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DIRECTORS PAGE TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-STC
NEWS AT 6PM OPEN-CLIP 6PM PROMO-SOT-DISSOLVE
FIRST WEATHER-WX CNTR STOCKS BUMP-CGTOPS
TOSS TO STEVE-trxSSTOPS, VO, EANIBOX JIM REIF WX OPEN-CLIP
DESOTO CO MERCURY CLEAN UP-REM-LIVE FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WX WALL
DESOTO CO MERCURY CLEAN UP-BNR-PKG TOSS TO JIM-2-SHOT
DESOTO CO MERCURY CLEAN UP-REM-LIVE UNCLAIMED MONEY-BUBBA
TOSS TO MATT-OC, (2) SS, EANIBX UNCLAIMED MONEY-CLIP-PKG
CHARLES LAWSON ARRESTED-REM-LIVE UNCLAIMED MONEY-BUBBA
CHARLES LAWSON ARRESTED-BNR-PKG ANCHOR TAG-ONCAM, BANNER
CHARLES LAWSON ARRESTED-REM-LIVE IMMOKALEE RD TRAFFIC-trxOC, SS
FLOOD INSURANCE-TRX-OC SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
LEHIGH BRUSH FIRES-TRX-SS-rem FSU NCAA HOPES-ONCAM
DESOTO HIT AND RUN-trxOC, SS, OC FLORIDA STATE MARYLAND ACC TOURNEY-VOTOPS
TOSS TO RICK-trxOC,EANIBOX BUCS PRESSER-VOTOPS
COLLIER CO HOME INVASIONS-REM-LIVE BUCS REAX-SOTTOPS
COLLIER CO HOME INVASIONS-BNR-PKG JAKE PEAVY 1ST START-ONCAM
COLLIER CO HOME INVASIONS-REM-LIVE RED SOX TWINS-VOTOPS
BIG LEE COUNTY TOURISM NUMBERS-OC, VIDBOX PEAVY REAX-SOTTOPS
BIG LEE COUNTY TOURISM NUMBERS-SOTVO PIRATES RAYS-VOTOPS
SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE-OC RAYS REAX-SOTTOPS
CHARCO DEAD FISH-OC, SS, VO SPORTS CLOSE-ONCAM
CHARCO DEAD FISH-SOTVO 11 PM OPEN-OPEN
ASKEW DEATH-OC, VO, OC 11 PM TEASE-ONCAM
PORT CHAR SHOOTING ARREST-(2) SS UNITED WAY MAKES GOAL-OC, VO
TEASE ONE-CLIP UNITED WAY MAKES GOAL-SOTVO
TZ1 A) unclaimed money-SOTTOPS CLOSE-4SHOT


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NEWS AT 6PM OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX CNTR


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TOSS TO STEVE-trxSSTOPS, VO, EANIBOX


FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE'RE SEEING WHAT INVESTIGATORS ARE DEALING WITH IN A MERCURY CONTAMINATION.

THIS IS FIVE POUNDS OF MERCURY FOUND AT A DESOTO COUNTY HOME.

THE E-P-A SAYS THE DANGEROUS ELEMENT IS EVERYWHERE IN THE HOUSE.

THE FIND CAUSED AN ENVIROMENTAL DISASTER IN THE TINY COMMUNITY OF ARCADIA.

WITH CLEAN UP COSTS IN THE TENS OF THOUSANDS, THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED, AND HOMES EVACUATED.

NBC-2'S STEVE CAMPION IS THERE LIVE WITH A LOOK AT THE ASTONISHING AMOUNT OF MERCURY THIS FAMILY WAS EXPOSED TO - STEVE Return to index of stories...


DESOTO CO MERCURY CLEAN UP-REM-LIVE


LISTEN TO THIS ALARMING NUMBER -

THE EPA SAYS A TEASPOON OF MERCURY ALONE IS CONCERNING.

TODAY, WE FOUND OUT THIS CHILD HAS ACCESS TO ALMOST 20 TIMES THAT AMOUNT.

TONIGHT, WE SPOKE EXCLUSIVELY WITH THE BOY'S RELATIVE. WHO HOUSE IS NOW UNDER EXTENSIVE CLEAN-UP. Return to index of stories...


DESOTO CO MERCURY CLEAN UP-BNR-PKG


AKE PKG

Boy's relative

5543 "kids are kids. The boy had no idea what he had. Just something he wanted to share with his friend."

A CHILD'S CURIOSITY

ABOUT THIS *ANTIQUE WEIGHT* EXPLAINS HIS RELATIVE -

Relaitve

5552 "he didn't think anything about hurting hurting about anybody anything."

-EXPLODES INTO AN ENVIRONMENTAL NIGHTMARE.

FEARFUL TO SHOW HER FACE - SHE WALKS US THROUGH HOW IT SPREAD TO HER TEXAS AVENUE HOME.

REALTIVE

5509 "of course you know grandchildren bring their clothes, pillows, blankets. that's how we were contaminated."

E-P-A CREWS FOUND MERCURY "EVERYWHERE" INSIDE THIS ARCADIA HOME ON SOUTH VOLUSIA AVENUE.

THIS AFTERNOON - THE BOY'S FATHER STOPPED BY TO CHECK ON THE CLEAN-UP PROCESS.

HE DIDN'T WANT TO CHAT - ABOUT A SPILL WHICH SHUTDOWN DESOTO MIDDLE UNTIL AFTER SPRING BREAK - FORCING THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS TO STAY HOME.

Terry Stilman, EPA

0903 "It's particularly concerning to children. Their nervous system is still developing."

HAZMET CREWS TORE ABOUT THE PROPERTY

- PIECE BY PIECE.

THIS AFTERNOON, THEY STARTED WORK AT THE ANOTHER IMPACTED HOME.

Stilman 1044

"The containment has been isolated to this house and a second house. We're not worried about it spreading from house to house."

AS E-P-A AGENTS TRY TO SALVAGE THE FAMILY'S BELONGINGS -

CREWS MIGHT NEED TO RIP UP FLOORS AND WALLS DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY.

Stilman 0728

"Because of the chemical nature of mercury it sometimes gets caught in the cracks of tile, wood floors."

TONIGHT, A COMMUNITY WONDERS *HOW* THIS SPILL EVER GOT SO LARGE.

RELATIVE

5604 "He's upset about it. he didn't what it was." Return to index of stories...


DESOTO CO MERCURY CLEAN UP-REM-LIVE


THE COST TO CLEAN-UP THIS HOME COULD BE UPWARDS OF 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THE E-P-A ESTIMATES IT WON'T BE UNTIL WEEK THAT THIS HOME AND THE SCHOOL ARE GIVEN THE ALL CLEAR.

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


TOSS TO MATT-OC, (2) SS, EANIBX


INVESTIGATORS FINALLY MADE AN ARREST IN A DEADLY CHRISTMAS DAY HIT AND RUN CRASH.

FORMER STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE INVESTIGATOR CHARLES LAWSON IS IN JAIL TONIGHT.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY GOT NEW DETAILS THAT LAWSON WAS THE ONE WHO

WHO HIT AND KILLED A FORT MYERS FATHER THEN DROVE OFF.

NBC-2'S MATT WRIGHT IS LIVE OUTSIDE THE LEE COUNTY JAIL WITH NEW THE NEW INFORMATION. Return to index of stories...


CHARLES LAWSON ARRESTED-REM-LIVE


THEY'RE RELIEVED LAWSON IS LOCKED UP.

HE TURNED HIMSELF IN AT THE JAIL THIS AFTERNOON.

AND THIS NEW ARREST REPORT REVEALS THE EVIDENCE BEHIND THE NEW CHARGE-- INCLUDING A CONFESSION BY LAWSON. Return to index of stories...


CHARLES LAWSON ARRESTED-BNR-PKG


SOT FROM SASEN

4:11 IM HAPPY TODAY HE WAS CHARGED.

MICHAEL SASEN'S BROTHER SAYS HE'S BEEN WAITING MONTHS FOR THIS DAY TO COME.

SOT FROM SASEN

1:16 its been a pretty dark cloud hanging over the family's head and this definitely enlightens everything

THIS WAS THE SCENE EARLY CHRISTMAS MORNING AFTER A HIT AND RUN ALONG MCGREGOR BOULEVARD LEFT SASEN DEAD.

INVESTIGATORS SAY FORMER STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE INVESTIGATOR CHARLES LAWSON IS TO BLAME.

THEY SAY LAWSON HIT SASEN. WHO WAS WALKING IN THE ROADWAY. THEN LEFT HIM TO DIE.

SOT

2:52 I COULDNT IMAGINE ANYBODY ELSE HAVING TO GO THROUGH THIS

A NEW ARREST REPORT --STATES A DEPUTY SPOTTED LAWSON AND HIS DAMAGED STATE-ISSUED CAR NEARBY.

THE REPORT STATES LAWSON SHOWED SIGNS HE WAS DRUNK AND SAID "I WAS THE ONE WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THIS INCIDENT."

IT SAYS HE ALSO CONFESSED TO A COWORKER -- WHOSE PARTY HE'D BEEN DRINKING AT EARLIER THAT NIGHT.

SOT

3:15 HE HAS PUT US THORUGH MORE THAN KILLING MY BROTHER HE PUT US THROUGH AGONIZING WAITING FOR THE CHARGES TO BE BROUGHT 27

LAWSON *ALREADY FACED A DUI CHARGE.

BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY NEWLY PROCESSED D-N-A EVIDENCE LINKS LAWSON TO THE CRASH.

IT WAS ENOUGH TO BRING A MORE SERIOUS CHARGE. OF LEAVING THE SCENE.

SOT

1:54 we didnt know if we'd be at this point,

SASEN'S FAMILY -- STILL WORKING THROUGH THE HEALING PROCESS.

2:16 we all thought it was ridiculous to wait this long but i guess justice comes through in the end 23 Return to index of stories...


CHARLES LAWSON ARRESTED-REM-LIVE


LAWSON RESIGNED FROM THE STATE ATTORNEYS OFFICE IN JANUARY. AND OUTSIDE PROSECUTORS ARE WORKING HIS CASE.

HE'S BEING HELD ON NO BOND AS HE AWAITS FIRST APPEARANCE ON THE NEW CHARGE.

AN APRIL TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR THE DUI CASE.

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


FLOOD INSURANCE-TRX-OC


BREAKING NEWS AT SIX --

IN THE LAST HOUR CONGRESS PASSED A BILL TO EASE FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS.

THIS WILL EFFECT EVERY HOMEOWNER IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THIS WILL OVERHAUL THE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM PASSED TWO YEARS AGO THAT LEAD TO SKYROCKETING RATE INCREASES. THERE WERE FEARS THE INCREASES WOULD FORCE PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES.

THE BILL IS NOW HEADED TO PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR HIS SIGNATURE. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH BRUSH FIRES-TRX-SS-rem


WE HAVE NEW PICTURES OF BRUSH FIRE THAT STARTED IN LEHIGH ACRES THIS AFTERNOON.

IT BURNED BETWEEN THREE TO FIVE ACRES NEAWR SENTINELA BOULEVARD AND THORNTON AVENUE SOUTH --

FIREFIGHTERS CONTAINED THE FIRE WITHIN THE PAST HOUR.

WE KNOW THREE HOMES WERE THREATENED -- BUT THEY WERE NOT EVACUATED. Return to index of stories...


DESOTO HIT AND RUN-trxOC, SS, OC


INVESTIGATORS NEED HELP FINDING THE PERSON WHO HIT AND KILLED A CORRECTIONS OFFICER IN DESOTO COUNTY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY 50 YEAR OLD JEFFREY WORTH WAS WALKING ON SOUTHEAST WEST FARMS ROAD YESTERDAY WHEN A CAR HIT HIM AND THE DRIVER TOOK OFF.

SOMEBODY LATER NOTICED WORTH ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, BUT HE COULD NOT BE SAVED.

WORTH WORKED FOR THE DESOTO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.

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TOSS TO RICK-trxOC,EANIBOX


NEW TONIGHT - GUN SHOP OWNERS IN COLLIER COUNTY SAY FAMILIES ARE ARMING THEMSELVES AFTER A STRING OF HOME INVASIONS.

WITHIN THE PAST MONTH, ARMED ROBBERS HAVE HIT 4 DIFFERENT HOMES.

THEY TIED UP PARENTS AND KIDS AND HELD THEM AT GUNPOINT.

TWO OF THE CASES WERE IN GOLDEN GATE ESTATES. AND TWO IN UPSCALE NEIGHBORHOODS IN NAPLES.

NBC-2'S RICK RITTER IS LIVE IN COLLIER COUNTY WITH NEW DETAILS ON JUST HOW UNUSUAL THIS IS.

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COLLIER CO HOME INVASIONS-REM-LIVE


-CITY HADN'T HAD A HOME INVASION IN 9 YEARS

-NOW, 2 IN LESS THAN 3 WEEKS

-SUSPECTS STILL ON THE LOOSE

-WHILE PLENTY OF QUESTIONS REMAIN UNANSWERED, ONE LOCAL GUN SHOP TELLS NBC2 ITS SALES ARE THROUGH THE ROOF

-AND WE FOUND A FORM OF SECURITY YOU MAY NOT HAVE HEARD OF THAT COULD MAKE YOU FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE KEEPING YOUR DOORS OPEN. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER CO HOME INVASIONS-BNR-PKG


Roger Albers/City of Naples = too short to super

Rob Platt/Naples Gun Range & Emporium = 0:26

Chief Weschler/Naples PD = 1:00

Matt Sutter/Dehart Alarm Systems, Naples = 1:14

TAKE PKG

TIED UP AND ROBBED AT GUN POINT -

IT'S A CRIME THAT'S BECOMING FAR TOO COMMON ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

Roger Albers/Naples/12:53:28 "it makes you concerned that if it happened to you, what do you do."

LOCKED AND LOADED

ROB PLATT KNOWS ALL ABOUT THE LATEST STRING OF HOME INVASIONS IN COLLIER COUNTY.

Rob Platt/Naples Gun Range and Emporium/12:41:43 "we're obviously concerned from a personal basis, certainly our customers are concerned."

A SALESMAN AT THE NAPLES GUN RANGE AND EMPORIUM - PLATT SAYS THERE'S BEEN A HUGE SPIKE IN SALES OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS - AND HE CLAIMS IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF THE UNSOLVED HOME INVASIONS.

Rob Platt/12:42:02 "we know it's because of this, quite a few people have came in and actually when they're looking for weapons they discuss specifically the home invasions."

HANDGUNS AND EVEN SHOTGUNS - PLATT SAYS CUSTOMERS ARE LOOKING FOR ANYTHING TO PROTECT THEIR HOMES.

Rob Platt/12:44:04 "we had a husband come in and buy a weapon for himself, one for his wife and a shotgun for his home."

ALL 4 OF THE TERRIFYING HOME INVASIONS TOOK PLACE ACROSS THE COUNTY IN JUST A MONTH.

THE LATEST HEIST HAPPENED TUESDAY NIGHT IN THE GATED ESTUARY AT GREY OAKS - A COUPLE WAS SITTING IN THEIR LIVING ROOM WATCHING T-V WHEN GUNMEN STORMED IN THROUGH THEIR OPEN LANAI DOOR.

THE MASKED MEN BOUND BOTH VICTIMS FEET AND GOT AWAY WITH CASH, JEWELRY AND THEIR ROLLS ROYCE.

Chief Weschler/Naples PD/0:17 "the fact that they did that, there did seem to be some planning involved, and it's very disturbing."

MATT SUTTER WITH DEHART ALARM SYSTEMS SAYS ITS SALES ARE UP AS WELL AND THAT ONE SECURITY SYSTEM HE HAS COULD KEEP THE ROBBERS OUT OF YOUR BACKYARD.

Matt Sutter/Dehart Alarm Systems, Naples/12:49:25 outdoor protection we call it, perimeter beam sets where you can set up a perimeter on the back of your lanai or property and arm those beams so if anyone breaches them you'll have an alarm signal."

SUTTER SAYS DURING A TIME LIKE THIS -ALARMS ARE ONE OF THE FEW THINGS TO FALL BACK ON.

Matt Sutter/12:50:46 "get in the habit of using your systems pretty regularly." Return to index of stories...


COLLIER CO HOME INVASIONS-REM-LIVE


-DETECTIVES TELL US THEY CAN'T ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS BECAUSE IT COULD DAMAGE THE INVESTIGATION

-AS SOON AS ANY INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE THAT COULD BE BENEFICIAL TO THE INVESTIGATION, THEY'LL RELEASE IT.

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


BIG LEE COUNTY TOURISM NUMBERS-OC, VIDBOX


2014 IS ALREADY SHOWING HUGE TOURISM NUMBERS FOR LEE COUNTY.

THE VISITORS AND CONVENTION BUREAU SAYS THE HOTEL TAX FOR JANUARY WAS 19 PERCENT HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO.

THAT'S ROUGHLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS.

LAST YEAR WAS ALSO A BIG MONEY-MAKER FOR THE COUNTY.

TOURISTS SPENT 51 MILLION DOLLARS MORE THAN IN 2012.

OFFICIALS CREDIT AN INCREASED MARKETING CAMPAIGN. AND A NASTY WINTER UP NORTH. Return to index of stories...


BIG LEE COUNTY TOURISM NUMBERS-SOTVO


Laura Chmielewski

dir. of marketing & communications

The polar vortex has helped us a lot. Certainly we know that Chicago, New York, our major markets, they've had the worst winters on record that's helped us a ton! And certainly, our ads have been weather-targeted to them during this time, encouraging to come down here."

TOURISM OFFICIALS ALSO SAY THE INCREASE IN TOURISM ADDED 700 NEW JOBS TO LEE COUNTY LAST YEAR. Return to index of stories...


SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE-OC


SPRING BREAK VACATION IS HERE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

CHARLOTTE AND HENDRY COUNTIES ARE OFF THIS WEEK.

THERE'S NO SCHOOL FOR LEE COUNTY TOMORROW AND ALL OF NEXT WEEK.

DESOTO AND GLADES COUNTIES ARE OFF NEXT WEEK OFF AS WELL.

COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOLS HAVE EARLY DISMISSAL TOMORROW AND GO ON BREAK THE TWENTY-FOURTH. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO DEAD FISH-OC, SS, VO


PEOPLE IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY ARE HOLDING THEIR BREATH BECAUSE OF DEAD FISH.

THEY'RE WASHING UP ON SHORE IN THE SUN LAKE VILLAS COMMUNITY IN PUNTA GORDA.

THEIR BRINGING A NASTY STENCH WITH THEM.

RESIDENTS SAY THEY'VE BEEN PICKING UP NEARLY 30 DEAD TILAPIA A DAY FOR WEEKS.

NOW VULTURES ARE INVADING THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND LARGE TURTLES ARE DISAPPEARING.

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE SAYS IT COULD BE BECAUSE OF LOW DISSOLVED OXYGEN IN THE WATER --

BUT THAT NEEDS TO BE TESTED. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO DEAD FISH-SOTVO


:08 Mike Olson, PG "I wish that Fish and Wildlife or DEP would come out and check the lake… I mean, even though they think that's that, they can't really know that."

SINCE THE LAKE IS PRIVATELY OWNED.

FWC AND DEP SAY IT'S UP TO THE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION TO HIRE A COMPANY TO TEST THE WATER.

THE LAKE IS MANMADE AND DOESN'T FLOW INTO ANY SURROUNDING WATERWAYS. Return to index of stories...


ASKEW DEATH-OC, VO, OC


GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT ORDERED FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF TO HONOR A PAST GOVERNOR.

REUBIN ASKEW DIED TODAY.

HE LED THE STATE FOR TWO TERMS DURING THE SEVENTIES.

ASKEW WAS KNOWN AS A PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT WHO PROMOTED RACIAL EQUALITY. WHICH LED TO THE INTEGRATION OF FLORIDA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

AFTER LEAVING OFFICE, HE SERVED AS PRESIDENT CARTER'S TRADE AMBASSADOR.

ASKEW WAS HOSPITALIZED ON SATURDAY WITH PNEUMONIA.

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PORT CHAR SHOOTING ARREST-(2) SS


CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY THEY'VE CAUGHT THE MAN WHO SHOT INTO A HOME FULL OF CHILDREN.

INVESTIGATORS SAY 24 YEAR OLD CRAIG BARRA FIRED A GUN SEVERAL TIMES INTO A PORT CHARLOTTE HOME.

A MOTHER AND HER THREE CHILDREN WERE INSIDE.

NO ONE WAS HURT.

DEPUTIES NEED HELP FINDING BARRA'S WIFE.

THEY SAY SHE DROVE THE GETAWAY CAR. Return to index of stories...


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TZ1 A) unclaimed money-SOTTOPS


"Hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars of your money just sitting at the clerk's office waiting for you to come get it. I'm NBC2 Investigator Jim Spiewak, I'll show you how much is out there and why the county hardly has to do anything to help you reclaim it."

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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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JIM REIF WX OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WX WALL


COOL OVERNIGHT AHEAD

Cool air continues to work it's way into Southwest Florida Thursday, with sunshine and highs only in the low 70s. Clear skies will allow temps to fall quickly this evening, with temps in the 50s.

Overnight tonight lows will fall into the upper 40s in the urban corridor, with low to mid 40s likely in inland locations.

After a chilly start, a warmup will start on Friday. We'll again see plenty of sunshine all day long with warmer highs in the upper 70s.

The warmup continues into the weekend. Sunshine will continue to bathe the region Saturday, with even warmer highs in the low 80s.

Sunday will feature more cloud cover, with a slight chance of a rain showers. Highs will climb into the mid 80s to close the weekend.

Unsettled weather will possible to start next week. More moisture will work into the region Monday, resulting in more cloud cover and a better chance of showers and storms. Highs on Monday will be in the low 80s.

There is some uncertainty as to how long the clouds and rain chances will linger, but some clouds will likely stay through midweek. Highs through next Wednesday will hold in the low 80s.

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 JIM-2-SHOT


MILLIONS OF DOLLARS SITTING IN LEE COUNTY COFFERS - JUST WAITING TO BE CLAIMED.

THE NBC2 INVESTIGATORS UNCOVERED A LITTLE KNOWN POT OF MONEY THAT BELONGS TO PROPERTY OWNERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS; BUT MOST KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT!

INVESTIGATOR JIM SPIEWAK HAS BEEN WORKING TO CONNECT PEOPLE AND THEIR UNCLAIMED MONEY.

HE JOINS US IN THE STUDIO TO EXPLAIN. Return to index of stories...


UNCLAIMED MONEY-BUBBA


THE MONEY OWED TO YOU COULD BE ANYTHING FROM OVERPAYING A UTILITY BILL TO AN INSURANCE REFUND.

AND IT'S JUST SITTING OUT THERE WAITING FOR YOU TO COME GET IT. Return to index of stories...


UNCLAIMED MONEY-CLIP-PKG


SOMETIMES A WINDFALL THAT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE -

Christine Erickson - Owed Money 48:04 I think it's great. 48:05

ACTUALLY IS.

Christine Erickson - Owed Money - 49:42 every dollar counts! 49:44

CHRISTINE ERICKSON'S BUSINESS IS NOW $675 DOLLARS RICHER.

THE MONEY HAS BEEN SITTING AT THE CLERK'S OFFICE SINCE JULY OF 2012.

Christine Erickson - Business Owner - 53:48 I didn't even know that this money existed out there. 53:51

THE NBC2 INVESTIGATORS UNCOVERED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN UNCLAIMED FUNDS.

EVERYTHING FROM A SINGLE BUCK - TO NEARLY 89,000 OF THEM.

Linda Doggett - Clerk of the Courts 00:42 we send the checks out, they come back to us. 00:44

LINDA DOGGETT IS THE LEE CLERK OF COURTS.

SHE SAYS OVER THE LAST YEAR ONLY 10% OF PEOPLE CLAIMED MONEY THAT'S BEEN SITTING STAGNANT FOR MORE THAN A YEAR.

Linda Doggett - Clerk of the Courts 00:49 we'll follow up as much as we can with the resources that we have. 04:54

so we searched the personal records of a dozen people.

we looked for phone numbers, addresses.

we then hit the streets to look for businesses, come to find out, the one that used to be in this building doesn't even exist anymore.

but we were able to locate a few people out of those dozen, two of them newlyweds who live in this house on sanibel.

knock on door

Cassie Werner - Homeowner // 11:48 Alex is going back to get his. BUTT TO 11:54 masters so we'll hopefully use it towards that or maybe even take an extra little vacation and we really didn't plan on having that money, it was a big surprise. 12:03

WHILE IT TOOK US WEEKS TO FIND CASSIE AND CHRISTINE -

WE FOUND THE CLERK DOESN'T HAVE TO DO TOO MUCH LOOKING.

BY LAW, THE OFFICE HAS TO SEND JUST ONE LETTER; AND ONLY TO THOSE OWED 50-DOLLARS OR MORE.

Linda Doggett - Clerk of Court // 04:57 we can't go to the extreme. 04:58

DOGGETT SAYS CONTINUING THE SEARCH WOULD USE TAXPAYER MONEY HER OFFICE DOESN'T HAVE.

AND WHEN THEY HAVE TAKEN EXTRA STEPS.

Linda Doggett - Clerk of Court // 04:18 sometimes we still don't have people claiming their money. 04:22

NOT SO FOR CHRISTINE.

Christine Erickson - Business Owner // 01:51 I'm calling regarding the stale dated checks. 01:53

NOW THAT SHE'S CLAIMED HER MONEY

CHRISTINE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT SHE'LL DO WITH IT.

Christine Erickson - Business Owner / 52:31 I would like to tell you we're going out to a nice dinner but no it will go back into the business. 52:35

A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS DOWN -

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UNCLAIMED MONEY-BUBBA


THE MONEY DOESN'T STAY AT THE CLERK'S OFFICE FOREVER.

AFTER 18 MONTHS IT'S SENT OFF TO THE STATE'S UNCLAIMED PROPERTY FUND.

TOMORROW IS THE DEADLINE FOR THOSE STALE ACCOUNTS IN LEE COUNTY - SO YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK TONIGHT TO SEE IF YOU HAVE MONEY WAITING FOR YOU. Return to index of stories...


ANCHOR TAG-ONCAM, BANNER


AND WE'VE MADE IT EASY FOR YOU TO CHECK THAT LIST - JUST HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE NBC-2.COM AND CLICK ON NEWSLINKS.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIVE IN COLLIER AND CHARLOTTE COUNTIES - YOUR BEST BET IS TO CALL THE CLERK'S OFFICE DIRECTLY TO SEE IF YOU HAVE UNCLAMIED FUNDS. Return to index of stories...


IMMOKALEE RD TRAFFIC-trxOC, SS


AN NBC-2 TRAFFIC ALERT IN COLLIER COUNTY.

A BUSY INTERSECTION WILL BE UNDER CONSTRUCTION NIGHT.

CREWS ARE WORKING ON UTILITIES AT IMMOKALEE ROAD NEAR INTERSTATE 75.

LANES SHUT DOWN AT 9 O'CLOCK.

WATCH OUT FOR WORKERS. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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FSU NCAA HOPES-ONCAM


THE NCAA TOURNAMENT BUBBLE IS A DANGEROUS PLACE TO LIVE.

RIGHT NOW. THE WORLD'S MOST WELL-KNOWN BRACKETOLOGIST, JOE LUNARDI. HAS THE FLORIDA STATE MEN'S HOOPS TEAM AS ONE OF THE LAST FOUR TEAMS OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT.

FORTUNATELY. THE 'NOLES HAVE THE REST OF THE WEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR STANDING. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA STATE MARYLAND ACC TOURNEY-VOTOPS


THE NOLES. OPENING THE A-C-C TOURNAMENT AGAINST MARYLAND.

F-S-U. TRYING TO PULL AWAY LATE. IAN MILLER WORKS IN FOR TWO. 63-57 NOLES.

THE TERPS WOULDN'T GO AWAY, THOUGH. JAKE LAYMAN. THROWING IT DOWN. WE'RE TIED AT 63 WITH UNDER TWO TO PLAY.

NOW TIED AT 65. CLOSING SECONDS. OKARO WHITE SETS UP BORIS BOJANOVSKI FOR THE DUNK. HE GOT IT JUST BEFORE THE BUZZER.

F-S-U SURVIVES, 67-65.

THE NOLES WILL FACE TOP-SEEDED VIRGINIA FRIDAY.

IF THEY WIN THAT. THEIR TOURNAMENT HOPES WOULD GET A HUGE BOOST. Return to index of stories...


BUCS PRESSER-VOTOPS


THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS HAVE BEEN BUSY AT THE START OF FREE AGENCY.

TODAY. THEY INTRODUCED THEIR NEW QUARTERBACK. JOSH MCCOWN.

NEW HEAD COACH LOVIE SMITH HAS ALREADY MADE IT CLEAR THAT MCCOWN IS HIS NEW STARTING QUARTERBACK OVER MIKE GLENNON.

MCCOWN HOPES TO BUILD OFF WHAT WAS A CAREER YEAR WITH THE BEARS. THROWING 13 TOUCHDOWNS AND JUST ONE INTERCEPTION FILLING IN FOR AN INJURED JAY CUTLER. Return to index of stories...


BUCS REAX-SOTTOPS


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JAKE PEAVY 1ST START-ONCAM


FISHING IS A FUN SPORT.

EXCEPT WHEN YOU CUT YOUR FINGER DOING IT.

A FISHING KNIFE CUT TO HIS LEFT HAND. AND TENDINITIS IN A FINGER ON HIS RIGHT HAND. PUSHED BACK THE TIMETABLE FOR JAKE PEAVY'S FIRST SPRING START FOR THE RED SOX.

BUT PEAVY FINALLY GOT HIS CHANCE TODAY. Return to index of stories...


RED SOX TWINS-VOTOPS


PEAVY AND HIS SOX. LOOKING FOR THEIR FIRST WIN IN THREE TRIES THIS SPRING AGAINST THE TWINS.

MINNESOTA THREATENED IN THE FIRST. BUT PEAVY GETS THE BIG STRIKEOUT OF JOSH WILLINGHAM. ONE OF TWO KS ON THE DAY FOR JAKE.

JOE MAUER'S TRANISITION TO FULL-TIME FIRST BASEMAN HAS HAD SOME BUMPS THIS SPRING. JOE DROPS THE PICKOFF THROW FROM PHIL HUGHES IN THE THIRD. XANDER BOGAERTS SCORES. 1-0 SOX.

LATER THAT INNING. SHANE VICTORINIO KNOCKS IT OFF THE SHORTSTOP'S GLOVE FOR A HIT. WILL MIDDLEBROOKS SCORES. 2-0 BOSTON.

RED SOX WIN, 4-3. AS PEAVY PITCHED THREE INNINGS AND THREW TO ONE BATTER IN THE FOURTH. Return to index of stories...


PEAVY REAX-SOTTOPS


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PIRATES RAYS-VOTOPS


CAL RIPKEN, JUNIOR. THROWING OUT THE FIRST PITCH BEFORE TODAY'S RAYS/PIRATES GAME IN PORT CHARLOTTE.

MATT MOORE GETS REIGNING N-L M-V-P ANDREW MCCUTCHEN LOOKING. HE PITCHED INTO THE THIRD. DIDN'T GIVE UP A RUN.

BEN ZOBRIST. GIVING TAMPA BAY ALL THE RUNS IT NEEDED WITH THIS TWO-RUN SINGLE IN THE THIRD.

RAYS WIN, 4-1.

MOORE. HAPPY WITH THE PROGRESS HE'S MAKING. Return to index of stories...


RAYS REAX-SOTTOPS


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SPORTS CLOSE-ONCAM


DARRELLE REVIS AND THE PATRIOTS HAVE IN FACT REACHED A DEAL.

THE SAINTS HAVE DEALT VERSATILE RUNNING BACK DARREN SPROLES TO THE EAGLES.

CHIP KELLY MUST BE LIKE A KID IN A CANDY STORE.

THAT'S SPORTS. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. Return to index of stories...


11 PM OPEN-OPEN


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11 PM TEASE-ONCAM


A SEASONAL RESIDENT FROM SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR --

TONIGHT AT 11 --

THE OBITUARY WITH HEARTFELT AND HILLARIOUS MESSAGE FROM THE GRAVE --

AND IT'S GOING VIRAL. Return to index of stories...


UNITED WAY MAKES GOAL-OC, VO


NEW TONIGHT - THE UNITED WAY OF LEE, HENDRY, AND GLADES COUNTY HAS MET A REMARKABLE FUNDRAISING GOAL.

THE ORGANIZATION RAISED MORE THAN 8 POINT 3 MILLION DOLLARS.

THE FUNDRAISER WRAPPED UP AT THE END OF FEBRUARY.

ALL THE MONEY STAYS IN THE COMMUNITY. Return to index of stories...


UNITED WAY MAKES GOAL-SOTVO


John Clinger, Campaign Chair

15:04:47-56 "There's food programs, backpack programs, there's homeless shelters, all types of different agencies for senior citizens"

THE UNITED WAY PARTNERS WILL SEVERAL ORGANIZIATION LIKE HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK, AND THE CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER. Return to index of stories...


CLOSE-4SHOT


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