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Published: Friday, September 08, 2017 @ 11:17 AM
— Harvey Schluter is 104 years old. His wife, Irma Schluter will be 93 in November. The two have been married for 75 years.
Harvey Schluter proposed when Irma was still in high school, and the couple were wed in 1942 in Washington state.
“I wasn’t quite through school yet,” Irma Schluter told the New York Times. “I wanted to wait until I was done. But he talked me into getting married before that.”
This year is the first time the Schluters, who remember the Great Depression, the Kennedy assassination and Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, have seen major storms bearing their names make national -- and international -- headlines.
“I don’t know how they’ve done that, to have a Harvey and Irma,” Irma Schluter said Wednesday. “I don’t know how that worked out.”
The names Harvey and Irma were chosen for the storms before they hit this year. The World Meteorological Organization began alternating men’s and women’s names for tropical storms born over the Atlantic in 1979.
Six lists of men’s and women’s names are used in rotation to name storms, with names of the hardest-hitting, most fatale and memorable storms retired after impact.
The name Harvey has been used to name seven storms. Irene was used to name storms that came after Harveys until 2011, when Hurricane Irene hit the Caribbean and parts of the U.S., causing severe damage.
Once Irene was retired, Irma was put in the rotation.
It’s likely the names Harvey and Irma could be retired after this year.
Irma Schluter called Hurricane Irma’s destruction “really sad.”
As Washington residents, the Schluters haven’t been directly affected by the hurricanes.
“I have no idea what I’d do. I’ve never been in that kind of a situation,” she told the Times. “I’d try and help some people, I don’t know how.”
The Schluters, who helped raise groups of foster children, said they value helping people whenever possible.
“If you can help someone, then help them,” Irma Schluter said.
Read more at the New York Times.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:41 AM
EUSTIS, Fla. — A young boy died of rabies after being scratched by a bat, according to Christian Academy school officials in Eustis, Florida.
The school posted about the boy’s death on its website, saying that he attended the school in 2016.
The post said Ryker Roque “was a quiet boy adored by teachers and classmates.”
Henry Roque, Ryker's father, took a video of the two on a fishing trip and said they were as close as father and son could be.
He shared pictures and videos of his son with WFTV to share with the world how much he loved his son.
As Ryker underwent an experimental procedure for the rabies infection, Henry held out hope, even as doctors told the family he had virtually no chance of surviving.
"I've seen huge miracles before. And I went back on the bed and laid with him and held him and said, 'Ryker, miracles happen every day. I know you hear me,'" Henry said.
Several weeks ago, Henry said he found a sick bat, which he did not know had rabies, and put it in a bucket, telling Ryker not to touch it.
But Ryker did touch it and was scratched by the bat – but seemed fine, school officials said.
A week later, the child lost use of his legs and “experienced confusion,” having hallucinations and convulsions.
Ryker was hospitalized and an experimental treatment was used, but he died Sunday.
The school held a fundraiser to help the family with medical expenses.
"He was a very sweet boy. Everything he did was nice. The kids loved to play with him because he was the kindest kid," said Connor Jenkins, with the Christian Academy preschool.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:13 AM
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Incredible video captured firefighters rescuing a child from a burning building in DeKalb County, Georgia.
The helmet camera video, posted by DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, was taken at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Jan. 3.
The video shows a person on top of a ladder drop a child down to a firefighter as the flames roar around them.
The firefighter catches the child and quickly runs to safety.
"Third-generation DCFR firefighter Capt. Scott Stroup can be seen catching one of the children that was dropped from the third-floor balcony. Great job by all hands operating on this fire as several lifesaving grabs were made that night," the department posted on Facebook.
An estimated 50 people were left without a place to live after the massive fire at the Decatur apartment complex.
Capt. Eric Jackson, with DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, told WSB-TV that four adults and eight children were hurt in the fire.
He said their injuries were minor and mostly related to smoke inhalation.
Firefighters kicked in doors and ushered out residents when they arrived on the scene, Jackson said.
One of the victims told WSB-TV's Steve Gehlbach hearing the screams coming from the people trapped was the most frightening part of the fire for them.
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 9:59 AM
PITTSBURGH — There was a slight scare ahead of Sunday’s Steelers game at Heinz Field after police arrested a man who allegedly threatened to kill players and fans at the game.
Authorities arrested Yuttana Choochongkol, 40, who is from San Antonio, in Texas.
Investigators said the man made several threats online, sending them to the director of security at Heinz Field.
“The Steelers game will be packed, and that's when I plan on killing Steelers football players and fans before taking my own pitiful life," Choochongkol wrote.
The Steelers issued a statement regarding the threats.
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 12:08 PM
ALEXANDRIA, La. — A postal worker pleaded guilty Friday to burning at least 20 tubs of mail at his home over the course of six months, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Mark Wayne Thompson, 50, pleaded guilty to use of delay or destruction of mail by a postal employee.
Thompson took mail from his rural route in Elmer to his home to burn from Dec. 1, 2016, to May 1, 2017, according to officials.