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DIRECTORS PAGE PAINTING I75 BRIDGE-trxOC, SS
NEWS AT 6PM HEADLINES-SOTTOPS TEASE ONE
NEWS AT 6PM OPEN-CLIP TZ1 A) war on drugs-2 SH, SOTVO
TOSS TO BRYAN-VOTOPS, 2 SH, ZM-FLY TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-STC
COLLIER COURTHOUSE CARJACKING-REM 26 6PM PROMO-SOT-DISSOLVE
COLLIER COURTHOUSE CARJACKING-BNR-PKG STOCKS BUMP-CGTOPS
COLLIER COURTHOUSE CARJACKING-REM 26 ROBERT VAN WINKLE FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
SR 82 CRASHES SETUP-OC, EANIBOX FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
a) saturday crash-vo TOSS TO DAVE-2-SHOT
b) sunday crash-vo WAR ON DRUGS-BUBBA
SR 82 CRASHES SETUP-trxOBX WAR ON DRUGS-CLIP-PKG
SR 82 HEAD ON CAR CRASH-REM 7 WAR ON DRUGS-BUBBA
SR 82 HEAD ON CAR CRASH-BNR-PKG SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
SR 82 HEAD ON CAR CRASH-REM 7 SPORTS
CONDITIONS OF AX VICS-OC, VO MIRACLE SOLD-ON CAM
GREAT WHITE SHARK SPOTTED SPECIAL OPEN-trxSOT MIRACLE SOLD-CG-VOBOX
GREAT WHITE SHARK SPOTTED-OC MIRACLE SOLD-SOT
GREAT WHITE SHARK SPOTTED-BNR-PKG MIRACLE SOLD-ON CAM
PUSH TO TRACKING WEBSITE-OC, SS NFM PRACTICE-NATSVO
DEADLY CRASH FM-OC, SS, VO NFM PRACTICE-SOTVO
DEADLY CRASH FM-SOTVO NBA CLIPPERS-ON CAM
COLLIER PARTY HOUSE-OC, SS, OC, SS JACK RAMSAY DIES-VOTOPS
BLAND SENTENCED-OC, VO SPORTS TOSS-ON CAM
COLLIER TEACHER CHARGES DROPPED-OC, VO AHEAD AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
COLLIER TEACHER CHARGES DROPPED-SOTVO 11 PM TEASE-NWSRM-VO
DESOTO PUPPIES UPDATE-OC, VO SAVING DUCKLINGS-(4) SS
LEHIGH HOME INVASION-OC, SS, VO CLOSE-4SHOT
LEHIGH HOME INVASION-SOTVO  


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NEWS AT 6PM HEADLINES-SOTTOPS


New Details

Violent Carjacking

CARJACKED NEXT DOOR TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

A COLLIER COUNTY WOMAN PUNCHED IN THE HEAD AND ROBBED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY.

Toni Carter, Collier County resident

01:06:08-:11

That's sad. This world is getting really scary. That's sad.

NBC-2 HAS NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE DRAMATIC ENDING TO THE CRIME, 40 MILES AWAY.

All New

Safety Upgrades

PLUS - TWO CAR CRASHES IN TWO DAYS ON A BUSY LEE COUNTY ROAD.

NBC-2 DISCOVERS IT WILL TAKE YEARS BEFORE THE STATE CAN IMPROVE SAFETY ON STATE ROAD 82.

AND.

yelling and pointing toward shark

All New

Bucket List Encounter

FISHERMEN FROM LEE COUNTY OPEN UP TO NBC-2 ABOUT THEIR INCREDIBLE DIVE WITH A GREAT WHITE SHARK. Return to index of stories...


NEWS AT 6PM OPEN-CLIP


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TOSS TO BRYAN-VOTOPS, 2 SH, ZM-FLY


THIS SMASHED UP LEXUS IS ALL THAT'S LEFT OF A WOMAN'S SUV AFTER SHE WAS CARJACKED IN NAPLES.

A MAN PUNCHED HER IN A PARKING LOT OUTSIDE THE COLLIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE PARKING LOT IN BROAD DAYLIGHT.

THIS CONTINUED WITH A HIGH SPEED CHASE.

NBC-2'S BRYAN ANDERSON BROKE THIS STORY AND HAS THE LATEST ON HOW IT ALL ENDED. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER COURTHOUSE CARJACKING-REM 26


THIS IS THE GUADALUPE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER BEHIND ME.

WHERE THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED IS WITHIN A FOOTBALL FIELD'S LENGTH IN THIS DIRECTION ON SOUTH FIFTH STREET. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER COURTHOUSE CARJACKING-BNR-PKG


TRT-1:22

Sgt. Brian Sawyer, CCSO -:14

Lynn McMillin, Collier County resident -:47

SMASHED GLASS, A BLOWN OUT TIRE, AND TORN UP METAL.

THIS STOLEN S-U-V IS A MANGLED MESS.

THANKS TO THIS SUSPECT.

DEPUTIES SAY IMMOKALEE 20 YEAR OLD KENNETH PRAY CRASHED HERE AFTER LEADING THEM ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE.

---SOT---

SGT. BRIAN SAWYER, CCSO

SGT

01:20:02-:08

This incident occurred as the result of a carjacking. With that we take that very seriously because of the violent nature of the offense.

2 HOURS EARLIER DEPUTIES SAY PRAY PICKED HIS VICTIM 66 YEAR OLD BARBARA SADA.

SHE WAS WALKING TO HER CAR IN THE COLLIER COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER OF ALL PLACES.

---SOT--

Alyce Wade, Collier County resident

01:05:33

Oh boy.

01:05:51-:55

Hit her in the head.

Alyce-oh my God!

then just drove off in her car.

Toni- Here??

YOU HEARD CORRECTLY.

INVESTIGATORS TELL US PRAY HIT BARBARA TO THE GROUND TAKING OFF IN HER CAR.

PARAMEDICS TOOK HER TO THE HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.

---SOT--

Lynn McMillin, Collier County resident

01:10:35-:39

Really scary. I mean you would think there would be security here and cameras and things.

THERE ARE CAMERAS AND SECURITY GUARDS THROUGHOUT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER.

BUT NOT EVEN THE SHERIFFS OFFICE NEXT DOOR KEPT PRAY AWAY.

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SGT.

01:20:28

That's another part of the disturbing issue behind it, in that it is a very safe place to be at. You have a lot of security there.

BUTT TO

01:20:40

For this to occur is an anomaly.

THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS PRAY DROVE MORE THAN 40 MILES BACK TO IMMOKALEE WHERE DEPUTIES SPOTTED HIM.

THEY SAY HE LEAD THEM ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE FOR SEVERAL MILES.

BUT THEY WEREN'T THE ONLY ONES ON PRAY'S TAIL.

THIS SCENE IS PROOF KARMA FINALLY CAUGHT UP TO HIM.

---SOT---

TONI CARTER, COLLIER COUNTY RESIDENT

01:06:08-:11

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COLLIER COURTHOUSE CARJACKING-REM 26


BRYAN ANDERSON REPORTING.

PRAY IS OUT ON BOND FOR BURGLARY.

ONCE HE'S OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, HE WILL BE TAKEN TO JAIL. Return to index of stories...


SR 82 CRASHES SETUP-OC, EANIBOX


TONIGHT AT SIX - NBC 2 IS ASKING ABOUT SAFETY UPGRADES ON STATE ROAD 82 AFTER TWO SERIOUS CRASHES WITHIN A FEW MILES OF EACH OTHER.

ON SATURDAY, 4 PEOPLE, INCLUDING A 15 MONTH OLD BABY, WERE INJURED WHEN TWO PICKUP TRUCKS COLLIDED HEAD-ON NEAR SUNSHINE BOULEVARD.

LAST NIGHT, 1 PERSON WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER AN ACCIDENT NEAR RUE LABEAU CIRCLE. Return to index of stories...


a) saturday crash-vo


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b) sunday crash-vo


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SR 82 CRASHES SETUP-trxOBX


NBC-2'S JOE ROETZ LEARNED THAT THE STATE HAS PLANS TO CRACK DOWN ON SPEEDERS ON 82.

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SR 82 HEAD ON CAR CRASH-REM 7


- for 6 years the state has had plans to more than double the width of

state road 82 behind me, from 2 to four, and eventually 6 lanes.

- after those two bad wrecks this weekend, neighbors want to know when

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SR 82 HEAD ON CAR CRASH-BNR-PKG


Crumpeled cars.

Mangled metal.

A scene spotted too often on state road 82.

Take sot

Anthony smith

5 seconds

Every week a new crash on some part of 82. For a new driver, it's scary.

Anthony smith is all to familiar with these tragic scenes.

Two years ago- he was in a similar spot on this very road.

Take sot

2:09-14

I pulled out- car got totaled.

I was in the hospital for 5 hours.

Ask anyone and you'll get an answer to the problem.

Take sot

2 - Anthony smith

traffic lights- we've been asking for them for years

Take sot

3 seconds

Amanda smith- Lehigh acres

There's a speed limit set at 60 and everyone goes 70

Take standup

0:17

We decided to see for ourselves just how often people were speeding on

state road 82

Cut

Nats

Cut

Nats

Cut

Nats

In less than ten minutes we counted about a dozen cars going over the

60 mph speed limit- many breaking 70 miles per hour.

Florida's department of transportation maintains the 27 mile stretch of road.

Officials tell nbc two they hope a well designed widening project will

clear congestion and cut down on traffic troubles.

Take sot

2 seconds

A brilliant idea-it would definitely help.

The project is partially funded- and the state is almost finished buying

the land to make it happen.

A few more years and 82 will go from 2 to 4 lanes, and eventually 6.

Some- like Amanda smith, aren't sold a simple widening will solve

crashes like the ones this weekend.

Take sot

8:17-21

Amanda smith

As long a there aren't any cops around they'll open it up and away they go. Return to index of stories...


SR 82 HEAD ON CAR CRASH-REM 7


- put the project out to bid in 2018- will take time to actually break ground.

- until then they say street lights won't solve the issue, could make

it more dangerous. It's up to drivers to be responsible.

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CONDITIONS OF AX VICS-OC, VO


THE 15 MONTH OLD AND HER FATHER ARE DOING BETTER TONIGHT.

THEY HAVE BEEN UPGRADED TO FAIR CONDITION.

THE GIRL WAS NOT STRAPPED IN A CAR SEAT.

HER MOTHER IS STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.

THE 19 YEAR OLD DRIVER THAT SLAMMED INTO THEIR TRUCK IS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL. Return to index of stories...


GREAT WHITE SHARK SPOTTED SPECIAL OPEN-trxSOT


nats yelling, pointing to shark

A DIVING TRIP 80 MILES OFF THE COAST OF SANIBEL TURNS INTO A BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE FOR LEE COUNTY FISHERMEN.

hey, It's a great white!

6:43:44 it's like swimming with a submarine with teeth. I mean it's

huge it's unbelievable down there. 6:43:50 it dwarfs everything I've

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GREAT WHITE SHARK SPOTTED-OC


CHARLIE KEEGAN TALKS WITH ONE OF THE DIVERS WHO IS STILL ON AN ADRENALINE RUSH FROM HIS ENCOUNTER WITH A GREAT WHITE SHARK OVER THE WEEKEND. Return to index of stories...


GREAT WHITE SHARK SPOTTED-BNR-PKG


Nats- water

DANE KELLY PRACTICALLY GREW UP UNDERWATER. BY NOW - BREATHING BELOW THE SURFACE IS JUST AS EASY AS BREATHING ABOVE.

Dane Kelly, Diver

06:39:06 you go down there and you see stuff most people have never seen before 06:39:09

WHICH BRINGS US TO THE REST OF THE STORY.

SATURDAY - HIS BROTHER AND FRIENDS HEADED OUT BEFORE SUNRISE.

Nats

THE GROUP RAN OUT OF PATIENCE FISHING ABOVE THE SURFACE - IT WAS TIME TO DIVE BELOW.

Nats- water

ABOUT 100 FEET DOWN - 80 MILES OFF THE COAST - A SITE HE'D NEVER DOVE AT BEFORE -- KELLY SAYS HE SAW SOMETHING HE'D NEVER SEEN.

Nats -

Dane Kelly, Diver

6:43:26 he's goin crazy bc he realizes what it is before we do

HIS BROTHER IS RUNNING THE CAMERA - POINTING IT RIGHT AT A ***GREAT WHITE SHARK.

Dane Kelly, Diver

6:43:44 it's like swimming with a submarine with teeth. I mean it's huge it's unbelievable down there. 6:43:50 it dwarfs everything I've ever seen underwater. 53

SCIENTISTS AT MOTE MARINE WATCHED THIS VIDEO AND BELIEVE IT'S A GREAT WHITE.

A GROUP CALLED OCEARCH TAGS AND FOLLOWS SEVERAL GREAT WHITE SHARKS. ONE OF WHICH PINGED IN THE SAME GENERAL AREA LAST WEEK.

BUT RESEARCHERS TELL ME THIS SHARK ISN'T THE ONE THEY'RE TRACKING - THERE'S NO TAG ON ITS FINS.

Dane Kelly, Diver

6:46;11 when you're looking at a shark that big that close I was more concerned with the mouth area an the size of those teeth than the size of what tracking device was on it. 6:46:21

AREA EXPERTS AGREE GREAT WHITES COME INTO THE GULF - WE JUST DON'T KNOW HOW OFTEN.

Leah Biery, Sanibel sea school

Seeing a shark is a treat

THAT ISN'T LOST ON KELLY AND HIS FRIENDS WHO HUNG OUT UNDERWATER IN DISBELIEF BEFORE COMING HOME WITH THE BEST FISH TALE OF THEIR LIVES.

Dane Kelly, Diver

6:44:50 a bucket list item for sure to see one and have it go exactly how it did. We saw one, it saw us, it swam away. 6:44:56

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PUSH TO TRACKING WEBSITE-OC, SS


MOTE MARINE OFFICIALS SAY IT'S RARE TO FIND A GREAT WHITE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.

A RESEARCH WEBSITE PINPOINTS TAGGED SHARKS.

SINCE JUNE OF LAST YEAR, 3 SHARKS HAVE BEEN SPOTTED OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

EACH DOT IS A DIFFERENT SHARK.

WE'VE POSTED A LINK TO THE WEBSITE ON NBC DASH TWO DOT COM.

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DEADLY CRASH FM-OC, SS, VO


A MAN IS DEAD AFTER A REALLY HORRIFICI CAR CRASH IN FORT MYERS.

IT HAPPENED AROUND 1 O'CLOCK ON PLANTATION ROAD NORTH OF DANIELS.

A BOX TRUCK COLLIDED WITH A PICKUP.

THE DRIVER INSIDE THE PICKUP TRUCK DIED INSTANTLY.

THE CRASH WAS SO POWERFUL; IT KNOCKED THE BOX TRUCK OFF THE ROAD. Return to index of stories...


DEADLY CRASH FM-SOTVO


Loraine Kong

Lives Nearby

31:35 i came out and i visualized this but this is just horrific, horrific 31:40 and frightening because its close to our home and its happening to frequently right here 31:45

THE DRIVER OF THE BOX TRUCK WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.

HE'S EXPECTED TO BE OK.

DEPUTIES DON'T KNOW HOW THE CRASH HAPPENED. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER PARTY HOUSE-OC, SS, OC, SS


COLLIER COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY A GROUP OF TEENS TURNED A VACANT HOME INTO A PARTY HOUSE.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE BUSTED THE TEENS SMOKING POT AT A HOME ON 95TH AVENUE NORTH.

THAT'S JUST WEST OF MERCATO.

THREE TEENS WERE ARRESTED INCLUDING MARIN MARTINEZ.

A FOURTH TEEN GOT AWAY. Return to index of stories...


BLAND SENTENCED-OC, VO


A FORMER EMPLOYEE AT A FORT MYERS MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITAL ADMITS HE HAD SEX WITH PATIENTS AND ASKED FOR SEXUAL FAVORS.

TODAY A JUDGE SENTENCED BENJAMIN BLAND TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON.

HE USED TO WORK AT PARK ROYAL HOSPITAL.

TODAY HE PLED GUILTY TO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITH TWO FEMALE PATIENTS.

IN TOTAL, 10 WOMEN FILED COMPLAINTS AGAINST BLAND.

HE ADMITTED TO HAVING SEX WITH TWO OF THEM.

THE HOSPTIAL FIRED BLAND SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARREST. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER TEACHER CHARGES DROPPED-OC, VO


CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST A COLLIER COUNTY TEACHER ACCUSED OF SENDING NAKED PICTURES OF HIMSELF TO A STUDENT WILL NOT FACE CHARGES FOR NOW.

DEREK HARP'S CASE IS SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF A LACK OF EVIDENCE.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY COULD NOT CONTACT THE ALLEGED VICTIM.

THE GOLDEN GATE HIGH SCHOOL MATH TEACHER WAS REMOVED FROM THE CLASSROOM IN FEBRUARY AFTER THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE FILED A REPORT. HE WILL REMAIN WORKING IN THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

A STUDENT AT GOLDEN GATE HIGH TOLD A TEACHER SHE SAW HARP NAKED AFTER HE SHARED PICTURES WITH A STUDENT THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER TEACHER CHARGES DROPPED-SOTVO


TAKE SOTS

DURATION = 0:12

Sean Rogers/Collier

"A fair investigation is obviously necessary but in the meantime, I don't think you should be in school until it plays itself out."

Sam Johnson/Naples

"I'd like a little more investigation to get a little more solid, conclusive information before we let someone like that back into the school."

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE CASE CAN BE RE-OPENED AT ANY TIME PENDING NEW EVIDENCE.

THE DISTRICT TELLS US HARP WILL REMAIN IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER FOR NOW. Return to index of stories...


DESOTO PUPPIES UPDATE-OC, VO


DOZENS OF PUPPIES RESCUED FROM A PUPPY MILL IN DESOTO COUNTY ARE STILL AT ANIMAL SERVICES TONIGHT.

OFFICIALS SAY THE DOGS ARE NOT YET UP FOR ADOPTION.

SOME OF THE DOGS NEED A LOT OF ATTENTION BECAUSE THEY HAVE EYE PROBLEMS AND FLEAS.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE FOR NOT HAVING A BREEDERS LICENSE. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH HOME INVASION-OC, SS, VO


LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE INVESTIGATING A DAYTIME HOME INVASION IN LEHIGH ACRES.

THIS ONE OFF LEE STREET.

IT'S THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF CRIMES HAPPENING IN THE AREA.

INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING FOR 2 SUSPECTS.

THEY SPENT THE DAY TAKING PICTURES OF EVIDENCE AND DUSTING FOR FINGERPRINTS.

DETECTIVES TOLD US IT WAS A TARGETED BREAK-IN.

COMMUNITY LEADERS SAY THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS STILL WORRIED. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH HOME INVASION-SOTVO


Tami Baker, President, Community Council Lehigh Acres 14:46:18

"Obviously we're a bit concerned when it does happen on a regular

basis but we just feel society is changing slightly"

LAST WEEK THERE WAS A ROBBERY, BREAK-IN, AND GROW HOUSE BUST ALL WITHIN A FEW BLOCKS OF EACH OTHER. Return to index of stories...


PAINTING I75 BRIDGE-trxOC, SS


STARTING TONIGHT, PARTS OF I-75 WILL BE CLOSED.

CREWS ARE PAINTING THE BRIDGE THAT COVERS BAYSHORE ROAD.

DETOURS WILL BE IN PLACE FOR DRIVERS ON BAYSHORE AND ANYONE EXITING INTERSTATE 75.

WORK STARTS AT 7-30 AND WRAPS UP AROUND 5-30 IN THE MORNING.

CREWS WILL BE OUT ALL WEEK. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE


SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SELLING A HALF AN OUNCE OF COCAINE, THAT'S ABOUT THE SIZE OF A TABLESPOON.

09:17:38 I just feel so sorry for my family and my friends. I'm just so ashamed of what I did.

HE'S SERVED 20 YEARS ALREADY.

TONIGHT; THE NBC2 INVESTIGATORS QUESTION WHETHER HE'S SERVED HIS TIME; OR IF HE SHOULD BE RELEASED.

YOU BE THE JUDGE; AFTER ROBERT'S FIRST ALERT FORECAST.

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TZ1 A) war on drugs-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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ROBERT VAN WINKLE FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL


"Hot and humid days"

Over the weekend temperatures managed to soar into the lower 90s across Southwest Florida. In fact, Page Field recorded 91° on thermometer both Saturday and Sunday. The summer-like heat will continue, with increasing rain prospects by mid to late week.

Now that the winds have turned onshore, temperatures will stay slightly cooler along our beaches and coastal areas with readings in the middle 80s. Expect daytime highs to climb near 90° in town, while inland communities top out one or two degrees above that. As the seabreeze moves inland, a few spotty showers will be possible mainly east of the interstate as we close out the afternoon.

A very slight shower chance will continue through the evening hours, and temperatures will begin to settle into the lower 80s by sunset. Due to the extra humidity, temperatures will be slow to fall overnight as they bottom out in the upper 60s to lower 70s area wide.

With high pressure to our east, a southerly flow will continue to pump in heat and moisture. Expect partly sunny skies for Tuesday with a few showers deep inland. Temperatures will remain unseasonably warm in the upper 80s to lower 90s. We'll keep late day showers in the forecast through Wednesday, with higher rain chances Thursday through Saturday as a cold front approaches the Florida peninsula.

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


A LEE COUNTY MAN SITS IN PRISON TONIGHT 20-YEARS AFTER HE WAS CAUGHT WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF COCAINE.

CONVICTED KILLERS HAVE SPENT LESS TIME BEHIND BARS.

NOW HIS FAMILY IS FIGHTING TO GET HIM OUT AND EVEN THE PROSECUTORS WHO PUT HIM BEHIND BARS AGREE, THE SENTENCE WAS TOO MUCH.

NBC-2 INVESTIGATOR DAVE ELIAS UNCOVERED WHAT SOME ARE CALLING A MAJOR FLAW IN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. DAVE? Return to index of stories...


WAR ON DRUGS-BUBBA


MICHAEL EDWARDS RECEIVED 60 YEARS IN PRISON IN 1994 AFTER HIS THIRD NON-VIOLENT DRUG OFFENSE.

WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE - HE'LL COST TAXPAYERS MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


WAR ON DRUGS-CLIP-PKG


Nancy Reagan / Just say NO!

IT WAS THE EARLY 90'S AND AMERICANS WERE ADOPTING TOUGH NEW POLICIES ON CRIME.

nancy Reagan / I implore each of you to be unyielding and unflexible in your opposition to drugs.

COURTS LOCKING PEOPLE UP AND ESSENTIALLY THROWING AWAY THE KEY AFTER THEIR THIRD OFFENSE.

Mimi Edwards-Beach/Michael's Sister / 23:58:54 He was never sentenced to any type of drug treatment program. 23:58:55

23:59:17 He was never offered an opportunity to get help for his addiction. 23:59:21

MIMI EDWARDS BROTHER MICHAEL HAD BEEN CHARGED TWICE WITH COCAINE POSESSION IN THE EARLY 90s.

Alicia Allan/Mother / 23:52:05 I didn't know what it looked like much less that he was involved.23:52:10

HIS MOTHER CLUELESS TO HOW SERIOUS HER SON'S PROBLEM WAS; UNTIL HIS THIRD STRIKE.

Michael Edwards/Incarcerated / 09:37:26 In 1993 I sold a small quantity of cocaine to my exgirlfriend to supply my past addiction. 09:37:35

A HALF AN OUNCE.

$850 WORTH TO BE EXACT.

THE STATE OFFERED A DEAL: PLEAD GUILTY AND SERVE 15 YEARS.

michael / 09:09:30 I just thought you know what? Maybe I should just go ahead and go to trial with this thing and see if I can win. 09:09:35

Dave Elias/Question / 09:09:40 It was literally a role of the dice? 09:09:43

michael / 09:09:57 I never expected they were going to give me 60 years. 09:09:58

michael / 09:41:08 As of today I have served over 20 years in prison. 09:41;13

09:41:14 My current release date is December of 2043. 09:41:19

THE SAME YEAR EDWARDS WAS SENTENCED; THIS MAN WENT TO TRIAL

JOHN PIKE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF SHOOTING HIS SON IN LAW SEVEN TIMES.

KILLING HIM.

HE WAS GIVEN 20 YEARS AND IS ALREADY OUT OF PRISON.

10:03:19 If somebody can look me straight in the face and tell me that is fair then something is definitely wrong. 10:03:23

STATE ATTORNEY AT THE TIME; JOE DEL'ASSANDRO ARGUED FOR THE SENTENCE.

joe Del'Assandro / 23:18:43 That was hailed in the community as a teach him a lesson. That's kind of where we were. 23:18:48

BUT NOW.

Joseph D'Alessandro/Former State Attorney / 23;10:56 The only hope he has is the governor commuting his sentence or giving him a pardon. 23;11:02

Dave/Joe / 23:19:52 What would you say to the governor? Let him go! Let him go! He's served his time. 23:19:57

dave/ Governor / 00:45 Will you consider clemency for Michael Edwards? The way the process works is he's going through the clemency process. It's based on state law. They'll do an investigation and they will present it to the cabinet and we will make a determination. :57

THE CLEMENCY BOARD MEETS IN JUNE.

IT'S NOT CLEAR IF THEY'LL CONSIDER MICHAEL'S CASE.

10:04:00 How much more time do I need to do to pay my debt to society? 10:04:03 Return to index of stories...


WAR ON DRUGS-BUBBA


IF MICHAEL WAS SENTENCED UNDER TODAY'S DRUG GUIDELINES; HE'D RECEIVE ON AVERAGE 6 YEARS IN PRISON.

WITHOUT A PARDON OR COMMUTING OF HIS SENTENCE HE COULD STILL APPEAL - BUT THAT WOULD TAKE YEARS AND COST MORE THAN 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

DAVE IS THIS RARE OR ARE THERE OTHER CASES LIKE MICHAELS?

DIGGING THROUGH RECORDS I FOUND TWO OTHER FLORIDA INMATES SERVING LIFE SENTENCES FOR DRUGS.

IT'S SO SERIOUS AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS USED HIS PARDONING POWERS TO FREE MANY OF THOSE SERVING LIFE FOR DRUGS IN FEDREAL PRISONS. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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SPORTS


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MIRACLE SOLD-ON CAM


THE FORT MYERS MIRACLE CONTINUE AN EIGHT GAME HOME-STAND TONIGHT AT HAMMOND STADIUM. TONIGHT.THEY WILL DO SO WITH A NEW TEAM OWNER. AFTER 25 YEARS.MARV GOLD-KLANG AND HIS GROUP HAVE SOLD THE TWINS MINOR LEAGUE TEAM TO NEW JERSEY BUSINESSMAN JASON HOCK-BERG. Return to index of stories...


MIRACLE SOLD-CG-VOBOX


SURPRISING MOVE BECAUSE MARV GOLD-KLANG AND HIS GROUP HAD GOTTEN INTO THE MANOR LEAGUE BASEBALL BUSINESS BY PURCHASING THE TEAM THAT WAS THEN IN MIAMI.

NOW.HOCK-BERG.A LAWYER BY TRADE.WHO STARTED HIS OWN COMPANY A YEAR AGO.IS GETTING INTO THE BASEBALL GAME. Return to index of stories...


MIRACLE SOLD-SOT


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MIRACLE SOLD-ON CAM


HOCKBERG SAID THE CURRENT STAFF WITH THE MIRACLE.INCLUDING LONG-TIME TEAM EXECUTIVE STEVE GLINER AND GENERAL MANAGER ANDREW SEYMOUR WILL CONTINUE TO RUN THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATION. Return to index of stories...


NFM PRACTICE-NATSVO


FIRST DAY ON THE FIELD THIS SPRING FOR THE NORTH HIGH FOOTBALL SEASON.AND THE NEW HEAD COACH IN CHARGE.

EARNEST GRAHAM EMBARKING ON SOMETHING NEW. BEING A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH. Return to index of stories...


NFM PRACTICE-SOTVO


COACH GRAHAM AND HIS RED KNIGHTS PLAY THEIR SPRING GAME ON FRIDAY NIGHT.MAY 23RD AT LEHIGH.

IT'S THE REASON THEY WAITED UNTIL TODAY FOR THEIR FIRST PRACTICE. Return to index of stories...


NBA CLIPPERS-ON CAM


NBA COMMISSIONER ADAM SILVER WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 2-PM TUESDAY TO ADDRESS THE LATEST INTO THE INVESTIGATION OF CLIPPERS OWNER DONALD STERLING FOLLOWING THOSE ALLEDGED RACIALLY INSENSITIVE COMMENTS.

CAR-MAX.SAYS IT'S DECIDED TO END IT'S 9 YEAR SPONSORSHIP OF THE TEAM AS A RESULT OF STERLING'S REMARKS. OTHERS ARE FOLLOWING THEM. Return to index of stories...


JACK RAMSAY DIES-VOTOPS


THE DONALD STERLING SAGA.HAS TAKEN THE NBA AWAY FROM CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF DOCTOR JACK RAMSAY.

THE HALL OF FAME BASKETBALL COACH PASSED AWAY MONDAY.DOWN IN NAPLES.

HIS 1977 PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS WON THE NBA TITLE AND WHEN DOCOTR JACK RETIRED AFTER THE 1988 SEASON.HE WAS 2ND IN ALL TIME WINS IN LEAGUE HISTORY.

DOCTOR JACK RAMSAY WAS 89 YEAR OLD. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS TOSS-ON CAM


YOUNG BASKETBALL FANS WILL REMEMBER DOCTOR JACK FOR HIS YEARS OF DOING MIAMI HEAT GAMES ON T-V.

THE HEAT WILL TRY TO ADVANCE TO THE 2ND ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS. THEY PLAY GAME 4 IN CHARLOTTE TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


AHEAD AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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11 PM TEASE-NWSRM-VO


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SAVING DUCKLINGS-(4) SS


THE CAPE CORAL FIRE DEPARTMENT SAVED 20 DUCKLINGS FROM A STORM DRAIN THIS MORNING.

THEY FELL THROUGH A DRAIN ON NORTHEAST 15TH PLACE, JUST WEST OF DEL PRADO BOULEVARD.

A MOM SPOTTED THE FAMILY WHILE TAKING HER DAUGHTER TO SCHOOL, WHEN SHE CAME BACK SHE ONLY NOTICED 4 DUCKLINGS.

BY THE TIME THE FIRE DEPARMENT ARRIVED, ALL OF THEM WERE IN THE DRAIN.

CREWS SLOWLY ADDED WATER INTO THE DRAIN, AND AS THE DUCKLINGS FLOATED TO THE TOP, THEY WERE PLUCKED OUT.

ALL 20 BABIES WERE REUNITED WITH THEIR MOTHER, WHO STOOD WATCH THE WHOLE TIME. Return to index of stories...


CLOSE-4SHOT


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