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DIRECTORS PAGE TZ1 A) abandoned boats-2 SH, SOTVO
HLA norovirus confirmed-trxVO TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-STC
HLB cape million grow house-trxSS 6PM PROMO-SOT-DISSOLVE
HLC abandoned vessels-trxSOTVO STOCKS BUMP-CGTOPS
HLD weather-trxWX BOXES GREEK FEST-VO WIPE
NEWS AT 6PM OPEN-CLIP GREEK FEST-SOTVO
TOSS TO MATT-OC, SS, EANIBX SWFL LEE CO FAIR-VO
NOROVIRUS AT ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY-LIVE U 2 NAPLES CRAFT BEER FEST-CG
NOROVIRUS AT ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY-BNR-PKG ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
NOROVIRUS AT ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY-LIVE U 2 FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
NOROVIRUS DEETS-OC TOSS TO DAVE-2 SHOT, SS, trx
TOSS TO GEORGE-trx(3)SS-FLY ABANDONED BOATS FOLO-TC MON
CAPE MILLION DOLLAR GROWHOUSE-REM-LIVE ABANDONED BOATS FOLO-BNR-PKG
CAPE MILLION DOLLAR GROWHOUSE-BNR-PKG ABANDONED BOATS FOLO-TC MON
CAPE MILLION DOLLAR GROWHOUSE-REM-LIVE 106 YO BIRTHDAY AT GYM-OC, VO
CAPE CORAL HOARDING-trxOC, VO 106 YO BIRTHDAY AT GYM-SOTVO
DOG HOARDING UPDATE-VO-WIPE SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
CHARCO ANIMAL ARREST-SS, VO SPORTS
CHARCO ANIMAL ARREST-SOTVO RED SOX TWINS-PLASMA
TOSS TO JOELLE-trxOC, ZM, trxSS RED SOX TWINS-VOTOPS
WAFFLE HOUSE ROBBED-REM-LIVE RED SOX TWINS-SOTTOPS
WAFFLE HOUSE ROBBED-BNR-PKG ORIOLES RAYS-VOTOPS
WAFFLE HOUSE ROBBED-REM-LIVE CYPRESS LAKE COACH-NATSVO
SUSPECTED THEIF ID-(3) SS CYPRESS LAKE COACH-SOTTOPS
CAPE CORAL CRIME STATS-OC, CG FGCU WOMEN-ONCAM
FM PD CRIME STATS-CGTOPS FGCU WOMEN-SOTTOPS
NAPLES HOME INVASION FOLO-OC, ZM, VO FGCU MEN-ON CAM
NAPLES HOME INVASION FOLO-SOTVO HONDA CLASSIC-CGTOPS
CHARCO FATAL AX-OC, SS, VO SPORTS TOSS TO BREAK-ON CAM
PED HIT US 41 AND HANSON-trxOC, VO 11 PM OPEN-OPEN
FRAUD GIFT CARDS-OC, SS, OC 11 PM TEASE-OC, VO
FL TOPS ID THEFT COMPLAINTS-OC SPIDERMAN FAN-OC, (2) SS
TEASE ONE CLOSE-4SHOT


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HLA norovirus confirmed-trxVO


TONIGHT, FAMILY MEMBERS ARE BANNED FROM VISITING THEIR LOVED ONES A FORT MYERS NURSING HOME.

HEALTH OFFICIALS CONFIRMED A HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS VIRUS INSIDE THE BUILDING. Return to index of stories...


HLB cape million grow house-trxSS


MARIJUANA PLANTS SO TALL THEY LOOK LIKE CHRISTMAS TREES.

NBC-2 DISCOVERS A ONE MILLION DOLLAR GROW HOUSE BUST IN THE MIDDLE OF A QUIET CAPE CORAL NEIGHBORHOOD. Return to index of stories...


HLC abandoned vessels-trxSOTVO


02:37:47 They're left on waterways. They're left inland and all around the area. It's unsightly and unsafe. 02:37:54"

BOAT OWNERS FEEL THERE'S NO PLACE TO TURN TO GET RID OF THEIR AGING VESSELS.

THE NBC-2 INVESTIGATORS UNCOVER PLACES TO TURN TO. Return to index of stories...


HLD weather-trxWX BOXES


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NEWS AT 6PM OPEN-CLIP


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TOSS TO MATT-OC, SS, EANIBX


IT'S HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS -- AND SPREADS QUICKLY.

TONIGHT DOZENS OF PEOPLE ARE INFECTED WITH NOROVIRUS.

THE OUTBREAK STEMS FROM A FORT MYERS NURSING HOME.

IN THE LAST WEEK -- 57 PEOPLE HAVE CONTRACTED THE VIRUS AT HIDDEN OAKS ASSISTED LIVING.

NBC 2'S MATT WRIGHT IS THERE LIVE AS HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE CLOSED OFF THE BUILDILNG. Return to index of stories...


NOROVIRUS AT ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY-LIVE U 2


WE HAVEN'T SEEN MANY PEOPLE COMING AND GOING FROM HIDDEN OAKS TODAY.

VISITORS ARE ASKED TO STAY AWAY --

AS A VIRUS MAKES RESIDENTS AND EMPLOYEES HERE MISERABLE. Return to index of stories...


NOROVIRUS AT ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY-BNR-PKG


HIDDEN OAKS ASSISTED LIVING AND ALZHEIMER'S RESIDENCE IS ESSENTIALLY UNDER QUARANTINE.

EMPLOYEES -- SPOTTED DONNING FACE MASKS TO TRY TO AVOID A DANGEROUS NOROVIRUS.

MORE THAN HALF OF THE NURSING HOME'S RESIDENTS HAVE CONTRACTED THE FAST-SPREADING VIRUS.

IT'S TRANSMITTED BY AIR -- BY FOOD -- AND BY TOUCH.

HIDDEN OAKS MANAGEMENT SAYS THEY'RE TAKING STEPS TO GET THE VIRUS UNDER CONTROL.

THIS SIGN ON THE DOOR SHOWS VISITORS ARE BEING KEPT AWAY.

RESIDENTS ARE BEING ASKED TO STAY IN THEIR ROOMS.

THE FACILITY HAS CLOSED ITS DINING ROOMS.

AND STAFF IS DISINFECTING AND SANTIZING SURFACES.

HEALTH OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO STAY AWAY FROM PEOPLE WITH NOROVIRUS.

BUT IF YOU HAVE TO GET CLOSE EXPERTS SAY WEAR GLOVES -- AND A FACE MASK.

WHILE OUTBREAKS ON CRUISE SHIPS HAVE MADE NEWS -- NURSING HOMES ARE THE MOST COMMON PLACE FOR NOROVIRUS TO HIT.

HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAPPEN LOCALLY SEVERAL TIMES EACH YEAR.

BUT THIS IS THE FIRST CASE OF 20-14.

. TARGETING A POPULATION THAT'S VULNERABLE TO BEGIN WITH. Return to index of stories...


NOROVIRUS AT ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY-LIVE U 2


MANAGEMENT TELLS ME RELATIVES OF PEOPLE AT THIS FACILITY HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE OF THE SITUATION.

THERE'S NO PREDICTING HOW LONG IT COULD TAKE FOR THE OUTBREAK TO END.

LIVE IN FORT MYERS MATT WRIGHT NBC2. Return to index of stories...


NOROVIRUS DEETS-OC


SYMPTOMS OF NOROVIRUS ARE DIARRHEA, NAUSEA, AND STOMACH PAIN--

AND THEY LAST BETWEEN 24 AND 48 HOURS. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO GEORGE-trx(3)SS-FLY


60 MARIJUANA PLANTS, SO TALL THEY NEARLY TOUCHED THE CEILING OF THEIR GROW HOUSE.

CAPE CORAL POLICE SAY THEY MADE HISTORY WITH THIS BUST.

UNCOVERING MORE THAN 4-HUNDRED POUNDS OF POT.

WORTH MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

NBC-2'S GEORGE SOLIS IS OUTSIDE THE HOME, WHERE NEIGHBORS ARE STUNNED. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MILLION DOLLAR GROWHOUSE-REM-LIVE


IF THEY DIDN'T THEY CERTAINLY DO NOW.

IF YOU WALK AROUND THE DRIVEWAY IT'S LITTERED WITH MARIJUANA LEAVES.

NOT SURPRISING CONSIDERING MORE THAN 400 POUNDS OF POT WERE REMOVED FROM THE HOUSE. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MILLION DOLLAR GROWHOUSE-BNR-PKG


"This is in fact one of the largest single marijuana grow houses that Cape Coral police has busted in recent years." Det. Sgt. Dana Coston

MORE THAN 400 POUNDS OF POT.

HIDDEN IN A PLACE FEW WOULD SUSPECT.

"That's pretty amazing, I mean you see a house and you'd never guess that something was going on there."

YET BEHIND THE WALLS OF THIS HOUSE ON NORTHEAST 8TH PLACE IN CAPE CORAL.

SAT A HOUSE TRANSFORMED.

"As we closer the dirty little secret becomes clearer from the scent in the air to the remnants left behind." George Solis

"Hydroponics system, lights, ballasts." Coston

CAPE POLICE SAY YOEL TRIMINO WAS BEHIND THIS ELABORATE MARIJUANA GROW HOUSE SETUP.

YESTERDAY POLICE BUSTED TRIMINO CULTIVATING AND GROWING AN ESTIMATED STREET VALUE OF ONE MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF POT.

"Can't believe that it was right there next door." Tyler Muench

WITH THE TRUTH NOW LITERALLY OUT IN THE OPEN

NEIGHBORS LIKE TYLER MUENCH ARE CATCHING THEIR BREATH.

That's pretty crazy, I did not expect that at all." Muench

CAPE POLICE SAY THEY MADE THE DISCOVERY AFTER GATHERING INTEL AND FINDING

THE HOUSE WAS STEALING ELECTRICITY- COMMON IN GROW HOUSE SITUATIONS

"Typically what you will see is people setting up grow house operations will tend to target areas that are less densely populated'" Coston

UNNERVING NEWS FOR THOSE AFFECTED IN THIS LATEST BUST.

"It really kinda shakes up the image this place has, you know?" Bolek Return to index of stories...


CAPE MILLION DOLLAR GROWHOUSE-REM-LIVE


DETECTIVES TELL US MORE ARRESTS COULD FOLLOW THIS BUST

WE'RE TOLD POLICE FOUND FAMILY PICTURES INSIDE THE HOME.

NO ONE WAS ELSE WAS HOME AT THE TIME OF THE BUST.

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CAPE CORAL HOARDING-trxOC, VO


FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THREE DAYS, LEE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES BUSTS A CASE OF EXTREME HOARDING.

21 ANIMALS WERE RESCUED FROM A CAPE CORAL HOME.

PICTURES OF THE HOUSE SHOW NOTHING BUT FILTH.

DOGS, CATS, KITTENS. EVEN TWO RABBITS AND A SNAKE.

THE OWNER HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED. Return to index of stories...


DOG HOARDING UPDATE-VO-WIPE


TOMORROW MORNING 15 RESCUED DOGS WILL HAVE NEW HOMES.

ADOPTIONS BEGIN FOR THE DOGS TAKEN FROM A FILTHY NORTH FORT MYERS HOME.

LEE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES WILL ONLY ACCEPT THE FIRST 15 PEOPLE.

SO FAR MORE THAN 50 HAVE APPLIED.

ANYONE WHO'S INTERESTED MUST HAVE COMPLETED AN APPLICATION AND BE APPROVED.

ADOPTIONS START AT EIGHT IN THE MORNING. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO ANIMAL ARREST-SS, VO


TWO MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY'S WORST ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE.

THE COUPLE FACES 24 CHARGES OF ANIMAL CRUELTY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY FOUND MORE THAN 80 ANIMALS LIVING IN DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS IN A PUNTA GORDA HOME.

FOR EXAMPLE, THEY FOUND NAILS IN GOATS' HOOVES.

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CHARCO ANIMAL ARREST-SOTVO


SOTS:08

:01-:04 "That's obscene… I can't say anything worse than that."

Leon Sabutis, Neighbor of the accused:04-:08

Lt. Brian Jones, Charlotte County Animal Control "There's a lot of things about this property that until this day remain a mystery."

SEVERAL OF THE ANIMALS HERE HAVE DIED - THE REST ARE IN ANIMAL CONTROL CUSTODY.

THE COUPLE BAILED OUT OF JAIL YESTERDAY AND WILL FACE A JUDGE IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY NEXT MONTH. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO JOELLE-trxOC, ZM, trxSS


INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHO STORMED INTO A LEE COUNTY RESTAURANT AND ROBBED AND BEAT CUSTOMERS.

IT HAPPENED JUST AFTER 3 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING AT THE WAFFLE HOUSE ON DANIELS PARKWAY, NEAR THE INTERSTATE.

IT'S THE SECOND ARMED ROBBERY AT A WAFFLE HOUSE IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS.

NBC-2'S JOELLE PARKS IS LIVE WITH THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. Return to index of stories...


WAFFLE HOUSE ROBBED-REM-LIVE


6 armed robberies in 6 weeks,

All of them happening on weekends, under the cover of darkness.

Are they related?

Take a look and decide. Return to index of stories...


WAFFLE HOUSE ROBBED-BNR-PKG


A brazen attack on a 24 hour restaurant.

Customers- told at gunpoint to surrender their Jewelry,purses and wallets.

Sot Thomas Mitchell Higginbothan, Lee county

I really can't imagine what kind of person would do it."

We now know- two people are responsible.

Check out these surveillance photos of the suspects.

Sot Trish

They're commanding the scene, they're going In very well versed, they

have the masks on, the gloves on,they know how to do this. They're in

and out within a minute or 2, they're getting exactly what they want

and at this point theyre getting away with it."

AND THEY MAY NOT BE BEGINNERS. INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING AT A SPREE OF ROBBERIES THAT MAY BE RELATED.

The spree started on January 18, when the Pilot truck stop on Plaza

Drive was robbed at gunpoint.

On February 10 the same pilot was hit again.

Feb 14 it was the Chevron gas station on Daniels.

Feb 16 a Circle K in north fort myers.

An hour and 21 minutes later-

The Waffle House on boatways road held up.

The last known crime on Feb 28 at the Daniels parkway Waffle House.

Sot Trish

They have the very same mo, same physical descriptors,same type of weapon."

Now were getting our First look at what went down inside that first

waffle house armed robbery.

Sot Trish

"Now they're starting to manhandle people, now they're putting their

hands on people, throwing the to the ground, assaulting them so this

is where we get very concerned."

You can see the suspects assaulting women and even this elder man,

Forcing him to the ground and taking his wedding ring.

Sot Trish

if we are looking at the same group of people they're not going to get

away with 6 and not talk, they're going to. Talk to somebody about

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WAFFLE HOUSE ROBBED-REM-LIVE


Restaurant is back open.

We reached out to the manager inside and the corporate offices-

We were told they have no comment.

Reporting live Jp. Return to index of stories...


SUSPECTED THEIF ID-(3) SS


A LEE COUNTY MOM ADMITS SHE USED HER BABY TO HIDE A CRIME.

ESMERALDA ESPINOSA TURNED HERSELF INTO THE LEE COUNTY JAIL TODAY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY SHE CONFESSED TO STEALING A CELL PHONE AND HID IT IN HER CHILD'S BLANKET.

SHE'S CHARGED WITH GRAND THEFT.

AND FACES CHARGES FOR MISSING A COURT DATE FOR A DIFFERENT CRIME. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL CRIME STATS-OC, CG


CAPE CORAL POLICE RELEASED THEIR CRIME NUMBERS FOR LAST YEAR.

OVERAL VIOLENT CRIME DROPPED IN THE CAPE BY FOURTEEN PERCENT.

THE BIGGEST DROP WAS IN SEX CRIMES AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS.

THERE WAS A BIG JUMP IN CAR THEFTS. Return to index of stories...


FM PD CRIME STATS-CGTOPS


FORT MYERS HAD A DRAMATIC DROP IN ITS HOMICIDE RATE LAST YEAR.

THERE WERE 14 FEWER MURDERS THAN IN 2012.

OVERALL. CRIME WAS DOWN FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND BURGLARIES.

BUT THERE WAS A SLIGHT INCREASE IN ROBBERIES. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES HOME INVASION FOLO-OC, ZM, VO


TONIGHT, SECURITY ON THE MINDS OF A LOT OF FAMILIES IN ONE NAPLES NEIGHBORHOOD.

THEY'RE STILL NERVOUS AFTER AN ARMED HOME INVASION EARLIER IN THE WEEK.

A FAMILY OF FIVE WAS HELD AT GUNPOINT, DUCT-TAPED, AND ROBBED.

IT HAPPENED ON MONDAY, JUST SOUTH OF THE NAPLES YACHT CLUB.

THE FAMILY WAS NOT HURT. BUT THE GUYS GOT AWAY.

NEIGHBORS TELL US THEY ARE WORRIED TO SIT IN THEIR LANAIS OR EVEN ANSWER THEIR DOOR. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES HOME INVASION FOLO-SOTVO


TAKE SOTS

Lance Stahlnan/Aqualane Shores Resident

"even myself, you have that in the back of your mind worrying about things and how that could happen."

Inese Morton/Naples/Aqualane Shores Resident

"maybe over time, people will go back to the way it was before instead of overthinking it - right now i think it's because it's just so recent."

POLICE HAVE NOT SAID IF THEY THINK THE HOME INVASION IS LINKED TO SIMILAR RECENT CASES IN COLLIER COUNTY. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO FATAL AX-OC, SS, VO


NEW DETAILS TONIGHT ABOUT A DEADLY CRASH IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

IT HAPPENED JUST AFTER TWO THIS MORNING ON STATE ROAD 776 NEAR GILLOT BOULEVARD.

INVESTIGATORS SAY A WOMAN RAN INTO THE CURB AND WHEN SHE TRIED TO OVERCORRECT --

HER S-U-V FLIPPED SEVERAL TIMES.

SHE WASN'T WEARING A SEATBELT. AND WAS THROWN OUT OF THE CAR.

SHE DIED AT THE HOSPITAL. Return to index of stories...


PED HIT US 41 AND HANSON-trxOC, VO


FORT MYERS POLICE ARE SEARCH FOR A HIT AND RUN DRIVER.

IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT NEAR CLEVELAND AVENUE AND HANSON STREET. A COUPLE BLOCKS SOUTH OF LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.

POLICE TELL US A PEDESTRIAN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


FRAUD GIFT CARDS-OC, SS, OC


TWO PEOPLE ARE ACCUSED OF FIXING GIFT CARDS TO RIP OFF A CAPE CORAL BUSINESS.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THESE TWO WERE ABLE TO RE-CODE THE CARDS. AND GO ON SHOPPING SPREES.

BOTH ARE FROM THE MIAMI AREA.

THEIR DOWNFALL WAS WHEN THEY RETURNED TO B-J WHOLE SALE CLUB AND TRIED TO BUY MORE THINGS.

DURING THE INVESTIGATION, OFFICERS FOUND 23 FAKE GIFT CARDS. Return to index of stories...


FL TOPS ID THEFT COMPLAINTS-OC


FLORIDA IS NUMBER ONE IN THE NATION FOR FRAUD COMPLAINTS.

ACCORDING TO THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, FLORIDA TOPS THE LIST FOR IDENTITY THEFT AND FRAUD COMPLAINTS.

NAPLES IS THIRD IN THE NATION FOR PROBLEMS WITH IDENTITY THEFT. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE


STILL TO COME TONIGHT AT SIX. NBC-2 INVESTIGATORS DISCOVER BOAT OWNERS FEEL HELPLESS WHEN THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THEIR AGING BOATS.

02:33:48 No one will buy it. No one will carry it away. ;02:33:51

TONIGHT - WE UNCOVER OPTIONS THAT WILL EASE THE BURDEN ON TAX PAYERS.

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TZ1 A) abandoned boats-2 SH, SOTVO


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TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-STC


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6PM PROMO-SOT-DISSOLVE


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STOCKS BUMP-CGTOPS


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GREEK FEST-VO WIPE


THE WEEKEND IS HERE.

GREEK FEST IS ALREADY UNDERWAY IN SOUTH FORT MYERS.

IT AT THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH ON CYPRESS LAKE DRIVE.

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FLOCK TO THE FEST EACH YEAR FOR THE TRADITIONAL GREEK FOOD, DANCERS AND RIDES. Return to index of stories...


GREEK FEST-SOTVO


they'll see, they'll smell they'll taste and they'll enjoy being Greek for the weekend

IT COSTS FIVE DOLLARS FOR ADULTS.

KIDS GET IN FREE.

IT'S OPEN UNTIL 11 O CLOCK TONIGHT.

TOMORROW FROM 11 AM TO 11 PM, AND SUNDAY FROM NOON UNTIL FIVE. Return to index of stories...


SWFL LEE CO FAIR-VO


THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA AND LEE COUNTY FAIR OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF TONIGHT.

THE FAIRGROUNDS ARE AT THE LEE CIVIC CENTER, ON BAYSHORE ROAD.

TICKETS AT THE GATE ARE EIGHT DOLLARS FOR ADULTS.

FIVE FOR KIDS. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES CRAFT BEER FEST-CG


THERE'S A CRAFT BEER FEST TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT BAYFRONT NAPLES.

TICKETS ARE 60 DOLLARS IN ADVANCE, AND 65 DOLLARS AT THE GATE.

THAT GETS YOU BEER SAMPLES, FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT.

IT'S A FUNDRAISER FOR THE NAPLES NORTH ROTARY CLUB. Return to index of stories...


ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL


BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND AHEAD

It was a great end to the work week across Southwest Florida Friday, with plenty of sun & highs in the 70s. With mostly clear skies this evening, temps will fall quickly into the 50s. Overnight lows tonight will again be cool, with numbers in the low 50s in the urban corridor and mid to upper 40s inland.

The great weather continues into the weekend. We'll see a heavy dose of sun all day Saturday, low humidity values and warmer highs in the upper 70s. An afternoon sea breeze will again develop, with cooler highs along the coast.

Sunday will also feature beautiful weather. Expect another day of total sunshine with even warmer highs in the low 80s.

The quiet and dry weather continues into next week. We'll see just a few more clouds on Monday, with highs in the mid 80s. Tuesday will feature partly cloudy skies, with highs in the mid 80s.

Things begin to change mid to late week. Wednesday will be dry, but more of a blend of sun & clouds is expected. Highs on Wednesday will again be in the mid 80s.

A powerful storm system will begin to move in Thursday & Friday. This system will bring a good chance of showers and storms across the area, with cooler weather to close next week.

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. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO DAVE-2 SHOT, SS, trx


THE NBC-2 INVESTIGATORS DISCOVER YET ANOTHER ABANDONED SINKING SHIP.

THIS ONE FLOATING IN A CAPE CORAL CANAL.

IT COMES ONE DAY AFTER A SAILBOAT SLAMMED INTO THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY. WITH NO OWNER IN SIGHT.

THE COUNTY SAYS IT'S HAPPENING TOO OFTEN.

MANY BOAT OWNERS SAY THEY HAVE FEW OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING RID OF THESE AGING VESSELS.

NBC-2 INVESTIGATOR DAVE ELIAS LOOKED INTO THE PROBLEM FOR US TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


ABANDONED BOATS FOLO-TC MON


THERE ARE ABOUT 60 ABANDONED BOATS FOUND IN LEE COUNTY EACH YEAR.

SINCE 1989 THERE HAVE BEEN 1-THOUSAND ABANDONED BOATS HERE.

TURNS OUT A MAJORITY OF THEM LEFT BEHIND BY OWNERS WHO FELT THEY HAD FEW OPTIONS. Return to index of stories...


ABANDONED BOATS FOLO-BNR-PKG


ron Thomas/Cape Coral / 02:37:47 They're left on the waterways. They're left inland and all around the area. It's unsightly and unsafe. 02:37;54

RON THOMAS IS TALKING ABOUT ABANDONED BOATS.

THERE ARE ABOUT 60 EMPTY VESSELS LEFT ON THE WATER EACH YEAR IN LEE COUNTY ALONE.

ron / 02:33:32 When a boat gets to a certain age there's no money to be made off of an old boat. 02:33:06

FOR THAT REASON OWNERS WALK AWAY.

LEAVING THE BOATS TO FLOAT OUT TO SEA AND BECOME A DANGER TO other VESSELS.

02:33:48 No one will buy it. No one will carry it away. ;02:33:51

RON TRIED GETTING RID OF HIS BOAT FOR MONTHS AND FINALLY SOMEONE AGREED TO TAKE IT.

02:34:06 Only because the guys came with a crane and said they'd take it. 02:34:12

LEE COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCE OFFICER JUSTIN McBRIDE SAYS THERE ARE OPTIONS.

justin McBride / 02:49:58 You can always take it to the landfill. That is a lot less expensive than people think. 02:50:01

POINTING OUT A CONTRACTOR CAN ALSO TAKE THE BOAT OFF YOUR HANDS.

justin / 02:50:24 Having to pay somebody to do that is a lot less expensive than to go to court. 02:50:28

SOME ARE DUMPED IN REMOTE AREAS LIKE THIS.

OTHERS ABANDONED AT THEIR DOCK.

dave/on boat:57 This abandoned boat is actually sinking here in a Cape Coral Canal. It is one of more than a dozen the county is working to get rid of. 01:08

justin / 02:51:27 The backside of Fort Myers beach is one. There are some places up the river and around Matlacha. 02:51:32

ANOTHER OPTION INCLUDES LISTING IT ON SITES LIKE CRAIGSLIST OR SEARCHING FOR A NONPROFIT GROUP TO TAKE IT.

02:52:44 Just a little bit of work with your fingers on the phone can save you a little bit of hassle. 02:52;48

DESPITE THE HASSLE RON SAYS OWNING ANOTHER BOAT IS IN HIS IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

ron / 02:36:19 I'll have 7 days off a week and so will she and then have time use a boat again. It won't be long we'll get another boat again. 02:36:26 Return to index of stories...


ABANDONED BOATS FOLO-TC MON


LEE COUNTY IS WORKING WITH A GROUP NOW TO REMOVE THAT SINKING BOAT IN THE CAPE.

THEY TELL ME IT WILL BE DESTROYED.

THEY ALSO TELL ME OF THE 14 THEY'RE WORKING TO REMOVE ONE WILL BE AUCTIONED PUBLICLY AND THE COUNTY WILL KEEP THE MONEY IT BRINGS.

LIVE IN THE STUDIO, DAVE ELIAS NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


106 YO BIRTHDAY AT GYM-OC, VO


HE TURNED 106 TODAY.AND THE NAPLES MAN CELEBRATED AT THE GYM.

THIS IS FRANCIS SMITH.

HE IS THE OLDEST MEMBER OF PLANET FITNESS IN EAST NAPLES.

THREE TIMES A WEEK, HE GOES TO THE GYM TO STAY HEALTHY. Return to index of stories...


106 YO BIRTHDAY AT GYM-SOTVO


05:27:10-:21

What is the key to longevity? I have no idea. I presume a great part of it would be genes.

BUTT TO

05:27:46-:51

How important is fitness for you? Very, very, in fact the doctor says don't give it up.

FRANCIS AND HIS WIFE FRANCIS HAVE LIVED IN NAPLES FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

THEY ARE ORIGINALLY FROM BOSTON. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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SPORTS


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RED SOX TWINS-PLASMA


FOR THE NEXT MONTH IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - THE GAMES BEGIN FOR THE RAYS, TWINS, AND THE DEFENDING WORLD SERIES CHAMPS - THE BOSTON RED SOX - THIS AFTERNOON - THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS KICKED OFF THE SPRING SLATE OVER AT JETBLUE ---

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RED SOX TWINS-VOTOPS


RED SOX AND TWINS PLAYING FOR THE MAYORS CUP ONCE AGAIN.

4TH INNING. TREVOR PLOUFF ROPES AN RBI DOUBLE. BRIAN DOZIER SCORES THE FIRST RUN OF SPRING. 1-0 TWINS.

LATER IN THE INNING WILKIN RAMIREZ WITH THE SHOT BACK UP THE MIDDLE ANTOTHER RUN SCORES. 3-0 TWINS.

THEY GO ON TO WIN. 8-2.

MIKE PELFREY GOT THE START--- AND GOES 2 SCORELESS INNINGS AS HE SAYS IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK Return to index of stories...


RED SOX TWINS-SOTTOPS


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ORIOLES RAYS-VOTOPS


U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS PARACHUTE TEAM WITH A NICE ENTRANCE TODAY -- ONE OF THE BRIGHT SPOTS FOR TAMPA - NEW RELIEVER HEATH BELL - PICKING UP THE STRIKEOUT -- BUT BALTIMORE THE BETTER TEAM TODAY - AS ALEX GONZALEZ LINES THE PITCH UP THE MIDDLE -- AN RBI SINGLE -- AS THE O'S WIN 4-2 IN PORT CHARLOTTE -- Return to index of stories...


CYPRESS LAKE COACH-NATSVO


THIS MORNING AT CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL - XAVIER MCCRAY WAS NAMED THE NEXT HEAD FOOTBALL COACH - MCCRAY WAS A 4 YEAR LETTERMAN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, WINNING A NATIONAL TITLE IN 1996 - HE WILL LOOK TO IMPROVE A PROGRAM THAT WAS JUST 1-9 A YEAR AGO --

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CYPRESS LAKE COACH-SOTTOPS


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FGCU WOMEN-ONCAM


PLENTY OF OFFENSIVE FIREWORKS FOR THE FGCU WOMEN LAST NIGHT - IN A 108-67 WIN - THE MOST POINTS EVER FOR THE PROGRAM AS A DIVISION 1 MEMBER - TOMORROW THEY BATTLE NORTHERN KENTUCKY - THE ONLY TEAM THAT HAS BEAT THEM IN ASUN PLAY --

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FGCU WOMEN-SOTTOPS


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FGCU MEN-ON CAM


MEANWHILE THE MEN'S TEAM NEEDS A WIN TOMORROW AT NORTHERN KENTUCKY AND A LOSS BY MERCER FOR THE NUMBER 1 OVERALL SEED IN THE ASUN TOURNAMENT THAT STARTS ON TUESDAY -- Return to index of stories...


HONDA CLASSIC-CGTOPS


2ND ROUND OF THE HONDA CLASSIC OVER AT PGA NATIONAL - THRU 2 ROUNDS - RORY MCILROY HAS THE LEAD AT 11 UNDER - NORTH FORT MYERS GRAD - GEORGE MCNEILL IS TIED FOR 23RD - AT 3 UNDER --

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SPORTS TOSS TO BREAK-ON CAM


THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS - WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER THIS -- Return to index of stories...


11 PM OPEN-OPEN


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11 PM TEASE-OC, VO


A RARE CASE OF IDENTITY THEFT IN LEE COUNTY --

TONIGHT --

HOW THIEVES MIGHT BE GOING BACK TO THEIR ROOTS TO GET YOUR INFORMATION -

AND SCIENTISTS MAY BE ONE STEP CLOSER TO LEARNING WHAT KILLED THOSE PILOT WHALES OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

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SPIDERMAN FAN-OC, (2) SS


A FORT MYERS BOY FIGHTING LEUKEMIA RECEIVED A SPECIAL CALL YESTERDAY.

CHASE JOHNSON IS 8 YEARS OLD AND LOVES SPIDERMAN.

SOMEONE WAS ABLE TO PULL SOME STRINGS AND ARRANGED FOR CHASE TO FACETIME WITH ACTOR ANDREW GARFIELD.

HE'S PLAYED SPIDERMAN IN THE LAST COUPLE FILMS.

UNFORTUNATLEY CHASE WASN'T FEELING WELL AND COULDN'T TALK.

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CLOSE-4SHOT


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