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 78 year old restaurant in Columbus' Old North neighborhood is closed for good.  

A Franklin County Grand Jury has cleared two Columbus police officers of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting death of a man last January.  

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A former South-Western City Schools teacher has been indicted for allegedly downloading and distributing child pornography from his Grove City home. 

Columbus police have identified the suspected robber who died Sunday after a struggle with a group of male bystanders who chased him down.  

Columbus Public Health records show 280 of the 822 tobacco retailer officials inspected for violations of the city's Tobacco 21 ordinance failed those inspections. 

The state says central Ohio's unemployment rate for April was 3.4 percent, down a tenth of a point from March. 

Court documents obtained by WCBE show Columbus-based retailer Big Lots has agreed to pay 38 million dollars to settle insider-trading claims from 2012. 

Worthington City Council Monday night approved legislation banning sales of tobacco and related products to people under the age of 21. 

Dayton teachers' union leaders are blasting a conservative political group for a video that casts them in a negative light.

The City of Columbus is spending 112 thousand taxpayer dollars to help fund a program giving free bus passes to an estimated 45 thousand qualified downtown Columbus workers. 

Paul Werth Associates

Columbus city officials have approved a memo of understanding with Franklin County and the County Convention Facilities Authority to collaborate on expansion of the Hilton hotel adjacent to the convention center. 

Ross County Sheriff's Office

Ross County Sheriff's deputies say they recovered a body from Paint Creek last night. 

Columbus police have identified the Franklinton man killed by SWAT officers on Sunday after he allegedly made a "threatening gesture" with a handgun during a stand-off.

Columbus Division of Police

The Columbus man who was assaulted by an officer while handcuffed last year will serve two-and-a-half years in prison for assaulting a different officer in September of 2016. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Columbus City Council last night approved a 30 thousand dollar settlement of excessive use of force claims by a man stomped by a police officer while restrained last year. 

Columbus police say a suspected robber died Sunday after a struggle with a group of male bystanders who witnessed the robbery and chased him down. 

Columbus police SWAT officers shot and killed a Franklinton man on Sunday after he allegedly made a "threatening gesture" with a handgun during a stand-off.

Southwest Licking schools officials say Pataskala Elementary school is closed today because of last Friday's partial ceiling collapse.

Columbus City Council tonight is scheduled to vote on a series of parking code changes.

An Ashland County jury has recommended the man convicted of killing two women in an abandoned home in 2016 receive the death penalty.

Columbus police say one man was killed early Saturday following an altercation with several suspects. 

Columbus school district officials have disciplined students at six high schools for using teacher log-in data to change their grades. 

Ohio Division of Wildlife

The Ohio Wildlife Council Thursday indefinitely postponed a vote to create a bobcat trapping season.

Whitehall City Council this week approved the city's purchase of the Woodcliff Condominium complex, a blighted 37 acre site that has been the subject of a fight for more than a decade.

A new grocery store opened Wednesday in Franklinton.

Golfer Tiger Woods says he will play in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin at the end of the month. 

Columbus police are investigating three separate shootings that took place on Wednesday. 

The Ohio Highway Patrol says two people were killed in a one-car crash Monday in Madison County.

Bicyclists from around Ohio will ride today in downtown Columbus to honor riders who have been killed in crashes.  

Newark Police

Police have arrested a suspect in a homicide last Friday night in Newark.