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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

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.

Dominion Coal Ash Permits Approved

The State Water Control Board approved permits yesterday (1/14) to allow Dominion Virginia Power to drain water from coal ash ponds in Fluvanna and Prince William counties into the James and Potomac Rivers.

Environmental groups protested the permits, pointing to what happened two years ago when a Duke Energy plant in North Carolina spilled untreated coal ash in the Dan River.

Over time, the company will close all 11 of its coal ash ponds at 4 power plants.