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 Centers for Disease Control says chlorination and filtration systems at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in North Carolina, where a Westerville teen was infected by a fatal amoeba, were inadequate to properly clean the facility's waters.

City of Columbus

The City of Columbus has issued a nitrate advisory, telling pregnant women and infants on the west side and in portions of downtown not to drink the tap water.


The Cleveland Board of Control has approved the deal with the ACLU relaxing city rules on protest marches and rallies at the Republican National Convention,  after a federal judge last week determined the previous rules violated the right of free expression.

Ohio will get a share of the multi-state legal settlement with Volkswagen to resolve lawsuits brought by customers who purchased what were advertised as "clean" diesel cars that emitted pollution at levels above federal limits.

Dow Chemical says it will eliminate 25 hundred jobs worldwide and close some plants ahead of its merger with DuPont.


Columbus Public health officials say crews today will start mosquito spraying in city parks over the next two days.

Associated Press

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump talked about job creation last night during a speech at the Ohio University campus in St. Clairsville.

Kasich Won't Attend RNC

Jun 29, 2016

Ohio Governor John Kasich says he will not attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month.

Columbus police have identified the person killed when someone fired a weapon during a home invasion early Tuesday on the west side.

A Fairfield County church is collecting donations to help flood victims in West Virginia.

Hilliard Police

The former Hilliard school teacher convicted of inappropriately touching one of his students will serve two years' probation.

Columbus City Council last night approved legislation related to the bond package voters will see on the November ballot.

A Columbus City Schools committee has recommended two operating levy plans for the fall ballot that would raise the property taxes of a 100 thousand dollar home by 18 percent.

WCBE has learned that Columbus police officers will soon be equipped with the heroin overdose antidote Narcan.


North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is calling for a review of oversight of the U.S. National Whitewater Center following the death of a Westerville teenager who contracted a rare brain infection after she visited the park last month.

Columbus Division of Police

An east Columbus man is scheduled to appear in court today on charges of shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy last Friday.


The union representing Ohio Highway Patrol troopers rejected a tentative three-year contract agreement this week that would have provided pay raises totaling 13.5 percent.


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is increasing patrols of waterways this weekend in an effort to reduce deaths and accidents caused by boaters who are high on drugs or alcohol. 


The U.S. National Whitewater Center in North Carolina is temporarily suspending operations after water samples found the amoeba believed to have caused the death of a Westerville teen.


The Columbus Metropolitan Library's main branch will reopen this weekend after a year's worth of renovations.