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DIRECTORS PAGE FL FISH FOR FREE-trx VOTOPS-WIPE
HLA) NFM HOARDING CASE-trx VOTOPS FL FISH FOR FREE-SOTVO
HLB) MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-trx VOTOPS TEASE ONE-2SHOT
HLC) BEAR CAPTURED-trx SSTOPS (2) TZ1 A) BEAR ON THE RUN-VO-WIPE
5PM OPEN-CLIP TZ1 B) PHONE THEFT AP-VOTOPS
TOSS TO DAVE-VO in TC MON-LIVE TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC
NFM HOARDING CASE-REM-LIVE MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS
NFM HOARDING CASE-PKG ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
NFM HOARDING CASE-REM-LIVE FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
TOSS TO ANDREA-trx SOTVOTOPS, OC NEW APP CATCHES THIEVES-TC MON
MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-PLASMA NEW APP CATCHES THIEVES-BNR-PKG
MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-VO-WIPE NEW APP CATCHES THIEVES-OC
MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-SOT SMOKE FORCES EVACUATION-O-AniBX, VO
MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-PLASMA SMOKE FORCES EVACUATION-SOTVO
PC CAR THEFTS ARREST-SS BAKER PARK MONEY-VO-WIPE
TOSS TO CHARLIE-trx VOTOPS, E-AniBX BAKER PARK MONEY-SOTVO
BONITA BEACH POWER LINES-REM-LIVE FL HOMELESS VALEDICTORIAN-NATSVO-WIPE
BONITA BEACH POWER LINES-PKG TEASE TWO-2SHOT
BONITA BEACH POWER LINES-REM-LIVE TZ2 A) THEFTIE APP-VO-WIPE
WIG ROBBER ARRESTED-SS (2) TOSS TO CLIFTON-trx VOPLASMA, LIVE
FM SHOTS FIRED-trx VOTOPS NFM BEAR ON THE RUN-LIVEU 1
FL SCOTT VETERANS-trx VO NFM BEAR ON THE RUN-PKG
FL REDISTRICTING-VO NFM BEAR ON THE RUN-LIVEU 1
VOTING MACHINES TESTING-VO-WIPE NEW AT 530-CLIP
VOTING MACHINES TESTING-SOTVO, SS A) SANIBEL CAUSEWAY INSPECTIONS-VOTOPS WIPE
I75 DIRECT CONNECT-trx ZM MAP B) BERGDAHL RELEASED-VOTOPS
CITRUS GREENING-trx O-AniBX, VO  


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HLA) NFM HOARDING CASE-trx VOTOPS


HAZMAT CREWS RAIDED A NORTH FORT MYERS HOME TODAY, AND FOUND A DISTURBING CASE OF HOARDING.

NEIGHBORS TELL NBC2, THE SMELL WAS SO BAD, THEY WERE UNABLE TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES. Return to index of stories...


HLB) MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-trx VOTOPS


THE LEHIGH ACRES DAYCARE OWNER ACCUSED OF LETTING A LITTLE BOY DROWN ON HER WATCH TOOK THE STAND TODAY.

NBC 2 HAS THE EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY FROM INSIDE the COURTROOM. Return to index of stories...


HLC) BEAR CAPTURED-trx SSTOPS (2)


AND THEY'RE PICTURES YOU'LL ONLY SEE ON NBC 2 --

HOW WILDLIFE OFFICIALS FINALLY CAUGHT A BLACK BEAR -- AFTER A WILD CHASE THROUGH NORTH FORT MYERS. Return to index of stories...


5PM OPEN-CLIP


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TOSS TO DAVE-VO in TC MON-LIVE


A REPULSIVE CASE OF HOARDING IN NORTH FORT MYERS WAS EXPOSED TODAY--

OFFICIALS RAIDED A HOME ON LOVELY LANE IN HAZMAT SUITS.

NBC 2'S DAVE ELIAS IS OUTSIDE THE HOME.

DAVE -- YOU TALKED WITH NEIGHBORS --

THEY SAY YOU COULD SMELL THE HOME FROM THE STREET. Return to index of stories...


NFM HOARDING CASE-REM-LIVE


NEIGHBORS HERE SAY THEY KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG -- THE STENCH COMING FROM THIS HOUSE WAS SO STRONG.

THEY COULDN'T EVEN SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. Return to index of stories...


NFM HOARDING CASE-PKG


JUST YARDS AWAY FROM THE INTERSECTION OF LOVELY AND KINDLY STREETS NEIGHBORS SAY THERE WAS NOTHING KIND OR LOVELY ABOUT THE SMELL COMING FROM THIS HOUSE.

17:16:46 We got an anonymous complaint on the house.

WHEN ANIMAL CONTROL SHOWED UP IT WAS CLEAR WHY NEIGHBORS REPORTED A FOUL ODOR.

17:16:56 As soon as he was knocking on the door he noticed something was amiss. 17:16:57

INSIDE THEY FOUND JUST FIVE BLACK CATS. IT WASN'T ANIMALS THE RESIDENT WAS HOARDING HERE. Return to index of stories...


NFM HOARDING CASE-REM-LIVE


THE CATS WERE TAKEN TO ANIMAL CONTROL FOR EVALUATION - AT THIS POINT, ALL SEEM TO BE IN RELATIVELY GOOD HEALTH.

THEIR OWNER WAS TAKEN FOR A MENTAL EVALUATION.

IT'S UNCLEAR WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING THE MESS INSIDE CLEANED UP.

WE'RE LIVE IN NORTH FORT MYERS, DAVE ELIAS NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO ANDREA-trx SOTVOTOPS, OC


"He Became very clingy. he did not want to be left alone. he wouldn't sleep alone."

A PARENT DESCRIBES HER CHILD, AFTER ANOTHER CHILD DROWNED.

IT WAS ANOTHER DAY OF EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY IN THE TRIAL OF A LEHIGH ACRES DAYCARE PROVIDER.

MELISSA SMITH IS CHARGED IN THE DEATH OF 2-YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN BYRD.

DEPUTIES SAY SHE LEFT CHRISTIAN AND 3 OTHER CHILDREN ALONE IN A KIDDIE POOL.

LATE THIS AFTERNOON -- SMITH TOOK THE STAND.

NBC 2'S ANDREA HUBBELL WAS INSIDE THE COURTROOM TODAY -- AND JOINS US LIVE IN OUR STUDIOS. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-PLASMA


ANOTHER TOUGH DAY IN THE COURT ROOM.

WE WATCHED -- THE VICTIM'S MOTHER AS SHE WAS CRYING THROUGH MUCH OF THE TESTIMONY TODAY. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-VO-WIPE


IT WAS GUT-WRENCHING TO LISTEN AS SMITH DEFENDS THE DAY CHRISTIAN BYRD DIED.

SMITH SAYS SHE WALKED UP TO THE POOL WHERE FOUR CHILDREN WERE PLAYING -- UNSUPERVISED.

ONE OF THE CHILDREN TOLD SMITH THE LITTLE BOY WAS DEAD.

AT FIRST -- SMITH THOUGHT THE 5 YEAR OLD WAS JOKING.

BUT SOON -- SHE FOUND OUT HE WASN'T.

SMITH SAW CHRISTIAN'S LIFELESS BODY -- AND BEGAN CPR.

IT DIDN'T WORK.

TODAY -- SMITHS DAUGHTER ALSO TOOK THE STAND.

SHE TOLD THE COURT HER MOTHER KNEW SEVEN KIDS WOULD BE COMING TO DAYCARE ON JUNE 24TH AND ASKED HER FOR HELP.

BUT THE DAUGHTER TOLD HER SHE DIDN'T WANT TO. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-SOT


Victoria Jessica/Melissa Smith's daughter

19:42-20:10

Did she ask if you were available to help her out on the 24th?

Yes.

And you were unavailable?

I didn't want to do it, yes.

And I know we've spoken before hoe do you feel about that that you were able to be there on the 24th?

I was upset she asked me fort help and I honestly just didn't want to do it. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-PLASMA


COURT JUST WRAPPED UP.

TOMORROW WILL BE THE THIRD AND FINAL DAY OF THE TRIAL.

COUNT ON NBC2 FOR UPDATES ON AIR AND ONLINE.

LIVE IN THE STUDIO AH NBC2. Return to index of stories...


PC CAR THEFTS ARREST-SS


A FORT MYERS MAN IS IN JAIL TONIGHT -- ACCUSED IN A STRING OF CAR BURGLARIES IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

TOREN KINCHE FACES MORE THAN 40 CHARGES.

THE CRIME SPREE STARTED LAST FRIDAY.

DEPUTIES SAY HE STOLE TWO CARS, GUNS AND AMMUNITION, AN I-PHONE, WALLETS AND SEVERAL OTHER ITEMS. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO CHARLIE-trx VOTOPS, E-AniBX


RIGHT NOW --

CREWS ARE TRYING TO RESTORE POWER AND INTERNET SERVICE TO SEVERAL HOMES IN COLLIER AND LEE COUNTIES.

A TREE TRIMMING TRUCK HIT A POWER POLE THIS MORNING ALONG BONITA BEACH ROAD -- BRINGING DOWN UTILITY LINES.

NBC 2'S CHARLIE KEEGAN HAS BEEN ON SCENE ALL DAY.

CHARLIE -- I UNDERSTAND TRAFFIC IS MOVING ONCE AGAIN.

WHAT'S THE LATEST ON THE OUTAGES? Return to index of stories...


BONITA BEACH POWER LINES-REM-LIVE


FPL CREWS SPENT THE AFTERNOON REPLACING TWO UTILITY POLES -- AND REATTACHING POWER LINES AFTER THIS INCIDENT.

THEY HOPE TO HAVE POWER BACK BY 6pm.

ONLY A DOZEN PLACES LOST POWER --

THOUSANDS LOST CABLE INTERNET OR PHONE FROM COMCAST -- CREATING MAJOR CHALLENGES.

REMEMBER THESE?

SOME STORES BUSTED OUT THE OLD CARBON COPY CREDIT CARD RECEIPTS TO COMPLETE A SALE. Return to index of stories...


BONITA BEACH POWER LINES-PKG


Nats - not the most preferable thing

JEFF RHEA GOT THE NEWS AT ABOUT 9 O'CLOCK. THE INTERNET AND PHONES

WERE DOWN AT 8 OF HIS 11 FASHION FRESH DRY CLEANING SITES.

Jeff Rhea, Fashion Fresh Dry Cleaning

4:15:58 try to come up with a game plan.

HE WAS PROACTIVE- CALLING CUSTOMERS WHO COULDN'T REACH HIM AND USING

EMAILS TO COMMUNICATE.

EVEN BREAKING OUT CARBON COPY CREDIT CARD RECEIPTS.

Jeff Rhea, Fashion Fresh Dry Cleaning

04;17:43we have the forms they provide to you from your merchant and

you put it in there and run it when the Internet comes back up.:51

the old archaic way to do it, but we are still able to do it.:55

Nats-scene

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY A TRUCK DRIVER CLIPPED A POWER LINE ALONG

BONITA BEACH ROAD THIS MORNING.

IT SENT TWO UTILITY POLES TUMBLING - CUTTING OFF POWER TO 13

BUSINESSES AND COMCAST SERVICES TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.

Tamitha Chavez, Pak-n-Ship

04:08:10 were Internet based big time so it's affected everything.:14

NO INTERNET MEANT LESS BUSINESS AT PAK N SHIP IN BONITA SPRINGS.

Tamitha Chavez, Pak-n-Ship

04:09:47 I actually had to turn away five customers today bc I can't

fax anything bc I have no phone

THESE BUSINESSES CAN HANDLE A BUNP IN THE ROAD AND AREN'T HOLDING THE

DRIVER WHO DID THIS RESPONSIBLE- THEY'RE JUST MAKING DUE.

Jeff Rhea, Fashion Fresh Dry Cleaning

4:18:35 I'm sure he didn't mean to do it. It was an honest mistake,

everyone is just rushing Through their day to get as much done as they

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BONITA BEACH POWER LINES-REM-LIVE


LCSO SAYS THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK RECEIVED A CITATION FOR CARELESS

DRIVING AND LEAVONG THE SCENE- HE'LL HAVE TO APPEAR IN COURT.

COMCAST SAYS ALL BUT A FEW CUSTOMERS IN BONITA SPRINGS SHOULD HAVE ALL

THEIR SERVICES BACK.

FPL EXPECTS TO BE DONE HERE By 6 TONIGHT.

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WIG ROBBER ARRESTED-SS (2)


POLICE SAY THEY CAUGHT THE SO CALLED "WIG BANDIT."

HE WALKED INTO A WELLS FARGO BANK IN NORTH FORT MYERS LAST MONTH WEARING A BLONDE WIG AND DEMANDED MONEY.

WHEN HE DIDN'T GET ANY -- HE TOOK OFF ON A BIKE.

POLICE SAY IT'S THIS GUY -- MATTHEW GRANT.

TURNS OUT -- GRANT HAS SINCE BEEN ARRESTED AND JAILED FOR A DIFFERENT CRIME -- FACING FRAUD AND STOLEN PROPERTY CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


FM SHOTS FIRED-trx VOTOPS


SO FAR -- THERE HAVE BEEN NO ARRESTS IN A LATE NIGHT SHOOTING IN FORT MYERS.

A MAN WAS SITTING ON THE HOOD OF HIS CAR AROUND 11 LAST NIGHT -- WHEN A PERSON DROVE UP AND SHOT AT HIM.

NO ONE WAS HURT.

POLICE DOGS SEARCHED THE AREA NEAR MARTIN LUTHER KING AND VERONICA SHOEMAKER BOULEVARDS, BUT FOUND NO ONE. Return to index of stories...


FL SCOTT VETERANS-trx VO


NEW RIGHT NOW --

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT WANTS PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ACT FAST TO REFORM THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.

SCOTT AND 5 OTHER REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS SENT A LETTER TO THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY.

V-A FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION -- ACCUSED OF NOT GIVING VETS TIMELY HEALTH CARE.

THE GOVERNORS SAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO WORK MORE CLOSELY WITH STATES. Return to index of stories...


FL REDISTRICTING-VO


A LANDMARK TRIAL OVER POLITICAL LINES IN FLORIDA IS SET TO WRAP UP TODAY.

STATE LAWMAKERS ARE ACCUSED OF REDRAWING REDISTRICTING MAPS TO HELP REPUBLICANS.

DURING THE TRIAL, THERE WERE REVELATIONS OF SECRET MEETINGS AND DELETED EMAILS.

G-O-P LEADERS HAVE CONSISTENTLY DENIED THEY DID ANYTHING WRONG. Return to index of stories...


VOTING MACHINES TESTING-VO-WIPE


COLLIER COUNTY ELECTIONS WORKERS TESTED THEIR VOTING MACHINES TODAY-- TO GET READY FOR THE UPCOMING SPECIAL ELECTION --

CASTING HUNDREDS OF MOCK VOTES.

NEGATIVE ATTACK ADS FLOODED THE AIRWAVES IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY AND VOTERS TURNED OUT IN BIG NUMBERS.

BUT THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS TOLD US --

SHE EXPECTS A SMALL TURNOUT IN A COUPLE WEEKS. Return to index of stories...


VOTING MACHINES TESTING-SOTVO, SS


Jennifer Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections

I do not. I think the turnout is going to be low. As you will recall this many days before the primary there were a lot of ads and people were aware of the election, but that's not occurring now.

THE COLLIER ELECTIONS WEBSITE REPORTS MORE THAN 10-THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY MAILED IN THEIR BALLOTS.

ELECTION DAY IS JUNE 24TH.

REPUBLICAN CURT CLAWSON IS RUNNING AGAINST DEMOCRAT APRIL FREEMAN AND LIBERTARIAN RAY NETHERWOOD.

TIMOTHY ROSSANO IS A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE. Return to index of stories...


I75 DIRECT CONNECT-trx ZM MAP


AN NBC 2 TRAFFIC ALERT NEAR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT --

STARTING AT 9 TONIGHT --

CREWS WILL CLOSE THE OUTSIDE LANE OF TERMINAL ACCESS ROAD --

SO THEY CAN INSTALL LIGHT POLES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO WRAP UP AT 5 TOMORROW MORNING.

THIS IS PART OF THE PROJECT TO CONNECT I-75 TO R-S-W. Return to index of stories...


CITRUS GREENING-trx O-AniBX, VO


SCIENTISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA ANNOUNCE THEY'VE FOUND CHEMICALS TO TREAT CITRUS GREENING -- A DISEASE DEVASTATING OUR STATE'S ORANGE CROP.

THEY CAUTION -- THIS IS NO QUICK FIX.

RESEARCHERS STOPPED THE SPREAD OF THE BACTERIA IN A LAB --

BUT THEY STILL NEED TO DO FIELD TESTING AND GET APPROVAL FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT -- WHICH COULD TAKE YEARS. Return to index of stories...


FL FISH FOR FREE-trx VOTOPS-WIPE


GRAB YOUR FISHING GEAR.

THIS WEEKEND -- YOU CAN GO **SALTWATER FISHING FOR FREE.

THEN NEXT WEEKEND IS FREE **FRESHWATER FISHING. Return to index of stories...


FL FISH FOR FREE-SOTVO


Amanda Nalley/Florida Fish and Wildlife

"Sometimes you have a license that has expired, and you haven't had the opportunity to go out and get another one. Or, maybe you've stopped fishing for a while. This is a great chance to go out and try it again."

A SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE USUALLY COSTS 17 DOLLARS A YEAR FOR FLORIDA RESIDENTS AND 47 DOLLARS FOR VISITORS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


A BEAR LEAD WILDLIFE OFFICIALS AND DEPUTIES ON A CRAZY CHASE THROUGH NORTH FORT MYERS TODAY.

ONLY NBC 2 WAS THERE FOR IT ALL.

HOW OFFICIALS EVENTUALLY CORNERED THE BEAR.

PLUS -- EVER HEARD OF A "THEFTIE?"

WHY A NEW TWIST ON "SELFIES" MAY HELP YOU GET A STOLEN PHONE BACK. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) BEAR ON THE RUN-VO-WIPE


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TZ1 B) PHONE THEFT AP-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.

We're in store for a little break from the rain season pattern as slight drier air filters into Southwest Florida, keeping our rain chances at a minimum for a couple more days.

Expect a mainly dry conclusion to our Wednesday with only a couple stray showers and a partly cloudy sky. Temperatures will cool down into the 70s through the evening and overnight period.

We'll continue to see somewhat of a break in our rainy season pattern into our Thursday, which should end up being a relatively dry and sunny day with highs warming up to around 90 degrees.

As we head through the end of the work week and into the upcoming weekend, moisture increases enough to bring back our chance for scattered showers and storms during the afternoon and evening. Daytime highs will continue to reach the low 90s while overnight lows cool into the low to mid 70s.

Our weather should be pretty characteristic of June and rainy season through the middle of next week, but the fly in the ointment may be some tropical moisture flowing in from the south by next Wednesday-Friday. We'll continue to track this potential over the next several days and fine tune the forecast as needed. Return to index of stories...


NEW APP CATCHES THIEVES-TC MON


YOU'VE HEARD OF A "SELFIE" -- AND HAVE PROBABLY EVEN TAKEN A FEW.

BUT THERE'S A NEW APP THAT CAN ACTUALLY TAKE A SNAPSHOT OF THE PERSON WHO JUST STOLE A CELL PHONE.

THE NEW APP - TO CATCH A THIEF! Return to index of stories...


NEW APP CATCHES THIEVES-BNR-PKG


EDEL VENZANT IS HEARTBROKEN.

HE'S FORCED TO USE HIS BROTHER'S CELL PHONE -- AFTER SOMEONE SWIPED HIS AT A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY GAS STATION.

VENZANT: His first reaction was to go to his house and get on his computer to see if he could find out where his phone was at.

BUT A NEW AN APP CALLED "LOOKOUT" SNAPPED THESE PICTURES OF THE GUY DEPUTIES THINK STOLE HIS PHONE.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS --

IT TAKES THE SHOT WHEN AN INCORRECT PASSWORD IS ENTERED 3 TIMES --

OR SOMEBODY MESSES AROUND WITH IT.

APP LADY They'll take out your sim card, they'll turn your phone off, they'll put your phone on airplane mode, or they might even actually, there's something where they might turn a security app like Lookout off.

FOR THIS CUBAN-BORN HOUSE REMODELER --

THE PHONE IS AN EXPENSIVE LUXURY.

HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO ON CAMERA -- FEARING THE THIEF WOULD RETALIATE.

VENZANT He wished his phone will come up and he can get it back because the way the things are right now with the economy,everything, it's too hard for him to save up again to buy a phone.

ARMED WITH A PICTURE AND THE LOCATION OF WHERE IT WAS TAKEN -- "LOOKOUT" GIVES YOU ENOUGH INFORMATION TO GO TO THE COPS.

APP LADY We absolutely do not encourage vigilantism. Go to the police, contact your local police department , give them the location , give them the photo.

VENZANT WANTS THE THIEF IN THE PHOTOS CAUGHT.

BUT MORE THAN THAT -- HE WANTS HIS PHONE BACK.

VENZANT He said he to saved about 3 months in order to pay for his phone. Return to index of stories...


NEW APP CATCHES THIEVES-OC


THE LOOKOUT APP COSTS 30 DOLLARS A YEAR.

IT WORKS BEST ON ANDROID PHONES.

I-PHONES STILL WORK -- BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE A PICTURE OF THE THIEF --

YOU ONLY KNOW THE LOCATION OF YOUR PHONE. Return to index of stories...


SMOKE FORCES EVACUATION-O-AniBX, VO


HEAVY SMOKE FORCED THE EVACUATION OF A FORT MYERS MEDICAL BUILDING.

FIRE CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NEUROLOGICAL ASSOCIATES -- NEAR COLLEGE PARKWAY AND WINKLER ROAD -- AROUND 10 THIS MORNING.

WE TALKED WITH THE FIRE MARSHAL -- WHO SAYS THE SMOKE WAS FROM AN A-C VENT ON THE THIRD FLOOR. Return to index of stories...


SMOKE FORCES EVACUATION-SOTVO


01:34-1:40

Dawn Bucknill/Evacuated Building

"Our doctors are up in Port Charlotte today, but we are supposed to he answering phones for our patients but we are unable to do that."

AFTER ABOUT 30 MINUTES -- EVERYONE WAS ALLOWED BACK INTO THE BUILDING. Return to index of stories...


BAKER PARK MONEY-VO-WIPE


NEW INFORMATION TONIGHT ON THE PROPOSAL TO BUILD A NEW BAKER PARK IN NAPLES -- ALONG THE GORDON RIVER.

THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING WAS PACKED TODAY WITH SUPPORTERS -- HOPING TO GET THE PROJECT OFF THE GROUND.

BUT THE PARK IS ESTIMATED TO COST 15-MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


BAKER PARK MONEY-SOTVO


"It's going to be costly, the maintenance is going to be costly for this park even thought it's a gorgeous park. It may not be able to be built on that site."

"If we don't put nice things into it, it will become like Anthony Park, no one will come to see it."

TODAY - THE COUNCIL DECIDED IT WILL WAIT FOR AN ENGINEERING REPORT ON THE PROJECT BEFORE GIVING IT THE GREEN LIGHT.

THE CITY ALSO CAPPED FUNDING OF THE PROJECT AT SEVEN AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.

THE REST WILL NEED TO COME FROM DONORS. Return to index of stories...


FL HOMELESS VALEDICTORIAN-NATSVO-WIPE


A JACKSONVILLE TEEN -- LOVINGLY KNOWN IN SOCIAL MEDIA AS THE "HOMELESS VALEDICTORIAN" -- EARNED HIS DIPLOMA TODAY.

nats of Graduation Ceremony

WE FIRST TOLD YOU ABOUT GRIFFIN FURLONG LAST WEEK.

HE GRADUATED AT THE TOP OF HIS CLASS WITH A 4-POINT-65 GRADE POINT AVERAGE.

DURING HIS SPEECH TODAY -- HE TALKED ABOUT HIS DIFFICULT PAST.

GRIFFIN LOST HIS MOTHER TO CANCER WHEN HE WAS LITTLE AND LIVED IN A HOMELESS SHELTER FOR TWO YEARS.

HE PLANS TO STUDY CIVIL ENGINEERING AT FLORIDA STATE.

DURING THE LAST WEEK -- HE'S RECEIVED MORE THAN 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM NEARLY 500 PEOPLE TO HELP HIM PAY FOR COLLEGE. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2SHOT


HE LEAD DEPUTIES AND WILDLIFE OFFICIALS ON A WILD CHASE THROUGHOUT NORTH FORT MYERS.

ONLY NBC 2 WAS THERE -- AS THEY FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH THE BEAR.

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW THEY DID IT.

THEN, ALL NEW AT 6 --

A COLLIER COUNTY TEACHER AND COACH RESIGNS AFTER INVESTIGATORS SAY HE ADMITTED TO KISSING ONE OF HIS PLAYERS. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) THEFTIE APP-VO-WIPE


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TOSS TO CLIFTON-trx VOPLASMA, LIVE


THE BEAR THAT WAS ROAMING AROUND NORTH FORT MYERS ALL DAY HAS BEEN CAUGHT.

ONLY NBC2 WAS THERE AS WILDLIFE OFFICIALS TRANQUILIZED THE BEAR --

NBC2'S CLIFTON FRENCH HAS ALONGSIDE FWC AND LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ALL DAY AS THEY TRACKED THE BEAR.

CLIFTON -- THIS BEAR HAS HAD QUITE A TRIP. Return to index of stories...


NFM BEAR ON THE RUN-LIVEU 1


THIS WAS THE SAME BEAR THAT WAS SPOTTED SWIMMING IN A CAPE CORAL CANAL ON MONDAY.

WE JUST FOUND OUT --

THE TAG ON HIS EAR SHOWS HE'S FROM HIGHLANDS COUNTY --

BUT THAT LONG TRIP OF HIS JUST ENDED IN THIS WOODS IN NORTH FORT MYERS. Return to index of stories...


NFM BEAR ON THE RUN-PKG


THIS IS HOW IT ENDED FOR A BEAR TRAVELING FROM HIGHLANDS COUNTY --

TRANQUILIZED AND PUT IN A TRAP WITH ICE TO KEEP HIM COOL --

BUT IN NORTH FORT MYERS -- THIS BEAR -- HAS BEEN EVERYWHERE --

BEGINNING THIS MORNING IN THE MOODY RIVER NEIGHBORHOOD --

WHERE NEIGHBORS TOOK THESE PICTURES AND CELL PHONE VIDEO -- AS THEY WOKE UP TO WILDLIFE OFFICERS IN THEIR YARDS.

Carey Connelli

"I have no idea what's going on -- he says yeah we have a bear in a tree."

BUT IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR THAT BEAR TO TAKE OFF --

SPOTTED BY KAYAKERS RUNNING ALONG THIS CANAL -- THEN BY NEIGHBORS JUMPING FROM DOCK TO DOCK --

DISAPPEARING INTO THE WOODS --

"I'm told he likes to swim, so im most concerned he might swim over here."

AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE DID --

JUMPING IN AND OUT OF YARDS -- WANDERING AROUND NORTH FORT MYERS HIGH SCHOOL --

PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO Barbara Ribear's barbeque -- SPENDING SEVERAL MINUTES IN HER BACKYARD.

"My husband and i have been smoking a briscuit since about 6 this morning. he was probably waiting for a dinner invitation."

AS WILDLIFE OFFICIALS GOT BACK ON HIS TRAIL -- ANOTHER SIGHTING IN THE HIDDEN ACRES NEIGHBORHOOD --

Clifton fischlein

"He scurried along the fencline here, then jumped over the fence, sort of climbed up that tree and then let himself down with his front paws and took off and that was the last we saw of him."

BUT THAT WASN'T THE LAST TIME HE WAS SEEN --

AFTER A SHORTCUT THROUGH THIS WOODS -- HE CROSSED OVER PONDELLA AND TOOK OFF --

HEADING NORTH, HE CROSSED US 41 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY, THEN RUMMAGED THROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS NEAR WALMART -- WHERE HE WAS FINALLY CORNERED ON EVERGREEN RD.

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NFM BEAR ON THE RUN-LIVEU 1


*GOING BACK TO HIGHLANDS COUNTY --

LIVE IN NORTH FORT MYERS, CLIFTON FRENCH, NBC 2. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 530-CLIP


TODAY NBC2 WENT ALONG WITH BRIDGE INSPECTORS, AS THEY LOOKED AT CRACKS ON THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY.

THE FULL REPORT WILL TAKE A WHILE, BUT WE DID LEARN SOMETHING TODAY, AREA DRIVERS SHOULD KNOW.

PLUS: WE'RE TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT A GROWING CONTROVERSY IN WASHINGTON.

LAWMAKERS LAY OUT SEVERAL REASONS THEY'RE ANGRY ABOUT THE PRISONER SWAP THAT FREED AMERICAN BOWE BERGDAHL. Return to index of stories...


A) SANIBEL CAUSEWAY INSPECTIONS-VOTOPS WIPE


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B) BERGDAHL RELEASED-VOTOPS


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