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DIRECTORS PAGE SHOW OPEN-CLIP
HLA) OPERATION SAFE SUMMER-trx VOTOPS BERGHDAL RELEASE FOLO-TC MON RVL
HLB) TEACHER FIRED-trx VOTOPS BERGHDAL RELEASE FOLO-PKG
HLC) CAUSEWAY INSPECTIONS-trx VOTOPS CHURCH SECRETARY ARREST-SS
5PM OPEN-CLIP CHURCH SECRETARY ARREST-PKG
TOSS TO CHRISTINA-PLASMA, LIVE BOSTON BOMBER UPDATE-VO
OPERATION SAFE SUMMER-REM-LIVE CA MANHUNT ENDS-VO-WIPE
OPERATION SAFE SUMMER-PKG CA MANHUNT ENDS-SOTVO
OPERATION SAFE SUMMER-REM-LIVE FL JUDGE FIGHT-NATSVO
DOMENIC FRANK DISCOVERY-SS, VO, OC KASEM FAMILY FIGHT-VO-WIPE
JUDGE APPROVES DRILLING-trx VO KASEM FAMILY FIGHT-SOTVO
MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-VO, SS OBAMA POLAND-VO-WIPE
WENDY HORN ORR NEW PICS-SS (3) OBAMA POLAND-SOTVO
TOSS TO CHARLIE-trx SS, E-AniBX CLIMATE CHANGE WILDLIFE-VO-WIPE
LEE SCHOOL BOARD-REM-LIVE CLIMATE CHANGE WILDLIFE-SOTVO
LEE SCHOOL BOARD-VO-WIPE PUPPY DRIVES INTO POND-VO
LEE SCHOOL BOARD-SOT TEASE ONE-2SHOT
LEE SCHOOL BOARD-REM-LIVE TZ1 A) PLOT TO KILL CLASSMATE-VO-WIPE
LEE TERM LIMITS-OC TZ1 B) NFL CONCUSSIONS-VOTOPS
LEE TERM LIMITS-PKG TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC
HELICOPTER SALE-trx VOTOPS NFL CONCUSSIONS LAWSUIT-trx
COLLIER BOAT SINKS-trx VO-WIPE FL FUGITIVE CAUGHT-O-AniBX
COLLIER BOAT SINKS-SOTVO FL FUGITIVE CAUGHT-PKG
TOSS TO GEORGE-VO in TC MON-LIVE TEASE TWO-ON CAM
SANIBEL CAUSEWAY INSPECTIONS-REM-LIVE TZ2 A) va wait times-vo
SANIBEL CAUSEWAY INSPECTIONS-PKG TZ2 B) 12 year old plot to kill classmate-vo
SANIBEL CAUSEWAY INSPECTIONS-REM-LIVE ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
CAPE YACHT CLUB FOLO-VO FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
FL EDUCATION PROTEST-VO-WIPE 12 YO PLOT TO KILL CLASSMATE-trx TC MON
FL EDUCATION PROTEST-SOTVO 12 YO PLOT TO KILL CLASSMATE-PKG
TEASE ONE-2SHOT 12 YO PLOT TO KILL CLASSMATE-OC
TZ1 B) TEACHER FIRED-VOTOPS SEATTLE MINIMUM WAGE-NATSVO-WIPE
TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC SEATTLE MINIMUM WAGE-SOTVO
MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS WALMART WORKERS STRIKE-trx VOTOPS
ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP WAR MONUMENT MISTAKE-VO-WIPE
FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL WAR MONUMENT MISTAKE-SOTVO
TEACHER FIRED CHEATING-trx OC NASA FLYING SAUCER-VO
TEACHER FIRED CHEATING-PKG OLIVER STONE SNOWDEN-VO
SEAN TAYLOR TRIAL-SS, VO TEASE THREE-2SHOT
FL PENSION PLANS-VO-WIPE TZ3 A) VA WAIT TIMES
FL PENSION PLANS-SOTVO AHEAD AT 6-BANNER
TEASE TWO-2SHOT A) mother takes stand-ss
TZ2 A) SECRETARY ARRESTED-VO-WIPE VETERANS CHOICE ACT-trx SOTVO
TZ2 B) PRISONER SWAP-VOTOPS TOSS TO CLIFTON-2SHOT, E-AniBX
JIM REIF PROCLAMATION-2 SHOT, SS VA WAIT TIMES-REM-LIVE
JIM REIF PROCLAMATION-PKG VA WAIT TIMES-PKG
NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT VA WAIT TIMES-REM-LIVE
A) PLOT TO KILL CLASSMATES-VO-WIPE SELL THE 6PM-2SHOT
B) VETERAN WAIT TIMES-VOTOPS  


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HLA) OPERATION SAFE SUMMER-trx VOTOPS


24 MEN -- ONE OF THEM 74-YEARS OLD -- ARRESTED IN OPERATION SAFE SUMMER.

THEY WERE NABBED ARRIVING AT A HOME HOPING TO HAVE SEX WITH A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL.

WE SHOW YOU THE "TAKE DOWN TEAM" AT WORK. Return to index of stories...


HLB) TEACHER FIRED-trx VOTOPS


AND A STORY YOU'LL ONLY SEE ON NBC 2 --

THE COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD SAYS A TEACHER WAS HELPING HER STUDENTS CHEAT.

THAT TEACHER TALKED WITH NBC 2. Return to index of stories...


HLC) CAUSEWAY INSPECTIONS-trx VOTOPS


AN NBC 2 INVESTIGATION TEN YEARS AGO EXPOSED SERIOUS CRACKS IN THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY BRIDGES.

TONIGHT -- WE SHOW YOU CRACKS IN THE *NEW BRIDGES ON THE EVE OF A BRIDGE INSPECTION. Return to index of stories...


5PM OPEN-CLIP


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TOSS TO CHRISTINA-PLASMA, LIVE


TWO DOZEN MEN BUSTED -- ACCUSED OF TRYING TO HAVE SEX WITH A TEENAGER.

THIS IS VIDEO OF A MAJOR ONLINE STING -- DUBBED "OPERATION SAFE SUMMER.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY ARRESTED 40 SEXUAL PREDATORS RANGING IN AGE FROM 20 TO 74.

NBC 2'S CHRISTINA LUSBY TALKED WITH INVESTIGATORS AND JOINS US LIVE. Return to index of stories...


OPERATION SAFE SUMMER-REM-LIVE


THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS NOT ONLY TRYING TO CLEAN UP THE STREETS --

BUT ALSO ONLINE BEFORE THE OFFICIAL START TO SUMMER.

DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON--

THEY DIDNT EVEN WANT TO DISCUSS THE ONLINE CONVERSATIONS THESE MEN WERE HAVING WITH WHO THEY THOUGHT WAS AN UNDERAGE GIRL-- SAYING IT'S GRAPHIC AND HORRIFIC. Return to index of stories...


OPERATION SAFE SUMMER-PKG


INVESTIGATORS SAY THIS MAN IS HEADING TO A LEE COUNTY HOME ON A DATE.

HE THINKS HE'S MEETING THIS 14 YEAR OLD GIRL TO HAVE SEX AMONG OTHER THINGS.

ON VIDEO --SHE WAVES THEM IN --

BUT SHE ISN'T THE ONLY ONE WAITING INSIDE.

LOTS OF MEN--

DEPUTIES, DETECTIVES AND THE FBI.

THE MAN IS ARRESTED--

ALONG WITH 23 OTHERS WHO SHOWED UP.

DETECTIVES SAY EACH OF THEM TRIED TO LURE A YOUNG GIRL ---TO DO SEXUAL THINGS WITH THEM--

ACCEPTING A FINAL INVITE TO THE HOME TO SEAL THE DEAL.

DETECTIVES SAY THEY ALL KNEW --THE GIRL THEY WERE ATTEMPTING TO MEET WAS ONLY 14.

5: 47 i wont get into the specifics with the conversation of chat but i can tell you they are very graphic and some of the things that the suspects talked about doing to this children were horrible 6:00

WE TRACKED DOWN SOME OF THE MENS FRIENDS.

NO NAME

friend of guy arrested

15:34 I've seen it on tv the FBI thing

ALL KNEW ABOUT THE SHOW--BUT WERE SHOCKED TO SEE THEIR FRIENDS FACES AMONG THE GROUP ARRESTED.

ANOTHER HOME--

WE RAN INTO ONE MAN'S DAD--HE DIDN'T WANT TO SHOW HIS FACE--

BUT CRIED--

AS WE ASKED ABOUT HIS SON.

he's a kids thats never been in trouble for anything abides by the law and respects the law 27:37 at this time i just ask umm that everyone pray for our family 27:48 Return to index of stories...


OPERATION SAFE SUMMER-REM-LIVE


WE CHECKED ONLINE SOME OF THESE MEN HAVE ALREADY BONDED OUT.

DETECTIVES WANT TO REMIND PARENTS -- THERE ARE SEXUAL PREDATORS HIDING BEHIND ALL PLATFORMS ONLINE.

SO WATCH AND MONITOR WHO YOUR KIDS ARE TALKING TOO.

LIVE IN LEE COUNTY CHRISITNA LUSBY NBC2. Return to index of stories...


DOMENIC FRANK DISCOVERY-SS, VO, OC


NEW INFORMATION TONIGHT IN THE CASE AGAINST A FORMER ESTERO HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER ACCUSED OF HAVING SEX WITH STUDENT.

PROSECUTORS SAY DOMENIC FRANK HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH A 16-YEAR OLD.

TODAY -- NBC 2 GOT A COPY OF NEW DOCUMENTS THEY'LL USED TO BUILD THEIR CASE -- INCLUDING THE VICTIM'S LETTERS TO FRIENDS.

IN ONE -- SHE DESCRIBES HOW MUCH SHE LIKES FRANK AND SAYS SHE WANTS TO MARRY HIM.

IN ANOTHER -- SHE TELLS HER FRIEND ABOUT INTIMATE MOMENTS BETWEEN THE TWO AND HOW SHE WOULD SNEAK OUT TO BE WITH HIM.

FRANK IS DUE BACK IN COURT IN AUGUST. Return to index of stories...


JUDGE APPROVES DRILLING-trx VO


MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS TODAY ON A PROPOSAL TO DRILL FOR OIL IN COLLIER COUNTY.

A JUDGE APPROVED A PLAN FOR THE DAN A. HUGHES COMPANY TO DRILL NEAR GOLDEN GATE ESTATES.

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS ARGUED IT WOULD IMPACT HABITATS FOR PANTHERS.

THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WILL NOW REVIEW THE PLAN. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-VO, SS


JURY SELECTION BEGAN TODAY FOR A LEHIGH ACRES DAYCARE WORKER ACCUSED IN THE DEATH OF A LITTLE BOY.

DEPUTIES SAY LITTLE CHRISTIAN BYRD DROWNED LAST YEAR -- WHEN MELISSA SMITH LEFT 4 KIDS IN A KIDDIE POOL AND WENT TO THE BATHROOM.

LAWYERS EXPECT THE TRIAL TO LAST UNTIL THURSDAY. Return to index of stories...


WENDY HORN ORR NEW PICS-SS (3)


FOR THE FIRST TIME -- WE'RE SEEING INSIDE A COLLIER COUNTY STORAGE UNIT WHERE A MOTHER LIVED WITH HER TWO AND A HALF YEAR OLD SON.

A PERSON HEARD THE LITTLE BOY SCREAMING FROM INSIDE THE STORAGE UNIT in FEBRUARY.

PICTURES TAKEN THAT DAY SHOW THE TODDLER STANDING NEXT TO A BUCKET HIS MOTHER USED FOR A TOILET.

THERE WAS NO RUNNING WATER.

BUT SOMEHOW -- HIS MOM HAD A T-V AND LAMP HOOKED UP TO ELECTRICITY.

THE STORAGE UNIT WAS FILLED WITH TOYS AND MATTRESSES.

THE MOTHER FACES A CHILD NEGLECT CHARGE. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO CHARLIE-trx SS, E-AniBX


IT'S OFFICIAL.

THE LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT IS GETTING A PAY RAISE.

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS MADE SOME LAST MINUTE CHANGES THIS AFTERNOON --

BUT STUCK WITH AN ABOUT 9-PERCENT SALARY INCREASE.

NBC-2'S CHARLIE KEEGAN SAT IN ON THE MEETING -- AND JOINS US LIVE WITH DETAILS ON THE REST OF THE CONTRACT. Return to index of stories...


LEE SCHOOL BOARD-REM-LIVE


BOARD MEMBERS SPENT ABOUT 30 MINUTES TODAY FINE TUNING A NEW CONTRACT FOR SUPERINTENDENT DOCTOR NANCY GRAHAM.

THE PLAN IS TO PAY HER 185-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR WITH THE CHANCE TO EARN UP TO TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ANNUAL BONUSES. Return to index of stories...


LEE SCHOOL BOARD-VO-WIPE


BOARD MEMBERS GOT RID OF A CLAUSE WHICH RAISES OR LOWERS HER BASE PAY DEPENDING ON HOW TEACHER'S PAY CHANGES YEAR TO YEAR.

THIS WAY -- DOCTOR GRAHAM'S BASE SALARY WILL STAY AT 185-THOUSAND DOLLARS --

A 9.4 PERCENT INCREASE FROM THE 169-THOUSAND SHE'S MAKING

THIS YEAR -- WHICH IS HER FIRST YEAR AS LEE COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT.

BOARD MEMBERS SAY COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ON DR. GRAHAM'S PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN MIXED -- BUT NOT OVERWHELMING. Return to index of stories...


LEE SCHOOL BOARD-SOT


Jeanne Dozier, Lee Co. School Board Member

16:34:32 that tells me that no news is good news that everyone is

basically satisfied with what we took a day to deliberate took a day

to hash out. 16:34:42 Return to index of stories...


LEE SCHOOL BOARD-REM-LIVE


THE BOARD MEETS AGAIN AT 6 O'CLOCK TONIGHT.

WE EXPECT MEMBERS TO FORMALLY APPROVE THIS ROLLING TWO YEAR CONTRACT

AT THAT TIME.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA -- ADDING TWO MEMBERS TO THE SCHOOL BOARD.

AND WE EXPECT PARENTS AND BOARD MEMBERS TO DISCUSS MAKING RECESS

MANDATORY AT SOME SCHOOLS.

WE'LL BE LIVE WITH THAT NEW INFORMATION IN ABOUT AN HOUR.

LIVE IN FT. MYERS CK NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


LEE TERM LIMITS-OC


12 YEARS MAX.

LEE COUNTY VOTERS WILL GET TO DECIDE IF THERE SHOULD BE TERM LIMITS FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.

NBC-2s DAVE ELIAS WAS THERE AS COMMISSIONERS THEMSELVES SAID IT'S A GOOD IDEA. Return to index of stories...


LEE TERM LIMITS-PKG


10;23:34 you're not here for a career most of you work fulltime jobs. 10;23;38

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SEEM TO AGREE.

APPROVING A REFERENDUM THAT WOULD ONLY ALLOW A CANDIDATE TO SERVE 12 YEARS FOR LIFE AND NO MORE.

10:25:00 I believe what it does is restore fresh ideas to your position and fairness to all. 10;25:05

MANY VOTERS WANTED COMMISSIONERS TO SERVE EIGHT YEARS AND NO MORE.

10:22:57 If we go 12 years it increases your retirement benefits significantly. 10;23:02

IT WILL NOW BE UP TO VOTERS TO DECIDE WHETHER THE 12 YEAR LIMIT SHOULD BE IMPOSED ON COMMISIONERS GOING FORWARD.

cecil Pendergrass/ 12:22:01 If a commissioner has already been here starting the next election cycle they have no more than 12 years they could be here. 12;22:04

BUT SOME VOTERS FEEL TERM LIMITS ALREADY EXIST AT THE BALLOT BOX.

janet Bunch/North Fort Myers / 10:26:50 Every election we have the opportunity to re-evaluate our representatives on this commission and other elected offices and either send you back to continue to your good work or put someone else in your place to do your job. 10:27:02

BUT SOME SAY THAT'S NOT WORKING.

hunter Leak/Whiskey Creek / 10:29:05 But because of the ignorance and apathy among young voters, decide young however you see fit, that doesn't happen. I wish it did. 10:29:18

YOUNG VOTERS LIKE ANTHONY THOMAS STEPPING FORWARD TO DISAGREE.

10:30:41 I'm young, but I'm neither ignorant nor do I participate in apathy. I voted in every election since I was 18. 10;30:52

YOUNG OR OLD.ALL VOTERS WILL DECIDE ULTIMATELY IN NOVEMBER WHETHER A LIFE TIME TERM LIMIT IS NECESSARY.

IN LEE COUNTY, DAVE ELIAS NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


HELICOPTER SALE-trx VOTOPS


TODAY -- LEE COUNTY ALSO AGREED TO SELL TWO OF ITS OLD EMS HELICOPTERS.

THE COUNTY OFFERED THE CHOPPERS TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE --

BUT THEY DIDN'T WANT THEM.

THE COUNTY HOPES TO GET $325-THOUSAND FOR THE PAIR. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER BOAT SINKS-trx VO-WIPE


NEW AT 5 --

A BOAT SANK TODAY IN COLLIER COUNTY -- THANKS IN PART TO ALL THE RAIN WE'VE HAD THIS PAST WEEK.

NBC 2 SHOT THIS VIDEO AT THE DOCKS ON FIFTH AS CREWS REMOVED WATER FROM THE BOAT.

THE DOCK MASTER TOLD US -- HE THINKS THE BOAT'S PUMP FAILED.

it FILL UP WITH RAIN WATER AND IT ENDED UP SINKING. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER BOAT SINKS-SOTVO


THE DOCK MASTER URGES BOATERS TO CHECK THEIR EQUIPMENT NOW THAT WE'RE IN RAINY SEASON. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO GEORGE-VO in TC MON-LIVE


TOMORROW MORNING -- INSPECTORS WILL TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT CRACKS IN THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY.

THIS HAS BEEN A CONCERN EVER SINCE THE NBC 2 INVESTIGATORS UNCOVERED SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THE OLD BRIDGES MORE THAN A DECADE AGO.

THE NEW BRIDGES WERE BUILT IN 2007.

JUST FIVE YEARS LATER --

THE CRACKS APPEARED.

NBC 2 GEORGE SOLIS IS LIVE ON SANIBEL.

GEORGE -- WHAT DO OFFICIALS HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THIS LATEST INSPECTION? Return to index of stories...


SANIBEL CAUSEWAY INSPECTIONS-REM-LIVE


QUITE FRANKLY --

THEY WANT THE SAME ANSWERS EVERYONE ELSE IS SEEKING --

WHAT'S CAUSING THESE CRACKS --

AND HOW TO FIX THEM THEM.

NOW -- MIND YOU SOME OF THESE CRACKS ARE DIFFICULT TO SPOT.

SO IN MY HANDS ARE WHAT YOU MIGHT CONSIDER A TOOL OF THE TRADE. Return to index of stories...


SANIBEL CAUSEWAY INSPECTIONS-PKG


Sanibel regular Abel Ramos says he quite at home on the island

"I've been here since 1963"

A long time lee county resident- Ramos even recalls when the new

causeway went up back in 2007.

"Yes sir, I sure do"

But lately- words of cracks underneath the causeway has been a cause

for concern for Ramos.

"We fish under here, I wouldn't want some accident happening"

Lee county department of transportation officials say- its not likely.

The cracks have been on their radar since 2012.

Five years after the 3 new bridges went up.

"This is the latest set of inspections, we're continually monitoring

the condition on the bridge"

Checking for a cause and solution to these mysterious cracks-

During past inspections- crews has told NBC2 design flaws have nothing

to do with the cracks- but more likely concrete that didn't settle

properly

"Everything that I've been told they're comfortable there are no

structural or safety issues, but it's something that we need to

monitor" Doug Congress, Sanibel Vice Mayor

In 2012 county commissioners approved spending more than 160 thousand

dollars for consultants to inspect the bridges for cracks-

"This all leads to try and determine what the appropriate solutions might be"

Ramos hopes its sooner rather than later

"This bridge ain't by maybe five at that and you said it's good for 75

years, that's something to think about" Return to index of stories...


SANIBEL CAUSEWAY INSPECTIONS-REM-LIVE


MINOR DELAYS ARE EXPECTED AS A RESULT OF THE INSPECTIONS -- NO LANE CLOSURES ARE EXPECTED.

LIVE ON THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY GS NBC 2 Return to index of stories...


CAPE YACHT CLUB FOLO-VO


CAPE CORAL LEADERS ARE TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE CAPE CORAL YACHT CLUB.

SEVERAL RESIDENTS VOICE THEIR CONCERNS YESTERDAY AT THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

ABOUT 50 SPACES ARE NOW RESERVED FOR THE NEW BOATHOUSE RESTURAUNT.

EMPLOYEES TOLD CITY LEADERS THEYRE STILL TWEAKING THE VALET SERVICE.

IT'S BEING TESTED FOR NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS. Return to index of stories...


FL EDUCATION PROTEST-VO-WIPE


A STATE LAWMAKER JOINED FLORIDA EDUCATORS IN TALLAHASSEE TODAY -- PROTESTING THE NEW STATE BUDGET.

GOVERNOR SCOTT SIGNED THE 77-BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET ON MONDAY -- THE LARGEST IN STATE HISTORY.

PROTESTORS CLAIM IT TAKES MONEY AWAY FROM FLORIDA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS -- AND GIVES IT TO PRIVATE AND CHARTER SCHOOLS. Return to index of stories...


FL EDUCATION PROTEST-SOTVO


Sot: State Rep. Alan Williams, D- Tallahassee

"We know that there is no better path to the middle class than a great education. Inadequate funding for our schools, diverting funds for private charter schools, and cuts to bright futures scholarships are not the way to open the doors of opportunities for our students."

CRITICS WERE QUICK TO POINT OUT THE TALLAHASSEE REPRESENTATIVE ACTUALLY VOTED FOR THE BUDGET HE WAS PROTESTING TODAY. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


A CONSUMER WATCHDOG GROUP SAYS FLORIDA PENSION PLANS ARE UNDER FUNDED BY AN ASTOUNDING TEN **BILLION DOLLARS.

NBC 2 IS TRACKING YOUR TAX DOLLARS -- TRYING TO FIND OUT WHY.

PLUS --

A COLLIER COUNTY TEACHER IS OUT OF A JOB -- ACCUSED OF HELPING HER STUDENTS CHEAT.

BUT SHE SAYS THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED.

TONIGHT -- SHE TELLS HER SIDE OF THE STORY ONLY TO NBC 2. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 B) TEACHER FIRED-VOTOPS


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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.

LOW CHANCE FOR RAIN

Coastal locations in southwest Florida - particularly Marco Island and Everglades City - saw some passing showers today while most of the area was dry. Our cloudy weather will persist this evening as temperatures drop into the mid/lower 70's. A few rain showers could linger along the beaches of Lee and Collier counties early this evening.

The lower chance for rain kicks in tomorrow with a pretty good looking forecast. While it won't be bright and sunny all day, skies should only be partly cloudy by the afternoon on Wednesday. A push of dry air down the Florida peninsula will keep most rain showers away from the area tomorrow and our First Alert Doppler Radar will keep track of the rain in the Gulf and off shore. High temperatures tomorrow will top out in the upper 80's and stay just shy of 90 degrees.

The long-range forecast shows a return of our afternoon showers and storms by Thursday and we will likely forecast the same thing for the weekend ahead. Highs will be back in the lower 90's as we move toward the weekend. Return to index of stories...


TEACHER FIRED CHEATING-trx OC


A COLLIER COUNTY TEACHER SAYS SHE WAS FIRED FOR HELPING HER STUDENTS.

BUT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS SHE WAS HELPING THEM CHEAT.

TODAY -- NBC2s BRYAN ANDERSON SAT DOWN EXCLUSIVELY WITH THE TEACHER AND FOUND OUT WHAT'S NEXT. Return to index of stories...


TEACHER FIRED CHEATING-PKG


FIRED FROM THE CLASSROOM.

---SOT---

VILLA

FORMER LAKE TRAFFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER MARY VILLA IS FIGHTING TO GET HER JOB BACK.

---SOT---

VILLA

DOCUMENTS SHOW THREE WEEKS AGO THE DISTRICT CUT TIES WITH VILLA.

NBC2 DID SOME DIGGING AND FOUND HER TERMINATION LETTER.

SUPERINTENDENT KAMELA PATTON WROTE "YOU ADMITTED TO ASSISTING STUDENTS WITH THE THIRD GRADE PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENTS IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE TEST ADMINISTRATION SECURITY AGREEMENT YOU SIGNED."

ACCORDING TO THAT LETTER VILLA TWICE DENIED ANY WRONGDOING.

---SOT---

VILLA

PATTON'S LETTER SAYS LAST YEAR VILLA WAS SUSPENDED ONE DAY WITHOUT PAY FOR VIOLATING PROTOCOL ON A BENCHMARK EXAM.

SHE SAYS "TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN YOUR ABILITY TO ADMINISTER STUDENT ASSESSMENTS WITH INTEGRITY HAS BEEN COMPLETELY LOST AND YOUR CREDIBILITY WITH SCHOOL AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS HAS BEEN DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR."

---SOT---

MOS

THIS LAKE TRAFFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARENT SAYS RULES ARE RULES.

BUT HE WONDERS WHETHER THE PUNISHMENT

FITS THE ACCUSATIONS.

---SOT---

MOS

VILLA SAYS SHE DIDN'T WANT TO GO INTO DETAIL ABOUT HER CASE.

SHE TELLS US SHE DEDICATED MORE THAN 2 DECADES OF HER LIFE ON EDUCATION IN IMMOKALEE.

8 YEARS OF THAT AT LAKE TRAFFORD.

NEXT MONTH HER FATE WILL BE UP TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE.

IF ITS NOT IN HER FAVOR, VILLA SAYS THAT WONT STOP HER FROM CHANGING MIGRANT CHILDREN'S LIVES.

---SOT---

VILLA

AS OF LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON, THE DISTRICT DID NOT RESPOND TO OUR QUESTIONS.

IN IMMOKALEE, BRYAN ANDERSON, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


SEAN TAYLOR TRIAL-SS, VO


THE TRIAL OF A SECOND LEE COUNTY MAN -- CHARGED IN THE MURDER OF AN N-F-L FOOTBALL PLAYER -- BEGAN TODAY.

JASON MITCHELL IS ONE OF 5 MEN FROM LEE COUNTY ACCUSED IN THE CASE.

SEAN TAYLOR WAS KILLED IN 2007 DURING A BOTCHED-ROBBERY AT HIS MIAMI HOME.

THE ACCUSED SHOOTER -- ERIC RIVERA JUNIOR -- WAS CONVICTED OF MURDER LAST FALL AND SENTENCED TO 57 YEARS BEHIND BARS. Return to index of stories...


FL PENSION PLANS-VO-WIPE


PENSION PLANS FOR GOVERNEMENT WORKERS IN FLORIDA ARE IN THE RED UP TO TEN BILLION DOLLARS.

THE PLANS COVER POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS AND MOST OTHER CITY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

UNLESS THERE IS PENSION REFORM, TAXWATCH SAY MANY CITIES WILL HAVE TO CUT POLICE AND FIRE SERVICES JUST TO PAY FOR EMPLOYEE RETIREMENTS. Return to index of stories...


FL PENSION PLANS-SOTVO


Robert Weissert, Florida TaxWatch

"This is not simply the effects of the Great Recession, where the value of all investments dropped. This is really a systemic problem. This is a problem of politicians over-promising and of actuarial assumptions not coming to fruition."

OFFICIALS SAY ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS ABOUT REFORMING LOCAL PENSION PLANS IS MOST PEOPLE DON'T EVEN REALIZE HOW MUCH THE PLANS ARE COSTING TAXPAYERS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2SHOT


A CHURCH SECRETARY IS IN JAIL TONIGHT -- CHARGED WITH STEALING MORE THAN 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE CHILDREN'S MINISTRY.

COMING UP AT 5:30, WE'LL SHOW YOU WHAT INVESTIGATORS SAY SHE BOUGHT FOR HERSELF WITH THE MONEY --

AND WHY IT TOOK SO LONG TO CATCH HER.

PLUS -- NEW INFORMATION IS COMING OUT ABOUT THE RELEASE OF 5 TERRORISTS FOR A U.S. SOLDIER.

CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS WANT TO KNOW WHY THEY WERE LEFT IN THE DARK. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) SECRETARY ARRESTED-VO-WIPE


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TZ2 B) PRISONER SWAP-VOTOPS


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JIM REIF PROCLAMATION-2 SHOT, SS


A SPECIAL HONOR TODAY FOR THE OUR LATE COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND JIM REIF.

AS MANY OF YOU KNOW -- JIM PASSED AWAY IN APRIL AFTER A BICYCLING ACCIDENT.

LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT AUGUST 13TH -- THE TENTH ANNIVERSAY OF HURRICANE CHARLEY'S LANDFALL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA--WILL BE JIM REIF DAY.

NBC2'S HEATHER TURCO HAS THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


JIM REIF PROCLAMATION-PKG


A FULL DAY FOR LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS -

WITH ONE ITEM ON THE AGENDA - VERY CLOSE TO THE HEARTS OF THOSE HERE AT WATERMAN BROADCASTING.

TODAY COMMISSIONERS PROCLAIMED, AUGUST 13TH THE DAY CHARLEY MADE LANDFALL IN 2004, AS JIM REIF DAY.

10 YEARS AGO, JIM REIF WAS ABC7'S CHIEF METEOROLOGIST - HE ALONG WITH NBC2 CHIEF, ROBERT VANWINKLE WORKED TOGETHER TO MAKE THE CALL, THAT HURRICANE CHARLIE WAS TURNING TOWARD US.

0341 "140 mph it's a cat 4 hurricane moving directly to lee county."

WAYNE SALLADE - CHARLOTTE COUNTY DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

wayne sallade director of emergency management, charlotte county

"when you stop to think that we lost 11,000 residential units that fateful day and only had four fatalities thats a tribute to something and i believe a very significant part of that live saving effort was what jim and robert did that day."

TODAY LEE COUNTY RECOGNIZED JIM'S EFFORT AND ROLE IN MAKING THAT LIFE-SAVING PREDICTION.

0524 "You need to take protective measures now to protect your life and the life of your loved ones."

THE PROCLAMATION AND RESOLUTION HONORS JIM AND HIS 35 YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

WAYNE - "the 25 years prior to that jim spent going to every single conceivable community to do hurricane seminars and to plant a seed that this is going to happen some day and that day arrived and jim was a big part of what i believe was a significant number of lives that day."

JIM'S FIANCE, JANE HESS WAS THERE,

1438 "When the going got rough, the weather got rough. When things were uncertain, they were tuning into the station to find him and to see what he said about it."

2207 "SWFL is going to really miss Jim and his insight he had to this area and to the weather right here."

APPROPRIATELY - SEVERAL DAYS INTO HURRICANE SEASON - THAT'S A SENTIMENT WE CONTINUE TO FEEL.

THANKS AGAIN JIM, FOR EVERYTHING.

HEATHER TURCO, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT


A WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM A CHARLOTTE COUNTY CHURCH --

AND SHE WAS THE CHURCH SECRETARY!

NBC2 UNCOVERS THE DETAILS, NEXT AT 5:30.

PLUS TWO 12 YEAR OLDS ACCUSED OF LURING A FRIEND TO THE WOODS TO STAB HER OVER AND OVER!

THIS IS A STORY THAT WILL STUN PARENTS.

AND NBC2 HAS NEW INFORMATION ABOUT HOW LONG LOCAL VETERANS ARE WAITING FOR HEALTHCARE. Return to index of stories...


A) PLOT TO KILL CLASSMATES-VO-WIPE


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B) VETERAN WAIT TIMES-VOTOPS


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SHOW OPEN-CLIP


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BERGHDAL RELEASE FOLO-TC MON RVL


NEW DEVELOPMENTS TONIGHT ABOUT THE CONTROVERSIAL EXCHANGE OF AN AMERICAN SOLIDER FOR FIVE TERROR SUSPECTS.

TOP MEMBERS OF CONGRESS RAISED CONCERNS TWO YEARS AGO WHEN THEY WERE FIRST BRIEFED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SWAPPING TERRORISTS FOR BOWE BERGDAHL

AND NOW THOSE LAWMAKERS SAY THEY WEREN'T INFORMED ABOUT THE DEAL UNTIL AFTER IT HAPPENED.

TODAY - PRESIDENT OBAMA DISMISSED QUESTIONS ABOUT BERGDAHL'S DISAPPEARANCE IN AFGHANISTAN IN 2009.

NBC'S STEVE HANDLESMAN IS COVERING THE CONTROVERSY TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


BERGHDAL RELEASE FOLO-PKG


AS BOWE BERGDAHL RECOVERS

AND THE CONTROVERSY RAGES

THE PENTAGON CONFIRMS AN INQUIRY INTO THE CHARGE BERGDAHL WENT AWOL OR DESERTED IN 2009.

Sot / General Barry McCaffrey, NBC Military Analyst:11-:15

"did he intend to stay gone? Did he intend to join the Taliban?"

SIX U-S SOLDIERS DIED DURING THE SEARCH FOR HIM AND THEY WOULD NOT HAVE.

SAYs JOSE BAGGETT.WHO WAS THERE.

IF BERGDAHL HAD NOT DISAPPEARED

Sot / Jose Baggett, fellow soldier:25-:29

"we wouldn't have been out looking for him like that and those guys would still be alive right now"

Sot / Handelsman question:

"you want him investigated?

Sot / Jose Baggett, fellow soldier:33-:38

"absolutely absolutely"

"cause there're still people out there that never came back and it's because he walked away"

IT'S A PUBLIC SHAMING BY FELLOW SOLDIERS.

ON THE TODAY SHOW WAS JOSH KORDER.WHO FEARS BERGDAHL DID HELP THE TALIBAN.

Sot / Josh Korder, fellow soldier:47-:50

"this could be something like treason, or even him being a traitor."

DESPITE BERGDAHL'S STORY, PRESIDENT OBAMA DEFENDED THE PRISONER SWAP, SAYING, IN POLAND, WE DON'T LEAVE AMERICANS IN UNIFORM BEHIND.

Sot / President Obama :59-1:09

"whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he's held in captivity. Period. Full stop."

BUT THE PRESIDENT SWAPPING BERGDAHL FOR FORMER TOP TALIBAN LEADERS IS STILL AN ISSUE.

Sot / Sen. John McCain 1:17-1:23

"it is a mistake and it is putting the lives of Americans servicemen and woman at risk."

LIKE ANGRY FELLOW SOLDIERS CHARGE THAT BOWE BERGDAHL DID.

REPUBLICANS SAY THEY SENSE. IN THIS PRISONER SWAP. PUBLIC OUTRAGE THAT THEY CAN USE AGAINST DEMOCRATS IN THIS ELECTION YEAR.

I'M STEVE HANDELSMAN, NBC NEWS, Return to index of stories...


CHURCH SECRETARY ARREST-SS


A FORMER CHURCH SECRETARY IS BEHIND BARS TONIGHT IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY LINDA BISCHOFF STOLE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM PILGRIM UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST IN PORT CHARLOTTE.

NBC-2'S LUCAS SEILER FOUND OUT -- IT TOOK A YEAR OF DIGGING UP OLD RECORDS TO FINALLY ARREST HER. Return to index of stories...


CHURCH SECRETARY ARREST-PKG


A PLACE OF WORSHIP, A PLACE OF TRUST.

"Someone could come up with absolutely no criminal history and something happens that causes them to commit an illegal act."

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT INVESTIGATORS SAY IS THE CASE WITH A 61-YEAR-FORMER CHURCH BOOK KEEPER.

… TONIGHT, THE MEMBERS OF PILGRIM UNITED ARE DOING A LOT OF PRAYING FOR LINDA BISCHOFF. SHE'S ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM THE CHURCH - AND DETECTIVES SAY SHE COVERED UP THE GRAND THEFT AND FRAUD SO WELL, IT TOOK DETECTIVES A YEAR TO BUST HER.

"This is very complicated case…"

LAST SUMMER, CHURCH MEMBERS DISCOVERED SOMETHING FISHY - THEIR BUDGET WAS SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

… SO, NATURALLY, THEY APPROACHED THE WOMAN IN CHARGE OF HANDLING EXPENDITURES.

"In the process, they discovered what they suspected was going on involved the destruction of some of their own records."

THE CHURCH'S PASTOR DECLINED AN ON-CAMERA INTERVIEW WITH NBC-2, BUT TELLS US THEY'RE DEEPLY SADDENED AT WHAT INVESTIGATORS SAY HAPPENED.

ACCORDING TO A FORENSIC AUDIT, BISCHOFF ILLEGALLY USED THE CHURCH'S CREDIT CARD TO PURCHASE NEARLY $22,000 WORTH OF THINGS - LIKE A WASHER AND DRYER, A TV SET, FOOD AND CLOTHES - WE'RE TOLD SHE THEN RECORDED THOSE PURCHASES IN THE ACCOUNTS OF JOYFUL NOISE SCHOOL AND CHILDREN'S MINISTRY.

A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE CHURCH DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG, BUT THIS HAPPENS ALL TOO OFTEN TO CHURCHES AND BUSINESS - AND HERE'S WHY -

"You have to have trust in your employees to a certain extent… but you also have to do some oversight to make sure what is happening is happening the way it's supposed to be."

BISCHOFF FACES GRAND THEFT AND SCHEME TO DEFRAUD CHARGES - SHE'S BEING HELD AT THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY JAIL ON AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH - IN PC, LS, NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


BOSTON BOMBER UPDATE-VO


FEDERAL PROSECUTORS SAY THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING SUSPECT EMAILED HIS MOM -- JUST BEFORE A SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE --

TELLING HER HE EXPECTED TO DIE.

DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV IS SET TO GO TO TRIAL IN NOVEMBER.

HE PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO THE 20-13 TERROR ATTACK THAT KILLED THREE PEOPLE AND INJURED MORE THAN 260 OTHERS. Return to index of stories...


CA MANHUNT ENDS-VO-WIPE


NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ARREST OF A CALIFORNIA MEDIA CONSULTANT AFTER A FIVE DAY MANHUNT.

RYAN CHAMBERLAIN -- WHO WAS CAPTURED MONDAY AFTER A WAS CHARGED TODAY WITH POSSESSION OF AN ILLEGAL DEVICE.

THE FBI SAYS THEY FOUND ALL THE MATERIALS TO MAKE A BOMB IN HIS HOME INCLUDING NAILS AND SCREWS.

CHAMBERLAIN WAS TRACKED DOWN IN A SAN FRANCISCO PARK CLOSE TO HIS HOME -- WITNESSES RECORDED IT ON THEIR CELL PHONES. Return to index of stories...


CA MANHUNT ENDS-SOTVO


"The guy was, you know, getting cuffed. They were yelling at him to get his arms behind his back."

BUTT WITH

"The police saw that I was filming -- HE saw that I was filming it and said, 'Help!'

"Help!"

IT'S NOT CLEAR WHY THE FBI WAS INVESTIGATING CHAMBERLAIN IN THE FIRST PLACE --

BUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA, HE SAID -- "I EXPLORED SOME UGLY WEBSITES, A YEAR-ISH AGO. I WAS DEPRESSED."

IF CONVICTED, HE FACES A SENTENCE OF UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON. Return to index of stories...


FL JUDGE FIGHT-NATSVO


A CENTRAL FLORIDA JUDGE IS ACCUSED OF PUNCHING A PUBLIC DEFENDER.

33-

"Sit down. I don't need your help I am a public defender I have a right to be here I said sit down, if you want to fight let's go out back.bleep

THINGS GOT HEATED WHEN THE PUBLIC DEFENDER REFUSED TO WAIVE HIS CLIENT'S RIGHT TO A SPEEDY TRIAL.

WITNESSES SAY THE JUDGE PUNCHED HIM JUST OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM.

DEPUTIES BROKE UP THE FIGHT.

THE JUDGE WAS NOT ARRESTED --

BUT THE PUBLIC DEFENDER SAY HE PLANS TO FILE A COMPLAINT. Return to index of stories...


KASEM FAMILY FIGHT-VO-WIPE


A NEW DEVELOPMENT TONIGHT IN THE FAMILY FIGHT OVER WHO TAKES CARE OF AILING RADIO PERSONALITY CASEY KASEM.

A JUDGE RULED THE AILING 82-YEAR-OLD CAN STAY WITH HIS WIFE AT THEIR WASHINGTON STATE HOME -- IF THERE'S MEDICAL SUPERVISION.

THE RULING COMES ONE DAY AFTER KASEM WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO A HOSPITAL AT THE REQUEST OF HIS DAUGHTER.

KASEM'S WIFE ADMITS THE FORMER RADIO PERSONALITY IS CLOSE TO DEATH. Return to index of stories...


KASEM FAMILY FIGHT-SOTVO


Jean Kasem/Wife

15- "Casey is getting the medical care that he needs. Everyone, everyone should now feel comfortable that Casey is being well taken car of. "

KASEM'S WIFE AND HIS DAUGHTER HAVE BEEN FIGHTING OVER WHO SHOULD MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT HIS CARE. Return to index of stories...


OBAMA POLAND-VO-WIPE


PRESIDENT OBAMA LANDED IN POLAND TODAY FOR THE START OF A EUROPEAN TOUR.

THE PRESIDENT WANTS A BILLION DOLLARS FROM CONGRESS TO HELP ALLIES IN EASTER EUROPE.

HE ALSO WANTS TO GIVE MILITARY HELP FOR COUNTRIES BORDERING RUSSIA. Return to index of stories...


OBAMA POLAND-SOTVO


"We need to make sure the collective defense effort is robust, ready, properly equipped and it means every nato member needs to do it's fair share."

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADMIR PUTIN BOTH PLAN TO ATTEND EVENTS TO COMMEMORATE THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY --

BUT THERE'S NO ONE-ON-ONE MEETING PLANNED. Return to index of stories...


CLIMATE CHANGE WILDLIFE-VO-WIPE


THE DEBATE OVER GLOBAL WARMING WAS FRONT AND CENTER ON CAPITOL HILL TODAY.

DURING TODAY'S SENATE HEARING.

SCIENTISTS AND WILDLIFE EXPERTS CLASHED ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON FISHING AND FARMING. Return to index of stories...


CLIMATE CHANGE WILDLIFE-SOTVO


"Our shell fish agriculture industry has already been significantly impacted."

"The historical record does not warrant a claim that global warming will negatively impact agriculture."

YESTERDAY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TOOK NEW STEPS TO CUT THE CARBON POLLUTION COMING FROM COAL BURNING POWER PLANTS.

MANY ARE PREDICTING CLIMATE CHANGE AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT WILL BE AN ISSUE IN THE MID TERM ELECTIONS THIS FALL. Return to index of stories...


PUPPY DRIVES INTO POND-VO


FORGET HOMEWORK EXCUSES!

A MASSACHUSETTS MAN SAYS HIS **DOG DROVE HIS CAR INTO A POND.

HE TOLD POLICE HIS 5-MONTH OLD GERMAN SHEPHERD GOT HER LEASH TANGLED IN THE GEAR SHIFTER.

WHEN SHE TRIED TO BREAK FREE -- SHE FELL ONTO THE FLOOR AND HIT THE ACCELERATOR.

THE CAR FLOATED ABOUT 30 YARDS OFFSHORE, BEFORE IT SANK.

THE DOG AND HER OWNER WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


TWO GIRLS ARE ACCUSED OF A HORRIFIC CRIME. POLICE DAY THEY STABBED A CLASSMATE 19 TIMES, LEAVING HER FOR DEAD IN THE WOODS.

THE TEENS CHARGED IN THE CRIME WERE IN COURT TODAY WITH THEIR PARENTS AS THE DISTURBING DETAILS OF WHY THEY DID IT COME TO LIGHT.

PLUS -- NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CONCUSSION CONTROVERSY IN THE NFL.

WHY DAN MARINO'S LAWYERS SAYS HE'S NOW BACKING OUT OF A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE LEAGUE. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) PLOT TO KILL CLASSMATE-VO-WIPE


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TZ1 B) NFL CONCUSSIONS-VOTOPS


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TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC


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NFL CONCUSSIONS LAWSUIT-trx


NEW TONIGHT --

LEGENDEARY MIAMI DOLPHINS QUARTERBACK DAN MARINO PLANS TO WITHDRAW FROM A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE N-F-L FOR CONCUSSIONS.

THE 52-YEAR OLD INITIALLY JOINED THE CLASS ACTION SUIT LAST WEEK.

BUT ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT FROM THE SUN SENTINEL NEWSPAPER --

MARINO'S LAWYER SAYS HE NEVER WANTED TO SUE THE NFL.

HE JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE IF HE SUFFERED HEALTH PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD -- HE'D BE COVERED. Return to index of stories...


FL FUGITIVE CAUGHT-O-AniBX


A FLORIDA FUGUTIVE'S LIFE ON THE RUN COMES TO AN END --

CONVICTED OF A DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT INJURED A STATE TROOPER SO BADLY, IT ENDED HER CAREER, US MARSHALS WERE ABLE TO TRACK THEIR MAN DOWN 16 YEARS LATER IN PANAMA.

KEITH JONES HAS THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


FL FUGITIVE CAUGHT-PKG


United States Marshals returned to Miami Monday with Samuel Silva in handcuffs after he was arrested in Panama. His capture came 16 years after a DUI accident he caused that left then-trooper Marissa Sanders injured on the side of the Interstate 95.

In April 1998, Sanders had pulled over a car when Silva's car smashed into her cruiser and pushed it into the car she had stopped. Sanders was knocked to the ground and suffered third-degree burns to her legs when her car's gas tank exploded.

Sanders' career with the Florida Highway Patrol was taken from her by that accident. A few years later, Silva was sentenced to nine years and five months in prison for DUI causing serious injury. At the time of the accident, Silva's blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

Silva appealed the verdict and was released on bond in May 2001. Three years later, his appeal was denied and the conviction was upheld. He was ordered to surrender for his sentence on June 29, 2004, but he never showed up.

Instead, Silva fled the state of Florida, according to the Marshal's service. FHP requested the Marshal's Service take up the case to find Silva and they took up the case utilizing federal resources to help with the investigation.

According to the Marshal's service, Silva went to Puerto Rico in 2005 and obtained fraudulent travel documents to leave U.S. jurisdiction. In 2006, Marshals went to Puerto Rico and found that he had fled the country in August 2005.

Nine years later, the Marshal's investigation discovered that Silva had used the fraudulently obtained passport to travel to Spain, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, and finally Panama. The Marshal's Service found Silva had four properties and two vehicles under his fake name in Panama.

Last Wednesday, Panamanian law enforcement, along with the U.S. State Department in Panama, arrested Silva at his home in Panama City. But Silva, according to the Marshal's service, wasn't ready to leave without one last fight.

He was said to be an unruly passenger and was denied access to enter a plane last week. Then last Friday, four U.S. Marshal's chartered a jet, took custody of Silva and brought him back to the United States to face justice on Monday. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-ON CAM


IT'S AN ISSUE THAT'S OUTRAGED OUR COUNTRY -- VETERANS WAITING TOO LONG FOR MEDICAL ATTENTION.

NEXT AT 5:30 -- NBC2 UNCOVERS THE AMOUNT OF TIME LOCAL VETS ARE WAITING.AND IT'S LONGER THAN THE AVERAGE.

PLUS 12 YEAR OLD GIRLS ACCUSED OF REPEATEDLY STABBING THEIR FRIEND.

EVEN THE GIRLS PARENTS ARE TOO STUNNED FOR WORDS. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) va wait times-vo


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TZ2 B) 12 year old plot to kill classmate-vo


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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.

LOW CHANCE FOR RAIN

Coastal locations in southwest Florida - particularly Marco Island and Everglades City - saw some passing showers today while most of the area was dry. Our cloudy weather will persist this evening as temperatures drop into the mid/lower 70's. A few rain showers could linger along the beaches of Lee and Collier counties early this evening.

The lower chance for rain kicks in tomorrow with a pretty good looking forecast. While it won't be bright and sunny all day, skies should only be partly cloudy by the afternoon on Wednesday. A push of dry air down the Florida peninsula will keep most rain showers away from the area tomorrow and our First Alert Doppler Radar will keep track of the rain in the Gulf and off shore. High temperatures tomorrow will top out in the upper 80's and stay just shy of 90 degrees.

The long-range forecast shows a return of our afternoon showers and storms by Thursday and we will likely forecast the same thing for the weekend ahead. Highs will be back in the lower 90's as we move toward the weekend. Return to index of stories...


12 YO PLOT TO KILL CLASSMATE-trx TC MON


SHOCK, OUTRAGE AND BEWILDERMENT IN THE WAKE OF A TERRIBLE CRIME.

POLICE SAY TWO 12-YEAR-OLD GIRLS IN WISCONSIN STABBED A CLASSMATE 19-TIMES!

THE GIRLS SAID THEY'D BEEN PLANNING TO KILL THEIR FRIEND FOR MONTHS TO PLEASE A FICTIONAL ONLINE CHARACTER. Return to index of stories...


12 YO PLOT TO KILL CLASSMATE-PKG


EVEN THE YOUNG GIRLS IN HANDCUFFS AND CHAINS COULD NOT SET THE STAGE FOR THE HORRIFIC STORY THE JUDGE WAS ABOUT TO HEAR.

CHIEF RUSSELL JACK/WAUKESHA POLICE DEPARTMENT

09-12

"one suspect held the victim down while the other suspect stabbed her 19 times"

"19 times oh my God"

POLICE SAY THE VICTIM MANAGED TO CRAWL TO A STREET.

SHE WAS DISCOVERED BY A BICYCLIST AND RUSHED TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM WITH WOUNDS CLOSE TO HER HEART AND ON HER LIVER, PANCREAS AND STOMACH.

DOCTORS TOLD INVESTIGATORS, SHE HAD ESCAPED CERTAIN DEATH BY ONE MILLIMETER.

POLICE SAY THEY FOUND A KITCHEN KNIFE WITH A FIVE-INCH BLADE IN THE PURSE OF A GIRL THE VICTIM CALLED HER BEST FRIEND.

BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY HER TWO MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSMATES HAD A DARK AND SECRET OBSESSION.

"both suspects had a fascination with a fictitious character that often posted to a web site that has a collection of small stories about death and horror"

IN COURT -- THE PROSECUTOR CLAIMED THE GIRLS BELIEVED THE CHARACTER WAS REAL AND THAT TO BECOME CLOSE TO HIM --

THEY HAD TO KILL THEIR FRIEND, THEN RUN AWAY TO WHERE HE LIVED.

THEY WERE FOUND ALMOST 5 HOURS LATER NEAR I-94.

AS THEY LEFT THE COURTROOM -- THE FATHER OF ONE SUSPECT WAS TOO DISTRAUGHT TO SPEAK.

THE FATHER OF THE OTHER SUSPECT ONLY SAID THIS --

"we have no comment at this time" Return to index of stories...


12 YO PLOT TO KILL CLASSMATE-OC


THE POLICE CHIEF SAYS THIS CRIME SHOULD BE A WAKE-UP CALL TO PARENTS -- UNRESTRICTED AND UNMONITORED INTERNET ACCESS BY KIDS IS A GROWING AND ALARMING PROBLEM. Return to index of stories...


SEATTLE MINIMUM WAGE-NATSVO-WIPE


SEATTLE WILL SOON HAVE A 15 DOLLAR PER HOUR MINIMUM WAGE.

Nats of Cheers

THE CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY PASSED AN ORDINANCE LAST NIGHT --CREATING THE HIGHEST MININUM WAGE IN THE COUNTRY.

IT'S BEEN A HEATED DEBATE SINCE FAST FOOD WORKERS WALKED OFF THE JOB LAST YEAR -- PROTESTING WHAT THEY CALLED POVERTY WAGES. Return to index of stories...


SEATTLE MINIMUM WAGE-SOTVO


Ed Murray/Seattle Mayor

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"It's an exciting moment for Seattle, for the state and I think for the nation. We're about to turn back 34 years of failed economic policies that have decimated the middle class in this nation."

STARTING IN APRIL -- BUSINESSES WITH MORE THAN 500 EMPLOYEES WILL GET THREE YEARS TO PHASE-IN THE HIKE.

COMPANIES THAT PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE HAVE 4 YEARS.

SMALL BUSINESSES GET 7 YEARS.

THE INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION SAYS IT WILL FILE A LAWSUIT TO CHALLENGE THE WAGE. Return to index of stories...


WALMART WORKERS STRIKE-trx VOTOPS


WAL-MART WORKERS ARE PLANNING TO HOLD STRIKES IN MORE THAN 20-CITIES TOMORROW.

THE DEMONSTRATIONS COME JUST DAYS BEFORE THE RETAILER'S ANNUAL SHAREHOLDER MEETING.

PROTESTERS WANT WAL-MART TO PAY WORKERS AT LEAST 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.

THEY'RE ALSO ASKING THE COMPANY NOT TO RETALIATE AGAINST WORKERS WHO GO ON STRIKE. Return to index of stories...


WAR MONUMENT MISTAKE-VO-WIPE


A NEW MONUMENT HONORING KOREAN WAR VETERANS IS DRAWING ATTENTION FOR THE WRONG REASONS.

THE GRANITE SLAB WENT UP A FEW WEEKS AGO IN OHIO.

THE KOREAN WAR WAS FOUGHT BETWEEN 1951 AND 1953.

BUT ILLUSTRATIONS ON THE MONUMENT SHOW HELICOPTERS FROM THE VIETNAM WAR --

MODERN AIRPLANES --

A TANK FROM THE PERSIAN GULF WAR AND SOLDIERS WEARING CURRENT UNIFORMS. Return to index of stories...


WAR MONUMENT MISTAKE-SOTVO


Donald Darby/Father was Korean War Veteran

"They call it the forgotten war and this kinda gives you an example of why it's called that."

THE COUNTY'S VETERANS COUNCIL RAISED THE $14-THOUSAND FOR THE MEMORIAL AND CONTRACTED THE WORK TO AN EGYPTIAN COMPANY. Return to index of stories...


NASA FLYING SAUCER-VO


NASA IS GETTING READY TO TEST A NEW SPACE CRAFT -- THAT COULD ONE DAY HELP US LAND ON MARS.

CHECK IT OUT --

IT'S SHAPED LIKE A FLYING SAUCER.

THE TEST OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN WILL SIMULATE ENTRY, DESCENT AND LANDING SPEEDS.

RIGHT NOW -- RESEARCHERS ARE WAITING FOR THE RIGHT WEATHER CONDITIONS. Return to index of stories...


OLIVER STONE SNOWDEN-VO


OSCAR-WINNING DIRECTOR OLIVER STONE PLANS TO BRING EDWARD SNOWDEN'S STORY TO THE BIG SCREEN.

THE MOVIE WILL BE BASED ON THE BOOK -- "THE SNOWDEN FILES: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE WORLD'S MOST WANTED MAN."

AND WILL COVER THE EVENTS SURROUNDING HIS LEAKS ABOUT U-S GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-2SHOT


LONGER THAN THE AVERAGE WAIT --

NEXT AT 5:30, NBC2 UNCOVERS NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE LENGTH OF TIME IT TAKES FOR LOCAL VETERANS TO GET MEDICAL CARE AT THE V-A.

AND A LEHIGH ACRES DAYCARE WORKER ACCUSED OF LETTING A TWO YEAR OLD DROWN IN A KIDDIE POOL IS ON TRIAL.

COMING UP AT SIX - EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY FROM THE CHILD'S MOTHER. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A) VA WAIT TIMES


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AHEAD AT 6-BANNER


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A) mother takes stand-ss


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VETERANS CHOICE ACT-trx SOTVO


Arizona:12

"This legislation addresses the root causes of current VA scandal and empowers veterans with greater flexibility to get the quality medical care that he or she deserves."

A GROUP OF FOUR REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN INTRODUCED THE "VETERANS CHOICE ACT" TODAY.

IT ADDRESSES CONCERNS RAISED IN A SCATHING REPORT ON V-A MEDICAL CARE.

THE GOAL IS TO GIVE VETERANS MORE CHOICE --

TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY. LIKE GIVING VETERANS INFORMATION ON WAIT TIMES --

AND TO CHANGE THE WAY THINGS ARE RUN. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO CLIFTON-2SHOT, E-AniBX


AND NBC2 UNCOVERED NEW NUMBERS JUST RELEASED -- SHOWING THE LONG WAIT TIMES FOR OUR COUNTRY'S VETERANS.

NBC2 REPORTER AND IRAQ WAR VETERAN, CLIFTON FRENCH, IS LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE VA CLINIC IN CAPE CORAL --

CLIFTON, YOU FOUND OUT WAIT TIMES HERE AREN'T UP TO STANDARDS EITHER. Return to index of stories...


VA WAIT TIMES-REM-LIVE


THEY'RE NOT THE LONGEST IN THE COUNTRY -- BUT NOT THE SHORTEST EITHER --

BUT THESE NUMBERS SHOW JUST HOW MUCH WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE. Return to index of stories...


VA WAIT TIMES-PKG


WHILE THE VETERAN'S AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO GET GRILLED OVER SCANDALS -- OUTLANDISH WAIT TIMES AND FRAUDULENT COVER-UPS --

NEW NUMBERS RELEASED BY USA TODAY SHOW JUST HOW DEEP OF A PROBLEM DELIVERING TIMELY MEDICAL TREATMENT IN THE VA SYSTEM IS --

SS:

THE GOAL FOR GETTING VETS TREATMENT IS 14 DAYS --

THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS 27 --

SS:

NUMBERS SHOW THE STATE OF FLORIDA IS EVEN HIGHER THAN THAT -- WITH AN AVERAGE OF 28.8 days.

THE Longest WAIT IS IN Gainsville AT 50.8 days

THE SHORTEST -- West Palm AT 12.3.

OUR LOCAL VA SYSTEM -- Bay Pines HAS AN AVERAGE WAIT OF 32.6 days.

SOT: "I believe there are two sides to it. Personally, I've had great surgeries at the VA. But at the same time I've had to wait months to get an mri or an xray."

JOHN Chiassom HAS BEEN GETTING TREATMENT AT BAY PINES FOR YEARS -- HE SAYS THE CARE IS GREAT -- THE WAITING IS NOT --

"I Can walk in there and they take care of me for free. That's something you just can brush aside. They're trying. They just don't have the people to do it."

STU:

"I also have seen delays in care here at the va in cape coral. It hasn't been with medical, but with mental health -- in 2006 I was deployed to Iraq as a machine gunner. When I came home I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress."

I ENROLLED FOR CARE AT BAY PINES IN THE BEGINNING OF 2013 -- IT TOOK SEVERAL MONTHS TO GET A REGULAR DOCTOR, WHO THEN LEFT FOR ANOTHER JOB -- I DIDN'T START SEEING ANOTHER DOCTOR REGULARLY UNTIL NOVEMBER.

THE CARE I RECEIVE IS GREAT -- IN MY CASE -- A LACK OF STAFF HAS JUST CAUSED DELAYS.

DELAYS OFFICIALS WITH BAY PINES SAY ARE BEING WORKED ON --

SS:

"VA health care facilities are systematically reviewing clinic capacity in an effort to maximize our ability to provide Veterans medical appointments when, and in the manner they want them."

ACCORDING TO SOME VETERANS -- THAT WOULD BE FINDING A WAY TO ADD MORE DOCTORS AND STAFF.

"I believe the VA is doing what they can with what they have." Return to index of stories...


VA WAIT TIMES-REM-LIVE


I ASKED BAY PINES WHY THE WAIT TIMES ARE SO LONG -- THAT QUESTION WAS NOT ANSWERED.

WHERE THE VA CANNOT INCREASE CAPACITY THOUGH -- THEY ARE GETTING VETS CARE IN NON-VA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.

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SELL THE 6PM-2SHOT


THE GRIEVING PARENTS OF A TWO YEAR OLD WHO DROWNED AT HIS DAYCARE TESTIFED TAKE THE OWNER.

NBC2 IS LIVE WITH THEIR HEARTBREAKING STORY AT SIX.

PLUS -- VIDEO OF 24 MEN BEING ARRESTED.LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY THEY SHOWED UP TO HAVE SEX WITH CHILDREN.

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