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Jim Letizia

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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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Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A Columbus City Schools worker has been arrested on a child pornography charge.  

Ohio Department of Health

State health officials Wednesday reported nearly 4 thousand new cases of COVID-19 and 94 new deaths.

Democratic former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says today on Twitter he will not run for Republican Rob Portman's U.S. Senate seat.

The state has been called in on a police involved shooting Tuesday in Linden.

U.S. Attorney's Office

Two former researchers at Children's Hospital in Columbus have been sentenced to prison for selling research to China.  

Columbus Division of Police

A new law requiring Columbus police officers to render first aid and activate their body cameras sooner was approved by City Council last night.

Ohio Department of Health

Georgia and Tennessee have been removed from Ohio's COVID-19 travel advisory.

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Republican Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted says he will not run in 2022 to succeed Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, who said this week he is not seeking re-election.

WCBE Files

A Columbus police officer who was fired for paying for sex while on duty is back on the force.  

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A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a nurse killed in 2019 when a medical helicopter crashed during snowy weather in Vinton County.

Columbus police say a man wanted for homicide in Hancock County died Monday following a police chase.

The FBI has charged a Warren man with taking part in the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Ohio Senate

A Republican state Senator and a doctor who questioned whether members of “the colored population” were disproportionately contracting COVID-19 because of their hygiene is drawing new criticism after his appointment to lead the Senate Health Committee.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Two Lebanon Correctional Institution inmates have been indicted after guards discovered them building an escape tunnel.

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An Orthodox priest from the Lima area has been suspended for three months for attending Donald Trump’s rally near the White House before his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Two Ohio men have been charged for their alleged involvement in the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Upper Arlington police say shots were fired over the weekend into the home owned by the assistant medical director of the Ohio Department of Health.

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State health officials Sunday reported 4,481 new cases of COVID-19 and 31 new deaths.

State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate for December was 5.5 percent, down two-tenths of a point from November. 

The City of Columbus is closing an East Main Street barbershop that doubles as an underground night club.

State health officals Thursday reported 72 hundred new cases of COVID-19 and 109 new deaths.  

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Federal authorities have approved Ohio's new plan to extend a COVID-related program for 600 thousand eligible school kids missing out on free or reduced-price meals.

Ohio Secretary of State's Office

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says more than 18 thousand inactive voter registrations have been reinstated after record-high participation in the 2020 election.

Columbus Division of Police

Two Columbus men have been sentenced for the armed robbery of a local pawn shop in March.  

Franklin County is extending the deadline for real estate tax payments by nine days to January 29th.

A credit card processing firm is closing its call center on Americana Parkway in Reynoldsburg by the end of October, costing 110 people their jobs.

Ohio Department of Health

State health officials Wednesday reported more than six thousand new cases of COVID-19 and 73 new deaths.

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The Columbus Mayor's Office has received over 200 applications for seats on the new Columbus Civilian Review Board.  

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A Columbus woman was killed Monday night in a freak accident at a Vine Street parking garage.  

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The Ohio National Guard has removed two soldiers from duty at today's Presidential Inauguration after the FBI vetted them for possible sympathies with far-right groups.  

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