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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 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.

Insanity Plea in Crash that Killed Historian

Robert Gentil was indicted last year on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a crash that claimed the life of a well known historian.

In Richmond Circuit Court yesterday (1/19), Judge Joi Jeter-Taylor accepted an insanity plea and ordered that he spend at least 45 days being evaluated at Central State Hospital.

In April, Gentil’s SUV slammed into Elizabeth Pryor’s Audi on Grove Avenue near Mary Mumford School. She died at the scene. Investigators believe he was traveling at least 100 miles an hour at the time of the crash.

Prince George Supervisors Okay School Budget

Prince George County Supervisors have unanimously approved a spending plan for the schools system of just under $2 million.

County Administrator Percy Ashcraft noted that unspent money returned from any agency goes back to the general fund and last year the school system returned just under $3 million with a request to re-appropriate $1,907,359 for various expenses.

According to the Progress Index, School board chair Kevin Foster noted that in June there were managerial changes, including a new Supt. of Schools, so some projects didn’t get done as planned.

Natural Bridge Zoo Cited Again by Dept. of Agriculture

The Natural Bridge Zoo, a roadside attraction in Rockbridge County, has once again been cited by inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Inspectors went to the zoo in the middle of last month and found what they’ve found several times before: inadequate veterinary care, dirty conditions, and a failure to maintain enclosures and fences.

Even though there were fewer infractions than previous inspections, critics say nothing has changed. Animals at the Natural Bridge Zoo are suffering.