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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A federal district judge has ruled the ex-fugitive deep-sea treasure hunter from Columbus must submit to more questions about the location of 500 gold coins pulled from a historic shipwreck off the South Carolina coast.

The former owner of a Columbus financial management company has pleaded guilty to charges of misappropriating more than 840 thousand dollars for his own use.

The former band director and music teacher in the East Knox Local Schools accused of having sex with a student has been placed in a diversion program and will lose his teaching license.

City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black recommends naming the interim police chief as the person to permanently take over for the fired Jeff Blackwell.


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told a Cleveland State University audience last night the U.S. should not turn its back on Syrian refugees.

Columbus City Council tonight is expected to approve legislation designed to crack down on hotels and motels that are poorly maintained havens for criminal activity. 


Former Cleveland Mayor, Ohio Governor and U.S. Senator George Voinovich says he's backing Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich for president. 

A Commission on Higher Education meeting this weekend will formally determine if Antioch College in Yellow Springs and Wilberforce University will be accredited. 

So many people in Columbus are keeping chickens and other domestic farm animals on their property that the city is proposing new rules governing how they are kept.


A third expert on police use of force concludes the white Cleveland officer who killed a 12-year-old African-American boy carrying a pellet gun was justified. 


The National Transportation Safety Board says the cockpit voice recorder from a small jet that crashed into an apartment building in Akron this week captured the pilot and co-pilot discussing weather and landing conditions.

City of Columbus

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's final budget proposal is the largest in the city's history.

An Akron man who prosecutors say professed online support for the Islamic State has been charged with soliciting the killings of U.S. service members. 


Video from a Columbus police officer's dashboard cruiser camera captured during Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett's drunk-driving citation shows him denying he had anything to drink before he fails field sobriety and breathalyzer tests. 

Columbus Division of Police

A Columbus man has been indicted on murder charges for his role in a fatal east side burglary attempt last September.

Columbus Division of Police

A Columbus man will serve 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a 2012 shooting death.

Clark County Sheriff's Office

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that requiring convicted sex offenders to register and check in with authorities is not cruel and unusual punishment.

280 thousand dollars is being set aside in Mayor Michael Coleman's proposed 2016 Columbus budget for a needle exchange program and other efforts led by the AIDS Resource Center Ohio in the Short North to fight the ongoing heroin overdose epidemic. 

Ohio State University is expanding beer and wine sales at the Schottenstein Center to all levels of the facility.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman will join a law firm after he leaves office at the end of the year.