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DIRECTORS PAGE TZ1 A) bears in gg-SOT, SS
HLA narcotics bust-trx VID IN TC TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-STC
HLB suazo docs-VID IN TC MON, SS 6PM PROMO-SOT-DISSOLVE
HLC bears in collier-TC MON STOCKS BUMP-CGTOPS
HLD weather hl-trxWX CNTR ROBERT VAN WINKLE FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
BREAKING OPEN-CLIP FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
TEAM COVERAGE TOSS-QBXTOPS TOSS TO BRYAN-2SH, SS, EANIBX
PINE MANOR MELTDOWN-LIVE U1 BEARS IN GOLDEN GATE-REM-LIVE
PINE MANOR MELTDOWN-VO BEARS IN GOLDEN GATE-BNR-PKG
PINE MANOR MELTDOWN-LIVE U1 BEARS IN GOLDEN GATE-REM-LIVE
TOSS TO CHRISTINA-EANIBXtops BEAR IN CAPE CORAL-OC, SS, VO
NARCOTICS BUST IN LEE COUNTY-REM-LIVE SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
NARCOTICS BUST IN LEE COUNTY-BNR-PKG SPORTS
NARCOTICS BUST IN LEE COUNTY-REM-LIVE FHSAA HOOPS HOST-VO OFF TOP
SUAZO DOCUMENTS-trxOC,SS, OC FHSAA HOOPS HOST-ON CAM
SUAZO DOCUMENTS-BNR-PKG NBA FINALS-VOTOPS
LELY TEACHER RESIGNATION-OC, SS, OC NBA FINALS-SOT-CG
TOSS TO ALEX-trxOC, SS, EANIBX DON ZIMMER-ON CAM
MELISSA SMITH GUILTY-REM-LIVE DON ZIMMER-VOTOPS
MELISSA SMITH GUILTY-BNR-PKG DON ZIMMER-SOT
MELISSA SMITH GUILTY-REM-LIVE A'S YANKEES-VOTOPS
SCHNATTER PLEA DEAL-OC, SS, OC ST. JUDE CLASSIC-CGTOPS
AUBREY PRICE PLEA-OC, VO, OC FRENCH OPEN-VOTOPS
PG CREDIT CARD FRAUD-trxOC, (2) SS SPORTS TOSS-ONCAM
NAPLES BOAT SPEEDS-OC, VO, OC AHEAD AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
APRIL FREEMAN ECONOMIC AGENDA-OC,SS, VO 11 PM TEASE-OC, VO
APRIL FREEMAN ECONOMIC AGENDA-SOT, OC LEE CO THINKING MAPS-OC, VO
ROBERT E LEE BUST-OC, VO LEE CO THINKING MAPS-SOTVO
ROBERT E LEE BUST-SOTVO CLOSE-4SHOT
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HLA narcotics bust-trx VID IN TC


A THREE-MONTH-LONG UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION CAME TO CLIMAX TONIGHT.

NBC-2 IS THERE AS LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ROUND UP SUSPECTED DRUG DEALERS. Return to index of stories...


HLB suazo docs-VID IN TC MON, SS


PLUS, A COLLIER FATHER IS ACCUSED OF GUNNING DOWN HIS WIFE AND SON AND HIDING THE EVIDENCE.

NBC-2 POURED OVER HUNDREDS OF DOCUMENTS.

A FAMILY PASTOR SAYS THE FATHER EXPLAINED WHY HE MURDERED THEM. Return to index of stories...


HLC bears in collier-TC MON


AND HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO LOOK OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW AND SEE THIS?

NBC-2 IS LIVE IN ONE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE BEARS ARE GETTING BOLD. Return to index of stories...


HLD weather hl-trxWX CNTR


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BREAKING OPEN-CLIP


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TEAM COVERAGE TOSS-QBXTOPS


WE BEGIN WITH BREAKING NEWS.

RIGHT NOW, LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE BUSTING SUSPECTED CRIMINALS, FUELING DRUG RINGS.

NBC-2'S CHRISTINA LUSBY HAS THE LATEST ON THE RESULTS OF A THREE MONTH UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION DUBBED "MANOR MELTDOWN."

BUT WE BEGIN WITH LAURA ROBERTS.

SHE'S IN PINE MANOR WHERE AUTHORITIES ARE TAKING PEOPLE INTO CUSTODY.

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PINE MANOR MELTDOWN-VO


NBC2 WAS THERE AS DEPUTIES RAIDED A HOME ON FOURTH AVENUE.

THIS HAPPENED WITHIN THE PAST HOUR AND A HALF.

THREE MEN WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND QUESTIONED.

AT THIS HOUR DEPUTIES ARE STILL SPREAD OUT THROUGHOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Return to index of stories...


PINE MANOR MELTDOWN-LIVE U1


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TOSS TO CHRISTINA-EANIBXtops


NBC-2'S CHRISTINA LUSBY PICKS UP OUR TEAM COVERAGE OUTSIDE THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

CHRISTINA - UNDERCOVER DEPUTIES HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS INVESTIGATION FOR THREE MONTHS. Return to index of stories...


NARCOTICS BUST IN LEE COUNTY-REM-LIVE


HERE AT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE THEY SHOWED US THE BLUE PRINTS.

EACH HOME THEY HIT--

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NARCOTICS BUST IN LEE COUNTY-BNR-PKG


EACH DOT--

A MARKER--

SHOWING HOMES DEPUTIES SWARMED.

9 SO FAR.

Lt. Jeffery Dektas

Lee Co. Sheriff's Office

12:54 all of them drug dealers the sheriff will not tolerate any longer in this area 12:58

THEY ARE LOOKING FOR 30 IN ALL.

8 ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

DEPUTIES KNEW WHICH STREETS AND HOMES THE DRUGS WERE IN--

THEY ALSO KNEW WHICH CORNERS THEY COULD BUY ON.

Comm. Matt LeClair

Lee Co. Sheriff's Office

13:35 right now the prevalent drug is cocaine but heroin as well as marijuana and pills as well 13:41

OPERATION MANOR MELTDOWN--

HAS BEEN IN EFFECT FOR 3 MONTHS--

TODAY--

IS WHEN INFORMATION TURNED INTO ARRESTS.

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NARCOTICS BUST IN LEE COUNTY-REM-LIVE


THE SHERIFFS OFFICES SAY MANY OF THESE DEALERS ARE VIOLENT OFFENDERS.

AND MANY ARE REPEAT OFFENDERS.

THEY SAY TWO OF THE DRUG DEALERS THEY ARRESTED IN THIS OPERATION WERE ALSO ARRESTED IN OCT. DURING OPERATION MIND YOUR MANOR.

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


SUAZO DOCUMENTS-trxOC,SS, OC


NBC-2 IS LEARNING WHAT MAY HAVE LED A COLLIER COUNTY MAN TO KILL 2 FAMILY MEMBERS.

JOSE SUAZO IS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER FOR KILLING HIS WIFE AND TEENAGE SON AT THEIR GOLDEN GATE HOME IN AUGUST.

DOCUMENTS JUST RELEASED DETAIL THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE SHOOTING.

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


SUAZO DOCUMENTS-BNR-PKG


NAT PAGES

THIS 400-PAGE DOCUMENT -

TELLS A STORY OF TRAGEDY.

Caroilla/*39:04 we didn't believe that so he called him ​and said hey, is this true, and he said yes, i killed them."

THIS IS VIDEO FROM AUGUST-WHEN FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY JOSE SUAZO ADMITTED TO KILLING HIS WIFE AND 18-YEAR-OLD SON.

NOW NEW DOCUMENTS OBTAINED BY NBC-2-TELL US WHAT HAPPENED THE MORNING OF THE MURDER.

FRIENDS SAY JOHANA NUNEZ DROPPED HER TWO YOUNGER CHILDREN OFF AT A BABYSITTER THE MORNING OF AUGUST 15TH.

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.

ACCORDING TO DISCOVERY DOCUMENTS --

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.

​SUAZO'S MONEY MANAGER TOLD NBC2 THAT JUST DAYS BEFORE HE ADMITTED TO DEPUTIES THAT HE KILLED HIS WIFE AND SON.

HE WIPED OUT HIS BANK ACCOUNT - AND SENT THE MONEY TO HONDURAS.​

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...


LELY TEACHER RESIGNATION-OC, SS, OC


NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE LELY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WHO ADMITTED TO KISSING A STUDENT.

ROBERT BAKER WAS A TEACHER AND VOLLEYBALL COACH AT THE SCHOOL.

ACCORDING TO HIS PERSONNEL FILE, HE STARTED COACHING IN COLLIER COUNTY FOUR YEARS AGO.

BAKER WORKED AT BARRON COLLIER HIGH, GOLDEN GATE MIDDLE, AND THEN LELY HIGH.

THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE INCIDENT REPORT SAYS BAKER ADMITTED TO KISSING ONE OF HIS FEMALE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS WHO IS 16 YEARS OLD.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE KISS WAS CONSENSUAL SO THERE WAS NO CRIME.

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TELLS US BAKER QUIT VOLUNTARILY -- AND THERE'S NO INVESTIGATION INTO HIM BECAUSE HE'S NO LONGER AN EMPLOYEE. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO ALEX-trxOC, SS, EANIBX


A LEHIGH ACRES DAYCARE OWNER IS IN CUSTODY THIS EVENING, AFTER A JURY FOUND HER HER GUILTY OF CHILD NEGLECT.

NBC-2 BROKE THE STORY FIRST AT FOUR.

CHRISTIAN BYRD DROWNED IN MELISSA SMITH'S BACKYARD WHILE SHE WAS IN THE BATHROOM.

NBC-2'S ALEX DE ARMAS IS JUST OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSE IN FORT MYERS.

ALEX - THE JURY FOUND HER GUILTY OF LESSER CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH GUILTY-REM-LIVE


THE JURY DECIDED MELISSA SMITH IS *NOT* GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER.

INSTEAD-- SHE WAS CONVICTED OF CHILD NEGLECT.

AND THREE COUNTS OF CULPABLE NEGLIGENCE-- MEANING SHE KNOWINGLY MADE RECKLESS DECISIONS.

THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY TELLS ME ALL FOUR ARE LESSER CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH GUILTY-BNR-PKG


NAT: "verdict"

THIS LEHIGH ACRES DAY ARE OWNER WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER.

NAT: verdict

INSTEAD MELISSA SMITH IS CONVICTED OF CHILD NEGLECT AFTER 2 YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN BYRD DROWNED IN HER BACK YARD KIDDIE POOL WHILE SHE WAS IN THE BATHROOM.

NAT

ONLY NBC2S CAMERAS WERE INSIDE THE COURT ROOM AS CLOSING ARGUMENTS WERE MADE THURSDAY.

Francine Donnorummo, prosecutor

55:54 - 56:18 This was an intentional "reckless" behavior. That was the intentional act. She did not want this child to die. She said she loves this child. But her behavior was Grossly negligent. She was reckless in her behavior and her Actions were knowingly and her actions led to the death of a child.

WHILE THE STATE ARGUED SHE KNEW IT WAS WRONG TO LEAVE FOUR YOUNG CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN A KIDDIE POOL-- SMITHS ATTORNEY SAYS IT WAS A MISTAKE.

Robert Harris, defense attorney

10:48:20 -48:31 you don't have evil sitting over there. You don't have evil acts sitting over there. You have a good person who made a mistake. "

AS THE VERDICT WAS READ-- MELISSA STAYED STOIC THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS.

HER DEFENSE ATTORNEY HAD A LOOK OF RELIEF.

ON THE OTHER SIDE-- Christians MOTHER WAS CRYING QUIETLY.

THE ENTIRE FAMILY WEARING GREEN-- IT WAS CHRISTIANS FAVORITE COLOR.

SOT

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-- SHE THEN GOT FINGER PRINTS TAKEN AND SHE KISSED HER FAMILY GOODBYE. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH GUILTY-REM-LIVE


THE JUDGE WILL DECIDE ON HER SENTENCING IN JULY.

She faces 5 years in prison. AS OPPOSED TO 45 if she would have been convicted for manslaughter.live ADA Return to index of stories...


SCHNATTER PLEA DEAL-OC, SS, OC


A LEE COUNTY MAN ADMITTED TO A FOOD STAMP SCAM THAT DEFRAUDED THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF A MILLION DOLLARS.

MICHAEL SCHNATTER WAS CONSIDERED THE RING LEADER OF AN ELABORATE SCHEME.

PEOPLE WOULD PRETEND TO BUY FOOD FROM HIM USING THEIR GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE CARDS.

HE WOULD SWIPE THE CARDS AND POCKET HALF THE CASH.

SCHNATTER PLED GUILTY TO TEN FELONY COUNTS OF FOOD ASSISTANCE FRAUD.

HE'LL SPEND THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOLLOWED BY TWO YEARS OF PROBATION.

8 OTHER PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AS WELL. Return to index of stories...


AUBREY PRICE PLEA-OC, VO, OC


ALSO TAKING A PLEA DEAL TODAY --

THE MAN WHO EMBEZZLED MORE THAN 20 MILLION DOLLARS AND THEN FAKED HIS OWN DEATH.

AUBREY PRICE PLED GUILTY TO THREE COUNTS OF FRAUD IN A GEORGIA COURTROOM TODAY.

THE NBC2 INVESTIGATORS FOLLOWING THIS STORY SINCE 2012 WHEN PRICE STOLE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM INVESTORS AND THE BANK HE WORKED FOR - THEN LOST IT.

PRICE WROTE A SUICIDE NOTE; AND WAS LAST SEEN AT THE KEY WEST FERRY TERMINAL IN JUNE OF 2012.

18 MONTHS LATER HE WAS PULLED OVER FOR ILLEGAL WINDOW TINT IN GEORGIA AND ARRESTED.

TODAY'S DEAL CALLS FOR A MINIMUM 30 YEARS IN PRISON AND PAYMENT OF 51-MILLION IN RESTITUTION.

HE'LL BE SENTENCED AT A LATER DATE.

PRICE ALSO FACES CHARGES IN FLORIDA FOR FAKING HIS OWN DEATH; Return to index of stories...


PG CREDIT CARD FRAUD-trxOC, (2) SS


CHARLOTTE COUNTY DETECTIVES NEED HELP TRACKING DOWN A CREDIT CARD THEIF.

TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THE MAN IN THE COWBOY HAT.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HE USED A STOLEN CREDIT CARD TO BUY 200 DOLLARS WORTH OF DIESEL FUEL IN PUNTA GORDA.

THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN LAST MONTH AT A PILOT STATION NEAR JONES LOOP ROAD AND INTERSTATE 75.

IF YOU RECOGNIZE HIM CONTACT CRIME STOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES BOAT SPEEDS-OC, VO, OC


NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING BOAT SPEEDS IN NAPLES.

THE CITY WILL TAKE THEIR ARGUMENT TO F-W-C.

CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO PETITION F-W-C TO CHANGE THE RULES OF MANATEE SPEED ZONES IN THE COUNTY.

THEY WANT IT TO INCLUDE DOCTORS PASS AND MOORINGS BAY.

THE RULING WOULD ENFORCE SLOW SPEED ZONES IN THOSE AREAS TO PROTECT MANATEES FROM GETTING HIT BY BOATS.

THE REQUEST IS PART OF A 10-YEAR DEBATE OVER BOAT SPEEDS IN THE CITY.

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


APRIL FREEMAN ECONOMIC AGENDA-OC,SS, VO


THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR TREY RADEL'S OLD CONGRESSIONAL SEAT UNVEILED HER PLAN THIS AFTERNOON.

APRIL FREEMAN WANTS TO INCREASE STATE REVENUES BY 2 POINT 5 BILLION DOLLARS IN HER FIRST YEAR--

WITH A 10 PERCENT INCREASE EACH YEAR.

HER 7-PART PLAN INCLUDES TAPPING MEDICAL MARIJUANA REVENUES, CREATING MORE TAX CREDITS AND JOB CREATION.

FREEMAN SAYS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE SHE'LL FIGHT FOR IS TO PREVENT UNWANTED WATER RELEASES FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE. Return to index of stories...


APRIL FREEMAN ECONOMIC AGENDA-SOT, OC


"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 - HEAD TO NBC-2.COM AND CLICK ON NEWSLINKS.

THE SPECIAL ELECTION IS JUNE 24TH.

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


ROBERT E LEE BUST-OC, VO


A WELL KNOWN STATUE IS MISSING FROM DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS.

LOCALS WERE CONCERNED - BUT NBC2 FOUND OUT WHERE IT IS.

THE BRONZE BUST OF ROBERT E. LEE IS GONE FROM THE GRANITE FOUNDATION.

THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS SAYS THE BRONZE NEEDED A GOOD CLEANING.

A PROFESSIONAL IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY IS REFURBISHING IT.

SALTY AIR, SUN, AND RAINY SEASONS DETERIORATED THE METAL.

IT ACTUALLY SITS ON TOP OF A TIME CAPSULE. Return to index of stories...


ROBERT E LEE BUST-SOTVO


robert Gates, Sons of Confederate Veterans:05:08:49 Encased in the granite is a time capsule when it was placed here in 1966, descendents of the confederate soldiers put swords, buttons, coins, anything they had from their ancestors in the capsule inside the monument." 05:09:05

THE GRANITE WAS DESIGNED BY AN ITALIAN ARTIST.

THE BRONZE BUST WAS MADE IN TENNESSEE.

THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS PAID FOR THE RESTORATION. Return to index of stories...


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TZ1 A) bears in gg-SOT, SS


12:49:51-:56

Unbelievable, if I see that I'm going to freak out. I just don't know what to feel.

HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU LOOKED OUT YOUR WINDOW AND SAW THIS GUY STARING BACK?

IT HAPPENED TO A WOMAN IN GOLDEN GATE.

NBC-2 TAKES YOU INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD, NEXT AT SIX.

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TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-STC


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6PM PROMO-SOT-DISSOLVE


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STOCKS BUMP-CGTOPS


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ROBERT VAN WINKLE FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL


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.

THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE NBC2 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO BRYAN-2SH, SS, EANIBX


FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS WEEK, BLACK BEARS ARE THE TALK OF A SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD.

THIS TIME IN GOLDEN GATE.

AN NBC-2 VIEWER SNAPPED PHOTOS OF A BEAR FAMILY RIGHT IN HER BACK YARD.

BRYAN ANDERSON IS IN THE COMMUNITY TONIGHT.

BRYAN - F-W-C SAYS BEAR SIGHTINGS ARE SKYROCKETING. Return to index of stories...


BEARS IN GOLDEN GATE-REM-LIVE


RIGHT HERE IN THE NBC2 VIEWER'S BACKYARD!

3 OF THEM!

THE STATEWIDE COUNT COULDN'T COME AT A BETTER TIME.

BUT IT WON'T BE UNTIL NEXT SUMMER WHEN WILDLIFE OFFICIALS START TRACKING THE NUMBER OF BEARS IN LEE AND COLLIER COUNTIES. Return to index of stories...


BEARS IN GOLDEN GATE-BNR-PKG


Aimee Schumacher, 16th Ave NW resident-:11

Maricet Hernandez, 16th Ave NW resident-:42

STANDING ON ITS HIND LEGS STRIKING A POSE.THIS BOLD BLACK BEAR IS READY FOR ITS CLOSE UP.

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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.

AN NBC2 VIEWER ON 16TH AVENUE NORTHWEST SAYS SHE SNAPPED THESE PICTURES WEDNESDAY AROUND NOON.

THE TWO CUBS CAN'T SEEM TO GET ENOUGH OF EACH OTHER.

AND WHO WOULDN'T GO FOR A BARBECUE?

THIS ONE COMES A LITTLE TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT.

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AIMEE SCHUMACHER, 16TH AVE NW RESIDENT

12:49:51-:56

Unbelievable, if I see that I'm going to freak out. I just don't know what to feel.

NEIGHBOR MARICET HERNANDEZ SAYS THIS IS A PART OF LIFE IN THE ESTATES.

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12:54:30-:40

It's nothing I haven't seen before. They've actually been in our backyard really close to us a couple times. As soon as they see us they go away. But I've seen them before. They actually made that dent in the fence over there.

BLACK BEAR SIGHTINGS ARE NOTHING NEW ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE MORE THEY HAPPEN, THE MORE CONCERNED HERNANDEZ GETS.FOR THE BEARS'.

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12:59:50

They're losing their fear I would say.

AND IF THE STATE THINKS THEY'VE LOST THEIR FEAR OF HUMANS POSING A DANGER TO US. THE BEARS COULD BE EUTHANIZED.

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HERNANDEZ

12:56:51-:53

I think that would be a shame. I don't think that's something that should happen.

IN 2002, STATE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS ESTIMATED BETWEEN 500 AND NEARLY 900 BLACK BEARS IN SOUTH FLORIDA.

SINCE THEN THE NUMBER OF BEAR CALLS HAS SKYROCKETED.

MAKING BEAR MANAGEMENT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER BEFORE.

---SOT---

SCHUMACHER

12:52:01-:04

Losing all their woods and all their grounds, so they don't know what to do. Return to index of stories...


BEARS IN GOLDEN GATE-REM-LIVE


THERE ARE TWO CHANCES TO MEET DIRECTLY WITH THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ABOUT BLACK BEARS THIS SUMMER.

TO FIND OUT WHEN AND WHERE LOG ON TO OUR WEBSITE NBC-2.COM

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


BEAR IN CAPE CORAL-OC, SS, VO


JUST YESTERDAY, FWC TRANQUILIZED A BEAR THAT WAS HANGING OUT IN A NORTH FORT MYERS NEIGHBORHOOD.

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

IT'S EAR TAGS SHOWED IT TRAVELED FROM HIGHLANDS COUNTY, WHICH IS NORTH OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE.

THE BEAR WAS TRAPPED AND WILL BE RELOCATED IN HIGHLANDS. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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SPORTS


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FHSAA HOOPS HOST-VO OFF TOP


THE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION'S DEADLINE EXPIRED AT 5-PM TODAY FOR CITIES AND COUNTIES TO APPLY AND HOST THE GIRLS AND BOYS BASKETBALL FINALS IN 2015, 16 AND 17.

LEE COUNTY'S SPORTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICE TELLS US THE FHSAA ACTUALLY EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR THE COUNTY TO APPLY. Return to index of stories...


FHSAA HOOPS HOST-ON CAM


.BUT THAT THE ONLY VIABLE FACILITY WAS GERMAIN ARENA. THE EVERBLADES HAVE GAMES DURING THE 10 DAYS NEEDED TO HOST THE BASKETBALL FINALS.

ALSO.THE PRICE COST OF HOTEL ROOMS.IN FEBRUARY.HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MIGHT BE TOO HEFTY.

THE FHSAA HOPES TO HAVE A NEW HOST LOCKED UP BY EARLY AUGUST. Return to index of stories...


NBA FINALS-VOTOPS


WE DO KNOW THERE WILL BE IMPORTANT BASKETBALL IN SAN ANTONIO TONIGHT.

THAT'S WHERE THE NBA FINALS GET UNDERWAY WITH GAME ONE BETWEEN THE SPURS AND MIAMI HEAT.

CHRIS BOSH HAS HIS HEAT TEAM-MATES KNOW HOW THE SPURS CAN MAKE YOU LOOK BAD. Return to index of stories...


NBA FINALS-SOT-CG


YOU CAN SEE THE NBA FINALS.ON OUR SISTER STATION.ABC 7. Return to index of stories...


DON ZIMMER-ON CAM


MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL LOST A LEGEND LAST NIGHT WITH THE PASSING OF DON ZIMMER.

66 YEARS IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL AS A PLAYER.COACH.MANAGER. Return to index of stories...


DON ZIMMER-VOTOPS


ZIMMER WAS MOST RECENTLY AN ADVISOR THE RAYS.

A FAMILIAR FACE TO THOSE OF US WHO COVERED AND ATTENDED RAYS SPRING TRAINING THE LAST SIX YEARS IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

THE RAYS ARE HONORING ZIMMER IN MANY WAYS. INCLUDING 3RD BASE COACH TOM FOLEY.WHO HAS WORN THE NUMBER 66 SINCE LAST MONTH.

DON ZIMMER WAS 83 YEARS OLD. Return to index of stories...


DON ZIMMER-SOT


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A'S YANKEES-VOTOPS


ZIMMER WON FOUR WORLD TITLES AS A COACH WITH THE NEW YORK YANKEES.

HOSTING OAKLAND THIS AFTERNOON.

TIED AT ONE IN THE THIRD. BRETT GARDNER SOLO HOMER. 2-1 YANKEES.

MASAHIRO TANAKA TOOK IT FROM THERE. GIVING UP JUST ONE RUN AND FOUR HITS IN SIX INNINGS.

HE'S NOW NINE-AND-ONE. YANKEES WIN, 2-1. Return to index of stories...


ST. JUDE CLASSIC-CGTOPS


THREE-AND-A-HALF HOUR WEATHER DELAY HAS JUST ENDED IN MEMPHIS AT THE SAINT JUDE CLASSIC.

TROY MERRITT SHARES THE LEAD WITH PETER MALNATI AT FIVE UNDER.

PHIL MICKELSON. JUST TWO SHOTS BACK AFTER SHOOTING 67.

NORTH FORT MYERS GRAD GEORGE MCNEILL BOGIED HIS FIRST TWO HOLES. Return to index of stories...


FRENCH OPEN-VOTOPS


FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR. MARIA SHARAPOVA WILL BE PLAYING IN THE FRENCH OPEN FINAL.

THE SEVENTH-SEEDED RUSSIAN LOST THE FIRST SET TO GENIE BOUCHARD IN TODAY'S SEMIFINAL. BUT SWEPT THE NEXT TWO ADVANCE.

SHARAPOVA. THE FRENCH OPEN CHAMP IN 2012. WILL FACE FOURTH SEEDED SIMONA HALEP IN SATURDAY'S FINAL. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS TOSS-ONCAM


WHICH YOU WILL SEE RIGHT HERE ON NBC TWO. Return to index of stories...


AHEAD AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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11 PM TEASE-OC, VO


A MOM IS FURIOUS BECAUSE HER KID WASN'T ALLOWED TO BRING SUNSCREEN ON A FIELD TRIP.

WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR THE SCHOOL'S REASON.

AND A WOMAN FAKED HAVING CANCER FOR TWO YEARS.EVEN TOLD HER CHILDREN.

FIND OUT HOW HER SCAM UNRAVELED.TONIGHT AT 11. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO THINKING MAPS-OC, VO


SCHOOL MAY BE OUT BUT TODAY WE FOUND DOZENS OF LEE COUNTY TEACHERS IN

THE CLASSROOM-- LEARNING!

EDUCATORS FROM 36 LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS TOOK PART IN A TRAINING WORKSHOP

AT PATRIOT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON 'THINKING MAPS'.

THE COLORFUL DRAWINGS ACTUALLY MAP HOW STUDENT'S THINK.

OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, PATRIOT ELEMENTARY SAYS THE PROGRAM BOOSTED FCAT SCORES BY 8 PERCENT.

THE WORKSHOP GIVES EDUCATORS THE TOOLS ON HOW TO INTRODUCE THE LEARNING EXERCISE IN THEIR CLASSROOMS. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO THINKING MAPS-SOTVO


Melissa Booth

Lehigh Senior High School

:00-:07

Rebecca Walter

Thinking Maps Trainer, Patriot Elementary School

:07-:16

"It's really really exciting because the student engagement in the

classroom, once this is implemented, is going to skyrocket."

"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 WE SPOKE TO SAY THEY PLAN ON USING 'THINKING MAPS' IN THEIR

CLASSROOM THIS COMING AUGUST. Return to index of stories...


CLOSE-4SHOT


GOODBYE Return to index of stories...