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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Delaware police have identified the man whose body was found Sunday near the Olentangy River. 


Columbus police and Ohio State University are now jointly enforcing bans on public gatherings near campus. 


A guard at the Marion Correctional Institution had died of  complications from COVID-19.

Stonewall Columbus says this year's Pride Parade and Festival has been rescheduled for October 3 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

State officials say there are now more than five-thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 193 deaths and nearly 15-hundred hospitalizations.  

The Central Ohio Transit Authority says a second bus driver has tested positive for the coronavirus.  

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The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says four more inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number to 14. 

Columbus police officials say officers shot and wounded a man last night while responding to reports of shots fired into homes on Creekside Drive on the southwest side. 

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission says it will allow restaurants to sell and deliver alcohol during the stay-at-home-order.

Giant Eagle and Kroger say they will cut in half the number of people in their stores at one time to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

All Ohioans who receive food stamp benefits are now entitled to the maximum benefit allowed.

A new study by the Brookings Institution shows Columbus relies more heavily on income tax revenue than most other American cities, which could make it the first to see an economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Columbus based research firm Battelle is hiring over two-thousand people to help decontaminate N 95 masks.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says school students will not have to repeat their current grade because of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the closure of their schools. 

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Hall-of-Famer and former Cleveland Browns running back Bobby Mitchell passed away Sunday at the age of 84.

Monroe Mayor Jason Frentzel is pleading with operators of a megachurch to "reconsider" holding in-person services amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A Hamilton County judge has ordered the organizer of a block party in Over-the-Rhine be held without bond.

The first Ohio prison inmate has tested positive for COVID-19.

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security is accepting donations of personal protective equipment. 

The Greater Columbus Arts Council has canceled this year's Columbus Arts Festival due to coronavirus concerns and social distancing guilelines. 

A federal judge has rejected the state's request to delay an order allowing six abortion clinics to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Columbus mother of a slain 2-year-old boy has been arrested by Florida authorities and charged with murder. 


Ohio State University is extending online classes to July 31st, the end of the summer term.

Hobby Lobby stores in Ohio will close again after trying to defy a statewide shutdown issued to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

A Grove City woman whose brother, mother and father died this week of coronavirus is pleading for people to stay at home and follow social distancing guidelines. 

Columbus Public Health is increasing business inspections to ensure compliance with state orders to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

President Trump has approved the state's request for a disaster declaration, freeing up fedeeral resources for local governments and nonprofits amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

Columbus Division of Police

Federal authorities have arrested and charged two former Columbus police vice officers with wire fraud and civil rights violations. 

A worker at the Amazon facility in Groveport has tested positive for COVID-19.

OSU Medical Center officials say a director of radiology died Sunday from the coronavirus.