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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9:32 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Auditor expanding data-fixing probe

State Auditor David Yost tells the Ohio Board of Education he is expanding his investigation of student attendance data fixing in the Columbus, Toledo, and Lockland districts into a statewide probe. Yost says the problem may not be local but systemic. Yost wants department employees to preserve all records and to not interfere with witnesses in the case. State Schools Superintendent Stan Heffner has said the probe could lead to fraud charges against any educators involved. 

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9:30 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Soldier says Chen was suicidal days before taking his own life

A U.S. Army soldier has testified in the court marshal of an Ohio soldier that Private Danny Chen said he was having suicidal thoughts days before he took his own life. Private First Class Degan Berhe testified Thursday in the court marshal of Sergeant Adam Holcomb of Youngstown. Berhe says he did not tell his supervisors of Chen's suicidal thoughts because they hazed the soldier and he did not trust them. Holcomb is one of eight soldiers accused of hazing Chen in Afghanistan because of his Chinese-American heritage.  Defense attorneys argue Chen was disowned by his family. 

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9:28 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Bomb threats at Eastland Mall

Columbus police are searching for the person who made two bomb threats last night that forced the evacuation of Eastland Mall. Shoppers and employees were evacuated for more than an hour while a bomb-detecting robot and dog searched for anything suspicious. The search turned up no explosives. 

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9:25 am
Fri July 27, 2012

FBI mum on arrest of school resource officer

The FBI has arrested a Columbus police school resource officer. The bureau has yet to release the charges against or the details of its investigation of 49-year-old officer Todd Smith. He worked as a resource officer at Centennial High School on the Northwest Side.
 

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9:24 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Dublin cop placed on leave

A Dublin police officer has been placed on paid leave, after allegedly sending an inappropriate photograph to a teenage girl.  Dublin police officials say they received a tip about officer Thomas Seeling, but have yet to confirm the allegation. If true, officials say it would violate the department's values clause. 

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9:22 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Columbus casino seeks more employees

Operators of the Columbus casino will announce another round of hiring today. Operators are looking for chefs, cooks and wait staff. Operators have already hired and started training dealers. The west side facility is set to open in October.  

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12:46 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Two terrorism drills being held in Ohio

Public health and safety agencies are holding a pair of drills in Ohio this week to evaluate the response to a type of terror attack. Jim Letizia reports. 

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12:39 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Boehner: no new gun laws

President Obama is pledging to work with lawmakers to enact some controls on the sale of weapons. The President told the National Urban League Wednesday night stepped-up background checks and restrictions to keep mentally unbalanced people from buying weapons should be common sense. But U.S. House Speaker John Bohner of Ohio says there is little appetite among Republicans for new gun controls. Colorado authorities say the suspect in last week's movie theater shootings broke no laws when he bought an assault-style rifle, a shotgun and a Glock handgun.

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12:36 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Drought-stricken farmers getting state/federal aid

Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed an executive order he says will help farmers affected by the drought. Jim Letizia reports. 

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12:29 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Partial remains belong to missing boater

Partial human remains found by two boys along a Lake Erie breaker wall in Sandusky are those of a man missing since last fall. The Erie County Coroner's Office says the body is that of 58-year-old Charles Kaplan of
Solon, whose boat capsized last October. The U.S. Coast Guard found the body of Kaplan's girlfriend, 58-year-old Pam Holstein, inside the vessel. 

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12:28 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Ohio county sues Fannie and Freddie

Montgomery County officials have filed a class action lawsuit against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who they say owe millions in unpaid taxes. The suit alleges the mortgage giants wrongfully claimed various exemptions to avoid paying county transfer taxes on homes and new homeowners. County officials say both companies filed for exemptions as government entities and other inapplicable exemptions for an unspecified period of time. A Fannie Mae representative says the company cannot comment on pending litigation.  

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12:26 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Unemployment insurance claims in Ohio declined last week

The Labor department says the number of applications for unemployment insurance benefits in Ohio fell last week by 31-hundred, the fifth largest decrease among the fifty states. Nationally, claims fell by 35-thousand to a seasonally adjusted 353-thousand, the largest decline since February 2011. Economists say the numbers reflect temporary summertime layoffs in the auto industry. Applications must fall consistently below 375-thousand to lower the unemployment rate.

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10:07 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Romney camp courts small Ohio businesses

Republicans are hoping to win votes in the presidential race by staging events with small business owners in Ohio and other states this week. Democrats are firing back. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

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10:05 am
Thu July 26, 2012

State releases BMI report

Ohio health officials are urging families with children to eat better and get more exercise after finding 1 in 3 school kids screened last year was overweight or obese. But there are questions about how to view the Body Mass Index. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports. 

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10:03 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Nash glad to be in New York

Former Blue Jacket Rick Nash told New York reporters yesterday he's glad to be out of Columbus. The five-time All-Star was traded to the Rangers Monday along with a prospect and a conditional third-round draft pick for three players and a first-round pick.  Nash asked the Jackets for a trade iearlier this year.

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10:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Bath Salts bust in Columbus

Local, State, and Federal authorities raided five businesses and one home yesterday to stop the spread of illegal bath salts. Several thousand packages of bath salts were seized from four businesses in the High Street and East Fifth Avenue areas, from one business on Worthington Galena Road, and from a local home. Franklin County Sheriff Zack Scott says two men were arrested, including one who was warned about trafficking in bath salts several weeks ago. 

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9:58 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Columbus woman gets early release from prison in 2005 slaying

A Columbus woman who pleaded guilty to killing a man in 2005 at a Springfield shopping mall was released from prison Wednesday following an Ohio Supreme Court decision involving one of her co-defendants. 26-year-old Mahogany Patterson was released three years early. She is one of four Columbus women convicted of killing John Deselem as they fled a robbery at a the mall. The conviction of Toneisha Gunnell was overturned by the high court last week. The state says Patterson's conviction has been overturned by an appelate court. 

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9:56 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Rare kidney transplants performed at OSU

Eight people are recovering at Ohio State University's Medical Center after a rare kidney transplant procedure.  Doctors performed an eight-person chain transplant yesterday for four people. The exchanges involve patients in need who get kidneys from non-matching donors. The hospital performed a six-way exchange last year. 

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9:55 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Motorist indicted for hitting police officer and bystander

A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a motorist who allegedly was under the influence when he ran into a Columbus police officer and a female bystander on an 1-71 ramp on July 15th. 41-year-old Alphonso Jennings III allegedly struck Sergeant Steve Livingston, who stopped to help a woman whose car had spun out of control. Both were seriously injured but are expected to recover. 

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9:54 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Company allegedly defrauded Columbus Schools

A Columbus tutoring company is under investigation for allegedly defrauding the Columbus schools.  Apostolic Faith Temple Incorporated is accused of billing the district for tutoring sessions that never took place.  The company allegedly signed students in and out of tutoring sessions without the students being present or engaged in the process.  District officials say they could recover more than 300-thousand dollars if fraud is found. 

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