Amherst County teen girl missing; may be with a man she met on line

Chiann Meng

The Amherst County Sheriff’s office says a Madison Heights teenage girl is missing, and she may have left home to meet up with a man she met on line. Authorities say 17-year-old Chiann Meng has not been since early yesterday morning.

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: We are attempting to locate a runaway juvenile from Madison Heights. Chiann Leigh Meng, 17, left her residence during the early morning hours of 10/19/2017. Deputies have been actively following leads since her disappearance. We believe Meng left home to meet a subject she met online and we are working quickly towards her safe return to family. If you know where she is you can contact the Sheriff’s Office via Facebook Messenger or by calling 434-946-9300.

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Blue Ridge Parkway expects this weekend to be busiest

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Drivers seeking fall-colored leaves should expect this weekend to be the busiest on a scenic road that runs through the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to Virginia. The Asheville Citizen-Times quotes Blue Ridge Parkway spokeswoman Caitlin Worth in a Thursday report as saying “traditionally the third week in October is the busiest.” Staff are also reminding drivers to keep watching the road. Worth says distracted driving is the main cause of crashes especially during fall’s pretty views and weather.There have been 24 accidents on the parkway this month while October 2016 had 51. The parkway’s highest posted speed limit is 45 mph (70 kph). The parkway is the most visited unit of the National Park Service, with more than 15 million visitors last year and 2 million that October.

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GOP, Dems battle over Republican majority in House of Delegates

Virginia’s two major political parties are involved in a wide-ranging election battle that goes beyond the statewide races. It’s over the current large majority that Republicans hold in the House of Delegates. Democrats hope that in the current political climate, they can cut into that number this election year. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

10-20 Election-Delegates Wrap-WLNI-WEB

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ISIS defeat in Raqqa could signal new conflict

The Islamic State group’s defeat in its self-declared capital of Raqqa might be the end of the extremist organization, but it could give way to a new war in the Middle East. WLNI’s Ian Price has more: Read the rest of this story »

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Police: Officers shoot 3 in stolen car after confrontation

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) – Police in Virginia have shot and killed one person and wounded two others inside a pickup truck after authorities said the occupants displayed a gun and drove toward the officers. Police in Hampton said in a statement Wednesday that the officers were following a stolen vehicle Tuesday night before it stopped at a convenience store. Five people were in the car. The officers tried to make contact with them before the shooting. Police said 24-year-old DeAndre Bethea, of Newport News, died at a hospital and two others remain hospitalized. Police said five guns were recovered.The two officers worked for neighboring police departments in Newport News and Williamsburg.  Authorities have not disclosed the races of the officers or the others involved.Both officers were placed on administrative leave.

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POLL:Gillespie voters not all behind President Trump

President Trump’s low approval ratings are reportedly lifting Democratic candidates in the Virginia governor’s race. WLNI’s Ian Price has more on the “Trump Effect”

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