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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A group trying to recall Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther says it failed to collect enough valid peition signatures by the July 9th deadline to place the issue on the November ballot.  

State health officials Thursday reported over eleven-hundred new cases of COVID-19, bringing thestate's total to 61-thousand-331.

Stonewall Columbus says the local Pride Parade has been canceled.

Federal prosecutors have charged a former Ohio State University employee with using federal grant money to develop research that was funneled to China.

Ohio State University is halting voluntary on-campus workouts for seven sports after the latest COVID-19 test results.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has issued an Air Quality Alert for Delaware, Franklin, Fairfield and Licking Counties today.

Thirteen police brutality protestors have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Columbus claiming they were victims of officer abuse.

Former Ohio State University president Michael Drake has a new gig. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Bond is set at 1.5 million dollars for the Columbus man charged with setting fire at the Franklin County Alcohol, Drug , and Mental Health building on East Broad Street on May 30th. 

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has issued an Air Quality Alert for Delaware, Franklin Licking and Fairfield counties today.

The Pickerington Local School District is conducting a review of a staff member's social media post that has drawn complaints from parents.

Children's Hospital in Columbus has fired an employee after a video surfaced of that person using a racial slur. 

The Columbus Division of Police is not renewing its high school resource officer program with Columbus City Schools.  

The Ohio Department of Transportation says a new traffic pattern is in effect on Main Street and Parsons Avenue in downtown Columbus.

State health officials Monday reported more than 800 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of confirmed and probable  cases to just under 58-thousand.

A Dayton Hospice says a pair of Beavercreek brothers known as the longest surviving conjoined twins have passed away.

The Ohio Department of Health Sunday reported over 950 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 57-thousand-151.  


Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel has issued an executive order mandating the wearing of face coverings starting today. 

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is extending an air quality alert through the rest of today.

Bond is set at 500 thousand dollars for the Toledo Attorney who allegedly helped funnel bribes to one of four City Council members indicted for corruption. 

The cities of Dayton And Bexley are now requiring citizens to wear face masks in public spaces to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.

Ohio Department of Health officials say nearly 70 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the state have come from nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Some Ohio food and farming organizations say state leaders have a chance to turn a short-term disaster response into longer-term food system transformation.

Two Little Ceasar's pizza shop workers in Brook Park have been fired after making a racially-charged statement on a customer's pie.  

WCBE files

A former U.S. Postal Service worker in Columbus will serve three years in prison for receiving shipments of marijuana and methamphetamines at his rented post office box.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office won't be charging the YouTube personalities who gave up their adopted child for adoption again.  

WCBE files

Franklin County Sheriff’s officials have placed two deputies on paid administrative leave, including one connected to a controversial video posted on social media over the weekend. 

Columbus Division of Police

A convicted felon has been charged with carring a loaded weapon during a police brutality protest in Columbus on June 24.

Arraignment is scheduled July 9th for a Lancaster man indicted on arson charges for allegedly setting a Perry County church on fire earlier this year. 

Associated Press

Ohio has reported yet another one-day spike in COVID-19 cases as pandemic figures continue to rise day-by-day.