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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

Attorney General’s Patent Troll Unit

“Patent trolls” extort money by writing letters claiming that someone has stolen their patent. Attorney General Mark Herring has created a Patent Troll Unit to deal with a problem that costs the US economy $29 BILLION annually.

Kristen Osenga, a University of Richmond law professor specializes in patent law. She urges caution and serious investigation by the AG’s office.

She cited her work to understand why a company making semi conductor chips would stop making a product and instead license their work:

VCU Experts Favor Depression Screening for Pregnant Women

The United States Preventative Services Task Force recently recommended that pregnant women and new moms should be screened for depression. VCU Health experts say screening is necessary and critical.

It is important to know, they say, that all pregnant women are susceptible.

Janet Abraham, a clinical social worker at VCU Women’s Health, said moms should be aware that some changes are expected. An estimated one in seven postpartum mother experience similar symptoms.

And, Abraham said, there’s an integrated and comprehensive website to learn more

Science Matters: Richmond County Schools’ Program Recognized

Richmond County Middle School a program called A River Runs Through Us has been recognized as a 2016 Program that Works by the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition.

Patty Ptucha, a sixth grade science teacher, explained that she works with organizations that make up the Three Rivers Environmental Educators.

Ptucha said her students come away with real understanding.

Save the Rappahannock in Fredericksburg developed the program and asked Ptucha to try it out with her students.

Jobs Picture Brighter In Southern Virginia

There are strong indications that the economy in southern Virginia may finally be experiencing a turn around. Numbers released last week by the Virginia Employment Commission show the jobless rate in Mecklenburg County was down in December to 5.9%, dropping from 6.1% the month before. As important, there were 247 jobs added in the county and 243 new workers in the labor pool.

Lunenburg county’s unemployment rate was down to 4.4% in December from 5% in November.

Halifax, Charlotte and Brunswick counties were each down one tenth of a percent.

Witness Says Suspects Had Blood On Their Pants

Anthony White, a gang member, was on the stand again yesterday (2/10) in the Kevin Quick murder trial in Roanoke. He testified about a trip to Manassas the day after Quick’s disappearance.

White said they talked about the need to get rid of cell phones, to blow up Quick’s vehicle, and to take off for Montana by bus.

The next day, after dropping suspect Travis Bell in Front Royal, it was noticed that he and Daniel Mathis had blood on their pants and needed to get rid of them too.

White and the others drove to a Superbowl Party in Louisa County.

Pulaski Mother Will Be Tried by Judge

The trial of the mother whose son’s body was found in a septic tank in Pulaski will be decided by a judge. Ashley White’s trial, her lawyers agreed last night (2/10), should go ahead next week without a jury present.

Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Bradley Finch found that the jury pool had been too tainted by media coverage since five year old Noah Thomas’ body was discovered in March of last year.

Kidnapper Mocked Kevin Quick While He Prayed

In Roanoke, the trial of six people accused in the murder of Waynesboro Reserve Police Capt. Kevin Quick is in its seventh day.

Twenty-four year old Anthony White, from Louisa County, testified that after Quick was abducted, he began to pray. Mersadies Shelton, White said, mocked him.

White said that although he was a member of their gang he wasn’t with them January 31st when Quick was attacked.

Petersburg City Council Tables Mixed Use Project

At its last meeting, Petersburg City Council got an ear full from people who live in the Halifax Triangle area about a plan to build a new housing development there.

Woda Development Construction Management is proposing a 36 unit apartment complex with 1,500 square of feet of mixed use retail space. It would create $335,000 in revenue for the city.

A motion to permit 16 parcels of land for it was tabled until the 16th on a 5-2 vote.

VCU Offers New Advanced Degree in Oral Health Research

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry is adding a Doctor of Philosophy program in oral health or the biomedical sciences. The first PhD candidates will begin their studies in the fall.

Dr. Oonagh Loughran, the program director, explained that although based in the School of Denistry, there will be active collaborations focused on three research areas.

The Department of Micro Biology will look at the head and neck and the School of Engineering’s department of bio medical engineering will offer its expertise.

Wintergreen Resort Questions Pipeline

The owners of the Wintergreen Resort are expressing concerns about the possibility of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s presence near their only entrance and exit, a forested mountainside they say where homeowners paid for the view could have a gash cut through it.

Wintergreen is also concerned about its plans to build a 150 room hotel and conference center with a $40 million price tag. A project that would create, they say, 150 jobs.

The resort is Nelson County’s largest single employer and a critical source of tax revenue.