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 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.

Dublin Police

The Dublin man charged with brandishing a gun inside of a building on the Columbus State Community College campus on Wednesday is scheduled to appear in court today.


The Dublin City Schools will purchase an Emerald Parkway building for 9.4 million dollars and convert it into the district's fourth high school.

Activists in Columbus trying to stop fracking and related activities will submit more than 10 thousand petition signatures to the city clerk on Friday to try and get a ban onto the November ballot.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A Franklin County judge on Wednesday sentenced a Columbus man found guilty of shooting and killing his father during an argument at their South Linden home in 2015 to 19 years in prison.

A campaign is underway to create a municipal identification program in Columbus. 

Central Ohio's unemployment rate rose by nine-tenths of a point to 4.8 percent in January due to an end of holiday jobs and winter closings of construction projects.


A convicted identity thief has described how he received the Social Security numbers of more than two thousand state prison inmates.


Marion County Republican Party chair John Matthews will serve one year of  probation and make 4 thousand dollars restitution after pleading guilty to theft in office.


A Blacklick woman has been charged with extorting the New Albany finance director. 


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says half of the state's public drinking water systems are in danger of missing a deadline requiring them to map out their lead pipes. 

Orlando, Florida Police

A Columbus man convicted of beating and raping an Ohio State University student in her off-campus home in 2012 will serve 17 years in prison.


A psychiatric report released by prosecutors shows suspected serial killer Shawn Grate knew what he was doing when he allegedly killed two Ashland County women.