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Former Governor Gerald Baliles, 79, passed away early this morning according to a memo from Governor Northam’s office. Baliles was surrounded by his family. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Baliles was the Democratic Governor of Virginia from 1986 to 1990. He was also a former director of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Said Northam: “As the 65th Governor of Virginia, he understood and valued the role government can play in improving citizens’ lives. He transformed Virginia’s transportation infrastructure, signed Virginia into the Chesapeake Bay agreement under which we still operate today, and focused on expanding access to higher education, among many other accomplishments. Governor Baliles fought for rural Virginians, promoted civil discourse, and was the epitome of a true public servant.”


(from Virginia State Police) Virginia State Police Senior Trooper M.D. Mayhew is investigating a single vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred Saturday (Oct 19) at 5:05 a.m. on Route 24, three tenths of a mile west of Route 711 in Bedford County. A 1999 Ford F-250 was traveling east on Route 24 when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, crossed the roadway and struck a tree.

The driver of the Ford was identified as Brian Michael Martin, 35, of Evington, Va. Mr. Martin was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.


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(from ABC News) President Donald Trump announced Saturday night that his administration would no longer consider his personal resort in Doral, Florida to host the 2020 G7 summit in Miami, and suggested he might consider Camp David. “Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020,” the president tweeted. “We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!”

BLACKSBURG – Quincy Patterson’s two-point conversion run in the sixth overtime lifted Virginia Tech a wild 43-41 victory over North Carolina on Saturday at Lane Stadium in the longest game in ACC history. With the victory, the Hokies moved to 5-2 overall, 2-2 in the ACC, and they beat North Carolina for the fourth consecutive time. The Tar Heels fell to 3-4 overall, 2-2 in league play.

The game marked the nationwide debut of college football’s new overtime rules, which now call for going for two points after the fourth overtime. Both teams misfired on opportunities to win the game in earlier overtime periods, as Tech kicker Brian Johnson missed game-winning attempts from 41 and 42 yards and North Carolina kicker Noah Ruggles missed from 35 yards and had a 44-yard attempt blocked.

In the fifth overtime, the Hokies had the ball first, but Patterson’s pass to Damon Hazelton was broken up by the Tar Heels’ Storm Duck, giving the Tar Heels an opportunity to win the game.
North Carolina, though, couldn’t convert. Tech’s Khalil Ladler read a pitch play perfectly and tackled Michael Carter for a loss, sending the game into a sixth overtime. The Tar Heels received the ball first, but Ladler and others sacked quarterback Sam Howell, setting up Patterson’s game-winning conversion. (from

UPDATE: Officials say Chaplin has returned home.

PREVIOUS: (from Bedford County Sheriff’s office) Around 8:30 a.m. this morning, Bedford County 911 received a call from a female reporting her husband was missing. She advised he did not show up for work in the Town of Bedford. The caller is very concerned because he has never exhibited this type of behavior before. The man’s name is Gary Chaplin, white male, age 38, 5’8”, 220 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair. Chaplin should be operating a Silver GMC Envoy with Va. registration US RENI.


(ABC News) At least three people, all wearing orange wristbands, died from drug overdoses early Sunday and four others were hospitalized after police responded to a medical emergency at an apartment complex in Pittsburgh, officials said.

Police and paramedics were called to the Southside Works City Apartments around 2 a.m. and discovered seven people in medical distress, including two who were unresponsive, police said. All of the victims were wearing orange wristbands apparently connected a venue they had been to Saturday night, police said.
“The victims — including three people who died and four who remain hospitalized — appear to have been at the same venue together, and then to have gone to a second location at a private residence where they apparently overdosed on drugs,” the Pittsburgh Police Department said in a statement. “The victims all took the narcotics at the same time and in the same location.”

Police did not immediately say what kind of drugs the victims overdosed on, but expressed concern about a “tainted, potentially deadly batch of drugs in the community.” One man was found passed out in the street outside the apartment building and later died, police said at a news conference. Another victim was found unresponsive in an elevator, according to authorities.
When police officers went inside the apartment where the drugs were allegedly taken, they found five other people in need of medical assistance, authorities said.


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Police in Norfolk say four people are dead following a fiery car crash at the city’s airport. Police say the car was headed toward the departures area at Norfolk International Airport early Saturday when it left the road, crashed into a tree and caught fire. Authorities say the crash was reported around 1 a.m. They say the four people in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims have not been identified. Authorities say the crash remains under investigation.

(Fox News) In the midst of brewing economic escalation, White House adviser Larry Kudlow said he couldn’t promise a finalized trade deal with China by the 2020 election, but claimed a major trade announcement was coming, during an interview with CNN. “I can’t make any promises. I don’t want to make any forecasts,” he said Sunday, on “State of the Union.” “I will repeat, however, that the negotiations between the two great countries continue. And I think it’s always better to talk than not to talk.”

Kudlow claimed the announcement of a trade deal with China was forthcoming and said the U.S. is simultaneously closing a separate deal, which would encompass Mexico and Canada as well. “We’re planning on having China come and… there’s an imminent announcement coming, this afternoon here… with a large-scale trade deal with China that would include agriculture, as well as e-commerce and other areas,” he said. “Not only is there a successful trade deal being brokered with Japan, but we have a terrific deal with USMCA — our partners in Canada and Mexico, which will add between half to one percentage point additional GDP per year.”

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