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DIRECTORS PAGE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED-trxNATSVO OC
HLA storage unit arrest-TRX-VO SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED-PKG
HLB lake okeechobee releases-TRX-VO SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED-ONCAM BNR
HLC flatbed wrecker stolen-TRX-VO TEASE ONE-1 SHOT
5PM OPEN-CLIP TZ1 A) LOCAL OLYMPIAN-SOTVO WIPE
STORAGE UNIT SETUP-TC MON TZ1 B) ROAD NAMED AFTER SGT WILSON-VOTOPS
TOSS TO RICK-ZM MAP PLASMA TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC
STORAGE UNIT ARREST-REM LIVE ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
STORAGE UNIT ARREST-PKG FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
STORAGE UNIT ARREST-REM LIVE SOCHI CLIP-CLIP
TOSS TO STEVE-TRXEAniBx OLYMPIAN WITH SWFL TIES-BUBBA
LAKE OKEECHOBEE RELEASES-REM LIVE OLYMPIAN WITH SWFL TIES-PKG
LAKE OKEECHOBEE RELEASES-PKG OLYMPIAN WITH SWFL TIES-BUBBA
LAKE OKEECHOBEE RELEASES-REM LIVE ROAD NAMED AFTER SGT WILSON-VOTOPS 2 SS VO
LAKE OKEECHOBEE RELEASES-SSTOPS TEASE TWO-2SHOT
CAPE MAYORAL ELECTION-ONCAM TZ2 A) FLATBED WRECKER STOLEN-VO WIPE
CAPE MAYORAL ELECTION-PKG TZ2 B) jim spiewak tease-SOTTOPS
ARREST MADE IN LEHIGH HOMICIDE-SS VO LIGHTNING DETECTOR-VO
CAPSIZED BOAT OFF PALM BEACH-trxONCAM FLATBED WRECKER STOLEN-VO IN PLASMA
MARKET CLOSE-trx NATSVO CG FLATBED WRECKER STOLEN-PKG
PURSE THIEF-trx SS NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT
COUNTERFEIT DEBIT CARD SUSPECT-SSTOPS A) ACCUSED MOLESTER-VO-WIPE
CREDIT CARDS FRAUDULENTLY USED-VOTOPS B) WWII VETS HONORED-SOTVO
I75 CLOSURE-trx SS VO  


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HLA storage unit arrest-TRX-VO


A TODDLER FOUND TRAPPED INSIDE A LOCKED STORAGE UNIT --

HIS MOTHER PASSED OUT NEARBY WITH TWO BOTTLES OF VODKA --

TONIGHT THE LITTLE BOY IS IN STATE CUSTODY -- AND ONLY NBC2 IS THERE AS HIS MOTHER FACES A JUDGE FOR THE FIRST TIME. Return to index of stories...


HLB lake okeechobee releases-TRX-VO


THE SAME GROUPS THAT FOUGHT TO STOP WATER RELEASES FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE -- NOW BEG FOR MORE.

NBC2 IS LIVE AT FIVE WITH THE REASON WHY. Return to index of stories...


HLC flatbed wrecker stolen-TRX-VO


EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF A CRIME IN RECORD TIME.

CROOKS STEAL A FLATBED TRUCK IN LESS THAN THREE MINUTES.

AND NBC2 LEARNS THIS ONE CRIME COULD BE A CLUE TO A MUCH LARGER PROBLEM.

YOU'RE WATCHING NBC2 NEWS AT FIVE. Return to index of stories...


5PM OPEN-CLIP


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STORAGE UNIT SETUP-TC MON


THIS 44 YEAR OLD MOTHER IS CHARGED WITH CHILD NEGLECT FOR LIVING IN A STORAGE UNIT WITH HER YOUNG SON.

NO BATHROOMS, NO RUNNING WATER, ONLY CRACKERS TO EAT.

SOMEONE HEARD THE CHILD SCREAMING AND CALLED DEPUTIES WHO FOUND THE MOM PASSED OUT INSIDE. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO RICK-ZM MAP PLASMA


THIS HAPPENED AT THE "CUBESMART SELF STORAGE" ON DOMESTIC AVENUE, OFF AIRPORT PULLING ROAD.

NBC2'S RICK RITTER JOINS US LIVE WITH THE STORY., Return to index of stories...


STORAGE UNIT ARREST-REM LIVE


-IN THAT UNIT DEPUTIES SAY THEY FOUND UNLIVABLE CONDITIONS --

-BOTTLES OF VODKA, AN ASH TRAY FILLED WITH CIGARETTE BUTTS AND A BUCKET WITH FECES - CONDITIONS THAT WOULD TURN ANY PARENT'S STOMACH -

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STORAGE UNIT ARREST-PKG


44-YEAR-OLD WENDI HORNE ORR SAID LITTLE IN FRONT OF A COLLIER COUNTY JUDGE THURSDAY - AFTER SHE WAS CAUGHT LIVING IN A STORAGE UNIT WITH HER SON.

DEPUTIES SAY A TENANT HEARD A CHILD IN THE UNIT WEDNESDAY - TALKING AND SCREAMING AT TIMES - BEFORE EVENTUALLY REPORTING IT TO THE GENERAL MANAGER.

WHEN THE GENERAL MANAGER APPROACHED THE UNIT - IT WAS LOCKED - BUT HE OPENED IT UP ENOUGH TO FIND A LITTLE BOY STANDING INSIDE.

THAT'S WHEN HE CALLED 9-1-1.

Caller: 0:27 " I've got a little child that's stuck in storage. 0:48 A tenant of mine told me she heard a little kid, sound of a little kid. 0:55 He appears to be by himself in a storage facility. Come on little guy, come here."

ALL IT TOOK TO GET THAT BOY OUT WAS A BOTTLE OF WATER.

ONCE FIRST RESPONDERS ARRIVED ON SCENE - THEY WERE ABLE TO GET INSIDE - THAT'S WHERE THEY FOUND THE CHILD'S MOTHER - PASSED OUT IN THE BACK OF THE STORAGE UNIT.

DEPUTIES SAY THE UNIT WAS FILLED WITH "WARM STALE AIR" AND THERE WAS A STRONG ODOR OF FECES FROM A BUCKET HORNE ORR WAS USING AS A BATHROOM.

911 CALL

4:51 Caller: " I can't believe this. I've seen all kinds of stuff here. But a little kid? No, I can't believe that."

HORNE ORR WAS CHARGED WITH CHILD NEGLECT.

THE JUDGE ISSUED THE 44-YEAR-OLD A $7500 BOND - AND ORDERED HER TO HAVE NO CONTACT WITH HER CHILD.

IN THE MEANTIME - HE'LL REMAIN IN THE CARE OF D-C-F. Return to index of stories...


STORAGE UNIT ARREST-REM LIVE


-REACHED OUT TO CUBE SMART FOR COMMENT BUT NEVER HEARD BACK

-DEPUTIES/D-C-F TELL US IT'S STILL A VERY ACTIVE INVESTIGATION

-COMING UP AT SIX - YOU'LL HEAR EXCLUSIVELY FROM THE BATTALION CHIEF ON SCENE YESTERDAY - AND HOW HE SAYS IT'S ONE OF THE MOST BIZARE THINGS HE'S SEEN IN HIS 18 YEARS AT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

WE'RE LIVE IN EAST NAPLES, RR, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO STEVE-TRXEAniBx


ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE SOUNDING A CALL FOR HELP, ASKING THE ARMY CORPS TO RELEASE *MORE WATER FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE.

REMEMBER LAST SUMMER-- TOO MUCH FRESH WATER FROM THE LAKE TURNED THE WATER OFF OUR BEACHES BROWN AND NASTY.

TONIGHT THEY WORRY THE CALOOSAHATCHEE IS BEING THREATENED BY NOT GETTING ENOUGH FRESH WATER.

NBC2'S STEVE CAMPION IS LIVE ALONG THE RIVER WITH THE DETAILS AS THEY DEVELOP.

STEVE? Return to index of stories...


LAKE OKEECHOBEE RELEASES-REM LIVE


TAKE LIVE

THE WARNING TONIGHT ON THE WATER IS ABOUT WHAT'S IN THIS RIVER.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS FEAR TOO MUCH SALT. IS CREEPING INTO THE ESTUARIES. THROWING OF THE BALANCE OF NATURE. Return to index of stories...


LAKE OKEECHOBEE RELEASES-PKG


TAKE PKG

Connie Langmann, Gaea Guides

3642 "Pay attention to what's going on. You should care if you spend any time down here."

LOCALS WHO COUNT ON THE CALOOSATCHEE TO MAKE A LIVING -

Langmann

3254 "I do every waterway in Southwest Florida but the Caloosahatchee is one of my favorites."

LIKE KAYAK TOUR GUIDE CONNIE LANGMANN SAYS "STAND UP SOUTHWEST FLORIDA"

*FIGHT FOR WATER QUALITY.*

3526 "Nature knows how to do it. This river was not normally connected to Lake Okeechobee and that makes a huge difference now it gets PSSH.'

THIS RIVER EITHER GETS TOO MUCH FRESH WATER OR NOT ENOUGH -

*TAKE WATER NATS*

- A CONSEQUENCE OF THE FLOOD CONTROL SYSTEM KNOWN AS THE HERBERT HOOVER DIKE.

Jennifer Hecker, Conservancy of Southwest Florida

1115 "What happens when the river is cut-off, it stagnants. That's where we see those algae blooms. It's very unnatural, very unhealthy for the estuary and river system."

ENVIRONMENTALISTS WARN THE SALINITY LEVELS IN THE WATER

- CREEP UP AND UP DURING THE DRY SEASON,

Hecker

1208 "We need to speak up for ourselves. That's the bottom line."

THEY WANT THE U-S ARMY CORPS TO OPEN LAKE OKEECHOBEE'S GATES -

SENDING MORE FRESH WATER DOWNSTREAM.

Hecker

0639 "We're dealing with a situation, it's either feast or famine."

TOO MUCH SALT KILLS OFF RIVER GRASS

- AN ESSENTIAL KEY IN THE FOOD CHAIN.

. LEAVING WILDLIFE IN JEOPARDY.

Langmann

3310 "We're talking thousands of birds, more than 12 species, they nest on those islands." Return to index of stories...


LAKE OKEECHOBEE RELEASES-REM LIVE


I'VE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE CORPS' SPOKESPERSON THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

HE TELLS ME THEY'RE STILL WORKING ON A FINAL DECISION. TO DETERMINE IF AND HOW MUCH WATER MIGHT BE HEADING OUR WAY.

LIVE IN LEE COUNTY, STEVE CAMPION, NBC2 Return to index of stories...


LAKE OKEECHOBEE RELEASES-SSTOPS


TO HELP BREAK DOWN THIS ISSUE THE CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS HOSTING A DISCUSSION NEXT WEEK.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OUR THEIR EVENT, HEAD TO WEBSITE NBC-2 AND CLICK NEWSLINKS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MAYORAL ELECTION-ONCAM


FORMER CAPE CORAL MAYOR JOHN SULLIVAN SAYS HIS CASE IS STRONGER THAN EVER.

HE SPENT THE PAST COUPLE DAYS REVIEWING BALLOTS FROM LAST NOVEMBER'S ELECTION WHERE HE NARROWLY LOST TO MARNI SAWICKI.

NBC2'S GEORGE SOLIS HAS THE LATEST DETAILS IN THIS RECOUNT DRAMA. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MAYORAL ELECTION-PKG


THE BATLLE MAY BE LOST

BUT THE WAR IS FAR FROM OVER.

20:04 "We haven't really put the numbers together yet but there's a lot more thats involved in this case than just the ballots." Sullivan

AFTER 2 DAYS OF LENGTHY BALLOT REVIEW--

ENCOMPASSING 11 OUT THE 30 CAPE CORAL PRECINCTS--

FORMER CAPE CORAL MAYOR JOHN SULLIVAN WOULD NOT SAY IF HE'S DONE PURSING A LAWSUIT TO OBTAIN A RECOUNT.

20:14 "I don't really wanna too much at this point because there's five other people in this case." Sullivan

BUT HE DID HINT THAT THE CASE HE DOES TAKE TO COURT COULD BE ABOUT SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER.

20:35 "That's quite possible even to the state level there's seems to be some changes that need to be made." Sullivan

TODAY LEE COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICIALS ARE NOT SAYING MUCH EITHER.

ONLY THAT THE REVIEW PROCESS WENT SMOOTHLY.

54:52 "If we don't go forward we know have faith that the numbers were right and that's one of things we were seeking so there isn't that question hanging."

BILL DEILE ONE OF SULLIVAN'S SUPPORTERS AND PLAINTIFF'S IN THE SUIT SAYS THE NEXT 48 HOURS WILL BE ABOUT STRATEGY SHOULD THEY GO TO COURT.

53:00 "He's been given what he asked for, we've been given what was asked for to go forward whether the juice is worth the squeeze so to speak."

WHICH IF IT IS.SULLIVAN SAYS HE'LL BE READY TO DOWN A FULL GLASS

23:52 "I made the mistake of one time of trying to guess how a trial was going to wind up and it didn't turn out that way. I'll never make that mistake again." Sullivan

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ARREST MADE IN LEHIGH HOMICIDE-SS VO


LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARRESTED A HOMELESS MAN AFTER YESTERDAY'S HOMICIDE IN LEHIGH ACRES.

JAMES VAUGHAN FACES A SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGE.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HE KILLED MARTIN EELMAN, WHO WAS ALSO HOMELESS.

EELMAN'S BODY WAS FOUND IN A FIELD OFF LEE BOULEVARD. Return to index of stories...


CAPSIZED BOAT OFF PALM BEACH-trxONCAM


THE COAST GUARD IS SEARCHING FOR TWO PEOPLE IN THE WATERS OFF THE EAST COAST OF FLORIDA.

A SMALL BOAT CARRYING MIGRANTS CAPSIZED ABOUT 75 MILES NORTHEAST OF WEST PALM BEACH.

THE COAST GUARD RESCUED SEVEN PEOPLE.

THREE OTHERS WERE FOUND DEAD. Return to index of stories...


MARKET CLOSE-trx NATSVO CG


closing bell

THE STOCK MARKET JUST FINISHED ITS BEST DAY OF THE YEAR.

HERE'S A LOOK AT THE FINAL NUMBERS.

INVESTORS LIKED THE NEWS ABOUT THE JOB MARKET--

AND SOLID EARNINGS REPORTS FROM COMPANIES LIKE DISNEY. Return to index of stories...


PURSE THIEF-trx SS


TONIGHT WE HAVE PICTURES OF THREE PEOPLE WANTED BY AUTHORITES FOR VAROUS CRIMES.

THIS GUY TOOK AN 80 YEAR OLD WOMAN'S PURSE TWO WEEKS AGO AT THE PUBLX ON U-S 41 IN THE BONITA SPRINGS AREA.

HER GRABBED THE PURSE FILLED WITH A CELL PHONE, CASH AND CREDIT CARDS OUT OF HER SHOPPING CART. Return to index of stories...


COUNTERFEIT DEBIT CARD SUSPECT-SSTOPS


POLICE SAY THIS GUY IS DOING HIS SHOPPING WITH WITH COUNTERFEIT DEBT CARDS.

HE SHOPS AT GROCERY STORES AND CONVENIENCE STORES IN LEE AND CHARLOTTE COUNTIES.

HE MAKES LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH WITHDRAWALS AND TAKES OFF. Return to index of stories...


CREDIT CARDS FRAUDULENTLY USED-VOTOPS


THIS WOMAN IS ACCUSED OF TRYING TO USE SOMEONE ELSE'S CREDIT CARD.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY A MAN LOST IT LAST MONTH.

THE NEXT DAY IT WAS USED FOUR TIMES AT A WALGREENS AND CVS.

FIRST THE WOMAN BOUGHT MORE THAN 200 DOLLARS WORTH OF GIFT CARDS

THEN SHE TRIED TO BUY MORE THAN 300 DOLLARS WORTH OF GIFT CARDS.

THOSE TRANSACTIONS DID NOT CLEAR.

CALL DEPUTIES IF YOU RECOGNIZE HER. Return to index of stories...


I75 CLOSURE-trx SS VO


THERE'S ANOTHER TRAFFIC ALERT FOR I-75 IN LEE COUNTY TONIGHT.

NORTHBOUND LANES FROM DANIELS PARKWAY TO ALICO ROAD WILL SHUT DOWN AT 11.

THEY'LL REOPEN TOMORROW MORNING AT FIVE.

THEY THOUGHT THEY'D BE DONE TOMORROW, BUT THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH A CRANE THIS WEEK.

SO THEY'LL DO THE SAME THING MONDAY NIGHT TO TUESDAY MORNING.

CREWS ARE CONNECTING THE AIRPORT TO THE INTERSTATE.

DURING THE CLOSURE, YOU CAN TAKE TREELINE AVENUE OR U-S 41 AS A DETOUR. Return to index of stories...


SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED-trxNATSVO OC


NATS - 18:36:45 is angel escobar in here?

THAT HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN HAS A GOOD REASON TO SMILE TONIGHT.

SHE IS ONE OF SEVERAL LEE COUNTY STUDENTS GETTING A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP.

NBC-2'S CHARLIE KEEGAN LEARNED WHY THE PROGRAM NEEDS YOUR HELP TO BE SUCCESSFUL. Return to index of stories...


SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED-PKG


Nats 18:37:43 congratulations to you. Hi Scott, nice to meet you

SCOTT SWIATEK

18:37:46 I was so scared I wasn't going to get it

CAN BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF.

THE FOUNDATION FOR LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SURPRISED THE DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN WITH A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP.

Scott Swiatek, Scholarship Recipient

18:44:06 free college that's all I can say about that. Free college, free knowledge. 18:44:09

HE'S ONE OF 46 STUDENTS RECEIVING THE SCHOLARSHIPS THROUGH THE TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN PROGRAM.

Marshall Bower, Foundation for Lee Co Public Schools

18:50:39 they're the promise for the future and when we can help make their future dreams come true and see the reaction in their faces, it's what makes out jobs worthwhile. 18:50:49

AT RISK LOW INCOME STUDENTS APPLY. THE FOUNDATION RAISES MONEY WITH HELP FROM THE STATE AND HANDS OUT AS MANY 19-THOUSAND DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIPS AS IT CAN.

STUDENTS GET THE SCHOLARSHIP SO LONG AS THEY MAINTAIN A 2.5 GPA THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL - STAY DRUG AND CRIME FREE - AND MEET WITH A MENTOR.

John Miller, Mentor

18:58:07 it's important for me to be there to be able to give him any guidance he needs as it relates to college prep, act, sat, all the hoops you have to jump through these days to get into schools. 18:58:19

JOHN MILLER IS A MENTOR. AND THE FOUNDATION NEEDS MORE.

THEY ARE NOT TUTORS. MENTORS MEET WITH STUDENTS ABOUT AN HOUR A WEEK TO GIVE ADVICE AND BE A REFERENCE.

THESE STUDENTS ARE TAKING ON COLLEGE - MILLER SAYS LENDING A HAND IS THE EASY PART.

John Miller, Mentor

19:01:40 I think absolutely, the best advice I could give is don't be afraid to give it a try. 19:01:45

IN FORT MYERS CK NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED-ONCAM BNR


THE POINT OF AWARDING THESE SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENTS AS YOUNG AS FRESHMEN IS TO GIVE THEM EARLY MOTIVATION AND MORE HELP THROUGH THEIR HIGH SCHOOL YEARS.

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MENTOR - VISIT OUR WEBSITE--

N-B-C-DASH-TWO-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON NEWSLINKS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-1 SHOT


THE OLYMPICS ARE STARTING AND AN ATHLETE WITH TIES TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS THERE.

I told him as a little piece of advice: take moments and pinch yourself. And take it all in.

SEE WHAT IT TOOK FOR THE SPEED SKATER TO GET TO SOCHI, AND HEAR FROM HIS PARENTS, WHO LIVE IN NAPLES.

PLUS: THIS STRETCH OF ROAD IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY NOW HONORS FALLEN CHARLOTTE COUNTY SERGEANT, MICHAEL WILSON. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) LOCAL OLYMPIAN-SOTVO WIPE


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TZ1 B) ROAD NAMED AFTER SGT WILSON-VOTOPS


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TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC


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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...


SOCHI CLIP-CLIP


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OLYMPIAN WITH SWFL TIES-BUBBA


THE WINTER GAMES IN SOCHI ARE OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY EVEN THOUGH OPENING CEREMONIES ARE NOT UNTIL TMORROW.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO ROOT FOR DURING THE GAMES, THERE'S A SPEED SKATER WITH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TIES.

NBC2'S RISHI BARRAN HAS HIS STORY. Return to index of stories...


OLYMPIAN WITH SWFL TIES-PKG


AFTER COMING UP JUST SHORT OF A SPOT ON THE U-S OLYMPIC TEAM FOUR YEARS AGO. PATRICK MEEK THOUGHT HIS DREAM OF MAKING THE GAMES MAY BE OVER.

BUT HE GAVE IT ONE MORE SHOT. PUTTING IN FOUR MORE YEARS OF HARD WORK. AND MAKING HIS THIRD APPEARANCE IN THE OLYMPIC TRIALS AS A DISTANCE SPEED SKATER.

THIS TIME. MEEK'S DREAM CAME TRUE: HE EARNED HIS SPOT IN THE FIVE THOUSAND METERS. EVEN AFTER BOTH OF HIS CONTACT LENSES FELL OUT WITH MORE THAN A LAP TO GO.

every single time, he's shaken himself off, got back up, and gone again. He's really loved the sport and been willing to put in whatever it was required to get to this level.

THE 28-YEAR-OLD MEEK TRAINS AND LIVES IN UTAH. BUT HIS PARENTS AND SISTERS HAVE KEPT THEIR EYES ON HIS PROGRESS FROM NAPLES.

I told him as a little piece of advice: take moments and pinch yourself. And take it all in. Because you will never have this again. And just enjoy every moment.

MEEK CERTAINLY HAS SO FAR.

MOM AND DAD HAVE ENJOYED LOOKING AT PICTURES ON PATRICK'S TWITTER AND FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS.

BUT THEY'LL WATCH HIM IN PERSON FROM THE STANDS IN SOCHI.

most events where I've seen him skate, I've had my eyes closed. Or I've sat under blankets or coats or whatever. Even during the trials to make the team, I couldn't watch. And I've told him- on this race, I will watch every minute of it.

SPEED SKATING'S IN PATRICK'S BLOOD.

HIS FATHER AND GRANDFATHER WERE ALSO HEAVILY INVOLVED IN SPEEDSKATING.

HIS DAD, JOE- SPENDING TIME ON THE NATIONAL TEAM WITH THE LEGENDARY ERIC HEIDEN.

on any given day, any athlete can succeed. So we're just looking forward to him doing his best.

ONE BEST THEY'LL DEFINITELY SEE: THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF THEIR SON'S LIFE.

RISHI BARRAN, N-B-C TWO. Return to index of stories...


OLYMPIAN WITH SWFL TIES-BUBBA


YOU'LL BE ABLE TO WATCH SNOWBOARDING, SKIING AND FIGURE SKATING STARTING TONIGHT AT 8 HERE ON NBC2. Return to index of stories...


ROAD NAMED AFTER SGT WILSON-VOTOPS 2 SS VO


CHARLOTTE COUNTY HS DEDICATED PART OF A ROAD TO SERGEANT MICHAEL WILSON.

WILSON WAS KILLED SIX MONTHS AGO WHILE RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL.

HIS FAMILY TOOK THIS PICTURE FROM THE SIGN ON VETERANS BOULEVARD, NEAR THE APARTMENT COMPLEX WHERE HE WAS SHOT.

SHERIFF BILL PRUMMELL HOPES WHEN PEOPLE DRIVE BY THEY'LL REMEMBER THE SACRIFICES THAT PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES LIKE SERGEANT WILSON MAKE. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2SHOT


TALK ABOUT BOLD.

IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY SOMEONE STOLE A FLATBED WRECKER WITH *FLAMES* PAINTED ON IT.

AND SURVEILLANCE VIDEO CAUGHT THE WHOLE THING.

STILL, IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT'LL BE EASY TO FIND.

DETECTIVES TELL US WHY.

AND ALL NEW AT SIX -

jim standup tease/ three feet can save your life if you're a biker sharing the road with a car. i'm investigator jim speiwak. ill tell you about a little known florida law, why it can be the difference between life and death; and why it's hardly ever enforced. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) FLATBED WRECKER STOLEN-VO WIPE


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TZ2 B) jim spiewak tease-SOTTOPS


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LIGHTNING DETECTOR-VO


FORT MYERS CITY PARKS ARE ABOUT TO GET A LOT SAFER DURING STORMS.

THIS IS AN UPDATE TO A STORY YOU SAW FIRST ON NBC2.

THE CITY HAS THREE NEW WEATHERBUG LIGHTNING DETECTION DEVICES.

THEY WILL BE INSTALLED AT THREE PARKS. GOLFVIEW POOL, THE STARS COMPLEX AND FLEISHMAN PARK.

THE CITY SPENT 21-THOUSAND DOLLARS ON THE LIGHTENING DETECTORS AFTER A FORT MYERS GRANDMOTHER, MADE IT HER MISSION TO MAKE SURE CHILDREN AT THE PARKS ARE PROTECTED.

ALL THREE WILL BE UP AND RUNNING BY NEXT THURSDAY. Return to index of stories...


FLATBED WRECKER STOLEN-VO IN PLASMA


SEE THIS FLATBED WRECKER.

IT'S PRETTY TOUGH TO MISS.

SOMEONE STOLE IT.

AND TONIGHT INVESTIGATORS IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY THINK IT COULD ON ITS WAY TO A MIAMI CHOP SHOP.

THE THEIVES KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING -- THEY WERE IN AND OUT OF THE SHOP WITH THE TRUCK IN RECORD TIME.

NBC2'S LUCAS SEILER TALKED WITH THE VICTIM AND OBTAINED EXCLUSIVE SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE INVESTIGATORS HOPE WILL LEAD TO THEM TO THE THIEVES. Return to index of stories...


FLATBED WRECKER STOLEN-PKG


IT WAS GONE FASTER THAN OFFICERS COULD'VE ARRIVED WITH A 911 CALL -

Dennis Clune, Clune's Auto Shop owner "To get in and out in three minutes? That's… that's pro."

EXCEPT IN THIS CASE, THERE WASN'T ONE CALL TO POLICE OR A WITNESS. IT TOOK THE OWNER OF CLUNE'S AUTO SHOP TO DISCOVER WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS TRUCK ON HIS OWN.

Dennis Clune, Clune's Auto Shop owner "I went over to check the video footage and low and behold someone came and took it."

Debbie Bowe, CCSO Spokesperson "We're looking for a 2007 Ford f650 flatbed recker."

THE TRUCK -- COMPLETE WITH FLAMES PAINTED ON ITS SIDE -- IS USUALLY PARKED RIGHT HERE - IN FACT, DENNIS CLUNE HAS BEEN PARKING HIS TRUCKS HERE FOR 25 YEARS WITHOUT A PROBLEM.

THAT'S WHY HE COULDN'T BELIEVE WHEN HE SAW THIS - JUST ONE WHITE TRUCK PULLS UP TO HIS SHOP. MINUTES LATER, YOU SEE HIS STOLEN VEHICLE DRIVE OFF WITH THE WHITE TRUCK THAT CAME IN FIRST BEHIND IT.

Dennis Clune, Clune's Auto Shop owner "I don't understand it… figured they would have got a plain jane one but that one… that was a good looking truck we put our heart and soul into painting that thing and the worst part about it all is that it was paid for."

INVESTIGATORS TELL US THEY'RE WORKING OTHER LEADS THAT MAY POINT THEM IN THE DIRECTION TO WHERE THE TRUCK MAY BE HEADING.

CLUNE, ON THE OTHERHAND, HAS ONE IDEA.

Dennis Clune, Clune's Auto Shop owner "They go down to Miami, strip them, put them on barges, sell them and from what I understand from a North Port detective told me that they were a lot of these people actually have legal documentation that they forge so well that that's how they get them on these boats."

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THIS AUTO THEFT, YOU'RE URGED TO CALL THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

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


NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT


AN ACCUSED SEX OFFENDER HAS BEEN LIVING NEXT TO A SCHOOL IN LEE COUNTY.

TODAY -- AS ANOTHER ALLEGED VICTIM COMES FORWARD --

NEW AT 5:30 --

WE ASKED HIS LANDLORD, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH -- WHY HE'S STILL THERE?

PLUS --

16:-

"It's a great honor. He was a true American hero."

A TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO FOUR WORLD WAR II VETERANS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

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A) ACCUSED MOLESTER-VO-WIPE


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B) WWII VETS HONORED-SOTVO


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