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 new area code takes effect in central Ohio on January 30th. 

columbusunderground.com

The City of Columbus wrote fewer parking tickets last year.

daytondailynews.com

The Dole foods factory in Springfield is being shut down amid the company's listeria outbreak.

Columbus-based Huntington Bancshares has purchased Akron-based FirstMerit bank for nearly 3.5 billion dollars.

Delaware County Sheriff's Office

A Delaware County jury last night convicted former Olentangy local Schools teacher Matthew Rausenberg on 41 of 42 counts of sexually assaulting students.

chronicle.northcoastnow.com

The former Vermilion police captain who was fired after wearing a pro-marijuana pin on his uniform won't get his job back.

ohio.com

Former Brimfield Township police chief David Oliver, who developed a large social media following for his mocking approach to criminals, has been convicted of four misdemeanors.

daytondailynews.com

Listeria in packaged salad produced at the Dole plant in Springfield is being blamed for killing one person and sickening several others.

Franklin County Jail

A suspect in a fatal Columbus home invasion is scheduled to face a judge today.

apartments.com

Columbus fire officials say fires were intentionally set Saturday night at the Oakland Park apartments, where residents have been living without water since the pipes burst earlier this month.

Ohio's unemployment rate for December is 4.7 percent, an increase of two-tenths of a point from November.

Existing home sales increased on the national, state and local levels in December.  

Cincinnati Reds

Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman will not be charged for allegedly firing a gun at his girlfriend at his home in Florida. 

The Franklin County coroner has released the names of the two people killed Monday in a house fire in Franklinton.

family photo via Columbus Division of Fire

Columbus fire officials have identified the two people killed in an apartment fire early Thursday.

A Columbus man shot and wounded by a police officer in January of last year will serve probation for illegal possession of a firearm.

Chillicothe Gazette

A Circleville man will serve 18 years in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend last February.

Mount Vernon Police

Knox County prosecutors say a Mount Vernon man had several types of drugs in his system when he struck and killed a 17-year-old girl.

The Ohio Supreme Court says Hilliard City Council improperly cited procedural concerns last December when it voted against placing a measure on the ballot giving residents 60 days to challenge certain types of rezoning legislation.  Jim Letizia reports.  

Columbus fire investigators are searching for the cause of a fatal apartment building fire.

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