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DIRECTOR PAGE LUNCH CONTROVERSY-VO-WIPE
SHOW OPEN-CLIP LUNCH CONTROVERSY-SOTVO
PLANE HIJACKED OLYMPICS-VOTOPS, SS (2) BANK MEAN MAIL-VO
WHAT WE KNOW NOW-VOTOPS TEASE TWO-2SH
WHITE HOUSE LOCKDOWN-trx VO TZ2 A) PTSD VETERAN-SOTVO-WIPE
FL THEATER SHOOTING BOND-ON CAM TZ2 B) FL JEWELRY HEIST-VOTOPS
FL THEATER SHOOTING BOND-PKG ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
FL THEATER SHOOTING BOND-OC FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
TOSS TO MATT-E-AniBX PTSD VETERAN-OC
INTERNET CAFES OPEN-LIVE REM-1 PTSD VETERAN-PKG
INTERNET CAFES OPEN-PKG FL JEWELRY HEIST-VO
INTERNET CAFES OPEN-LIVE REM-1 FL UFC FIGHTER ARRESTED-VO
FL LOUD MUSIC TRIAL-VO-WIPE SOCHI OLYMPICS OPEN
FL LOUD MUSIC TRIAL-SOTVO OPENING CEREMONIES-SSTOPS (3)
FLOOD INSURANCE-O-AniBX MEDAL PREDICTIONS-2SH, VO, CG
FLOOD INSURANCE-PKG SOCHI LIVE BUMP-SAT-LIVE
FARM BILL SIGNING-VO TEASE THREE-2SHOT
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART-VO-WIPE TZ3 A) IRS PHONE SCAM
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART-SOTVO AHEAD AT 6-BANNER
FOOD DRIVE FUNDRAISER-VO-WIPE A) teen beaten in school-sotvo
FOOD DRIVE FUNDRAISER-SOTVO CHARCO SEWER PROJECT-trx OC
TEASE ONE-2SHOT CHARCO SEWER PROJECT-PKG
TZ1 A) LUNCH CONTROVERSY-VO-WIPE TOSS TO GEORGE-E-AniBX
TZ1 B) CRUISE SHIP VIRUS-VOTOPS IRS SCAM-CAM 99 (RTR-1)
TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC IRS SCAM-PKG
HOFFMAN FUNERAL-VO IRS SCAM-CAM 99 (RTR-1)
CRUISE SHIP NEW VIRUS-trx VOTOPS SELL THE 6PM-2SHOT


DIRECTOR PAGE


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SHOW OPEN-CLIP


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PLANE HIJACKED OLYMPICS-VOTOPS, SS (2)


AN ALLEGED HIJACKER CLAIMED HE HAD A BOMB -- DEMANDING PILOTS TO FLY TO THE SOCHI OLYMPICS.

THIS IS NEW CELL PHONE VIDEO FROM INSIDE THE PLANE -- JUST COMING INTO THE NBC 2 NEWSROOM.

NO ONE WAS HURT.

ALL OF THIS WAS GOING ON DURING THE OPENING CEREMONIES.

HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW RIGHT NOW --

THE PLANE LEFT UKRAINE THIS MORNING -- HEADED FOR TURKEY.

THE SUSPECT IS THE ONE YOU SEE IN THE HOCKEY JERSEY IN THIS PICTURE.

HE WAS SITTING CLOSE TO THE FRONT OF THE PLANE.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HE STARTED MAKING THREATS ONCE IT WAS IN THE AIR.

THE PILOTS SAID THEY WOULD MEET THE MAN'S DEMANDS TO FLY TO RUSSIA.

BUT THEY SWITCHED OFF THE COCKPIT G-P-S AND CONTINUED ON TO TURKEY WHERE HE WAS ARRESTED.

IT IS UNCLEAR IF HE EVER HAD A BOMB.

THERE ARE REPORTS HE MAY HAVE BEEN DRUNK OR MENTALLY ILL.

WE'LL CONTINUE TO GATHER NEW DETAILS AND KEEP YOU POSTED. Return to index of stories...


WHAT WE KNOW NOW-VOTOPS


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WHITE HOUSE LOCKDOWN-trx VO


A SECURITY SCARE THIS AFTERNOON AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

THE SECRET SERVICE SAYS A MAN WITH TWO BAGS TRIED TO JUMP THE FENCE.

THE WHITE HOUSE WAS IMMEDIATELY PUT ON LOCKDOWN --

AND THE MAN ARRESTED.

THE SECRET SERVICE WOULDN'T SAY WHAT WAS IN THE BAGS, BUT DID GIVE THE ALL CLEAR.

PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS NOT AT THE WHITE HOUSE AT THE TIME. Return to index of stories...


FL THEATER SHOOTING BOND-ON CAM


A FIRST LOOK TONIGHT AT SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM A INSIDE A MOVIE THEATER NEAR TAMPA WHERE A MAN WAS SHOT TO DEATH --

YOU HAVE TO LOOK CLOSELY AT YOUR SCREEN -- Return to index of stories...


FL THEATER SHOOTING BOND-PKG


ALL OF THE ACTIVITY HAPPENS ON THE FAR RIGHT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN --

THAT'S SUSPECTED SHOOTER, CURTIS REEVES, DRESSED IN LIGHT COLORS --

YOU CAN SEE IM GET UP AND THEN SIT BACK DOWN.

MOMENTS LATER, YOU CAN SEE WHAT'S BELIEVED TO BE CHAD OULSON RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM, THROWING POPCORN AT HIM.

REEVES RAISES HIS ARM.

PROSECUTORS SAY THAT'S WHEN SHOT CHAD OULSON, KILLING HIM.

THEY SAY THE DISPUTE BEGAN WHEN REEVES BECAME UPSET THAT OULSON WAS TEXTING DURING MOVIE PREVIEWS. Return to index of stories...


FL THEATER SHOOTING BOND-OC


REEVES WAS DENIED BOND LATE THIS AFTERNOON -- HE'S CHARGED WITH 2ND DEGREE MURDER. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO MATT-E-AniBX


IT IS GAME ON.

CASINO-LIKE INTERNET CAFES HAVE REOPENED IN FLORIDA.

THEY SAY THEY FOUND A LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW THAT MADE THEM ALL CLOSE IN THE PAST COUPLE YEARS.

NBC 2'S MATT WRIGHT IS LIVE IN CAPE CORAL WITH DETAILS.

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INTERNET CAFES OPEN-LIVE REM-1


YOU'VE PROBABLY SEEN THEM AROUND TOWN.

INTERNET CAFES LIKE THIS ONE OPEN FOR BUSINESS DESPITE THE STATE LAW RESTRICTING THEM.

THIS ONE MADE SOME CHANGES -- IT SAYS BROUGHT IT INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE LANGUAGE OF THE LAW. Return to index of stories...


INTERNET CAFES OPEN-PKG


Sgt. Dana Coston

Cape Coral PD

1:06-1:14

NATS OF PUSHING BUTTON

BOBBE MYERS -- SPENDS NEARLY EVERY DAY HEDGING HER BETS. INSIDE THIS LOCAL INTERNET CAFE.

SOT

Bobbe MYERS

16:37 if you're hot you can hit some of these big ones and get a big pay off 43

SHE THOUGHT HER ODDS WERE UP. AFTER FLORIDA HASTILY PASSED A LAW MEANT TO BAN THEM IN THE SPRING.

WHILE SOME REMAIN CLOSED. OTHERS REOPENED AND SAY THEY'RE NOW LEGAL.

JIM GRAHAM/VEGAS III

8:42 its an unfair law in my opinion and it wasnt well thought out 46

"VEGAS THREE" CHANGED FROM CARD -- TO COIN OPERATED MACHINES.

AND IT NOW AWARDS MERCHANDISE PRIZES. INSTEAD OF CASH OR GIFT CARDS.

NATS OF GAME MUSIC

IT SPENT MORE THAN 40-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO RETROFIT ABOUT 1-HUNDRED MACHINES.

AND REOPENED AFTER A TWO MONTH CLOSURE.

GATOR GAMES IN FORT MYERS SAYS IT DID THE SAME.

JIM GRAHAM/VEGAS III

9:56 they've got a law sitting on the books doing nothing excpet ca using a little stir from time to time 10:05

THEY SAY THE CHANGES MAKE THEM MORE LIKE CHUCK E CHEESE. THAN A CASINO.

TO PROVE IT'S POINT. VEGAS THREE EVEN ADDED "SENIOR CHUCKIE'S" TO ITS NAME.

SOT

GRAHAM

3:04 if they shut us down they got to shut chuck e cheese down 06

CAPE CORAL POLICE SERGEANT DANA COSTON SAYS VAGUE LANGUAGE MAKES THE LAW EASY TO SKIRT.

SOT

SGT DANA COSTON/CAPE CORAL PD

*30:12 typically for us to get involved it would require a specific complaint that a business is engaging in a practice that is in violation of the law 18 and you havent received any of those complaints? no 22

A RELIEF TO BOBBE -- WHO SAYS LAWMAKERS SHOULD BUTT OUT.

SOT

Bobbe Myers

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INTERNET CAFES OPEN-LIVE REM-1


SEVERAL OF THESE BUSINESS OWNERS SAY THAT WHILE THEY MADE ADJUSTMENTS TO REMAIN OPEN -- MANY OTHER INTERNET CAFES SIMPLY IGNORED THE LAW.

AND REMAIN IN OPERATION ILLEGALLY.

LIVE IN CAPE CORAL. MATT WRIGHT. NBC2. Return to index of stories...


FL LOUD MUSIC TRIAL-VO-WIPE


EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY TODAY IN THE SO-CALLED "LOUD MUSIC" MURDER TRIAL.

47-YEAR OLD MICHAEL DUNN KILLED 17-YEAR OLD JORDAN DAVIS.

HE SAYS HE ASKED DAVIS AND HIS FRIENDS TO TURN DOWN THEIR MUSIC AND THEY POINTED A GUN AT HIM.

BUT ONE WITNESSES TESTIFIED TODAY --

THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED. Return to index of stories...


FL LOUD MUSIC TRIAL-SOTVO


SOT/Witness -1:15

He said can you turn the music down. I can't hear myself

think.

SOT/Witness- When Jordan was hit everyone went into a panic.

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


FLOOD INSURANCE-O-AniBX


LAWMAKERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS FROM SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS HEADING TO WASHINGTON, D.C. MONDAY TO DEMAND CHANGE IN PENDING FLOOD INSURANCE LAWS.

THE US SENATE HAS ALREADY APPROVED A DELAY,

BUT IT WAS SHOOT DOWN IN THE HOUSE.

AS NBC2S JOELLE PARKS FOUND OUT THIS GROUP THINKS THEY CAN CHANGE THE VOTE. Return to index of stories...


FLOOD INSURANCE-PKG


It's Dan andres piece of paradise.

But it has him wondering- what's it worth?

Sot Dan andres, mango street inn owner

We're probably going to go from about $2300 a year to $25,000

to$28,000 a year."

The fort myers beach councilman owns the mango street inn.

Sot Dan

We were built pre flood insurance rate maps and we're compliant with

all of that."

The rate increase is due to hit in october as part of the 2012

biggert-waters act.

Last week- the senate voted to delay the drastic increases.

Sot Commissioner Larry Kiker, Lee County

The senate thankfully and fortunately did pass that and what were

doing is asking the house to do the same thing with the same

legislation.,

Despite the house denying the delay,

FEMA now saying that politics will push back increases for current

policyholders by at least a year.

But the hikes will hit new and lapsed policies as planned in October.

Sot Kiker

They're all going to be affected."

Kiker will be joined in dc by mayors from the beach, Bonita springs,

Cape Coral and sanibel.

Thats in addition to 16 other counties from the state of Florida.

Sot Kiker

This is singlely one of the most important things that I've had to work on."

It comes at a time when southwest Florida is not represented in the

house, after congressman trey radels resignation.

Sot Kiker

I think that this is a time that we need to stand up for ourselves."

Fighting for change now,

Instead of what could happen in the future.

Sot Dan 30:02-19

if we do have a major storm are we going to end up with blight

because you're not required to carry flood insurance if you don't have

a mortgage, so long term,it's scary I think."

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FARM BILL SIGNING-VO


PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED THE NEW FARM BILL TODAY -- THAT GIVES 125-MILLION DOLLARS TO FIGHT CITRUS GREENING.

THE DISEASE KILLS ORANGE TREES AND COST FLORIDA MORE THAN FOUR BILLION DOLLARS IN RECENT YEARS.

THE FARM BILL ALSO EXPANDS FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE --

AND CUTS ABOUT 8-BILLION DOLLARS FROM THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM. Return to index of stories...


JUMP ROPE FOR HEART-VO-WIPE


A SCHOOL FUNDRAISER HITS CLOSE TO HOME FOR ONE LEHIGH ACRES STUDENT.

VETERANS PARK ACADEMY HOSTED A "JUMP ROPE FOR HEART" EVENT TODAY.

3RD GRADER RYAN CRESPI HAS A HEART CONDITION AND MAY NEED OPEN HEART SURGERY THIS SUMMER.

HE SAYS IT'S GREAT TO SEE HIS SCHOOL STEP UP AND HELP. Return to index of stories...


JUMP ROPE FOR HEART-SOTVO


Ryan Crespi, Veterans Park Academy for the Arts

19:06:56-

"Our PE coach is raising money for the heart association because some families can't afford treatment."

Heather Crespi/Veterans Park Academy for the Arts

19:13:28-

"A lot of them are doing it for fun, but a lot of them are Ryan's friends who are actually taking pride in what they're doing. They're making a difference and that's huge."

ALL OF THE MONEY RAISED TODAY WILL BE DONATED TO THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION IN RYAN'S NAME. Return to index of stories...


FOOD DRIVE FUNDRAISER-VO-WIPE


WILL DANCE FOR FOOD.

THE NAPLES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IS OFFERING FREE DANCE LESSONS -- IN EXCHANGE FOR FOOD.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK UP TWO OF THESE BAGS AND FILL THEM WITH NON-PERISHABLE FOOD. IT WILL BE DONATED TO THE HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK. Return to index of stories...


FOOD DRIVE FUNDRAISER-SOTVO


Lori Oliver, Naples Performing Arts Center

00:19

Life is too short to not give back.

BUTT TO

:41-:50

Typically a dance lesson could range anywhere from 85 dollars an hour to 125 dollars an hour so this is a good,

It's a good win for everybody.

THE STUDIO HAS OPENINGS FOR LESSONS ALL DAY TOMORROW.

AND THE THREE DAY EVENT WILL BE CAPPED OFF WITH A HUNGER BALL SUNDAY NIGHT. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


TONIGHT -- OUTRAGE OVER A SCHOOL LUNCH.

THE SCHOOL LEADERS THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO HONOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

WHAT THEY WANTED TO SERVE THAT'S CAUSING SO MUCH CONTROVERSY.

AND NEW DETAILS ON WHAT MADE 600 PEOPLE ON A CRUISE SHIP GET SICK.

WHY HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THIS WASN'T YOUR AVERAGE STOMACH BUG. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) LUNCH CONTROVERSY-VO-WIPE


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TZ1 B) CRUISE SHIP VIRUS-VOTOPS


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TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC


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HOFFMAN FUNERAL-VO


FRIENDS AND FAMILY GATHERED IN NEW YORK CITY TODAY TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO ACTOR PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN.

THE OSCAR-WINNING ACTOR WAS FOUND DEAD SUNDAY AT HIS APARTMENT FROM AN APPARENT DRUG OVERDOSE.

POLICE SAY THEY FOUND USED SYRINGES, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND DOZENS OF BAGS OF HEROIN.

HOFFMAN WAS 46 YEARS OLD. Return to index of stories...


CRUISE SHIP NEW VIRUS-trx VOTOPS


HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THE STOMACH BUG THAT FORCED A CRUISE SHIP TO RETURN EARLY IS A NEW STRAIN OF THE NOROVIRUS.

MORE THAN 600 PASSENGERS AND CREW MEMBERS ON THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN SHIP GOT SICK A COUPLE WEEKS AGO.

THE C-D-C SAYS IT'S THE LARGEST NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK IN 20 YEARS. Return to index of stories...


LUNCH CONTROVERSY-VO-WIPE


A PRIVATE SCHOOL IS UNDER FIRE TONIGHT FOR ITS LUNCH MENU.

THE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL WANTED TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH A FEAST OF FRIED CHICKEN, CORNBREAD AND WATERMELON.

SOME PARENTS AND STUDENTS WERE OUTRAGED -- CALLING THE MENU RACIST. Return to index of stories...


LUNCH CONTROVERSY-SOTVO


Dr. James Taylor/University of San Francisco:

55-

"Chicken, watermelon, collard greens, these stereotypes of black southern culture comes from the same place as the "n" word comes from. This is not like this food represents some heroic moment in African American experience, what it represents is the degradation and the stereotyping of African Americans."

THE PRINCIPAL APOLOGIZED IN A LETTER TO PARENTS AND HELD AN ASSEMBLY FOR STUDENTS. Return to index of stories...


BANK MEAN MAIL-VO


THERE IS JUNK MAIL AND THEN THERE'S THIS --

A CALIFORNIA WOMAN OPENED UP A CREDIT CARD APPLICATION FROM BANK OF AMERICA THAT SAID QUOTE -- "LISA IS A SLUT MCINTIRE.

THE BANK APOLOGIZED AND SAYS IT'S INVESTIGATING THE LETTER.

THE WOMAN THINKS A DATA ENTRY EMPLOYEE IS BEHIND THE OFFENSIVE ADDRESS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2SH


RAISING AWARENESS FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA VETERANS WITH "INVISIBLE WOUNDS."

JUST BECAUSE A SOLDIER IS HOME FROM WAR -- IT DOESN'T MEAN THE FIGHT IS OVER.

"My body was torn in half, everything except for my skin and my spine."

ONE LOCAL VET SHARES HIS BATTLE WITH POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER -- ONLY WITH NBC 2.

PLUS --

TWO BURGLARS SMASH UP A SOUTH FLORIDA JEWELRY STORE.

SO WHY DID A COP INVESTIGATING THE CRIME END UP IN JAIL? Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) PTSD VETERAN-SOTVO-WIPE


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TZ2 B) FL JEWELRY HEIST-VOTOPS


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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.

SUNSHINE AND RAIN CHANCES FOR THE WEEKEND

We closed the work week Friday on a pleasant note, with sun & clouds and highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. A few rain showers will be possible this evening, with temps falling into the 70s. Patchy fog will be possible overnight, with mild lows in the low 60s.

We start Saturday on a great note, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the low 80s. Clouds will increase quickly late, with rain showers possible in the evening and overnight. Lows Saturday Night will be in the low 60s.

A few lingering showers will be possible Sunday, before skies clear and drier air works into the region. Sunday will feature temps in the upper 70s.

The nice and dry weather continues to start next week. Expect a heavy dose of sun Monday, with temps climbing into the upper 70s. Temps climb into the low 80s Tuesday & Wednesday.

Our next weather system is still on track to impact the area late Wednesday into Thursday. This will bring more cloud cover and good chance of showers across the region. High temps to close out next week will likely stay in the mid to upper 70s. Return to index of stories...


PTSD VETERAN-OC


A THIRD OF VETERANS WHO COME BACK FROM WAR SUFFER FROM EITHER POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER OR A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

NBC 2S BRYAN ANDERSON TALKED WITH A VETERAN LIVING IN NAPLES ABOUT HIS PUSH TO RAISE AWARENESS.

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PTSD VETERAN-PKG


TO: 0:05

DURATION:0:05

TRT-1:35

23:13:08-:15

You look at me and my clothes you would never know that there was anything wrong with me.

THOSE INVISIBLE WOUNDS SERGEANT BRENT HERNANDEZ WILL SUFFER FROM FOREVER.

Sgt. Brent Hernandez

23:08:58-:02

My body was torn in half, everything except for my skin and my spine.

HERNANDEZ IS ONE OF AN ESTIMATED 76 THOUSAND VETERANS IN FLORIDA WITH A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY OR POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.

HE SUFFERS FROM BOTH.

23:10:30-:35

Nobody wants to say oh yeah that's me I have that. I didn't believe it.

BUTT TO

23:10:47

I think it's very hard for people to come to terms at first.

HEALTH EXPERTS SAY BOTH ARE SEVERELY UNDER-REPORTED.

Jack Hammond, Ret Brig General, home base exec dir.

04:18

It doesn't get better in time, it gets worse.

BUTT TO

04:24

If you don't get treatment, you're just going to have a very poor quality of life.

THIS WEEKEND HERNANDEZ WILL TEE-OFF WITH FELLOW VETERANS RAISING MONEY TO RAISE AWARENESS.

THAT INCLUDES US ARMY STAFF SERGEANT TY CARTER.

A MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT LAST YEAR WHO STARED DEATH IN THE FACE. Return to index of stories...


FL JEWELRY HEIST-VO


A SOUTH FLORIDA COP -- INVESTIGATING A JEWELRY HEIST -- IS NOW THE ONE BEHIND BARS.

PEMBROKE PINES POLICE SAY THE 9-YEAR VETERAN STOLE A WATCH THE BURGLARS LEFT BEHIND --

AND HID IT IN HIS PATROL CAR.

POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE ORIGINAL THIEVES.

INVESTIGATORS SAY TWO MEN CUT A HOLE IN THE ROOF --

SMASHED DISPLAY CASES --

AND TOOK 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF JEWELRY. Return to index of stories...


FL UFC FIGHTER ARRESTED-VO


DEPUTIES ARRESTED A U-F-C FIGHTER THIS MORNING AFTER A STANDOFF AT HIS SOUTH FLORIDA HOME.

THE BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THIAGO SILVA PULLED A GUN ON HIS WIFE AND THREATENED PEOPLE AT A MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL.

THEN, HE BARRICADED HIMSELF INSIDE HIS HOME.

HE FACES SEVERAL CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


SOCHI OLYMPICS OPEN


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OPENING CEREMONIES-SSTOPS (3)


TONIGHT YOU CAN WATCH THE OPENING CEREMONIES OF THE WINTER OLYMPICS HERE ON NBC 2.

THE CEREMONY WILL FEATURE A UNIQUE JOURNEY THROUGH A THOUSAND YEARS OF RUSSIAN HISTORY --

THESE ARE JUST A FEW SNAPSHOTS FROM THE BIG SHOW.

OF COURSE, THERE'S ALSO THE PARADE OF NATIONS --

AND THE LIGHTING OF THE OLYMPIC TORCH. Return to index of stories...


MEDAL PREDICTIONS-2SH, VO, CG


THERE ARE 294 MEDALS UP FOR GRABS AT THE SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS

ONE GROUP OF RESEARCHERS SAYS THE BEST WAY TO FIGURE OUT WHO WILL COME OUT ON TOP IS TO IGNORE THE ATHLETES.

INSTEAD -- THEY LOOKED AT THINGS LIKE POPULATION GROWTH, THE NUMBER OF DOCTORS AND EVEN THE LATITUDE OF A NATION'S CAPITAL.

THEY USED THE SAME MODEL IN THE LAST TWO WINTER OLYMPICS AND GOT A WHOPPING 96-PERCENT RIGHT.

HERE ARE THEIR PREDICTIONS --

THE FIRST MEDALS WILL BE HANDED OUT TOMORROW. Return to index of stories...


SOCHI LIVE BUMP-SAT-LIVE


HERE'S A LIVE LOOK AT SOCHI --

COMING UP ON THE NEWS AT 6 --

WE'LL HAVE A LIVE REPORT ON THE OPENING CEREMONIES.

PLUS --

THE VERY LATEST ON THE ALLEGED HIJACKER -- WHO TRIED TO DIVERT A PLANE TO SOCHI -- CLAIMING THERE WAS A BOMB ONBOARD. Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-2SHOT


IT'S A CONTROVERSIAL SEWER PROJECT IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY THAT'S GOING TO COST RESIDENTS A LOT OF MONEY.

PLUS --

JUST BEFORE THE HEIGHT OF TAX SEASON -- AN OLD I-R-S PHONE SCAM RESURFACES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

NBC 2 BREAKS DOWN WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T BECOME A VICTIM.

AND ALL NEW AT SIX--

16:39 he got into a fight because he was trying to defend me 16:42 that is somebody i didn't even know 16:45

A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER DEFENDS A CLASSMATE BEING ATTACKED BECAUSE HE WAS GAY

NOW HES THE ONE WHO MAY BE KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A) IRS PHONE SCAM


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AHEAD AT 6-BANNER


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A) teen beaten in school-sotvo


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CHARCO SEWER PROJECT-trx OC


A CONTROVERSIAL 18-MILLION DOLLAR SEWER PROJECT JUST STARTED UP IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY -- AFTER MONTHS OF PROTESTS.

RESIDENTS WILL HAVE TO FOOT THE 10 THOUSAND DOLLAR PER HOUSEHOLD BILL. BUT LUCAS SEILER FOUND OUT THERE IS A WAY TO GET SOME HELP PAYING IT. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO SEWER PROJECT-PKG


TRT 1:32

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MAY HAVE NOT CONVINCED EVERYONE -

George Gardner, Against the switch "It's… it's… it's a rip off!"

BUT THE PROJECT IS MOVING FORWARD ANYWAY.

"The pricetag for me seems enormous."

CHARLOTTE COUNTY ARGUES THE SEPTIC TANKS IN THE EAST AND WEST SPRINGLAKE AREA ARE OLD, FAILING AND POLLUTING CHARLOTTE HARBOR.

COMMISSIONERS SAY THEY'RE CONVINCED, DESPITE NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS FROM SCIENTISTS THEY HIRED SAYING THE CLAIM IS INCONCLUSIVE. REGARDLESS, ONE THING IS FOR SURE - THE $10,000 PRICETAG PER HOUSEHOLD THEY PROMISED IS STILL A REALITY.

George Gardner, Against the switch "It's a lot of money to be putting out."

GEORGE GARDNER HAS LIVED HERE FOR A DECADE. HE SAYS HE'S WORRIED ABOUT NOT ONLY THE ANNUAL COST OR HIS WATER BILL RISING - HE'S ALREADY HAD TO FACE SOMETHING COMMISSIONERS NEVER QUITE MENTIONED IN MEETINGS.

George Gardner, Against the switch "Well, when I paid the extra $1,000 to my taxes this year it was on my mind definitely."

DOWN THE STREET, RICHARD GREECHIE EXPERIENCED THE SAME THING.

Richard Greechie, Not convinced either way "I believe my taxes were about $700 higher."

NBC2 LEARNED NOT ALL, BUT *MANY* OF THESE HOUSEHOLD ARE CONSIDERED LOW-INCOME - CHARLOTTE COUNTY SAYS THEY HAVE A PLAN FOR THAT.

THEY'RE GOING TO VOTE ON WHETHER TO PROVIDE A HARDSHIP PROGRAM FOR HOUSEHOLDS THAT MAKE LESS THAN 45 AND HALF THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.

NAT outside

BUT FOR OTHERS - THEY'LL HAVE TO PAY THE FULL COST. LIKE, JERRY SMITH WHO JUST MOVED TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD. HE'S FINE WITH THE PRICETAG, BUT IS HAPPY TO HEAR HIS NEIGHBORS COULD GET AS MUCH AS 500 BUCKS BACK A YEAR DEPENDING ON THEIR LOT SIZE.

Jerry Smith, For the conversion "You have a lot of people living on a really close budget… that would be a pretty good hit to them to have them come up with any money."

CHARLOTTE COUNTY IS STILL LOOKING FOR GRANTS THAT COULD HELP WITH HARDSHIP FUND - IN THE MEANTIME, THEY'LL TRANSFER MONEY FROM THEIR UTILITIES DEPARTMENT TO HELP PAY FOR IT.

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


TOSS TO GEORGE-E-AniBX


A NEW SCAM IS CIRCULATING THIS TAX SEASON

A PHONE SCAM WHERE the CALLER THREATENS YOU TO PAY UP OR GO TO JAIL.

NBC'2 GEORGE SOLIS SPOKE WITH A LOCAL MAN WHO GOT THIS CALL.

GEORGE. Return to index of stories...


IRS SCAM-CAM 99 (RTR-1)


HE WAS GIVEN AN HOUR TO TRANSFER 24 HUNDRED DOLLARS HE SUPPOSEDLY OWED IN TAXES TO THE I-R-S.

THE PENALTY FOR FAILING TO PAY -- PRISON. Return to index of stories...


IRS SCAM-PKG


TAKE PKG:

01:02 "You have reached the Internal Revenue Service Department"

AT FIRST- IT LOOK AND SOUNDS LIKE THE REAL DEAL.

00:56 "I looked at the phone number and it noticed it was 202.let me call"

BUT SOON AFTER IT HAD THE FAMILIAR RING OF FRAUD.

00:06 "Please leave your name and telephone number and a brief message."

THE PERSON ON THE OTHER LINE SUPPOSEDLY FROM THE I-R-S INFORMING YVAN NASSAR HE AND HIS WIFE NEEDED TO PAY UP.

01:16 "We owed twenty four hundred and fifty seven and some change and basically we needed to set up payment asap to be more specific it was within an hour."

NASSAR WASN'T CONVINCED SO HE SAID HE WOULD MAKE HIS OWN CALL.

THE SCAMMERS WERE PREPARED THAT.

02:01 "He gave me another number to call which is supposedly the IRS."

IT WASN'T.

NASSAR SAYS THE MORE HE TRIED END THE CALL THE MORE AGGRESSIVE THE CON MEN GOT.

02:43 "They were very threatening they threatened to have the cops pick me up pick my wife up at home."

NASSAR REALIZED IT WAS A SCAM AND HUNG UP.

LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S FRAUD EXPERTS SAY THE IRS WILL NEVER CALL OR EMAIL ASKING FOR PERSONAL INFO.

THEY ALSO MAKING THE CALLS LOOK LEGIT IS SIMPLE TOO.

45:30 "They're either using throw away phones that have that Washington area code or their spoofing the number." Return to index of stories...


IRS SCAM-CAM 99 (RTR-1)


NASSAR SAYS ANOTHER WAY HE WAS ABLE TO TELL THE CALL WAS FAKE--IT WAS WELL AFTER 5 WHEN THEY CALLED.

THE I-R-S ALSO SAYS CALLERS MAY TRY AND USE REAL NAMES, THEY MAY EVEN HAVE THE LAST FOUR OF YOUR SOCIAL.

WHEN IN DOUBT HANG UP AND CALL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE. Return to index of stories...


SELL THE 6PM-2SHOT


AHEAD AT SIX.

AN OPENLY GAY STUDENT ATTACKED AT HIS LEE COUNTY SCHOOL --

AT SIX, NBC2 FINDS OUT THE FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO DEFENDED HIM MAY GET SUSPENDED OR EVEN KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL.

PLUS, WE ALSO TALK TO THE GRANDMOTHER OF THE LITTLE BOY FOUND LIVING IN A HOT STORAGE UNIT WITH ONLY A BUCKET FOR BATHROOM.

SHE GIVES US A BETTER IDEA OF HOW HE GOT THERE.

THE NEWS AT SIX IS NEXT. Return to index of stories...