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Dan Klepal

Dan Klepal covers Atlanta government. Previously, Dan covered Cobb County and was a Louisville Courier-Journal municipal reporter.

Latest from Dan Klepal

Cobb taxpayers to fund traffic control at SunTrust Park
Having Cobb County police officers at 30 intersections around SunTrust Park for games and special events is important because a whopping 95 percent of fans get to the stadium using some form of vehicle.

Posted: 8 days ago

Having Cobb County police officers at 30 intersections around SunTrust Park for games and special events is important because a whopping 95 percent of fans get to the stadium using some form of vehicle.
Taxpayers in Cobb to pay for traffic control around SunTrust Park
 Cobb County taxpayers are paying county police officers overtime to direct traffic outside of the SunTrust Park development during games and special events, at an estimated cost of $900,000 per year, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found. Traffic control is an expense the Braves paid during their last eight seasons at Turner...

Posted: 11 days ago

Cobb County taxpayers are paying county police officers overtime to direct traffic outside of the SunTrust Park development during games and special events, at an estimated cost of $900,000 per year, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found. Traffic control is an expense the Braves paid during their last eight seasons at Turner...
Cobb taxpayers to pay for traffic control around SunTrust Park
 The day after Christmas, just three months before the first game at SunTrust Park, Cobb police chief John Houser sent a memo to his boss putting the estimated cost of traffic control outside the new stadium development at more than $1 million a year. It was the first time anyone put a hard number on what promises to be a significant...

Posted: 12 days ago

The day after Christmas, just three months before the first game at SunTrust Park, Cobb police chief John Houser sent a memo to his boss putting the estimated cost of traffic control outside the new stadium development at more than $1 million a year. It was the first time anyone put a hard number on what promises to be a significant...
Road to recovery: Rebuilding I-85 bridge a complex process
 Rebuilding a bridge isn’t as simple as snapping together pieces like an oversized Lego set. Building one fast is even more complicated. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, the Georgia Department of Transportation engineers began designing fixes for 700-feet of the I-85 bridge the night a fire caused a portion of it...

Posted: 22 days ago

Rebuilding a bridge isn’t as simple as snapping together pieces like an oversized Lego set. Building one fast is even more complicated. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, the Georgia Department of Transportation engineers began designing fixes for 700-feet of the I-85 bridge the night a fire caused a portion of it...
Atlanta bribery probe: Feds seek Bickers records from Clayton County
 The federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall bribery has crept into Clayton County, where one of the central figures in the probe works for the Sheriff Victor Hill’s office as a chaplain. The U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a Feb. 27 subpoena to the Clayton County Attorney’s Office, demanding Rev. Mitzi Bicker’s...

Posted: 25 days ago

The federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall bribery has crept into Clayton County, where one of the central figures in the probe works for the Sheriff Victor Hill’s office as a chaplain. The U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a Feb. 27 subpoena to the Clayton County Attorney’s Office, demanding Rev. Mitzi Bicker’s...
Road to Recovery: Rebuilding I-85 bridge a complex process
 Rebuilding a bridge isn’t as simple as snapping together pieces like an oversized Lego set. Building one fast is even more complicated. Georgia Department of Transportation engineers began designing fixes for 700-feet of the I-85 bridge the night a fire caused a portion of it to collapse and badly damaged other sections. Marietta...

Posted: 25 days ago

Rebuilding a bridge isn’t as simple as snapping together pieces like an oversized Lego set. Building one fast is even more complicated. Georgia Department of Transportation engineers began designing fixes for 700-feet of the I-85 bridge the night a fire caused a portion of it to collapse and badly damaged other sections. Marietta...
Attorney: Two Gwinnett County officers who punched client are “thugs”
 The 21-year-old African American college student who was punched, tased and stomped by two white Gwinnett County Police officers on Wednesday thanked members of the community who recorded his encounter — video that led to the officers being fired and criminal charges against him being dropped. But during a Saturday morning press conference...

5:24 PM Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017

The 21-year-old African American college student who was punched, tased and stomped by two white Gwinnett County Police officers on Wednesday thanked members of the community who recorded his encounter — video that led to the officers being fired and criminal charges against him being dropped. But during a Saturday morning press conference...
Is GDOT to blame for I-85 bridge burning?
 The fiasco that was the I-85 bridge collapse has Atlantans asking a pointed question: Who is to blame? Police have charged a homeless man, Basil Eleby, with setting the fire, which spread to several tons of plastic piping that had been stored under the bridge by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Should GDOT share some of...

3:46 PM Monday, Apr. 10, 2017

The fiasco that was the I-85 bridge collapse has Atlantans asking a pointed question: Who is to blame? Police have charged a homeless man, Basil Eleby, with setting the fire, which spread to several tons of plastic piping that had been stored under the bridge by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Should GDOT share some of...
Who is Basil Eleby, suspected bridge burner?
 Many communities have a Basil Eleby. He’s the aimless guy who has nobody, no place to go, and no way to support himself. Store owners around the intersection of Piedmont Road and Lakeshore Drive in Atlanta took Eleby under wing, giving him errands and chores. Now Eleby is accused of starting the fire that collapsed a...

3:09 PM Monday, Apr. 10, 2017

Many communities have a Basil Eleby. He’s the aimless guy who has nobody, no place to go, and no way to support himself. Store owners around the intersection of Piedmont Road and Lakeshore Drive in Atlanta took Eleby under wing, giving him errands and chores. Now Eleby is accused of starting the fire that collapsed a...
Atlanta bridge collapse: Who is to blame?
 Years ago, several tons of high-density plastic piping were stored under an I-85 bridge, left largely out of sight and forgotten. It’s a similar story for much of Atlanta’s homeless. On March 30, the two came together with catastrophic results. Police say a 39-year-old homeless man, Basil Eleby, set fire to an upholstered...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 08, 2017

Years ago, several tons of high-density plastic piping were stored under an I-85 bridge, left largely out of sight and forgotten. It’s a similar story for much of Atlanta’s homeless. On March 30, the two came together with catastrophic results. Police say a 39-year-old homeless man, Basil Eleby, set fire to an upholstered...
Federal safety agency investigating I-85 bridge fire
 The Georgia Department of Transportation was more concerned about the spools of plastic and fiberglass conduit under the I-85 bridge being stolen than they were it catching fire and causing a devastating collapse, officials said. GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry told the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday that the fencing around...

2:26 PM Wednesday, Apr. 05, 2017

The Georgia Department of Transportation was more concerned about the spools of plastic and fiberglass conduit under the I-85 bridge being stolen than they were it catching fire and causing a devastating collapse, officials said. GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry told the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday that the fencing around...