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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For the second time, a Columbus church is giving sanctuary to an immigrant family.

Akron police are investigating the murder of the brother of former Ohio State running back Chris Wells. 

Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health System has named an interim CEO.

The City of Columbus is launching an educational campaign to help residents know what can and can't be recycled.

A private school in Powell says it will close for good on Friday.

Ohio State University is reviewing donations it received from financier Jeffrey Epstein, who's now facing sex trafficking charges involving underage girls. 

WCBE files

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and Vice President Mike Pence visited federal immigration detention facilities  in Texas over the weekend. 

Cleveland Monsters

The Columbus Blue Jackets said Monday restricted free-agent forward Sonny Milano accepted a qualifying offer, eight days after he was charged with assault in New York city.

Local billionaire Les Wexner issued a statement Monday saying he was never aware of the illegal activity with which his former business manager, Jeffrey Epstein, has been charged. 

Columbus police have launched a major restructuring. 

Ohio Public Radio

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio says he was denied access over the weekend to a Customs and Border Control detention facility in Texas that houses migrant children.

Ohio Public Radio

Columbus City Council last night formally found a possible ballot issue directing 57 million dollars in city money toward green-energy initiatives is legally sufficient.

Columbus-based Mount Carmel Health System says it's firing 23 more employees and changing leadership after investigating fatal painkiller doses given to dozens of patients. 

WCBE files

Columbus City Council on Monday is expected to approve legislation to expand the city-funded North Market

A former Cuyahoga County jail inmate has filed a lawsuit claiming she was was pepper-sprayed and punched while restrained. 

Ohio Public Radio

 Ohio Attorney General David Yost has ordered a review of how information from state databases accessed by outside law enforcement agencies is being used. 

Delaware County Sheriff's Office

Bond is set at 1.5 million dollars for the Columbus man accused of killing a woman found buried in a shallow grave at Alum Creek State Park earlier this month.

A fifth lawsuit has been filed against Mount Carmel Health System following the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak at its Grove City hospital. 

A federal search warrant indicates investigators who searched the home of a contractor at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton may have had contact with foreign spies. 

Licking County Sheriff

The man accused of shooting and killing a 12-year old girl in Licking County last month has pleaded not guilty.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating an incident between a Columbus Police helicopter and a drone.

Funeral arrangements are pending for Cincinnati civil rights leader Marian Spencer.

A group of environmentalists wants to ask Columbus voters to approve nearly 60 million dollars for clean energy projects. 

WCBE files

Ohio's two U.S. Senators say they will travel this weekend to the Mexico border to visit detention facilities.

The Disney Company is recalling a brand of doll because of a possible choking hazard. 


Funeral services are pending for former Violet Township fire chief John Eisel, who passed away on Friday while vacationing with his family in Kentucky. 

An advocacy group plans to submit over 18 thousand petition signatures to the city clerk today seeking to ask voters to overturn Columbus' new ticket tax.  

Licking County Sheriff

A Licking County grand jury has indicted the man suspected of killing a 12-year-old Newark girl last month.

Columbus police say four people are hospitalized for treatment of injuries sustained when a musical group's tour bus overturned last night on the I-70  east ramp to I-270 north on the west side. 

Federal prosecutors say several members of the Short North Posse will remain in jail despite a new court ruling.