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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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it is now increasing fines for safety violations. 

The Licking County Board of Elections says backers of an effort to decriminalize marijuana have collected enough valid petition signatures to get on the November ballot.

Voters in Fairfield County's Walnut Township school district yesterday approved a five year, 1.7-mill renewal levy by about 51 percent, according to unofficial election results.

natw.org

Tonight is the 33rd annual National Night Out.

Ohio's Libertarian Party is taking its challenge of the state's ballot access law to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Franklin County Board of Elections

The Franklin County Board of Elections has extended the paid leave of director William Anthony until August 15, following his indictment last month on tampering with records and theft in office charges.

The Ohio Ethics Commission says four current or former Columbus City Council members paid less than they should have to watch an Ohio State football game in a luxury suite with a lobbyist.

A Franklin County judge has ordered Ohio's largest online charter school operator to turn over attendance data to the Ohio Department of Education by 5 p.m. today. 

Delaware County Sheriff

A Delaware County jury has deadlocked on a verdict in the case of a Columbus firefighter charged with raping a 5-year-old female relative.

lancastereaglegazette.com

A Fairfield County domestic violence suspect is hospitalized in critical but stable condition after being shot by sheriff's deputies Monday.

U.S. Navy

The Pentagon says the remains of a solider from Clark County who was killed in the Pearl Harbor attack of 1941 will be returned home for burial this September.

Columbus police are investigating a fatal weekend shooting at an apartment complex.

ohio.com

Funeral arrangements are pending for Summit County Executive Russ Pry, who died yesterday of complications from colon cancer. 

State officials say children, the elderly and those with a weak immune system should avoid swimming in the water at Madison Lake in Madison County because of elevated E. Coli levels. 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued water warnings for Delaware and Alum Creek Reservoirs, saying E. Coli contamination could pose health risks to swimmers, particularly the elderly, children and those with weak immune systems.

Delaware County Sheriff's Office

A local chess teacher was sentenced in Delaware County Court on Friday to 8 1/2 years in prison for fondling two young girls.

A biannual report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows 67 officers died in the line of duty in the first half of the year, an eight percent increase over the same period in 2015.

whio.com

German Township firefighters are searching for the cause of a fatal mobile home fire last night.

ohiodnr.gov

Pickaway County health officials are investigating a possible shigellosis outbreak at Deer Creek State Park.

Ross County Sheriff's Office

The Columbus drug dealer charged with torturing a Ross County man last summer will serve 10 years in prison after entering an Alford plea this week to charges of kidnapping and felonious assault.

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