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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

State Police Seek Help In Gun Theft Case

Virginia State Police are asking the public for help in indentifying the man who stole a firearm at a gun show in Henrico on July 11th.

According to troopers, the man approached a vendor's table at the Richmond Raceway Complex, took the gun, and smuggled it out of the building.

The suspect is a heavy set black man 5'10" to 6'2". He had a buzz cut along the sides of his head and is balding on top. He was wearing a dark blue or black t-shirt with a great white shark on the front.

Grants Support Tree Planting

Matching grants, from The Richmond Urban Canopy Tree Initiative, are available in the metro Richmond area to support tree planting.

Nonprofits in the city and Ashland, as well as communities and localities in seven counties in the Richmond area can apply.

According to Barbara White, at the Virginia Dept. of Forestry, about $80,000 is available for the program.

White noted that increasing sustained canopy tree coverage will improve water quality.

Judge Rejects Lawful Combatant Claim In Terrorist Trial

A federal judge in Richmond has rejected the claim of a Russian national that he was a lawful combatant when he fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

55 year old Irek Hamidullin claimed he was a prisoner of war who did not commit war crimes.

He is set to go on trial on July 27th, charged, among other things, with providing material support to terrorists, attempting to destroy a US military aircraft, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, and attempting to kill an officer or an employee of the U.S.

Change In Petersburg Store Hopes To Reduce Crime

People's Food Market and Deli, on Harding Street in Petersburg, is closed now. Police and people who live nearby say crime is down in the area as a result.

The convenience store, known locally as the “blue store,” has a new owner and police say they're hoping trash, loitering, and drug dealing is a thing of the past.

Lt. Shelton Wills told the Progress Index that since the store closed, three months ago, that has been case. One neighbor said she hopes the store stays closed.

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Chesapeake Bay Pollution Plan

A U.S. Appeals Court has upheld a federal plan intended to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Farmers have accused the EPA of abusing its powers.

The ruling upholds restrictions on farm and construction runoff and wastewater treatment. It is seen as a clear win for environmentalists.

Will Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is calling for a end to litigation.

The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation also believes EPA has overstepped its bounds.

Virginia and five other states have already agreed to pollution limits.

U.S. Marshals Seek Help To Find Missing Girl

The U.S. Marshal’s Service is asking for the public’s help to find 14 year old Hayleigh Wilson.

The Marshals believe she is in danger, traveling with Benjamin Shook, a convicted sex offender. He picked her up near her home in Tennessee and they’ve been seen in Virginia.

Brad Sellers, Chief Deputy for the Marshal’s Service in Western Virginia says if they’re spotted call 911 and local law enforcement will take action and alert the Marshals.

Fireworks Safety For a Happy 4th of July

Fireworks are a beloved part of our Independence Day celebrations.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office is reminding everyone that ignoring fireworks safety could turn a celebration into a tragedy.

There are wide range of fireworks that are permitted in Virginia.

Always read the directions and warning labels. If the fireworks you have don’t have them marked, do not light them.

Asleep DBS Offers Parkinson's Patients Options

Deep Brain Stimulation is one of the ways that the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is treated.

Dr. Matthew Boyce is medical director of the DBS program at HCA Virginia's Chippenham and Johnston Willis Hospitals. Traditionally, he explained, DBS is done in an operating room while the patient is awake. Now, because of a piece of equipment at HCA Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, the patient can be asleep.

One option is not, Dr. Boyce said, better than the other.

Tremendous strides, Dr. Boyce added, are being made as the result of research into Parkinson's Disease.