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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Columbus Safety Director Ned Pettus has upheld police chief Kim Jacobs' recommendation to fire the officer accused of soliticiting prostitutes while on duty.

The attorney for the former wife of fired Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith says the school never contacted her to discuss the allegations of domestic abuse against him.

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Republican Troy Balderson eked out a narrow victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor in the 12th Congressional District special election Tuesday, in a race to complete the remaining three months of former Representative Pat Tiberi’s term.

Several central Ohio communities will be participating in National Night Out activites this evening.

Former Cleveland Browns General Manager Tom Heckert died Sunday night at the age of 51 following a lengthy illness.

Ohio State Fair organizers say more than 908 thousand people attended this year's event, up 13 percent from last year.

Delaware County health officials are investigating reports of people getting sick at two other area Chipotle restaurants. 

More than 150 people stood outside Ohio Stadium last night in support of OSU football coach Urban Meyer.

A group of Columbus Crew SC fans has released artistic renderings of it's proposal for a downtown stadium.

Justin Thomas captured his third PGA title of the year on Sunday.

Republican Ohio Governor Jonn Kasich says President Trump was not invited to appear at Saturday's campaign rally in Delaware County by the GOP candidate involved.

Republican Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters says a new ruling from the Catholic Church stating the death penalty is always inadmissible hasn't changed his stance that it is sometimes necessary. 

 Columbus Police are investigating the discovery of a woman's body in a south side roadway early this morning.

President Trump turned his wrath on basketball superstar LeBron James Friday night, and Republican Ohio Governor John Kaisch is among those coming to the defense of the Akron native.

The City of Columbus is contracting with a tech company to create an app that will allow police to send crime and traffic alerts to smartphones.

A new study by the non-profit Food Research and Action Center ranks Ohio 18th worst in the nation for food hardship. 

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Delaware County health officials say the first batch of stool samples taken from people who got sick at a Chipotle restaurant in Powell tested negative for Salmonella, Shigella, E.coli and Norovirus.

Two former Columbus Urban League employees have filed a lawsuit claiming they were fired for being lesbians. 

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Investigators say Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes died after overdosing on drugs taken from his department's evidence room.  

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Two former Ohio State wrestlers are sharing text messages they received asking them to walk back their statements against Ohio Republican congressman Jim Jordan.

Franklin County Commissioners have chosen a new dog shelter director. 

Delaware County health officials now say 518 people have reported getting sick after eating at a Chipotle restaurant on Sawmill Parkway in Powell.

Ohio Republican party officials say President Trump will campaign for GOP 12th congressional district candidate Troy Balderson this Saturday in Delaware County. 

Columbus police have made an arrest in a double shooting early Tuesday.

The City of Columbus is spending 95 hundred dollars to have researchers at Franklin University conduct a study of the feasibility of creating a municipal identification program. 

The Columbus Division of Power is offering 200 thousand dollars in rebates to residents who install an electric vehicle (EV) charger at their homes.

Delaware County Commissioners have voted to place a 0.4 mill property tax increase on the November ballot to fund services for the disabled, mostly children.

Marion County Children Services managers are asking voters to approve a new levy this November to help battle the opioid crisis.

The State of Ohio has given a local prescription drug software firm a 19.4 million dollar tax credit to move its offices from downtown to a new location on McKinley Avenue, retaining and creating a total of 592 jobs.

Delaware County health officials say 368 people have now reported getting sick after eating at a Chipotle restaurant in Powell.