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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12:46 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

LaTourette Officially Announces His Retirement

Ohio Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette today formally announced his retirement, saying he's frustrated with the climate in Congress. 

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12:27 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Chillicothe Man Charged In Weekend Shooting

A Chillicothe man is facing charges in connection with a shooting Sunday on St. Margaret Road.  Chillicothe police say an argument ended with gunfire, sending Nicholas Morgan to a hospital with leg injuries.  Derek Thomas is charged with assault. 

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12:26 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Delaware Man Sentenced For Raping Child

A Delaware man will serve 58 years in prison for raping a young girl. 55-year-old Oral Slaven was sentenced Monday on rape and gross sexual imposition charges.  Slaven was convicted last month of assaulting the child in Delaware and Union counties over a three-year span. 

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12:24 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Goodyear Profits Double

Akron-based Goodyear says second-quarter profit rose by more than 50 percent due to lower production costs.  The tire maker reports a profit of 85 million dollars, compared with a 40-million dollar profit in the same period a year ago. Revenue fell 8.4 percent to 5.15 billion dollars as the poor European economy reduced tire sales. The results are below Wall Street expectations. Goodyear now expects full-year sales to decline by 5 to 7 percent from 2011 levels. 

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9:52 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Columbus To Tax Gambling Winnings

Columbus City Council last night approved legislation to tax winnings of 12-hundred dollars or more from local gambling establishments. Those include the Columbus Casino and the Scioto Downs "Racino" featuring video lottery terminals. Jim Letizia reports. 

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9:49 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Former Columbus Cop Facing Sex-related Charges

A former Columbus Police schools resource officer is charged with having sexual contact with students at Centennial High School. Jim Letizia Reports. 

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9:45 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Average Gasoline Price In Ohio Rises

Ohioans are paying a penny more for a gallon of gasoline this week. Triple-A says the average price is now 3-dollars-46-cents, up 22 cents from a year ago, but 3 cents below the current national average. Oil industry analysts blame the increase on operational problems at two Midwest refineries. Spokesperson Doug Shupe predicts prices will be fairly steady through the summer. 

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9:42 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Libertarian Group Joins Lawsuit Over JobsOhio

A Libertarian group is joining the Progressive organization ProgressOhio in its lawsuit against Republican Governor John Kasich's private job-creation board. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports. 

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9:39 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Board Meets Today on Holocaust Memorial

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board meets today to take the first step toward selecting an artist to design a Holocaust memorial at the Statehouse. The board is working with the Ohio Arts Council to determine the location and design. Governor John Kasich has said he wants construction to be completed by 2013. The state and private entities are funding the memorial.  

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9:37 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Fire Destroys Popular Roller Rink

Circleville firefighters say an early morning blaze has destroyed the Circle D Roller Rink on East Main Street. No injuries have been reported out of the blaze at the skating rink and bowling alley that has been in town for more than 50 years. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.  

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9:36 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Congressman To Retire

Ohio Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette will not to seek re-election. State Party Chair Bob Bennett would not comment on LaTourette's reasons for retiring, but other party insiders say it is over a dispute with U.S. House leadership on committee assignments. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. 

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9:34 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Weekend Shooting Claims Second Life

Columbus police say a shooting on the Southeast side has claimed a second life. 28-year-old Keith Paxton Junior died yesterday of injuries sustained in Sunday night's shooting on East 17th Avenue.  Albert Thompson the Third was killed at the scene and two other men were injured. Police say it happened during a drug-related robbery attempt. 

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9:33 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Columbus Man Pleads Guilty To Spiking Woman's Beverage

A Columbus man is awaiting sentencing for trying to drug a woman at a concert last year.  Alex Barnhart pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of dropping an LSD tablet into his victim's drink at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in the Arena District. Franklin County prosecutors say the would-be victim's friend watched Barnhart drop the tablet into the drink and later dumped it out. 

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9:31 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Former Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Facing Money Laundering Charges

A prosecutor in the Dominican Republic says 1990 World Series Most Valuable Player Jose Rijo has been charged with laundering money for a suspected drug trafficker. 80 percent of the assets of fugitive drug suspect Avelino Castro were in the name of the former Cincinnati Reds pitcher. Those assets allegedly include two hotels and a sports complex. Prosecutors asked a court to order Rijo to remain in the Dominican but did not seek his arrest. Authorities began investigating him after a Dominican journalist was kidnapped and killed, allegedly on the orders of Castro. 

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9:29 am
Tue July 31, 2012

OSU Football Player Facing Drug Charges

Another Ohio State football player is facing criminal charges after an arrest over the weekend.  Freshman running back Bri'onte Dunn was arrested by Alliance police for marijuana possession. Police say Dunn ran a red light, drove up onto a sidewalk and nearly sideswiped a police cruiser. Dunn is the fourth Buckeye to be arrested this off-season. 

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9:28 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Crash Claims Life Of Columbus Man

Franklin County Sheriff's deputies say a Columbus man was killed in a one-vehicle accident on 1-270 south of Georgesville road early this morning. Depuites say 47-year-old Alan Popowski  went off the right side of the road, across a median into a road construction zone, and down an embankment. Drugs and alcohol are not considered to be factors in the crash. 

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9:48 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Columbus To Formally Create Domestic Partner Registry Tonight

Columbus City Council tonight is expected to approve legislation creating a domestic-partner registry.

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9:46 am
Mon July 30, 2012

U.S. House To Vote On Tax Plan This Week

The U.S. House is scheduled to vote this week on a Senate-passed measure extending the Bush-era tax cuts for individuals earning less than 200-thousand dollars a year or couples making less than 250-thousand a year, while slightly increasing the tax rate on the wealthiest Americans.

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9:42 am
Mon July 30, 2012

KSU Student Allegedly Threatens Violence On Campus

Brunswick police say a 19-year-old Kent State University student is due to appear in court today for allegedly posting a message on-line saying he planned to "shoot up" the campus.

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9:38 am
Mon July 30, 2012

More Presidential Campaiging In Ohio This Week

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will be in Dayton and Springfield today for a pair of campaign events for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio will be at a Romney rally in Lancaster today. And President Obama is scheduled to visit Ohio later this week. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

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