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DIRECTORS PAGE TEASE ONE-2SHOT
HLA 12 year old boy burned-trxSOTVO TZ1 A) LEHIGH POT HOUSE-VOTOPS-WIPE
HLB lehigh pot house-trxVOTOPS TZ1 B) GQ THREE STRIKES-SOTTOPS
HLC puppy mill follow-trxVOTOPS TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC
5PM OPEN-CLIP MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS
TOSS TO CHARLIE-EANIBX TOPS T2D: BALLOONS OVER PARADISE-CGTOPS-WIPE
12YR OLD BOY BURNED-NWSRM T2D: CELEBRITY BASKETBALL-CGTOPS-WIPE
12YR OLD BOY BURNED-BNR-PKG T2D: TASTE OF NFM-CGTOPS
12YR OLD BOY BURNED-NWSRM TRAFFIC ALERT TRUCK FIRE, OC-trxSSTOPS, 2SHOT
TOSS TO ALEX-trx(2)SS-EAniBX ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
CAPE DROWNING-REM-LIVE FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
CAPE DROWNING-PKG TOSS TO GEORGE-trxVOTOPS-EAniBX
CAPE DROWNING-REM-LIVE LEHIGH POT HOUSE-REM-LIVE
BOAT CRASH UPDATE-trxSS-VO LEHIGH POT HOUSE-PKG
TOSS TO MATT-trxTCVIDBX LEHIGH POT HOUSE-REM-LIVE
DESOTO PUPPY MILL-REM-LIVE CCSO CANOE CLEANUP-(2)SS
DESOTO PUPPY MILL-PKG TEASE TWO-2SHOT
DESOTO PUPPY MILL-REM-LIVE TZ2 A) GQ THREE STRIKES-SOTTOPS-WIPE
PUPPY MILL WEBSITE-MITTO TOPS TZ2 B) charlotte prsion inspecttor-OC
CAPE DRUG ARRESTS-(2)SS-VO-WIPE TOSS TO CHAD-2SHOT
CAPE DRUG ARRESTS-SOTVO GQ THREE STRIKES-BUBBA
COLLIER REWARD RAISED-SS-VO-OC GQ THREE STRIKES-PKG
SAFE STOLEN COLLIER-SSTOPS GQ THREE STRIKES-BUBBA-BNR
ESTERO INCORPORATION-trxOANIBX-VO NEW AT 530-2SHOT
COLLIER OIL DRILLING-ONCAM A) LEHIGH HOME INVASION-VO-WIPE
COLLIER OIL DRILLING-PKG B) CT SCHOOL STABBING-VOTOPS
FL MOST EXPENSIVE STATES-BNR-VO  


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HLA 12 year old boy burned-trxSOTVO


23:33:04 he ran on my brother, just took the lighter put it on him and whipped it against him and he caught on fire. 23:33:10

THAT LITTLE BOY NBC 2 ABOUT HIS LIVING NIGHTMARE --

HIS BIG BROTHER STEPS IN TO DEFEND HIM AT THE BUS STOP AND IS SET SET ON FIRE.

NOW A 12 YEAR OLD CLASSMATE IS FACING SERIOUS CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


HLB lehigh pot house-trxVOTOPS


ONLY NBC2 WAS THERE AS DEPUTIES PULLED 75 MARIJUANA PLANTS FROM INSIDE A LEHIGH ACRES HOME.

TONIGHT, WE UNCOVER HOW A MAN'S SMELL.NO WHERE NEAR THE HOUSE.LED TO THE BUST. Return to index of stories...


HLC puppy mill follow-trxVOTOPS


PLUS --

MORE THAN 50 DOGS ARE RESUCED FROM A PUPPY MILL IN SOUTHWEST FLROIDA--

A HUSBAND AND WIFE ACCUSED OF SELLING SICK DOGS THROUGH THEIR WEB SITE.

NBC 2 IS LIVE WITH AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THE DOGS TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


5PM OPEN-CLIP


5PM OPEN Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO CHARLIE-EANIBX TOPS


A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY IS LOCKED UP -- ACCUSED OF SETTING ANOTHER BOY ON FIRE AT A SCHOOL BUS STOP IN FORT MYERS -- THE VICTIM SAYS HE WAS DEFENDING HIS LITTLE BROTHER FROM A BULLY.

NBC-2'S CHARLIE KEEGAN TRACKED DOWN THE MOTHERS OF BOTH CHILDREN.

THEY HAVE DIFFERENT STORIES ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. Return to index of stories...


12YR OLD BOY BURNED-NWSRM


THEY SURE DO.

ONE SAYS IT WAS A DELIBERATE AND TARGETED ATTACK.

THE OTHER SAYS IT WAS A PLAYFUL ACCIDENT.

POLICE DETECTIVES ARE THE ONES WHO MADE THE FINAL DETERMINATION. Return to index of stories...


12YR OLD BOY BURNED-BNR-PKG


EVERY DAY IS THE SAME - JESSICA THOMAS'S BOYS STAND HERE WAITING FOR THEIR SCHOOL BUSSES.

HER 12-YEAR-OLD DIDN'T MAKE IT ON THE BUS THURSDAY MORNING.

Jessica Thomas, Son was burned

23:18:13 oh my god, my kids you know it's traumatic bc I'm in the medical field. So I think oh my god this can't be happening. 23:18:21

SHE SAYS A BOY WALKING TO SCHOOL STOPPED HERE AND TOOK HER 12-YEAR-OLD SON'S GLASSES - THEN TRIED LIGHTING HER 9-YEAR-OLD ON FIRE WITH A LIGHTER.

HE DESCRIBES THE SCARY MOMENTS.

Isaiah Clark, Brother was burned

23:32:43 he pulled out a lighter and he was going to set me on fire and I had lotion on my head and it would have created a flame big. 23:32:51

HE SAYS HIS BIG BROTHER STEPPED IN BUT HIS SHIRT CAUGHT FIRE. THESE PICTURES SHOW THE BURNS ON THE 12-YEAR-OLD'S ARM.

Jessica Thomas, Son was burned

23:21:25 it shouldn't have happened. And when I see my son grieve and I see my son hurt, I am hurt. 23:21:31

ANOTHER MOM IS HURTING TONIGHT.

Shawnise Atkins, Son was arrested

23:39:08 I'm very upset bc I have a loving 12 year old boy that I love to death and he's gone for a couple of weeks. But I know he'll be alright. 23:39:20

POLICE ARRESTED SHAWNISE ATKINS' 12-YEAR-OLD SON - DOUGLAS- ACCUSING THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER OF AGGRAVATED BATTERY.

BUT SHE SAYS HER SON ISN'T THE AGGRESSOR POLICE SAY HE IS.

Shawnise Atkins, Son was arrested

23:38:15 the kids was at the bus stop playing and they both had lighters and they were striking each other and his shirt caught on fire. 23:38:23 Return to index of stories...


12YR OLD BOY BURNED-NWSRM


THOMAS TELLS ME SHE'S THANKFUL THIS DIDN'T END WORSE.

HER BOYS DID GO TO SCHOOL TODAY.

SHE IS GOING TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THEM AT THE BUS STOP FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

AT 6, WE'LL HEAR MORE FROM ISAIAH -- WHO WITNESSED THE INCIDENT.

LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM, CK, NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO ALEX-trx(2)SS-EAniBX


THE MEDICAL EXAMINER IS WORKING TO IDENTIFY A BODY PULLED OUT OF A CANAL BEHIND SOME HOMES IN CAPE CORAL TODAY.

NEAR SKYLINE BOULEVARD AND SOUTHWEST 40TH TERRACE --

THE SAME AREA WHERE 19-YEAR OLD ERIK SANCHEZ JUMPED INTO THE WATER AND DISAPPEARED TWO DAYS AGO.

NBC2S ALEX DE ARMAS IS THERE LIVE --

ALEX -- DO THEY YET IF ITS SANCHEZ'S BODY? Return to index of stories...


CAPE DROWNING-REM-LIVE


ONLY NBC 2 WAS HERE TO SEE DIVERS RECOVER A BODY FROM THIS CAPE CORAL CANAL BEHIND ME.

THE BODY WAS FOUND UNDER THESE BUSHES -- JUST TO THE LEFT OF THAT DOCK.

THIS THE SAME LOCATION WHERE CREWS SPENT HOURS LOOKING FOR A 19-YEAR OLD MAN ON WEDNESDAY. Return to index of stories...


CAPE DROWNING-PKG


NAT SOUND: "boat motors"

A BODY WAS FOUND IN THIS CAPE CORAL CANAL THIS MORNING --

Sgt. Dana Coston, CCPD PIO

49:00-49:05 "we are in incredibly close proximity to that same location. "

AT THE SAME SPOT POLICE AND FIRE RESCUE SPENT THREE HOURS SEARCHING FOR 19 YEAR OLD ERIK SANCHEZ ON WEDNESDAY.

49:06-49:21

"Many people are starting to put two and two together thinking that this is directly related to that, and while the temptation is there we have to leave room for the possibility that this is a completely unrelated coincidental went. "

POLICE SAY SANCHEZ WAS WITH TWO FRIENDS WHEN HE THREATENED TO HARM HIMSELF AND THEN JUMPED INTO THIS CANAL.

15:57-16:08 "he's a very smart loving kid, sweet. Like I said, he needs help. He's going trough some tough times now and we are here. We are trying to find him. "

NBC2 SPOKE TO SANCHEZ'S AUNT ON WEDNESDAY.

SHE RUSHED FROM MIAMI-- AFTER HEARING HER NEPHEW WAS MISSING.

16:54-17:06 "I can't even express to you what were feeling. You're helpless, you don't know what to do, you don't where to look. You don't know it could have happened to him or where he is. "

RIGHT NOW INVESTIGATOR ARENT SAYING IF ITS SANCHEZ.

HIS FAMILY WAS HERE THIS MORNING -- FEARING IT IS.

35:03-35:16 "the water in these canals can be very murky and when you have murky water you only have 2 to 3 inches of visibility until a diver is right up on what they are looking for." Return to index of stories...


CAPE DROWNING-REM-LIVE


AGAIN -- THE BODY HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED.

NBC 2 IS IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH INVESTIGATORS.

WE WILL BRING YOU ANY DEVELOPING DETAILS AS SOON AS WE GET THEM.

LIVE IN CAPE CORAL ADA, NBC 2. Return to index of stories...


BOAT CRASH UPDATE-trxSS-VO


NEW INFORMATION ON A DEADLY BOAT CRASH IN BOKEELIA --

FWC RELEASED ITS REPORT LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

WE LEARNED UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA DIVING COACH DONALD CRANE WAS IN THE BOAT THAT GOT HIT.

INVESTIGATORS SAY A BIGGER BOAT CRASHED RIGHT INTO THE SIDE OF CRANE'S BOAT.KILLING HIM.

SO FAR --NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO MATT-trxTCVIDBX


ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICIERS TELL NBC 2 IT'S THE BIGGEST PUPPY MILL BUST IN DESOTO COUNTY HISTORY.

INVESTIGATORS REMOVED 56 DOGS FROM PROPERTY IN ARCADIA. THE OWNERS, A HUSBAND AND WIFE, ARE FACING CHARGES.

ONLY NBC 2'S MATT WRIGHT IS LIVE AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER WITH THE RESCUED DOGS. Return to index of stories...


DESOTO PUPPY MILL-REM-LIVE


DESOTO ANIMAL CONTROL IS NOW AT CAPACITY AFTER ROUNDING UP 56 DOGS YESTERDAY.

VETERINARIANS ARE CHECKING THESE GUYS OUT AND NURSING THEM BACK TO HEALTH --

MOST ARE IN DECENT SHAPE CONSIDERING THE CONDITIONS THEY WERE LIVING IN. Return to index of stories...


DESOTO PUPPY MILL-PKG


TRT:59

Jorge Hernandez

DeSoto County Animal Control

00-05

5:35 it's very unusual we haven't had a case this large in quite some time 38

TAKE VO

THE PUPPY MILL OPERATION CAME CRUMBLING DOWN THURSDAY.

AUTHORITIES SEIZED DOZENS OF POMERANIANS. HUSKIES AND AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS.

AFTER CUSTOMER PURCHASED PUPPIES THAT BECAME SICK.

SOME OF THE DOGS STILL HAVE FLEAS -- AND OTHER HEALTH ISSUES.

NAT POP OF DOG BARK

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE DOGS LIVED IN FILTHY CONDITIONS AT THIS MOBILE HOME IN ARCADIA.

NO ONE WAS THERE WHEN WE STOPPED BY TODAY, BUT WE DID SEE DOZENS OF EMPTY CAGES.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED ANDREW MACAULEY -- AND CHELCE DOWER.

OFFICIALS SAY THEY FALSIFIED VETERINARY HEALTH CERTIFICATES -- SELLING THE DOGS ON THE WEB SITE LITTLE ARCTIC ANGELS DOT COM.

AUTHORITIES SAY THE COUPLE WAS NOT LICENSED BREEDERS.

SOT

7:00 it's a large number of animals, TZ 7:02 usually the emphasis is on high producitivity,not hte care or conditions of the anuimals 08

CONT VO

MACAULEY AND DOWER FACE CHARGES INCLUDING FRAUD AND FORGERY.

THEY HAVE BONDED OUT OF JAIL --

BUT AUTHORITIES SAY MORE CHARGES COULD COME. Return to index of stories...


DESOTO PUPPY MILL-REM-LIVE


THEY'RE GETTING A LOT OF QUESTIONS HERE ABOUT ADOPTING THE DOGS --

WE'RE TOLD THESE DOGS STILL BELONG TO THE SUSPECTS AND ARE NOT UP FOR ADOPTION YET --

AT LEAST NOT UNTIL THE LEGAL PROCESS PLAYS OUT.

LIVE IN ARCADIA, MATT WRIGHT NBC2. Return to index of stories...


PUPPY MILL WEBSITE-MITTO TOPS


INVESTIGATORS THINK THESE PUPPIES -- ALL HUSKIE AND ARTIC BREEDS -- WERE BEING PEDDLED ON THIS WEBSITE --

ARCTIC-ANGELS-DOT-COM.

THEY ALSO BELIEVE SOME OF THE DOGS THAT WERE SOLD WERE SICK WERE LIKELY SICK. Return to index of stories...


CAPE DRUG ARRESTS-(2)SS-VO-WIPE


NBC 2 UNCOVERING NEW DETAILS ABOUT A DRUG BUST IN CAPE CORAL.

POLICE RAIDED TWO HOMES LAST NIGHT AND ARRESTED 6 PEOPLE.

ONE OF THE MUG SHOTS WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

ONLY OUR CAMERAS WERE THERE AS POLICE AND THE SWAT TEAM STORMED A HOME ON NORTHWEST JUANITA PLACE.

OFFICERS SAY THEY GOT A TIP -- THE PEOPLE INSIDE WERE COOKING METH. Return to index of stories...


CAPE DRUG ARRESTS-SOTVO


Sgt. Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Dept.

46:41-47:00 "time was such, while we located some equipment that would potentially be used to cook meth, we were not have to develop probable cause for meth. However, everyone that was arrested yesterday had a variety of narcotic charges, just not meth."

CAPE CORAL SAY METH LABS HAVE BECOME A DANGEROUS TREND IN THE CITY IN THE PAST YEAR OR SO. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER REWARD RAISED-SS-VO-OC


THE REWARD FOR TIPS LEADING TO AN ARREST IN FIVE VIOLENT COLLIER COUNTY HOME INVASIONS HAS JUMPED AGAIN.

IT'S NOW UP TO 11-THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS.

JUST YESTERDAY -- WE TOLD YOU IT WAS AT 75-HUNDRED.

MOST OF THAT MONEY CAME FROM PRIVATE DONORS.

ALL OF THE BREAK-INS HAPPENED IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS IN HIGH-END NEIGHBORHOODS.

COMING UP AT 5:30 --

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW HOMEOWNERS GOING TO EXTREME LENGTHS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES Return to index of stories...


SAFE STOLEN COLLIER-SSTOPS


A HOMELESS MAN IS ACCUSED OF STEALING A SAFE FROM A NAPLES RESTAURANT.

COLLIER COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY STEPHEN ROSSITER HOPPED A FENCE --

THEN, RIPPED BOARDS OFF A WINDOW AT CAPTAIN MARCO'S SEAFOOD AND CLIMBED INSIDE.

WHEN DEPUTIES LATER CONFRONTED HIM -- HE SAID IT WAS SOMEBODY ELSE ON THE SURVEILLANCE TAPE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE LOOK LIKE HIM. Return to index of stories...


ESTERO INCORPORATION-trxOANIBX-VO


NEW INFORMATION ON ESTERO'S BID TO BECOME A CITY -- THE STATE HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED AN INCORPORATION BILL THIS MORNING.

THE FINAL VOTE -- 115 TO 3.

THE SENATE IS EXPECTED TO APPROVE THE BILL NEXT WEEK.

THEN, IT WOULD GO TO GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT.

MORE THAN 10-THOUSAND ESTERO RESIDENTS SIGNED A PETITION -- ASKING FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON THE REFERENDUM IN NOVEMBER. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER OIL DRILLING-ONCAM


NEW AT 5 --

AN UPDATE ON THE CONTROVERSIAL OIL DRILLING PROPOSAL IN COLLIER COUNTY --

PROTESTORS HAD A CONFERENCE CALL TODAY WITH THE DRILLING COMPANY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

NBC 2'S BRYAN ANDERSON LISTENED IN --

AND SHOWS US WHERE THE CASE GOES FROM HERE. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER OIL DRILLING-PKG


GOING IN BLIND.IN MORE THAN ONE SENSE.

***sot full***

Jennifer Hecker, Conservancy of SWFL

17:40:09-:12

To our knowledge this hasn't been done before. We've never participated in a call like this so we don't know what to expect.

FOR THE FIRST TIME.TODAY ENVIRONMENTALISTS HAD TO PLEAD THEIR CASE OVER A CONFERENCE CALL.

THIS IS THE LATEST MEETING IN A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING.

PROTESTORS WANT TO BLOCK THE DAN A HUGHES COMPANY FROM SEARCHING FOR OIL NEAR GOLDEN GATE ESTATES HOMES.

JENNIFER

17:42:10

Today is an important step.

THEY PUSHED THE JUDGE TO CONSIDER WHAT THE D-E-P SAYS HAPPENED HERE

THE STATE TELLS NBC2 IT CAUGHT THE DAN A HUGHES DOING WHAT MANY ACTIVISTS CONSIDER HYDRAULIC FRACKING.

MATTHEW SCHWARTZ

06:56-:59

tHIS CONSENT ORDER HOWEVER DOES RELATE TO THE COMPANY SO IT'S RELEVANT

BUTT TO

07:06-:10

The company's behavior at any well site is relevant to a permit.

Joe Mule', Preserve our Paradise

17:46:47-:52

That was clearly hidden from us. That was never given to us during discovery. They never provided that information.

IN DAN A HUGHES' RESPONSE, THE COMPANY DISAGREED, CALLING THE CONSENT ORDER IRRELEVANT.

AND IT DENUIED ANY HYRDAULIC FRACTURING.

THE JUDGE RULED IN HUGHES' FAVOR.

Karen Dwyer, Stone Crab Alliance

17:33:50-:56

Any sort of violation like that would be catastrophic right near their shallow wells.

THIS AFTERNOON THE JUDGE DID ACCEPT THE BIG CYPRESS SWAMP ADVISORY COMMITTEE'S RECOMMEDATION.

THAT GROUP RECOMMENDED THE JUDGE SHOULD DENY THE HUGHES' PERMIT.

THE PROJECT REMAINS ON HOLD.

BUT THIS VIDEO SHOWS THE SITE NEAR THOSE HOMES HAS BEEN CLEARED.

Karen Dwyer, Stone Crab Alliance

17:38:34

They've already got in their mind that they're going to drill.

THIS JUDGE'S RULING IS ALSO ONLY A RECOMMENDATION.

AND THE DEP ALREADY CAME OUT AGAINST THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE'S VOTE.

Jennifer Hecker, Conservancy of SWFL

17:42:40-:44

We are very troubled with the way the agency has handled this all the way up to this point.

PRESERVE OUR PARADISE SAYS ITS ALREADY PLANNING FOR THIS DRAWN-OUT DEBATE TO DRAG ON.

Joe Mule', Preserve our Paradise

17:49:23-:25

We will continue to fight. The end is not near.

IN COLLIER COUNTY, BRYAN ANDERSON, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


FL MOST EXPENSIVE STATES-BNR-VO


FORGET FLORIDA'S REPUTATION OF BEING A "CHEAP" STATE.

A NEW REPORTY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE RANKS FLORIDA THE 16TH MOST EXPENSIVE STATE TO LIVE IN --

AND WITH THE POPULATION GROWING -- EXPECT FLORIDA TO CLIMB THE RANKS.

THE STUDY LOOKS AT INCOME AND THE COSTS OF FOOD, ENERGY AND HOUSING.

THE MOST EXPENSIVE IS WASHINGTON, D-C.

THE LEAST EXPENSIVE STATE -- MISSISSIPPI. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR A BURGLAR UNCOVERED A HUGE MARIJUANA OPERATION IN LEHIGH ACRES.

ONLY NBC2 WAS THERE LAST NIGHT --

AS INVESTIGATORS REMOVED MORE THAN 100 POUNDS OF POT.

NEXT AT 5 --

NEW DETAILS ON HOW A SUSPECT'S SMELL LED THEM BACK TO THE HOUSE.

PLUS --

:00:03:37-- "Hi I'm Chad Oliver. Often we report on people who are in and out of jail 20, 30 even 40 times. Whatever happened to Florida's three strikes law - meant to crack down on repeat offenders? That's a Good Question." Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) LEHIGH POT HOUSE-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ1 B) GQ THREE STRIKES-SOTTOPS


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TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC


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MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS


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T2D: BALLOONS OVER PARADISE-CGTOPS-WIPE


THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR FAMILY THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

BALLOONS OVER PARADISE KICKS OFF TOMORROW AT THE SEMINOLE TRIBE YOUTH RANCH IMMOKALEE.

THE TWO-DAY EVENT FEATURES 60 HOT-AIR BALLOONS, MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, FOOD AND MUCH MORE. Return to index of stories...


T2D: CELEBRITY BASKETBALL-CGTOPS-WIPE


THERE'S A CELEBRITY BASKEBALL GAME AND FAMILY FUN DAY TOMORROW AT BISHOP VEROT HIGH SCHOOL

IT STARTS AT ONE WITH A TAILGATE PARTY.

THEN AT THREE --

PLAYERS FROM THE NBC 2 NEWS TEAM, THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, FORT MYERS POLICE AND FIRE, LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL HIT THE COURT. Return to index of stories...


T2D: TASTE OF NFM-CGTOPS


YOU CAN ALSO HEAD OUT TO THE TASTE OF NORTH FORT MYERS ON SUNDAY AT THE SHELL FACTORY AND NATURE PARK

THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT, FREE KIDS GAMES AND A PETTING ZOO. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC ALERT TRUCK FIRE, OC-trxSSTOPS, 2SHOT


WE WANT TO UPDATE YOU ON A CRASH IN PUNTA GORDA BETWEEN WASTE MANAGEMENT TRUCK AND A PICK-UP.

THIS IS IN NORTHBOUND LANES OF US 41 ARE CLOSED AT TAYLOR ROAD --

TRAFFIC IS MOVING ONCE AGAIN.

CREWS ARE CLEANING UP THE CRASH RIGHT NOW.

WE'VE LEARNED THERE ARE INJURIES

WE ARE WORKING TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION

COUNT ON US TO KEEP YOU UPDATED. Return to index of stories...


ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP


WARMER WEATHER FOR THE WEEKEND

It was yet another sun filled and pleasant day across the area, with highs again climbing into the low to mid 80s. Quiet conditions will again continue into the evening, with temps falling into the 70s. Fog once again will develop overnight, some of which could be dense. Lows temps tonight will fall into the low 60s.

Some warmer weather is on the way for the weekend. We'll again have plenty of sunshine Saturday with an afternoon sea breeze developing. Highs on Saturday will push into the upper 80s, but some areas will climb into the low 90s.

The heat and humidity continues to build on Sunday. Partly cloudy skies will develop across the area, with an isolated rain shower possible inland. Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 80s to low 90s.

Next week still looks warm and humid. Monday and Tuesday will feature partly cloudy skies and a PM chance of rain shower inland. Highs both days will be in the upper 80s.

Midweek next week will also feature temps in the upper 80s, with a slightly better chance of an afternoon shower or storm inland.

Our next storm system finally arrives to close next week, increasing rain chances and bringing slightly cooler air to the area. Return to index of stories...


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.

WARMER WEATHER FOR THE WEEKEND

It was yet another sun filled and pleasant day across the area, with highs again climbing into the low to mid 80s. Quiet conditions will again continue into the evening, with temps falling into the 70s. Fog once again will develop overnight, some of which could be dense. Lows temps tonight will fall into the low 60s.

Some warmer weather is on the way for the weekend. We'll again have plenty of sunshine Saturday with an afternoon sea breeze developing. Highs on Saturday will push into the upper 80s, but some areas will climb into the low 90s.

The heat and humidity continues to build on Sunday. Partly cloudy skies will develop across the area, with an isolated rain shower possible inland. Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 80s to low 90s.

Next week still looks warm and humid. Monday and Tuesday will feature partly cloudy skies and a PM chance of rain shower inland. Highs both days will be in the upper 80s.

Midweek next week will also feature temps in the upper 80s, with a slightly better chance of an afternoon shower or storm inland.

Our next storm system finally arrives to close next week, increasing rain chances and bringing slightly cooler air to the area.

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.

WARMER WEATHER FOR THE WEEKEND

It was yet another sun filled and pleasant day across the area, with highs again climbing into the low to mid 80s. Quiet conditions will again continue into the evening, with temps falling into the 70s. Fog once again will develop overnight, some of which could be dense. Lows temps tonight will fall into the low 60s.

Some warmer weather is on the way for the weekend. We'll again have plenty of sunshine Saturday with an afternoon sea breeze developing. Highs on Saturday will push into the upper 80s, but some areas will climb into the low 90s.

The heat and humidity continues to build on Sunday. Partly cloudy skies will develop across the area, with an isolated rain shower possible inland. Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 80s to low 90s.

Next week still looks warm and humid. Monday and Tuesday will feature partly cloudy skies and a PM chance of rain shower inland. Highs both days will be in the upper 80s.

Midweek next week will also feature temps in the upper 80s, with a slightly better chance of an afternoon shower or storm inland.

Our next storm system finally arrives to close next week, increasing rain chances and bringing slightly cooler air to the area. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO GEORGE-trxVOTOPS-EAniBX


AN UPDATE ON A STORY WE FIRST BROKE LAST NIGHT -- DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING A BURGLARY STUMBLED UPON A MARIJUANA GROW HOUSE IN LEHIGH ACRES.

WE WERE THERE AS THEY REMOVED MORE THAN 75 PLANTS -- THAT'S MORE THAN 100-POUNDS OF POT

NBC 2'S GEORGE SOLIS IS THERE LIVE WITH NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THIS OPERATION. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH POT HOUSE-REM-LIVE


AS YOU CAN SEE THERE'S NOT A LOT OUT HERE OFF MCARTHUR BOULEVARD.

IT LOOKS LIKE A HOME JUST LIKE ANY OTHER.

BUT DEPUTIES SAY ITS THE SMELL THAT TIPPED THEM OFF THAT THERE WAS MORE THERE THAN MEETS THE EYE. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH POT HOUSE-PKG


"I was at work this morning and got a phone call from my daughter's

mother in law saying do you a key? Kaitlin's house has been broken

into."

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY IT WAS THIS SCENE OFF CHEZY STREET IN LEHIGH

THAT STARTED IT ALL.

A SEARCH HIGH AND LOW FOR A CULPRIT THAT LED THEM TO HIS MAN: RAUL VITA.

ACCORDING TO DEPUTIES VITA WAS SPOTTED WALKING OFF MCARTHUR BOULEVARD

IMMEDIATELY, THEY SAY, THE SMELL OF MARIJUANA COMING OFF VITA PUT THEM ON HIGH ALERT.

IN THE ARREST REPORT VITA CLAIMED HE WAS FROM MIAMI AND THAT HE

"HITCHED A RIDE TO THE LEHIGH ACRES AREA" CLAIMING HE WAS LOOKING FOR

WORK.

DEPUTIES THEN ASKED WHERE HE WAS STAYING TO WHICH VITA REPLIED "OVER

THAT WAY; I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHERE IT WAS JUST IN THE WOODS I HAVE

BEEN WALKING FOR A WHILE"

DEPUTIES SAY VITA'S CLEAN APPEARANCE LED THEM TO BELIEVE HE WAS

LYING- SOON AFTER DEPUTIES SAY THE SCENT GOT STRONGER.

"you could smell it the smell just keeps getting worse and worse and

worse and you know its a heavy smell"

NEIGHBORS SAY THEY HAD A FEELING SOMETHING OTHER THAN JUST THE SMELL WAS FOUL

WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY CONFIRMED IT.

13:29:58"I was glad because we had our suspicions"

DEPUTIES SAY THIS HOME WAS THE SOURCE OF THE SMELL

INSIDE THEY UNCOVERED A GROW HOUSE OPERATION.

76 POT PLANTS UNCOVERED-

WEIGHING IN JUST OVER 100 POUNDS.

NEIGHBORS ARE GLAD TO SEE IT GO.

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LEHIGH POT HOUSE-REM-LIVE


DEPUTIES SAY THEY FOUND THE ELECTRIC METER AT THE HOME HAD BEEN TAMPERED WITH.

THEY ALSO FOUND A NUMBER OF A-C UNITS AT THE HOUSE.

ANIMAL SERVICES ALSO REMOVED A DOG FROM THE PROPERTY

SO FAR -- VITA IS THE ONLY ARREST MADE IN THIS BUST

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CCSO CANOE CLEANUP-(2)SS


COLLIER COUNTY DEPUTIES TRADED IN THEIR CRUISERS FOR CANOES TODAY.

THEY HELPED CLEAN UP THE GREEN CANAL IN GOLDEN GATE.

THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT TEAMED UP WITH CODE ENFORCEMENT, WASTE MANAGEMENT AND THE COUNTY ROAD DEPARTMENT.

TOGETHER -- THEY COLLECTED MORE THAN 19-HUNDRED POUNDS OF DEBRIS AND TRASH. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2SHOT


NBC2'S CHAD OLIVER HAS BEEN COLLECTING YOUR GOOD QUESTIONS.

TONIGHT - HE TAKES ONE STRAIGHT TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

:08:06:41 // People will come up to me quite often and go how in the world could

somebody be arrested thirty something times and still be out on the street? and that is a Good Question." 49

THE ANSWER, NEXT.

THEN, ALL NEW AT 6 --

A PRISON INSPECTOR SAYS A CHARLOTTE COUNTY PRISON UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE STATE HAS HAD IT'S SHARE OF BAD LUCK.

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TZ2 A) GQ THREE STRIKES-SOTTOPS-WIPE


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TZ2 B) charlotte prsion inspecttor-OC


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TOSS TO CHAD-2SHOT


EACH FRIDAY ON OUR NOON BROADCAST -- WE SPOTLIGHT FUGITIVES ON THE RUN FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND MANY TIMES THE PEOPLE WE SHOWCASE HAVE A LONG CRIMINALS HISTORY.

BART IN FORT MYERS NOTICED A TREND AND ASKED THIS *GOOD QUESTION.*

"WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE 3 STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT LAW? PEOPLE FEATURED ON FUGITIVE FRIDAY OFTEN HAVE LONG CRIMINAL HISTORIES."

NBC 2'S CHAD OLIVER TRACKED DOWN THE ANSWER. Return to index of stories...


GQ THREE STRIKES-BUBBA


BART IS REFERRING TO A FLORIDA LAW THAT'S BEEN AROUND FOR 15-YEARS.

THE PURPOSE IS TO CRACK DOWN ON SO-CALLED "CAREER CRIMINALS."

IT'S STILL ON THE BOOKS --

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GQ THREE STRIKES-PKG


It is Fugitive Friday. Your chance to help police and earn cash in the

process."

If you end up on fugitive Friday, you've not committed one or two

offenses, you've probably committed ten or more.

TRISH ROUTTE SAYS THIS WOMAN IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A FREQUENT OFFENDER.

26-YEAR OLD SHANICE STEWART HAS MORE BOOKINGS THAN BIRTHDAYS.

*38* TIMES SHE'S HAD HER MUG SHOT SNAPPED.

She's one of those people, what she does is grand

theft. she keeps getting arrested. Get out. arrested. out. 30 plus

times.

IN HER MOST RECENT CRIME, STEWART USED A CHILD TO STEAL SOMEONE'S WALLET.

She's got some misdemeanors, a bunch of felonies in there. But

they're all property crimes.

THAT'S THE KEY: PROPERTY CRIMES.

FLORIDA'S 3 STRIKES LAW ONLY APPLIES TO VIOLENT FELONIES.

We're talking rapes. sexual assaults, murders, violent type crimes.

IN ORDER TO GET A MANDATORY MINIMUM PRISON SENTENCE, THE STATE MUST PROVE CERTAIN CRITERIA.

The public perception is okay 3 strikes you're out. You commit three

serious crimes you're going to prison. That's not the case.

FOR A JUDGE TO APPLY THE LAW, ALL THREE VIOLENT FELONIES MUST HAVE OCCURRED SEPARATELY.

AND COMMITTED WITHIN A 5-YEAR SPAN.

THE ACCUSED HAS TO BE *CONVICTED* - NOT JUST ARRESTED.

It's very very difficult to actually get to that standard.

IF THE STANDARD IS MET, THE JUDGE COULD IMPOSE ANYWHERE FROM FIVE YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON.

IN THE CASE OF SHANICE STEWART, SHE'S AGAIN A FREE WOMAN. RELEASED IN MARCH AFTER SPENDING LESS THAN FIVE MONTHS IN JAIL. Return to index of stories...


GQ THREE STRIKES-BUBBA-BNR


MANY STATES HAVE A SIMILAR VERSION OF FLORIDA'S THREE STRIKES LAW.

THE U-S SUPREME COURT HAS RULED THESE LAWS ARE CONSTITUTIONAL AND DON'T AMOUNT TO CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT.

BART -- THANKS FOR YOUR GOOD QUESTION.

YOU CAN SEND US YOUR IDEA BY GOING TO N-B-C DASH-2 DOT COM.

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NEW AT 530-2SHOT


WE ARE UNCOVERING NEW INFORMATION ABOUT A HOME INVASION IN LEHIGH ACRES.

DEPUTIES SAY THE SUSPECTS WERE IMPERSONATING POLICE OFFICERS.

THAT STORY LEADS OUR 5:30 NEWSCAST.

PLUS: POLICE IN CONNECTICUT ARE LOOKING INTO REPORTS THAT A HIGH SCHOOLER WHO KILLED A CLASSMATE WAS MAD AT HER BECAUSE SHE WOULDN'T GO TO THE PROM WITH HIM. Return to index of stories...


A) LEHIGH HOME INVASION-VO-WIPE


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B) CT SCHOOL STABBING-VOTOPS


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