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 City Council last night approved legislation related to the bond package voters will see on the November ballot.

A Columbus City Schools committee has recommended two operating levy plans for the fall ballot that would raise the property taxes of a 100 thousand dollar home by 18 percent.

WCBE has learned that Columbus police officers will soon be equipped with the heroin overdose antidote Narcan.


North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is calling for a review of oversight of the U.S. National Whitewater Center following the death of a Westerville teenager who contracted a rare brain infection after she visited the park last month.

Columbus Division of Police

An east Columbus man is scheduled to appear in court today on charges of shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy last Friday.


The union representing Ohio Highway Patrol troopers rejected a tentative three-year contract agreement this week that would have provided pay raises totaling 13.5 percent.


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is increasing patrols of waterways this weekend in an effort to reduce deaths and accidents caused by boaters who are high on drugs or alcohol. 


The U.S. National Whitewater Center in North Carolina is temporarily suspending operations after water samples found the amoeba believed to have caused the death of a Westerville teen.


The Columbus Metropolitan Library's main branch will reopen this weekend after a year's worth of renovations.

The National Weather Service says an EF-Zero tornado touched down early yesterday near Washington Court House with winds of 80-miles-per-hour.


A federal judge has ruled the City of Cleveland's regulations governing protests and marches during next month's Republican National Convention infringe on free expression.


Authorities investigating the 1989 slaying of a 10-year-old Bay Village girl are asking for the public's help in identifying what could be key pieces of evidence in the case.

Existing home sales rose last month on the local and national levels, but fell statewide.


Four Upper Arlington City Council members could be facing a recall election. 


The Westerville teen who died last weekend from a rare virus she contracted while swimming apparently became infected at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Columbus Division of Police

Bond is set at 5 million dollars for the suspect in one of two recent shootings on an east side street.

The jobless rate in central Ohio fell by a tenth of a point last month to 3.8 percent.

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A new Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters shows Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and Democratic challenger Ted Strickland are tied at 42 percent, less than five months before the election.


A 728 thousand dollar grant from the City of Columbus will help pay for improvements to the historic Lincoln Theater on the near east side.


Republican Lancaster Mayor Brian Kuhn has pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to file a state tax return.