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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

New Hotel Coming to Petersburg

There’s a new hotel coming to Petersburg. The project will be part of the “Gateway to Petersburg” at the intersection of I-95 and East Washington Street.

Choice Hotels International, Inc. has signed an agreement with C.A. Harrison Companies, LLC, to develop a Cambria Hotel and Suites. Ground breaking is expected in June for the 140 room Cambria.

The new hotel will include conference rooms, an indoor pool, a bar and an outdoor courtyard.

Virginia ABC’s Summer Leadership Conference for Students

Each summer, since 1984, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has staged the Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project.

Virginia high school teams, comprised of four student leaders and an adult sponsor, take part in a five day conference at Longwood University opening July 18th.

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Evidence Uncovered by UVa Innocence Project

A Virginia Beach Circuit Court judge has ruled in favor of a request by the Innocence Project at UVa School of Law to test newly found forensic evidence in a 1990 rape case.

Darnell Phillips was convicted of the rape of a ten year old girl and sent to prison for 100 years. Turns out there was DNA evidence the prosecutors obtained but never tested and never introduced.

VDOT Using Eminent Domain to Seize Historic Property

VDOT will use eminent domain to seize property on West Roslyn Road in Colonial Heights to begin building a roundabout this spring at the I-95 and Temple Avenue intersection.

Lloyd Goddard’s property has been in his family for more than a hundred years. It was originally 80 acres. In the 1950s construction of the interstate chopped it down the seven and a half acres. It is now zoned commercial.

The house that stands on the land was built near the end of 1820. Goddard said it can’t be on the National Historic Register because a second floor was added in 1963.

Va Tech Researchers Urge Simplification of Water Quality Reports

Researchers at Virginia Tech say annual water quality reports, that the law requires by July first each year for water customers, don’t answer the simple question - is the water safe to drink?

Analysis of water quality reports nationally and conclusions drawn for improving them was a two year team effort.

Dr. Andrea Dietrich is a professor of civil and environmental engineering. She said the team found the reports are far too technical and should be simplified.

Petersburg Council Dismisses City Manager

Petersburg City Council last night dismissed City Manager William Johnson, III, for cause. City Attorney Brian Telfair resigned.

Johnson has been the object of public protests and a petition to remove him for “gross mismanagement, waste of funds and abuse of authority.”

Council, said Mayor Howard Myers, approved a committee including him, Vice Mayor Sam Parahm, and Councilman John Hart to perform the duties of the city manager for 60 days while a new city manager is found.

Petersburg Superintendent Says Close Vernon Johns Middle School

Petersburg Interim School Superintendent Linda Shifflette last night (3/2) urged the school board to close Vernon Johns Middle School. Shifflette believes the building, next to Petersburg High School on Homestead Drive, could be used for the school system’s administrative offices and the gifted student program, providing a real science lab and library.

It could also house the I.B. Pittman alternative education program that’s now in the old high school.

That, she said, would give those students “all the things we really should offer all our students.”

Richmond Sued For Alleged Americans With Disabilities Violation

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department have filed suit alleging that the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office has violated the Americans With Disabilities Act. The Sheriff’s Office, the suit claims, fired a former deputy after she developed a heart condition.

On the job for nearly ten years, she had asked to be reassigned to an open civilian position.