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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Akron Public Schools superintendent David James is defending himself against allegations the district improperly handles student behavior and discipline.

A Franklin County jury has convicted three people who confronted police after blocking the path of the Columbus Pride Parade last summer of disorderly conduct. 

Columbus police have identified the officer and the victim of an officer-involved shooting Saturday night on the Hilltop. 

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Former Ohio State and Columbus Quest star Katie Smith has been named one of six inductees into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hocking County authorities say no one was injured when a portion of an abandoned coal mine collapsed in Murray City Sunday morning.

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Westerville police have filed charges against the suspect accused of killing two officers on Saturday. 

One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting on the Hilltop Saturday night. 

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Westerville police have identified a 30-year-old man as a suspect in Saturday's fatal shootings of two officers, and released reports showing authorities have had several dealings with him, some involving alleged domestic violence.

Siemens says it will close its plant in Mount Vernon, costing 400 people their jobs.

A former Circleville fashion model whose murder conviction was tossed out by a judge is scheduled to appear in court again next Wednesday.

Shawnee Hills police chief Russell Baron has been charged with OVI. 

Hilliard Police

The Hilliard teen convicted of plotting a mass shooting at Davidson High School in 2016 has been sentenced to four years in prison.  

Several central Ohio health departments are reporting an increase in cases of the flu. 

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The Columbus Board of Education has scheduled a vote on Monday night to approve a list of three semifinalists to become the district's next superintendent.

The city council in the Summit County town of Green last night approved a settlement with developers of the Nexus natural gas pipeline.

A citizens' group for the third time is proposing a ballot issue changing Columbus City Council from an at-large election system to a ward system.

Arraignment is scheduled today for the Columbus man charged with causing a traffic crash last year that killed an ACLU of Ohio official. 

Columbus police say one person was killed and another critically injured following a double-stabbing last night on the north side.

Columbus City Council last night approved the city's nearly 900 million dollar budget for the year.

While the stock market was taking a major dive on Monday, President Trump was in the Cincinnati area to drum up public support for the unpopular Republican tax cut package.

Funeral arrangements are pending for Ohio State football legend Jim Stillwagon, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 68.

The White House says President Trump will visit Cincinnati and Blue Ash on Monday to promote the the Republican tax plan he signed into law last year. 

Anderson Family via Cleveland Police

A Cuayhoga County grand jury has declined to charge two Cleveland police officers in the death of a mentally ill woman who collapsed while handcuffed and struggling with police in 2014. 

A west side neighborhood plans to hold a unity rally Sunday evening after racist fliers were found posted in the area.

Detour signs will be posted along portions of I-70 in the downtown Columbus area this weekend to allow for the demolition of a bridge.

The state has given some Buckeye Lake residents a one-year deadline to dismantle parts of their homes. 

Associated Press

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio says he was not hurt Wednesday when the chartered Amtrack train carrying him and other GOP lawmakers to a policy retreat in West Virginia hit a garbage truck south of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ohioans who need help filing their taxes may qualify for free assistance.

Authorities say a single-engine plane heading from Florida to Urbana crashed near Knoxville, Tennessee late Tuesday, killing a woman and seriously injuring her husband. 

At least thirteen people are hospitalized in stable condition after being injured in a two-alarm fire early this morning on the west side.