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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Pickerington police arrested seven people after gunshots were fired near Diley Middle School on Sunday.


The City of Worthington has removed a marker memorializing the birthplace of Confederate General Roswell Ripley from Ripley House after officials say they obtained permission from the property owner.


Dozens of protesters gathered in front of Columbus City Hall on Saturday to call for a statue of Christopher Columbus outside of the building to be taken down.


The Westerville Public Library is no longer charging fines for overdue materials.


Ohio University plans to expand beer sales at it's football games this season. Officials say the move is in response to feedback from customers.

Ohio's unemployment rate for July is 5.2 percent, up two-tenths of a point from June.

Ohio Weslyan University

Sentencing is scheduled October 12 for the man who pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of causing a fatal crash in Upper Arlington early New Year's Day of 2016.


The former Mount Sterling administrative assistant was sentenced Thursday to 10 days in jail and 21 thousand dollars restitution.

The Ohio Inspector General's office says a former Ohio Department of Education administrator used state resources to lobby for her personal business.

Funeral services are pending for a Powell woman who died in Montana earlier this week. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

New charges are pending against a man who escaped from Fairfield County Sheriff's deputies on Thursday. 

A Whitehall man acquitted on murder charges last month has been sentenced to four years in prison on weapons charges.


A Madison County jury Wednesday found former Mount Sterling Mayor Charles Neff guilty on charges of theft in office, falsification and dereliction of duty.


A pair of Confederate memorials are expected to remain in place at a Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery on the Hilltop.

Mason High School

A former Mason High School student is being sought by police for his alleged role in the beating of a black man during last weekend's white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Madison County Sheriff's Office

A Madison County man will serve 10 years in prison for causing the death of his former-girlfriend’s 10-week-old son in 2014. 


Classes at The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University are  canceled today to allow exterminators to treat the Brentnell Avenue building for yellow jackets. 


The Franklin County Dog Shelter is waiving all adoption fees on Saturday as part of the national event called “Clear the Shelters”, designed to encourage more families adopt dogs.

The City of Cincinnati is suing Dublin-based Cardinal Health and two other prescription drug distributors over their alleged roles in the opioid crisis. 

Associated Press

Cleveland Cavaliers start LeBron James has criticized President Trump in the aftermath of the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

Hundreds of Columbus City Schools teachers rallied outside the district offices yesterday, demanding a new contract  with better benefits.

The Dayton school board last night ratified a two-year contract with the teachers union.

Sentencing is scheduled October 4 for the Columbus woman who pleaded guilty Monday to causing a crash on the south side.

Columbus Division of Police

An Ohio appeals court panel has ruled a juror who was sleeping during testimony in a Columbus man's murder trial did not affect his conviction. 


The owners of Great Western Shopping Center have placed the Columbus facility up for sale.

The Ohio Highway Patrol says say a car ran off State Route 158 in Fairfield County on Monday and crashed into a tree, killing the driver and her two passengers.

Ohio Department of Transportation

Work is underway on a new I-71 overhaul project. 


More than 500 thousand Ohio vehicles have customized license plates, but some drivers want plates that have racial slurs and other offensive language. 

A Whitehall man has pleaded guilty to charges of selling fatal doses of heroin. 

WCBE files

The Columbus Fraternal Order of Police has passed a no confidence vote in Columbus mayor Andy Ginther and two other city officials.