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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Westerville Police

A former Westerville schools teacher has been indicted on forgery, records tampering and theft in office charges for allegedly faking her husband’s death.


Republican Ohio Lieutenant Governor and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Mary Taylor now says she would end Medicaid expansion if elected to succeed Governor John Kasich. 

Classes are canceled today in the Miami Trace Local Schools because of a social media threat. 

Columbus police say a Licking Heights High School student was killed yesterday in a  drive-by shooting in Blacklick. 

A Columbus woman is charged with intentionally running her daughter over with her car. 


The son of former Ohio State football star Chris Spielman is among five players on the Wheaton College football team in Illinois facing charges for a hazing incident last year.


The volunteer firefighter in Franklin Township  who made a racist social media post has resigned. 

Columbus City Council last night approved a 10-year, 75 percent property tax abatement worth 1.8 million dollars for Benderson Development to build a warehouse and office complex at the site of the old Consumer Square shopping mall on Tussing Road, creating 20 new jobs.

Columbus Division of Police

Protesters took over last night's Columbus City Council meeting for nearly two hours, reiterating demands made last week to fire the white police officers captured on video beating a black man during an arrest on September 1st.


Columbus police say an Ohio State University student is dead after an apparent murder-suicide. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

The man charged with shooting and wounding another man inside of the Columbus Metropolitan Library's main branch in June has been sentenced to 8 and 1/2 years in prison.


A local LGBTQ-rights group is attempting to answer criticism about its lack of diversity.

A Springfield man is hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after his plane crashed on Sunday. 


Fayette County officials are giving the all clear after a chlorine leak forced residents to shelter in place. 

Associated Press

The Cleveland Indians' historic 22-game winning streak ended on Friday night. 

Ohio's unemployment rate for August was 5.4 percent, an increase of two-tenths of a point from July.


A series of walking tours sponsored by Columbus Public Health and the Columbus Landmarks Foundation begin on Saturday.


Columbus could be a hub for a new, high-speed transportation option.

Columbus Police are investigating four separate overnight shootings. One person is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot near Manchester Avenue and Bremen Street on the north side around 3:30 am.

Dublin Police

Sentencing is pending for the former Dublin Scioto High School teacher who pleaded guilty Thursday to child pornography charges.

The Ohio Inspector General's office says a former Department of Administrative Services IT supervisor possibly violated ethics laws by pursuing and accepting a job with a state vendor while managing that vendor's multi-million dollar contract.

PIckaway County Sheriff's Office

Pickaway County Sheriff’s deputies have charged a man in connection with the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend last May.

Newly released U.S. Census Bureau data shows median income rose slightly, while poverty rates and the number of people without health insurance in Franklin County and the state declined from 2015 to 2016.

Ohio’s newly-released school report cards rank the Columbus City Schools among the lowest performing districts in the region, despite an improvement in elementary school literacy.

A new survey by Manpower Incorporated shows Ohio companies expect hiring to be moderate in the fourth quarter of this year.


More than half of Ohio's Petland-related Camplyobacter infections are in Franklin County. 


Attorneys for some of the victims of the fatal ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair in July say a state law may protect the ride's maker from liability. 

Associated Press

The Cleveland Indians set an American League record yesterday with their 21st consecutive victory.

Teachers in the Columbus City Schools last night approved a new two-year contract with the district.

USA Today

The Cleveland Indians last night tied the American League record of 20 consecutive victories.