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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

State Police Ask Public Help in 20 Year Old Case

Twenty years ago yesterday (3/2), a 25 year old grad student heading to UVa on Route 29 in Culpeper, was abducted and murdered. State Police are still pursuing leads.

Alicia Reynolds’ car was found the day she went missing and her body was discovered two months later.

Investigators are asking for help from the public.

Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police, said the suspect is about 6’ tall. He drove a dark colored pickup, possibly a green Nissan.

State Police can be contacted at (800) 572-2260.

Attorney General Touring Veterans Legal Clinics

Last week, we reported on the free legal clinics at community colleges set up by Attorney General Mark Herring’s office to help veterans and their families with estate planning. Yesterday (3/1) the AG visited a clinic in Chesapeake, today he’s in Richmond.

Working with the Department of Veteran’s Services and the Virginia State Bar, the volunteer lawyers at the clinics help vets with wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives.

Attorney General Herring said more than 150 vets have signed up. He said meeting them, for him, is a truly gratifying experience.

Winchester Police Say Petersburg Man Killed Himself

Virginia State Police say a 20 year old Petersburg man died Sunday (2/28) as police chased him in Winchester.

D’Londre Minifield was one of three people in a fight involving a firearm. Winchester Police say when they approached he fired his gun and died of an apparent self inflicted wound.

They released a statement yesterday (3/1) saying that state police and the medical examiner’s office in Manassas have confirmed that this was a suicide.

Science Matters: Richmond Ambulance Authority Wins National Award

The Richmond Ambulance Authority’s fleet manager, Dan Fellows, has won a national EMS10 Award. Each year, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services recognizes 10 individuals who have contributed to emergency services in an exceptional and innovative way, hence EMS10 Awards.

Five years ago, Dan Fellows had an idea.

Rob Lawrence, RAA’s Chief Operating Officer, said Fellows worked with others on securing the panels and wiring them to power the ambulance’s entire electrical system. That had never been done before. Now all RAA rigs have solar panels.

Concerns Over Goochland Subdivision Proposal

Some people who live near land proposed for a subdivision in Goochland County are continuing to express concerns about the project. County supervisors will likely hear from them in April.

Wilton Acquisitions submitted a request for rezoning last year. They want to build up to 193 single family homes on just under 98,000 acres near Rockville Road.

Neighbors immediately protested, citing concern over property values and increased traffic on a rural road.

Lancaster School Board Budget Hearing Tonight

At 6:30 this evening (3/1), the Lancaster County School Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed budget for the next fiscal year. The public hearing will take place at the School Board Office in Weems.

Budget and finance director Whitney Barrack told the Rappahannock Record the budget totals $16.6 million dollars. A draft shows an increase of $662,000 in projected revenues and just over $631,000 in spending.

The proposal includes a 4.5% pay hike in teacher pay with a 3% step at the low end of the scale and a 1.5% raise for all.

Commerce Secretary Says No Regrets on Redskins Luxury Suite

Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Maurice Jones, said yesterday (3/1) that he has no regrets about the use of a luxury suite offered by the Redskins for a playoff game.

Jones said he had what he called “unqualified approval” from the state’s newly created Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council.

Jones invited business prospects and state officials to join him at the game, saying it was an opportunity for the Commonwealth and he was just doing his job.

Tapphannock Church Worships in Spite of Damage

St. John’s Baptist Church in Tappahannock suffered major tornado damage last week but the congregation still held a worship service yesterday (2/28).

The threat of severe storms led to cancellation of the regular Wednesday night Bible Study last week. That cancellation may have saved lives. When the tornado blew in, destroying some 30 homes and damaging 70 more, 145 year old St. John’s was hit hard.

But, as guests of Beulah Baptist Church in the village of Minor, St. John’s members were praising the Lord yesterday.