Kimball Perry,

Kimball Perry

Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Kimball:

Autopsies: Ohio Police Officers Killed by Shots to Head, Torso

Westerville Officer Eric Joering was killed Feb. 10 when he was shot three times, once in the forehead, while fellow Officer Anthony Morelli died after being shot in the chest as they responded to a possible domestic violence call. → Read More

Franklin County, Columbus consider merging sewer systems

Tracy Hatmaker wants it."We're thrilled," said Hatmaker, the Prairie Township administrator.Franklin County officials definitely want it, as do — probably — Columbus officials."It's good government working in a collaborative manner," said John Ivanic, Columbus assistant director of public utilities and communication director for Columbus City Council.Laura Kunze opposes it, saying it could ruin… → Read More

Franklin County to spend $170,000 a year on elections consultant

As Franklin County prepares for new voting machines and updated voter registration software ahead of the 2020 presidential election, its Board of Elections is paying the equivalent of a $170,000 annual salary to a consultant to make sure they are ready.The cost of the contract initially caused some board members to pause."When I did the math, I realized it was a substantially significant… → Read More

Autopsies: Westerville police killed by shots to head, torso

Westerville police Officer Eric Joering was killed Feb. 10 when he was shot three times, once in the forehead, while Officer Anthony Morelli died after → Read More

Franklin County recognized for 'Stepping Up' to help mentally ill jail inmates

As Mandy Rennie yanked open the heavy metal door and stuck her head into the cell, she was concerned about what she would find.The Franklin County sheriff's sergeant hoped that the inmate brought in the day before and placed in a special cell after showing signs of mental illness would be better and willing to cooperate. Rennie needed to know whether the inmate should get special mental-health… → Read More

Franklin County seeks to consolidate $9.8 million transportation contract

Even after her right leg was amputated below the knee because of circulation issues, Shirley McElwain had her freedom.She could put on her prosthetic leg, → Read More

State auditor investigating finances in Franklin County sheriff's office

Officials with the state auditor's office are at the Franklin County sheriff's office Thursday investigating allegations of irregularities in the money → Read More

U.S. attorney sending message with international drug cases in Ohio

It could be the plot from a sensational crime novel or action movie.A blip on a radar screen kicked off a wild scramble involving international intrigue, → Read More

Franklin County reports strong finances, but opioids still an issue

As Franklin County prepares to borrow $266 million for the second phase of the new jail under construction, a new report notes the county's strong finances — but doesn't mention the temporary sales tax commissioners made permanent. “Last year was a busy year for us and we accomplished a lot,” Commissioner John O’Grady said of the report. “But we have much work ahead of us as we continue to lead… → Read More

Program helps at-risk children learn, discover their creative side

As a child in a single-parent home on the Near East Side, Katerina "Kat" Harris dreamed of dancing and entertaining others, but didn't know how or have the courage to try.She rarely saw or attended arts events because she was too busy, as the oldest of four, caring for her siblings while their mom worked.Then, at age 13, she learned about Transit Arts, a youth and development art program aimed… → Read More

Franklin County commissioners OK $5 car registration hike for roads, bridges

Barring a referendum, it will cost Franklin County residents $5 more to register their vehicles beginning next year. After hearing Tuesday from township, → Read More

Franklin County studying ways to solve 'alarming' poverty

Concerned because so many in Franklin County live in poverty — one in four children, and one in six residents — despite a strong regional economy, the county's commissioners are investing in a yearlong study to find solutions for the most vulnerable."There's a lot of people out here (who) need help," said Christine Bennett, 52, of the West Side.Bennett is among them.With a daughter in prison,… → Read More

SWACO taking steps to hold dumpers accountable

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio has implemented new procedures aimed at holding companies dumping yard waste in its landfill more accountable. → Read More

How Franklin County, Ohio's New 911 Texting Service Will Help the Deaf and Others

The “text-to-911” program has been planned for years but it’s taken time for governments and technology to make it a reality. → Read More

Starting June 1, 911 can receive text messages in Franklin County

Cellphone users in Franklin County can text 911 for help beginning June 1.John L. Moore can't wait."There's not a response there when I call 911," Moore said.It's not because dispatchers aren't answering. It's because Moore is deaf.Now, the deaf community uses special services to contact emergency assistance."When you call 911 now, you have to use a regular phone. That means I have to use a… → Read More

Near East Side stabbing puts one in critical condition

A Sunday morning stabbing in the 1700 block of E. Long Street sent one to the hospital.First responders were called to the Near East Side apartment at 6:22 a.m. where they encountered what police said was a domestic situation. One person was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in critical condition.No other information was provided. → Read More

COTA, union representing drivers and others to extend contract negotiations

COTA and the union representing its bus drivers and other workers have agreed to extend negotiations on a new contract beyond a Wednesday deadline. The → Read More

Call center company gets $500,000 grant to help employees out of poverty

Hoping to help low-income Franklinton residents, the Franklin County commissioners approved a $500,000 grant Tuesday for a local for-profit company that → Read More

No charge filed in overdose death of Franklin County jail inmate

Brent Gibney was in the Franklin County jail on Oct. 1 when he snorted fentanyl and died. There will be no criminal charge or arrest in his opioid-overdose death, though, because the only witnesses are inmates who have been convicted of or charged with crimes, and they have given conflicting statements, the sheriff's office said. "I would have loved to have charged somebody, but there is no… → Read More

Commissioners to OK $266 million for 2nd phase of new Franklin County jail

Franklin County commissioners are expected to approve resolutions Tuesday to borrow $266 million to pay for the second phase of the new jail and improvements to existing, aging buildings."This will allow us to not stall the project," County Administrator Kenneth Wilson said Monday.In 2013, commissioners adopted two quarter-cent sales taxes without a vote by the public.One was permanent. The… → Read More