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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

Lancaster Supervisors Turn Down Funding Anti-Tower Group

Lancaster County Supervisors have voted not to provide funding to a group trying to block Dominion Power from building steel towers to carry a power line across the Rappahannock River.

Lancaster has already spent $75,000 in its own failed attempt to block the construction.

A group called Save the Rappahannock asked for $20,000 to help defray its attorney fees for its successful effort to send the case to the State Corporation Commission for a full review. A number of community leaders spoke in support of the idea, but supervisors voted 4-1 against it.

Judge Back on the Bench After 10 Week Absence

General District Judge Robert Beasley, Jr. is once again hearing cases after an unexplained 10 week absence in the 11th Judicial District, that includes Amelia, Dinwiddie, Nottoway, and Petersburg.

Judge Beasley, without any explanation, stopped hearing cases two days before Thanksgiving and didn’t return until two days ago when he heard civil cases in Dinwiddie.

He presided yesterday (2/4) in Petersburg.

Prosecutors say they’ve had no official word on Beasley.

VCU Poll Considers Terrorism, Emergency Prep, and Police

The second part of a VCU Commonwealth Poll on Public Safety was released this morning (2/4). This one asked about law enforcement, terrorism, and emergency preparedness.

Just under a thousand people were polled statewide.

Dr. Robyn McDougle is an associate professor at the VCU Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. She said 78% of respondents have a positive view law enforcement in their communities.

Emergency preparedness got high marks too.

Charlottesville Area is Fastest Growing Venture Capital Market

According to the National Venture Capital Association, the Charlottesville area has been the fastest growing market for venture capital investment in the country since 2010. An association report says the number of companies getting venture capital funding increased nearly 55% from 2010 to last year.

Investment dollars grew by about 157% during the same period to nearly $28 million in 2015.

The largest investments were in technology companies.

Former Hopewell Sheriff Questioned by FBI and VSP

Greg Anderson, the former Hopewell Sheriff says the FBI and State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation have questioned him about his alleged affair with Vice Mayor Christina Luman-Bailey. The Vice Mayor continues to deny the relationship, but Anderson says that’s a political ploy.

He said he was questioned about the 8 ½ year affair and Luman-Bailey’s role as a researcher for Vireol Bio-Industries, the company that bought a closed ethanol plant in Hopewell while she was on City Council.

Cause of Death Released in Murder of Blacksburg Girl

A preliminary autopsy report, released yesterday, indicates that a 13-year-old Blacksburg girl died from being stabbed to death.

Nicole Lovell, authorities said yesterday, died not long after she climbed out the window of her bedroom last week to meet the Virginia Tech student accused of killing her.

David Eisenhauer is charged with kidnapping and murder. Charges against a 19 year old Tech student, Natalie Keepers, have been upgraded to accessory before the fact in the seventh grader’s death.

Murder Suspect Arrested in Goochland

Goochland County deputies arrested a Louisa County man yesterday in connection with a murder that happened last March.

62-year-old Alvin Brooking was found dead in his Sandy Hook home by a family member.

Goochland Sheriff Jim Agnew said 44-year-old Kevin Parrish was a person of interest early in the investigation. Detectives continued to gather evidence.

Parrish wasn’t hard to find. He’s been doing time in the Pamunkey Regional Jail on unrelated charges.

Parrish will be in court Friday morning at ten in Goochland for a bond hearing.

Mystery Surrounds Death of 13 Year Old

Few details have been released about the relationship of a 13 year old Blacksburg girl and an 18 year old Virginia Tech freshman accused of killing her and another student allegedly involved. Each new detail raises new questions.

Police have charged David Eisenhauer with kidnapping and first degree murder in the death of Nicole Lovell. Natalie Keepers is charged with helping him dispose of her body and accessory after the fact in commission of a felony.

Lovell’s body was found in a heavily wooded area of Surry County, North Carolina on Saturday.

Jury Selection Continues in Kevin Quick Murder Trial

In Roanoke, jury selection continues in the Kevin Quick murder trial. 43 potential jurors, in a pool of 130, were dismissed yesterday (2/1).

Quick, a Waynesboro Reserve Police Captain, was abducted and murdered early last year.

Lawyers for the five defendants in the case continue to object to the instructions that will be given to the jury once it’s chosen.