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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Associated Press

Following a firestorm of criticism, suspended Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer has issued an apology to the ex-wife of the former assistant coach who she says abused her.

Traffic in the Short North will be disrupted this weekend as workers disassemble a construction crane.

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio said in a statement Friday that after careful consideration and meeting this week with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, he will not support the nomination.

President Trump didn't mention U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona during his speech at the Ohio Republican Party's annual state dinner in Columbus on Friday night,  hours after the family of the ailing Republican said he had chosen to discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer.

A Madison township man whose 3-year-old son was shot and killed with an unsecured gun has pleaded guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge. 

Dublin Police

The family of a Dublin City Schools student who claims she was sexually abused by her teacher is suing the district for failing to protect her. 

Columbus police say an officer working undercover was stabbed and wounded and an armed female suspect was shot and killed by officers Thursday. 

Sales of existing homes fell in July on the local and national levels, but increased on the state level. 

State officials say central Ohio’s unemployment rate fell four-tenths of a point in July to 4.1 percent.

Franklin County health officials are taking measures to stop a possible outbreak of Legionnaires Disease at the county Job and Family Services office on the north side.  

Columbus Division of Police

Columbus Safety Director Ned Pettus says police officials failed to prove their charges against Lieutenant Melissa McFadden, who is suing the city.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is increasing safety measures on I-270 north between the I-70 interchange and the Roberts Road exit after a third accident in the past six days.  

Associated Press

Ohio State University has suspended head football coach Urban Meyer for the first three games of the season.

Republican Troy Balderson has seen his lead increase in the undecided special election for the 12th Congressional District seat.

Columbus City Council is planning to consider legislation governing the use of ridesharing scooters.

A spokesperson for Children's Hospital in Columbus says President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit the facility on Friday. 

Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Convicted killer James Worley's execution is on hold for now.  

Columbus Police have identified the man whose body was found in Italian Village early Sunday.

Hundreds of current and former employees at the Fuyao Glass plant in Moraine have filed a class action lawsuit over their paychecks.  

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A Franklin County judge has granted a recognizance bond for the elderly man accused of shooting and killing his granddaughter at his home last week.  

A study of contracts awarded by the City of Columbus to minority- and female-owned businesses will not be completed this summer.

The stretch of I-71 southbound through downtown to westbound I-70 is open again after Ohio Department of Transportation crews ended their repaving ahead of schedule last night. 

Ohio's unemployment rate for July is 4.6 percent, an increase of one-tenth of a point from June. 

WCBE files

The Columbus Division of Police and Chief Kim Jacobs are defendants in two federal lawsuits alleging racial discrimination within the agency. 

Columbus Division of Police

Prosecutors have dropped assault charges against a Reynoldsburg teacher accused of attacking a Columbus police officer. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Columbus Police have identified the victim of Wednesday night's fatal shooting at a south side home. 


Chipotle says it will retrain all restaurant employees on food safety procedures starting next week after the Centers for Disease Control said stool samples taken from customers of a Powell eatery were positive for clostridium perfringens, a disease that occurs when food is left at unsafe temperatures.

A former student has filed a lawsuit against St. Charles Preparatory School, accusing a late former teacher of sexual misconduct.

President Trump will headline the Ohio Republican Party's state dinner in Columbus on August 24.  

Columbus police are searching for suspects in the city's 67th homicide of the year.