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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A Franklin County judge has found guilty one of the three current or former county residents charged last year with securities fraud.


Two state lawmakers are sponsoring separate bills designed to combat bullying.

Hilliard Police

A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a Hilliard Davidson High School student on charges of plotting a shooting at the school last year. 

Columbus officials Wednesday shut down a Whitethorne Avenue home they say was used as a base for drug and gang activity. 


Two Willoughby Hills police officers were shot and wounded in a confrontation with an armed suspect at a car dealership on Thursday.

Ohio State University says it will completely cover tuition and fees for low- and moderate-income students at its Columbus campus starting next fall.


An Ohio State University campus climate survey shows 20 percent of female students were victims of groping or non-consensual sex last year, down from 25 percent in 2015. 

The Knox County Coroner says a 1-month-old boy who died at his father's Mount Vernon home on September 20 was killed by the family dog.

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The Hamilton County Coroner says her office lacks evidence to determine what caused the fatal brain damage that killed 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, who had been detained more than a year by North Korea.

The Columbus Division of Water says testing conducted this summer shows the municipal water supply contains very low but safe levels of lead.

A former Fairfield County Jail inmate is suing two guards, the county Sheriff and county commissioners, alleging she was sexually by one of the guards in 2015.


Former Public Utilities Commission of Ohio chair Todd Snitchler has been hired by the Koch Brothers.

Licking County Sheriff's Office

Bond is set at 250 thousand dollars for a Licking County football coach charged with sexually assaulting an intoxicated underage girl. 

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A former Columbus firefighter has entered an Alford plea to an abduction charge.


Federal immigration officials say a Columbus resident and undocumented immigrant who took sanctuary inside a local church to avoid deportation will be returning to her native Mexico.


Members of the Cincinnati police union are supporting changes to the city's Collaborative Agreement, created over a decade ago to improve police operations after the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white officer.


A new poll shows more than 60 percent of Ohioans believe the Affordable Care Act should remain in place, but should be improved.

The Columbus Division of Police is a defendant in a lawsuit filed by a black former officer.

Columbus officials have closed for ten days an east side night club, saying it is a haven for criminal activity.


A former executive of the truck stop chain owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has pleaded guilty to his alleged role in the company's scheme to defraud trucking companies of promised fuel rebates.


The "Wall Street Journal" says the OSU Buckeyes  are the most valuable team in college football.

Sales of existing homes fell in August on the national level, but rose on the state and local levels.


Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich says the latest plan by GOP U.S. Senators to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is a bad deal. 

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Licking County and the City of Elyria are the latest Ohio communities to sue drug makers for the costs of the state's opioid epidemic. 


The Ohio EPA has more than doubled the fines against a company building a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Michigan.


Test results are pending on water in an Ohio State University dorm after a student contracted Legionnaires' disease. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A Sandusky man will serve 18 years in prison for shooting and killing an innocent bystander during his shootout with another man in Columbus last year.


A Columbus teenager was sentenced Tuesday to three years in a juvenile detention facility after pleading guilty to his involvement in a gang-related, drive-by shooting last October outside Linden-McKinley STEM Academy that injured two students.

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Whitehall police say three people are hospitalized after overdosing at a restaurant last night. 

An east Columbus couple is hospitalized after their Beatrice Drive home was gutted by fire last night.