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ANCHOR SUPERS COAST GUARD RESCUE-WIPE, VOTOPS
HEADLINES-ANIBOXES FRED COOPER TRIAL DNA EVIDENCE-TRX, SSTOPS
CAPE CORAL DEADLY SHOOTING-VIDBOX FRED COOPER TRIAL DNA EVIDENCE-PKG
CREDIT CARD SKIMMER-VIDBOX FRED COOPER TRIAL DNA EVIDENCE-TAG
FM BIZZARE ARREST-VIDBOX SULLIVAN TO PAY-ONCAM, VO
WX HEADLINE-WX CENTER SULLIVAN TO PAY-SOTVO
GOOD MORNING-1 SHOT CLAWSON TEST RESULTS-VOTOPS
OPEN-CLIP BENACQUISTO LUNCH-CG TOPS
GOOD MORNING-ONCAM-PUSH BOATER WARNING-ONCAM, VO
TODAY'S WEATHER-WX CENTER BOATER WARNING-SOTVO
CLIFTON LIVE-TRX, OC, SSFLY RED SNAPPER SEASON-VOTOPS
CLIFTON LIVE-LIVE POPE VISIT TO MIDDLE EAST-ONCAM, VO
CLIFTON LIVE-SOT MARC SCIALDO RESERVE CENTER-ONCAM, VO
CLIFTON LIVE-VO TEASE FOUR-2 SHOT
CLIFTON LIVE-LIVE TZ4 FL TURKEY WATCH LIST-VO WIPE
CAPE SHOOTING INVESTIGATION-SS, VO TZ4 PUNTA GORDA CANAL-VOTOPS
SANTA BARBARA SHOOTING-TRX, VOTOPS FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
CHRISTY: LCSO SKIMMER-TRX, SSTOPS, TAG FORECAST-WXWALL
CHRISTY: LCSO SKIMMER-VO IN PLASMA FL TURKEY WATCH LIST-OTS
CHRISTY: LCSO SKIMMER-VO, SS FL TURKEY WATCH LIST-PKG
CHRISTY: LCSO SKIMMER-SOTVO FL TURKEY WATCH LIST-TAG
CHRISTY: LCSO SKIMMER-PLASMA HURRICANE SALES TAX HOLIDAY-ONCAM, CG
NFM DEATH INVESTIGATION-SSTOPS, VO KANSIUS CANCER RESEARCH-ONCAM, VO
DESOTO MURDER SUSPECT WANTED-TRX, SSTOPS, VO KANSIUS CANCER RESEARCH-SOT, TAG
MALNOURISHED COWS-OTS, SS, VO BAYSHORE FIRE ASSESSMENT-OTS, VO
MALNOURISHED COWS-SOTVO BAYSHORE FIRE ASSESSMENT-SOTVO
BROTHERS ARRESTED AFTER BIZARRE CALL-ONCAM LEE COUNTY DRILLING PERMIT-WIPE, VOTOPS
BROTHERS ARRESTED AFTER BIZARRE CALL-PKG LEE COUNTY DRILLING PERMIT-SOTVO
BROTHERS ARRESTED AFTER BIZARRE CALL-TAG CAPE CLOCK CONCERNS-ONCAM, VO
ORR WANTS NEW TRIAL-ONCAM, VO CAPE CLOCK CONCERNS-SOTVO
FRED COOPER RETRIAL WISH-OTS, VO PUNTA GORDA CANAL-OTS, TRX
CHILD PORN ARREST-ONCAM, SS PUNTA GORDA CANAL-PKG
DIOCESE OF VENICE REAX-ONCAM, VO, SS BATHROOMS AT THE BEACH-ONCAM, VO
LAROSA COMPLAINT LETTER-ONCAM, VO BATHROOMS AT THE BEACH-2 SOTVO
LAROSA COMPLAINT LETTER-SOTVO TOSS TO BREAK-ONCAM
BAYSHORE FIRE ASSESSMENT-OTS TZ CLIFTON BREAKING-VOTOPS
BAYSHORE FIRE ASSESSMENT-PKG NEWS OPEN-CLIP
NAPLES BEAR TRASH-TRX, VOTOPS GOOD MORNING 3-2 SHOT IN WX CNETER
TEASE ONE-ONCAM FIRST WEATHER-WX CENTER
TZ1 COLD WATER CHALLENGE-VOWP CLIFTON LIVE-TRX, ONCAM, boxes
TZ1 THINGS TO DO-VOTOPS CLIFTON LIVE-LIVE, SS
FORECAST OPEN-CLIP CLIFTON LIVE-SOTVO
FORECAST-2.30 CLIFTON LIVE-LIVE
COLD WATER CHALLENGE-ONCAM CAPE SHOOTING INVESTIGATION-OTS, SS, VO
COLD WATER CHALLENGE-PKG SANTA BARBARA SHOOTING-TRX, VOTOPS
BLUEGRASS AND BBQ ON FMB-ONCAM, CG LCSO SKIMMER CHECKS-OTS
SOAP FEST CHARITY WEEKEND-CGTOPS LCSO SKIMMER CHECKS-trxPKG
YOGA DAY AT HYATT-CGTOPS CREDIT CARD BUST-trxSS, VO
MILITARY FREE CONSERVANCY-ONCAM, CG NFM DEATH INVESTIGATION-SS, VO
T2D: NAPLES ZOO FREE-CGTOPS DESOTO MURDER SUSPECT WANTED-TRX, SSTOPS, VO
FIREWORKS TONIGHT-CGTPS MALNOURISHED COWS-OTS, SS, VO
ANNUAL FREEDOM RIDE-ONCAM, CG MALNOURISHED COWS-SOTVO
SUNDAY TRIBUTE TO HEROS-VIDBOX ORR WANTS NEW TRIAL-ONCAM, VO
MEMORIAL DAY DEALS-VOTOPS FRED COOPER RETRIAL WISH-OTS, VO
MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL-ONCAM, VO CHILD PORN ARREST-ONCAM, SS
CURRENT GAS PRICES-TRX, CGTOPS DIOCESE OF VENICE REAX-ONCAM, VO, SS
BAREFOOT BEACH-VOTOPS, CG TEASE SIX-ONCAM
SMART PARTY -ONCAM, CG TZ6 HEALTH MATTERS-VOWP
TEASE TWO-1 SHOT TRASH OR TREASURE-SOTTOPS
TZ2 VIRTUAL SCHOOLS-VO TRASH OR TREASURE-PKG
TZ2 BREAKING NEWS RECAP-VOTOPS FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
VIRTUAL SCHOOLS-VO IN PLASMA FORECAST-WX WALL
VIRTUAL SCHOOLS-PKG HEALTH MATTERS: HIGH FIBER-TRX, VO IN PLASMA
FCAT RESULTS TODAY-OTS HEALTH MATTERS: HIGH FIBER-PKG
CAPE CARDBOARD BOATS-TRX, VOTOPS TEEN JOBS-PLASMA, SS
CAPE CARDBOARD BOATS-SOTVO PREGNANCY AND MUSIC-VOTOPS
PUPPY MILL ADOPTIONS-ONCAM, SS, VO RESTAURANT REVIEWS-VO
TEASE THREE-ONCAM HEALTHY GRILLING-ONCAM, VO
TZ3 CLIFTON LIVE-VO HEALTHY GRILLING-SOTVO
HEADLINES-TC MON TEASE SEVEN-PLASMA
BREAKING NEWS-TC MON TZ6 OFFICER BRINGS BIRTHDAY-VOTOPS
FRED COOPER-TC MON OFFICER BRINGS BIRTHDAY TO KID-INTRO
AZ WILDFIRES-TC MON OFFICER BRINGS BIRTHDAY TO KID-PKG
MAIN OPEN-CLIP OFFICER BRINGS BIRTHDAY TO KID-TAG
GOOD MORNING 2-GFX MAGIC KINGDOM OPEN 24 HOURS-VOTOPS
FIRST WEATHER-WX CENTER MAGIC KINGDOM OPEN 24 HOURS-SOTVO
CLIFTON LIVE-TRX, PLASMA OSCAR PIZZA GUY OPENS BUSINESS-ONCAM, VO
CLIFTON LIVE-LIVE OSCAR PIZZA GUY OPENS BUSINESS-SOTVO
CLIFTON LIVE-VO TS CAPE DEADLY SHOOTING-trx, votops
CLIFTON LIVE-SOTVO TS CAPE SHOOTING INVESTIGATION-SSTOPS, VO
CLIFTON LIVE-LIVE TS CREDIT CARD BUST-SSTOPS, VO
SANTA BARBARA SHOOTING-TRX, VOTOPS TS NFM DEATH INVESTIGATION-SSTOPS, VO
ARIZONA WILDFIRES-OTS, TRX MILITARY FREE CONSERVANCY-CTGTOPS
ARIZONA WILDFIRES-PKG T2D: NAPLES ZOO FREE-CGTOPS
VA HOSPITAL REACTION-ONCAM, VO FINAL WEATHER-3-SHOT
VA HOSPITAL REACTION-SOTVO CLOSE-3-SHOT
MICHELLE KNIGHT INTERVIEW-ONCAM, SOTVO CREDITS-REM LIVE
TAINTED BEEF IN FLORIDA-TRX, ONCAM, VO  


ANCHOR SUPERS


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HEADLINES-ANIBOXES


RIGHT NOW, CAPE CORAL POLICE REMAIN ON SCENE OF AN OVERNIGHT SHOOTING.

ONE PERSON IS DEAD. 2 PEOPLE AT THE HOSPTIAL.

WE ARE LIVE ON SCENE GETTING THE NEWEST INFORMATION.

PLUS-- IF YOU USED YOUR DEBIT CARD RECENTLY IN SOUTWEST FLORIDA, YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK YOUR BANK ACCOUNT THIS MORNING.

AN UNDERCOVER BUST FOUND 3 SKIMMERS AT LOCAL GAS STATIONS, AND NOW ONE OF THE SUSPECTS IS HEADED TO COURT.

WE ARE CREW THERE RIGHT NOW, AS GETS READY TO FACE THE JUDGE.

AND A BIZARRE ARREST IN FORT MYERS.

TWO GUYS CALLED 9-1-1 TO REPORT A THEFT AND THEN ENDED UP IN JAIL THEMSELVES. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL DEADLY SHOOTING-VIDBOX


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CREDIT CARD SKIMMER-VIDBOX


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FM BIZZARE ARREST-VIDBOX


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WX HEADLINE-WX CENTER


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GOOD MORNING-1 SHOT


GOOR MORNING EVERYONE, I'M STACEY DEFFENBAUGH.

THE NEWS AT 9, COMING YOUR WAY NEXT IN JUST 60 SECONDS. Return to index of stories...


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GOOD MORNING-ONCAM-PUSH


GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO N-B-C 2 NEWS TODAY.

I'M STACEY DEFFENBAUGH.

THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS SATURDAY.

OUR TOP STORY THIS MORNING.

THE WEATHER!

WE ARE IN STORE FOR A SUNNY AND HOT WEEKEND!

FOR MORE ON OUR FORECAST HERE'S METEOROLOGIST JASON DUNNING. Return to index of stories...


TODAY'S WEATHER-WX CENTER


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.The unofficial start to summer will live up to its name as the heat and humidity top our weather headlines through this Memorial Day Weekend across Southwest Florida.

Mostly sunny skies will send temperatures quickly into the upper 80s by noon with our daytime highs hitting the low to mid 90s during the peak heating of the day.

Despite all the heat and humidity, rain chances will remain in the "slight" category from now through Memorial Day, but it's possible for a couple of late-day, isolated downpours develop along the sea breeze. Our rain chances will stay around 20% through the weekend.

Our overnights and early mornings will stay quite warm and muggy as well with low temperatures only dropping into the low to mid 70s.

If you're planning to spend some time at the beach, our winds will be northwesterly from 10-15 mph. The water temperatures at the beaches over the weekend will range from 82-84 degrees.

For the boaters, seas will be at 2-3 feet, and our inland waters will be at a light to moderate chop.

As we head into the upcoming week, we'll keep plenty of heat and humidity in the forecast with daytime highs soaring into the low to mid 90s.

Our rain prospects will get a boost by mid week, too, so plan on the possibility for more pop-up showers and storms during the afternoon and evening time frame. Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON LIVE-TRX, OC, SSFLY


WE'RE FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS AT 9:00 --

NBC2 IS ON THE SCENE OF A DEADLY SHOOTING IN CAPE CORAL --

WE'RE LEARNING ONE PERSON IS DEAD -- TWO OTHERS ARE IN THE HOSPITAL.

IT HAPPENED AT 2:00 THIS MORNING IN THE 400 BLOCK OF SOUTHEAST 12TH COURT --

MY CO-ANCHOR CLIFTON FRENCH WAS ON THE SCENE FIRST THING THIS MORNING --

CLIFF -- YOU ARE JUST NOW GETTING NEW DETAILS -- WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING? Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON LIVE-LIVE


I JUST GOT A NEWS RELEASE FROM CAPE CORAL POLICE --

WE'RE TOLD THERE WAS A PARTY HERE -- POLICE WERE ALREADY ON THEIR WAY WHEN THEY GOT SEVERAL CALLS ABOUT A SHOOTING --

WHEN THEY GOT HERE -- ONE PERSON WAS DEAD ON THE SCENE --

WE TALKED TO NEIGHBORS WHO SAY THE HOUSE HAS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR A LONG TIME WITH YOUNG PEOPLE HOLDING FREQUENT LARGE PARTIES. Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON LIVE-SOT


1st sound bite for 9:00

"It just escalated tonight. all of the sudden you heard pop, then a it took a few seconds. They were yelling at eachother. On guy said 'are you going to shoot me?' and another guy yelled a bunch of profanities. And then you heard pop pop again. It waited a few and you heard pop again." Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON LIVE-VO


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CLIFTON LIVE-LIVE


AS OF THE LAST REPORT FROM POLICE -- THE SHOOTER IS STILL ON THE RUN.

POLICE DON'T THINK ANYONE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IS IN DANGER.

LIVE IN CC, CF, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


CAPE SHOOTING INVESTIGATION-SS, VO


NBC2 IS ALSO TRACKING ANOTHER SHOOTING IN CAPE CORAL --

THIS ONE HAPPENED ON SANTA BARABARA BOULEVEARD.

NEIGHBORS TELL US THEY HEARD SEVERAL SHOTS FIRED AROUND NINE FRIDAY NIGHT.

LUCKILY, NO ONE WAS HURT --

POLICE TELL US THEY DID ARREST SOMEONE FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON.

THEY SAY IT STARTED AS A NEIGHBORHOOD DISPUTE.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE WORKING TO GET THE SUSPECT'S NAME -- Return to index of stories...


SANTA BARBARA SHOOTING-TRX, VOTOPS


NBC-2 IS FOLLOWING A DEADLY SHOOTING IN SANTA BARBARA CALIFORNIA THIS MORNING.

SEVEN PEOPLE ARE CONFIRMED DEAD AND SEVEN OTHERS WOUNDED AFTER A SERIES OF DRIVE BY SHOOTINGS OVERNIGHT.

THE SHOOTINGS TOOK PLACE NEAR THE ISLA VISTA STUDENT ENCLAVE NEXT TO U-C SANTA BARBARA'S CAMPUS.

OFFICIALS SAY THE SUSPECTED ATTACKER IS ALSO DEAD.

RIGHT NOW THEY ARE WORKING TO FIND OUT WHETHER THE SUSPET WAS SHOT BY DEPUTIES OR IF THE WOUND IS SELF INFLICTED.

OFFICIALS SAY THE SHOOTINGS OCCURRED AT SEVERAL SITES IN THE TOWN, RESULTING IN NINE CRIME SCENES. Return to index of stories...


CHRISTY: LCSO SKIMMER-TRX, SSTOPS, TAG


NBC2 IS UNCOVERING NEW INFORMATION IN A CRACKDOWN ON CREDIT CARD SKIMMING.

A MAN ARRESTED FOR USING STOLEN CREDIT CARDS AND CARRYING A SKIMMING DEVICE WILL BE IN COURT THIS MORNING.

NBC2'S CHRISTY ANDREWS IS LIVE IN THE STUDIO WITH THE DETAILS. Return to index of stories...


CHRISTY: LCSO SKIMMER-VO IN PLASMA


THIS ALL STARTED AS A JOINT INVESTIGATION IN LEE COUNTY CALLED "OPERATION HIGH OCTANE" Return to index of stories...


CHRISTY: LCSO SKIMMER-VO, SS


INVESTIGATORS UNCOVERED THREE SKIMMING DEVICES YESTERDAY AFTER THEY INSPECTED 32 GAS STATIONS.

THEIR SMALL MAGNETIC STRIPS THAT STEAL YOUR INFORMATION WHEN YOU SWIPE YOUR CARD.

DURING THE OPERATION-- DEPUTIES ARRESTED THIS MAN-- CURTIS DOVER,.

INVESTIGATORS SAY DOVER HAD 30 CLONED CREDIT CARDS HE WAS USING TO STEAL MONEY

DEPUTIES SAY HE TRIED TO ESCAPE CUSTODY---

BUT THEY FOUND HIM A LITTLE WHITE LATER WALKING ON ORTIZ AVENUE NEAR COLONIAL BOULEVARD.

HE IS NOW FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


CHRISTY: LCSO SKIMMER-SOTVO


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CHRISTY: LCSO SKIMMER-PLASMA


COUNT ON US TO BE INSIDE THE COUTROOM THIS MORNING AND BRING YOU ALL THE LATEST DETAILS.

SPECIALISTS WARN TO AVOID THIS HAPPENING TO YOU-- YOU SHOULD USE CASH WHILE YOU ARE GETTING GAS.

AT THE VERY LEAST-- THEY SAY USE A DEBIT CARD -- AND DO NOT RUN IT AT THE PUMP.

GO INSIDE, AND HAVE A STORE CLERK RUN YOUR CARD.

LIVE IN THE STUDIO, CHRISTY ANDREWS, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


NFM DEATH INVESTIGATION-SSTOPS, VO


THIS MORNING N-B-C-2 IS WORKING TO GET MORE DETAILS ABOUT A GRIZZLY DISCOVERY IN NORTH FORT MYERS.

SOMEONE FOUND A BODY IN THE WOODS.

THIS HAPPENED NEAR BAYSHORE AND OLD BRIDGE ROADS.

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE NOW WAITING FOR AN AUTOPSY.

COUNT ON US TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Return to index of stories...


DESOTO MURDER SUSPECT WANTED-TRX, SSTOPS, VO


THE DESOTO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEEDS YOUR HELP FINDING THIS MAN-

REECE STURGIS.

HE'S ACCUSED IN THE DEADLY SHOOTING LAST FRIDAY OF A TEENAGER IN ARCADIA.

15-YEAR-OLD MELVIN HEARNS WAS KILLED WHILE RIDING IN A CAR.

HIS COUSIN 19-YEAR-OLD DEANDRE WILLIAMS WAS SHOT IN BOTH LEGS. Return to index of stories...


MALNOURISHED COWS-OTS, SS, VO


MORE THAN 100 MALNOURISHED CATTLE ARE BEING NURSED BACK TO HEALTH.

THEY WERE FOUND STARVING TO DEATH ON ACRES OF EMPTY PROPERTY NEAR ALICO ROAD.

THEIR OWNER BRIAN FREEMAN IS CHARGED WITH NEGLECTING THE ANIMALS.

NBC-2 DID SOME DIGGING AND FOUND OUT THE PROPERTY OWNERS ARE SAVING THOUSANDS A YEAR IN TAXES BY KEEPING THE COWS ON THEIR PROPERTY

IT'S KNOWN AS THE AGRICULTURE EXEMPTION.

WE'VE ALSO LEARNED-

THIS PROPERTY WAS INSPECTED IN FEBRUARY.

PICTURES FROM THEN SHOW THE COWS AND LAND HEALTHY. Return to index of stories...


MALNOURISHED COWS-SOTVO


WE WENT TO THE ADDRESS THE PROPERTY OWNERS LISTED WITH THE COUNTY.BUT NO ONE WAS HOME. Return to index of stories...


BROTHERS ARRESTED AFTER BIZARRE CALL-ONCAM


NOW TO A BIZARRE THEFT IN FORT MYERS.

2 GUYS CALL 9-1-1 TO REPORT THE THEFT. AND THEN ENDD UP IN JAIL THEMSELVES.

NBC-2'S CHRISTINA LUSBY HAS MORE. Return to index of stories...


BROTHERS ARRESTED AFTER BIZARRE CALL-PKG


KIDNAPPED -- AND HELD AT GUN POINT -- INSIDE THIS HOME --

AND ACCORDING TO POLICE HIS ACCUSED KIDNAPPERS WERE THE ONES WHO CALLED 9-1-1.

Lt. Victor Medico

Fort Myers Police

59:56 my 14 years experience I've never seen anything quite like this 59:59

IT ALL STARTED OVER A GUN -- NIKKO MITCHELL AND

JAMES LLANOS SAID THEY LENT TO ANOTHER MAN.

AND THEY DEMANDED THEY GET IT BACK.

THERE WERE KIDS AND A WOMAN INSIDE THE HOME--

THEY WERE MOVED TO A BACK ROOM.

REPORTS SHOW SHE ASKED THEM NOT TO SHOOT JEREMY WARREN.

SO THE DUO CAME UP WITH A PLAN --

AND DECIDED TO CALL 911.

Lt. Victor Medico

Fort Myers Police

59:45 extremely bizarre i think the only thing that could of made it more bizarre is if they were of asked for crime stoppers money at the end of the incident 59:54

WHEN POLICE ARRIVED --

THEY LEARNED THE VICTIM HAD BEEN KIDNAPPED AT GUN POINT OFF DOUGLAS AVE.

REPORTS SHOW HE WAS PISTOL WHIPPED -- HAD A GUN TO HIS HEAD AND CHEST--

AND WAS FORCED INTO THIS MERCEDES BENZ--

THEN TAKEN TO THIS HOME OFF BLOUNT STREET.

POLICE KNOW THIS BECAUSE MITCHELL AND LLANOS --

00:40 were brutally honest and we are very thankful for that 00:43

BUT POLICE SAY THEY COULDN'T OVER LOOK THE CRIME THEY'D COMMITTED.

THEY WERE SERIOUS FELONIES.

REPORTS SHOW MITCHELL AND LLANOS WERE ANGRY --

WITH WARREN CALLING HIM A THIEF.

WHILE WARRAN HAS QUITE THE RECORD--HE'S BEEN ARRESTED 20 TIMES IN LEE COUNTY--HE WASN'T THE ONE GOING TO JAIL IN THIS CASE. Return to index of stories...


BROTHERS ARRESTED AFTER BIZARRE CALL-TAG


CHRISTINA LUSBY REPORTING.

BOTH GUNS IN THE KIDNAPPING WERE FOUND--

FORT MYERS POLICE SAY

ONE OF THE GUNS USED CAME UP STOLEN.

IT HAD BEEN TAKEN IN HENDRY COUNTY VIRGINIA--

WHERE MITCHELL ALSO HAD OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FOR HIS ARREST.

BOTH ARE IN JAIL DOWNTOWN.

D-C-F IS NOW INVESTIGATING. Return to index of stories...


ORR WANTS NEW TRIAL-ONCAM, VO


LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER-

JOHN ORR IS ALREADY ASKING FOR A NEW TRIAL.

ORR STABBED A MAN TO DEATH --

AFTER HE SAYS THE MAN RAN INTO HIM WITH A BICYCLE.

ACCORDING TO OUR NEWS PARTNERS AT THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -- A NEW WITNESS CAME FORWARD WHILE THE JURY WAS DELIBERATING --

AND GAVE CONFLICTING INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT TOOK PLACE AFTER THE MEN FOUGHT.

ORR IS DUE TO BE SENTENCED JULY 11TH. Return to index of stories...


FRED COOPER RETRIAL WISH-OTS, VO


NBC-2 HAS NEW UDPATED INFORMATION ABOUT CONVICTED KILLER FRED COOPER.

COOPER IS AT THE LEE COUNTY JAIL RIGHT NOW, BUT WE LEARNED HE WILL LIKELY BE TAKEN BACK TO A PRISON IN PALM BEACH COUNTY SOMETIME TODAY.

COOPER WAS IN COURT FRIDAY FOR A POST CONVICTION HEARING.

HE SAYS THE D-N-A USED IN HIS 2008, AND 2009 TRIAL WASN'T TESTED PROPERLY.

HIS ATTORNEY'S TOOK THE STAND DEFENDING THEIR ACTIONS IN THE CASE.

COOPER IS SERVING TWO LIFE SENTENCES FOR KILLING STEVEN AND MICHELLE ANDREWS IN THEIR GATEWAY HOME TWO DAYS AFTER CHRISTMAS IN 2005.

PROSECUTORS SAY COOPER WAS A JEALOUS LOVER WHO FOUND OUT HIS LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH STEVEN ANDREWS. Return to index of stories...


CHILD PORN ARREST-ONCAM, SS


A MAN WHO SHOULD HAD BEEN REGISTERED AS A SEX OFFENDER IS ACCUSED OF SHARING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.

DEPUTIES TELL US WILLIAM MASON HAD NOT REGISTERED AS A SEX OFFENDER.

AN ONLINE INVESTIGATION SHOWED A COMPUTER IN HIS HOME IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY HAD THE IMAGES.

HE'S IS NOW IN JAIL ON NO BOND. Return to index of stories...


DIOCESE OF VENICE REAX-ONCAM, VO, SS


THE BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF VENICE IS RESPONDING AFTER HE WAS ACCUSED OF BULLYING AND EXCESSIVE SPENDING.

WE TOLD YOU EARLIER IN THE WEEK-- SEVERAL PRIESTS AND PASTORS WROTE A LETTER TO THE POPE'S LIAISON IN WASHINGTON, D-C-

COMPLAINING ABOUT BISHOP FRANK DEWANE.

ONLY N-B-C 2 OBTAINED A COPY OF THAT LETTER.

WE REACHED OUT TO THE BISHOP FOR COMMENT.

THE DIOCESE GAVE US A STATEMENT -- SAYING "THIS IS A CLEAR ATTEMPT TO MALICIOUSLY AND PUBLICALLY DAMAGE THE REPUTATION OF BISHOP DEWANE AND THE DIOCESE OF VENICE." Return to index of stories...


LAROSA COMPLAINT LETTER-ONCAM, VO


MORE ALLEGATIONS OF BULLYING AT FT. MYERS HIGH SCHOOL.

WE FOUND OUT THE LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS INVESTIGATING A SECOND COMPLAINT CLAIMING PRINCIPAL DAVID LAROSA BULLIED STUDENTS.

THE NEW COMPLAINT SAYS LAROSA BULLIED A FORMER STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT AND HIS PARENTS.

WE BROKE THE STORY LAST WEEK THAT THE DISTRICT IS INVESTIGATING LAROSA.

IN A STATEMENT TO NBC2, A DISTRICT SPOKESWOMAN SAYS."it is human nature for people to jump to conclusions. However, the investigation is a process that should not be construed as an immediate implication of guilt or innocence."

KIM FISHER FILED THE COMPLAINT.

SHE SPOKE TO BOARD MEMBERS THIS WEEK ABOUT THE BULLYING HER SON BEN TOOK. Return to index of stories...


LAROSA COMPLAINT LETTER-SOTVO


SOT - Kim Fisher - Parent

13:00 Ben had one teacher say to him, one very kind teacher, that if he was not as strong as he is that LaRosas's social persecution would have led him to commit suicide. 13:10

BOARD MEMBER JEANIE DOZER SAYS SHES SORRY IF ANYONE WAS BULLIED AND WANTS TO BE BRIEFED ON THE INVESTIGATION.

THE INVESTIGATION REMAINS OPEN. Return to index of stories...


BAYSHORE FIRE ASSESSMENT-OTS


THE BAYSHORE FIRE DISTRICT SAYS ITS GOING BROKE.

THERE'S A PLAN TO SAVE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT -- BUT IT WILL COST YOU, AND THE DECISION WILL BE MADE BY VOTERS.

NBC2'S GEORGE SOLIS IS TRACKING YOUR TAX DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


BAYSHORE FIRE ASSESSMENT-PKG


Bayshore Fire District Chief Larry Nisbet says he starting to feel the pressure

"We've exhausted all of our grant capabilities used reserves down to

the level we can't go any further down"

Nisbet says tough times have reduced the district budget by as much as

40 percent- a total loss of nearly 2 million dollars"

"We're concerned about maintaining a level of service, I have to have

4 firefighters on duty"

To combat the deficits caused by the decline in property values- which

is how the district currently funds its departments- they're proposing

a new fee.

"Under this proposal all the residential home owners will pay the

exact same amount"

A fee of 587.78 dollars per household.

Nisbet says there are proposed increases for other properties as well-

details will be fine tuned if voters pass the initial fee next month.

Some property owners are calling the fee unfair

"One question some people raise is that if you need to raise money why

are you giving basically the lowest income people a big tax increase

and the highest income people a tax cut"

Steve Brodkin represents a group concerned

residents in the community. he says they fear residents aren't fully aware of the

details.

"They need to be informed in order to make that decion to know that

there's a referendum and to know the facts are about the proposal"

If the fee is shot down in June- fire officials say they will be

forced to layoff firefighters and reduce the level of service to the

community.

"While the fate of the department will ultimately rest in the hands of

voters come June. People get still get informed on the issue at next

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NAPLES BEAR TRASH-TRX, VOTOPS


A BLACK BEAR IN NAPLES SEIZED HIS MOMENT FOR A MORNING SNACK.

AN NBC-2 VIEWER SHARED THIS VIDEO ON OUR FACEBOK PAGE.

THIS IS OFF OAKES BOULEVARD.

A BEAR RUMMAGED THROUGH TRASH IN THE FAMILY'S DRIVEWAY.

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS SAY PEOPLE SHOULD STORE TRASH IN A SECURE AREA TO KEEP BEARS AWAY. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-ONCAM


9:11. we are just gettibng started ont his saturday morning.

thanks for spending your mornign with us.

still to come

A VIRAL VIDEO TREND IS MAKING ITS WAY TO OUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS.

AND IT'S ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE

PLUS IT'S MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS?

WE HAVE A FULL LIST OF THINGS HAPPENING RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

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TZ1 COLD WATER CHALLENGE-VOWP


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TZ1 THINGS TO DO-VOTOPS


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FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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FORECAST-2.30


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.

The unofficial start to summer will live up to its name as the heat and humidity top our weather headlines through this Memorial Day Weekend across Southwest Florida.

Mostly sunny skies will send temperatures quickly into the upper 80s by noon with our daytime highs hitting the low to mid 90s during the peak heating of the day.

Despite all the heat and humidity, rain chances will remain in the "slight" category from now through Memorial Day, but it's possible for a couple of late-day, isolated downpours develop along the sea breeze. Our rain chances will stay around 20% through the weekend.

Our overnights and early mornings will stay quite warm and muggy as well with low temperatures only dropping into the low to mid 70s.

If you're planning to spend some time at the beach, our winds will be northwesterly from 10-15 mph. The water temperatures at the beaches over the weekend will range from 82-84 degrees.

For the boaters, seas will be at 2-3 feet, and our inland waters will be at a light to moderate chop.

As we head into the upcoming week, we'll keep plenty of heat and humidity in the forecast with daytime highs soaring into the low to mid 90s.

Our rain prospects will get a boost by mid week, too, so plan on the possibility for more pop-up showers and storms during the afternoon and evening time frame. Return to index of stories...


COLD WATER CHALLENGE-ONCAM


IT'S A BONE CHILLING TREND MAKING ITS WAY TO OUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS --

ALL TO RAISE BIG BUCKS FOR CHARITY.

NBC 2'S DANIELLE KOLENIAK BRINGS US THE STORY FROM SANIBEL ISLAND. Return to index of stories...


COLD WATER CHALLENGE-PKG


VIDEOS LIKE THIS ARE CIRCULATING AROUND FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE.

MORE YOUTUBE VIDEO

THE BONE CHILLING TREND, WHICH STARTED IN A CHICAGO FIRE STATION, HAS MADE ITS WAY NATIONWIDE AND TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

MORE DUNKING VIDEO

FIRE FIGHTERS DUNKING IN ICY COLD WATER RAISING MONEY FOR THEIR CHARITIES.

WE FOUND VIDEOS ONLINE FROM STATIONS IN THE NORTHEAST TO FORT MYERS

SHORES, TICE AND SANIBEL.

JOHN REITENBACH

SANIBEL FIREFIGHTER

"With the brotherhood that we have here at the fire service and around

the country it's been, the response has been phenomenal.

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE -- IF YOU GET CALLED OUT YOU HAVE AN OPTION, JUMP INTO A COLD BODY OF WATER OF YOUR CHOICE AND PAY 10 OR 20 DOLLARS --

OR DECIDE AGAINST TAKING THE PLUNGE AND PAY UP $100-PLUS DOLLARS.

ROBERT WILKINS

"It's a great way to give back and give money to charities."

SO MUCH SO -- THAT FIREFIGHTER ROB WILKINS IS TAKING THE COLD WATER CHALLENGE TWICE TO RAISE MONEY FOR HIS CHARITY, THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT.

"Wooooh it's cold!"

WE'LL TAKE HIS WORD FOR IT.

ON SANIBEL ISLAND, DANIELLE KOLENIAK, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


BLUEGRASS AND BBQ ON FMB-ONCAM, CG


IF YOU STAYING IN TOWN FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND, THERE ARE PLENTY OF THINGS HAPPENING HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE 1ST EVER, BLUEGRASS BREW AND BBQ IS TODAY ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

IT BENEFITS THE OPERATION OPEN ARMS, A NON PROFIT DEDICATED TO THE CARE AND TREATMENT OF POST TRAUMATIC STREE DISORDER.

THERE WILL BE LIVE MUSIC AND BARBEQUE.

HEAD TO MATANZAS ON THE BAY ON CRESCENT STREET.

Matanzas On The Bay is hosting the first annual Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ to benefit Operation Open Arms, a non-profit dedicated to the care and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in military personnel and veterans, on Saturday, May 24 from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Located at 416 Crescent St. in Fort Myers Beach, Matanzas On The Bay invites the public to attend the fundraiser that will include live music by the Cooter Creek Bluegrass Band and the Bugtussle Ramblers; a variety of craft beers; and an appetizing BBQ buffet of smoked pork shanks, BBQ quartered chicken, Dave's famous potato salad, baked beans, and a special featured mac n' cheese.

Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ will also feature kid-friendly activities including a kids' fishing tournament off the docks at Matanzas On The Bay overlooking the Estero Bay from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. While the event is free to the public, Matanzas on the Bay will be collecting donations in support of Operation Open Arms, as well as providing 5 percent of all guest bills towards the fundraising efforts. Return to index of stories...


SOAP FEST CHARITY WEEKEND-CGTOPS


SOAPFEST IS BACK THIS WEEKEND ON MARCO ISLAND.

THE POPULAR EVENT, HELPS RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL CHILIDREN'S CHARITIES.

MORE THAN A DOZEN ACTORS FROM DAYTIMES SHOWS SUCH AS GENERAL HOSPITAL AND YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.

THERE WAS A VIP EVENT LAST NIGHT, AND TONIGHT AT 7, GAMENIGHT, WHERE YOU CAN TEST YOUR TRIVIA. TOMORROW, THERE IS A CRUISE ON THE MARCO ISLAND PRINCESS FROM NOON-3.

"This year's SoapFest children's beneficiaries include Camp Able and the Island Theater Company Kids Program, among others" says SoapFest founder Pat Berry. Camp Able provides a program for local special needs children.

"You don't have to be a soap fan to have a great time and support the kids," says Ms. Berry. "SoapFest is a great weekend that showcases Marco Island's innate hospitality amidst its white sandy beaches and waterways nearby the Gulf of Mexico to daytime drama actors and fans from around the world," she adds.

More than a dozen actors from treasured daytimes shows such as General Hospital, One Life to Live, Young and the Restless and Guiding Light are expected to attend, many for return visits. "These actors generously donate their time and talents to raise money for our kids," explains Ms. Berry.

The three days of non-stop festivities include favorites such as the legendary "A Night of Stars", "Cruisin', Boozin' and Schmoozin' with the Stars", "Celebrity Karaoke Bar Bash", and "Brunch with the Boys".

SoapFest Charity Weekend kicks off with the A Night of Stars, Saturday, May 24th at 7PM at the quaint Bistro Soleil, located within the historic Old Marco Inn, 100 Palm Street. The evening's meal will be created by French born and trained, award winning Chef Denis Meurgue, well known for his unique and celebratory dinners.

This VIP event will offer several opportunities for up close and personal time with the actors. Celebrity guests from today's most popular daytime shows will join "old favorites," and be available for autograph signings, photos, Q&A, and live auctions.

A newly added feature to A Night of Stars is "Soapfest Game Night," where guests vie for prizes based upon answering trivia questions about their favorite soap stars and stories. This evening event always sells out, so tickets should be ordered promptly, advises Ms. Berry.

A Night of Stars tickets are $125 per person. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $200 and guarantees VIP seating with your favorite celebrity guest.

The fun continues on Sunday, May 25 aboard the Marco Island Princess yacht for the afternoon Cruisin' Boozin' & Schmoozin' With The Stars, to be held noon to 3 pm, departing from the Marco River Marina. The 3-hour boat ride is a perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with your favorite soap celebrity, while sightseeing Marco Island's coastal beauty as dolphins frolic in the water. Guests meet with actors for additional photographs and autographs. Raffles will be held for one-of-a-kind daytime drama memorabilia. Tickets are limited to 150 and cost $130 per person including a luncheon buffet.

The annual Celebrity Karaoke Bar Bash takes place at 9:00 pm until closing following the boat cruise on Sunday evening at Porky's Bar, located at 701 Bald Eagle Drive. This cherished event features daytime actors singing favorite tunes while pouring drinks to raise money. Ticket cost is $75 per person.

SoapFest concludes on Monday, May 26th with a brand new Sponsor VIP Brunch With The Boys of Daytime. Planning for this exclusive, one-of-a-kind event is underway with a very limited number of tickets available. According to Ms. Berry, details to this inaugural event are being kept under wraps as seating is very limited and special surprise guest are being confirmed daily.

"All levels of Sponsorships are available and offer personalized marketing opportunities to local businesses and individuals who want to reach Marco Island residents and upscale visitors while supporting local children," reports Ms. Berry. Call the Soapfest office 239-394-0080 for information on sponsorships.

Tickets for all events, updates to schedules, including current actor attendees, can be found at SoapFest.com. Tickets may also be purchased by phone by calling 239-394-0080. Return to index of stories...


YOGA DAY AT HYATT-CGTOPS


THERE IS A FREE FAMILY YOGA EVENT TODAY AT THE HYATT REGENCY COCONUT POINT.

IT STARTS IN ABOUT AN HOUR. IT'S OPEN TO THE PUBLIC YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE STAYING AT THE RESORT.

ORGANIZERS SAY IT'S GREAT FOR ALL AGES. Return to index of stories...


MILITARY FREE CONSERVANCY-ONCAM, CG


THE CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IN NAPLES IS HONORING OUR VETERANS THIS WEEKEND --

ALL ACTIVE AND RETIRED MILITARY GET IN FREE TODAY THROUGH MONDAY --

A REMINDER -- THE CONSERVANCY IS CLOSED ON SUNDAY.

SO TAKE THE FAMILY --

MEET BETSY -- THE NEW LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE AND ENJOY LIVE ANIMAL PRESENTATIONS. Return to index of stories...


T2D: NAPLES ZOO FREE-CGTOPS


MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY AND KIDS ALSO GET IN FREE AT THE NAPLES ZOO THIS WEEKEND.

YOU CAN FEED THE GIRAFFES ---

AND CHECK OUT THE NEW GIANT ANTEATER. Return to index of stories...


FIREWORKS TONIGHT-CGTPS


THERE WILL BE FIREWORKS TONIGHT AFTER THE FORT MYERS MIRACLE GAME.

ALL ACTIVE MILITARY AND VETERANS WILL GET INTO THE GAME FOR FREE.

THE GAME STARTS AT 6:05. THE TEAM IS TAKING ON THE JUPITER HAMMERHEADS. Return to index of stories...


ANNUAL FREEDOM RIDE-ONCAM, CG


HARLEY DAVIDSON IN NAPLES ALONG WITH AMERICAN LEGION POST 135 HONOR GUARD ARE HOSTING THE 3RD ANNUAL FREEDOM RIDE THIS MORNING.

IT'S ALL TO COLLECT FUNDS FOR THE FISHER HOUSE. A NON PROFIT WHO PROVIDES A HOME FOR FAMILIES OF PATIENTS RECEIVING MEDICAL CARE AT MILITARY AND V-A MEDICAL CENTERS.

THE FREEDOM RIDE STARTS AT 11 THIS MORING AFTER AN OPEN CEREMONY AT 10.

PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO DONATE $20. Return to index of stories...


SUNDAY TRIBUTE TO HEROS-VIDBOX


AND ON SUNDAY -- IT'S "A TRIBUTE TO AMERICA'S HEROES" AT CENTENNIAL PARK IN FORT MYERS -- HOSTED BY NBC 2 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST AND NAVY VETERAN ROBERT VAN WINKLE.

THERE WILL BE A RIFLE SALUTE AND FLY OVER --

A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY

AND MUCH MORE.

FOR MORE IDEAS ON THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND -- GO TO NBC DASH-2 DOT-COM AND CLICK ON "THINGS 2 DO."

A Tribute to America's Heroes at Centennial Park in Fort Myers. There will be speakers, performances, exhibits, a rifle salute and fly over. Donations will be accepted for care packages for deployed troops; candy, travel sized toiletries, sunscreen, lip balm, reading materials, etc. It starts at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. - Return to index of stories...


MEMORIAL DAY DEALS-VOTOPS


BOSTON MARKET, LOWE'S, AND HOME DEPOT ARE ALL OFFERING TEN PERCENT DISCOUNTS MONDAY.

WITH PROOF OF MILITARY SERVICE.

HOOTERS WILL SERVE UP TEN FREE WINGS TO ALL ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY, VETERANS AND THEIR SPOUSES THIS MEMORIAL DAY.

YOU'LL NEED YOUR I-D.

AND VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY CAN GET A "FREE" ALL-AMERICAN BURGER AT "SHONEY'S" MONDAY, WITH PROOF OF MILITARY SERVICE. Return to index of stories...


MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL-ONCAM, VO


IF YOU'RE HEADED OUT OF TOWN FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND YOU'LL HAVE PLENTY OF COMPANY.

TRIPLE-A AUTO CLUB ESTIMATES 36-POINT-1 MILLION AMERICANS WILL TRAVEL 50 MILES OR MORE FROM HOME.

ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF THOSE BY AUTOMOBILE.

IF THAT'S YOU- YOU'LL WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE BUCKLED UP.

THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS IT'S GOING TO HAVE MORE TROOPERS ON THE HIGHWAY LOOKING FOR SPEEDERS, IMPAIRED DRIVERS AND THOSE WITHOUT THEIR SEAT BELTS ON. Return to index of stories...


CURRENT GAS PRICES-TRX, CGTOPS


AND NBC-2 IS TRACKING YOUR GAS PRICES THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

RIGHT NOW NATIONWIDE THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR GAS IS 3.65.

IN FLORIDA. 3.62.

AND HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.3.69.

THAT'S 11 CENTS DOWN FROM A MONTH AGO. Return to index of stories...


BAREFOOT BEACH-VOTOPS, CG


FLORIDA HAS SOME OF THE BEST BEACHES IN THE COUNTRY.

A NEW LIST JUST CAME OUT WITH THE TOP TEN BEACHES IN THE U-S, COMING FROM DR. BEACH.

FOUR OF THE TOP TEN ARE IN FLORIDA.

BAREFOOT BEACH IN NORTH NAPLES IS NUMBER TWO.

DUKE BEACH IN WAIKIKI TOPPED THE LIST AT NUMBER ONE.

DELNOR WIGGINS PASS STATE PARK IN NAPLES CAME IN 10TH. Return to index of stories...


SMART PARTY -ONCAM, CG


TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR A NEW, UNIQUE EVENT.

IT'S A SMART PARTY, AND IT'S HAPPENING ON THURSDAY JUNE 19TH FROM 5:30- 7:30 AT THE CENTER FOR PERFOMRING ARTS IN BONITA SPRINGS.

THEY ARE RASING MONEY FOR THE WOMEN'S FUND OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, BUT THEY ARE UTILIZING SOCIAL MEDIA.

SO IT'S LIVE AND VIRTUAL FUNDRASING.

GREAT PRIZES, AND INFORMATION ALL NIGHT.

FOR TICKETS HEAD TO THE WEBSITE.

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TEASE TWO-1 SHOT


YOUR TIME RIGHT NOW IS _____.

THANK YOU FOR WAKING UP WITH US THIS MORNING ON NBC-2 NEWS TODAY.

FORGET YOUR PENCILS AND BOOKS--

A BIG CHANGE IS ON THE WAY FOR STUDENTS IN LEE COUNTY-- AND IT ALL INVOLVES TECHNOLOGY.

PLUS-

NBC-2 CONTINUES TO DIG DEEPER-

INTO A DEADLY SHOOTING IN THE CAPE.

ONE PERSON IS DEAD AND TWO OTHERS IN THE HOSPTIAL.

MY CO ANCHOR CLIFTON FRENCH IS ON SCENE CHECKING WITH HIS SOURCES.

GATHERING THE LATEST INFORMATION.

WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST DETAILS IN A LIVE REPORT. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 VIRTUAL SCHOOLS-VO


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TZ2 BREAKING NEWS RECAP-VOTOPS


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VIRTUAL SCHOOLS-VO IN PLASMA


MORE LEE COUNTY STUDENTS ARE PUTTING DOWN PENCILS AND TURNING TO COMPUTERS.

STARTING NEXT YEAR, STUDENTS WILL NEED TO TAKE ONE ONLINE CLASS TO GRADUATE.

NBC 2'S CHARLIE KEEGAN EXPLAINS. Return to index of stories...


VIRTUAL SCHOOLS-PKG


THIS CLASSROOM IS FULL OF STUDENTS - BUT THEIR NOT ALL TAKING THE SAME CLASS.

WELCOME TO A VIRTUAL LEARNING LAB. ESTERO HIGH SCHOOL HAS ONE OF FIVE IN LEE COUNTY - ALL NEW THIS YEAR.

Savannah Faulkner, Student

1321:43 it was a good start for it to be in the classroom bc it kind of eased you in to doing online. 13:21:53

THESE STUDENTS ARE TAKING CLASSES THROUGH THE INTERNET.

STARTING WITH THE CLASS OF 2015 - FLORIDA STUDENTS HAVE TO TAKE AN ONLINE CLASS TO GRADUATE.

Savannah Faulkner, Student

13:21/10 you're doing something you choose yourself so it's like a lot more independent than a lot of classes. 13:21/16

SAVANNAH FAULKNER HAS NO PROBLEM WORKING ONLINE.

TEACHERS FROM THE LEE VIRTUAL SCHOOL COMMUNICATE WITH STUDENTS ALL OVER THE COUNTY THROUGH EMAIL AND VISIT CLASSROOMS - WHERE A SUPERVISOR IS ALWAYS ON HAND.

:, Lee Virtual School

13:28:54 teachers have more contact

THE IDEA IS TO GET STUDENTS READY FOR COLLEGE BY HAVING THEM LEARN TO BE SELF DISCIPLINED AND COMPUTER LITERATE.

Al Shilling, Lee Virtual School

13:25:47 whether you're going to be a doctor, journalist a lawyer or work in a convenient store those are two things you're really gonna have to know. 13:25:55

Nicholas LaCorte, Student

13:18:16 I was able to keep myself pretty much on track. They provide you with a schedule to stay on track. And if you stick to it, it goes smooth. 13:18:23

FOR NICHOLAS LACORTE - TAKING AN ONLINE CLASS MEANS HE CAN TAKE AN ELECTIVE ESTERO HIGH DOESN'T TYPICALLY OFFER AND GET IT DONE AT HIS OWN PACE.

THE DISTRICT IS COMMITTED TO THIS BLENDED LEARNING. IT WILL ADD MORE VIRTUAL LEARNING LABS NEXT YEAR AND RECENTLY RENEWED CONTRACTS WITH ONLINE LEARNING PROVIDERS.

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FCAT RESULTS TODAY-OTS


THE FIRST ROUND OF FCAT RESULTS ARE IN.

LEE COUNTY SCORES DROPPED ACROSS THE BOARD.

BUT THE DISTRICT SAYS THIRD GRAD MATH AND READING SCORES ARE AMONG THE HIGHEST - WHEN COMPARED TO OTHER LARGE COUNTIES IN THE STATE.

IN COLLIER - EIGHTH AND TENTH GRADERS IMPROVED THEIR WRITING.

BUT FOURTH GRADE SCORES DROPPED.

JUST HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE FOR THE FULL LIST OF SCORES. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CARDBOARD BOATS-TRX, VOTOPS


A SCIENCE PROJECT TURNED INTO A COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS AT OASIS MIDDLE SCHOOL.

STUDENTS AT THE CAPE CORAL CHARTER SCHOOL RACED CARDBOARD BOATS ACROSS A POND.

8TH GRADE STUDENTS BUILT THE BOATS USING CARD BOARD AND DUCT TAPE -- LEARNING A THING OR TWO ALONG THE WAY. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CARDBOARD BOATS-SOTVO


Jacob Bogle, Oasis Middle School

13:48:15-

"how to use certain tools to cut the cardboard, which tools would be the most efficient for it and what materials to use of you ever want to build anything that floats."

Kylie, Oasis Middle School

13:46:15 we got to work as a team and contribute to one another's ideas."

SOME STUDENTS TELL US THEY STARTED WORKING ON THEIR BOATS A YEAR AGO. Return to index of stories...


PUPPY MILL ADOPTIONS-ONCAM, SS, VO


ANXIOUS PET ADOPTERS LINED UP AT THE DESOTO COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICE FRIDAY.

DOZENS OF DOGS AND PUPPIES WENT UP FOR ADOPTION AFTER THEY WERE RESCUED FROM AN ARCADIA PUPPY MILL.

SOME OF THE ANIMALS NEEDED A LOT OF CARE BECAUSE THEY HAD EYE PROBLEMS AND FLEAS.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE FOR NOT HAVING A BREEDERS LICENSE.

22 DOGS WERE ADOPTED.

34 ARE LEFT.

THE ANIMAL SHELTER OPENS AGAIN TUESDAY MORNING. Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-ONCAM


TIME RIGHT NOW IS.

NBC-2 IS UNCOVERING THE LATEST IN A DEADLY SHOOTING.

POLICE TELL US ONE PERSON IS DEAD AND TWO OTHERS IN THE HOSPTIAL.

WE HAVE A CREW ON SCENE GATHERING THE LATEST.EXPECT A LIVE REPORT IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 CLIFTON LIVE-VO


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HEADLINES-TC MON


NBC-2 IS ON SCENE OF BREAKING NEWS IN LEE COUNTY.

A SHOOTING LEAVES ONE PERSON DEAD.

AND THE GUNMAN ON THE LOOSE.

HOW POLICE ARE WORKING TO TRACK THEM DOWN.

A MAN CONVICTED OF DOUBLE MURDER IN LEE COUNTY IS SERVING TWO LIFE SENTENCES

WHY HE SAYS D-N-A EVIDENCE WILL SET HIM FREE.

AND A MAJOR WILDFIRE IN ARIZONA.

NOW TRIPLE IT'S ORIGINAL SIZE.

NOW FIRE CREWS ARE SCRAMBLING TO GET THE UPPER HAND. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS-TC MON


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FRED COOPER-TC MON


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AZ WILDFIRES-TC MON


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MAIN OPEN-CLIP


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GOOD MORNING 2-GFX


GOOD MORNING, THANKS FOR JOINING US HERE ON NBC-2 NEWS TODAY.

I'M STACEY DEFFENBAUGH.

HOPE YOU'RE ENJOYING YOUR TIME OFF THIS LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

METEOROLOGIST JASON DUNNING IS TRACKING YOUR FORECAST.

AND IT LOOKS TO BE ALL CLEAR IN THE DAY AHEAD WITH SUNNY SKIES. AND WARM TEMPERATURES.

JASON?? Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER-WX CENTER


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...


CLIFTON LIVE-TRX, PLASMA


NBC-2 CONTINUES TO FOLLOW BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING.

WE'RE LEARNING ONE PERSON IS DEAD -- TWO OTHERS ARE IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER A SHOOTING IN CAPE CORAL.

IT HAPPENED AT 2:00 THIS MORNING IN THE 400 BLOCK OF SOUTHEAST 12TH COURT --

MY CO-ANCHOR CLIFTON FRENCH WAS ON THE SCENE FIRST THING THIS MORNING --

CLIFF -- NEIGHBORS TELL YOU THEY AREN'T SURPRISED THIS HAPPENED AT THAT HOUSE -- Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON LIVE-LIVE


I JUST GOT A NEWS RELEASE FROM CAPE CORAL POLICE --

WE'RE TOLD THERE WAS A PARTY HERE -- POLICE WERE ALREADY ON THEIR WAY WHEN THEY GOT SEVERAL CALLS ABOUT A SHOOTING --

WHEN THEY GOT HERE -- ONE PERSON WAS DEAD ON THE SCENE --

WE TALKED TO NEIGHBORS WHO SAY THE HOUSE HAS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR A LONG TIME WITH YOUNG PEOPLE HOLDING FREQUENT LARGE PARTIES. Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON LIVE-VO


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CLIFTON LIVE-SOTVO


""We all have young kids that play in this neighborhood. This should not be alloiwed. There should be something that should be able to be done to get them out of our neighborhood so this doesn't happen anymore."

Dana, Neighbor Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON LIVE-LIVE


AS OF THE LAST REPORT FROM POLICE -- THE SHOOTER IS STILL ON THE RUN.

POLICE DON'T THINK ANYONE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IS IN DANGER.

LIVE IN CC, CF, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


SANTA BARBARA SHOOTING-TRX, VOTOPS


NBC-2 IS FOLLOWING A MAJOR SITUATION IN SANTA BARBARA CALIFORNIA THIS MORNING.

SEVEN PEOPLE ARE CONFIRMED DEAD AND SEVEN OTHERS WOUNDED AFTER A SERIES OF DRIVE BY SHOOTINGS OVERNIGHT.

THE SHOOTINGS TOOK PLACE NEAR THE ISLA VISTA STUDENT ENCLAVE NEXT TO U-C SANTA BARBARA'S CAMPUS.

THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE SHOOTINGS ARE NOT YET CLEAR.

ISLA VISTA IS KNOWN FOR PARTIES, INCLUDING ONE LAST MONTH THAT TURNED VIOLENT. Return to index of stories...


ARIZONA WILDFIRES-OTS, TRX


NO LETUP FOR FIREFIGHTERS IN NORTHERN ARIZONA.

A MASSIVE WILDFIRE IS STILL BURNING OUT OF CONTROL.

BUT WITH COOLER WEATHER IN THE FORECAST, CREWS ARE MAKING A BIG PUSH FOR CONTAINMENT AND ARE MORE OPTIMISTIC TONIGHT.

NBC'S MIGUEL ALMAGUER HAS MORE FROM FLAGSTAFF ARIZONA. Return to index of stories...


ARIZONA WILDFIRES-PKG


Arizona State Route 89A should be crowded with tourist traffic this memorial day weekend.

instead it's shut down.

This scenic highway the only way for firefighters to reach the burn zone.

Today. we found crews using fire to fight fire.

11;07;50 we'll use actually fire in a controlled manner to deprive the main fire of fuel as it starts moving toward that control line that we've identified.

The so called "Slide Fire" is making dramatic. and aggressive runs thru the "coke-a-nio" National Forest.

Hot embers are flying. and new flare ups. keep spotters busy.

nats from radio call

Perched on a look-out. fire teams shift resources. both on the ground. and from above.

11;16;10;24 STANDUP The air attack has criss-crossed this canyon all day long, making precision drops on hotspots making a run up this canyon.**

Nearly 12 square miles of pristine forest land are now blackened.

300 mountain homes still in danger.

The weather has shifted.

cooler temperatures. high humidity. even rain is the forecast.

But there could also be a new threat.

Fire Commander: "the question is if you have some thunderstorms and you don't have any rain, then we have lightning and more fires."

This weekend. 850 men and women on the front lines. are bracing for a battle.

No holiday from this fire fight. with plenty of dangerous days ahead. Return to index of stories...


VA HOSPITAL REACTION-ONCAM, VO


FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE DIRECTOR OF A NORTH CAROLINA V-A IS ANSWERING QUESTIONS.

THIS IS OVER THE HOSPITAL'S PERFORMANCE AND A SERIES OF RECENT AUDITS.

THE DURHAM HOSPITAL IS JUST ONE OF MORE THAN TWO DOZEN V-A HOSPITALS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL.

VETERANS SAY SCHEDULING IS A PROBLEM. AND

APPOINTMENTS ARE RARELY KEPT TO WITHIN THE V-A GOAL OF 14 DAYS. Return to index of stories...


VA HOSPITAL REACTION-SOTVO


"We see our patients in a timely fashion, we assess their needs and we get

them to the appropriate care setting."

DIRECTOR DEANNE SEEKINS AND OTHER TOP REGIONAL V-A OFFICIALS SAY THEY AREN'T HEARING THE BAD STORIES. INSTEAD, THEY ALMOST ALWAYS HEAR VETERANS PRAISE THE HOSPITAL. Return to index of stories...


MICHELLE KNIGHT INTERVIEW-ONCAM, SOTVO


ONE OF THE VICTIMS OF THE INFAMOUS CLEVLAND KIDNAPPINGS IS SPEAKING UP.DEFENDING A CALIFORNIA WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE ALSO JUST ESCAPED A DECADE OF CAPTIVITY.

SOME PEOPLE ARE QUESTIONING THE CALIFORNIA WOMAN'S STORY BECAUSE SHE HAD INTERNET ACCESS AND WAS ABLE TO LEAVE THE HOME.

BUT KNIGHT SAYS WE SHOULDN'T JUDGE.

you don't know what that was doing to her. you have absolutely no clue what she went through to say things and say that she was lying or she's doing this. you're making her not able to function or heal properly when you do these things to people. you're making people not want to say anything. you're making people want to sit there and keep it to them self and go through the abuse when you say stupid crap like that. i need a break

ISIDRO GARCIA IS FACING MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES IN THE CALIFORNIA CASE. Return to index of stories...


TAINTED BEEF IN FLORIDA-TRX, ONCAM, VO


AN NBC-2 CONSUMER ALERT.

CHECK YOUR GROUND BEEF BEFORE YOU GRILL OUT THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.

AN UPDATED LIST FROM THE US- DEPARTMENT OPF AGRICULTURE SAID AT LEAST SIX RETAILERS ACROSS TEN STATES MAY HAVE SOLD THE BEEF.

INCLUDING HERE IN FLORIDA.

EARLIER THIS WEEK --

THE USDA ANNOUNCED 1 POINT 8 MILLION POUNDS OF GROUND BEEF WERE BEING RECALLED.

THE MEAT MIGHT BE CONTAMINATED WITH A DEADLY STRAIN OF E COLI.

THE STORE THAT MATTERS MOST IS GORDON FOOD SERVICES -- G-F-S.

THEY DO HAVE A LOCATION IN FORT MYERS ON COLONIAL.

STORES ARE WORKING TO REMOVE THE MEAT FROM THEIR SHELVED. Return to index of stories...


COAST GUARD RESCUE-WIPE, VOTOPS


A FAMILY'S RESCUE WAS CAUGHT ON CAMERA HERE IN FLORIDA.

A COAST GUARD CREW SAVED THREE PEOPLE FROM A SINKING 16-FOOT BOAT IN YANKEETOWN.THAT'S A COUPLE HOURS UP THE GULF COAST FROM TAMPA.

YOU CAN SEE CREWS PLUCKING THEM OUT OF THE BOAT.

NOBODY WAS HURT. Return to index of stories...


FRED COOPER TRIAL DNA EVIDENCE-TRX, SSTOPS


RIGHT NOW, A BONITA SPRINGS MAN, CONVICTED OF KILLING A LEE COUNTY COUPLE SITS IN THE LEE COUNTY JAIL.

HE'S WAITING TO GO BACK TO A PRISON IN PALM BEACH COUNTY.

THAT'S EXPECTED TO HAPPEN THIS MORNING. WE'VE BEEN CHECKING WITH THE JAIL OVERNIGHT.

FRED COOPER WAS IN A LEE COUNTY COURTROOM FRIDAY FOR A POST CONVICTION HEARING.

A JUDGE SENTENCED HIM TO 2 LIFE SENTENCES IN 2009 AFTER A JURY CONVICTED HIM.

OF 2 COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE MURDER.

BUT COOPER WANTS A NEW TRIAL. Return to index of stories...


FRED COOPER TRIAL DNA EVIDENCE-PKG


FRED COOPER SAYS HE DESERVES A NEW TRIAL. THIS IS NEW VIDEO OF HIM TONIGHT, BACK IN LEE COUNTY FOR THE 1ST TIME IN 5 YEARS.

HE'S SERVING 2 LIFE SENTENCES FOR KILLING STEVEN AND MICHELLE ANDREWS IN THEIR GATEWAY HOME TWO DAYS AFTER CHRISTMAS IN 2005.

STEVEN ANDREWS SHOT IN THE HEAD, HIS WIFE MICHELLE BEATEN AND SUFFICATED. PROSEUCTORS SAY COOPER WAS A JEALOUS LOVER, WHO KILLED AFTER LEARNING HIS GIRLFRIEND WAS HAVING AN AFFIAR WITH STEVEN.

COOPER SAYS THE DNA WASN'T TESTED PROPERLY. A LOT OF THE TESTIMONY WAS TECHINAL AND TALKED ABOUT SOMETHING CALLED YSTR TESTING, WHICH WAS USED IN THIS CASE.

9:39:43 it's mr cooper's contention that ystr testing was only used in the field of paternity testing and it was not used in criminal testing. do you agree with that. no i do not.

BOTH DEFENSE ATTORNEYS, WHO ARE ACCUSED OF NOT EFFECTIVLY REPRESENTING HIM, ALSO TOOK THE STAND.

10:36 -- did he ever object to the strategy you had chosen, anything. that fred had questions about or he disagreed with. he let us know.

KEN GARBER, NOW RETIRED, SAYS IN HIS 34 YEARS OF PRACTICING LAW. HIS CASE WAS THE MOST TIME CONSUMING.

any capital case is going to require a lot of work but htis one requires more than any other id vever handled. Return to index of stories...


FRED COOPER TRIAL DNA EVIDENCE-TAG


JUDGE BRUCE KYLE COULD MAKE HIS DECISION AT ANY TIME.

HE WAS NOT THE SAME JUDGE FOR EITHER OF THE 2 PREVIOUS TRIAL.

JUDGE THOMAS REESE PRECIDED OVER BOTH, BUT HAS SINCE RETIRED.

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW IF JUDGE KYLE GRANTS THE NEW TRIAL Return to index of stories...


SULLIVAN TO PAY-ONCAM, VO


THIS MORNING ON NBC-2 WE ARE HEARING FROM CAPE CORAL MAYOR MARNI SAWICKI AFTER LEARNING THE LEGAL BATTLE OVER HER ELECTION VICTORY IS FINALLY OVER.

N-B-C-2 OBTAINED COURT DOCUMENTS SAYING FORMER MAYOR JOHN SULLIVAN'S APPEAL WILL BE THROWN OUT, BECAUSE SULLIVAN DIDN'T PAY THE COURT FEES.

THIS ALSO MEANS SULLIVAN WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR ALL THE COSTS OF THE TRIAL.

WE CAUGHT UP WITH SAWICKI WHO'S GLAD IT'S OVER. Return to index of stories...


SULLIVAN TO PAY-SOTVO


"I'm happy the appeal process is over. No more court, but to me it's more about paying back the taxpayer for the money they spent on this case."

SAWICKI WAS AT THE ROTARY CLUB'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY.

SULLIVAN LOST TO SAWICKI BY 121 VOTES IN THE GENERAL ELECTION.

SULLIVAN TOOK THE CASE TO COURT AND LOST- SINCE THAT TIME HE'S BEEN TRYING TO APPEAL THE CASE. Return to index of stories...


CLAWSON TEST RESULTS-VOTOPS


CURT CLAWSON PASSED HIS DRUG TEST.

THE RESULTS CAME BACK ON FRIDAY.

DEMOCRAT APRIL FREEMAN CHALLENGED THE REPUBLICAN CLAWSON TO THE TEST -

SINCE THEY'RE RUNNING FOR TREY RADEL'S FORMER SEAT IN CONGRESS.

RADEL RESIGNED AFTER GETTING BUSTED BUYING COCAINE IN WASHINGTON D-C.

FREEMAN'S RESULTS WERE ALSO NEGATIVE. Return to index of stories...


BENACQUISTO LUNCH-CG TOPS


CLAWSON'S RENCENT RIVAL STATE SENATOR LIZBETH BENAQUISTO IS HOSTING A LUNCH NEXT WEEK.

IT'S SET FOR TUESDAY MAY 27TH AT 11:30 AT THE PLATATION GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB.

SENATOR BENEQUISTO PLANS TO RECAP WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION THAT JUST WRAPPED UP IN TALLAHASSEE. Return to index of stories...


BOATER WARNING-ONCAM, VO


MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MARKS THE BEGINNING OF A BUSY BOATING SEASON.

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE SAYS THEY'RE INCREASING PATROL ON ALL WATERWAYS ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -

IN SOME CASES, THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW TIMES A YEAR PEOPLE TAKE THEIR BOATS OUT ON WATER.

F-W-C SAYS THEY'RE CRACKING DOWN ON DRINKING AND DRIVING WHILE MAKING SURE EVERY BOATER IS PROPERLY PREPARED. Return to index of stories...


BOATER WARNING-SOTVO


TAKE SOT

Jorge Pino/Florida Fish and Wildlife

"The Captains have to be responsible for their actions and they have to help us to make sure we can avoid a tragedy this weekend on the waterways."

IF YOU'RE HEADING TO KEEWAYDIN ISLAND -

F-W-C WANTS BOATERS TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS.

OFFICERS SAY THERE'S SEVERAL SHOALS OUT THERE -

AND WITHOUT LOCAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE AREA, YOU COULD BE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT. Return to index of stories...


RED SNAPPER SEASON-VOTOPS


RED SNAPPER SEASON OFFICIALLY OPENS TODAY.

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

THE SEASON WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR A TOTAL OF 5 2 DAYS.

ENDING JULY 15TH.

THE DAILY BAG LIMIT FOR RED SNAPPER IS TWO PER PERSON.

AND THE MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT IS 16 INCHES Return to index of stories...


POPE VISIT TO MIDDLE EAST-ONCAM, VO


POPE FRANCIS IS MAKING HIS FIRST VISIT TO THE MIDDLE EAST SINCE HE BECAME HEAD OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.

THIS MORNING HE ARRIVED IN JORDAN KICKING OFF HIS THREE DAY TRIP.

ON SUNDAY HE WILL TRAVEL FROM JORDAN TO THE WEST BANK TOWN OF BETHLEHEM WHERE HE WILL MEE THE PRESIDENT AND OTHER PALESTINIAN LEADERS.

HE ALSO PLANS TO VISIT A REFUGEE CAMP. Return to index of stories...


MARC SCIALDO RESERVE CENTER-ONCAM, VO


A NAPLES SOLDIER WHO WAS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN WILL BE HONORED BY A SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ARMY RESERVE CENTER.

IN MARCH OF 2013, MARCO SCIALDO DIED WHEN HIS BLACK HAWK CRASHED.

THE NEW CAPE CORAL ARMY RESERVE CENTER WILL BE NAMED IN HIS HONOR.

300 SOLDIERS WILL USE THE CENTER ON DIPLOMAT PARKWAY FOR TRAINING.

SCIALDO GREW UP IN NAPLES AND GRADUATED FROM SAINT JOHN NEUMANN HIGH SCHOOL.

THE MEMORIAL CEREMONY WILL BE THIS JULY. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FOUR-2 SHOT


MORE TO COME ON THE NEWS TODAY.

120 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF PROJECTS FROM OUR STATES BUDGET-

ARE BEING CALLED OUT BY A WATCHDOG GROUP.

STRAIGHT AHEAD-

NBC-2 TRACKS YOUR TAX DOLLARS

PLUS-

IT MIGHT SOON BE EASIER TO BOAT IN PUNTA GORDA.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE CHARLOTTE COUNTY WANTS TO BUILD A CANAL. Return to index of stories...


TZ4 FL TURKEY WATCH LIST-VO WIPE


Return to index of stories...

TZ4 PUNTA GORDA CANAL-VOTOPS


Return to index of stories...

FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


FORECAST OPEN Return to index of stories...


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.

The unofficial start to summer will live up to its name as the heat and humidity top our weather headlines through this Memorial Day Weekend across Southwest Florida.

Mostly sunny skies will send temperatures quickly into the upper 80s by noon with our daytime highs hitting the low to mid 90s during the peak heating of the day.

Despite all the heat and humidity, rain chances will remain in the "slight" category from now through Memorial Day, but it's possible for a couple of late-day, isolated downpours develop along the sea breeze. Our rain chances will stay around 20% through the weekend.

Our overnights and early mornings will stay quite warm and muggy as well with low temperatures only dropping into the low to mid 70s.

If you're planning to spend some time at the beach, our winds will be northwesterly from 10-15 mph. The water temperatures at the beaches over the weekend will range from 82-84 degrees.

For the boaters, seas will be at 2-3 feet, and our inland waters will be at a light to moderate chop.

As we head into the upcoming week, we'll keep plenty of heat and humidity in the forecast with daytime highs soaring into the low to mid 90s.

Our rain prospects will get a boost by mid week, too, so plan on the possibility for more pop-up showers and storms during the afternoon and evening time frame. Return to index of stories...


FL TURKEY WATCH LIST-OTS


FLORIDA TAXPAYERS WILL PAY 120 MILLION DOLLARS FOR PROJECTS INSERTED INTO THE BUDGET AND NOT PUBLICALLY VETTERED BY LAW MAKERS.

N-B-C 2'S CHAD OLIVER DUG THROUGH THE REPORT FROM FLORIDA TAX WATCH.

HE HAS MORE ON THE PROJECTS UNDER SCRUTINY. Return to index of stories...


FL TURKEY WATCH LIST-PKG


THE PUNTA GORDA AIRPORT HAS SEEN HALF A MILLION VISITORS IN THE LAST YEAR.

it's a critical part of the local economy.

GARY QUILL'S SAYS THERE'S JUST ONE PROBLEM. THEY NEED MORE SPACE. WHICH IS WHY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY ASKED THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE FOR 770-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BUILD A LARGER TERMINAL. MORE THAN HALF OF THAT MONEY WOULD PAY FOR AN UPGRADED RADAR SYSTEM LINKED WITH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL. I ASKED QUILL IF THE 11-MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT WILL STILL HAPPEN IF THE GOVERNOR USES HIS VETO PEN ON THIS PROJECT.

It will still get built, we're going to have some challenges in doing

it. but yes.

EDISON STATE COLLEGE ALSO MADE TODAY'S BUDGET TURKEY LIST. ONE OF THE OLDEST BUILDINGS ON THE FORT MYERS CAMPUS NEEDS MAJOR RENOVATIONS 5-MILLION DOLLARS WORTH. LINDHARDT HALL NEEDS A NEW ROOF, A-C, AND UPDATED LABS.

THE SCHOOL'S SPOKESPERSON TOLD US: "WE DO HOPE THE GOVERNOR DOES DECIDE TO KEEP THE MONEY IN THE BUDGET.

THIS IS A CRITICAL ELEMENT IN OUR STEM-DRIVEN, WORKFORCE-DRIVEN

PROGRAM FOR OUR STUDENTS."

IT IS THE LAND OF THE FREE AND FISCALLY TIGHT WHEN IT COMES TO TAX DOLLARS.

QUILL HOPES THE GOVERNOR HEARS THIS APPEAL FOR FUNDING.

We're hoping he'll be home this weekend in southwest Florida. Return to index of stories...


FL TURKEY WATCH LIST-TAG


77-BILLION IS THE LARGEST BUDGET IN FLORIDA HISTORY.

THE PROJECTS INCLUDED MAKE UP LESS THAN ONE QUARTER OF ONE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL BUDGET.

WE'VE PUT THE FULL REPORT FROM FLORIDA TAX WATCH ON OUR WEBSITE.

N-B-C DASH-2 DOT COM. Return to index of stories...


HURRICANE SALES TAX HOLIDAY-ONCAM, CG


THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY SALE TAX ON HURRICANE SUPPLIES.

FLORIDA LAWMAKERS PASSED A NINE DAY SALES TAX HOLIDAY.

IT GOES FROM MAY 31ST TO JUNE 8TH.

NO TAX ON THINGS LIKE BATTERIES, TARPS AND PORTABLE GENERATORS. Return to index of stories...


KANSIUS CANCER RESEARCH-ONCAM, VO


EARLIER THIS WEEK WE TOLD YOU ABOUT GROUNDBREAKING CANCER RESEARCH PIONEERED IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

WE LEARNED THE FIRST HUMAN TRIALS FOR THE CANCER TREATMENT COULD COME TO LEE MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM.

JOHN KANZIUS INVENTED A NON-INVASIVE RADIO FREQUENCY MACHINE TO TREAT CANCER.

UNTIL NOW, IT COULD ONLY BE USED ON ANIMALS.

HIS RESEARCH FOUNDATION BELIEVES THEY CAN PROVE TO THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION THAT IT IS SAFE FOR PEOPLE.

OTHER CANCER TREATMENTS MAKE PATIENTS TIRED OR SICK. Return to index of stories...


KANSIUS CANCER RESEARCH-SOT, TAG


"The miracle of this therapy if it proves true is that it will cause virtually no side effects, no damage to surrounding tissue and organs, and you virtually can have the treatment, be cured of your disease and get on with life. It's truly miraculous."

THE HUMAN TRIALS COULD BEGIN EARLY NEXT YEAR.

LEE MEMORIAL REGIONAL CANCER CENTER IS ONE OF SIX POSSIBLE TESTING SITES IN THE COUNTRY. Return to index of stories...


BAYSHORE FIRE ASSESSMENT-OTS, VO


THE BAYSHORE FIRE DISTRICT SAYS THEY ARE RUNNING OUT OF MONEY.

AND LEAVING ITS FUTURE UP TO VOTERS.

THE DISTRICT WANTS TO CHARGE A NEW TAX.

THIS NEW FEE WOULD REPLACE THAT WITH A FLAT FEE OR 587 DOLLARS AND 78 CENTS PER HOUSEHOLD.

SOME RESIDENTS ARGUE THE FEE MEANS SOME RESIDENTS WILL BE PAYING CONSIDERABLY MORE FOR FIRE SERVICE THAN OTHERS. Return to index of stories...


BAYSHORE FIRE ASSESSMENT-SOTVO


Take sot:

"One question some people raise if that if you need to raise more

money why are you giving the lowest income people a tax increase and

highest income people a tax cut, some people feel it wasn't the right

way to go about it"

Steve Brodkin, president CCBC

IF THE FEE IS SHOT DOWN IN JUNE- FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL BE FORCED TO LAYOFF FIREFIGHTERS AND REDUCE THE LEVEL OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

THE BOARD WILL MEET NEXT TUESDAY TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE FEE AND VOTE. Return to index of stories...


LEE COUNTY DRILLING PERMIT-WIPE, VOTOPS


A COMPANY THINKS THEY'LL FIND OIL IN EAST LEE COUNTY.

TREND EXPLORATION WANTS TO DRILL 12-THOUSAND FEET STRAIGHT DOWN IN AN ORANGE GROVE.

THIS IS NEAR CORKSCREW ROAD AND THE CARACARA PRARIE PRESERVE.

THE OWNER SUBMITTED THE APPLICATION TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LAST MONTH.

HE TELLS NBC 2 HE EXPECTS THE D-E-P TO GRANT HIS REQUEST WITHIN WEEKS.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS DON'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN.

A BONITA SPRINGS OIL COMPANY APPLIED FOR A PERMIT TO DRILL FOR OIL IN EASTERN LEE COUNTY.

THE PLAN IS TO DRILL IN AN ORANGE GROVE -- LESS THAN A MILE FROM CORKSCREW REGIONAL ECOSYSTEM WATERSHED LANDS.

TREND EXPLORATION SAYS IT WILL TO DRILL VERTICALLY TO 12-THOUSAND FEET AND WON'T USE ANY CONTROVERSIAL TECHNIQUES -- LIKE HYDRAULIC FRACTURING. Return to index of stories...


LEE COUNTY DRILLING PERMIT-SOTVO


17:47:56-17:48:07

John Scott/ Clean water initiative of Florida

" I would think, having the second highest solar capacity in the

United States that we would get the hint that we should be starting a

solar revolution in Florida. Not trying to revisit an oil revolution."

LEADERS WITH D-E-P AND THE COUNTY ARE STILL GETTING QUESTIONS ANSWERED ABOUT THIS POTENTIAL NEW WELL.

THE OWNER OF TREND EXPLORATION SAYS THIS WILL NOT INVOLVE THE CONTROVERSIAL FRACKING METHOD. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CLOCK CONCERNS-ONCAM, VO


TIME APPEARS TO BE STANDING STILL IN CAPE CORAL.

THE CLOCK TOWER ON DEL PRADO BOULEVARD IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN --

TELLS A DIFFERENT TIME --

DEPENDING ON WHICH SIDE OF THE STREET YOU'RE ON.

AND IT'S BEEN THAT WAY FOR ABOUT A YEAR.

CITY LEADERS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIX THE CLOCK FOR MONTHS.

. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CLOCK CONCERNS-SOTVO


"It does look nice it looks like it belongs there, but it doesn't

belong there if we don't have some time on it" Jim Burch

EARLY ESTIMATES ARE ABOUT FIVE GRAND FOR REPAIRS.

Jim Burch, Cape Coral City Council Return to index of stories...


PUNTA GORDA CANAL-OTS, TRX


THERE'S A PROPOSAL IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY TO BUILD A CANAL THAT WOULD HELP BOATERS NAVIGATE PUNTA GORDA ISLES.

IT'S A DECADES-OLD ISSUE THAT GETS TURNED DOWN EVERY TIME --

BUT AS NBC-2'S LUCAS SEILER DISCOVERED --

IT MAY FINALLY HAVE THE SUPPORT TO MOVE FORWARD. Return to index of stories...


PUNTA GORDA CANAL-PKG


NAT "You can look down the canal and you can see all the lifts!"

IT'S A NEIGHBORHOOD NESTLED RIGHT ALONG THE WATER WHERE PEOPLE USE BOATS JUST ABOUT AS MUCH AS THEY USE CARS.

"That's why we purchased this property here because we could have a boat."

CARL HOMAN CAN TELL YOU EXACTLY HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE TO TRAVEL THROUGH ANY PART OF PUNTA GORDA ISLES… TIME MANY BOATERS SAY IS WASTED.

DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE, IT COULD TAKE UP TO AN HOUR AND A HALF TO GET OUT TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR.

"This would put them out in the harbor in about 15 to 20 minutes."

JAY BUCKLEY SITS ON THE BOARD OF PUNTA GORDA'S BOATERS ALLIANCE.

THE GROUP IS RAISING ABOUT EIGHT-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF BUILDING THE CANAL. BUCKLEY SAYS IT WOULD NOT ONLY SHORTEN TRIPS, BUT HELP WITH WATERFLOW AND EVEN RAISE PROPERTY VALUE IN THE AREA.

"Realtors have stated that they've lost sales… as soon as the prospective buyer found out how long it was going to take them to get out of the water, they said no I'm not buying it."

HERE'S WHAT STANDS IN THE WAY RIGHT NOW - THIS LAND IS PRIVATELY OWNED. PUNTA GORDA IS TRYING TO GIVE THE OWNER UNUSED CITY LAND IN EXCHANGE FOR THE PROPERTY.

"Right now, it's a private effort going forward to try to do an engineer study privately funded and eventually those results depending on what they show will come back to the city council."

AFTER THAT, THE CITY WILL ASK PUNTA GORDA ISLES RESIDENTS IF THEY WANT THE CANAL - ONLY TAXPAYERS LIVING IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD WILL PAY FOR IT THROUGH MAINTENANCE FEES.

THE ESTIMATED COST IS TWO MILLION DOLLARS.

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


BATHROOMS AT THE BEACH-ONCAM, VO


COLLIER COUNTY IS ADDING MORE RESTROOMS, AT ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR BEACHES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THIS PORTA POTTY WAS BROUGHT IN TO BAREFOOT BEACH ON FRIDAY.

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY, AND NEWS THE BEACH MADE IT TO THE 2014 LIST OF BEST BEACHES IN THE NATIONS.

THERE ARE BIGGER RESTROOMS NEAR THE ENTRANCE, BUT SOME BEACHGOERS WE TALKED TO APPRECIATE THE CONVENICE OF THE PORTABLE ONES. Return to index of stories...


BATHROOMS AT THE BEACH-2 SOTVO


this one porta potty just won't cut it, it's just not gonna cut it

an improvement here with the bathrooms would be great, cause we used the other one at the entrance, and it's much nicer and closer.

THE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL IS LOOKING TO ADD MORE AT THE BEACH. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO BREAK-ONCAM


TIME RIGHT NOW IS.

YOU ARE WATCHING NBC-2 NEWS TODAY.

THIS MORNING NBC2 IS ON TOP OF BREAKING NEWS IN LEE COUNTY.

A DEADLY SHOOTING IN CAPE CORAL.

WE HAVE A LIVE REPORT AFTER THE BREAK. Return to index of stories...


TZ CLIFTON BREAKING-VOTOPS


Return to index of stories...

NEWS OPEN-CLIP


SHOW OPEN Return to index of stories...


GOOD MORNING 3-2 SHOT IN WX CNETER


GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME BACK TO THE FINAL HALF HOUR OF NBC-2 NEWS TODAY.

I'M STACEY DEFFENBAUGH.

BEFORE WE GET TO TODAY'S TOP STORIES.

LET'S GET TO THE WEATHER.

IM JOINED BY METEOROLOGIST JASON DUNNING IN THE WEATHER CENTER WHO HAS MORE ON YOUR HOLIDAY FORECAST.

. Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER-WX CENTER


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.The unofficial start to summer will live up to its name as the heat and humidity top our weather headlines through this Memorial Day Weekend across Southwest Florida.

Mostly sunny skies will send temperatures quickly into the upper 80s by noon with our daytime highs hitting the low to mid 90s during the peak heating of the day.

Despite all the heat and humidity, rain chances will remain in the "slight" category from now through Memorial Day, but it's possible for a couple of late-day, isolated downpours develop along the sea breeze. Our rain chances will stay around 20% through the weekend.

Our overnights and early mornings will stay quite warm and muggy as well with low temperatures only dropping into the low to mid 70s.

If you're planning to spend some time at the beach, our winds will be northwesterly from 10-15 mph. The water temperatures at the beaches over the weekend will range from 82-84 degrees.

For the boaters, seas will be at 2-3 feet, and our inland waters will be at a light to moderate chop.

As we head into the upcoming week, we'll keep plenty of heat and humidity in the forecast with daytime highs soaring into the low to mid 90s.

Our rain prospects will get a boost by mid week, too, so plan on the possibility for more pop-up showers and storms during the afternoon and evening time frame. Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON LIVE-TRX, ONCAM, boxes


WE'RE ON THE SCENE OF A DEADLY SHOOTING INVESTIGATION IN CAPE CORAL --

ONE PERSON IS DEAD -- TWO OTHERS ARE IN THE HOSPITAL.

IT HAPPENED AROUND 2:00 THIS MORNING IN THE 400 BLOCK OF SOUTHEAST 12TH COURT --

MY CO-ANCHOR CLIFTON FRENCH WAS ON THE SCENE FIRST THING THIS MORNING --

CLIFF -- YOU'VE BEEN TALKING TO INVESTIGATORS ALL MORNING -- WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING? Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON LIVE-LIVE, SS


I JUST GOT A NEWS RELEASE FROM CAPE CORAL POLICE --

WE'RE TOLD THERE WAS A PARTY HERE -- POLICE WERE ALREADY ON THEIR WAY WHEN THEY GOT SEVERAL CALLS ABOUT A SHOOTING --

WHEN THEY GOT HERE -- ONE PERSON WAS DEAD ON THE SCENE --

WE TALKED TO NEIGHBORS WHO SAY THE HOUSE HAS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR A LONG TIME WITH YOUNG PEOPLE HOLDING FREQUENT LARGE PARTIES. Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON LIVE-SOTVO


"My honest first concern was are my neighbors ok. Each house has kids in it. That was my concern. I'm to the point where, you know, you guys chose this on yourselves so we weren't even walking down there, but i wanted to make sure my neighbors were safe." Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON LIVE-LIVE


AS OF THE LAST REPORT FROM POLICE -- THE SHOOTER IS STILL ON THE RUN.

POLICE DON'T THINK ANYONE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IS IN DANGER.

LIVE IN CC, CF, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


CAPE SHOOTING INVESTIGATION-OTS, SS, VO


NBC2 IS ALSO TRACKING ANOTHER SHOOTING IN CAPE CORAL --

THIS ONE HAPPENED ON SANTA BARABARA BOULEVEARD.

NEIGHBORS TELL US THEY HEARD SEVERAL SHOTS FIRED AROUND NINE FRIDAY NIGHT.

LUCKILY, NO ONE WAS HURT --

POLICE TELL US THEY DID ARREST SOMEONE FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON.

THEY SAY IT STARTED AS A NEIGHBORHOOD DISPUTE.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE WORKING TO GET THE SUSPECT'S NAME -- Return to index of stories...


SANTA BARBARA SHOOTING-TRX, VOTOPS


NBC-2 IS FOLLOWING A DEADLY SHOOTING IN SANTA BARBARA CALIFORNIA THIS MORNING.

SEVEN PEOPLE ARE CONFIRMED DEAD AND SEVEN OTHERS WOUNDED AFTER A SERIES OF DRIVE BY SHOOTINGS OVERNIGHT.

THE SHOOTINGS TOOK PLACE NEAR THE ISLA VISTA STUDENT ENCLAVE NEXT TO U-C SANTA BARBARA'S CAMPUS.

OFFICIALS SAY THE SUSPECTED ATTACKER IS ALSO DEAD.

RIGHT NOW THEY ARE WORKING TO FIND OUT WHETHER THE SUSPET WAS SHOT BY DEPUTIES OR IF THE WOUND IS SELF INFLICTED.

OFFICIALS SAY THE SHOOTINGS OCCURRED AT SEVERAL SITES IN THE TOWN, RESULTING IN NINE CRIME SCENES. Return to index of stories...


LCSO SKIMMER CHECKS-OTS


WE HAVE AN NBC2 CONSUMER ALERT FOR YOU THIS MORNING --

IF YOU'RE HITTING THE ROAD TODAY AND FILLING UP ON GAS --

WATCH OUT FOR CREDIT CARD SKIMMING.

WE'RE LEARNING, LAW ENFORCEMENT IN LEE COUNTY CONFISCATED THREE OF THE DEVICES FRIDAY.

N-B-C-2'S LAURA ROBERTS TALKED TO EXPERTS ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION. Return to index of stories...


LCSO SKIMMER CHECKS-trxPKG


As you fuel up for holiday weekend travel -

it's not the gas prices you need to be concerned about -

it's a growing crime called skimming.

Jessica Kellogg

Washington

35:12 35:16

People steal your identity and steal all your money and then what are you going to do?

A joint investigation in Lee County called Operation High Octane uncovered three skimming devices just today -

after deputies, cape coral police and the department of agriculture inspected 32 gas stations.

Their almost invisible - small magnetic strips -

Beth Schell

LCSO Fraud Specialist

30:32 30:35

its kind of hard to tell if a skimmers been placed on there you really don't know

But they're powerful.

The devices target customers who use their credit or debit cards at the pump.

Tim Muskgrave

Fort Myers Beach

36:47 36:51

It's just easier you don't have to go inside you don't have to wait in line you don't have to deal with people

All it takes is one swipe -

and criminals have enough information to steal your identity and your money.

Julie Murphy

33:34 33:37

Its scary when you look at your account and have nothing left

Fraud specialists recommend paying with cash instead.

But if you have to use a card - don't use debit or go inside.

Beth Schell

LCSO Fraud Specialist

30:18 30:27

if someone actually has a skimmer has placed a skimmer on a gas pump and you use your debit card that moneys going to come out of your account, its like cash

Deputies won't say where they found those three devices because the investigation is ongoing.

Those are just the latest of six skimmers found in Lee County in as many months.

In Lee County, Laura Roberts, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


CREDIT CARD BUST-trxSS, VO


DURING OPERATION HIGH OCTANE -- DEPUTIES BUSTED A GUY FOR USING STOLEN CREDIT CARDS.

THIS IS CURTIS DOVER, AND OUR OVERNIGHT CONFIRMED THAT HE WILL STEP BEFORE A JUDGE THIS MORNING.

INVESTIGATORS SAY DOVER HAD 30 CLONED CARDS ON HIM AND IN HIS CAR THEY FOUND A RE-ENCODER DEVICE.

DEPUTIES SAY HE TRIED TO ESCAPE --

BUT A SHORT TIME LATER, HE WAS FOUND WALKING ON ORTIZ AVENUE NEAR COLONIAL BOULEVARD.

HE'S NOW FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


NFM DEATH INVESTIGATION-SS, VO


THIS MORNING N-B-C-2 IS WORKING TO GET MORE DETAILS ABOUT A GRIZZLY DISCOVERY IN NORTH FORT MYERS.

SOMEONE FOUND A BODY IN THE WOODS.

THIS HAPPENED NEAR BAYSHORE AND OLD BRIDGE ROADS.

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE NOW WAITING FOR AN AUTOPSY.

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DESOTO MURDER SUSPECT WANTED-TRX, SSTOPS, VO


THE DESOTO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEEDS YOUR HELP FINDING THIS MAN-

REECE STURGIS.

HE'S ACCUSED IN THE DEADLY SHOOTING LAST FRIDAY OF A TEENAGER IN ARCADIA.

15-YEAR-OLD MELVIN HEARNS WAS KILLED WHILE RIDING IN A CAR.

HIS COUSIN 19-YEAR-OLD DEANDRE WILLIAMS WAS SHOT IN BOTH LEGS. Return to index of stories...


MALNOURISHED COWS-OTS, SS, VO


MORE THAN 100 MALNOURISHED CATTLE ARE BEING NURSED BACK TO HEALTH.

THEY WERE FOUND STARVING TO DEATH ON ACRES OF EMPTY PROPERTY NEAR ALICO ROAD.

THEIR OWNER BRIAN FREEMAN IS CHARGED WITH NEGLECTING THE ANIMALS.

NBC-2 DID SOME DIGGING AND FOUND OUT THE PROPERTY OWNERS ARE SAVING THOUSANDS A YEAR IN TAXES BY KEEPING THE COWS ON THEIR PROPERTY

IT'S KNOWN AS THE AGRICULTURE EXEMPTION.

WE'VE ALSO LEARNED-

THIS PROPERTY WAS INSPECTED IN FEBRUARY.

PICTURES FROM THEN SHOW THE COWS AND LAND HEALTHY. Return to index of stories...


MALNOURISHED COWS-SOTVO


WE WENT TO THE ADDRESS THE PROPERTY OWNERS LISTED WITH THE COUNTY.BUT NO ONE WAS HOME. Return to index of stories...


ORR WANTS NEW TRIAL-ONCAM, VO


LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER-

JOHN ORR IS ALREADY ASKING FOR A NEW TRIAL.

ORR STABBED A MAN TO DEATH --

AFTER HE SAYS THE MAN RAN INTO HIM WITH A BICYCLE.

ACCORDING TO OUR NEWS PARTNERS AT THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -- A NEW WITNESS CAME FORWARD WHILE THE JURY WAS DELIBERATING --

AND GAVE CONFLICTING INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT TOOK PLACE AFTER THE MEN FOUGHT.

ORR IS DUE TO BE SENTENCED JULY 11TH. Return to index of stories...


FRED COOPER RETRIAL WISH-OTS, VO


NBC-2 HAS NEW UDPATED INFORMATION ABOUT CONVICTED KILLER FRED COOPER.

COOPER IS AT THE LEE COUNTY JAIL RIGHT NOW, BUT WE LEARNED HE WILL LIKELY BE TAKEN BACK TO A PRISON IN PALM BEACH COUNTY SOMETIME TODAY.

COOPER WAS IN COURT FRIDAY FOR A POST CONVICTION HEARING.

HE SAYS THE D-N-A USED IN HIS 2008, AND 2009 TRIAL WASN'T TESTED PROPERLY.

HIS ATTORNEY'S TOOK THE STAND DEFENDING THEIR ACTIONS IN THE CASE.

COOPER IS SERVING TWO LIFE SENTENCES FOR KILLING STEVEN AND MICHELLE ANDREWS IN THEIR GATEWAY HOME TWO DAYS AFTER CHRISTMAS IN 2005.

PROSECUTORS SAY COOPER WAS A JEALOUS LOVER WHO FOUND OUT HIS LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH STEVEN ANDREWS. Return to index of stories...


CHILD PORN ARREST-ONCAM, SS


A MAN WHO SHOULD HAD BEEN REGISTERED AS A SEX OFFENDER IS ACCUSED OF SHARING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.

DEPUTIES TELL US WILLIAM MASON HAD NOT REGISTERED AS A SEX OFFENDER.

AN ONLINE INVESTIGATION SHOWED A COMPUTER IN HIS HOME IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY HAD THE IMAGES.

HE'S IS NOW IN JAIL ON NO BOND. Return to index of stories...


DIOCESE OF VENICE REAX-ONCAM, VO, SS


THE BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF VENICE IS RESPONDING AFTER HE WAS ACCUSED OF BULLYING AND EXCESSIVE SPENDING.

WE TOLD YOU EARLIER IN THE WEEK-- SEVERAL PRIESTS AND PASTORS WROTE A LETTER TO THE POPE'S LIAISON IN WASHINGTON, D-C-

COMPLAINING ABOUT BISHOP FRANK DEWANE.

ONLY N-B-C 2 OBTAINED A COPY OF THAT LETTER.

WE REACHED OUT TO THE BISHOP FOR COMMENT.

THE DIOCESE GAVE US A STATEMENT -- SAYING "THIS IS A CLEAR ATTEMPT TO MALICIOUSLY AND PUBLICALLY DAMAGE THE REPUTATION OF BISHOP DEWANE AND THE DIOCESE OF VENICE." Return to index of stories...


TEASE SIX-ONCAM


A LOT MORE TO COME ON THE NEWS TODAY-

WE'RE PROBABLY ALL GUILTY OF EATING TOO MUCH OF THE WRONG THINGS-

BUT ARE WE EATING ENOUGH OF THE FOODS THAT ARE GOOD FOR US?

IN TODAYS HEALTH MATTERS, HOW FIBER IS HELPING OUR HEART. Return to index of stories...


TZ6 HEALTH MATTERS-VOWP


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TRASH OR TREASURE-SOTTOPS


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TRASH OR TREASURE-PKG


This week.

"Indian Silver Teas Set"

TRT: 2:37:00

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FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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FORECAST-WX WALL


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.The unofficial start to summer will live up to its name as the heat and humidity top our weather headlines through this Memorial Day Weekend across Southwest Florida.

Mostly sunny skies will send temperatures quickly into the upper 80s by noon with our daytime highs hitting the low to mid 90s during the peak heating of the day.

Despite all the heat and humidity, rain chances will remain in the "slight" category from now through Memorial Day, but it's possible for a couple of late-day, isolated downpours develop along the sea breeze. Our rain chances will stay around 20% through the weekend.

Our overnights and early mornings will stay quite warm and muggy as well with low temperatures only dropping into the low to mid 70s.

If you're planning to spend some time at the beach, our winds will be northwesterly from 10-15 mph. The water temperatures at the beaches over the weekend will range from 82-84 degrees.

For the boaters, seas will be at 2-3 feet, and our inland waters will be at a light to moderate chop.

As we head into the upcoming week, we'll keep plenty of heat and humidity in the forecast with daytime highs soaring into the low to mid 90s.

Our rain prospects will get a boost by mid week, too, so plan on the possibility for more pop-up showers and storms during the afternoon and evening time frame. Return to index of stories...


HEALTH MATTERS: HIGH FIBER-TRX, VO IN PLASMA


GIVEN THE INCREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT.

HAVE HEART DISEASE, DIABETES AND OTHER CHRONIC CONDITIONS, MANY EXPERTS ARE HIGH ON FIBER.

IT CONTINUES TO HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR WELL-BEING.

AMY OSHIER HAS MORE IN OUR HEALTH MATTERS REPORT Return to index of stories...


HEALTH MATTERS: HIGH FIBER-PKG


PKG:

WE ARE AN OVERWEIGHT NATION- MUCH OF IT BLAMED ON THE KINDS OF FOOD WE CONSUME. ONE SOLUTION, MAY AS SIMPLE AS SWAPPING OUR DIETARY CHOICES.

JENNIFER VARGO/REGISTERED DIETITIAN

RUNS:

6:44 I'm always trying to get the patients I'm working with try to get more fiber.

JENNIFER VARGO IS A REGISTERED DIETITIAN WITH LEE MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM. TO GET MORE FIBER IN THE DIET, SHE POINTS TO FOOD SWAPS. INCLUDING ONES THAT INCREASE FIBER AND SATISFY HUNGER.

JENNIFER VARGO/REGISTERED DIETITIAN

RUNS:

10:09 Hummus would be a wonderful thing to bring in there. You're working with beans so you're going to have that wonderful source of fiber plus you've got some healthy fats in there too because those are often made with olive oils and those are heart healthy as well.

AMY OSHIER/REPORTING

RUNS:

New research is boosting the love affair between fiber and heart health. Not only do people who regularly eat fiber have a lower risk of heart disease, but studies now show that fiber benefit those who have already had a heart attack. Some fiber seems to show better results.

HEIDI MILLER/WEIGHT LOSS DIETITIAN

RUNS:

4:55 The basics: your rice, your beans, your whole wheat pastas.

HEIDI MILLER SPECIALIZES IN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT. MANY OF HER CLIENTS ALREADY FACE MEDICAL CHALLENGES. SHE WORKS TO PUT THEM ON A HEALTHY PATH BY ADDING EXERCISE AND ALONG WITH FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND FIBER.

HEIDI MILLER/WEIGHT LOSS DIETITIAN

RUNS:

6:18 That reduces your risk for heart disease. 5:20 A lot of people have been able to get off their medications, or at least reduce their medications for diabetes or blood pressure meds.

THE FDA RECOMMENDS BETWEEN 20 AND 30 GRAMS OF FIBER A DAY- MOST AMERICANS AREN'T EATING HALF THAT MUCH. FOR LEE MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM. Return to index of stories...


TEEN JOBS-PLASMA, SS


IS YOUR TEEN SEARCHING FOR A SUMMER JOB?

EXPERTS SUGGEST NETWORK LIKE CRAZY.

MANY KIDS FIND JOBS THROUGH THEIR PARENTS FRIENDS.

CLASSIC SUMMER JOBS - AT CAMPS, BEACH BURGER JOINTS, AND AMUSEMENT PARKS, ARE A GOOD BET.

ALSO - SUGGEST YOUR TEEN CONTACT LOCAL HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES, AND RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES.

SKILLS LIKE C-P-R OR FIRST-AID TRAINING - EVEN POWER POINT OR EXCEL ARE A BONUS.

IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS TO REMIND TEENS, THE LONGER AND HARDER THEY LOOK, THE BETTER THEIR ODDS. Return to index of stories...


PREGNANCY AND MUSIC-VOTOPS


PREGNANT WOMEN HAVE STRONGER REACTIONS TO MUSIC THAN WOMEN WHO AREN'T EXPECTING.

RESEARCHERS IN GERMANY FOUND PREGNANT WOMEN HAD STRONGER FEELINGS ABOUT WHETHER THE MUSIC WAS PLEASANT OR UNPLEASANT.

WHEN COMPARED TO WOMEN WHO WERE NOT EXPECTING.

THE PREGNANT WOMEN ALSO EXPERIENCED A GREATER DROP IN BLOOD PRESSURE WHEN LISTENING TO SOOTHING MUSIC -- AND A HIGHER SPIKE WHEN LISTENING TO IRRITATING SONGS. Return to index of stories...


RESTAURANT REVIEWS-VO


THIS MORNING, WE'RE LEARNING HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS ARE TURNING TO ONLINE RESTAURANT REVIEWS AS A WAY TO SPOT FOOD POISONING OUTBREAKS.

THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PARTNERED WITH YELP, A BUSINESS REVIEW WEBSITE.

THEY FOUND MORE THAN FOUR HUNDRED REVIEWS DESCRIBED A RECENT FOODBORNE ILLNESS -- AND THEY IDENTIFIED THREE UNREPORTED FOOD POISONING OUTBREAKS.

ONLY THREE PERCENT OF THE FOOD POISONING CASES REPORTED ON THE WEBSITE WERE RELAYED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH THEY STUDIED NEARLY THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND RESTAURANT REVIEWS -- AND SEARCHED FOR WORDS CONSISTENT WITH FOOD POISONING. Return to index of stories...


HEALTHY GRILLING-ONCAM, VO


MANY OF YOU WILL BE GRILLING THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND --

THIS MORNING, NBC2 IS UNCOVERING A FEW WAYS TO MAKE YOUR COOKOUT A LITTLE HEALTHIER.

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD COOKING MEATS AT HIGH TEMPERATURES CREATES CARCINOGENIC COMPOUNDS IN THE FORM OF CHAR.

A RECENT STUDY FOUND THAT MARINATING MEAT WITH BEER CAN CUT DOWN ON THAT CHAR BUILD-UP. Return to index of stories...


HEALTHY GRILLING-SOTVO


"Dark beer worked the best, but you could use any beer, lighter beers, and non-alcoholic beer worked as well."

FAT THAT DRIPS FROM MEAT CAUSES FLARE-UPS -- WHICH CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THOSE CARCINOGENIC CHEMICALS.

EXPORTS RECOMMEND LEANER CUTS OF BEEF LIKE SKIRT STEAK --

THEY ALSO SAY EXPAND YOUR MENU BEYOND BURGERS AND DOGS. BY LOADING THE GRILL WITH VEGGIES.

YOU CAN ALSO TRY GRILLING FRUITS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE SEVEN-PLASMA


COMING UP - WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THIS MORNING'S TOP STORIES.

PLUS -- A BURGLAR RANSACKS A JACKSONVILLE HOME --

STEALING A FAMILY'S VALUABLES --

BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING -- A CHILD'S BIRTHDAY GIFT --

STRAIGHT AHEAD - FIND OUT WHAT ONE POLICE OFFICER DID TO CHEER UP THE THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY. Return to index of stories...


TZ6 OFFICER BRINGS BIRTHDAY-VOTOPS


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OFFICER BRINGS BIRTHDAY TO KID-INTRO


THIS MORNING, WE'RE LEARNING ABOUT A POLICE OFFICER IN JACKSONVILLE WHO WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY BY SHOWING A LOT OF COMPASSION FOR A TODDLER.

LAURA CASO SHARES THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


OFFICER BRINGS BIRTHDAY TO KID-PKG


- PKG --

OFFICER DEREK PRATICO.

HE'S BEEN WITH THE JACKSONVILLE SHERIFF'S OFFICE FOR TEN YEARS.

AND WHILE HE'S RESPONDED TO HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS OF BURGLARY CALLS.ONE SPECIFIC.HIT CLOSE TO HOME.

"It was an auto burglary that I responded to and I met the victim outside of her house.and she was upset."

THAT VICTIM, JACKSONVILLE MOTHER BRITISH SHEPPARD, WAS UPSET BECAUSE THE GIFT SHE BOUGHT FOR HER THREE-YEAR-OLD SON BRANDON'S BIRTHDAY.WAS STOLEN.

CLOTHES.GONE.TOO.

"Like.everything was gone.just to think about it.it's crazy.unbelievable."

ALL STUFF SHE PURCHASED WITH MONEY FROM HER TAX RETURN.

SHE WAS UPSET.SAYING SHE COULDN'T AFFORD ANOTHER GIFT.

PRATICO STARTED INVESTIGATING.

"He was looking at my screaming and crying."

OFFICER PRATICO TOOK DOWN INFO.LEFT.AND FILED THE REPORT.

"I believe children should receive presents on their birthday.something to look forward to."

AND IT WAS THIS THOUGHT THAT BROUGHT HIM BACK TO THE HOUSE.

"The next day right after roll-call I went to Walmart and got him a toy car and then I went to Publix and got him cake."

A SPIDER MAN POLICE CAR AND CARD, TOO.

ALSO A GIFT FOR HIS MOM.A $100 GIFT CARD TO GET BACK ON HER FEET.

"It's just the right thing to do.it's just the way I was raised." Return to index of stories...


OFFICER BRINGS BIRTHDAY TO KID-TAG


THAT WAS LAURA CASO REPORTING.

PRATICO SAYS HE HAS TWO DAUGHTERS OF HIS OWN - AND THAT'S WHY THIS SITUATION HIT SO CLOSE TO HOME. Return to index of stories...


MAGIC KINGDOM OPEN 24 HOURS-VOTOPS


DISNEY IS A WORLD ATTRACTION THAT WILL GET MANY PEOPLE UP EARLY TO BE THE FIRST TO WALK THROUGH THE GATES.

BUT ON FRIDAY.

A HUGE CROWD GATHERED TO GET IN EARLY. TO STAY REALLY LATE.

THE FAMOUS PARK WAS OPEN FOR 24 HOURS STRAIGHT. Return to index of stories...


MAGIC KINGDOM OPEN 24 HOURS-SOTVO


"We went to bed early last night. We got up at 4 o-clock and got prepared, and got the bus. took the second bus here."

BUTTED TO

"Get lots of caffeine because we're not leaving. We're going to stay here the entire time. The entire 24 hours."

SOME EVEN STAYED OVERNIGHT TO MAKE SURE WERE ONE OF THE FIRST TO GET INSIDE. Return to index of stories...


OSCAR PIZZA GUY OPENS BUSINESS-ONCAM, VO


THE PIZZA DELIVERY GUY WHO SHOT TO FAME AFTER DELIVERING PIZZAS TO THE OSCARS HAS HIS OWN RESTAURANT NOW.

IT'S IN L-A.

YOU MIGHT REMEMBER ELLEN DEGENERES HOSTED THE ACADEMY AWARDS SHOW THIS YEAR.

SHE ORDERED PIZZA IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SHOW.

YOU CAN SEE STARS CHOWING DOWN ON SLICES IN THESE PICTURES.

HE SAYS SEVERAL MONTHS AFTER HIS APPEARANCE ON LIVE TV --

HE AND HIS BROTHER OPENED A TRADITIONAL NEAPOLITAN PIZZA RESTAURANT. HE SAYS HIS GUEST APPEARANCE AT THE OSCARS HAS HELPED HIS BUSINESS, TOO.

THE NEWEST PIZZA RESTAURANT ON SUNSET BOULEVARD IS WOOD.

AND IF YOU TAKE A GOOD LOOK YOU MIGHT EVEN RECOGNIZE THE OWNER.

A really like incredible experience.

So it was a really good something that happened to us.

EDGAR MARTIROSYAN WAS MADE FAMOUS DURING THE ACADEMY AWARDS BROADCAST WHEN HE DELIVERED PIZZA ON LIVE TV.

SEVERAL MONTHS LATER HE AND HIS BROTHER ERIC JUST OPENED A TRADITIONAL NEAPOLITAN PIZZA RESTAURANT, A CONCEPT THEY CAME UP WITH THEMSELVES.

Flour, sauce, we are getting from Naples, from Italy so it's really different experience, pizza experience.

THE BROTHERS TELL ME IT WAS ACTUALLY THEIR MOM WHO INSPIRED THEM TO GET INTO THE PIZZA BUSINESS.

WHEN THEY WERE KIDS, THEIR MOTHER OFTEN MADE PIZZA AT HOME.

NOW THEY'RE PUTTING THEIR CULINARY CHOPS TO THE TEST.

We are really happy that we are here in this neighborhood and we are hoping to do our best to serve the people around here and to make people happy.

EDGAR SAYS TO THIS DAY CUSTOMERS COME IN LOOKING FOR THE OSCARS PIZZA DELIVERY MAN.

A lot of customers come inside and they're like oh wow.

They love it.

AND WITH EVERY SNAP SHOT A PIZZA ORDER IS NOT FAR BEHIND.

--TAG---

YOU MIGHT REMEMBER ELLEN DEGENERES HOSTED THE ACADEMY AWARDS SHOW THIS YEAR.

SHE ORDERED PIZZA IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SHOW.

EDGAR MARTIROSYAN IS THE GUY WHO DELIVERED IT AND HELPED HAND IT AROUND TO THE STARS. Return to index of stories...


OSCAR PIZZA GUY OPENS BUSINESS-SOTVO


We are really happy that we are here in this neighborhood and we are hoping to do our best to serve the people around here and to make people happy.

THE BROTHERS SAY IT WAS THEIR MOM WHO INSPIRED THEM TO GET INTO THE PIZZA BUSINESS.

AND TO THIS DAY --

CUSTOMERS COME IN LOOKING FOR THE OSCARS PIZZA DELIVERY MAN.

WANTING TO SNAP A PHOTO WITH HIM. Return to index of stories...


TS CAPE DEADLY SHOOTING-trx, votops


TAKING A LOOK AT THIS MORNING TOP STORIES.

NBC2 FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING --

CAPE CORAL POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A DEADLY SHOOTING.

THEY TELL US IT HAPPENED AROUND 2:30 THIS MORNING IN THE 400 BLOCK OF SOUTHEAST 12TH COURT.

ONE PERSON WAS KILLED -- TWO OTHERS WERE SHOT AND TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL --

POLICE TELL US THE SHOOTER IS STILL ON THE RUN --

YOU CAN COUNT ON NBC-2 TO BRING UP THE LATEST ON AIR AND ONLINE. Return to index of stories...


TS CAPE SHOOTING INVESTIGATION-SSTOPS, VO


WE'RE ALSO TRACKING ANOTHER SHOOTING IN CAPE CORAL --

THIS ONE HAPPENED ON SANTA BARABARA BOULEVEARD.

NEIGHBORS TELL US THEY HEARD SEVERAL SHOTS FIRED FRIDAY NIGHT.

WE DID SOME DIGGING AND FOUND OUT SALVATORE MATOS STEPPED BEFORE JUDGE ON AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON.

POLICE SAY THE SHOOTING STARTED AS A NEIGHBORHOOD DISPUTE.

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


TS CREDIT CARD BUST-SSTOPS, VO


LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES BUSTED THIS GUY FOR USING STOLEN CREDIT CARDS DURING OPERATION HIGH OCTAINE.

THIS IS CURTIS DOVER, RIGHT NOW HE IS IN COURT FOR HIS FIRST APPEARANCE.

INVESTIGATORS SAY DOVER HAD 30 CLONED CARDS ON HIM AND IN HIS CAR THEY FOUND A RE-ENCODER DEVICE.

HE'S NOW FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


TS NFM DEATH INVESTIGATION-SSTOPS, VO


A DEATH INVESTIGATION HAPPENING IN NORTH FORT MYERS.

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES TELL US THEY FOUND A BODY IN THE WOODS.

NEAR BAYSHORE AND OLD BRIDGE ROADS FRIDAY.

RIGHT NOW. DEPUTIES ARE WAITING FOR AN AUTOPSY.

COUNT ON US TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Return to index of stories...


MILITARY FREE CONSERVANCY-CTGTOPS


THE CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IN NAPLES IS HONORING OUR VETERANS THIS WEEKEND --

ALL ACTIVE AND RETIRED MILITARY GET IN FREE TODAY THROUGH MONDAY --

A REMINDER -- THE CONSERVANCY IS CLOSED ON SUNDAY.

SO TAKE THE FAMILY --

MEET BETSY -- THE NEW LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE AND ENJOY LIVE ANIMAL PRESENTATIONS. Return to index of stories...


T2D: NAPLES ZOO FREE-CGTOPS


MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY AND KIDS ALSO GET IN FREE AT THE NAPLES ZOO THIS WEEKEND.

YOU CAN FEED THE GIRAFFES ---

AND CHECK OUT THE NEW GIANT ANTEATER. Return to index of stories...


FINAL WEATHER-3-SHOT


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...


CLOSE-3-SHOT


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CREDITS-REM LIVE


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