Ben Brasch

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Ben Brasch is a digital reporter and producer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Cobb location of local Mexican restaurant chain fails health check
 One of Cobb County’s multiple Cielo Blue Cantina restaurants just failed a health inspection. The Mexican restaurant at 1080 Windy Hill Road in Smyrna scored a 69 on its Friday health check, records show. Any score below a 70 is considered failing. An inspector noted uncooked onions being improperly stored beneath raw chicken,...

Posted: 2 days ago

One of Cobb County’s multiple Cielo Blue Cantina restaurants just failed a health inspection. The Mexican restaurant at 1080 Windy Hill Road in Smyrna scored a 69 on its Friday health check, records show. Any score below a 70 is considered failing. An inspector noted uncooked onions being improperly stored beneath raw chicken,...
Cops: Two wanted for stealing $100 of booze from Cobb liquor store
 Police said they are looking for two people they accuse of shoplifting $100 of alcohol from a Powder Springs liquor store.  City police spokesman Justin Arndt said they hit the store about 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 11. In case you missed it: Cobb dental company will pay $24M after accusations of Medicaid fraud The department posted...

Posted: 2 days ago

Police said they are looking for two people they accuse of shoplifting $100 of alcohol from a Powder Springs liquor store.  City police spokesman Justin Arndt said they hit the store about 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 11. In case you missed it: Cobb dental company will pay $24M after accusations of Medicaid fraud The department posted...
Cobb reports no road closures after days of crashes on icy roads 
 After days of white-knuckle driving, Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt reported at 10:30 a.m. Friday that there are no weather-related road closures. That’s good news for Cobb, some of which saw 1½ inches of snow that kept freezing and thawing and refreezing. All that has Cobb school systems and students on their third...

Posted: 2 days ago

After days of white-knuckle driving, Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt reported at 10:30 a.m. Friday that there are no weather-related road closures. That’s good news for Cobb, some of which saw 1½ inches of snow that kept freezing and thawing and refreezing. All that has Cobb school systems and students on their third...
After ice and snow, Cobb road crews have more than 100 potholes to fix
 All but two Cobb County road crews are packing up, restocking gravel and hopefully getting some sleep after ice and snow hit metro Atlanta. County spokesman Ross Cavitt said those two crews will be on-call to battle slick roads while others do maintenance and clean equipment. Cavitt said at 9 a.m. that the county received one call this morning...

Posted: 2 days ago

All but two Cobb County road crews are packing up, restocking gravel and hopefully getting some sleep after ice and snow hit metro Atlanta. County spokesman Ross Cavitt said those two crews will be on-call to battle slick roads while others do maintenance and clean equipment. Cavitt said at 9 a.m. that the county received one call this morning...
Snow thanks: Trash cans in Smyrna, Marietta might sit a bit
 Correction: Marietta plans to have its trash picked up by Saturday. A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized that schedule.  Some residents in Smyrna and Marietta will be stuck with stinky trash straight into the weekend. The cities posted on Facebook their gameplans for trash pick-up: essentially, they&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Correction: Marietta plans to have its trash picked up by Saturday. A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized that schedule.  Some residents in Smyrna and Marietta will be stuck with stinky trash straight into the weekend. The cities posted on Facebook their gameplans for trash pick-up: essentially, they&rsquo...
You can get a free meal at this new Cobb spot on Friday
 A free meal is too good to be true. However, when Pita Mediterranean Street Food opens the doors to its new spot in The Avenue at West Cobb on Friday, free food is on the menu. But expect an appetizer of at least an hourlong wait. Mike Carino, spokesman for the franchise, said it’s tradition to offer a free meal to the community...

Posted: 3 days ago

A free meal is too good to be true. However, when Pita Mediterranean Street Food opens the doors to its new spot in The Avenue at West Cobb on Friday, free food is on the menu. But expect an appetizer of at least an hourlong wait. Mike Carino, spokesman for the franchise, said it’s tradition to offer a free meal to the community...
See all the spots in Cobb where icy roads have been recently reported
 Cobb County crews have been at it since Tuesday night trying to make the roads safe as 1½ inches of snow hit some parts of the county. They have laid down hundreds of tons of salt and more than a thousand tons of gravel. READ | East Cobb woman says video shows 4 coyotes roaming her snowy backyard The county provided...

Posted: 3 days ago

Cobb County crews have been at it since Tuesday night trying to make the roads safe as 1½ inches of snow hit some parts of the county. They have laid down hundreds of tons of salt and more than a thousand tons of gravel. READ | East Cobb woman says video shows 4 coyotes roaming her snowy backyard The county provided...
East Cobb woman says video shows 4 coyotes roaming her snowy backyard
 Lisa Alexander Reed didn’t expect to get all National Geographic when she got a security camera for Christmas. But that gift captured something special Wednesday morning: what appears to be four coyotes roaming around her snowy East Cobb backyard. “Sounds like quite a few back there with all the howling,” said...

Posted: 3 days ago

Lisa Alexander Reed didn’t expect to get all National Geographic when she got a security camera for Christmas. But that gift captured something special Wednesday morning: what appears to be four coyotes roaming around her snowy East Cobb backyard. “Sounds like quite a few back there with all the howling,” said...
Cobb has had 120 crashes since Wednesday afternoon
 There have been more than 120 crashes in Cobb County over nearly the last 24 hours, according to county spokesman Ross Cavitt. He said that, from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 2 p.m. Thursday, there had been 122 crashes. Of those, 10 were hit-and-runs, one of which resulted in an injury. During that time, there had also been 81 hazardous road calls...

Posted: 3 days ago

There have been more than 120 crashes in Cobb County over nearly the last 24 hours, according to county spokesman Ross Cavitt. He said that, from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 2 p.m. Thursday, there had been 122 crashes. Of those, 10 were hit-and-runs, one of which resulted in an injury. During that time, there had also been 81 hazardous road calls...
Snow made for adorable pictures, funny social media posts in Marietta 
 When people get excited, one way or the other, they usually turn to social media. And that’s just what folks in Marietta did when it snowed late Tuesday into Wednesday. Some parts of Cobb County got up to 1½ inches. (You can keep up with our running coverage of the weather here and watch WSB’s broadcast...

Posted: 4 days ago

When people get excited, one way or the other, they usually turn to social media. And that’s just what folks in Marietta did when it snowed late Tuesday into Wednesday. Some parts of Cobb County got up to 1½ inches. (You can keep up with our running coverage of the weather here and watch WSB’s broadcast...
You may hate the snow, but two foxes in East Cobb sure are enjoying it
 What does it matter that parts of the county have had 1½ inches of snow and Marietta’s superintendent is wondering how to deal with all these weather days? Have you seen the foxes running around in the snow? READ | Here are the 7 snowiest days in the history of Cobb County A reader in East Cobb sent what looks...

Posted: 4 days ago

What does it matter that parts of the county have had 1½ inches of snow and Marietta’s superintendent is wondering how to deal with all these weather days? Have you seen the foxes running around in the snow? READ | Here are the 7 snowiest days in the history of Cobb County A reader in East Cobb sent what looks...