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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

Petersburg Names Interim Police Chief

Deputy Chief Brian Braswell will take over next week as interim Police Chief in Petersburg. He’ll replace Chief William Rhode who came out of retirement last year to guide the department though tough times.

Braswell has been a member of the department for more than twenty years. He said, "I think my first order of business will be to just stabilize the police department and let everybody know we’re gonna be okay, we’re going to move forward and everything’s going to be fine."

He said that, in spite of some setbacks, the Robert Bobb Group has instilled confidence.

Hanover School Board Votes Yes on 10 Point Grading Scale

Grading for Hanover County middle and high school students will switch from a 7 point scale to a 10 point scale in the fall. The system is similar to SAT grading.

The Hanover County School Board voted on the change at its regular meeting (5/9).

The debate on grading has been going on for the past six months. A study committee was formed in October and the board had a work session in March.

Before the vote, four speakers supported the change. No one spoke against it.

Petersburg Is Hiring

To fill key positions in the Petersburg city government, The Robert Bobb Group has been working with recruiters and the process is nearing its end. Semi-finalists for city manager, deputy city manager, finance director, and police chief have been selected.

Forensic Audit Underway in Petersburg

PB Mares Certified Accountants are conducting a forensic audit of Petersburg’s finances from fiscal 2014 through last year to better understand how the city’s financial mess developed.

Interim Finance Director Nelsie Birch said the forensic audit digs deep looking for "any activity that was either fraudulent or doesn’t comply with policy or there’s not an existing policy and it leaves the city very vulnerable."

Henrico Police Indict 43 People in Cigarette Trafficking Network

Forty three people have been indicted in Henrico County accused of being part of a $30 million black market cigarette network, buying untaxed smokes in Virginia and selling them for four or times more in places like New York City.

Dr. Robyn McDougle, at VCU’s Wilder School, said in addition to the tax loss to the Commonwealth, the bigger issue is the involvement of violent drug gangs. “Making that money using that money to fund their illegal drug and gang network so that’s a really big problem,” said McDougle.

Aetna Leaving Virginia

The insurance company Aetna has announced that’s its leaving Virginia’s Affordable Care Act market for 2018.

Aetna follows United Health Group which said it was pulling out of Virginia last month. Aetna’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Bertolini, cited “growing uncertainty in the marketplace” for the decision saying Aetna is anticipating $200 million or more in loses this year for its individual product in Virginia.

Goochland Sheriff Warns of Bogus Bills

Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew has been letting business owners have a look at four hundred dollars bills that were passed at the Food Lion in Goochland Courthouse.

Sheriff Agnew said it isn’t clear yet if the C notes were used intentionally or mistakenly.

"Lady went in and bought groceries, they accepted the money, and it was not until they were closing out the register that they noticed these were not real bills," said Agnew.

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