl? Good luck.
 The downtown Atlanta hotel rooms with high-rise views and the East Atlanta Village treehouse suspended above roaming alpacas are both booked for Super Bowl weekend. “Basically the city’s sold out,” said William Pate, head of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. The two teams playing won’t be known until Sunday...

Posted: a day ago

The downtown Atlanta hotel rooms with high-rise views and the East Atlanta Village treehouse suspended above roaming alpacas are both booked for Super Bowl weekend. “Basically the city’s sold out,” said William Pate, head of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. The two teams playing won’t be known until Sunday...
Topgolf-style company cancels Marietta facility after $9.5M land sale
 It’s a swing and a miss for Drive Shack in Marietta. The company was set to build a 64,000-square-foot golf entertainment facility in the city’s revitalized Franklin Gateway area, but a new CEO changed course. The company has transitioned from traditional golf course managers to building entertainment centers much more like adult...

Posted: 2 days ago

It’s a swing and a miss for Drive Shack in Marietta. The company was set to build a 64,000-square-foot golf entertainment facility in the city’s revitalized Franklin Gateway area, but a new CEO changed course. The company has transitioned from traditional golf course managers to building entertainment centers much more like adult...
Morning traffic slowed after Cobb’s historic covered bridge almost hit
 Two near-misses in less than a week makes it seem like people have a New Year’s resolution to drive worse. The Concord Road Covered Bridge near Smyrna on Wednesday was, for the second time in 2019, almost struck by a vehicle. The 145-year-old piece of history was saved by the metal beams added as part of an $800,000 taxpayer-funded...

Posted: 2 days ago

Two near-misses in less than a week makes it seem like people have a New Year’s resolution to drive worse. The Concord Road Covered Bridge near Smyrna on Wednesday was, for the second time in 2019, almost struck by a vehicle. The 145-year-old piece of history was saved by the metal beams added as part of an $800,000 taxpayer-funded...
NEW DETAILS: Music videos help metro Atlanta cops link alleged Bloods gang members
 After a recent round-up of alleged Bloods gang members on charges including murder, Channel 2 Action News reports that investigators used music videos to link some of the suspects to each other and with gang activity. A Cobb County grand jury made two separate indictments against distinct Bloods gang sets, the Ape (All Profit and Extortion)...

Posted: 3 days ago

After a recent round-up of alleged Bloods gang members on charges including murder, Channel 2 Action News reports that investigators used music videos to link some of the suspects to each other and with gang activity. A Cobb County grand jury made two separate indictments against distinct Bloods gang sets, the Ape (All Profit and Extortion)...
Popular Cobb club being replaced by $65M development announces last day
 The Electric Cowboy rides off into the sunset on Jan. 26. The Western-themed nightclub in Kennesaw announced its final day on its Facebook page, which has about 35,000 likes, ahead of the building being demolished to make way for a $65 million mixed-use development. The nightclub anchored the shopping center, Kennesaw Crossing, which...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Electric Cowboy rides off into the sunset on Jan. 26. The Western-themed nightclub in Kennesaw announced its final day on its Facebook page, which has about 35,000 likes, ahead of the building being demolished to make way for a $65 million mixed-use development. The nightclub anchored the shopping center, Kennesaw Crossing, which...
Six Flags begins search to hire 3,000 workers for 2019 season
 The roller coasters don’t just get off the ground themselves at Six Flags Over Georgia. They need some help.  That’s why the Austell amusement park has begun hiring 3,000 workers for its 2019 season, which starts March 9. Many of the positions will end when the season does in early 2020, said park spokeswoman Divina Mims-Puckett...

Posted: 5 days ago

The roller coasters don’t just get off the ground themselves at Six Flags Over Georgia. They need some help.  That’s why the Austell amusement park has begun hiring 3,000 workers for its 2019 season, which starts March 9. Many of the positions will end when the season does in early 2020, said park spokeswoman Divina Mims-Puckett...
Cobb indicts 30 alleged Bloods gang members, some on murder counts
 Police conducted early-morning raids Friday throughout metro Atlanta after 30 alleged members of the Bloods gang were indicted the day before. A Cobb County grand jury handed down two separate indictments against distinct Bloods gang sets, the Ape (All Profit and Extortion) Gang and the Bounty Hunter Bloods. The national Bloods gang...

Posted: 7 days ago

Police conducted early-morning raids Friday throughout metro Atlanta after 30 alleged members of the Bloods gang were indicted the day before. A Cobb County grand jury handed down two separate indictments against distinct Bloods gang sets, the Ape (All Profit and Extortion) Gang and the Bounty Hunter Bloods. The national Bloods gang...