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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State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate for August is 8.9  percent, down from a revised 9 percent in July.

The White House says President Trump will stop in Dayton on Monday for a campaign event. 

Ohio Department of Health

State health officials Wednesday reported 1,033 new cases of COVID-19 and 49 new deaths.

One of two teens charged with causing the death of a Chillicothe woman at Hocking Hills State Park last year has pleaded guilty.  

Westerville police are working to identify a woman's body found Wednesday evening in a wooded area along County Line Road near Ravines Way.

A Marion County Judge and his wife have pleaded not guilty in a hit-and-skip accident in June. 

The Dublin school board last night voted to fully impliment a hybrid learning model for the school year.

Columbus City Council last night indefinitely tabled a proposed ordinance to demilitarize police by limiting officers use of chemical agents, helicopters, military-style rifles and rubber and wooden bullets. 


State health officials Sunday reported 837 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 new deaths. 

Mount Carmel Health System has reached three more legal settlements with families of some of the 25 patients former physician William Husel allegedly killed by overprescribing painkillers.

Work continues on a new center in Franklinton to help sex workers and victims of human trafficking. 


The Ohio Power Siting Board has scheduled an October 22nd public hearing on a proposal to build a 199 megawatt solar farm in Pickaway County. 

Ohio Department of Health

State health officials Wednesday reported 973 new cases of COVID-19  and 26 new deaths.

A Marion County grand jury has indicted a county judge and his wife for causing a crash on June 4th and leaving the scene. 

Columbus Division of Police

Columbus police Wednesday arrested a murder suspect at the Italian Village home of State Representative Kristin Boggs. 

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Relatives of a Genoa Township family killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in 2019 have filed a lawsuit against Navien, the company that made the water heater that led to their poisonings.

Cleveland police  have charged three teens with killing a detective and an informant last week.  

Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

State health officials Tuesday reported 656 new cases of  COVID-19 and 17 new deaths. 

WCBE files

Democratic Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein says his office has filed a brief supporting a lawsuit against the United States Postal Service. 

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The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has sent  a wrongful death lawsuit filed against two white Columbus police officers in the shooting death of a black man back to federal district court for more consideration. 

Columbus police have identified the city's 101st homicide victim of the year. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says his legal staff has told him Cincinnati cannot be exempted from the statewide alcohol curfew.

Ohio health officials reported 778 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and 17 new deaths.  

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Ohio State University police have arrested two African-Americans following two assaults authorities say they are investigating as hate crimes. 


Two Central Ohio bars are among eight establishments statwide cited over the weekend for violating the state's alcohol curfew and other COVID-19 restrictions. 

The Tenth Ohio District Court of Appeals has ruled Franklin County landlords are no longer allowed to evict tenants by affidavit.

State health officials Thursday reported more than 13 hundred new cases of COVID-19 and 50 new deaths. 


Westerville City Schools will transition to a blended learning model starting September 21. 

State health officials Wednesday reported 1,109  new cases of COVID-19 and 11 new deaths.