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John Ogle

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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

The Blue Sky Fund Lets The Sun Shine In

The Blue Sky Fund is a non-profit that is letting the sun shine into the lives of city kids. The stated mission of the Blue Sky Fund is to provide “transformational experiences for urban youth through outdoor education.”

Larson Wijesooriya is Executive Director of the Fund.

They design monthly field trips to teach science and life skills for third and sixth graders from eight Richmond elementary schools.

Hanover Crisis Intervention Center Opens

On Friday morning (10/10), there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville to officially open the Hanover Crisis Intervention Center. The new center is a partnership with Hanover supervisors, Community Services, and the Sheriff’s office.

Yvette Johnson-Threat is the acting chief medical officer at Memorial. She explained that there will be a specially trained sheriff’s deputy assigned to the center as well as a crisis clinician and a peer specialist.

Grants for School Safety on Northern Neck

Schools in Caroline, Lancaster, Richmond and Westmoreland counties have been awarded state School Security Equipment Grants. The grants, totaling nearly $235,000, require a 25% local match and can be used to upgrade security cameras, install automatic locks and buzz in systems. Localities can qualify for up to $100,000.

Lancaster and Caroline got more than $80,000 each, Richmond County just over $63,000 and Westmoreland just under $9,000.

VCU Grant To Explore Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Virginia Commonwealth University has been awarded a $6 million grant for clinical research that could lead to a safe and effective way to treat cocaine addiction. Dr. Gerry Moeller is the grant’s principal investigator. The funding, from the NIH Institute on Drug Abuse, will create the VCU Center for Medication Development for Cocaine Use Disorder which will create that bridge. The medications that researchers here and at The University of Texas are trying to develop, Moeller said, are not intended to be used a substitute for behavioral therapy for cocaine addiction.

Hundreds Search for Hannah Graham

Over the weekend a team of more than a hundred law enforcement officer and trained searchers continued an aggressive search for missing UVa student Hannah Graham. Yesterday Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said an impassioned appeal from Hannah’s parents stiffened the resolve of search teams. Chief Longo said the area being searched is in the mountains and the brush is heavy. Dogs, ATVs, horses, and aircraft are being used, and he implored landowners to check abandoned structures and wells along with their property.

Modern Dance is Popular in Richmond

The Starr Foster Dance Project opened a four performance run at the Grace Street Theatre last night. Starr Foster started her modern dance company in 2001, and they’ve been appearing locally and on tour ever since; in most cases, to sold out houses.

They’re known and appreciated, fans say, because they take chances and have a knack for finding the cutting edge. Foster said she starts with the premise that every dancer is different. She grew up in this area, and Foster says, she’s always found Richmond a city that loves the arts.

Hearing For Abduction Suspect Delayed

There was a bond hearing scheduled for Jesse Matthew, Jr. today (October 2) in Charlottesville General District Court on a charge of abduction. That has been canceled. A preliminary hearing on that charge, Matthew’s attorney said, has now been set for the 4th of December. Jim Camblos didn’t talk about the reason for the change. His client is still expected to be in court in Albemarle County this morning on a charge of reckless driving. Matthew, authorities say, drove away from a meeting a police headquarters on September 20th  at high speed and that led to the reckless driving charge.

Drones Used in Search for Hannah Graham

Albemarle County Police are making use of all available technology, including drones, in the search for Hannah Graham. There was a team of more than 50 people searching in the county yesterday. Included were Albemarle and Stafford County officers, Charlottesville and state police. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s search and rescue coordinator, Mark Eggeman, said the search will continue as tips and leads are investigated. He said there have been more than 3,000 tips so far, and he urged the public to keep calling with information, confident that it will lead to something.

Campbell County Sheriff Has Questions in Murder Case

The forensic connection that has linked the Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington investigations has caught the attention of the Campbell County Sheriff. In November of 2009, 23 year old Cassandra Morton’s body was found on Chandlers Mountain in Lynchburg. Sheriff Steve Hutcherson said he was struck by the fact that Jesse Matthew, Jr., the man charged with abducting Hannah Graham, had been attending Liberty University at that time. He said his investigators have not yet contacted Charlottesville Police and Morton’s death remains unsolved.

State Police Uncover Forensic Link in Disappearance Cases

State Police have established a link between the disappearance of Hannah Graham and the 2009 case of Morgan Harrington. Harrington disappeared after rock concert at the John Paul Jones Arena at UVa and state police have never stopped actively working the case. Yesterday, Corrine Geller, Virginia State Police, said that the arrest of Jesse Matthew has provided what she called “a significant break in the case with a new forensic link for investigators to pursue.” Geller did not go into details.