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 Ohio Department of Natural Resources has posted warning signs at two Buckeye Lake beaches because of high toxic algae levels.

Better Business Bureau

Four Ohio public four-year universities are getting grant money to help low-income students who are in danger of dropping out due to financial problems.


The head of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland says the facility will open its first international exhibit in Tokyo in September.

Logan County Sheriff's Office

A Logan County schools superintendent is scheduled to appear in court today on charges of sexually abusing a teen girl.

Funeral services are pending for a U.S. Marine from Urbana who died June 12 while riding a motorcycle in San Diego, California.

Columbus fire officials are searching for the cause of a house fire Monday that claimed the life of an infant and injured an elderly woman.

Charges are pending against the suspect in a Sunday night shooting in Urbana. 

Columbus fire officials say two adults and one juvenile were hospitalized with minor injuries Sunday after an explosion at an apartment building on the northeast side.


An Elyria man is one of the U.S. Navy sailors killed when their destroyer crashed with a Japanese cargo vessel over the weekend.


A spokesperson says the Columbus City Schools are working to fire the employee who posted a threat against the lives of LGBTQ community members on social media ahead of this weekend's Columbus Pride festival.


Motorists using I-270 this weekend should expect delays.  


A Champaign County juvenile court judge says the 14-year-old boy accused of killing his father's girlfriend is competent to  stand trial.  

Columbus Division of Police

A Franklin County jury has convicted a man of killing his girlfriend in a south side homeless camp last year. 

Delaware County Sheriff's Office

Arraignment dates are pending for a Delaware County couple indicted for a second time on charges stemming from a cemetery scam in Lewis Center. 


Grove City police have shut down the Star City Inn & Suites motel for being a public nuisance.


A Republican state senator is sponsoring legislation that could help the state's largest online charter school operator delay repaying 60 million dollars to the state.

Chicago Sun Times

A Columbus attorney convicted in a bribery scheme involving a former deputy state treasurer has been permanently disbarred.


General Motors is extending the normal two-week summer shutdown at factories in Lordstown and Kansas City because of declining demand for the Chevy Cruze and Malibu models.


Columbus Police and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating a social media post that calls for the killing of LGBTQ people during the Columbus Pride Festival.


Columbus City Council last night held the first public hearing on the Columbus Charter Review Committee's recommendations to change how council members are elected.

Dayton Police

Sentencing is scheduled later this month for the Dayton man convicted Wednesday of killing his pastor brother. 


A Warren County man convicted of shooting his father and a sheriff's deputy will serve 36 years in prison.


The Cleveland police officer acquitted of using excessive force in a shooting nearly five years ago will not get his job back.


The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 Kids Count Data Book ranks Ohio 24th for child well-being, up from 26th last year.


Columbus City Council last night ratified a new three-year contract with the union representing 25 hundred municipal workers.


A Champaign County judge has ruled the teen charged with shooting and wounding two classmates at West Liberty High School in January will be tried as an adult.


Bond is set at 350 thousand dollars for the suspect charged with shooting a man in the basement of the Columbus Metropolitan Library's main branch on Sunday.


Beaufort County, South Carolina Sheriff’s deputies say the body of a Thomas Worthington High School student reported missing on Sunday was recovered Monday in the waters off Fripp Island.

Franklin County Public Health officials say mosquitoes trapped in a pool near Hilliard have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Ohio Public Radio

Majority Republicans in the Ohio Senate today unveil their version of the two-year state budget bill as a projected deficit widens ahead of a June 30 deadline.