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 Canadian pilot of a plane that landed at the Ohio University airport last March because of engine problems with 290 pounds of cocaine onboard has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge. 

The Reynoldsburg school board is scheduled to vote August 4th on a new three-year contract with the teachers' union.


Columbus City Council last night approved tax incentive legislation designed to attract large companies, amid word that the city is competing to land Asian electronics giant Foxconn.

Online retailer Amazon plans to hire 14 hundred additional workers for its distribution centers in Obetz and Etna Township.


Two men are recovering from minor injuries sustained when their experimental plane crashed Sunday in Loudonville.

Power has been restored for more than 82 hundred Gahanna residents after a service outage last night.

Park rangers are looking for two suspects who were making methamphetamines at Buck Creek State Park in Clark County.

Franklin County Sheriff's deputies say two men in a semi were killed Sunday morning after clipping the back of an SUV entering I-71 north in Pleasant Township.

Logan County Sheriff's Office

A Logan County jury has convicted the Lima man charged for his role in a November robbery and shooting.


A Hamilton County judge is indicating that Ray Tensing could have faced another charge. 


The City of Columbus is hiring a local firm to help complete the High Street Strategic Public Art Plan. 


The original Max & Erma’s location in German Village will close on August 7, the restaurant’s parent company announced Friday.


120 jobs are being eliminated at a Ross County paper mill.


Franklin County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the apparent theft of drugs from the county courthouse. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A former Columbus resident has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the rape of a Groveport woman during a home invasion in 2015.


Cincinnati police union members will vote a second time on whether they'll be involved in updating the city's Collaborative Agreement to reform law enforcement. 

U.S. Marine Corps via Associated Press

Authorities have identified the person killed in Wednesday night's ride accident at the Ohio State Fair.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority's board of trustees this week approved a plan for public transportation that will last through the year 2050.  

Columbus Division of Police

A Columbus man is awaiting sentencing for the murder of a seven-year-old boy.

Franklin County Commissioners have approved placing on the November ballot a property tax levy to fund the county Board of Developmental Disabilities.


The Ohio Department of Commerce says Jeff Hussey is the new State Fire Marshal, a job he held on an interim basis since May, when Larry Flowers retired.


The Central Ohio Transit Authority has named agency vice president Emille Wiiliams as interim president and CEO.


Some of the more than 700 thousand Ohioans who rely on community health centers for medical care could lose those services if U.S. Senate Republicans are able to repeal the Affordable Care Act.


President Trump told attendees of a campaign-style rally in Youngstown last night he is working with two Republican U.S. Senators to create a new immigration system.


314 million dollars worth of Columbus city bonds will go on sale this fall. Last November, Columbus voters approved the sale of the bonds to fund infrastructure improvements.

Existing home sales declined in June on the national and state levels, but rose slightly on the local level.


Columbus City Council last night tabled indefinitely a plan to ask voters in November to expand the number of council members and create a hybrid district representation system.

Reynoldsburg Police

A Reynoldsburg baby sitter charged with giving a fatal dose of Benadryl to an 8-month-old boy has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges.

Newark Police

Newark police say a man accidentally shot and killed himself yesterday after chasing and then shooting his girlfriend.

The Ohio Highway Patrol suspects alcohol and drugs were factors in a fatal crash in Athens County on Sunday morning.