Ben Brasch

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

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Cops: Teen was totally naked in Cobb high school, propositioned female
 A 17-year-old boy is facing a public indecency charge after allegedly exposing himself to a female at a Cobb County high school. Seloncoeur Pharisien was “in a state of complete nudity” at Wheeler High School on Sept. 17, according to an arrest warrant. The spokeswoman for the school district, which is on fall break, did...

Posted: 13 hours ago

A 17-year-old boy is facing a public indecency charge after allegedly exposing himself to a female at a Cobb County high school. Seloncoeur Pharisien was “in a state of complete nudity” at Wheeler High School on Sept. 17, according to an arrest warrant. The spokeswoman for the school district, which is on fall break, did...
Cobb Mexican eatery found with ‘black substance’ on margarita machine
 A Mexican restaurant in Marietta has failed its recent health inspection with a dirty kitchen, according to Cobb County health department records. Casanova Mexican Restaurant, 1651 Powder Springs Road, scored a 62 on its Wednesday health check. Any score below a 70 is considered failing. When The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called...

Posted: 14 hours ago

A Mexican restaurant in Marietta has failed its recent health inspection with a dirty kitchen, according to Cobb County health department records. Casanova Mexican Restaurant, 1651 Powder Springs Road, scored a 62 on its Wednesday health check. Any score below a 70 is considered failing. When The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called...
Steakhouse in Cobb moves to new location after 30 years
 LongHorn Steakhouse in Kennesaw isn’t moving a long distance, but it has changed locations. Monday was the first day for the restaurant at 1095 Cobb Place Boulevard after 30 years at its previous location near Town Center at Cobb, according to a spokeswoman. It’s about 1½ miles away. The chain started in Atlanta in 1981...

Posted: 16 hours ago

LongHorn Steakhouse in Kennesaw isn’t moving a long distance, but it has changed locations. Monday was the first day for the restaurant at 1095 Cobb Place Boulevard after 30 years at its previous location near Town Center at Cobb, according to a spokeswoman. It’s about 1½ miles away. The chain started in Atlanta in 1981...
Cobb man gets three life sentences for raping younger female relatives
 A 57-year-old man is set to spend the rest of his life in jail for sexual attacks against pre-teen family members. Aristides Rios Rodriguez was sentenced Friday to three life terms on charges of rape along with child molestation and other counts, the Cobb County district attorney’s office announced Monday. The attacks happened...

Posted: 17 hours ago

A 57-year-old man is set to spend the rest of his life in jail for sexual attacks against pre-teen family members. Aristides Rios Rodriguez was sentenced Friday to three life terms on charges of rape along with child molestation and other counts, the Cobb County district attorney’s office announced Monday. The attacks happened...
Cops: Cobb motorcyclist dies after sports car enters oncoming traffic
 A 51-year-old Smyrna motorcyclist died in a crash last week, Cobb County police announced Monday. Michael Dorsey was pronounced dead Wednesday about 1:15 p.m. at the scene, which police said was on Church Road east of Harris Road in south Cobb. Dorsey was riding a red 2008 SYM motorcycle east on Church when a white 1994 Chevrolet Corvette...

Posted: 18 hours ago

A 51-year-old Smyrna motorcyclist died in a crash last week, Cobb County police announced Monday. Michael Dorsey was pronounced dead Wednesday about 1:15 p.m. at the scene, which police said was on Church Road east of Harris Road in south Cobb. Dorsey was riding a red 2008 SYM motorcycle east on Church when a white 1994 Chevrolet Corvette...
Publix set to open organic-focused GreenWise Market in metro Atlanta
 Forget the chicken tender Pub Subs and sugary iced tea. Publix has announced that it intends to open one of its new GreenWise Markets in Marietta that sells only natural foods. The new format is an extension of what shoppers know as the GreenWise section in Publix supermarkets that are about a quarter-aisle of healthier fare. There was no...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Forget the chicken tender Pub Subs and sugary iced tea. Publix has announced that it intends to open one of its new GreenWise Markets in Marietta that sells only natural foods. The new format is an extension of what shoppers know as the GreenWise section in Publix supermarkets that are about a quarter-aisle of healthier fare. There was no...
How to vote early for midterm elections in Cobb County
 Unless you want to be one of those people with an Election Day selfie, early voting may be a good option during the 2018 midterm elections. Cobb County offers several advance voting locations starting Oct. 15 and ending Nov. 2. Get the latest elections news here. The main office for elections in Cobb has the most availability. At that office...

Posted: 3 days ago

Unless you want to be one of those people with an Election Day selfie, early voting may be a good option during the 2018 midterm elections. Cobb County offers several advance voting locations starting Oct. 15 and ending Nov. 2. Get the latest elections news here. The main office for elections in Cobb has the most availability. At that office...
Cobb traffic alert: Water main break shutting down traffic
 A water main break is causing a road closure in Acworth. City police said on Facebook about 3 p.m. Friday that Lake Acworth Drive was completely closed at Cottage Oaks Drive. “A water main break has jeopardized the integrity of the roadway,” cops said. READ | Cobb traffic: Sandy Plains Road to be disrupted a week by...

Posted: 3 days ago

A water main break is causing a road closure in Acworth. City police said on Facebook about 3 p.m. Friday that Lake Acworth Drive was completely closed at Cottage Oaks Drive. “A water main break has jeopardized the integrity of the roadway,” cops said. READ | Cobb traffic: Sandy Plains Road to be disrupted a week by...
Blood donation could mean free Six Flags ticket on Fright Fest opening
 Six Flags is out for blood. The first 60 people to donate blood Saturday will get free admission, the Austell theme park announced Friday. If you have a season pass and donate at the park, you’ll get a voucher for a free visit to a maze. It also happens to be the opening weekend for Fright Fest. READ | Fall fair fun: A guide to North...

Posted: 3 days ago

Six Flags is out for blood. The first 60 people to donate blood Saturday will get free admission, the Austell theme park announced Friday. If you have a season pass and donate at the park, you’ll get a voucher for a free visit to a maze. It also happens to be the opening weekend for Fright Fest. READ | Fall fair fun: A guide to North...
Cobb traffic: Sandy Plains Road to be disrupted a week by $4.4M project
 A stretch of one of Cobb County’s busiest roads will be reduced to single lanes for each direction of traffic next week. The traffic shift of Sandy Plains Road runs between Ebenezer Road and Kinjac Drive near Sprayberry High School and Sprayberry Crossing. It is set to end Sept. 30. Crews are adding right and left turn lanes from...

Posted: 3 days ago

A stretch of one of Cobb County’s busiest roads will be reduced to single lanes for each direction of traffic next week. The traffic shift of Sandy Plains Road runs between Ebenezer Road and Kinjac Drive near Sprayberry High School and Sprayberry Crossing. It is set to end Sept. 30. Crews are adding right and left turn lanes from...
Fall fair fun: A guide to North Georgia’s fairs in September, October
 Sept. 22 is the start of fall. That means layers with less sweat but also apple-and-cinnamon-flavored stuff, which is obviously superior to pumpkin. But it also means fairs. Check out an autumnal activity array all about a good time. READ | Fall fun: A guide to corn mazes around metro Atlanta Billed as metro Atlanta’s largest fair,...

Posted: 4 days ago

Sept. 22 is the start of fall. That means layers with less sweat but also apple-and-cinnamon-flavored stuff, which is obviously superior to pumpkin. But it also means fairs. Check out an autumnal activity array all about a good time. READ | Fall fun: A guide to corn mazes around metro Atlanta Billed as metro Atlanta’s largest fair,...