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 Zoo and Aquarium

Necropsy results show the oldest gorilla in captivity died in January of age-related heart problems.


The Butler County Republican Party is asking State Representative Wes Retherford to resign after he was arrested  over the weekend on driving under the influence and weapons charges. 

Three Grant Medical Center security officers have been suspended for allegedly assaulting a black man outside the hospital. 

The City of Columbus will pay a man 50 thousand dollars to settle his lawsuit against police for wrongful arrest and excessive use of force.


Wright State University is being sued by a former consultant who alleges the school did not host last year's first presidential debate because of infighting and staff incompetence.

Columbus Division of Police

A Columbus man will now serve 32-and-1/2 years in prison for his role in a fatal drug-related shooting.

Ohio National Guard

Funeral arrangements are pending for an Ohio National Guard soldier who died during training over the weekend. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Franklin County Sheriff's deputies say the driver who caused a fatal crash last Christmas Eve was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

Columbus Division of Police

A Columbus man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for making bombs inside of his South Hampton Road home, which exploded.

A quarterly survey of central Ohio employers by Manpower Incorporated shows more hires are planned this spring.

Amazon plans to open a store in the OSU campus area to allow students can pick up the items they've ordered online.


A seven-year-old Ravenna boy is the first in Ohio to undergo a potentially life-saving treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. 


Columbus City Council last night approved a contract with Rumpke to collect recyclables and yard waste over the next five years.


Butler County Sheriff's deputies say Republican State Representative Wes Retherford is charged with driving under the influence and improper handling of a gun in a car.

Columbus police have identified the two men shot and killed Friday night in North Linden.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A Pickerington man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing two former high school classmates during a drug deal. 

Authorities have identified the body found in a wooded area along a Coshocton County Road Wednesday night as that of 27-year-old Heather Ayers of Newark. 

A nationally-recognized hate group is trying to recruit new members from some college campuses in Ohio.


The artwork of an Ohio native and convicted serial killer is being sold for profit. 

Fairfield County Sheriff's deputies say a Bloom Township coupled was found dead inside of their Pickerington Road home on Thursday in a murder-suicide.