WCBE

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 Ohio Department of Transportation is asking Ohioans to collect milkweed seed pods to help bring back the declining population of the monarch butterfly, create more wildlife habitat and help agriculture.

Former Columbus fire chief Harmon Dutko passed away Sunday at the age of 83 after battling a lengthy illness. 

The Cleveland school district and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement that avoids a strike planned to start on Thursday.

The Canal Winchester School district has removed a proposed levy from the November ballot.

cdc.gov

Columbus Public Health says there are now 423 cryptosporidiosis cases in Columbus and Franklin and Delaware Counties, up nearly 70 percent from last week.

bleacherreport.com

Ohio State University has suspended wide receiver Torrance Gibson for the fall semester for violating the student conduct code.

sandiegouniontribune.com

Two Clark County school districts will dismiss early today because of excessive heat.

Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is again ranking the 100 most-dangerous intersections in central Ohio, using crash data from the past two years. 

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled prior juvenile convictions cannot be used to increase the severity of charges or the length of prison sentences those individuals receive as adults.

The second of two people accused of killing a teen in a South Linden alley in 2013 was convicted and sentenced to 17 years in prison this week.

Columbus Division of Police

A Columbus man will serve four years in prison for his role in a fatal shooting last summer in a west side parking lot.

Columbus fire officials say the four-alarm fire at a south side recycling facility earlier this month started as a small burn on top of a pile of recyclables.

Ohio University is getting 2 million dollars from a 39 million dollar federal grant program designed to help bring jobs to Appalachian areas hurt by the declining coal industry. 

Columbus' tourism bureau says 39.3 million visitors spent a day or more in the city last year, resulting in an overall economic impact of 9.7 billion dollars.

Existing home sales on the local, state and national levels declined in July thanks to a shortage of available properties and rising prices.

cdc.gov

Local health officials say there are now 250 cases of cryptosporidiosis in Columbus and Franklin and Delaware Counties, up from 202 late last week.

Ohio Weslyan University

A Columbus man has been indicted for causing a fatal crash on New Year's day.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

One of the men convicted of torturing a couple in a Hilltop home will spend less time in prison.

Central Ohio's unemployment rate for July is 4 percent, down two-tenths of a point from June. 

Delaware County Sheriff'

The former manager of a Powell ice cream shop has pleaded guilty to charges of sexually abusing three former underage employees.

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