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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 Police Make Quick Arrests In Shooting Incident

Petersburg Police were called just before 1:00 p.m. yesterday (2/28) to a shooting at the Jefferson South of the James apartment complex. Police made two arrests.

Two brothers with gunshot wounds were transported to Southside Regional Medical Center.

Petersburg Police Department’s Esther Hyatt said the motive was robbery.

This is the first homicide in Petersburg this year.

Henrico Student Government Day Happens this Week

On Thursday March 3, high school students in Henrico will get an up close and personal look at the county’s government and school operations during 59th Annual Student Government Day sponsored by Henrico Kiwanis Clubs. 112 students are participating from all nine county high schools.

The County’s Will Jones explained that on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., 33 of them will take part in an investiture ceremony at Hermitage High School. On Thursday, the students show up at 8:30 a.m. at their assigned jobs. The day ends with mock county supervisor and school board meetings.

Two Dead in Middlesex County Marina Fire

Virginia State Police remain on the scene of a fire that broke out early this morning (2/29) at the Dozier Port Marina in Urbana. Investigators say the fire spread quickly.

Trooper Sgt. Michelle Anya said the Coast Guard is also on scene assessing the environmental impact.

The victims have not been identified, the bodies have been sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond.

Virginia State University’s New Multi Purpose Center

There’s a brand new Virginia State University Multi Purpose Center in Ettrick and the plan is to host up to 150 events a year.

The $84 million dollar, 166,000 square foot center has state of the art arena equipment for VSU’s basketball and volley ball teams and seating for around 6,000 people.

It also houses academic classrooms, meeting rooms, a community wellness center, and food and retail space, as well as offices for the entire VSU Athletics program.

Richmond Police Will Focus on Domestic Violence

Since the first of the year, 14 people have been killed in the City of Richmond. That amounts to one death every four days.

Police are focusing on domestic violence.

The Richmond Police Department counts only 12 of the deaths as homicides. The other two are still under investigation and, since “justifiable” or self defense killings are not counted as homicides by police, they may not make the list.

$5.7 Million Grant For Clinical Depressions Study at VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University has received a $5.7 million grant for the second phase of a study of clinical depression.

Over the past five years, partnering with Oxford University, researchers uncovered the first risk gene for clinical depression.

With this grant, from the Wellcome Trust, researchers will collect DNA samples from 24,000 participants with severe clinical depression and from an equal number of control subjects.

Goochland’s Dr. James Lane is Region 1 Superintendent of the Year

Goochland County’s School Superintendent has been honored again, this time by his peers. Dr. James Lane, at the helm in Goochland for three years, has been named Region 1 Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of Superintendents.

Dr. Lane gave the credit to his leadership team and the county’s teachers and said he’s in awe of the region’s collective school divisions and their pursuit of excellence.

Student Vote Could Change UVa Honor Code

This afternoon (2/25) is the last day for University of Virginia students to vote on a referendum that could lead to changes in the University’s Honor Code. For 174 years the Honor Code has mandated that any student convicted of lying, cheating or stealing by a committee of their peers will be expelled.

The ballot in this week’s election offers two choices. First, keeping the punishment the way it is. Second, giving the Honor Committee the power to “impose lesser sanctions.”

All Six Defendants Guilty of All Charges in Kevin Quick Murder

In Roanoke yesterday (2/24), all six of the defendants in the federal trial related to the murder of Waynesboro Reserve Police Captain Kevin Quick were found guilty of all charges. The defendants were found guilty of obstruction of justice and racketeering.

In all they faced 35 charges connected not only to the abduction and murder of Capt. Quick, but to a slew of robberies and home invasions all over Louisa in 2013 and 2014.

All of them are members of the 99 Goon Syndikate, a branch of the notorious Bloods gang.

Jurors Skip, Petersburg Murder Trial Delayed

In Petersburg yesterday (2/24), a murder trial was put on hold. There weren’t enough jurors.

Leon Archer was charged with the shooting death last year of Shaakira Ross, a 2014 graduate of the Maggie Walker Governor’s School.

Sixty Petersburg residents were subpoenaed for jury duty, 18 were excused, but only 24 of the others showed up, not enough to seat a jury.

Senior Assisstant Commonwealth’s Attorney T. Leslie Lindsey asked the judge to issue show-cause orders to those who failed to appear to explain their absence.