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DIRECTORS PAGE GENERIC WX OPEN-CLIP
HLA immokalee road mulch fire-TRX-VO FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
HLB naples patient leaves hospital-TRX-VO TOSS TO STACEY-trx SS (2), PLASMA-LIVE
HLC pepper spray folo-TRX-VO DUSTIN JAYE TRIAL-LIVEU 2
5PM OPEN-CLIP DUSTIN JAYE TRIAL-PKG
FIRST WEATHER-STC DUSTIN JAYE TRIAL-SOT
TOSS TO BRYAN-trxVO 2SHOT, SS, SS,MAPFLY DUSTIN JAYE TRIAL-LIVEU 2
IMMOKALEE ROAD MULCH FIRE-REM 7 COLLIER MARIJUANA ARREST-SS
IMMOKALEE ROAD MULCH FIRE-PKG FL VOTER PURGE-VO-WIPE
IMMOKALEE ROAD MULCH FIRE-REM 7 FL VOTER PURGE-SOTVO
TOSS TO RICK-trx VOTOPS,E-AniBX SWFL CONSERVANCY TURTLE-SS (3)
NAPLES PATIENT LEAVES HOSPITAL-REM 26 FL HAMMERHEAD DRAGGING-NATSVO
NAPLES PATIENT LEAVES HOSPITAL-PKG TEASE TWO-2SHOT
NAPLES PATIENT LEAVES HOSPITAL-REM 26 TZ2 A) AUTISM INCREASE-VO-WIPE
BILLY ELDROD UPDATE-SS, VO TZ2 B) man accused chewing marijuana-SS
LEE CO HIT & RUN-SS, CG daniels check-trx FDOT
TOSS TO STEVE-OC, E-AniBX HOME BURGLARIES FOLO-trx SS-MAPFLY
PEPPER SPRAY FOLO-REM 2 HOME BURGLARIES FOLO-PKG
PEPPER SPRAY FOLO-PKG FL 7YR OLD ARRESTED-VO-WIPE
PEPPER SPRAY FOLO-REM 2 FL 7YR OLD ARRESTED-SOTVO
LEE CO STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS-VO AUTISM INCREASE-trx TC MON
CAPE FM FASTEST GROWING-VO AUTISM INCREASE-PKG
TEASE ONE-2SHOT AUTISM INCREASE-OC
TZ1 A) HOME BURGLARIES-SOTVO SUPERMARKET RANKINGS-SS
TZ1 B) VOTER PURGE-VOTOPS NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT
TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC A) FBI INVESTIGATING FEMA OVER FLOOD MAPS-VO-WIPE
MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS B) DEERFIELD BEACH DUMB CRIMINAL-SS


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HLA immokalee road mulch fire-TRX-VO


SKY 2 SHOWS THICK SMOKE IN THE SKY COMING A MULCH FIRE IN COLLIER COUNTY --

THE FIRE IS CAUSING BREATHING PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE MILES AWAY --

WE ARE LIVE WITH HOW LONG THIS PILE WILL BURN Return to index of stories...


HLB naples patient leaves hospital-TRX-VO


ANOTHER NBC2 EXCLUSIVE:

OUR CAMERAS WERE THERE AS POLICE FISHED A RUN-AWAY HOSPITAL PATIENT FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO.

WE'RE LIVE WITH REACTION FROM STUNNED WITNESSES. Return to index of stories...


HLC pepper spray folo-TRX-VO


AND NBC2 CONFIRMS THE CHILD WHOSE PEPPER SPRAY SPARKED A SCHOOL EVACUATION YESTERDAY WILL NOT BE CHARGED WITH A CRIME.

YOU'RE WATCHING NBC2 NEWS AT 5. Return to index of stories...


5PM OPEN-CLIP


5PM OPEN Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER-STC


Clouds and rain chances settle into Southwest Florida

Temperatures were held a bit below forecast levels this afternoon around Southwest Florida, as a disturbance in the upper levels of the atmosphere crosses Florida and even brings light rain and drizzle with it.

The best chance for rain as we head into the evening will be north of the Caloosahatchee River, in Charlotte, DeSoto and Glades Counties. Isolated sprinkles could fall elsewhere in Southwest Florida as well.

Friday will be another mostly cloudy day and even though the forecast model guidance is not picking up on it, we will have to allow for a day like Thursday, with some light rain, sprinkles and drizzle possible in some of the cloud cover.

A cold front will pass through Florida this weekend, which will bring scattered showers to Southwest Florida on Saturday. The front clears the region by Sunday, allowing for the second half of the weekend to turn out drier.

A nice stretch of weather will ensue heading into the first half of next week, with mostly to partly sunny sky conditions. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO BRYAN-trxVO 2SHOT, SS, SS,MAPFLY


THIS MULCH FIRE IS CAUSING RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE MILES AWAY.

SKY TWO SHOWS THE WIND PUSHING HEAVY, THICK SMOKE ACROSS COLLIER COUNTY.

THERE IS CONCERN THIS FIRE WILL CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS FOR SOME PEOPLE. FOR DAYS TO COME.

LAST NIGHT, THE FLAMES WERE SHOOTING 30-FEET INTO THE AIR.

THE FIRE IS MOSTLY OUT, BUT CONTINUES TO SMOLDER. SENDING SMOKE INTI TGE SKY

THE FIRE WAS AT JONES MINING OFF IMMOKALEE ROAD EAST OF THE INTERSTATE.

NBC2'S BRYAN ANDERSON IS LIVE AS CLOSE AS HE CAN GET TO THE SCENE. Return to index of stories...


IMMOKALEE ROAD MULCH FIRE-REM 7


WE ARE MORE THAN A MILE SOUTH OF THE SCENE.

NO MAJOR SMELL OF SMOKE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD UNTIL JUST ABOUT A HALF HOUR AGO.

CHECK OUT THE SMOLDERING MESS FROM OUR MAST CAM --

FIRE CREWS SAY THIS SMOKE COULD LAST FOR DAYS IF NOT WEEKS. Return to index of stories...


IMMOKALEE ROAD MULCH FIRE-PKG


SKY 2 GIVES YOU AN EXCLUSIVE BIRDS EYE VIEW AT THE SMOKE YOU CAN SMELL ACROSS COLLIER COUNTY.

THIS IS THE SCENE 18 HOURS AFTER 30 FOOT FLAMES COULD BE SEEN FOR MILES.

---SOT---

911

Dispatcher: Do you see flames?

Caller: I do. I can see flames. I'm guessing it's maybe a mile, 2 miles up.

ACCORDING TO THE BIG CORKSCREW ISLAND FIRE DISTRICT, THE MULCH SELF-COMBUSTED.

THIS IS A VIEW FROM OUR LIVE TRUCK'S MAST CAM OVERNIGHT.

FIREFIGHTERS SAY FLAMES SPREAD TO THE SIZE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD.

---SOT---

Capt. Eric Watson, Big Corkscrew Island Fire District

15:50:29

A fire of this magnitute and this size requires a significant amount of water.

CREWS AREN'T GETTING ANY HELP FROM MOTHER NATURE TODAY.

WESTERLY WINDS WITH GUSTS UP TO 15 MILES AN HOUR PUSHED THAT SMOKE TOWARD THE COAST.

EVEN IF YOU CAN'T SEE IT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S NOT THERE.

---S0T---

DEB MILLSAP, COLLIER COUNTY HEALTH DEPT.

15:47:14-:19

If they can still even feel the side effects of the smoke, that means it's around, so it's better to actually just keep the house closed up.

THE COLLIER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS SYMPTOMS INCLUDE SORE THROATS, RUNNY NOSES, ITCHY EYES.

REACTIONS CAN BE WORSE IF YOU ASTHMA, LUNG OR HEART CONDITIONS.

---SOT---

DEB

15:45:14-:21

If people have some severe symptoms like shortness of breath of chest pain we highly recommend they call their doctor.

HELP FROM ABOVE COULD BE ON THE WAY BY TOMORROW.

NBC2'S METEOROLOGISTS SAY PARTS OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COULD SEE UP A HALF INCH OF RAIN.

UNFORTUNATELY BIG CORKSCREW FIRE SAYS THAT'S NOT ENOUGH.

---SOT---

15:50:13

probably not. We're going to need a lot more. Either that or it's just needs to be a longer event.

AND EVEN THOUGH THE FIRE IS OUT NOW FIRE OFFICIALS SAY DOESNT MEAN IT WONT FIRE BACK UP.

---SOT---

15:50:56

In some instances it would self ignite in a matter of an hour or two after you stopped spraying the water on it. Return to index of stories...


IMMOKALEE ROAD MULCH FIRE-REM 7


WE'VE SWUNG OUR MAST CAM AROUND NOW TO SHOW YOU THIS HAZE THAT'S SET IN ON THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

AGAIN -- FIRE CREWS SAY DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU SMELL THIS ACROSS COLLIER FOR A WHILE.

WATER IS THE ONLY SOLUTION.

AND HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY IF YOU GO INSIDE, DON'T FORGET ABOUT YOUR PETS.

WE'RE LIVE IN GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, BRYAN ANDERSON, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO RICK-trx VOTOPS,E-AniBX


A BIZARRE STORY OUT OF NAPLES --

POLICE SAY A PATIENT RAN OUT OF NAPLES COMMUNITY HOSPITAL DOWNTOWN LEADING POLICE ON A WHILD CHASE -- THAT ENDED IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.

NBC 2'S RICK RITTER WAS THERE AS OFFICERS PULLED THE MAN ONTO A BOAT AND BROUGHT HIM BACK TO DRY LAND.

RICK? Return to index of stories...


NAPLES PATIENT LEAVES HOSPITAL-REM 26


--THE CHASE ENDED IN THE GULF

--BUT NOT BEFORE THE PATIENT RAN 5 BLOCKS DOWN 1ST AVENUE NORTH, ACROSS GULFSHORE BOULEVARD AND ONTO THE BEACH

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NAPLES PATIENT LEAVES HOSPITAL-PKG


ONLY NBC2 CAMERAS WERE ROLLING WHEN NAPLES POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS FINALLY CAUGHT THE PATIENT WHO LED THEM ON A WILD CHASE FOR NEARLY AN HOUR.

POLICE SAY IT ALL STARTED AT N-C-H DOWNTOWN AROUND 10 THURSDAY MORNING.

THAT'S WHEN THE MAN RAN OUT OF THE HOSPITAL IN HIS GOWN AND MADE STRAIGHT FOR THE BEACH.

POLICE SAY WHEN HE GOT THERE --

HE RAN UP AND DOWN THE BEACH BEFORE JUMPING IN THE WATER.

THE PATIENT WAS MORE THAN 100 YARDS OUT IN THE GULF BEFORE POLICE PULLED UP ON THEIR BOAT -- AND HE WILLINGLY "GAVE UP."

ALL OF THIS -- WHILE FAMILIES WERE TRYING TO ENJOY A NICE DAY ON THE BEACH.

BUT INSTEAD THEY HAD FRONT ROW SEATS TO THE WILD CHASE -- SOMETHING THEY SAY, THEY'LL NEVER FORGET.

Jenny Madden/Witnessed patient running

11:30:31

"I was just like what in the world is going on - I figured he must of escaped from the hospital and something was going on and he wasn't in his right mind that's for sure."

11:31:35-

"As he was getting on the boat, they noticed he was butt naked, so glad he was way out in the ocean and we didn't have to see that." Return to index of stories...


NAPLES PATIENT LEAVES HOSPITAL-REM 26


-- POLICE TELL US THEY CAN'T RELEASE ANY INFORMATION ON THE PATIENT AND WHAT HIS CONDITION WAS

-- BUT THEY DID TAKE HIM BACK TO N-C-H DOWNTOWN AND HE WON'T FACE ANY CRIMINAL CHARGES.

-- COMING UP AT 6 -

HEAR FROM A GUY WHO FLAGGED DOWN POLICE AFTER HE SAW THE PATIENT SPRINTING DOWN GULFSHORE BOULEVARD.

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


BILLY ELDROD UPDATE-SS, VO


A LEHIGH ACRES MAN -- WHO BEAT HIS DISABLED GIRLFRIEND SO BADLY SHE DIED -- WILL ONLY SERVE AN EXTRA 30 DAYS IN JAIL.

BILLY ELROD PLEADED NO CONTEST TO AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER.

DEPUTIES SAY HE PUNCHED HIS GIRLFRIEND IN THE THE HEAD AFTER SHE ACCIDENTALLY TOUCHED HIS TOE.

TODAY -- A JUDGE SENTENCED ELDROD TO ONE YEAR IN JAIL WITH CREDIT FOR TIME SERVED.

HE ALSO RECEIVED 10-YEARS PROBATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO HIT & RUN-SS, CG


LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE LOOKING FOR THE DRIVER WHO HIT A BOY --

DROVE HIM HOME --

AND THEN, LEFT.

DEPUTIES SAY THE BOY WAS WALKING IN A CROSSWALK NEAR MARSH AVENUE IN FORT MYERS WHEN HE WAS HIT.

THE BOY ENDED UP GOING TO THE HOSPITAL.

DEPUTIES SAY THE DRIVER IS A MIDDLE-AGED BLACK WOMAN WHO WAS WEARING A WORK SHIRT FROM THE "POLLO TROPICAL" RESTAURANT. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO STEVE-OC, E-AniBX


THE STUDENT WHO TOOK PEPPER SPRAY TO SIX MILE CHARTER ACADEMY WILL **NOT FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES.

THE SCHOOL WAS EVACUATED and PARENTS CALLED TO PICK UP THEIR CHILDREN AFTER the CHEMICAL CAUSED BREATHING PROGLEMS.

NBC 2'S STEVE CAMPION HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY FOR US --

AND JOINS US LIVE WITH THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. Return to index of stories...


PEPPER SPRAY FOLO-REM 2


TONIGHT -- SIX MILE CHARTER REMAINS TIGHT-LIPPED ABOUT YESTERDAY'S PEPPER SPRAY CHAOS.

THEY'RE OFFERING LITTLE INSIGHT ON WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO ENSURE STUDENTS REMAIN SAFE HERE -0

AFTER WE LEARN MORE KIDS WENT TO THE HOSPITAL THAN FIRST REPORTED. Return to index of stories...


PEPPER SPRAY FOLO-PKG


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PEPPER SPRAY FOLO-REM 2


THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE TELLS US PUNISHMENT IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF SIX MILE.

CITING PRIVACY CONCERNS -- THE WON'T RELEASE ANY DETAILS AS TO WHAT THAT STUDENT NOW FACES.

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


LEE CO STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS-VO


LEE COUNTY PARENTS -- TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER CHILDREN FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL NEXT YEAR.

THIS IS FOR STUDENTS NEW TO THE DISTRICT AND INCOMING KINDERGARTENERS, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLERS.

YOU NEED TO TURN IN YOUR APPLICATION BY 4 O'CLOCK FRIDAY AFTERNOON. Return to index of stories...


CAPE FM FASTEST GROWING-VO


THE CAPE CORAL-FORT MYERS AREA IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTRY.

THE CENSUS BUREAU SAYS IT GREW BY 2-POINT-5 PERCENT BETWEEN 2012 AND LAST YEAR.--

THERE ARE NOW ABOUT 640-THOUSAND RESIDENTS IN THAT PART OF LEE COUNTY.

THAT MAKES IT THE 10TH FASTEST GROWING AREA IN THE U-S.

THE VILLAGES -- IN CENTRAL FLORIDA -- TOPPED THE LIST. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


ONE HOME BREAK-IN MAKES A NEIGHBORHOOD UNEASY.

A PORT CHARLOTTE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS SEEN FOUR RECENTLY.

:03-:09

"To have multiple break-ins on this street is just shocking… absolutely shocking."

NEXT AT 5 --

THE EVIDENCE DETECTIVES SAY MAY HELP THEM SOLVE THE CASE.

PLUS --

WE TELL YOU WHY NON CITIZENS WON'T BE REMOVED FROM FLORIDA VOTER ROLLS ANYTIME SOON. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) HOME BURGLARIES-SOTVO


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TZ1 B) VOTER PURGE-VOTOPS


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TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC


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MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS


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GENERIC 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.

Clouds and rain chances settle into Southwest Florida

Temperatures were held a bit below forecast levels this afternoon around Southwest Florida, as a disturbance in the upper levels of the atmosphere crosses Florida and even brings light rain and drizzle with it.

The best chance for rain as we head into the evening will be north of the Caloosahatchee River, in Charlotte, DeSoto and Glades Counties. Isolated sprinkles could fall elsewhere in Southwest Florida as well.

Friday will be another mostly cloudy day and even though the forecast model guidance is not picking up on it, we will have to allow for a day like Thursday, with some light rain, sprinkles and drizzle possible in some of the cloud cover.

A cold front will pass through Florida this weekend, which will bring scattered showers to Southwest Florida on Saturday. The front clears the region by Sunday, allowing for the second half of the weekend to turn out drier.

A nice stretch of weather will ensue heading into the first half of next week, with mostly to partly sunny sky conditions. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO STACEY-trx SS (2), PLASMA-LIVE


THE VERDICT CAME DOWN LATE THIS AFTERNOON IN A HIGH-PROFILE LEE COUNTY MURDER TRIAL.

THE JURY FOUND DUSTIN JAYE GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES.

HE BRUTALLY KILLED DEBRA STRIANO INSIDE HER THREE OAKS HOME TWO YEARS AGO -- DURING A ROBBERY ATTEMPT.

NBC 2'S STACEY DEFFENBAUGH WAS INSIDE THE COURTROOM AS THE VERDICT WAS READ --

STACEY? Return to index of stories...


DUSTIN JAYE TRIAL-LIVEU 2


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DUSTIN JAYE TRIAL-PKG


Nats

No emotion from the man who will now spend the rest of his life in

prison for killing an innocent woman.

It took a jury three hours to find Dustin Jaye guilty on all charges:

first degree murder, burglary and animal cruelty.

Prosecutor: "."

Prosecutors spent 2 days calling nearly two dozen witnesses, building

their case against Jay and finding justice for Debbie Striano.

The defense took a different strategy -- not calling a single person to the stand.

Jaye's attorney says there was no DNA

evidence linking Jay to the murder.

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DUSTIN JAYE TRIAL-SOT


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DUSTIN JAYE TRIAL-LIVEU 2


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COLLIER MARIJUANA ARREST-SS


A COLLIER COUNTY MAN IS ACCUSED OF EATING MARIJUANA -- DURING A TRAFFIC STOP.

DEPUTIES SAY WHEN THEY WALKED UP TO THE CAR -- IT SMELLED LIKE POT AND JOEL MORISMA HAD GREEN FLAKES IN HIS MOUTH AND ON HIS LIPS.

HE'S CHARGED WITH DRUG POSSESSION AND TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE. Return to index of stories...


FL VOTER PURGE-VO-WIPE


FLORIDA WILL NOT REMOVE ANY NON-U-S CITIZENS FROM STATE VOTER ROLLS -- FOR NOW.

THE STATE SUSPENDED THE VOTER PURGE -- BECAUSE THE FEDERAL DATABASE NEEDED TO HELP IDENTIFY INELIGIBLE VOTERS IS UNDERGOING CHANGES.

NBC 2 TALKED WITH THE LEE COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS ABOUT THE MOVE -- Return to index of stories...


FL VOTER PURGE-SOTVO


Sharon Harrington/Lee County Supervisor of Elections

3:27:10-20

It may be something of course that we'll have to do but I don't think

it will be a major problem. We're all kinda glad that it came down the

way it did and he did agree with us and we'll move forward at the

beginning of the year."

SHE SAYS THERE WERE A LOT OF UNCERTAINTIES WITH THE CURRENT SYSTEM.

SO, SHE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO THE UPGRADE.

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT FIRST PUSHED TO HAVE THE STATE LOOK AT THE LISTS BEFORE THE 2012 ELECTION. Return to index of stories...


SWFL CONSERVANCY TURTLE-SS (3)


YOU CAN HELP NAME THE NEWEST MEMBER AT THE CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THIS YOUNG LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE HATCHED LAST SUMMER AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY --

AND WAS PART OF A STUDY ON NEST TEMPERATURE AND TURTLE GENDERS.

SHE'LL EVENTUALLY BE RELEASED INTO THE WILD.

YOU CAN SUGGEST A NAME ON THE CONSERVANCY'S FACEBOOK PAGE. Return to index of stories...


FL HAMMERHEAD DRAGGING-NATSVO


A COLLEGE STUDENT GOES ON QUITE THE RIDE HERE IN FLORIDA --

THANKS TO A HAMMERHEAD SHARK.

3:48 -

NATS OF CAMERA SPLASHING, SHOWING SHARK

THIS IS VIDEO POSTED ONLINE.

THE MAN WAS KAYAKING NEAR BOYNTON BEACH WHEN HE SNAGGED THE SHARK.

HE CLAIMS IT DRAGGED HIM FOR NEARLY 12 MILES. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2SHOT


NBC 2 UNCOVER POLICE HAVE NEW EVIDENC THAT MAY HELPT THEM SOLVE A STRING OF HOME BURGLARIES.

THIS ONE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS BEEN HIT MULTIPLE TIMES.

WE WILL TELL YOU WHO POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR.

THEN, ALL NEW AT 6 --

WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR THE LENGHTS DEPUTIES SAY THIS GUY WENT TO. TO GET RID OF EVIDENCE. WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) AUTISM INCREASE-VO-WIPE


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TZ2 B) man accused chewing marijuana-SS


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daniels check-trx FDOT


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HOME BURGLARIES FOLO-trx SS-MAPFLY


A PORT CHARLOTTE NEIGHBORHOOD IS ON ALERT TONIGHT.

BURGLARS HAVE HIT AT LEAST FOUR HOUSES.

THEIR TARGETS ARE ON EDGEWATER DRIVE.

ONLY NBC 2'S LUCAS SEILER SHOWS US THE NEW EVIDENCE THAT MAY CRACK THIS CASE WIDE-OPEN. Return to index of stories...


HOME BURGLARIES FOLO-PKG


YOU CAN SEE THE ANGER ON THEIR FACES.

Myra Moss, Port Charlotte "It's just shocking… absolutely shocking."

Debra Card, Port Charlotte "I always that it was safe here… I never dreamed there would be a robbery in the area."

NEIGHBORS NEAR EDGEWATER DRIVE IN PORT CHARLOTTE WONDER WHICH HOUSE MAY BE NEXT.

Myra Moss, Port Charlotte "I really feel uncomfortable with what's happening on a very peaceful, quiet street."

DETECTIVES BELIEVE THIEVES PRIED OPEN SLIDING GLASS DOORS AND GOT INTO HOUSES.

MYRA MOSS SAYS SHE NOTICED A STRANGER IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD DRESSED IN BLACK AND WEARING A HOOD.

MOSS SAYS SHE SHOUTED *HELLO* -- AND THE PERSON JUST STARED BACK.

Myra Moss, Port Charlotte "Normally, my neighbors walk by and say, hey how ya doing? I say, hey, I'm okay, that kinda thing… but this person didn't say a word."

ACCORDING TO VICTIMS -- JEWELRY, CASH, CHECKS AND MORE WAS STOLEN.

SOME ALSO TELL US DEPUTIES FOUND FINGERPRINTS ON THEIR DOORS -- FORENSIC EVIDENCE THAT COULD LEAD THEM TO THE THIEVES.

Debra Card, Port Charlotte "You don't feel safe and secure… how could you?"

DEBRA CARD LIVES NEXT TO ONE OF THE VICTIMS --

A DAY AFTER THEIR HOUSE WAS BURGLARIZED -- SOMEONE BROKE INTO HER CAR.

Debra Card, Port Charlotte "Whatever was under there, they took."

CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE INVESTIGATING THAT AND SEVEN OTHER CAR BREAK-INS IN PORT CHARLOTTE.

THEY WON'T SAY IF THEY THINK THEY'RE RELATED -- BUT ARE WORKING LEADS AND CHECKING PAWN SHOPS FOR STOLEN ITEMS.

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FL 7YR OLD ARRESTED-VO-WIPE


A 7-YEAR OLD SOUTH FLORIDA BOY WAS HANDCUFFED AND HAULED TO JAIL FOR PUNCHING HIS TEACHER.

DEPUTIES SAY HE HIT HER SEVERAL TIMES WHEN SHE TRIED TO STOP HIM FROM HURTING ANOTHER STUDENT AT A JENSEN BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

HIS MOTHER IS OUTRAGED.

SHE SAYS HER SON HAS A-D-H-D AND SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO JAIL. Return to index of stories...


FL 7YR OLD ARRESTED-SOTVO


Kenisha Williams/Mother

00-

"A seven year old being arrested that's to the extreme my son didn't kill

anybody."

THE SCHOOL SAYS THE 7-YEAR OLD HAS A HISTORY OF BAD BEHAVIOR.

HE WAS SUSPENDED FOR ONE DAY --

AND NOW HAS A DIFFERENT TEACHER. Return to index of stories...


AUTISM INCREASE-trx TC MON


AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER IS A COMPLICATED CONDITION WITH NO KNOWN CAUSE AND NO CURE.

AND NOW -- A STARTLING NEW REPORT FINDS THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WITH THE DISORDER IS RISING. Return to index of stories...


AUTISM INCREASE-PKG


15-YEAR OLD ZACH DOES NOT SPEAK AND USES SIMPLE SIGNS TO COMMUNICATE WITH HIS MOTHER.

"Wanna go back to the swings?"

ZACH HAS AUTISM.

AND ACCORDING TO NEW DATA FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL --

HE IS ONE OF A SHARPLY INCREASING NUMBER OF KIDS IDENTIFIED AS HAVING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER.

"We estimate that 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder."

THE REVIEW OF SCHOOL AND MEDICAL RECORDS SHOWS A 30-PERCENT INCREASE FROM SIMILAR DATA TWO YEARS AGO.

THERE ARE BETTER DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS AND GREATER AWARENESS --

BUT NO ONE CLEAR REASON FOR THE RISE.

"We have got to do a lot more research and we've got to develop a national strategy to understand these numbers -- what's causing it, what's behind them, and why the prevalence is so high."

SOME EXPERTS WONDER IF CASES IDENTIFIED IN THE NEW REPORT REFLECT THE TRUE PREVALENCE OF AUTISM.

"Do they actually have a true autism spectrum disorder, or do they have other conditions that are impacting their social behavior and manifesting with some sort of repetitive behaviors or restricted activities?"

THE C-D-C REPORT FINDS MOST CHILDREN ARE DIAGNOSED AFTER AGE 4.

THOUGH IT CAN BE IDENTIFIED MUCH SOONER.

ZACH WAS DIAGNOSED AT AGE 2.

HIS MOTHER ECHOES WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY --

EARLY DIAGNOSIS IS CRUCIAL BECAUSE KIDS HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF IMPROVING WHEN THERAPIES BEGIN AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

"To me, it made all the difference in the world. the services that he was able to access through early intervention."

AUTISM IS A LIFELONG CONDITION -- ONE THAT'S AFFECTING A GROWING NUMBER OF FAMILIES.

"You gonna have a good swim lesson? Yeah?" Return to index of stories...


AUTISM INCREASE-OC


THE NEW REPORT SAYS MORE KIDS WITH HIGHER INTELLECTUAL ABILITIES WERE FOUND TO HAVE AUTISM.

EXPERTS SAY THOSE KIDS MAY HAVE SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS -- IF THEY WERE DOING FINE IN SCHOOL. Return to index of stories...


SUPERMARKET RANKINGS-SS


NEW SUPERMARLET RANKINGS ARE OUT --

AND SOME CHAINS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MADE THE LIST.

THE CONSUMER REPORTS RANKINGS ARE BASED ON CUSTOMER OPINIONS.

WEGMAN'S TOPPED THE LIST --

FOLLOWED BY TRADER JOE'S --

PUBLIX --

AND THEN COSTCO.

WALMART'S SUPERCENTER WAS AT THE BOTTOM. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT


THE F-B-I JUST STARTED AN INVESTIGATION INTO NEW FEMA FLOOD MAPS.

AN NBC NEWS INVESTIGATION FOUND THE OWNERS OF SOME EXPENSIVE BEACHFRONT HOMES GOT BREAKS ON THEIR INSURANCE PREMIUMS--

PLUS: AUTHORITIES IN SOUTH FLORIDA LAUNCHED AN ALL OUT SEARCH FOR THIS GUY--

AFTER HE WAS ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO A HOME AND STEALING A CAR.

HEAR HOW HE MADE IT VERY EASY FOR ONE DEPUTY TO CATCH HIM. Return to index of stories...


A) FBI INVESTIGATING FEMA OVER FLOOD MAPS-VO-WIPE


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B) DEERFIELD BEACH DUMB CRIMINAL-SS


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