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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

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.

IRS Reports Increase in Phone Scammer Calls

The Internal Revenue Service has issued another alert. Scammers have stepped up their bogus phone calls and e-mails to taxpayers, threatening arrest and demanding payment.

There has been a dramatic increase in scam calls and emails and Virginians are a favorite target.

Mark Green at the IRS says if they call back, hang up again and delete their emails. Be aware, he said, that they comb social media to learn all they can and their caller ID even reads IRS.

CARITAS Uses Dominion Grants to Serve the Homeless

Dominion Resources has awarded $1 million dollars to 119 community organizations to help feed, shelter and care for people in need in its services area.

CARITAS, the Richmond areas largest homeless relief organization, was one recipient of a Dominion Foundation Critical Community Needs Grant.

Karen Stanley, the CEO of CARITAS, explained that Dominion funding and volunteers help to support its emergency homeless shelter program in area churches.

Mecklenburg Supervisors Protest Gun Ruling

The Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors voted last week to protest Attorney General Mark Herring’s change to Virginia’s recognition of concealed handgun permits in 25 states next month.

Supervisors adopted a resolution at their meeting last week calling on the General Assembly to take action to reverse Herring’s ruling and maintain Virginia’s recognition of carry permits in the states where reciprocity agreements are currently in place.

Supervisor Jim Jennings introduced the resolution, noting that the revocation includes North Carolina.