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DIRECTOR PAGE OLYMPIC VILLAGE WELCOME-VO
SHOW OPEN-CLIP SOCHI LIVE BUMP-SAT-LIVE
TOSS TO HOLLIE-2SH, SS, E-AniBX LENO FINALE-2SH, VO-WIPE
ACCUSED MOLESTOR FOLO-CAM 99 LENO FINALE-SOTVO
ACCUSED MOLESTOR FOLO-PKG TEASE TWO-2SH
ACCUSED MOLESTOR FOLO-CAM 99, SS, CAM 99 TZ2 A) WWII VETS HONORED-VO-WIPE
FL COLD CASE MURDER-PLASMA VO-WIPE TZ2 B) FL TRUMPET BOY-SOTVO
FL COLD CASE MURDER-SOTVO ATLANTA HWY WX SIGN-VOTOPS
FL LOUD MUSIC TRIAL-VO ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
WINTER WEATHER-trx O-AniBX FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
WINTER WEATHER-PKG WWII VETS HONORED-E-AniBX
CRIST PARTY SWITCH-VO-WIPE WWII VETS HONORED-BNR-PKG
CRIST PARTY SWITCH-SOT, SS DEAD MANATEE-VO, VID-BOX
NAT'L PRAYER BREAKFAST-SOTVO FL TRUMPET BOY-NATSVO-WIPE
MCGREGOR CRASH-VO FL TRUMPET BOY-SOTVO
SCHOOL CHOICE MEETING-CG TEASE THREE-2SHOT
TEASE ONE-2SHOT T3) CHARCO DRUNK ROBINS
TZ1 A) FL JAIL ESCAPE-VO-WIPE AHEAD AT 6-BANNER
TZ1 B) DEAD MANATEE-VOTOPS A) matt wright tease-SOTTOPS
TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC TRACKS & TRAILS-trx, SS
FL JAIL ESCAPE-O-AniBX, VO TRACKS & TRAILS-PKG
FL JAIL ESCAPE-SOTVO CHARCO DRUNK ROBINS-trx VOTOPS, OC
ARSONIST SET ON FIRE-trx VOTOPS CHARCO DRUNK ROBINS-BNR-PKG
SOCHI OLYMPICS OPEN-CLIP NEWS AT 6PM HEADLINES-SOTTOPS


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SHOW OPEN-CLIP


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TOSS TO HOLLIE-2SH, SS, E-AniBX


NEW AT 5-30--

A FORMER CHURCH VOLUNTEER ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY MOLESTING A CHILD FACES A NEW ALLEGATION.

A SECOND PERSON HAS COME FORWARD WITH ACCUSATIONS AGAINST ROBERT LITTLE.

THE FORT MYERS MAN USED TO VOLUNTEER AT ST FRANCIS XAVIER CHURCH, AND WE FOUND OUT TODAY HE IS LIVING ON CHURCH PROPERTY.

NBC2'S HOLLIE HOJECK IS LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM WITH DETAILS. Return to index of stories...


ACCUSED MOLESTOR FOLO-CAM 99


ROBERT LITTLE IS OUT ON BAIL -- AFTER BEING ARRESTED AND ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY MOLESTING A YOUNG BOY.

TODAY, I TALKED WITH AN ATTORNEY FOR ANOTHER FAMILY WHO CLAIMS LITTLE ACTED INAPPROPRIATELY WITH ANOTHER CHILD.

AND I FOUND OUT LITTLE IS STILL LIVING A ON CHURCH PROPERTY -- RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO A SCHOOL. Return to index of stories...


ACCUSED MOLESTOR FOLO-PKG


::TAKE PKG::

Myrna Bruno, Picking Up Granddaughters

:39:28 i am upset about it because my granddaughters go to school here

and they come out here every day and wait for someone to pick them up.

MYRNA BRUNO SAYS SHE HAD NO IDEA THE ACCUSED SEXUAL MOLESTOR SHE SAW ON THE NEWS LIVED SO CLOSE TO WHERE HER 7 AND 10 YEAR OLD GRAND DAUGHTERS PLAY EVERYDAY.

---adding another SOT here---

THIS MAN- ROBERT LITTLE, IS OUT ON BAIL ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY MOLESTING A YOUNG BOY.

LITTLE WHO IS A FORMER VOLUNTEER AT SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER CHURCH STILL LIVES ON CHURCH PROPERTY.

Myrna Bruno, Picking Up Granddaughters

:40:38 I THINK THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING BUT I DONT KNOW WHAT.

Hollie Hojek

:27:35 Were told Little lives in those beige apartment condos that are

owned by the Church- as you can see those condos are backed up to a

school playground- now I spoke with staffers today from Saint Francis

Xavier School who say all parents have been notified of the situation they

even held a staff meeting at 3 today for any employees about questions

regarding Little and the situation- but were told it's business as

usual at the school.

:26

IT APPEARS LITTLE HAS NO CONNECTION TO THE SCHOOL EXCEPT THAT HE LIVES CLOSE BY.

THAT'S REASON ENOUGH FOR PARENTS.

JUDITH V TAYLOR, PARENT

:34:19

:10

I know they say innocent until proven guilty but still- its just the

circumstances behind it- those are extreme. Return to index of stories...


ACCUSED MOLESTOR FOLO-CAM 99, SS, CAM 99


THE SECOND ALLEGED VICTIM NEVER FILED A POLICE REPORT--

THE FAMILY ATTORNEY TELLS NBC2 THEY DID TELL THE CHURCH AND THE DIOCESE ABOUT INAPPROPRIATE CONVERSATIONS THEY CLAIM HE HAD WITH HIM.

WE JUST GOT A RESPONSE FROM THE DIOCESE OF VENICE.

IT SAYS IN PART --

"Little occupies Villa Francisco according to the terms of a written lease and like and other tenant; he has rights under the lease. Since the Court released him after his arrest, he is permitted to continue his residency."

LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM, HOLLIE HOJEK, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


FL COLD CASE MURDER-PLASMA VO-WIPE


25-YEARS AFTER A UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA STUDENT DISAPPEARED -- INVESTIGATORS THINK THEY KNOW WHO KILLED HER.

20-YEAR OLD TIFFANY SESSIONS WENT FOR A WALK NEAR CAMPUS IN FEBRUARY 19-89 AND WAS NEVER SEEN AGAIN.

COLD CASE INVESTIGATORS SAID TODAY --

THEY BELIEVE SHE WAS MURDERED BY SERIAL KILLER PAUL ROWLES. Return to index of stories...


FL COLD CASE MURDER-SOTVO


Sheriff Sadie Darnell/Alachua County

"This case is highly, highly probable. He was in this area at the time of Tiffany's disappearance. He worked at a business here and did not work on the day and night of her disappearance."

ROWLES DIED IN PRISON LAST FEBRUARY.

INVESTIGATORS HOPE TO FIND SESSION'S REMAINS IN SOME REMOTE WOODS -- ONE OF ROWLE'S DUMPING SITES.

THEY ALREADY FOUND THE GRAVE OF ANOTHER VICTIM. Return to index of stories...


FL LOUD MUSIC TRIAL-VO


THE SO CALLED LOUD MUSIC MURDER TRIAL STARTED TODAY IN JACKSONVILLE.

47-YEAR OLD MICHAEL DUNN SAYS WHEN HE ASKED 17-YEAR OLD JORDAN DAVIS AND HIS FRIENDS TO TURN DOWN THEIR MUSIC OUTSIDE A CONVENIENCE STORE-- THEY POINTED A GUN AT HIM.

SO HE SHOT AND KILLED DAVIS.

POLICE NEVER FOUND A WEAPON IN THE TEENS' S-U-V. Return to index of stories...


WINTER WEATHER-trx O-AniBX


NO HEAT IN FREEZING TEMPERATURES!

RIGHT NOW -- POWER CREWS ARE FRANTICALLY WORKING TO RESTORE ELECTRICITY TO MILLIONS HIT BY THE LATEST WINTER STORM UP NORTH.

NBC'S CHRIS POLLONE HAS THE LATEST. Return to index of stories...


WINTER WEATHER-PKG


FIVE THOUSAND POWER LINEMEN ARE GOING STREET BY STREET IN PENNSYLVANIA'S DELAWARE VALLEY, BRINGING THE POWER BACK ON TO NEARLY 400-THOUSAND CUSTOMERS.

THEY'RE WORKING 16 HOUR SHIFTS. SOME HAVE COME FROM AS FAR AWAY FROM CANADA AND CHICAGO.

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SAYS GIVEN THE CONDITIONS, POWER CREWS ARE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO HELP.

Sound Gov. Tom Corbett - Pennsylvania :19-:32

" one of the workers saying when they were working with the trees covered with ice and snow they are often called widow makers. They can call accidents that can injure people or unfortunately kill people."

ALSO DANGEROUS: SOME PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO HEAT THEIR HOMES WITH GRILLS, INDOOR GENERATORS, AND KEROSENE HEATERS. AT LEAST 25 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SYMPTOMS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.

THE RED CROSS HAS OPENED SEVERAL SHELTERS TO HELP PEOPLE WITHOUT HEAT.

Sound Chris Orsini - Downingtown, PA :47-:59

"I have 3 children and it's kinda tough on them and you know you worry about the pipes being cold and breaking, you know, homewoners insurance stuff you worry about."

THE AMOUNT AND SCOPE OF TREE AND POWERLINE DAMAGE CAUGHT SOME PEOPLE IN THE SOUTHERN PENNSYLVANIA BY SURPRISE AS THE SECOND STORM IN THREE DAYS BLEW THROUGH.

Sound No I.D. 1:08-1:12

"I've been living here about 12, 13 years and I've never seen this many trees fall on one block.

AND IT'S NOT JUST THE NORTHEAST THAT'S GETTING PUMMELED. SNOW IS FALLING TODAY IN ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA. PEOPLE IN CHICAGO ARE BRAVING BONE CHILLING SUB ZERO TEMPERATURES. AND WINTER WEATHER IS MAKING THE ROADS A MESS IN DALLAS WITH COUNTLESS SPIN OUTS AND CRASH ALL AS THE HARSH 2014 WINTER KEEPS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN ITS CROSSHAIRS.

CHRIS POLLONE, NBC NEWS, CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.

FORECASTERS ARE BACKING OFF THEIR PREDICTIONS OF ANOTHER MAJOR SNOW STORM HERE THIS WEEKEND, BUT THE AREA COULD STILL PICK UP A COUPLE INCHES OF SNOW. JUST WHAT PEOPLE HERE DON'T WANT. Return to index of stories...


CRIST PARTY SWITCH-VO-WIPE


DEMOCRAT CHARLIE CRIST IS OPENING UP ABOUT HIS PARTY SWITCH --

CRIST SERVED AS GOVERNOR FROM 2007 TO 2011 AS A REPUBLICAN.

AFTER LOSING HIS RACE FOR U-S SENATE AS AN INDEPENDENT--

HE BECAME A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT.

CRIST IS TAKING JABS FROM REPUBLICANS ABOUT HIS SWITCH, NOW THAT HE IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR AGAIN. Return to index of stories...


CRIST PARTY SWITCH-SOT, SS


Charlie Crist/ Gubernatorial Candidate

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"It's been much better than I ever imagined it could be. Both Carol, my wife and I have both changed to the Democratic Party. She did it a year before me. The welcoming we have received Piers from Democrats all across Florida has been remarkable."

A POLL -- JUST RELEASED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA -- SHOWS CRIST LEADING GOVERNOR SCOTT BY 7 POINTS. Return to index of stories...


NAT'L PRAYER BREAKFAST-SOTVO


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA CALLED FOR FREEDOM OF RELIGION THIS MORNING AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST.

President Obama

1:13-

"No society can truly succeed unless it guarantees the rights of all of its peoples, including religious minorities."

MORE THAN THREE-THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED THE 62ND ANNUAL EVENT IN WASHINGTON, D-C --

THE PRESIDENT ALSO PRAISED POPE FRANCES FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND TALKED ABOUT HIS TRIP TO THE VATICAN NEXT MONTH. Return to index of stories...


MCGREGOR CRASH-VO


A CRASH TODAY NEAR THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY SHUT DOWN MCGREGOR BOULEVARD FOR A COUPLE OF HOUS AND SENT TWO WOMEN TO THE HOSPITAL --

TROOPERS SAY THE RED TRUCK WAS HEADED EAST ON MCGREGOR THIS MORNING --

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SCHOOL CHOICE MEETING-CG


ATTENTION LEE COUNTY PARENTS --

TONIGHT IS THE FIRST OF SIX ORIENTATIONS TO HELP YOU FIGURE OUT THE SCHOOL CHOICE PROCESS.

IT STARTS AT 6:00 AT LEHIGH SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

STAFF WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND COMPUTER LABS WILL BE OPEN TO COMPLETE ONLINE APPLICATIONS.

THERE'S ALSO AN ORIENTATION SESSION TOMORROW MORNING AT 7:30. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


A CONVICTED RAPIST ESCAPED A CENTRAL FLORIDA JAIL -- IN HANDCUFFS.

AND TONIGHT HE'S STILL ON THE RUN.

WE HAVE THE VIDEO THAT SHOWS THIS ESCAPEE RUNNING RIGHT PAST POLICE.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE STATEWIDE MANHUNT.

AND --

A DEAD MANATEE FOUND FLOATING IN A NORTH FORT MYERS CHANNEL THIS MORNING.

WHAT WE'VE LEARNED.

PLUS --

HOW THE RECENT COLD SNAP HELPED COUNT THE SEA COWS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) FL JAIL ESCAPE-VO-WIPE


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TZ1 B) DEAD MANATEE-VOTOPS


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TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC


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FL JAIL ESCAPE-O-AniBX, VO


THERE IS A STATE-WIDE MANHUNT TONIGHT FOR A CONVICTED RAPIST WHO ESCAPED A CENTRAL FLORIDA JAIL WHILE STILL IN HANDCUFFS.

THE WHOLE THING CAUGHT ON VIDEO.

YOU CAN SEE --

32-YEAR OLD WILLIE HOLLIS BOLT OUT OF THE ORANGE COUNTY JAIL.

THEN, ANOTHER CAMERA SHOWS HIM RUNNING TO A CAR.

DEPUTIES SAY HE DROVE TO THE JAIL FOR A HEARING ON A NEW CHARGE, BUT HE'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE BEHIND THE WHEEL.

SO, HE WAS HANDCUFFED AND PUT IN A HOLDING AREA.

THAT'S WHEN HE MADE A RUN FOR IT. Return to index of stories...


FL JAIL ESCAPE-SOTVO


Jeff Williamson/Orange County Sheriff's Office

:20-

"They're working it very aggressively. That's all I can say right now. A number of teams are out there."

DEPUTIES THINK HOLLIS IS WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND IN A SILVER ALTIMA WITH NEW YORK PLATES.

HE HAS A LONG RAP SHEET -- INCLUDING RAPE AND KIDNAPPING CHARGES -- AND IS CONSIDERED DANGEROUS Return to index of stories...


ARSONIST SET ON FIRE-trx VOTOPS


CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO --

AN ARSONIST ACCIDENTALLY SET HIMSELF ON FIRE IN ENGLAND.

YOU CAN SEE THE MAN SQUIRTS LIQUID ONTO A PARKED VAN.

THEN, MOMENTS LATER -- A BALL OF FLAMES.

ANOTHER CAMERA SHOWS HIM RUNNING DOWN THE STREET WITH HIS LEFT ARM ON FIRE.

THE FIRE ALSO DAMAGED A NEARBY HOUSE.

POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE ARSONIST. Return to index of stories...


SOCHI OLYMPICS OPEN-CLIP


SOCHI OLYMPICS OPEN Return to index of stories...


OLYMPIC VILLAGE WELCOME-VO


THE SOCHI OLYMPICS STARTED TODAY.

THE COMPETITION KICKED OFF WITH TEAM FIGURE SKATING, SLOPESTYLE AND MOGULS.

THERE WAS ALSO A SPECIAL CEREMONY FOR TEAM U-S-A TODAY -- WELCOMING THEM TO THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE.

THE U-S HAS 230 ATHLETES COMPETING IN SOCHI --

THE LARGEST DELEGATION OF ANY COUNTRY IN WINTER OLYMPICS HISTORY. Return to index of stories...


SOCHI LIVE BUMP-SAT-LIVE


AND HERE'S A LIVE LOOK AT SOCHI.

REMEMBER, THEY ARE 9 HOURS AHEAD OF US.

COMING UP ON NBC 2 NEWS AT 6 --

WE'LL GO LIVE TO SOCHI AND HEAR FROM SOME OF THE U-S OLYMPIANS WHO COMPETED TODAY. Return to index of stories...


LENO FINALE-2SH, VO-WIPE


TONIGHT MARKS THE END OF AN ERA FOR NBC.

AFTER 22 YEARS --

JAY LENO IS STEPPING DOWN FROM "THE TONIGHT SHOW" -- FOR GOOD.

JIMMY FALLON TAKES OVER AS HOST ON FEBRUARY 17TH -- MOVING THE SHOW BACK TO NEW YORK CITY.

LENO LEAVES ON TOP.

HE'S BEEN NUMBER ONE IN THE RATINGS FOR THE PAST 17 YEARS.

THE 63-YEAR OLD SAYS HE'S EXCITED TO SEE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. Return to index of stories...


LENO FINALE-SOTVO


Jay Leno/"The Tonight Show" Host

26-

"I did it for 20 years and it was great. 22 years. And it was a lot of fun, but you get older."

--BUTT--

44-

"I really like being a standup comedian. It'll be fun to go back and do that a lot more."

TONIGHT, LENO BE JOINED BY BILLY CRYSTAL -- HIS FIRST GUEST ON THE SHOW -- AND COUNTRY SINGER GARTH BROOKS.

A FEW SURPRISE GUESTS ARE ALSO EXPECTED.

YOU CAN WATCH LENO'S FINAL TONIGHT SHOW -- RIGHT HERE ON NBC 2 -- AFTER THE NEWS AT 11. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2SH


AMERICAN HEROES -- GIVEN THE HIGHEST HONOR IN FRANCE -- 70 YEARS AFTER THEY LEFT THE BATTLEFIELD.

NBC 2 WAS THERE AT A SPECIAL CEREMONY IN COLLIER COUNTY FOR FOUR WORLD WAR TWO VETERANS.

PLUS --

"The first time I watched him play, it brought tears to my eyes."

HE'S CERTAINTLY NOT YOUR AVERAGE TRUMPET PLAYER.

HOW A FLORIDA BOY OVERCAME THE ODDS -- WITH DETERMINATION AND A LTTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) WWII VETS HONORED-VO-WIPE


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TZ2 B) FL TRUMPET BOY-SOTVO


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ATLANTA HWY WX SIGN-VOTOPS


ATLANTA DRIVERS WERE GREETED WITH A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY THIS MORNING.

THE PROBLEM IS -- THERE WASN'T ONE.

JUST A **CHANCE OF RAIN.

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PUT UP THE SIGN.

JUST LAST WEEK, WINTER WEATHER CRIPPLED THE AREA AND STATE AND CITY OFFICIALS WERE CRITICIZED FOR THEIR RESPONSE. Return to index of stories...


ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE NBC2 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA.

MORE CLOUDS FOR FRIDAY

After the fog burned off Thursday morning, much of the day featured sun & clouds, with highs in the low 80s. This evening will again feature some cloud cover, the chance of an isolated rain shower, and numbers falling into the 70s. Fog may develop in a patchy fashion with mild lows in the mid 60s.

The frontal boundary responsible for the clouds will linger across the region for Friday. This will again result in partly sunny skies and the chance for a few widely scattered showers. Friday will also be muggy with highs in the low 80s.

We start the weekend Saturday with pleasant conditions. Expect partly cloudy skies Saturday, with highs in the low 80s. Clouds increase late as the frontal system finally pushes into the region. Scattered showers will likely develop Saturday Night with the front.

AM rain showers will be possible Sunday, before clearing skies and cooler weather arrives. Highs on Sunday will only push into the upper 70s, with lower humidity values.

The start of next week looks comfortable and dry. Monday will feature plenty of sun, with highs pushing into the low upper 70s. We will start a warming trend Tuesday, with temps back in the low 80s midweek.

Our next weather system arrives late Wednesday into Thursday, bringing another chance of scattered showers mid to late week. Return to index of stories...


WWII VETS HONORED-E-AniBX


TODAY, FOUR WORLD WAR TWO VETERANS WERE HONORED IN COLLIER COUNTY WITH THE HIGHEST DISTINCTION FROM FRANCE.

THEY JOINED A PRETTY DISTINGUISHED LIST.

NBC 2S BRYAN ANDERSON TAKES US TO THE EMOTIONAL CEREMONY. Return to index of stories...


WWII VETS HONORED-BNR-PKG


FOUR DIFFERENT AMERICAN HEROES.

THESE WORLD WAR TWO VETERANS JOIN A FELLOWSHIP OF TRUE DIGNITY.

Agnes Alexander, Retired Army Nurse

22:47:09-:17

Oh it's wonderful. I feel so, I don't know. It's great, just great.

Francis Herres, Retired Army Sergeant

22:52:56-:01

It's a lot more than I thought it would be.

THEY JOIN THE LIKES OF THOMAS EDISON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL, AND THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS.

THE FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR HAS A LONG LIST OF DESERVING RECIPIENTS.

RETIRED NURSE AGNES ALEXANDER JOINED THE ARMY IN 1944.

AMONG THE DIFFICULT MEMORIES ARE ONES SHE CHERISHES.

22:48:05-:11

Unforgettable, I meant man many great people, patients and other nurses.

BUTT TO

22:48:24-:27

And I also met my husband in the army.

ROBERT PORTER JUNIOR ACCEPTED THE AWARD TODAY ON HIS FATHER ROBERT PORTER SENIOR'S BEHALF.

CAPTAIN PORTER FOUGHT FOR THE LIBERATION OF NORMANDY.

HE ALSO WAS THERE AT THE BATTLE OF THE BULDGE, AND BATTLE OF RHINELAND.

AT 96 YEARS OLD, PORTER PASSED AWAY IN NOVEMBER.

Robert Porter Jr., Cpt. Robert Porter Sr.'s son

22:50:49-:55

It's a great honor. He was a true American hero. He spent four years in North Africa and Europe.

THEIR DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE ARE UNITED WITH THIS AWARD.

IT'S AN UNBREAKABLE BOND THEY NOW SHARE.

Agnes

22:47:34-:40

I didn't realize how many great people had gotten it before this, but it feels wonderful.

THAT STARTED WITH A COMMITMENT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Phillippe Letrilliart, Consul General of France

22:58:00-:05

Thank you. Thank you, that's it, to say thank you to the veterans.

IN NAPLES, BRYAN ANDERSON, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


DEAD MANATEE-VO, VID-BOX


MARINE BIOLOGISTS ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT KILLED A MANATEE IN NORTH FORT MYERS.

A PERSON SPOTTED THE MANATEE LAST NIGHT IN A CANAL OFF THE CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER.

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS TIED IT TO A BOAT DOCK AT CENTENNIAL PARK.

THE RECENT COLD SNAPS MAY HAVE PLAYED A PART.

BUT IT ALSO MADE IT EASIER COUNT THE MANATEE POPULATION.

OVER TWO DAYS --

MORE THAN 2-THOUSAND SEA COWS WERE FOUND ON EACH COAST. Return to index of stories...


FL TRUMPET BOY-NATSVO-WIPE


A 11 YEAR OLD FROM FLORIDA'S EAST COAST IS LIVING HIS DREAM, TO PLAY MUSIC, THANKS TO A LITTLE HELP FROM A FRIEND.

11-

Nats of Music

ETHAN HEITNER PLAYS THE TRUMPET IN HIS MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND.

BUT LOOK CLOSELY --

HE WAS BORN WITHOUT HIS LEFT ARM AND ONLY HAS THREE FINGERS ON HIS RIGHT HAND.

UNTIL RECENTLY, ETHAN HAD TO PLAY WITH THE TRUMPET BETWEEN HIS KNEES.

NOW, HE CAN PLAY WITH EASE --

THANKS TO THE MAINTENANCE MAN, WHO BUILT A SPECIAL STAND. Return to index of stories...


FL TRUMPET BOY-SOTVO


NO SUPERS -- TOO QUICK.

David Allen/Maintenance

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"The first time I watched him play, it brought tears to my eyes."

Ethan Heitner/Plays Trumpet

19

"It was hard but I got used to it and they helped me through it."

MUSIC ISN'T ETHAN'S ONLY PASSION.

HE ALSO LOVES TO PLAY FOOTBALL AND HOPES TO BE A MIAMI DOLPHINS KICKER WHEN HE GROWS UP. Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-2SHOT


READY FOR AN ADVENTURE?

CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY TO TURN ONE-THOUSAND ACRES IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY INTO A FAMILY FUN PARK.

NBC 2 SHOWS YOU WHAT'S IN STORE.

PLUS --

"They get a little drunk and they Fly into things."

BIRDS ARE FLYING AROUND DRUNK IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

AND THE SOURCE OF THEIR DRUNKENESS MAY BE GROWING IN YOUR YARD.

AND ALL NEW AT SIX --

"they may be cute but what happens when you can no longer take care of a dog like this, I'm Matt Wright with what you should do instead of just abandoning it."

PLUS - A MOTHER ARRESTED AFTER A MAN FOUND HER TODDLER SCREAMING INSIDE A STORAGE FACILITY.

TONIGHT - DEPUTIES SAY SHE WAS SLEEPING INSIDE NEXT TO EMPTY BOTTLES OF BOOZE. Return to index of stories...


T3) CHARCO DRUNK ROBINS


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AHEAD AT 6-BANNER


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A) matt wright tease-SOTTOPS


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TRACKS & TRAILS-trx, SS


A THOUSNAND ACRES IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY IS BEING TRANSFORMED INTO A FAMILY ADVENTURE PARK.

FLORIDA TRACKS AND TRAILS IS BEING BUILT RIGHT NOW ON BERMONT ROAD -- JUST WEST OF STATE ROAD 31.

MORE THAN A YEAR AGO - NBC2S JOELLE PARKS BROKE THIS STORY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

TODAY -- SHE FOUND OUT WHY IT'S TAKEN UNTIL 2014 TO BUILD. Return to index of stories...


TRACKS & TRAILS-PKG


nestled behind rows of trees and brush,

florida tracks and trails is starting to take shape.

sot Rachael Ketterman, Florida Tracks and Trails Spokesperson

"its so much land to cover and this is just a small portion of it."

1-thousand acres of blank canvas WILL BE transformed into this:

A family friendly outdoor adventure park,

complete with paintball,

motocross, atv trails,

2 ziplines,

a recreation lake,

rv resort,

and a 15-thousand seat ampitheatre.

AM I MISSING ANYTHING?

sot rachael

were just trying to create an environment for everybody of every age

to come and enjoy and feel safe."

AND Safety IS a big concern for CharlottE COUNTY LEADERS.

sot Shaun Cullinan, Charlotte Co. Planning and Zoning

we learned a lot from the red neck yacht club and they had 6

conditions when their special exception went through, and so we wanted

to make sure we didnt have a situation like that. as you know there

have been a lot of safety issues out there, they're addressing those

safety issues but with a new project like that we wanted to make sure

we hit them up front."

THE COUNTY HIT TRACKS AND TRAILS WITH FOUR TIMES THE REQUIREMENTS BEFORE THEY COULD BUILD.

Nat

The design shows a helipad and driving lanes just for emergency vehicles.

AND it doesnt stop there.

sot rachael

we're going to have a cashless environment once inside the park, so

everybody will be using that to purchase anything from concession to

retail , it'll also serve as a safety feature for drinking and

driving."

THE ROUGHLY 20 MILLION dollar project WILL BRING IN MILLIONS FOR CHARLOTTE AND AT LEAST 200 PERMANENT JOBS.

sot Rachael

we are catering to southwest florida. people will come from all over

the state to enjoy this."

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CHARCO DRUNK ROBINS-trx VOTOPS, OC


HERE'S SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE VERY OFTEN -- DRUNK BIRDS

THIS IS HOME VIDEO FROM AN NBC2 VIEWER WHO SPOTTED RED ROBINS THAT APPEARED TO BE INTOXICATED FLYING ABOVE HIS HOME IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

AS NBC 2'S LUCAS SEILER FOUND OUT -- THE BIRDS REALLY ARE DRUNK.

AND IT'S REALLY DANGEROUS. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO DRUNK ROBINS-BNR-PKG


NAT birds

"These berries tend to get these robins a little… tipsy!"

STEPHEN WARDEN OF PORT CHARLOTTE COULDN'T BELIEVE HIS EYES THURSDAY MORNING WHEN HE LOOKED OUTSIDE.

"There were hundreds of them." -

HUNDREDS OF RED ROBINS --

HE'S NEVER SEEN THAT MANY.

"The robins run into the pool cage, run into each other, just fall out of the sky."

WE FOUND OUT IT'S BECAUSE OF THESE LITTLE RED BERRIES -- CALLED BRAZILIAN PEPPERS

INSIDE IS FERMENTED JUICE GETTING THESE BIRDS TIPSY - AND VETERANARIANS TELL US IT'S ACTUALLY EXTREMELY HARMFUL TO WILDLIFE.

"It causes them to get a little bit drunk… it interferes with their neurological processes… eat them gorge themselves on them or they get a little drunk and they fly into things."

DR. ROBIN JENKINS AT PEACE RIVER WILDLIFE CENTER IN PUNTA GORDA SAYS WHEN THESE BERRIES ARE LEFT ON TREES FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME OR IF THEY'RE ON THE GROUND, THE JUICE INSIDE THEM FERMENTS.

SHE TELLS US THE ALCOHOL IS WHAT ATTRACTS THE BIRDS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE MIGRATING LIKE THEY ARE RIGHT NOW.

"They fly into buildings, they fly into cars and they end of at out wildlife center with injuries."

NOW, THERE'S A PUSH IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TO GET RID OF THEM - THESE BERRIES ARE ILLEGAL TO SELL IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

A FEW FLORIDA COUNTIES HAVE EVEN HAD A MASSIVE ERADICATION PLAN TO WEED THEM OUT - THAT IS, IF YOU'RE SUCCESSFUL IN KILLING THEM OFF…

"They're very hard to get rid of… you can cut them down, cut them back and they just keep growing back."

IN CC, LS, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


NEWS AT 6PM HEADLINES-SOTTOPS


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Storage Locker Arrest

COMING UP AT SIX -

A COLLIER COUNTY TODDLER FOUND LIVING IN A FILTHY STORAGE UNIT. NO RUNNING WATER, A BUCKET FILLED WITH WASTE AS THE TOILET.

"You want a little water? You want water? He wants water."

DEPUTIES ARREST HIS MOTHER, FOUND INSIDE ASLEEP NEXT TO TWO EMPTY VODKA BOTTLES. A BUCKET OF WASTE

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Abandonment Alternatives

PLUS - ANIMAL CONTROL IS LOOKING FOR THE OWNERS OF DOGS IN TWO ABANDONMENT CASES.

ONE LEFT TO DIE IN A PARK, THE OTHERS DROPPED OFF AT ANIMAL SERVICES.

TONIGHT - NBC-2 BREAKS DOWN WHAT PEOEPLE CAN DO, IF THEY CAN NO LONGER CARE FOR THEIR PET. Return to index of stories...