Ben Brasch

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

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$34.8M resurfacing project in Cobb to cause I-75 closures for months
 If you drive in Cobb County, there’s a good chance an upcoming $34.8 million project resurfacing 11 miles of I-75 will affect your life. Starting Monday, crews will be doing work from the Chattahoochee River  to just north of Allgood Road in Cobb; from I-285 eastbound over I-75 to just west of the Chattahoochee River Bridge; and on...

Posted: 3 hours ago

If you drive in Cobb County, there’s a good chance an upcoming $34.8 million project resurfacing 11 miles of I-75 will affect your life. Starting Monday, crews will be doing work from the Chattahoochee River to just north of Allgood Road in Cobb; from I-285 eastbound over I-75 to just west of the Chattahoochee River Bridge; and on...
Cops: Metro Atlanta child psychologist, molester drugged ex-wife
 An Atlanta adolescent psychologist currently in Cobb County jail for recording himself molesting a pre-teen girl and posting it online has now been accused of sexual misconduct with his ex-wife in Florida. Jonathan Gersh, 37, faces felony charges in the Pensacola area for allegedly drugging his ex-wife and once masturbating while...

Posted: 4 hours ago

An Atlanta adolescent psychologist currently in Cobb County jail for recording himself molesting a pre-teen girl and posting it online has now been accused of sexual misconduct with his ex-wife in Florida. Jonathan Gersh, 37, faces felony charges in the Pensacola area for allegedly drugging his ex-wife and once masturbating while...
Cobb DOT director hired in 2016 resigns citing ‘stress issue’ 
 Cobb County’s head of transportation has resigned at a time when metro Atlanta is looking to Cobb regarding its stance on transit. Jim Wilgus resigned Friday morning, said Cobb spokesman Ross Cavitt. Wilgus cited an unspecified “stress issue” in his resignation letter. He took the transportation role in 2016...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Cobb County’s head of transportation has resigned at a time when metro Atlanta is looking to Cobb regarding its stance on transit. Jim Wilgus resigned Friday morning, said Cobb spokesman Ross Cavitt. Wilgus cited an unspecified “stress issue” in his resignation letter. He took the transportation role in 2016...
Cops: 3-year-old Cobb boy’s drowning was an accident
 Marietta police said Friday that the drowning of a 3-year-old boy in a neighborhood lake  two weeks ago was an accident. The investigation is complete, cops said, and no charges were announced. Police said early that there were no signs of foul play. The boy’s mother was reported him as missing at 3:08 p.m. on April 4. READ | ...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Marietta police said Friday that the drowning of a 3-year-old boy in a neighborhood lake two weeks ago was an accident. The investigation is complete, cops said, and no charges were announced. Police said early that there were no signs of foul play. The boy’s mother was reported him as missing at 3:08 p.m. on April 4. READ | ...
Here’s everything you need to know about Taste of Marietta 2018
 For the last 24 years, one weekend has been more delicious than all others in Marietta. This year is no different. The 25th Taste of Marietta will be April 29, a Sunday, on Marietta Square and will feature more than 80 restaurants.  Courtney Spiess, who does public relations for the Marietta Visitors Bureau, said they...

Posted: a day ago

For the last 24 years, one weekend has been more delicious than all others in Marietta. This year is no different. The 25th Taste of Marietta will be April 29, a Sunday, on Marietta Square and will feature more than 80 restaurants.  Courtney Spiess, who does public relations for the Marietta Visitors Bureau, said they...
For Marietta, there’s a new high school principal in town
 If you know a Marietta High School student, tell them that the face above is one they should avoid if they’re going to cut classes. That face belongs to Keith Ball, who was named the new MHS principal at the city’s school board meeting Tuesday. Ball takes over from Gabe Carmona, who announced he was going to the take the...

Posted: a day ago

If you know a Marietta High School student, tell them that the face above is one they should avoid if they’re going to cut classes. That face belongs to Keith Ball, who was named the new MHS principal at the city’s school board meeting Tuesday. Ball takes over from Gabe Carmona, who announced he was going to the take the...
‘Shark Tank’ is holding an open casting call at The Battery this month
 Are you an entrepreneur who likes getting yelled at by rich people? Then maybe you ought to clear your Sunday on April 29. That’s when the popular ABC show “Shark Tank” will be holding an open casting call at The Battery inside the Comcast building, 2065 Circle 75 Parkway. READ | ‘Shark Tank’s&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Are you an entrepreneur who likes getting yelled at by rich people? Then maybe you ought to clear your Sunday on April 29. That’s when the popular ABC show “Shark Tank” will be holding an open casting call at The Battery inside the Comcast building, 2065 Circle 75 Parkway. READ | ‘Shark Tank’s&rsquo...
Waffle House is selling beer for the first time 
 Capped, smothered, covered and brewed? Yes, Waffle House is selling beer. It is doing so at SunTrust Park from its new hash brown bar as of Monday , reports Channel 2 Action News. This is separate from the original Waffle House in the ballpark. Folks can wash down their Miller Lite or Coors Light at the hash brown bar with things...

Posted: a day ago

Capped, smothered, covered and brewed? Yes, Waffle House is selling beer. It is doing so at SunTrust Park from its new hash brown bar as of Monday , reports Channel 2 Action News. This is separate from the original Waffle House in the ballpark. Folks can wash down their Miller Lite or Coors Light at the hash brown bar with things...
International gun-smuggling operation puts Metro Atlanta men in prison
 A fourth metro Atlanta man has been sentenced for his role in an online gun-running operation that shipped to more than 10 countries. Sherman Jackson, 28, on Tuesday got a year and nine months in prison followed by two years of supervised released, federal prosecutors said in a news release. The other three were previously sentenced. Jackson...

Posted: 2 days ago

A fourth metro Atlanta man has been sentenced for his role in an online gun-running operation that shipped to more than 10 countries. Sherman Jackson, 28, on Tuesday got a year and nine months in prison followed by two years of supervised released, federal prosecutors said in a news release. The other three were previously sentenced. Jackson...
Atlanta couple sexually trafficked 13-year-old runaway online in Cobb
 A couple who advertised the services of a young teenage runaway they forced to have sex for money out of Cobb County motels was sentenced to prison this week. Daveon Brantley, 27, and 21-year-old Amber Brinson, were sentenced Tuesday, according to a news release from federal prosecutors. Brantley was sentenced to 22 years and one month. Brinson...

Posted: 2 days ago

A couple who advertised the services of a young teenage runaway they forced to have sex for money out of Cobb County motels was sentenced to prison this week. Daveon Brantley, 27, and 21-year-old Amber Brinson, were sentenced Tuesday, according to a news release from federal prosecutors. Brantley was sentenced to 22 years and one month. Brinson...
Powder Springs starts demolition of $1M building for park, splash pad
 Sometimes buying a $1 million building only to tear it down is the cost of doing business for a municipality. Such is the case with Powder Springs, as it began demolition Tuesday on a downtown office building, 4485 North Town Square, which is expected to last 30 days. “It’s been one of those spaces that has not had good occupancy...

Posted: 2 days ago

Sometimes buying a $1 million building only to tear it down is the cost of doing business for a municipality. Such is the case with Powder Springs, as it began demolition Tuesday on a downtown office building, 4485 North Town Square, which is expected to last 30 days. “It’s been one of those spaces that has not had good occupancy...