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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760-thousand low income Ohioans are enrolled in a plan allowing them to get free cell phones. The Lifeline Program is funded with fees paid by telephone companies, which are often passed on to wireless consumers. The idea is to make sure people regardless of income have access to affordable telephone communication. The participating companies decide what types of phones and services will be offered. Public Utilities Commission of Ohio spokesperson Matt Butler talks about it with Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles. 

Among the 17 bills signed by Governor John Kasich this week are changes and tweaks to a variety of taxes. Not included was the Governor's proposed severance tax on oil and gas drillers. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler has an update on the status of that proposal. 

The Ohio High School Athletic Association's board has approved a recommendation to allow wheelchair athletes to compete at a state track and field tournament for the first time next year. The association will add eight wheelchair championship events. Participants will wear school uniforms and be awarded individual honors but won't score points for their teams. The top eight boys' and top eight girls' performances in each event during the regular season will qualify eligible athletes to participate in the state finals regardless of their schools' athletic division assignments. 

Update on Inman trial

Jun 8, 2012

Logan Police say the vehicle believed to be used in an woman's abduction was an old police cruiser with no door handles in the back seat. Detectives testified Thursday in the trial of 27-year-old Will Inman II, who along with his parents has pleaded not guilty in the death of his estranged wife, 25-year-old Summer Inman. Authorities say she was abducted, strangled and dumped in an underground septic tank behind an Athens County church. Detectives say the car was taken as evidence from the Akron house where Inman was staying with his parents last year. 


A former teacher at a Columbus school for special-needs students will serve seven years in prison after entering Alford pleas to charges of gross sexual imposition. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but a recognition that prosecutors have sufficient evidence. Prosecutors say 61-year-old Nick Wickerham groped seven, ten and 13-year-old girls last year in his office at Summit Academy. Prosecutors say Wickerham was the girls' martial-arts instructor. 

Wisconsin-based American Family Mutual Insurance has told state officials it will close its claims operation in Westerville, costing approximately 50 people their jobs. The office on Polaris Parkway will close in early August, but the company says it will retain some of the employees. 

A Franklin County Judge has sentenced a man to 21 years in prison for a 2009 beating death during a robbery attempt. 23-year-old Timothy Hall was sentenced this week for the beating death of 30-year-old Randy Frisby at an apartment on Stevens Avenue in Franklinton. Police say a second suspect in the case has yet to be charged. 

Columbus police have made an arrest in connection with a January shooting death on the Hilltop. 33-year-old Rozell Dotstry is charged with the January 26th slaying of 40-year-old James Maynard on West Mound Street. Police say the two were involved in a dispute 

Another Ohio racetrack is getting video slot machines. Jim Letizia reports.

A teen who survived a fatal crash over the weekend is now out of a hospital, while services are being held for those who lost their lives. Jim Letizia reports.

Inman Trial Continues

Jun 7, 2012

Testimony resumes today in the Logan County trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife. Jim Letizia reports.


After removing a lesbian mom in Bridgeport Ohio as a den leader this spring, the Boy Scouts of America says it is now reviewing a proposal allowing individual units to decide whether to accept gay and lesbian adult leaders. Alison Holm reports.


An auto parts company executive doing business in Columbus will plead guilty to price fixing. Federal prosecutors say Kazuhiko Kashimoto has agreed to serve 14 months in prison, pay a fine and help the government in its ongoing investigation. Kashimoto worked in Yazaki Corporation's west side office where he allegedly ripped off Honda by inflating parts prices. He's the fifth person to plead guilty in the scheme against several automakers.  

Columbus Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in front of an east side home early this morning.  Police have released no other details in the death of the man found outside a home in the 700 block of South Napolean Avenue.