Jim Letizia

Reporter, News Anchor

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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Columbus Division of Police

Franklin County Sheriff's deputies and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force this past Tuesday executed a search warrant at the home of a Columbus Police sergeant who was relieved of duty.

Authroties have arrested the Dublin man suspected of supplying the fentanyl that killed a 17-year-old girl at a Grandview Heights home last March. 

Columbus Public Health reports a spike in rat sightings in the Linden, Clintonville, south side and Hilltop neighborhoods.

Sentencing is scheduled Tuesday for the Champaign County teen convicted this week of killing his father's girlfriend. 

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in June, up two-tenths of a point from May.

Dublin police have identified the body found Wednesday in a home in the 5700 block of Ennishannon Place. 

Columbus Division of Police

A Columbus police spokesperson has been relieved of duty amid a criminal investigation. 

 Columbus leaders have announced a new tax abatement strategy designed to increase affordable housing stock.

Fairfield County Commissioners have approved placing a 10 year, 1.1 mill levy for the county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board on the November ballot. 

The City of Columbus is again delaying implimentation of it's plan to regulate parking in the Short North.

The City of Columbus plans to distribute 800 prescription medication disposal bags.

The City of Columbus will purchase a 685 thousand dollar piece of crime fighting technology.

Officials at University Hospitals in Cleveland are asking a judge to issue a gag order in lawsuits against its fertility clinic.  

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Franklin County Sheriff's deputies tell WCBE the bouncer who was shot and killed outside a bar early Saturday was scheduled to testify against an ex-girlfriend this week.

The Columbus City Attorney's office says a special prosecutor will be hired to determine whether the statute of limitations has expired for investigating allegations a white Columbus police commander improperly put emails about potential sexual abuse of a dozen black children in his junk folder.

A Crawford County jury has convicted a Bucyrus man of making death threats against several law enforcement officers.

The head of the Columbus Fraternal Order of Police  is strongly denying politics played any part in the arrest of  porn start Stormy Daniels earlier this week. 

A Franklin County judge says the City of Columbus' recently enacted ban on bump stocks is unconstitutional. 

Columbus is ranked the fourth-worst city in the nation for bad drivers, according to a new analysis by the online insurance comparison company QuoteWizard.

Republican Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is frustrated with death penalty appeals, so he wants to use firing squads to execute condemned criminals.

Porn star Stormy Daniels performed early this morning at another Columbus strip club, a day after police arrested her at a different club. 

The Columbus Metropolitan Library has designated all of its 23 branches a 'Safe Place', as part of a partnership with Huckleberry House to connect homeless youth to services.  

A hearing is scheduled for this afternoon on the City of Columbus' lawsuit seeking to close what it calls a troubled North High Street carryout.

A Blacklick woman has been indicted for stealing 26 thousand dollars from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. 

The Dublin school board is asking voters in November to approve a 5.9 mil operating levy.

The Shawnee Hills village council Monday upheld Mayor Pat Monahan recommendation that police chief Russell Barron get a three-day suspension for using a donated vehicle while off duty, drinking and lying about it.

Delaware County health officials say lab testing has confirmed the norovirus is responsible for sickening six people who ate at a Shawnee Hills restaurant. 

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood donations, citing a shortage caused by a drop in donors and drives during the Indepedence Day holiday week.

Columbus City Council last night approved a pair of income tax breaks for a poultry processing equipment maker to move and expand its east side facility.

Macedonia Mayor Joseph Migliorini has resigned after being charged with assaulting a woman in Florida.