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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

Updating the Tri-Cities Multimodal Station Assessment

The Crater Planning District Commission has updated information on the regional multimodal passenger station intended to link the Tri Cities to Charlotte, Raleigh, and Washington, D.C. The commission documented the findings from the Tri-Cities Multimodal Station Environmental Assessment including comments on location preferences and information events last year.

The specific station location has not been identified but the three sites considered are the Boulevard in Colonial Heights, the existing station in Ettrick, and Collier South in Petersburg.

Shiver in the River to Keep Virginia Beautiful

The second annual Shiver in the River is scheduled for Saturday (1/30). It includes a opportunity to put the snow and ice behind you and jump in the river.

The weather forecast for Saturday includes sunshine and a high in the mid 50s.

It benefits Keep Virginia Beautiful. The goal is to increase programs that support litter prevention, community outreach, education, recycling and beautification. Start time is 10:00 a.m. and Historic Tredegar. Registration details are on line at

UVa Student Arrested in North Korea

A University of Virginia student has been arrested in North Korea and charged with a “hostile’ act against the state.

21 year old Otto Warmbier, a Uva third year, was detained, according to the Korean Central News Agency, for “perpetrating a hostile act against the DPRK after entering it under the guise of tourist.”

The North Koreans claim he was really working for the U.S. government and “under its manipulation.”

Petersburg Murder Suspect Hearing March 15th

Alexander Hill, the man accused of the murders of three adults and a 2 year old child, will have a motions hearing in Petersburg Circuit Court March 15th.

Hill was captured by U.S. Marshalls in Buffalo, New York a year after the stabbing deaths of 67 year old Pauline Wilkins and 46 year old Vicki Chavis-Ansar.

He’s old charged with the deaths of 22 year old Tanique Chavis and her two year old son Delvari who died in a house fire investigators say was set by Hill on Easter morning 2014 at the family’s home on Harding Street.

Judge Denies Motions on Evidence in Jesse Matthew Case

Jesse Matthew, the man accused of the abduction and murder of UVa student Hannah Graham in 2014 was in court in Albemarle County yesterday.

Hannah Graham’s parents were in the courtroom as Matthew’s lawyer argued that the search warrant that turned up evidence in his apartment was too broad allowing “unfettered discretion” of what was seized.

Goochland Middle School Recognized

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform has chosen Goochland Middle School as one of its “Schools to Watch.”

Dr. Steve Geyer, Goochland’s Assistant Superintendant for Instruction, said for years Virginia schools have been focused on overall student achievement.

Dr. Geyer credited Principal Jennifer Rucker and her staff for Goochland Middle Schools student success.

Appomattox Business Deal Under Investigation

Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones says a Chinese business deal in Appomattox County is being reviewed for what may be fraud. Secretary Jones told the Senate Finance Committee an external fraud investigation will be put in motion to see what went on with the Lindenburg Industry LLC project.

Just under a million and a half dollars in public funds was paid to a Chinese owned company that promised to build a new factory and didn’t.

Petersburg Transit Adds Bus to Amazon

Petersburg Area Transit added a new daily bus route today (1/20) that will make it easier for a lot of people to get to work. The new route will take passengers to the Amazon Warehouse in Dinwiddie County.

The city’s Jacelyn Williams explained that the new route is part of a three year strategic plan instituted by PAT in 2014.

She said the city is working now with Chesterfield County to add a bus route to the Meadowville Amazon warehouse as well.

Virginia Uranium Files Appeal

A federal judge rejected Virginia Uranium’s lawsuit to overturn the state’s moratorium on uranium mining. The company says it is appealing that decision.

Virginia Uranium will appeal to the US Fourth Circuit Court in Richmond to, once again, try to defeat a ban on mining in Pittsylvania County that has been in place for thirty years. The company filed suit claiming the it is the federal government and not the state that has sole authority over the regulation of surface mining.

Senior U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser disagreed and dismissed the suit.