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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2:17 am
Sat July 18, 2015

State Retracting Charter School Sponsor Evaluations

State Schools Superintendent Richard Ross (in white shirt) Ohio Senate Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner (in blue stripes) at this week's state board of education meeting.
Credit wcpn.org

The Ohio Department of Education is retracting evaluations of charter school sponsors after discovering a pro-charter school  official excluded failing grades received by online schools from the reports.

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10:31 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Ohio's June Jobless Rate Unchanged From May

Ohio's unemployment rate for June is 5.2 percent, unchanged from the previous two months.

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10:29 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Confederate Flag Merchandise Will Not Be Sold At Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair officials say vendors will not be permitted to sell Confederate flag merchandise at the event that starts July 29.

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10:22 am
Fri July 17, 2015

New Rules In Place For Horizontal Well Pads

Credit sustainalytics.com

New state rules are now in effect for the construction of oil and gas horizontal well pads and access roads.

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10:18 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Yellow Springs Cop Acquitted Of Assault And Other Charges

A Greene County jury has acquitted a Yellow Springs police sergeant of civil rights violations. 

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8:15 am
Fri July 17, 2015

One Dead, Five Injured Following Early Morning Robbery Attempt

Columbus police say one person was killed and five others injured early this morning when a burglary was interrupted at a home on Scales Drive on the West side.

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7:09 am
Fri July 17, 2015

County B.O.E. Says Thousands Of ResponsibleOhio Petition Signatures Invalid

The Franklin County Board of Elections says 64-thousand of the more than 106-thousand petition signatures collected by a group seeking to put a marijuana legalization measure before the voters  are invalid. 

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7:01 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Police Investigating Drug Overdose Deaths Of Two Local Toddlers

Columbus police have opened investigations into the May deaths of two toddlers who died of drug overdoses in separate incidents.

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6:56 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Local Teen Robbery Suspect To Be Tried As An Adult

A judge has ruled a 17-year-old Columbus man accused of participating in a robbery in which two suspects where shot and killed by police may be tried as an adult.

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6:53 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Foreclosures Down In Central Ohio, Nation In First Six Months Of 2015

The listing service RealtyTrac says there were nearly 49 hundred foreclosure related documents filed in the first half of the year in central Ohio, down 16 percent from the same period in 2014.

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6:38 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Put-In-Bay Cop Indicted On Multiple Charges

Steven Korossy
Credit sanduskyregister.com

Former Put-In-Bay police officer Steven Korossy has been indicted on charges of misusing a law enforcement database and lying to state investigators.

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6:34 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Kasich Offers Few Specifics About Buckeye Lake Dam Replacement

Ohio Governor John Kasich talks with reporters about replacing the Buckeye Lake Dam
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Governor John Kasich told reporters Thursday the proposed design for a barrier in front of the deteriorating Buckeye Lake dam could save money and accelerate the project.

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9:21 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Former Pastor Of Local Church Sentenced For Sex Crimes

Scott Murphy
Credit Newark Police

The former senior pastor of the Newark Heights Church of God will serve five years of prison for having sex with a 15-year-old parishioner on church grounds.

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8:57 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Second Suspect Pleads Guilty in 2014 Eastland Mall Shooting

A Columbus teen will serve at least one year in youth prison for shooting two people at Eastland Mall last summer.

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8:54 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Former High School Youth Choir Director Sentenced For Sex Crimes

Zachary Ruppel
Credit Columbus Division of Police

The former St. Francis DeSales High School choir director will serve nearly three years in prison for having three male students and getting them to send him sexually-explicit photos.

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6:56 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Arrests Made In Southeast Side Shooting Death

Columbus police have made two arrests in yesterday's shooting death of a teen along Sixth Street near Reeb Avenue.

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6:39 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Woman Sentenced For Running Cancer Hoax

Heather Gaus
Credit Dayton Daily News

The Mechanicsburg woman convicted of faking brain cancer and accepting donations to help with expenses has been sentenced to a year in prison.

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11:45 am
Tue July 14, 2015

City Transfers Ownership Of Home And Garage Near Rickenbacker House

Rickenbacker House
Credit touring.ohio.com

The City of Columbus is transferring ownership of the house and garage near Eddie Rickenbacker’s childhood home on East Livingston Avenue to the Rickenbacker-Woods Technology Museum and Historic Park group, a nonprofit that plans to turn the Rickenbacker home into a museum.

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7:22 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Council Approves Money For Last Phase Of City Hall Campus Renovation

The Beacon Building at Gay and Front Streets will be sold for development of a housing complex
Credit placestogobuildingstosee.blogspot.com

Columbus City Council last night approved spending 74 million dollars on the third and final phase of the renovation of the area around City Hall.

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7:13 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Police Identify Man Killed In Crash With Sheriff's SUV

Credit Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Columbus police have identified the driver of a van killed on the West side yesterday when he was struck by a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy SUV while the emergency lights and sirens were running.

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