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 health officals Sunday reported 5,857 new cases of COVID-19 and 33 new deaths.

One of the nine students shot and wounded by Ohio National Guard troops during a Vietnam War protest at Kent State University in 1970 has died.

Clermont County Sheriff's Office

The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the arrest of a Clermont County man for holding a gun while intoxicated in his home.  

Ohio Department of Health

Sixteen states are now on Ohio's COVID-19 travel advisory.

WCBE files

The Columbus Regional Airport Authority projects nearly 70 thousand passengers are expected to fly out of John Glenn airport during the last two weeks of the year.

Newark Police

Newark Police say they have charged a man with murdering another man who died weeks after being injured during an argument.

Columbus officials have released the name of the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Black man early Tuesday. 

Euclid Police

The City of Euclid has agreed to a 475 thousand dollar settlement of an excessive use of force lawsuit filed against police.

A Columbus-based professional rollerblader known as Hood Panda claims he is the man in a social media video rollerblading on I-670 near Neil Avenue recently.

The Ohio Departments of Aging and Health are mailing millions of masks to seniors.

State health officials reported over 83 hundred new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, and 16 new deaths.


Two Ohio bars were cited over the weekend for violating coronavirus health orders.

Ohio Supreme Court

A veteran former Franklin County judge died this week from COVID-19.

The Columbus City Schools will operate under a remote learning model through the end of January.

A Columbus man has been indicted on charges of firing commercial-grade fireworks at officers during a police brutaility protest on May 29.

Another Ohio prison guard has died of COVID-19.

Columbus and Franklin County health officials are extending their Stay-At-Home advisories. 

Ohio Department of Health

State health officials Wednesday reported 5,409 hundred new cases of COVID-19, but say that number may be low because of a technical issue with their website.

The FBI has launched a civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Casey Goodson Junior earlier this month.

The City of Columbus is now requiring restaurants to make healthy drinks such as water, low-fat milk and 100 percent fruit juice the default options offered with child meals.

A report released Monday by the non-partisan Annie E. Casey Foundation shows how the concurrent health and economic crises are exacerbating disparities in access to basic needs for families.

Body camera footage shows Columbus police officers handcuffing and tazing a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Agent in July, an incident that prompted the agent to file a lawsuit.

A video posted on Youtube threatens the release of defaming information against Akron City Council member Tara Mosely-Samples unless she resigns and council backs away from capacity regulations on private groups.

The Ohio Department of Health Sunday reported 9,266 new COVID-19 cases and 15 new deaths.

Ohio Public Radio

Hilliard City Schools will return to a hybrid learning model today.

Jim Letizia

Hundreds of protesters rallied in downtown Columbus Friday night demanding justice for a black man who was killed by a sheriff's deputy outside his home.

A U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives agent has filed a federal excessive use of force lawsuit against the City of Columbus and two police officers.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

The Dublin man who struck and killed a bicyclist in Upper Arlington last year has been sentenced to four years' probation. 

Attorneys for 26 people arrested during police brutality protests in Columbus in May have filed a motion in federal court to stop police from using “unlawful force” if and when protestors demonstrate this Friday against Casey Goodson Junior's death.

State officials say 94 percent of retail store employees and customers complied with the state's mask mandate during inspections last week.