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Columbus Records Two More Homicides; Police Chief Seeks More Money

Two more fatal shootings on Wednesday bring Columbus' homicide rate for the year to 133.

Police say one person was killed and three others wounded in a drive-by shooting last night during a vigil for a man killed on the same street earlier this week.  32-year-old Chaz Robertson was killed during the vigil for 29-year-old Brandon Meeks on East Bartham Avenue. The other victims are being treated at local hospitals.  In the second case, police say one person was killed last night in a shooting on Alum Creek Drive.  That victim's identity has yet to be released. Police are searching for motives and suspects.  Meanwhile, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs is asking City Council to set aside more money in the 2018 municipal budget to fight the city's rising murder rate. Jacobs testified at a council budget hearing last night, seeking more money to boost personnel. Mayor Andy Ginther has allocated 332 million dollars for the division in his budget proposal.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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