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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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.

Ohio Department of Health

State health officials Wednesday reported more than 10 thousand new cases of COVID-19  and 84 new deaths.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority says fares for all fixed-route transit lines and COTA/Plus services will be reinstated on January 11.

Fares for COTA Mainstream and Mainstream-on-Demand will resume February 1st.

COTA temporarily suspended fares at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Customers will be able to purchase new passes or have their expired pass relaced at no charge beginning December 14.

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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

The Ohio Parole Board has rejected a request for early release from prison made by a former Grove City televangelist.

The Columbus club that was cited for state COVID-19 violations over the weekend has been shut down.

The City of Columbus will conduct a 250 thousand dollar after action review study into last summer's police brutality protests.

Columbus firefighters are now working under a new contract.

The Ohio Senate has approved a bill to make Juneteenth a paid state holiday.

State health officials Sunday reported 7,529 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 new deaths.

Children's Hospital in Columbus is purchasing Mercy Health's Children's Hospital in Toledo.

Terms have not been released. The two facilities have been partners since early this year. Now the Columbus facility will take over operations of the Toledo provider.  Mercy administrators say families now may not have to travel to Columbus for specialized care.

The Ohio Highway Patrol says traffic fatalities are up this year despite a pandemic, curfews, stay-at-home orders and the rise of work-from-home. 

Fatal accidents are up 5 percent this year over last, with 1,125 so far. There have been 105 fatal crashes in Franklin County this year, up by four from 2019. Officials say it appears with less traffic on the roads, drivers are increasing their speeds.

Nearly 28 thousand Ohioans filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits last week, bringing the state's pandemic total to over 1.9  million.

Nearly 257 thousand people filed continuing claims. And the Labor Department says 712 thousand Americans filed first-time claims last week, down by 75 thousand from the previous week. The feds say it's the latest sign the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress, and many employers are still cutting jobs.

In 1978, a state historic marker was placed in front of the Cleveland birthplace of legendary football coach John Heisman. 


Ohio State University is adding two extra instructional break days after canceling spring break earlier this year due to COVID-19 concerns.

A former Columbus police detective has been fined and sentenced to 10 days house arrest for not properly investigating sexual assault and kidnapping cases.

Ohio Department of Health

State health officials Wednesday reported 7,835 new cases of COVID-19 and 123 new deaths.

Two former Cuyahoga County jail guards have been sentenced to prison for running a drug trafficking ring behind bars. 

A recent survey shows Ohio's Medicaid program still doesn’t work for everyone.

Two more Ohio prison guards have died of COVID-19, bringing the total to seven.