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DIRECTORS PAGE DECISION 2014-CLIP
BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP FREEMAN ECON AGENDA-SS, VO-WIPE
TOSS TO BREAKING NEWS-E-AniBXTOPS FREEMAN ECON AGENDA-SOT, BNR-OC, SS
A) lcso narcotics bust-vo TEACHERS THINKING MAPS-VO-WIPE
B) melissa smith trial-vo TEACHERS THINKING MAPS-SOTVO
TOSS TO LAURA-PLASMA-LIVE TEASE ONE-2SHOT
LCSO NARCOTICS BUST-LIVEU2-RTR2 TZ1 A) NORTH PORT WARM SPRINGS-SOTVO
LCSO NARCOTICS BUST-VO-WIPE TZ1 B) AMERICAN FLAG HOME-VOTOPS
LCSO NARCOTICS BUST-SOT TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC
LCSO NARCOTICS BUST-LIVEU2-RTR2 MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS
TOSS TO ALEX-trx VOTOPS, 1-2 BX ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-REM-1 FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-NATSVO-WIPE NORTH PORT WARM SPRINGS-trx VOPLASMA
MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-SOTVO NORTH PORT WARM SPRINGS-BNR-PKG
MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-REM-1 MOVE OVER FLORIDA-VO-WIPE
TOSS TO CHRISTY-trx SSTOPS, VO, BUBBA MOVE OVER FLORIDA-SOTVO
SUAZO DOCUMENTS-PKG ROBERT E LEE STATUE-O-AniBX, VO-WIPE
AUBREY PRICE PLEA DEAL-VO, OC ROBERT E LEE STATUE-SOTVO
SCHNATTER PLEA DEAL-SS, OC TEASE TWO-2SHOT
CAPE VAN BREAKIN-trx SSTOPS (3) TZ2 A) AMERICAN FLAG HOME-SOTVO
MISSING WOMAN FOUND-SS (2) TZ2 B) NEW AT 6 TEASE-VOTOPS
TOSS TO BRYAN-TC MON (2)-LIVE FL AMERICAN FLAG HOME-VO in TC MON
NAPLES BEARS-REM-26 FL AMERICAN FLAG HOME-BNR-PKG
NAPLES BEARS-VO-WIPE FL AMERICAN FLAG HOME-OC
NAPLES BEARS-SOT NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT
NAPLES BEARS-REM-26 A) GM INVESTIGATION-VO-WIPE
COLLIER SPEED ZONES-VIDBX B) CONTROVERSIAL PRISONER SWAP-VOTOPS


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BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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NBC2 IS LIVE WITH TWO BREAKING STORIES RIGHT NOW AT FIVE.

A MAJOR DRUG BUST INVOLVING COCAINE AND HEROIN IN LEE COUNTY.

AND A DAYCARE OWNER FOUND GUILTY OF CHILD NEGLECT -- AFTER A TWO YEAR OLD DROWNED IN HER BACKYARD WHILE SHE WAS IN THE BATHROOM. Return to index of stories...


A) lcso narcotics bust-vo


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B) melissa smith trial-vo


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WE BEGIN WITH THAT NARCOTICS BUST -- THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS CALLING "OPERATION MANOR MELTDOWN".

RIGHT NOW -- DEPUTIES ARE GOING DOOR TO DOOR IN PINE MANOR -- ARRESTING DRUG DEALERS AND USERS.

NBC 2'S LAURA ROBERTS IS THERE LIVE --

HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE THEY ARRESTED SO FAR? Return to index of stories...


LCSO NARCOTICS BUST-LIVEU2-RTR2


-- DEPUTIES RAIDING THIS HOME ON FOURTH AVENUE AS WE SPEAK.

THEY HAVE THREE MEN DETAINED AND IN CUFFS -- QUESTIONING THEM AS PART OF OPERATION MANOR MELTDOWN --

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LCSO NARCOTICS BUST-VO-WIPE


AT THIS HOUR DEPUTIES ARE STILL SPREAD OUT THROUGHOUT NEIGHBORHOOD.

THEYVE SERVED SEARCH WARRANTS AT NINE DIFFERENT HOUSES JUST THIS AFTERNOON.

AFTER A LENGTHY UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION - THEYRE QUESTIONING THIRTY PEOPLE TOTAL - ACCUSED OF SELLING COCAINE, MARIJUANA, HEROIN AND PILLS. Return to index of stories...


LCSO NARCOTICS BUST-SOT


Comm. Matt LeClair / Lee Co. Sheriff's Office // 13:54 a far dent as far as sellers go when you can take 30 sellers off the street in one county you have made a good dent 30 sellers in this neighborhood is huge 14:06 Return to index of stories...


LCSO NARCOTICS BUST-LIVEU2-RTR2


DEPUTIES SAY EIGHT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED SO FAR -

THE REST ARE BEING PROCESSED AND QUESTIONED TONIGHT.

THE SHERIFF'S MESSAGE TONIGHT IS HE SIMPLY WONT TOLERATE DRUG DEALING IN PINE MANOR.

COUNT ON NBC2 TO KEEP YOU UPDATED ON THIS DEVELOPING STORY

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ALSO BREAKING WITHIN THE LAST HOUR --

THE JURY ANNOUNCED A VERDICT IN THE CASE OF A LEHIGH ACRES DAYCARE OWNER WHO HAD A 2-YEAR OLD BOY DROWN ON HER WATCH.

NBC 2'S ALEX DE ARMAS IS OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSE WITH DETAILS OF THE VERDICT AND MELISSA SMITH'S REACTION. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-REM-1


AFTER ABOUT FOUR HOURS OF DELIBERATING -- THE JURY DECIDED MELISSA SMITH IS *NOT* GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER.

SHE IS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF CHILD NEGLECT INSTEAD AND THREE COUNTS OF CULPABLE NEGLIGENCE-- MEANING SHE KNOWINGLY MADE RECKLESS DECISIONS.

LET'S NOW TAKE YOU INTO THE COURT ROOM AS THE VERDICT WAS READ. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-NATSVO-WIPE


verdict being read

AS YOU CAN SEE -- MELISSA WAS VERY STOIC THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS.

HER DEFENSE ATTORNEY HAD A LOOK OF RELIEF ON HIS FACE.

ON THE OTHER SIDE -- CHRISTIAN'S MOTHER WAS CRYING QUIETLY.

NEITHER FAMILIES WANTED TO COMMENT.

WE SPOKE TO THEIR ATTORNEYS. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-SOTVO


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Robert Harris, defense attorney

"In my opinion this looks like a true compromise verdict. While some jurors wanted manslaughter some jurors wanted not guilty, and they met in the middle. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense other than to say it was a vote for convenience."

SOT

Francine Donnorummo, prosecutor

"Very trying. I'm proud of the family for holding up during this whole process it's very hard for them. "

MELISSA WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

AFTER SHE GOT HER FINGER PRINTS AND SHE KISSES HER FAMIY GOODBYE.

THE JUDGE WILL DECIDE ON HER SENTENCING IN JULY. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH TRIAL-REM-1


COMING UP AT 6 -- NBC2 GIVES YOU A LOOK AT THE MOMENTS LEADING UP TO THE VERDICT.

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TOSS TO CHRISTY-trx SSTOPS, VO, BUBBA


NBC 2 IS UNCOVERING NEW INFORMATION TONIGHT ABOUT A COLLIER COUNTY MAN - ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS FAMILY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY JOSE SUAZO SHOT AND KILLED HIS WIFE AND THEIR TEENAGE SON INSIDE THEIR GOLDEN GATE HOME LAST AUGUST.

THESE JUST RELEASED DOCUMENTS DETAIL WHAT HAPPENED THE MORNING OF THE MURDER.

NBC 2'S CHRISTY ANDREWS SPENT THE DAY POURING THROUGH THE HUNDREDS OF PAGES. Return to index of stories...


SUAZO DOCUMENTS-PKG


ON THE MORNING SHE WAS KILLED-

FRIENDS SAY JOHANA NUNEZ DROPPED HER TWO YOUNGER CHILDREN OFF AT A BABYSITTER-AND LEFT FOR WORK.

A HALF HOUR LATER- DEPUTIES FOUND HER DEAD INSIDE HER HOME IN GOLDEN GATE.

THEY ALSO FOUND HER SON-18-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH SUAZO- DEAD-- NEAR THE BATHROOM.

INVESTIGATORS SAY JOSE SUAZO ADMITTED TO KILLING HIS WIFE AND SON-AND SHOT THEM BOTH SEVERAL TIMES.

ACCORDING TO A MORE THAN 400-PAGE DOCUMENT - OBTAINED BY NBC2.--

SUAZO'S FRIENDS TOLD INVESTIGATORS HE WAS QUOTE "SICK OF BEING MISTREATED."-AND ACCUSED HIS WIFE OF HAVING AN AFFAIR.

DOCUMENTS ALSO SHOW SUAZO TOLD A PASTOR HE SHOT HIS SON BECAUSE HIS WIFE TOLD HIM HE WAS NOT THE BIOLOGICAL FATHER.

FRIENDS ADMIT THE FAMILY HAD A VIOLENT PAST,

BUT SAY THEY NEVER EXPECTED IT TO END SO TRAGICALLY.

IN COLLIER COUNTY, CA NBC2. Return to index of stories...


AUBREY PRICE PLEA DEAL-VO, OC


THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED FROM THE KEY WEST EXPRESS AFTER EMBEZZLING MORE THAN 20 MILLION DOLLARS PLEADED GUILTY TODAY.

AUBREY LEE PRICE -- A FORMER GEORGIA INVESTMENT ADVISOR, ADMITTED TO FRAUD.

PROSECUTORS SAY PRICE EMBEZZLED AND LOST MILLIONS, THEN FAKED FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS TO TRY TO COVER HIS TRACKS.

PRICE DISAPPEARED IN JUNE, 2012 AFTER BEING SPOTTED AT THE KEY WEST EXPRESS TERMINAL.

HE LEFT BEHIND A SUICIDE NOTE BUT THE COAST GUARD NEVER FOUND A BODY.

A JUDGE DECLARED PRICE DEAD IN DECEMBER 2012; BUT A YEAR LATER HE WAS ARRESTED DURING A RANDOM TRAFFIC STOP IN GEORGIA.

PRICE FACES A MAXIMUM OF THIRTY YEARS IN PRISON; AND HE MUST PAY BACK THE MONEY HE EMBEZZLED. Return to index of stories...


SCHNATTER PLEA DEAL-SS, OC


A LEE COUNTY MAN ADMITTED HE DEFRAUDED THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF A MILLION DOLLARS --

AND NOW -- HE'S HEADED TO PRISON.

MICHAEL SCHNATTER SWIPED GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE CARDS AND POCKETED THE CASH.

SCHNATTER PLEADED GUILTY TO FOOD ASSISTANCE FRAUD.

HE WAS THE RING LEADER OF THE ELABORATE SCHEME.

LEE COUNTY INVESTIGATORS ALSO ARRESTED 8 OTHER PEOPLE. Return to index of stories...


CAPE VAN BREAKIN-trx SSTOPS (3)


CRIME STOPPERS NEEDS YOUR HELP TONIGHT FINDING TWO WOMEN WHO BROKE INTO A VAN IN SOUTHEAST CAPE CORAL.

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS GOT PICTURES OF THEM.

DETECTIVES TELL US EARLY MONDAY MORNING -- THE WOMEN STOLE STOLE A PURSE, WALLET, CASH AND GIFT CARDS FROM AN UNLOCKED VAN ON SOUTHEAST 8TH STREET.

CRIMESTOPPERS IS OFFERING A 1-THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD. Return to index of stories...


MISSING WOMAN FOUND-SS (2)


A 78-YEAR OLD WOMAN -- MISSING FOR SEVERAL HOURS -- IS SAFE AND HAS BEEN REUNITED WITH FAMILY.

IRENA SZURANT WALKED AWAY FROM A MOVIE YESTERDAY AT THE EDISON AND FORD WINTER ESTATES.

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES SEARCHED THROUGH THE NIGHT AND FOUND HER THIS MORNING WANDERING AROUND GLADIOLUS AND U-S 41.

SZURANT RECENTLY HAD A STROKE AND DOESN'T SPEAK ENGLISH. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO BRYAN-TC MON (2)-LIVE


BLACK BEAR SIGHTINGS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ARE NOTHING NEW.

BUT SOME STAND OUT MORE THAN OTHERS.

THIS TIME, BEARS MADE THEMSELVES AT HOME IN A GOLDEN GATE ESTATES NEIGHBORHOOD.

LOOKING IN WINDOWS --

CHECKING OUT THE GRILL.

NBC 2S BRYAN ANDERSON TALKED WITH HOMEOWNERS ALONG 16TH AVE NORTHWEST AND JOINS US LIVE. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES BEARS-REM-26


THE NBC2 VIEWER SAYS THREE BEARS POPPED UP IN HER BACKYARD HERE YESTERDAY.

DEFINITELY A SURPRISE.

BUT CAN YOU BLAME THE BEARS?

THERE IS A LOT OF UNDEVELOPED LAND ON THIS STREET. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES BEARS-VO-WIPE


HERE ARE MORE OF THOSE INCREDIBLE PICTURES.

YOU SEE TWO CUBS PLAYING WITH EACH OTHER.

THE MOTHER BEAR IS MUCH BIGGER.

THEY CHECK OUT THE BARBECUE GRILL.

AND SEE IF ANYONE'S HOME.

THEN THERE'S THE ONE WE CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF.

THE BEAR STANDS UP.LOOKING LIKE IT'S STRIKING A POSE. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES BEARS-SOT


AIMEE SCHUMACHER, 16TH AVE NW RESIDENT

12:51:30-:38

What are you thinking when you see this?

My heart stops. I mean truthfully, I have kids, I had a dog, and it's just to think that they're that close, they come in that close it's very shocking. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES BEARS-REM-26


THE BEARS HAVEN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE YESTERDAY.

COMING UP AT 6, WHEN THE STATE WILL BE COUNTING BLACK BEARS IN SWFL.

AND HOW SOON YOU CAN MEET DIRECTLY WITH STATE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS.

WE'RE LIVE IN GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, BRYAN ANDERSON, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER SPEED ZONES-VIDBX


NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SPEED BOAT CONTROVERSY IN NAPLES.

TODAY -- WE LEARNED THE CITY WANTS FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE TO ENFORCE IDLE SPEED ZONES IN DOCTORS PASS AND MOORINGS BAY TO PROTECT MANATEES.

THE DEBATE OVER BOAT SPEEDS IN NAPLES HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR ABOUT 10-YEARS.

F-W-C HAS 30 DAYS TO RESPOND TO THE CITY. Return to index of stories...


DECISION 2014-CLIP


DECISION 2014 CLIP Return to index of stories...


FREEMAN ECON AGENDA-SS, VO-WIPE


TODAY -- APRIL FREEMAN UNVEILED HER ECONOMIC PLAN FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE DEMOCRAT RUNNING FOR TREY RADEL'S OLD SEAT IN CONGRESS WANTS TO INCREASE STATE REVENUES BY 2-POINT-5 BILLION DOLLARS IN HER FIRST YEAR --

WITH A 10-PERCENT INCREASE EACH YEAR.

SHE'S TOUTING A 7-PART PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH ALL THIS.WHICH INCLUDES MEDICAL MARIJUANA REVENUES, CREATING MORE TAX CREDITS AND JOB CREATION.

FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

FREEMAN SAYS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE SHE'LL FIGHT FOR IS TO PREVENT WATER RELEASES FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE.

LAST SUMMER -- THE RELEASES TURNED OUR COASTLINE MURKY. Return to index of stories...


FREEMAN ECON AGENDA-SOT, BNR-OC, SS


April Freeman/ Congressional Candiate

"Plan 6 is the best for that. Plan 6 would remove, would stop the releases from coming east and west and destroying our northern estuaries. It would take the water back south the way it's naturally supposed to go."

IF YOU WANT TO READ FREEMAN'S PLAN --

GO TO NBC DASH-2 DOT-COM AND CLICK ON NEWSLINKS.

THE SPECIAL ELECTION IS JUNE 24TH.

FREEMAN FACES REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER CURT CLAWSON AND LIBERTARIAN RAY NETHERWOOD. Return to index of stories...


TEACHERS THINKING MAPS-VO-WIPE


SCHOOL MAY BE OUT FOR SUMMER --

BUT TODAY -- WE FOUND DOZENS OF LEE COUNTY TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM -- LEARNING.

TEACHERS FROM 36 SCHOOLS TOOK PART IN A TRAINING WORKSHOP ON "THINKING MAPS AT PATRIOT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN CAPE CORAL.

TEACHERS SAY IT HELPS STUDENTS REMEMBER LESSONS BY LITERALLY "MAPPING" THEM OUT. Return to index of stories...


TEACHERS THINKING MAPS-SOTVO


Melissa Booth/Lehigh Senior High School

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"It's really really exciting because the student engagement in the classroom, once this is implemented, is going to skyrocket."

Rebecca Walter/Patriot Elementary School

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"Our students are using them to get to a higher order of thinking and now, we get to share it with every body in our district."

TEACHERS SAY SINCE THEY STARTED USING THE "THINKING MAPS" 2 YEARS AGO --

F-CAT SCORES HAVE INCREASE 8-PERCENT. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


AFTER BEING CLOSED FOR A YEAR -- THE WORLD'S LARGEST WARM MINERAL SPRING IS BACK OPEN.

:Ana Berndsky, North Port "This water. beautiful, beautiful. very healthy!"

BUT IS IT HERE TO STAY?

NBC 2 UNCOVERS WHY THE NORTH PORT WARM SPRINGS IS IN DANGER OF CLOSING AGAIN -- AND HOW THE CITY'S PLAN TO SAVE IT.

PLUS --

PATRIOTIC PROTEST.

TIRED OF TICKETS FROM CODE ENFORCEMENT -- A FLORIDA FAMILY PICKED UP SOME PAINT AND BRUSHES AND WENT TO WORK. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) NORTH PORT WARM SPRINGS-SOTVO


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TZ1 B) AMERICAN FLAG HOME-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.

CHANGES AHEAD TO CLOSE THE WORK WEEK

It was fairly dry and fairly pleasant day across Southwest Florida Thursday, with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s. Expect quiet conditions this evening as temps fall into the 70s. Overnight tonight will feature partly cloudy skies and lows in the low 70s.

Changes begin to arrive as we move into Friday. More moisture will work into the area, resulting in a touch more cloud cover. It will bring a slightly better chance for PM showers and storms across the region. Highs on Friday will be in the low 90s.

The tropical moisture rolls back into Southwest Florida for the weekend, bringing an even better chance of showers and storms.

We'll see dry conditions in the morning with scattered showers and storms developing both Saturday and Sunday. Highs for the weekend will be in the low 90s.

Once the wet weather pattern arrives, it will stay for most of next week. Expect morning sun and PM showers and storms Monday thru Wednesday, with highs holding in the low 90s.

There is some uncertainty as to how the back end of next week will play out. Right now, expect a chance of scattered PM storms both Thursday and Friday.

TROPICAL UPDATE

The National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on a disturbance in the Bay of Campeche. This system is producing flooding rains along eastern Mexico and has winds approaching 35 mph. The hurricane center gives this system a 30% chance of developing over the next 48 hours.

The system could have an indirect effect of our weather late next week, but that is highly uncertain.

Elsewhere, no major activity is expected over the next 5 days. Return to index of stories...


NORTH PORT WARM SPRINGS-trx VOPLASMA


SOME SAY THE WATER HAS HEALING POWERS.

TONIGHT -- THE WARM MINERAL SPRING IN NORTH PORT IS BACK OPEN.

BUT FOR HOW LONG?

AS NBC-2'S LUCAS SEILER DISCOVERED -- THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO USE IT MAY BE KICKED OUT AGAIN AT THE END OF THE SUMMER. Return to index of stories...


NORTH PORT WARM SPRINGS-BNR-PKG


Ana Berndsky, claims healing properties

"This water… beautiful, beautiful… very healthy!"

IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IT -- EXPERIENCE IT FOR YOURSELF --

THAT'S WHAT LOYAL CUSTOMERS PREACH TO THOSE WITH ACHES AND PAIN.

NAT grabs water

FOR 70 YEARS -- LOYAL VISITORS WHO FLOCK HERE CLAIM THE 51 MINERALS FOUND IN THIS WATER CURES THOSE WITH AILMENTS.

THAT'S WHY LAST SUMMER'S CLOSURE SPARKED OUTRAGE.

Benjamin Lesniak, New York

"I was a little surprised why they closed!"

Miron Grifman, North Port

"This is crime against the old people using the lake!"

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE TEMPORARY UNTIL NORTH PORT AND SARASOTA COUNTY -- THE JOINT OWNERS FOUND AN OPERATOR TO TAKE OVER.

BUT IT WASN'T AS EASY AS THEY ANTICIPATED.

Danny Schult, North Port Assistant City Manager "It was unfortunate that they had to close… to begin with and we kind of understand the feeling of the people who go there on a regular basis."

THE CITY LOST ABOUT $150,000 EACH MONTH --

LOCAL HOTELS AND BUSINESSES SUFFERED.

PEOPLE LIKE SRETEN MLADENOVIC, WAITED ANXIOUSLY FOR THE SPRINGS TO REOPEN AFTER BUYING A VACATION HOME RIGHT NEXT DOOR.

Sreten Mladenovic, New Jersey "I took my chances… the people talking about they're gonna close and keep close, whatever… I hope they stay open."

THE SUBSURFACE CAVE FILLED WITH WATER NEARLY 90 DEGREES IN TEMPERATURE WILL STAY OPEN UNTIL SEPTEMBER…

BUT NOW, ITS PASSIONATE CUSTOMERS ARE FEELING THE APPARENT DÉJÀ VU --

DAYS MAY BE LIMITED HERE IF A PERMANENT OPERATOR DOESN'T HOP ON BOARD COME SEPTEMBER WHEN NATIONAL PARKS AND RECREATION'S CONTRACT RUNS OUT.

Ana Berndsky, claims healing properties "I'm very upset… very upset… because I cry… and everybody cry."

NORTH PORT AND SARASOTA COUNTY WILL HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS NEXT WEEK WHERE WE'RE TOLD FOUR POTENTIAL BIDDERS WILL BE THERE.

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


MOVE OVER FLORIDA-VO-WIPE


FLORIDA POLICE ARE CRACKING DOWN ON DRIVERS WHO REFUSE TO FOLLOW THE "MOVE OVER LAW."

IN CASE YOU ARE UNAWARE - HERE'S HOW IT WORKS --

DRIVERS MUST MOVE OVER ONE LANE OR SLOW DOWN 20 MILES PER HOUR BELOW THE SPEED LIMIT -- WHEN THEY PASS A POLICE CAR, EMERGENCY VEHICLE OR TOW TRUCK STOPPED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WITH THEIR LIGHTS ON.

THE CAMPAIGN COMES JUST ONE MONTH AFTER A FLORIDA STATE TROOPER WAS KILLED BY A DRIVER, WHO FAILED TO MOVE OVER. Return to index of stories...


MOVE OVER FLORIDA-SOTVO


Lt. Jeff Frost, Florida Highway Patrol

"That just is a reminder of how dangerous the situation is when you are on the side of the road. To both the troopers and the public, when you are on the side of the road and people are driving by just feet away."

TROOPERS INSIST THE LAW HAS SAVED MANY LIVES.

FINES VARY BY COUNTY -- BUT TICKETS GENERALLY ARE MORE THAN 100 DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


ROBERT E LEE STATUE-O-AniBX, VO-WIPE


A POPULAR STATUE IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS IS GETTING A MAKEOVER.

THE 350-POUND BRONZE BUST OF ROBERT E. LEE HAS DETEORATED FROM SUN AND SALTY AIR.

YOU MAY NOT KNOW IT --

INSIDE THE STATUE -- THERE ARE PIECES OF HISTORY. Return to index of stories...


ROBERT E LEE STATUE-SOTVO


Robert Gates/Sons of Confederate Veterans

:05:08:49-

"Encased in the granite is a time capsule when it was paced here in 1966, descendents of the confederate soldiers put swords, buttons, coins, anthing they had from their ancestors in the capsule inside the monument."

THE STATUE WAS BUILT IN 19-66.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT'S BEEN **PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED.

THE GROUP "SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS" IS PAYING FOR IT. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2SHOT


HOUNDED BY CODE ENFORCEMENT -- A FLORIDA MAN DECIDES TO GIVE HIS HOUSE A MAKEOVER --

A VERY PATRIOTIC ONE!

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"This is America. This is a free country. This is my home."

NEXT AT 5, WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT THE CITY THINKS OF THE NEW PAINT JOB -- AND WHAT ELSE THE OWNER HAS PLANNED.

THEN DEVELOPING AT SIX.

NBC-2 TAKES YOU ALONG AS DEPUTIES BUST SUSPECTED CRIMINALS FUELING THE DRUG TRADE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) AMERICAN FLAG HOME-SOTVO


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TZ2 B) NEW AT 6 TEASE-VOTOPS


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FL AMERICAN FLAG HOME-VO in TC MON


A FLORIDA MAN SAYS HE'S TIRED OF CODE ENFORCEMENT BUGGING HIM ABOUT HIS HOUSE.

HE SAYS IT'S A FREE COUNTRY.

AND NOW -- HE'S USING HIS HOUSE AND A LITTLE RED, WHITE AND BLUE TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE. Return to index of stories...


FL AMERICAN FLAG HOME-BNR-PKG


"It blows my mind that this conversation is taking place in the city of Bradenton."

BRENT GREER AND HIS WIFE ARE DOING A LITTLE REDECORATING.

THE NEW PAINT JOB IS UNMISTAKABLE --

AND HE HOPES IT SENDS A MESSAGE.

Brent Greer/Painted Home Red,White And Blue

"I painted it to remind the city and all that live here that this is America. This is a free country. This is my home, this is not a shrine to Riverview Boulevard."

BACK IN FEBRUARY -- A NEIGHBOR CALLED CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER -- BECAUSE THE COUPLE STILL HAD A CHRISTMAS TREE IN FRONT OF THEIR HOME.

BUT THE OFFICER NOTICED A LONG LIST OF OTHER CODE VIOLATIONS -- LIKE PROBLEMS WITH OLD PAINT AND WINDOWS.

S/Volker Reiss/City of Bradenton Code Compliance Manager:38-41

"The violations are very typical in the city for an older home."

IF THE OWNERS DON'T CORRECT THE VIOLATIONS -- THEY COULD FACE FINES OF UP TO 250 DOLLARS A DAY.

"You just threatened my kids, you just threatened my livelihood, I cant pay a 250 dollar a day fine, I cant pay a 25 dollar a day fine."

SO, THEY DECIDED ON THIS NEW PAINT JOB INSTEAD.

"A lot of people gave their lives so that we can live here."

THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER LIKES THE NEW LOOK.

"Looks nice."

BUT THE HOUSE STILL HAS A LOT OF OTHER VIOLATIONS.

GREER SAYS HE HAS OTHER PRIORITIES.

"I got 7 adopted kids, we're foster parents. Kids coming in and out of my house, they're my priority. My house is safe. It's state certified safe."

HE DOES NOT PLAN TO PAY THE FINES.

HE SAYS THE PROBLEMS CODE ENFORCEMENT HAS ARE PURELY COSMETIC --

SO, HE PREFERED TO MAKE SOME COSMETIC CHANGES OF HIS OWN. Return to index of stories...


FL AMERICAN FLAG HOME-OC


THE FAMILY HAS A HEARING WITH CODE ENFORCEMENT IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

BUT THEY SAY THEY'RE NOT DONE YET.

THEY ALSO PLAN TO PAINT THE LIBERTY BELL ON THE SECOND FLOOR. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT


TODAY THE C-E-O OF GENERAL MOTORS DESCRIBED WHY IT TOOK MORE THAN A DECADE TO ISSUE A SAFETY RECALL FOR A DEADLY PROBLEM.

BUT SOME PEOPLE SAY THEIR EXPLANATION IS NOT ENOUGH.

THE STORY NEXT AT 5:30.

PLUS: LAWMAKERS UPSET ABOUT A CONTROVERSIAL PRISONER SWAP ARE STILL COMPLAINING THEY WERE LEFT IN THE DARK.

NOW PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS HE HAS A GOOD REASON WHY HE KEPT IT A SECRET. Return to index of stories...


A) GM INVESTIGATION-VO-WIPE


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B) CONTROVERSIAL PRISONER SWAP-VOTOPS


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