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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The Cleveland Indians last night acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from the New York Mets in exchange for minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan.

The wife of Republican State Representative Scott Ryan of Newark has been indicted on charges of stealing prescription drugs last year.

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is offering some organizations grants in exchange for their ideas on ways to reduce the amount of trash going into the landfill.


Data compiled by the real estate financial company CoreLogic show Ohio home prices have risen by 7 percent over the past year.

Delaware County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a theft suspect who was fired upon by authorities. 

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

The Highland County man arrested in Galloway for the deaths of two people, shooting and wounding another man, then pistol-whipping two other people has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.


Licking County prosecutors say a former teacher has been indicted for stealing thousands of dollars from a fundraiser. 


Otterbein University President Kathy Krendl says she will retire next June.


Ohio ranks third in the nation in the most jobs that were cut last month, according to the firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas.


Environmental groups say a new report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers makes clear urgent action is needed to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

An Ohio State Fair ride operator is behind bars after a confrontation with Ohio Highway Patrol troopers. 


The charity jogger struck by a hit-and-run driver in Madison County last week will spend at least five months in a Columbus hospital. 

Paulding County Sheriff's Office

A Paulding County rape suspect who escaped from custody last week is dead. 


An aging furnace is to blame for the spill of 300 tons of molten glass in Zanesville. 

State investigators believe a man was acting erratically and attacked a police officer before he was shot and killed by a cop on Saturday.

WCBE Files

The pilot of a glider than crashed in Marion County on Saturday remains hospitalized in serious condition.


Former Columbus City Council member Michelle Mills will repay up to 44 thousand dollars  in questionable expenditures she made while leading St. Stephen's Community House.


The head of Dublin-based Cardinal Health, a defendant in multiple lawsuits filed by communities and states over the distribution of opioids, says his firm plans a vigorous defense.

A new report by the American Cancer Society shows Ohio is falling behind in preventing tobacco use.

WCBE files

The City of Columbus has shut down a Linden carryout that officials say was a haven for criminal activity.

Columbus police have filed charges against three suspects in a pair of July homicides.


The City of Columbus says companies that bid on municipal contracts will get credit for demonstrating during the qualification process that they are hiring "displaced workers" and ex-cons.

A Columbus teen and her newborn baby are hospitalized after a shooting yesterday in Linden. 


Ohio Highway Patrol troopers are looking for the driver who struck a man on a charity run in Madison County and fled the scene. 


Franklin County health officials have confirmed a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a Whitehall nursing home. 

Logan County Sheriff's Office

The Lima man convicted for his role in a November robbery and shooting in Logan County has been sentenced to life in prison.

The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis is recommending the White House declare a national emergency.

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Democrats are criticizing a plan announced by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to send 12 federal prosecutors to cities dealing with opioid addiction.

Ohio Public Radio

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio wants to change federal law to continue his fight against the online website Backpage-dot-com.


Columbus residents will have a chance to test-drive electric cars without cost or obligation in October.