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DIRECTORS PAGE FM BURGLAR SURVEILLANCE-SSTOPS (3)
HLA) FMB COUPLE KILLED-trx SOTVOTOPS PUNTA GORDA POLICE MEMORIAL-VO-WIPE
HLB) HOME INVASIONS-trx VOTOPS PUNTA GORDA POLICE MEMORIAL-SOTVO
HLC) CAPE PORN ARREST-trx VOTOPS TEASE ONE-1-SHOT
5PM OPEN-CLIP TZ1 A) FLOATING HOUSE-SOTVO
FIRST WEATHER-STC TZ1 B) STOLEN RING-SSTOPS
TOSS TO DAVE-trx VO in TC MON-LIVE TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC
FMB COUPLE KILLED-REM-LIVE MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS
FMB COUPLE KILLED-PKG ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
FMB COUPLE KILLED-REM-LIVE FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
HOME INVASIONS SPECIAL OPEN-trx SOTTOPS CHARLOTTE SPORTS COMPLEX-trx OC
TEAM COVERAGE TOSS-2SHOT, ST-TBX CHARLOTTE SPORTS COMPLEX-BNR-PKG
COLLIER HOME INVASIONS-REM-LIVE LEHIGH SHOOTING-ZM MAP, VO
COLLIER HOME INVASIONS-PKG SPERONIS ANIMAL NEGLECT-SS, VO
COLLIER HOME INVASIONS-REM-LIVE FL MORTGAGE REDUCTIONS-VO-WIPE
TOSS TO BRYAN-VO in PLASMA-LIVE FL MORTGAGE REDUCTIONS-SOTVO
ORLANDO ARRESTS-SAT 27 TEASE TWO-2SHOT
ORLANDO ARRESTS-PKG TZ2 A) FLOATING HOUSE-TBA
ORLANDO ARRESTS-SAT 27 TZ2 B) NEW AT 6 TEASE-VOTOPS
TEASE TO 5:30P STORY-OC FLOATING HOUSE-VOPLASMA
TOSS TO ALEX-VO in O-AniBX, LIVE FLOATING HOUSE-PKG
CAPE CORAL CHILD PORN-REM-LIVE NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT
CAPE CORAL CHILD PORN-PKG A) HOME INVASION SUSPECTS-VO-WIPE
CAPE CORAL CHILD PORN-REM-LIVE B) DOG ATTACK FAMILY SPEAKS-VOTOPS
PC SON SHOOTS FATHER-SS, OC  


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HLA) FMB COUPLE KILLED-trx SOTVOTOPS


03:36-

"The guy that had shot them was all full of blood."

A DEADLY SHOOTING TODAY AT A POPULAR HOT SPOT FOR BOATERS.

WHAT WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION -- NEAR FORT MYERS BEACH. Return to index of stories...


HLB) HOME INVASIONS-trx VOTOPS


WITHIN THE LAST HALF HOUR --DEPUTIES CONFIRMED --

THREE MASKED MEN CAUGHT BREAKING INTO A HOME NEAR ORLANDO **ARE TIED TO THE VIOLENT HOME INVASIONS HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

TONIGHT -- ONLY NBC 2 TALKS WITH ONE OF THE FIRST VICTIMS. Return to index of stories...


HLC) CAPE PORN ARREST-trx VOTOPS


AND A CAPE CORAL MAN -- ARRESTED FOR MAKING CHILD PORN -- WITH A TEEN HE MET AT A CHURCH.

WHY POLICE TELL US -- THERE MAY BE MORE VICTIMS. Return to index of stories...


5PM OPEN-CLIP


5PM OPEN Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER-STC


GREAT WEATHER TO CLOSE THE WORK WEEK

After another unsettled and stormy day across Southwest Florida, scattered showers and a few storms will push through the area during the evening time frame. Temps this evening will fall into the 70s. The rain exits overnight with some partial clearing as overnight lows fall into the low 70s.

As promised, better weather is ahead for Friday. The storm system will be long gone, with plenty of sunshine expected during the daytime hours. Cooler air will also rush in, with highs only making it into the low 80s. It will be breezy on Friday, with a Small Craft Advisory in effect for the gulf waters.

The weekend still looks great, with plenty of sun both Saturday and Sunday. Barely a cloud in the sky is expected both weekend days, with highs in the mid 80s. Overnights will also be comfortable, with lows in the upper 50s to low 60s.

Next week looks pleasant and dry. We'll continue mostly sunny skies on Monday, with highs climbing into the upper 80s.

A touch more moisture works into the area midweek, resulting in a touch more cloud cover. Highs Tuesday and Wednesday will hold in the mid to upper 80s.

No major storm system looks to be on the horizon for all of next week, with temps holding in the upper 80s late week. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO DAVE-trx VO in TC MON-LIVE


TWO PEOPLE WERE FOUND DEAD THIS MORNING ON A BOAT NEAR FORT MYERS BEACH.

THIS IS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FROM SKY 2 --

YOU SEE INVESTIGATORS AROUND THE BOAT.WAITING ON A SEARCH WARRANT.

WITNESSES TELL NBC 2 --

THEY HEARD GUN SHOTS AND THEN, THEY SAW A MAN IN A TRENCH COAT WALKING AWAY COVERED IN BLOOD.

NBC-2S DAVE ELIAS HAS BEEN WORKING HIS SOURCES ALL DAY AND JOINS US LIVE WITH THE VERY LATEST.

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FMB COUPLE KILLED-REM-LIVE


RIGHT NOW -- LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE SAYING VERY LITTLE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED HERE JUST AFTER 8 THIS MORNING.

BUT THOSE WHO WERE IN THE AREA HAVE A LOT TO SAY ABOUT WHAT APPEARS TO BE A DOUBLE HOMICIDE. Return to index of stories...


FMB COUPLE KILLED-PKG


03:36 The guy that had shot them was all full of blood and that he came out and was bloody. So law enforcement saw him and arrested him right away. 03:44

DON MEISTER LIKE MANY OTHERS WERE HERE EARLY THIS MORNING AFTER FOLKS REPORTED HEARING A COUPLE ARGUING WITH SOMEONE THEY KNEW.

MOMENTS LATER SOME EARLY MORNING BOATERS REPORTED HEARING GUN SHOTS.

OTHERS WHO DIDN'T WANT TO GO ON CAMERA REPORTED SEEING THE SUSPECT CARRYING THIS BROWN BRIEF CASE, WEARING A TRENCH COAT AND COVERED IN BLOOD.

Don Meister/Labelle Fl

01:52 As he was leaving I guess someone saw him and the sheriff's department got hold of him. 2:00

DIVERS WERE BROUGHT IN.

SPECULATION IS THEY MAY HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR A WEAPON.

DEPUTIES CONFIRM THERE WAS A SMALL FIRE ON THE BOAT THAT WAS QUICKLY PUT OUT. WE'VE CONFIRMED THE BOAT BELONGED TO HARRY CARLIP. HIS FAMILY MEMBERS SAY HE AND HIS FIANCE WERE SET TO BE MARRIED THIS WEEKEND AND PLANNED ON LIVING ABOARD THE BOAT.

Hugh Manning/Lives Nearby.

11:35 It's very startling.

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FMB COUPLE KILLED-REM-LIVE


AT THIS HOUR -- I'M TOLD DETECTIVES ARE WAITING FOR A SEARCH WARRANT TO SEARCH THE BOAT.

A CAR BELIEVED TO BELONG TO THE SUPSPECT WAS TAKEN AWAY AS EVIDENCE.

LIVE FROM FORT MYERS BEACH DAVE ELIAS NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


HOME INVASIONS SPECIAL OPEN-trx SOTTOPS


FAMILIES TIED UP --

HELD AT GUN-POINT --

AND ROBBED.

you never know if these guys are going to lose it and put a bullet in the back of your head.

TONIGHT -- THREE MEN ARE IN JAIL -- CAUGHT BREAKING INTO A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR HOME NEAR ORLANDO.

IT COULD BE THE BIGGEST BREAK YET IN A STRING OF VIOLENT HOME INVASIONS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE TOSS-2SHOT, ST-TBX


DEPUTIES TELL NBC 2 THEY FOUND DUCT TAPE -- ZIP TIES -- AND A STOLEN GUN FROM COLLIER COUNTY ON THE MEN.

NBC 2 BROKE THE STORY LAST NIGHT AT 11.

TONIGHT OUR BRYAN ANDERSON IS IN ORLANDO WHERE THE MEN WERE NABBED.

BUT WE BEGIN WITH RICK RITTER IN COLLIER COUNTY. BREAKING NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONNECTION TO THE STRING OF HOME INVASIONS HERE. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER HOME INVASIONS-REM-LIVE


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COLLIER HOME INVASIONS-PKG


A TERRIFYING ORDEAL LIKE NO OTHER.

00:51-01:02

you know what you experienced.

A VICTIM IN ONE OF THE FIRST HOME INVASIONS IN THIS VIOLENT, STATEWIDE CRIME SPREE.

THIS WHITE BOULEVARD HOMEOWNER WAS ROBBED ALMOST THREE MONTHS AGO TO THE DAY.

00:55

you never know if these guys are going to lose it and put a bullet in the back of your head.

A JOINT TASK FORCE BELIEVES THESE THREE MEN ARRESTED IN ORANGE COUNTY ARE THE SAME MASKED MEN WHO STORMED INTO A GOLDEN GATE ESTATES HOME AND HELD AN ENTIRE FAMILY AT GUN POINT.

TONIGHT - THE VICTIM BREATHING A SIGH OF RELIEF - BUT STILL, TOO SCARED TO SHOW HIS FACE.

05:44-05:51

we're excited that they caught the guys this way no one has to suffer like we did.

INVESTIGATORS SAY FRANK BOWER JUNIOR, JONATHAN CONTRERAS, AND ANDRES PEREZ - WERE CAUGHT IN THE ACT MONDAY --

COMPLETE WITH DUCT TAPE -- ZIP TIES AND GUNS -- AT LEAST ONE OF THEM POSSIBLY STOLEN FROM COLLIER COUNTY.

CONTRERAS AND PEREZ ARE FROM IMMOKALEE.

BUT EVEN WITH THESE ARRESTS - HOMEOWNERS ARE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO MOVE ON.

Vannessa Hendriksen/Naples

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COLLIER HOME INVASIONS-REM-LIVE


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TOSS TO BRYAN-VO in PLASMA-LIVE


INVESTIGATORS TELL NBC 2 THEY CAUGHT THE THREE MEN TRYING TO CUT A FENCE OUTSIDE THIS HOME NEAR ORLANDO -- WEARING MASKS AND HOLDING GUNS --

THEY HAD A BACKPACK WITH DUCT TAPE AND ZIP TIES.

NBC 2'S BRYAN ANDERSON CONTINUES OUR TEAM COVERAGE RIGHT NOW LIVE IN ORLANDO WITH WHAT COULD BE A BIG BREAK IN THE CASE. Return to index of stories...


ORLANDO ARRESTS-SAT 27


THE THREE SUSPECTS REMAIN BEHIND BARS IN THE ORANGE COUNTY JAIL BEHIND ME.

THEY'VE POSTED THEIR BONDS.

BUT THEY CAN'T LEAVE YET --

AND IF WHAT OUR SOURCES TELL US IS TRUE -- THE TRIO WON'T BE GETTING OUT ANYTIME SOON. Return to index of stories...


ORLANDO ARRESTS-PKG


TRT-1:20

Beth Taylor, Orlando resident-:18-:23

Bill Kitchen, Home Invasion Victim-:35-:40

Lenny Rebero, Orlando resident-:52-:56

LOCKED UP IN ORLANDO.

ALL EYES ARE ON THE MEN IN THESE THREE MUG SHOTS.

MARK BOWERS JUNIOR, JONATHAN CONTRERAS, AND ANDRES PEREZ.

ORANGE COUNTY DEPUTIES BUSTED THEM MONDAY NIGHT.

THE TAKE DOWN HAPPENING MOMENTS BEFORE THEY MADE IT INTO THIS HIGH-END HOME.

---SOT---

Beth Taylor, Orlando resident

07:46:33-:39

Frightening, I just can't believe that it would happen in our neighborhood because it's been a safe neighborhood for all these years.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE SUSPECTS WERE COVERED HEAD TO TOE IN BLACK.

THE NINJA-LIKE DESCRIPTIONS ARE IDENTICAL TO THESE SURVEILLANCE PICTURES.

JUST TWO WEEKS AGO IN WINDERMERE BILL KITCHEN STOOD HELPLESS TIED UP.

---SOT---

BILL KITCHEN, HOME INVASION VICTIM

:08-:15

They were quite threatening. If I didn't, they said that I wouldn't like the outcome.

ACCORDING TO THEIR ARREST REPORTS, BOWER JUNIOR LIVES IN CENTRAL FLORIDA.

CONTRERAS AND PEREZ ARE FROM IMMOKALEE.

AND ONE GUN DETECTIVES FOUND ON THEM THEY SAY WAS STOLEN FROM COLLIER COUNTY.

---SOT---

Lenny Rebero, Orlando resident

06:56:23-:26

It's dangerous, but I don't see nothing like this here.

THERE'S ONE MORE DETAIL THAT STANDS OUT IN THOSE REPORTS.THREE KEY WORDS.

"CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION"

THAT IS WHAT DETECTIVES SAY LEAD THEM TO WATCH OVER THE TRIO CLOSELY THIS WEEK.

TONIGHT WE WAIT TO FIND OUT IF THEIR ARRESTS SOLVED A STRING OF HOME INVASIONS PLAGUING CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

---SOT---

BETH

07:47:34-:40

I hope this is the end of the road. This might teach some other people too that you can't get away with it. Eventually you'll get caught. Return to index of stories...


ORLANDO ARRESTS-SAT 27


BEFORE THE SUSPECTS CAN BOND OUT -- THEY HAVE TO SHOW WHERE THEIR BOND MONEY IS COMING FROM.

THE JAIL SAYS THAT HASN'T HAPPENED YET --

AND EVERYTHING COULD CHANGE IF THEY ARE TIED TO MORE HOME INVASIONS.

LIVE OUTSIDE THE ORANGE COUNTY JAIL IN ORLANDO, BRYAN ANDERSON, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TO 5:30P STORY-OC


NBC2 WILL CONTINUE TO DIG FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS HIGH-PROFILE CASE.

AT FIVE-THIRTY, WE'LL TALK WITH PEOPLE WHO KNOW TWO OF THE MAN FROM IMMOKALEE. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO ALEX-VO in O-AniBX, LIVE


DEVELOPING TONIGHT IN CAPE CORAL --

INVESTIGATORS SAY A MAN PRODUCED CHILD PORNOGRAPHY WITH A BOY HE MET THROUGH A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZIATION --

AND POLICE THINK THERE MAY BE MORE VICTIMS.

NBC2'S ALEX DE ARMAS BROKE THE STORY TODAY -- SHE'S LIVE OUTSIDE THE LEE COUNTY JAIL WHERE THE MAN IS BEING HELD. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL CHILD PORN-REM-LIVE


WHEN THIS ALL HAPPENED -- 55-YEAR OLD KENNETH DUBEAU WAS RENTING A ROOM IN A HOUSE IN CAPE CORAL.

THE OWNER OF THAT HOUSE SAYS SHES DISGUSTED AND SHOULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING.

WHILE THE DUBEAU IS IN THE JAIL BEHIND ME-- POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR MORE VICTIMS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL CHILD PORN-PKG


A CAPE CORAL MAN IS ARRESTED FOR HAVING AND MAKING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY--

SOT

15:32-15:35

"He's taking advantage of a boy. "

THE VICTIM-- A 14 YEAR OLD SOUTHWEST FLORIDA BOY.

Marilyn Hare, Homeowner of where Dibeau Lived

14:29-14:34 "I probably had a sneaky idea yeah he bought him a phone. He showered him with gifts. "

MARILYN HARE OWNS THE HOME WHERE POLICE SAY KENNETH DUBEAU TOOK NAKED PICTURES OF THE TEENAGER.

THE HOMEOWNER SAYS THE 55 YEAR OLD HAD A 16 YEAR OLD BOY LIVING WITH HIM.

12:54-13:05 "He presented him as a fella that was from church and his father wasn't taking good care of him and he said he was going to come and spend a couple of evenings with him. "

POLICE HAVE NOT CONFIRMED IF ITS THE SAME BOY WHO CAME FORWARD.

POLICE SAY THE 14 YEAR OLD VICTIM MET THE MAN AT A CAPE CORAL CHURCH.

HES SLEPT OVER DUBEAU'S HOME SEVERAL TIMES IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

SOT

DANA

57:46-57:55

"He was sleeping on a mattress on the floor and while sleeping KENNETH got out of his bed and laid down next to him and touched his genitals. "

LOOKING BACK--

HARE SAYS SHE WISHES SHE WOULD HAVE NOTICE SOMETHING WAS GOING ON.

15:02-15:15 "Awful. Just awful that's just terrible. I feel so badly for that boy such a nice kid. He really is. What a wonderful young man. " Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL CHILD PORN-REM-LIVE


DU-BOW WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY -- AND IS STILL IN JAIL RIGHT NOW.

POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING -- AND SAY THERE MAY BE OTHER YOUNG VICTIMS INVOLVED.

COMING UP AT 6 -- NBC2 SPOKE TO THE MANS NEIGHBORS ABOUT THIS DISTURBING DISCOVERY. Return to index of stories...


PC SON SHOOTS FATHER-SS, OC


A PORT CHARLOTTE MAN IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING HIS DAD IN THE STOMACH -- WITH A SHOTGUN.

TUCKER HUCKNALL TOLD DEPUTIES -- HE WAS FIGHTING WITH HIS DAD LAST NIGHT AT THEIR BARNES STREET HOME AND GRABBED THE GUN.

HIS FATHER SAYS HE WAS TRYING TO GET IT OUT OF HIS SON'S HANDS WHEN HE WAS SHOT.

TONIGHT -- HE'S RECOVERING IN THE HOSPITAL. Return to index of stories...


FM BURGLAR SURVEILLANCE-SSTOPS (3)


POLICE SAY THESE SURVEILLANCE PICTURES HELPED THEM CATCH A MAN -- WHO BROKE INTO A FORT MYERS HOME.

INVESTIGATORS SAY SAMUEL THOMAS RANSACKED A HOME THIS WEEK ON BREVARD AVENUE AND STOLE 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF ELECTRONICS AND A HANDGUN.

TWO DAYS AFTER THE BREAK-IN -- POLICE SAY THEY FOUND THOMAS -- WEARING THE SAME CLOTHES AND CARRYING THE SAME BACKPACK. Return to index of stories...


PUNTA GORDA POLICE MEMORIAL-VO-WIPE


THE PUNTA GORDA POLICE DEPARTMENT HONORED ITS FALLEN OFFICERS TODAY AS PART OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK.

THE DEPARTMENT DEDICATED TWO STONE BENCHES THAT WILL SIT IN THE THE GARDEN JUST OUTSIDE THE MAIN STATION.

THEY'RE ENGRAVED WITH THE NAMES OF MARSHAL JOHN BOWMAN AND ASSISTANT CHIEF RICHARD BEECHER. Return to index of stories...


PUNTA GORDA POLICE MEMORIAL-SOTVO


Jeff Hause/Family Friend

"My father was a good friend of Richard's. I remember going over to their house, having dinner as a small child. The benches are significant in remembering Richard and Mr. Bowman."

DONATIONS FROM FORMER OFFICERS AND THE COMMUNITY PAID FOR THE BENCHES. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-1-SHOT


IT'S ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT HOUSES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

AND TODAY --

IT WAS ON THE MOVE!

​29:53 - 29:57

"Everybody wants to come take a look at it, take pictures with it, see it and check it out."

WE'LL SHOW YOU WHAT IT TOOK TO GET THIS "FLOATING HOUSE" TO ITS NEW HOME.

AND LATER --

AN UNBELIEVEABLE STORY OUT OF LEE COUNTY -- DEPUTIES SAY THIS MAN STOLE A RING OFF A DEAD WOMAN! Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) FLOATING HOUSE-SOTVO


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TZ1 B) STOLEN RING-SSTOPS


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TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC


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MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS


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ROBERT 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.

GREAT WEATHER TO CLOSE THE WORK WEEK

After another unsettled and stormy day across Southwest Florida, scattered showers and a few storms will push through the area during the evening time frame. Temps this evening will fall into the 70s. The rain exits overnight with some partial clearing as overnight lows fall into the low 70s.

As promised, better weather is ahead for Friday. The storm system will be long gone, with plenty of sunshine expected during the daytime hours. Cooler air will also rush in, with highs only making it into the low 80s. It will be breezy on Friday, with a Small Craft Advisory in effect for the gulf waters.

The weekend still looks great, with plenty of sun both Saturday and Sunday. Barely a cloud in the sky is expected both weekend days, with highs in the mid 80s. Overnights will also be comfortable, with lows in the upper 50s to low 60s.

Next week looks pleasant and dry. We'll continue mostly sunny skies on Monday, with highs climbing into the upper 80s.

A touch more moisture works into the area midweek, resulting in a touch more cloud cover. Highs Tuesday and Wednesday will hold in the mid to upper 80s.

No major storm system looks to be on the horizon for all of next week, with temps holding in the upper 80s late week. Return to index of stories...


CHARLOTTE SPORTS COMPLEX-trx OC


MORE TOURISTS ARE STAYING IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY THAN EVER BEFORE --

NBC-2'S LUCAS SEILER DISCOVERED TODAY --

AN EMPHASIS ON SPORTING EVENTS COULD BE THE MAIN REASON FOR THE HIKE. Return to index of stories...


CHARLOTTE SPORTS COMPLEX-BNR-PKG


TRT 1:22

:06-:11 Lorah Steiner, Director of Tourism

:20-:28 Becky Bovell, Charlotte County Tourism Hall of Fame Inductee, Former Deputy Chief of Tourism

1:09-1:15 Anthony Hargrove, Local and former NFL player

NAT charlotte park

IT DRAWS TENS OF THOUSANDS EVERY YEAR - PUMPING MILLIONS INTO THE LOCAL ECONOMY AT CHARLOTTE SPORTS PARK.

"We have been so amazed at the numbers we've at the last few years."

UP UNTIL RECENTLY, CHARLOTTE COUNTY'S TOURISM INDUSTRY STRUGGLED WITH A SENSE OF ATTRACTION CRITICAL FOR BRINGING PEOPLE IN - HURRICANE CHARLEY PUT A DAMPER ON PROGRESS.

… BUT ONLY TEMPORARILY… IN THE LONG RUN, IT ACTUALLY ENDED UP PUTTING CHARLOTTE COUNTY ON THE MAP.

"It brought us new hotels, it brought us this beautiful convention center and numerous other things that have helped us improve the tourism landscape of Charlotte County."

MANY OF THE PEOPLE STAYING IN THOSE HOTELS, TOURISM DIRECTORS SAY, ARE HERE TO WATCH THESE GAMES AT CHARLOTTE SPORTS PARK… OR PARTICIPATE IN OTHER EVENTS LIKE SNOWBIRD BASEBALL - WHICH HAS A SEVEN-PLUS MILLION DOLLAR ECONOMIC IMPACT EVERY YEAR.

"We were up 21 percent in Dec, up more than 19 in Feb and up 17 in March."

FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY, THE COUNTY RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SPORTS TOURISM INDUSTRY… ESTABLISHING THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY TOURISM HALL OF FAME - HONORING BOTH PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES AND THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED GROW THE INDUSTRY LOCALLY.

"It is very gratifying to see what people had to say about me and I am truly honored to be the first inductee into the tourism hall of fame."

"It feels good to come home… to be loved and ya know… just always a great time to be home."

CHARLOTTE COUNTY IS NOW EXPLORING OTHER AVENUES TO BRING ADDITIONAL EVENTS TO THE AREA, ALTHOUGH TOURISM DIRECTORS CAN'T CONFIRM SPECIFICS JUST YET.

IN CC, LS, NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH SHOOTING-ZM MAP, VO


NBC 2 IS LEARNING MORE ABOUT AN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING IN LEHIGH ACRES.

DEPUTIES TELL US A CAR PULLED UP TO A HOME AT SPARTA AVENUE AND MEADOW ROAD -- JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

A GUNMAN FIRED SEVERAL SHOTS --

AND THEN, DROVE AWAY.

NO ONE WAS HURT. Return to index of stories...


SPERONIS ANIMAL NEGLECT-SS, VO


THE CAPE CORAL WOMAN -- KNOWN FOR "LIVING OFF THE GRID" -- WAS ARRESTED FOR ANIMAL NEGLECT.

NBC 2 WAS THERE TODAY -- AS ROBIN SPERONIS WENT BEFORE A LEE COUNTY JUDGE.

WE TOLD YOU LAST MONTH --

ONE OF HER DOGS HAS A CHRONIC SKIN CONDITION AND HAD TO BE REMOVED FROM HER HOME ON A STRETCHER.

SPERONIS IS LIVING WITHOUT NO POWER, NO WATER AND NO SEWER AND HAS BEEN FIGHTING THE CITY OVER HER WAY OF LIFE. Return to index of stories...


FL MORTGAGE REDUCTIONS-VO-WIPE


YOU MAY HAVE THE CHANCE TO CUT YOUR HOME MORTGAGE BY UP TO 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THE ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS RE-OPENED TODAY FOR THE FLORIDA HARDEST-HIT FUND.

THE STATE ACCEPTED 25-THOUSAND APPLICATIONS LAST FALL AND THEN CLOSED THE PROGRAM.

MANY APPLICANTS DID NOT MEET ALL THE CRITERIA.

OFFICIALS SAY THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO HELP RESPONSIBLE HOMEOWNERS DURING TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES. Return to index of stories...


FL MORTGAGE REDUCTIONS-SOTVO


Cecka Green, Florida Housing Finance Corporation

"People got two or three jobs. They got extra streams of income. They used their savings, and in some cases may have pulled some retirement money out to stay current on their mortgage, because we know regarding credit, that is very important."

TO QUALIFY -- YOU MUST LIVE IN THE HOME AND OWE MORE THAN 125-PERCENT OF THE MARKET VALUE.

THERE ARE ALSO INCOME LIMITS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2SHOT


IT WAS NO ORDINARY MOVING DAY IN CAPE CORAL.

THE FAMOUS "FLOATING HOUSE" WAS TOWED TO ITS NEW HOME -- AND IT DREW QUITE THE CROWD.

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW CREWS DID IT --

AND WHY IT WAS NO EASY FEAT. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) FLOATING HOUSE-TBA


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TZ2 B) NEW AT 6 TEASE-VOTOPS


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FLOATING HOUSE-VOPLASMA


THE FAMOUS FLOATING HOUSE in cape coral FINALLY MADE IT TO ITS NEW HOME TODAY.

NBC2 WAS THERE AS CREWS TOWED THE MASSIVE BARGE ABOUT A MILE UPSTREAM -- NEAR THE TARPON POINT MARINA.

WE SENT NBC2'S NICK CILETTI TO FIND OUT WHAT IT TOOK TO MOVE ALL 30 TONS. Return to index of stories...


FLOATING HOUSE-PKG


NATS -- MAN FISHING

BRIAN BENO COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR A MORE PERFECT DAY TO HIT THE DOCKS AND SEE WHAT HE CAN CATCH.

i'm just fishing. Waiting for my wife to wake up

BUT HIS WIFE. WHO'S STILL IN BED. IS DEFINITELY MISSING SOMETHING -- AND WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT WHAT COULD BE LURKING BELOW THE WATER.

i've only bee here two days and that's all anybody's talking about

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHAT'S ABOVE THE WATER!

it's not something you see on the water everyday

IT'S BEEN DUBBED "THE FLOATING HOUSE." - DRIFTING RIGHT NEAR THE TARPON POINT MARINA IN CAPE CORAL FOR MORE THAN A MONTH.

WE FOUND OUT EARLIER THIS WEEK IT HAS HOLLYWOOD TIES.

HULK HOGAN USED IT AS HIS HOME IN THE MOVIE "THUNDER IN PARADISE."

NATS --

WE WERE THERE SIDE BY SIDE WITH CREWS AS THEY MOVED THE BOAT TO IT'S NEW HOME - A MILE UPSTREAM - TO POPCORN COVE.

THE TOWBOAT CREWS SAY MOVING IT WASN'T THE HARD PART.

NATS -

TWO 120-POUND ANCHORS DID NOT WANT TO BUDGE!

THE BARGE'S OWNER AND HIS EMPLOYEES AT "JASPER'S BAIT" DOVE RIGHT IN THE WATER TO TRY AND LOOSEN THE ANCHORS.

That wasn't working, so we actually had to use a larger boat to then pout them on a smaller boat

Stand Up

:18

The crews were finally able to free up those anchors from the house barge. They had to leave them in the ground b/c they're just so heavy. Another boat is going to come tow them away. In the meantime, you can see the house barge has started to move and it's going pretty quickly at the moment. Believe it or not, once we get out of this channel here it's gonna go even faster

AND FASTER IT WENT - PICKING UP SPEED WITH EVERY INCH - ALL 60-THOUSAND POUNDS OF IT!

no! This is definitely a first

JONATHAN BLAKE HAS TOWED PLENTY OF "ODD" THINGS IN HIS SIX YEARS WITH TOWBOAT US -- BUT NEVER A HOUSE!

AND ALTHOUGH THE HOUSE THAT HULK BUILT IS ONE MADE OF MUSCLE - HE RELIED ON PURE PHYSICS

the only thing you need is momentum

AFTER TWO HOURS -

IT MADE IT -

IT'S A FAR CRY FROM HOLLYWOOD.BUT THE GUYS WITH JASPER'S BAIT SAYS THEY'RE FINALLY GETTING USED TO THE HOME'S "STAR STATUS"

nick- Feel like a movie star?

Jason: A little bit.yeah! There's a first time for everything!

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THE SUSPECTS CONNECTED TO HOME INVASIONS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA AND ORLANDO HAVE INTERESTING PASTS.

WE HAVE REACTION FROM PEOPLE WHO KNOW TWO OF THEM, NEXT AT 5:30.

PLUS: IT'S THE VIDEO PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE WATCHING OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

A FAMILY'S CAT PROTECTED A BOY FROM A NEIGHBORHOOD DOG.

THAT FAMILY TALKS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED, AHEAD AT 5-30. Return to index of stories...


A) HOME INVASION SUSPECTS-VO-WIPE


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B) DOG ATTACK FAMILY SPEAKS-VOTOPS


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