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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Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Hilliard police have charged a former charter school director  with theft and other counts.


A United Arab Emirates man who was falsely accused by an employee of an Avon hotel of being a member of ISIS has filed a lawsuit.


A Columbus attorney says she will run for governor in 2018 on the Green Party ticket.


The Congressional Budget Office says the Republican bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act will leave 23 million more Americans uninsured.

Central Ohio’s jobless rate fell six-tenths of a point to 3.4 percent in April.


The National Park Service is offering a 25 hundred dollar reward for information leading to the person or persons who vandalized the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island on May 13.

Marion County Sheriff's deputies have recovered the body of a second kayaker from the Scioto River near Marion.

U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S Geological Survey says a 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck just south of McArthur Wednesday afternoon.


The City of Columbus yesterday closed an east side motel that authorities say is a public nuisance.


The Columbus Historical Society has signed a one dollar, two-year lease on a new home office building.


The German Village Society is asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to stop Columbia Gas from moving gas meters from the inside to the outside of 16 hundred buildings.


The second person aboard a plane that made an emergency landing at Ohio University's airport has agreed to pleaded guilty to drug charges.

A group of residents in the western Franklin County village of Brice is asking state lawmakers to dissolve the community, saying it's nothing more than a speed trap. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Authorities have charged the Pickerington motorist who was shot by a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy last Saturday during a road rage incident on I-270.

Columbus City Council last night approved spending 1.4 million dollars to purchase storage equipment for police dashboard and body camera videos.


Nearly 100 protesters tried to present a symbolic 5 thousand dollar check to Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther during a city hall demonstration last night.

Athens County Sheriff's Office

Athens County Sheriff's deputies say a couple convicted of abusing their infant daughter has been arrested in Franklin County. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Bond is set at 350 thousand dollars for two local men charged with attempting to influence a rape victim from testifying against a brother of one of them.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation is probing a deputy-involved shooting in Franklin County over the weekend during a road rage incident on I-270.  

Marion police say a teen was killed over the weekend after jumping from a cliff at Quarry Park.  


Vice President Mike Pence told military members at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton the Trump administration's budget coming out next week will include the largest increase in defense spending since the days of Ronald Reagan.

West Chester-based AK Steel Holding Corporation will receive up to 1.8 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop an advanced electrical steel that could be used in hybrid electric vehicles. 


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a 280 thousand dollar fine against Republic Steel for violations over lead exposure and hazards caused by unsafe machinery at its plant in Canton.

Associated Press

A Franklin County grand jury has voted not to indict a white Columbus police officer for fatally shooting a 13-year-old African-American boy after a suspected robbery last year. 

A new study showshealthcare changes proposed by Congressional Republicans will have a harmful effect on the tax credits and subsidies rural Ohioans receive. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A Columbus man has pleaded guilty to shooting and wounding two teens following a Linden Mckinley High School football game last fall.


The owners of an ethanol refinery in Marion plan to expand the facility.

Columbus fire crews spent the night dousing hot spots from yesterday's a two-alarm fire at a building in the 11 hundred block of Corrugated Way in Milo-Grogan.


Authorities have found more than 60 guns at the home of the man who fatally shot three people, including his former girlfriend and the Kirkersville police chief last week.


Anheuser-Busch plans to build a new, state-of-the-art distribution center in Columbus and make 7 million dollars in upgrades at its local brewery.