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John Ogle

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John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.

Articles by John Ogle

Student Scientists and a Rocket Launch Record

Two groups of high school student scientists got together last Sunday at the Chesterfield Fair Grounds to break a record and raise money for breast cancer research. Dylan Whitesel and Sanzio Angeli, founded Rocket 4 the Cure. They went to the fairgrounds to set a new Guinness rocket launching world record. Doing it, they would raise money for the Susan G. Komen Cancer organization. They shattered the record by successfully launching nearly all of them and they raised $20,000 for breast cancer research.

5th District Candidates Make Their Case For Election

The Fifth is Virginia’s largest Congressional District. It includes much of the middle of the state from top to bottom. There are three challengers for the seat held for two terms by Republican Robert Hurt. John Ogle asked  Hurt, Democrat Lawrence Gaughan, Libertarian Paul Jones, and independent Kenneth Hildebrandt the same question. Why should voters should choose you?

Park View High Player Died From Blunt Force Trauma

The state medical examiner’s office says a high school football player from Chase City who was injured in a game died of blunt force trauma to the head. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins said late last week that the official report will not be released from Richmond for another month or six weeks. The preliminary report ruled the death of Jamond Salley as accidental but did not specify what kind of brain injury was sustained. Sheriff Hawkins told the Mecklenburg Sun this early assessment “opens up a lot more questions.”

Details of Hopewell Police Shooting Emerge

Court records indicate that a man shot by Hopewell Police was threatening to commit suicide and told officers he had killed his wife.

54-year-old Gary Lee, from Colonial Heights, was found driving down the railroad tracks at Western Street in Hopewell a week ago. A police affidavit says officers saw that he had a “black long gun” and that he was shouting that he wanted to kill himself and that he had killed his wife in Colonial Heights. Officers say Lee turned the gun in their direction and they opened fire while he was in his car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

All 3 Candidates for Virginia’s 7th District Appear Together in Goochland

The candidates for Virginia’s 7th District Congressional seat appeared together last night for a forum at Benedictine College Preparatory, sponsored by the Goochland Chamber of Commerce. This event marked the first and only joint public appearance of all three of the candidates; Republican Dave Brat, Democrat Jack Trammell and James Carr, the Libertarian. Each candidate offered opening and closing remarks.

The audience was large and enthusiastic and were reminded twice not to interrupt the speakers.

Lancaster Players Have Kilmarnock Town Vision

The Lancaster Players recently explained their vision for the old town hall tract on North Main Street to the Kilmarnock Town Council. The idea is to have the town take the lot off the market and sign a long term lease with the Lancaster Players and Bay Aging. Together, they would create a cultural center with a performing arts center, a senior center with a kitchen, parking, green space, and an outdoor plaza.

Amazon Hiring for the Holidays With a Shot at Full Time

Amazon said it will create 80,000 seasonal jobs at distribution centers and reminded job seekers several thousand part time jobs led to full time work last year. Amazon’s VP for North America operations said they’ve already converted 10,000 seasonal jobs to regular, full time jobs with benefits and innovative programs that include a change to pursue education. And, he said, they expect that trend will continue as demand grows at their network of fulfillment and sortation centers after the holidays.

Football Player’s Mother Awaits Cause of His Death

The mother of the Park View High School football player who died after being injured during a game last Friday night says she still does not know what caused her son to collapse. Ernestine Parrish was told that the autopsy of her son, Jamond Salley, has been completed but, she said, she and her family are still waiting to know what happened between the time Jamond was injured on the football field at Brunswick High and the time he was pronounced dead at Southside Memorial Hospital.

Abduction Suspect Facing New Charges in Fairfax

The man arrested in connection to the disappearance of 18-year-old Hannah Graham is facing new charges in Northern Virginia. Jesse Matthew, Jr., has been indicted by a grand jury in Fairfax on charges of attempted capital murder, abduction, and sexual assault. Fairfax Police investigators say the assault there is connected by forensic evidence to the death of Morgan Harrington in 2009 near Charlottesville.

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