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10 of News 3’s most clicked stories of 2017

Posted at 10:02 PM, Dec 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-26 22:02:57-05

As 2017 comes to a close News 3 is taking a look back at some of the stories that our viewers clicked on most.

The year was filled with breaking news, celebrity news, and heartwarming local stories among many other things.

We are honored to be part of the Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore and Northeastern North Carolina communities. Thank you for inviting us into your home – and onto your smartphones!

Enjoy the list below of 10 of the most popular stories of 2017.

10. Shark sightings close down local beaches – Sharks were spotted at Community Beach, Ocean View Beach and Sarah Constant Beach Park.

9. Tornado hits Virginia BeachAt least 12 homes were condemned and 32 people were displaced after a tornado touched down in Virginia Beach in April.

8.Navy Sailor, wife shot during OfferUp saleA Navy Sailor and his pregnant wife were in the hospital after being shot multiple times while trying to buy a cell phone through an app used to buy and sell personal items called OfferUp.

7. Mark Wahlberg visits Naval Station NorfolkWahlberg made a stop at the Navy Exchange Fleet Store promoting his line of nutrition products -- Performance Inspired Nutrition, and then took a tour of the USS Gerald R. Ford.

6. Students surprise parents of Chesapeake teen killed by accused drunk driverAs the funeral processional for a Chesapeake teen allegedly killed by a drunk driver made its way down Battlefield Blvd., in May hundreds of students who never knew 18-year-old Kaitlyn Duffy made their way to the sidewalk.

5. 12-year-old saves her sister from abduction - A Williamsburg mom pulled over to help victims of a car crash with her two daughters in the car when the man who caused the crash got in their vehicle. Maddie Weiler managed to save herself and her sister from a possible abduction.

4. Linkin Park singer diesChester Bennington, the lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park, was found dead in July, shocking his large fan base.

3. Wegmans announces new Virginia Beach locationWegmans fans rejoice, the chain is coming to Hampton Roads!

2. Beachgoers form human chain to rescue familyAn Alabama woman and her husband started a human chain and helped rescue an entire family of nine caught in a riptide off the coast of Florida.

1. Virginia man brings 300,000 pennies to DMVNick Stafford said he wheeled the pennies into the office to prove and point and get back at state government.