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 officials Sunday reported 6,808 new cases of COVID-19 and 59 new deaths.

Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton is scheduled to deliver a eulogy at a memorial service Tuesday for the unarmed black man shot and killed by a white Columbus police officer in December.

The City of Columbus saw 175 homicides in 2020, shattering the record of 143 set in 2017.  


The Mid-Ohio Food Bank Collective's pantry is expanding it's operations to meet a growing demand fueled in large part by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio Department of Health

State health officials Wednesday reported more than 8 thousand new cases of COVID-19 and 133 new deaths.

A serial killer linked to nearly 60 murders, including at least one in Central Ohio, has died in California.  

Columbus Division of Police

Columbus police say two women were stabbed and killed Tuesday, and the suspect is hospitalized in critical condition after attempting to commit suicide.

Columbus Division of Police

The second Columbus Police officer on the Andre Hill shooting scene says she saw no threats or weapons but did not have a clear view of the scene.  

State health officials Monday reported 4,519 new cases of COVID-19 and 62 new deaths.

Hours after an administrative hearing, the Columbus Public Safety Director has ordered a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man last week be fired.

The Ohio Highway Patrol says two Ohio University students died Sunday in a one-vehicle crash on Dairy Lane near South Park Drive in Athens.

Marion police are calling the deaths of a husband and wife found in the garage of their East Center Street home Saturday an apparent murder-suicide.

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.