Couple changes wedding plans to make terminally ill son part of ceremony

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:55 PM

A North Carolina couple changed their wedding plans so their terminally ill son could be part of the ceremony.
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A North Carolina couple changed their wedding plans so their terminally ill son could be part of the ceremony.(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A couple who wanted their month-old son to be there to witness their wedding tied the knot early at his hospice center.

Patricia and Christopher Armstrong’s son, Conner, was born with a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 18 which causes severe birth defects.

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“Basically he has an extra eighteenth chromosome. It has more internal effects,” Conner’s dad, Christopher, told WFMY. “He has three holes in his heart.”

“We were told we didn’t have much time left with Conner,” Christopher said. “So we wanted him to be there.”

Patricia and Christopher got married in a small ceremony at a hospice center in Davidson County, North Carolina, with a few family members, including little Connor, present.

Conner died March 14 at 6 weeks old, just 3 days after the ceremony.

“He was loved by so many and always will,” Patricia wrote on Facebook.

The family started a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses. If you would like to donate, click here.

Woman holds decoration drive to help victims of Hurricane Harvey celebrate holidays

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

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As Texas continues to recover during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many are trying to figure out how they will celebrate the holiday season after they’ve lost everything.

One woman came up with an idea to help bring a little normalcy for hurricane victims during the next few weeks and help brighten up their temporary homes this Christmas, KBMT reported.

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Meredith Love, with some help from Gretchen Scoggins and schools in Hardin County, Texas, organized a free holiday decoration giveaway.

Love and the others collected donations through social media to provide ornaments, trees and garlands to Hurricane Harvey victims this past weekend, KBMT reported.

Love posted on her Facebook page that more than 200 people were able to collect something to make their living arrangements a little more homey this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Marine plane crash: Family, friends identify some killed in accident

Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

In this photo provided by Jimmy Taylor, smoke and flames come from the wreckage of a military transport airplane crashed in a field near Itta Bena, Miss., on the western edge of Leflore County, Monday, July 10, 2017, killing several.
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In this photo provided by Jimmy Taylor, smoke and flames come from the wreckage of a military transport airplane crashed in a field near Itta Bena, Miss., on the western edge of Leflore County, Monday, July 10, 2017, killing several.(Jimmy Taylor via AP)

Military training jet crashes in Tennessee

Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 11:36 PM

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File photo. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images for NASCAR)(Brandon Wade/Getty Images for NASCAR)

A military training plane crashed Sunday in the Cherokee National Forest near Tellico Plains, Tennessee.

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Two pilots, an instructor and student, were aboard a T-45C Goshawk training in the area and had not returned to the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi, according to the U.S. Navy.

Their status is unknown.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Navy recovers remains of 10 sailors killed in USS John S. McCain crash

Published: Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 9:35 PM

USS John S. McCain: Remains Of All 10 Missing Sailors Found

Update 9:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 27: The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet said on Sunday that officials have recovered the bodies of all 10 sailors killed when the USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant ship on Aug. 21 near Singapore.

Officials continue to investigate the collision.

Original report: The U.S. Navy on Thursday identified a sailor whose remains were found after the USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant ship near Singapore earlier this week.

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Divers recovered the remains of Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, officials said.

Nine other sailors remain missing. Navy officials identified them as:

  • Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Missouri
  • Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from Texas
  • Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Maryland
  • Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Ohio
  • Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Maryland
  • Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from New York
  • Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Connecticut
  • Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, from Texas
  • Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Illinois 

Crews searched a 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore after the Liberian-flagged Alnic MC and the USS John S. McCain collided on Monday. Five sailors were injured.

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Divers continued Thursday to search the flooded compartments of the USS John S. McCain, although officials said the efforts had shifted from a rescue to a recovery mission.

Monday’s crash was the second major collision involving a U.S. Navy warship from the 7th Fleet in two months, according to The Navy Times. It is the fourth accident involving a naval vessel in the Pacific this year, according to The Washington Post.

Monday’s accident prompted officials to launch an investigation of the 7th Fleet. Navy Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, said the Navy will take a one-day operational pause in response to the accident, to “ensure we are taking all appropriate immediate measures to enhance the Navy’s safe and effective operation around the world.”

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The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the commander of the 7th Fleet was dismissed in the aftermath of the crash.