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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Construction could begin this fall on the tallest skyscraper to come to Columbus in more than a quarter century. 

Akron-based FirstEnergy is considering appealing a judgment against the utility in a civil lawsuit. 

City of Newark

Organizers of a circus scheduled to perform in Newark in August have canceled the event after City Council member Mark Fraizer says he will introduce an ordinance banning circuses.

The state is suing the operator of a youth summer camp and an athletic league for charter school students for misspending 550 thousand dollars.


Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich says President Trump was wrong to post tweets blasting two MSNBC hosts.

The Clark County Coroner has identified the body of a man found in a burned-out car in a Springfield park Thursday morning.

Perry County Sheriff’s deputies have recovered the body of a man who drowned in a pond in Corning.

The Perry County Sheriff’s Office says the search for a person believed to have drowned in the water at a campground in Corning will resume Sunday morning.


Triple-A is forecasting 44.2 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home over the 4th of July holiday, an increase of three percent from last year.


Columbus city staffers have proposed a process for drawing districts for City Council seats under a ballot issue now under consideration at city hall.


Extradition is pending for a Columbus-area man arrested Wednesday in Tennessee on charges of kidnapping a 15-year-old Texas girl.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A South Linden man will serve 13 years in prison for a shooting that wounded two teenagers who were walking home from a Linden-McKinley High School football game last fall.

Licking County Sheriff's Office

A Newark woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for causing a drunken driving crash last year.

An arbitrator has ordered the Columbus Division of Police to re-hire the white sergeant accused of using racial slurs and threatening to kill two black officers.

Athens County Prosecutor's Office

An Athens County serial rape suspect was indicted Tuesday on 12 counts of rape, attempted rape, assault, kidnapping and burglary.

A Columbus man has been indicted for felonious assault for allegedly having sex with a Westerville woman while infected with the HIV virus.

An Athens County woman has pleaded guilty to a Medicaid fraud scheme that prosecutors say resulted in 2 million dollars worth of bogus claims.

A Canal Winchester attorney will take over the vacated seat of a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Athens Messenger

A top conservation adviser to Ohio Governor John Kasich has resigned and has written a letter criticizing the state's natural resources agency.


Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich says the U.S. Senate needs to fix its version of a bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act with bipartisan cooperation.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Federal prosecutors say the man authorities call the "Buckeye Bandit" was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for robbing eight central Ohio banks since 2013.

Grove City police have charged a former Buckeye Ranch employee with having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl. 


U.S. Air Force officials can't say what caused a Thunderbirds F-16 jet to flip over during preparations for the Dayton Air Show on Friday at the Dayton Airport. 


The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Artemi Panarin, along with Tyler Motte and the Blackhawks' sixth-round selection in this weekend's NHL draft to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Brandon Saad, goaltender Anton Forsberg and a fifth-round pick next year.

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Americans purchased existing homes at a faster pace in May, but a shortage of properties on the market and higher prices continue.


State Auditor David Yost has placed the village of Mount Sterling under fiscal emergency status after two former employees were charged with theft in office.

Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail

Bond is set at 1 million dollars for the Athens man charged with strangling a Chauncey woman in a home last week.


Franklin County Sheriff's deputies say a man is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot during a home invasion on Thursday.

The Ohio House has approved a bill restricting the ability of small villages to cite and fine motorists for speeding.


The Cleveland Indians will be playing regular season games in Puerto Rico next season.