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HL1) ARTHUR (STORM)-SAT21-TRX BEEF O BRADY'S-SOTVO
HL1) MAN EJECTED FROM CAR-VOTOPS-TRX WHEELCHAIR RAGE-NATSVO
HL3) BABY SITTER SENTENCED-VOTOPS-TRX TEASE THREE-TRXVOTOPS
TRACKING ARTHUR-CLIP TZ3A) SAME SEX LAWSUIT-VOTOPS
TRACKING ARTHUR-FIRST WX TZ3B) WATKINS BROTHERS-VOTOPS
ARTHUR AND THE EAST COAST-TRX VOTOPS TC MON TS1) ARTHUR-TC MON VO
ARTHUR AND THE EAST COAST-PKG TS2) DOW HITS 17000-TC MON VO
MAN EJECTED FROM CAR-2 SHOT DBX TS3) BABY SITTER SENTENCED-TC MON VO
MAN EJECTED FROM CAR-LIVE U 1 NEWS AT 11:30am OPEN-CLIP
MAN EJECTED FROM CAR-VO SAME SEX MARRIAGE LAWSUIT-NATSVO
MAN EJECTED FROM CAR-SOTVO SAME SEX MARRIAGE LAWSUIT-SOTVO
MAN EJECTED FROM CAR-LIVE U 1 BUI MANSLAUGHTER ARREST-VO-SS-WIPE
MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-TRX OC BUI MANSLAUGHTER ARREST-SOTVO
MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-PLASMA HODGES UNIVERSITY FEES-VO-WIPE
MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-VO HODGES UNIVERSITY FEES-SOTVO
MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-SOTVO SWORD AND BBQ BRUSH FIGHT-VO
MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-SOT SWORD AND BBQ BRUSH FIGHT-SOTVO
MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-PLASMA CHIKENGUNYA SARASOTA-OC
DOW HITS 1700-STOCKS LOVE PRISON-INTRO
IDA BAKER VANDALS-VO LOVE PRISON-PKG
IDA BAKER VANDALS-SOTVO CHUCK HAGEL CALLS TIM HOWARD-OC-VO
BLADE RUNNER UPDATE-TRX OC VO WATKINS BROTHERS-OC-VO
IMMIGRATION TODAY-TRX OC VO WATKINS BROTHERS-SOTVO-BNR
IMMIGRATION TODAY-SOTVO TEASE FOUR-2 SHOT
CAPE 4TH TRAFFIC-OC VIDBOX TZ4A) ROBBER PULLS GUN-SOTVO
GET AWAY DAY AND GAS PRICES-TRX A-SIDE SSTOPS WEATHER TEASE-STC
TS MIROMAR CELEBRATION-SSTOPS firework ticker-CG
TEASE ONE-2-SHOT 4TH OF JULY COST-ON CAM
TZ1A) HOT PUPPIES-VOTOPS-TRX 4TH OF JULY COST-PKG
TZ1B) BONITA BEACH ROAD-VOTOPS WEATHER OPEN-CLIP
WEATHER-STC WEATHER-WX WALL
FIRST ALERT FORECAST-CLIP ROBBER PULLS GUN ON EMPLOYEE THEN VICE VERSA-ON CA
FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL ROBBER PULLS GUN ON EMPLOYEE THEN VICE VERSA-PKG
HOT PUPPIES UPDATE-TRX OC VO MAN BUILDS GIANT TRANSFORMER-VO
HOT PUPPIES UPDATE-SOTVO MAN BUILDS GIANT TRANSFORMER-SOTVO
DOG PUT DOWN-VOTOPS TEASE FIVE-2 SHOT
BONITA BEACH ROAD-trx OC VO TZ5A) POWER OUTAGE-VO
BONITA BEACH ROAD-SOTVO beef o bradys
CLAWSON AT MEETING-VOWIPE HEALTH MATTERS-ON CAM
CLAWSON AT MEETING-SOTVO HEALTH MATTERS-PKG
CPR DEVICE-OC-VO CONVICT MODELING GIG-OC VO
HOT CAR DEATH HEARING-TRX OC VO HOLLYWOOD MINUTE-INTRO
MAN STEALS SNAKES-OC VO HOLLYWOOD MINUTE-PKG
MAN STEALS SNAKES-SOTVO BREWERIES BOOM-OC VO
TEASE TWO-TRXVOTOPS NEWSCAST POWEROUTAGE-TRXNATSVO
TZ2A) BEEF O BRADYS-VOWIPE NEW AT NOON TEASE-ON CAM
TZ2B) WHEEL CHAIR RAGE-VOTOPS NOON TZA) MELISSA SMITH-VOTOPS
DISH PIRACY LAWSUIT-OTS VO NOON TZB) FOURTH OF JULY-VOTOPS
DISH PIRACY LAWSUIT-SOTVO CLOSE-2-SHOT PLASMA
BEEF O BRADY'S-VO-WIPE  


HL1) ARTHUR (STORM)-SAT21-TRX


HAPPENING RIGHT NOW--

HURRICANE ARTHUR'S GAINING STRENGTH AS IT SPINS UP THE EAST COAST, HITTING HURRICANE STATUS EARLY THIS MORNING.

YOU'RE TAKING A LIVE LOOK AT WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA

WHERE EVACUATIONS ARE UNDERWAY. Return to index of stories...


HL1) MAN EJECTED FROM CAR-VOTOPS-TRX


AND A SERIOUS CRASH IN FORT MYERS CAUSES MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS.

WHAT HAPPENDED BEHIND THE WHEEL THAT CAUSED A MAN TO BE EJECTED FROM HIS CAR. Return to index of stories...


HL3) BABY SITTER SENTENCED-VOTOPS-TRX


PLUS--

AN EMOTIONAL DAY IN COURT AS A DAYCARE CENTER OWNER IS SENTENCED FOR HER ROLE IN THE DEATH OF TWO YEAR OLD CHILD.

HEAR THE EMOTIONAL OUTPOURING FROM BOTH FAMILIES ---

AND THE SOMEWHAT SURPRISING SENTENCE FROM THE JUDGE. Return to index of stories...


TRACKING ARTHUR-CLIP


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TRACKING ARTHUR-FIRST WX


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ARTHUR AND THE EAST COAST-TRX VOTOPS TC MON


ARTHUR IS NOW THE FIRST HURRICANE OF THE SEASON.

AND IT'S HEADING FOR NORTH CAROLINA'S OUTER BANKS, BRINGING WINDS UP TO 75 MILES-AN-HOUR WITH IT.

PEOPLE ON HATTERAS ISLAND ARE BEING TOLD THEY MUST EVACUATE.

AND SINCE IT'S SUCH A POPULAR VACATION SPOT-- ESPECIALLY HEADING INTO THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY-- LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE NOT TAKING ANY CHANCES.

THEY'RE ORDERING PEOPLE TO LEAVE DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS -- BEFORE CONDITIONS DETERIORATE.

INDRA PETERSONS REPORTS. Return to index of stories...


ARTHUR AND THE EAST COAST-PKG


IN NORTH CAROLINA'S OUTER BANKS CARS LINED UP TO TOP OFF AT THE PUMP.

"This storm has taken a trajectory that we're just kind of worried about."

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS BEGINNING early this morning AS ARTHUR STRENGTHENS BECOMING A HURRICANE… THREATENING THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOR PARTS OF THE EAST COAST -

"Move. Get out.But even if you don't move than stay away from the waters as much as possible."

25 COUNTIES NOW UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY… MASSIVE WIND GUSTS TURNING WATERS SO DANGEROUS - TWO SHIP CAPTAINS WERE ORDERED TO DOCK AND ABANDON THEIR CHARTER BOATS ALONG THE SHORE.

"You get a big storm surge it can easily bust through any part of these outer banks without much of a problem."

AND ARTHUR WON'T STOP THERE-HEADING UP THE EAST COAST THE STORM'S LOOMING OVER SOME OF THE BIGGEST INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS DISPLAYS-

OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND POSTPONING THEIR 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS--WHILE BOSTONIANS WILL ENJOY THEIR FESTIVITIES A DAY EARLY

"It's not optimal, we wish it were put we got to deal with this."

AND IN D-C THE ELECTRIC COMPANY SAYS IT'S CLOSELY MONITORING ARTHUR WHICH COULD PRODUCE "STRONG DAMAGING WIND GUSTS, LARGE HAIL AND FREQUENT LIGHTNING" POSSIBLY DELAYING THE ICONIC NATIONAL MALL FIREWORKS TO SATURDAY.

BUT ON WEDNESDAY - THE SUN WAS STILL SHINING IN NORTH CAROLINA AND THE BEACHES WERE FULL OF VACATIONERS WHO SAY THEY'RE PATRIOTIC PARTYING ON THE SHORE WILL GO ON -

"We'll just ride it out see what happens" Return to index of stories...


MAN EJECTED FROM CAR-2 SHOT DBX


A SINGLE CAR CRASH SHUT DOWN A BUSY ROADWAY IN LEE COUNTY FOR HOURS THIS MORNING.

THE DRIVER VEERED OFF THE ROADWAY, HIT A TREE AND A LIGHT POST AND THEN ENDED UP IN ONCOMING TRAFFIC.

IT HAPPENED AROUND 7:30 THIS MORNING ON BEN HILL GRIFFIN PARKWAY NEAR MIROMAR LAKES BOULEVARD.

NBC2'S ALEX DE ARMIS HAS BEEN ON THE SCENE ALL MORNING.

SHE JOINS US LIVE WITH AN UPDATE ON THE ROAD AND THE VICTIM. Return to index of stories...


MAN EJECTED FROM CAR-LIVE U 1


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MAN EJECTED FROM CAR-VO


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MAN EJECTED FROM CAR-SOTVO


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MAN EJECTED FROM CAR-LIVE U 1


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MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-TRX OC


AN EMOTIONAL DAY IN COURT FOR THE FAMILY OF A LITTLE BOY WHO DROWNED AT THE HANDS OF HIS BABYSITTER.

A JUDGE SENTENCED MELISSA SMITH To EIGHT MONTHS IN the COUNTY JAIL AND FIVE YEARS PROBATION FOR THE DEATH OF TWO-YEAR-OLD CHRISTIAN BYRD.

NBC2'S CHRISTY ANDREWS WAS INSIDE THE COURTROOM.

AND JOINS US LIVE IN THE STUDIO WITH THE DETAILS. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-PLASMA


THE FAMILY OF THIS LITTLE BOY IS UNDERSTANDABLY VERY UPSET.

MELISSA SMITH FACED A MAXIMUM FIVE YEARS IN PRISON.

INSTEAD-- SHE WILL SPEND LESS THAN ONE YEAR BEHIND BARS. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-VO


CHRISTIAN'S BYRDS FAMILY FILLED THE COURTROOM-WEARING T-SHIRTS AND HOLDING POSTERS WITH THE LITTLE BOY'S PICTURES.

HIS MOM WAS SO UPSET SHE COULD BARELY SPEAK-

SHE BEGGED THE JUDGE FOR JUSTICE FOR HER SON. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-SOTVO


I received a life sentence as a grieving mother and my son received the death sentence.

A JURY FOUND SMITH MELISSA SMITH GUILTY OF CHILD NEGLECT AND NEGLIGENCE IN JUNE-- EXACTLY ONE YEAR AFTER TWO-YEAR-OLD CHRISTIAN BYRD DROWNED IN A KIDDIE POOL IN SMITH'S BACKYARD IN LEHIGH ACRES.

THE JUDGE TOLD THE FAMILY THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT CASES OF HIS CAREER-

BUT SAID HE COULD NOT GIVE SMITH THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-SOT


We have a woman who is a pretty good person who madea big mistake and there is someone on the other side who is grieving horribly and i understand their grief. so it is tough. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH SENTENCING-PLASMA


WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE FAMILY AFTER COURT.

MOST WERE TOO UPSET TO SPEAK WITH US-

BUT TELL US THIS IS NOT OVER-AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR JUSTICE FOR CHRISTIAN BYRD.

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


DOW HITS 1700-STOCKS


BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING.

WE ARE KEEPING AN EYE ON THE STOCK MARKET. AS THE DOW JONES TOPS 17-THOUSAND FOR THE FIRST TIME!

A STRONG JOBS REPORT IS BEING CREDITED FOR THE SURGE.

U-S EMPLOYERS ADDED 288-THOUSAND WORKERS LAST MONTH. FAR MORE THAN ECONOMISTS WERE EXPECTING.

AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL TO 6.1 PERCENT.

FINANCIAL EXPERTS SAY THE NEXT MILESTONE IS FOR THE S & P TO TOP THE 2-THOUSAND MARK. Return to index of stories...


IDA BAKER VANDALS-VO


SIX TEENAGE BOYS ARE CHARGED WITH VANDALISM.

OFFICERS SAY THEY DESTROYED PART OF IDA BAKER HIGH SCHOOL.

ONCE THESE SURVEILLANCE PICTURES WERE RELEASED IN JUNE --

THE CALLS STARTED COMING IN TO CRIMESTOPPERS' TIP-LINE.

DEPUTIES SAY THE TEENS BROKE INTO SCHOOL PROPERTY --

STOLE GOLF CARTS -- AND USED THEM TO DAMAGE THE SCHOOL'S FOOTBALL FIELD.

STUDENTS AT IDA BAKER SAY THEY KNOW THE TEENS INVOLVED. Return to index of stories...


IDA BAKER VANDALS-SOTVO


I just can't believe that they just did this. Idk what was going on in their heads

THESE SIX WERE ALL ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY AND GRAND THEFT. Return to index of stories...


BLADE RUNNER UPDATE-TRX OC VO


TODAY IS DAY 37 OF THE OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL.

A DOCTOR WHO HAS TREATED THE BLADE RUNNER. TESTIFIED THAT HE IS A "PARADOX". WHOSE RACING TRIUMPHS CONTRAST SHARPLY WITH THE SEVERE LIMITATIONS OF HIS DISABILITY.

WAYNE DERMAN. A PROFESSOR OF SPORT AND EXERCISE MEDICINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN. SAID THE CONTRAST LIKELY CONTRIBUTED TO STRESS AND ANXIETY FOR THE DOUBLE-AMPUTEE RUNNER. WHO FATALLY SHOT GIRLFRIEND REEVA STEENKAMP.

DERMAN TESTIFIED FOR THE DEFENSE. WHICH WANTS TO SHOW THAT PISTORIUS' ALLEGED SENSE OF VULNERABILITY WAS A FACTOR IN THE NIGHTTIME SHOOTING IN HIS HOME LAST YEAR. Return to index of stories...


IMMIGRATION TODAY-TRX OC VO


DEVELOPING FROM THE SOUTHERN U-S BORDER.

THERE'S A SURGE OF CHILDREN COMING TO AMERICA WITHOUT ADULTS.

SOME COMMUNITIES ARE PUSHING BACK AFER BEING ASKED TO ABSORD THOUSANDS OF MIGRANTS.

HERE'S VIDEO FROM TEXAS WHERE FACILITIES ARE BUSTING AT THE SEAMS.

MORE UNACCOMPANIED MINORS ARE BEING SENT ELSEWHERE.

SOME ARRIVED BY PLANE TO YUMA ARIZONA.

OTHERS ARE ON BUSES TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

IN MURRIETA, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE PACKED A TOWN HALL MEETING.

MANY FEAR WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE FLED CENTRAL AMERICA, ARE HEADED FOR THEIR TOWN. Return to index of stories...


IMMIGRATION TODAY-SOTVO


"Please use the word illegal alien, they came across here ILLEGALLY!" BUTTED TO "We can help you send a message to Washington D.C. that we are not going to put up with this."

IMMIGRATION ACTIVISTS HAVE BEEN HOLDING RALLIES DEMANDING COMPASSION.

BUT THE U-S GOVERNMENT WANTS MIGRANTS TO KNOW MOST CAN'T STAY.

A NEW ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN AIRING IN EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS AND GUATEMALA WARNS PEOPLE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF CROSSING THE BORDER AND URGES THEM NOT TO COME. Return to index of stories...


CAPE 4TH TRAFFIC-OC VIDBOX


A HEADS UP. TRAFFIC IN CAPE CORAL WILL BE IMPACTED TOMORROW FOR FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES.

THE CAPE CORAL BRIDGE WILL SHUT DOWN AT 6AM TOMORROW.

IT'S FOR THE ANNUAL FREEDOM 5-K. FOLLOWED BY THE RED, WHITE, AND BOOM CEREMONY LATER THAT NIGHT.

THE BRIDGE WILL RE-OPEN AT 3 O'CLOCK SATURDAY MORNING. Return to index of stories...


GET AWAY DAY AND GAS PRICES-TRX A-SIDE SSTOPS


AND TODAY IS GET AWAY DAY FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE.

ALMOST 2 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN FLORIDA WILL DRIVE 50 MILES OR MORE DURING THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

RIGHT NOW THE FLORIDA AVERAGE GAS PRICE IS $3.61.

BUT WE FOUND PRICES AT $3.88 IN BONITA SPRINGS.

IF YOU'RE HITTING THE HIGHWAYS. REMEMBER TO CALL F-DOT'S 5-1-1 TRAVELER INFORMATION SYSTEM TO STAY UP TO DATE ON CRASHES, CONGESTION, CONSTRUCTION AND MORE ON ALL OF FLORIDA'S INTERSTATES, TOLL ROADS AND OTHER MAJOR ROADWAYS.

AND MOST IMPORTANT. STAY SAFE! Return to index of stories...


TS MIROMAR CELEBRATION-SSTOPS


FOURTH OF JULY IS TOMORROW --- BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT TO CELEBRATE!

THE FUN KICKS OFF TODAY AT MIROMAR OUTLETS.

THERE WILL BE A SIDEWALK SALE, LIVE MUSIC, ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS AND OF COURSE FIREWORKS.

IT STARTS AT 3:30 WITH A BLOOD DRIVE AND FOOD DONATION DRIVE FOR HARRY CHAPIN.

ORGANIZERS SUGGEST BRINGING A LAWN CHAIR OR BLANKET.

BUT LEAVE THE COOLERS AND PERSONAL FIREWORKS AT HOME.

THERE'S OVERFLOW PARKING AT GERMAIN ARENA. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2-SHOT


SEVEN PUPPIES LEFT ALONE IN THE HEAT.

HEAR FROM THE OFFICERS WHO SAVED THEM FROM A SCORCHING TRUCK IN FORT MYERS.

NONE OF US LIKE TRAFFIC JAMS AND DELAYS.

SO TRANSPORTATION LEADERS WANT TO MAKE THIS POPULAR INTERSECTION LESS STRESSFUL FOR DRIVERS.

SEE WHO'S PUTTING THE BRAKES ON THAT PLAN. Return to index of stories...


TZ1A) HOT PUPPIES-VOTOPS-TRX


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TZ1B) BONITA BEACH ROAD-VOTOPS


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WEATHER-STC


WEATHER IS COMING UP. Return to index of stories...


FIRST ALERT FORECAST-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL


!!!!NEED WX ANCHOR CG!!!!!

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.

DRY AND HOT FOR THE FOURTH

Expect plenty of heat this afternoon as dry air slips into the region as Hurricane Arthur moves northward. The dry air will suppress the chance for rain this afternoon, with just very isolated activity expected in inland areas.

Expect highs to climb just slightly above average, around 93° in Ft. Myers and 88° in Naples.

Overnight this evening we stay completely dry with sticky conditions. Lows in the mid to upper 70s again.

Independence Day

A few coastal showers in the early morning will be possible again but most will be dry. TS Arthur continues on its northerly track and should be making near landfall, potentially as a category 1 hurricane, near the Outer Banks of North Carolina early Friday morning.

As far Southwest Florida goes, things are actually looking pretty good. We stay dry during the afternoon and hot. Highs in the low 90s. Dry after sunset during firework festivities. Overnight temperatures stay in the mid 70s.

Holiday Weekend

More summer like pattern returns for Saturday and Sunday. Rain chances and storm potential ramps up in the afternoon hours. The heat sticks around too. Area wide we look to stay in the low 90s for highs and mid 70s for lows.

Hurricane Arthur

The 11 a.m. update from the NHC reveals that the storms maximum sustained winds have increased to 90 mph and remains a Category 1 Hurricane, the first named hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

As of Thursday morning, the storm was located about 260 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The storm will continue moving toward the north, making near landfall to the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a potential Category 2 storm. Emergency officials have issued mandatory evacuations on a barrier island there as the storm is expected to hit early Friday morning. Return to index of stories...


HOT PUPPIES UPDATE-TRX OC VO


THEY SAY THEY WERE JUST DOING THEIR JOBS. BUT OTHERS ARE CALLING THEM HEROES.

TWO FORT MYERS POLICE OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE FOR SAVING THE LIVES OF SEVEN PIT BULL PUPPIES LEFT BAKING INSIDE A SCORCHING HOT MOVING TRUCK LAST WEEKEND. ARE SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THE HARROWING EXPERIENCE.

OFFICERS KELSEY EVENSON AND NICHOLAS TOMA WERE CALLED TO THE VILLA CAPRI APARTMENTS ON SUNDAY. AFTER NEIGHBORS HEARD THE DOGS BARKING FROM INSIDE THE TRUCK'S CAB.

THE OFFICERS TELL US TWO PUPPIES OUT OF THE LITTER OF SEVEN WERE BARELY CLINGING TO LIFE. REQUIRING THEM TO TAKE UNUSUAL ACTION. Return to index of stories...


HOT PUPPIES UPDATE-SOTVO


we were taking bottled water and pouring the bottled water over the puppies backs just to try and get them to cool down a little bit BUTTED TO "the mom was up at the window, just panting really bad, and you could see like drool rolling off of her face".

THE OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO KEEP THE DOGS STABLE UNTIL FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED WITH TINY OXYGEN MASKS.

THE LITTER AND THEIR MOM ARE RECOVERING AT LEE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES. AND ARE SAID TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION.

THEIR OWNER. DUSTIN UNWIN. IS FACING ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES.

THE OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO KEEP THE DOGS STABLE UNTIL FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED WITH TINY OXYGEN MASKS.

THE LITTER AND THEIR MOM ARE RECOVERING AT LEE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES, AND ARE SAID TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION.

THEIR OWNER. DUSTIN UNWIN. IS FACING ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


DOG PUT DOWN-VOTOPS


UNFORTUNATELY, WE DO HAVE SOME SAD NEWS ABOUT THE DOG DRAGGED DOWN A CAPE CORAL STREET.

WE JUST FOUND OUT SHE HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED.

LEE COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES TELLS N-B-C TWO THE TERRIER CONTINUED TO ACT AGGRESSIVELY TOWARDS STAFF.

SHE'S BEEN IN THEIR CARE SINCE JUNE 21ST. WHEN SOMEONE SPOTTED HER BEING DRAGGED BEHIND A PICK UP.

POLICE STILL CAN'T FIND THE PERSON WHO DID IT. Return to index of stories...


BONITA BEACH ROAD-trx OC VO


BONITA SPRINGS CITY LEADERS WANT TO PULL THE PLUG ON A MILLION-DOLLAR TRAFFIC STUDY.

IT'S AN 18-MONTH, IN DEPTH LOOK AT THE INTERSECTION OF BONITA SPRINGS ROAD AND U-S 41.

MOST PEOPLE AGREE THE TRAFFIC THERE IS A PROBLEM -

BUT BONITA RESIDENTS ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT ONE POSSIBLE SOLUTION.

SOME IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY FEAR THE STUDY WILL RECOMMEND A FLYOVER AT THE INTERSECTION.

THEY SEE THAT AS A DEATH SENTENCE TO AREA BUSINESSES. Return to index of stories...


BONITA BEACH ROAD-SOTVO


There's no impulse anymore, you have to literally plan to do a u-turn to go around to go under a bridge and everything else to get to a business

BONITA SPRINGS CITY LEADERS VOTED TO END THE STUDY COMPLETELY.

BUT IT'S NOT UP TO THEM.

THE LEE COUNTY METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION WILL HAVE THE FINAL DECISION.

THEY DON'T MEET AGAIN UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST. Return to index of stories...


CLAWSON AT MEETING-VOWIPE


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S NEWEST CONGRESSMAN SHOWED UP AT THAT MEETING IN BONITA.

CLAWSON LIVES IN BONITA SPRINGS OFTEN DRIVES THROUGH BONITA BEACH AND 41.

HE TOLD US HE WANTS TO STAY UP-TO DATE ON THE ISSUES.

HE WON LAST MONTH'S SPECIAL ELECTION TO FILL TREY RADEL'S SEAT.

WE ASKED CLAWSON HOW HIS TIME IN CONGRESS HAS BEEN SO FAR. Return to index of stories...


CLAWSON AT MEETING-SOTVO


15:03

Our team is getting up to speed on what we're voting on:05 and I think that's the main thing until we're able to get our own leg:

CLAWSON IS A REPUBLICAN ELECTED TO FILL THE REMAINDER OF RADEL'S TERM.

HE HAS TO GO BACK ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL SOON.

THE DISTRICT 19 SEAT WILL BE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. Return to index of stories...


CPR DEVICE-OC-VO


FIRE RESPONDERS IN COLLIER COUNTY HAVE A NEW TOOL TO SAVE LIVES.

IT'S CALLED THE "C-P-R RSQ ASSIST DEVICE."

ALL YOU DO IS PUSH A BUTTON. AND THE DEVICE DIRECTS YOU ON HOW MANY COMPRESSIONS TO GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO NEEDS C-P-R.

40 OF THEM WERE JUST DONATED TO THE EAST NAPLES-GOLDEN GATE FIRE DISTRICTS.

THE HOPE IS TO KEEP THEM IN PLACES LIKE SCHOOLS AND SQUAD CARS. Return to index of stories...


HOT CAR DEATH HEARING-TRX OC VO


A COURT APPEARANCE IS TODAY FOR THE GEORGIA MAN CHARGED IN THE DEATH OF HIS TODDLER WHO WAS LEFT IN A HOT S-U-V.

JUSTIN ROSS HARRIS IS CHARGED WITH MURDER AND SECOND-DEGREE CHILD CRUELTY FOR THE DEATH OF HIS 22-MONTH OLD SON LAST MONTH.

TODAY HARRIS WILL FACE A 'PROBABLE CAUSE' HEARING. IN WHICH A JUDGE WILL DETERMINE IF THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO KEEP HIM IN JAIL.

HARRIS HAD TOLD POLICE HE FORGOT THE CHILD WAS STRAPPED INTO HIS CAR SEAT WHEN HE WENT TO WORK.

INVESTIGATORS HAVE BEEN COMBING THROUGH ELECTRONICS TAKEN FROM THE HARRIS'S HOME. TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE CHILD WAS LEFT INTENTIONALLY. Return to index of stories...


MAN STEALS SNAKES-OC VO


NORTH CAROLINA POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO BROKE INTO A REPTILE SHOP. STEALING EXPENSIVE, EXOTIC SNAKES.

THIS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO IS ABOUT AS CLEAR AS IT GETS.

YOU SEE A MAN WALK INTO "REPTILE PASSIONS" AND IMMEDIATELY START STUFFING HIGH DOLLAR SNAKES INTO A PILLOW CASE.

ONE OF THE SNAKES IS VALUED AT 12-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THE THIEF TOOK A TOTAL OF 36 SNAKES. VALUED AT A WHOPPING 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


MAN STEALS SNAKES-SOTVO


"They stole albino tigers, albino super tigers, albino red tail boas, albino ball pythons." BUTTED TO "Whoever it was had to have been in here very recently because I move a lot of stuff around."

THE OWNER JUST OPENED THE SHOP FOUR MONTHS AGO.

EVERYTHING FROM THE BUSTED DOOR TO THE STOLEN SNAKES WILL COME OUT OF HIS POCKET. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-TRXVOTOPS


A LEE COUNTY RESTURANT IS BEEFING UP SECURITY FOLLOWING A BREAK-IN.

THE THIEVES THOUGHT THEY OUTSMARTED SURVEILLANCE BUT AS YOU CAN SEE. THEY WERE WRONG.

PLUS. FIND OUT WHY THIS COP SHOVED A MAN OUT OF HIS WHEELCHAIR. Return to index of stories...


TZ2A) BEEF O BRADYS-VOWIPE


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TZ2B) WHEEL CHAIR RAGE-VOTOPS


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DISH PIRACY LAWSUIT-OTS VO


NBC2 IS LEARNING THAT DISH NETWORK IS PLANNING TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF A NORTH FORT MYERS MAN.

WE OBTAINED THE LAWSUIT WEDNESDAY.

IT SAYS JEFFREY BAILEY GOT AROUND THE NETWORK'S SECURITY SYSTEMS-

AND HE'S BEEN STEALING THE SATELLITE TV SIGNAL FOR THREE YEARS.

LOCAL ATTORNEY- SCOT GOLDBERG SAID THIS LAWSUIT ISN'T ABOUT MONEY-

DISH NETWORK WANTS TO SEND A MESSAGE. Return to index of stories...


DISH PIRACY LAWSUIT-SOTVO


Scot Goldberg, Local Attorney

:24:52 You have to start somewhere. if you dont put your foot down

with somebody you found out doing something wrong. it just spreads.

:07

butt sot

:25:20 now they're just going to go after this person and they're

going to make an example if you do this here are the repercussions.

IN 2010 THE COMPANY SUED ANOTHER FLORIDA MAN FOR PIRACY.

IN THAT CASE, THE JUDGE AWARDED DISH NETWORK 51 MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


BEEF O BRADY'S-VO-WIPE


LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE STILL ON THE HUNT FOR TWO TEENS THEY SAY BROKE INTO BEEF O'BRADY'S.

IT HAPPENED AT THE RESTAURANT ON PALM BEACH BOULEVARD TUESDAY MORNING.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

SECURITY CAMERAS CAUGHT THE TWO TEENS IN THE ACT.

AND THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE BEING SNEAKY CUTTING TWO CAMERA CORDS.

BUT THEY MISSED ONE.

IT GOT A CLEAR SHOT OF THEM.

YOU CAN EVEN SEE A TATTOO ON ONE OF THE CROOKS RIGHT ARMS.

THE OTHER LOOKS DIRECTLY AT THE CAMERA.

DEPUTIES SAY THEY STOLE 11 BOTTLES OF LIQUOR AND CAUSED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. Return to index of stories...


BEEF O BRADY'S-SOTVO


"Frustrating that a kid would do it as well. You know, anybody any

age. But even more frustrating being a child."

ROBERT KLEIN PLANS TO REOPEN THE PATIO AND IS OFFERING A BASKET OF WINGS TO ANYONE WITH INFORMATION LEADING DEPUTIES TO AN ARREST. Return to index of stories...


WHEELCHAIR RAGE-NATSVO


VIDEO IS SURFACING FROM A CASE OF WHEELCHAIR RAGE.

AN OFFICER PUSHED OVER A MAN IN WHEELCHAIR.

HE *CLAIMS THE MAN RAN OVER HIS FOOT.

WATCH THIS EXCHANGE.

Whoa, what the the bleep?"

"You did not drive over me bleep. Now you're going to jail. Now you're going to jail."

"I didn't see you.""

THIS HAPPENED NINE MONTHS AGO IN INDIANA, BUT THE VIDEO JUST BECAME PUBLIC.

THE DEPARTMENT INITIALLY SUSPENDED THE OFFICER.

HE'S BACK ON THE JOB THIS MORNING.

THE CHIEF OF POLICE SAYS THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED HAD THE OFFICER JUST MOVED OUT OF THE WAY. Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-TRXVOTOPS


IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. WE'LL KNOW IF GAY COUPLES WILL BE ABLE TO WED IN THE SUNSHINE STATE.

STRAIGHT AHEAD. HOW FLORIDA'S FUTURE STANCE ON GAY MARRIAGE IS IN THE HANDS OF A MIAMI JUDGE.

PLUS--

TWO NEWLY DRAFTED NFL PLAYERS ARE BACK AT HOME IN LEE COUNTY.

FIND OUT WHAT THE WATKINS BROTHERS ARE UP TO. Return to index of stories...


TZ3A) SAME SEX LAWSUIT-VOTOPS


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TZ3B) WATKINS BROTHERS-VOTOPS


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TS1) ARTHUR-TC MON VO


GOOD MORNING IM LISA SPOONER.

LETS TAKE A LOOK AT THIS MORNING'S TOP STORIES.

HURRICANE ARTHUR IS GAINING STRENGTH UP THE EAST COAST AND IS THREATENING TO DELIVER A BLOW TO THE CAROLINAS. IMPACTING THE JULY 4TH HOLIDAY.

A MANDATORY EVACUATION WAS ORDERED FOR VISITORS TO THE OUTER BANKS' HATTERAS ISLAND. AS OF 5AM THIS MORNING.

THAT'S IN NORTH CAROLINA.

RESIDENTS HAVE ALSO BEEN ADVISED TO LEAVE THE ISLAND. Return to index of stories...


TS2) DOW HITS 17000-TC MON VO


AND THIS IS A BIG STORY THIS MORNING.

THE DOW JONES TOPS 17-THOUSAND FOR THE FIRST TIME!

A STRONG JOBS REPORT IS BEING CREDITED FOR THE SURGE.

U-S EMPLOYERS ADDED 288-THOUSAND WORKERS LAST MONTH. FAR MORE THAN ECONOMISTS WERE EXPECTING.

AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL TO 6.1 PERCENT.

FINANCIAL EXPERTS SAY THE NEXT MILESTONE IS FOR THE S & P TO TOP THE 2-THOUSAND MARK. Return to index of stories...


TS3) BABY SITTER SENTENCED-TC MON VO


A JUDGE SENTENCED MELISSA SMITH TWO EIGHT MONTHS IN COUNTY JAIL AND FIVE YEARS PROBATION.

SHE WAS SENTENCED FOR THE DEATH OF TWO-YEAR-OLD CHRISTIAN BYRD WHO DROWNED IN A KIDDIE POOL.

THE JUDGE TOLD THE FAMILY THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT CASES OF HIS CAREER-

BUT SAID HE COULD NOT GIVE SMITH THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE.

WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE FAMILY.

THEY TELL US THIS IS NOT OVER-AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR JUSTICE. Return to index of stories...


NEWS AT 11:30am OPEN-CLIP


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SAME SEX MARRIAGE LAWSUIT-NATSVO


A MIAMI JUDGE IS CONSIDERING WHAT TO DO ABOUT A CHALLENGE TO FLORIDA'S BAN ON SEX SAME MARRIAGE.

ATTORNEYS AND ADVOCATES FOR BOTH SIDES SQUARED OFF OUTSIDE A MIAMI-DADE COURT.

---NATS/VO---

CIRCUIT JUDGE SARAH ZABEL ISSUED NO IMMEDIATE RULING.

SHE LISTENED TO TWO-HOURS OF DELIBERATIONS INSIDE IN A PACKED COURTROOM.

IN 2008, VOTERS AMENDED THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION BY DEFINING MARRIAGE AS BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN.

LIKE OTHERS FILED ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THIS LAWSUIT CONTENDS THE LAW IS DISCRIMINATORY. Return to index of stories...


SAME SEX MARRIAGE LAWSUIT-SOTVO


Jorge Diaz and Don Johnston, Plaintiffs

Jorge

"Knowing that we're protected under the laws of the state of Florida, you can't imagine what it feels like not to be protected that way.

BUTT TO

John Stemberger, President of Florida Family Action

"This is not about gay rights. It's really about what is marriage. Marriage is always going to be between men and women.

THE ATTORNEYS FILED FOR A SUMMARY JUDGEMENT - MEANING THEY WANT THE JUDGE TO MAKE HER DECISION BASED ON THE LEGAL ARGUMENTS ALONE. Return to index of stories...


BUI MANSLAUGHTER ARREST-VO-SS-WIPE


IT TOOK MONTHS AFTER A DEADLY CRASH ON THE WATER IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

BUT NOW THERE'S BEEN AN ARREST.

THE CRASH HAPPENED BACK IN DECEMBER.

A BOAT COLLIDED WITH A JET SKI.

THE JET SKI DRIVER. LEE HOLLIS. DIED FROM HIS INJURIES.

THE DRIVER OF THE BOAT. BRUCE VILARDI. HAS NOW BEEN ARRESTED.

HE FACES SEVERAL CHARGES. INCLUDING BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE RESULTING IN DEATH.

VILARDI'S NEIGHBORS SAY THIS NEWS CAME AS A BIG SHOCK. Return to index of stories...


BUI MANSLAUGHTER ARREST-SOTVO


"it was shocking and uh, when you hear that alcohol was involved to think it could've so easily have been avoided and going out boating."

VILARDI WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER THE CRASH.

BLOOD SAMPLES WERE TAKEN WHILE HE WAS THERE.

THE TESTS SHOWED HIS BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS WELL OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT. Return to index of stories...


HODGES UNIVERSITY FEES-VO-WIPE


HODGES UNIVERSITY IS MAKING IT EASIER AND LESS EXPENSIVE FOR YOU TO GET A DEGREE.

STARTING THIS FALL - THE SCHOOL WILL OFFER A COMPETENCY BASED LEARNING PROGRAM.

STUDENTS WILL PAY A FLAT FEE OF TWO-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THEY CAN TAKE AS MANY ONLINE CLASSES AS THEY WANT FOR SIX MONTHS.

IF STUDENTS HAVE EXPERIENCE IN THE SUBJECT MATTER FROM WORK OR MILITARY SERVICE - THEY CAN EARN CREDIT FOR THOSE CLASSES AND MOVE ON TO UPPER LEVEL COURSES. Return to index of stories...


HODGES UNIVERSITY FEES-SOTVO


22:01:16 I think it's terrific idea. the gi bill would pay for this, veterans can make use of their experiences they've gained while in service

HODGES WILL START THE PROGRAM FOR COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL DESIGN.

HODGES IS THE SECOND UNIVERSITY IN THE STATE TO OFFER THIS. Return to index of stories...


SWORD AND BBQ BRUSH FIGHT-VO


NOW TO A CASE IN PENNSYLVANIA INVOLVING A COUPLE THAT LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE READY FOR THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW.

A FIGHT UNFOLDED OUTSIDE THIS CAMPER IN NORTH UNION TOWNSHIP PENNSYLVANIA BETWEEN A PAIR OF EXES OVER A 6-DOLLAR WALMART GIFT CARD.

THE TWO THEN REPORTEDLY STARTED ARGUING OVER THE CARD AND THEIR PAST RELATIONSHIP.

THE WOMAN'S HUSBAND TRIED TO INTERVENE AND SAYS THE OLD BOYFRIEND ATTACKED HIM WITH A SWORD. CUTTING HIM UP PRETTY BADLY.

THE VICTIM SAYS HE DROVE HIS ATTACKER OFF WITH A BARBECUE BRUSH. Return to index of stories...


SWORD AND BBQ BRUSH FIGHT-SOTVO


Once right across the head

Reporter: And that's all it took?

That's all it took.

Soon as I cracked him he was gone.

THE VICTIM IS NOW RECOVERING FROM HIS INJURIES.

THE SUSPECT WAS ARRESTED.

HE'S FREE ON BOND. BUT FACING SEVERAL CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


CHIKENGUNYA SARASOTA-OC


THE FIRST CASE OF THE MOSQUITO-BORNE CHIKUNGUNYA ILLNESS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED IN PINELLAS COUNTY.

THE STATE'S HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS A PINELLAS COUNTY RESIDENT WHO TRAVELED TO THE CARIBBEAN IN JUNE CAME DOWN WITH THE VIRUS.

THERE HAVE BEEN 52 CASES IN FLORIDA SO FAR THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


LOVE PRISON-INTRO


A TINY ISLAND WILL SOON BE KNOWN TO THE NATION AS. "LOVE PRISON!"

BELDEN ISLAND. ONE OF THE 300 SMALL ISLANDS OFF THE COAST OF BRANFORD, CONNECTICUT. IS THE SITE OF A NEW REALITY SHOW.

AMANDA RAUS HAS MORE ON WHAT THE SHOW IS ALL ABOUT. Return to index of stories...


LOVE PRISON-PKG


THIS HOUSE. THE ONLY ONE ON BELDEN ISLAND. IS GETTING ITS 15 MINUTES OF FAME. THANKS TO A NEW REALITY SHOW BY A&E. "LOVE PRISON" IS BEING FILMED THERE RIGHT NOW. UNDER A VEIL OF SECRECY.

"There's like plywood up in the middle of it, wasn't there? There looked like plywood blocking something, so I guess leave it up to your imagination."

THESE LADIES. GOT A SNEAK PEEK OF THE HOUSE. WHILE OUT ON A BOAT TOUR OF THE THIMBLE ISLANDS.

"I don't like reality TV, and the premise was just like, really, OK?"

A&E SAYS THE SHOW WILL HAVE ONLINE COUPLES MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE HOUSE. AND SPEND 7 DAYS TOGETHER.WITH STATIONARY CAMERAS CAPTURING THEIR EVERY MOVE. AT THE END OF THE WEEK.THE COUPLES WILL HAVE TO DECIDE TO STAY TOGETHER.OR CALL IT QUITS. A&E SAYS IT PICKED BELDEN ISLAND.BECAUSE OF ITS ATMOSPHERE.AND HOW THE COMFORTABLE ISLAND WILL CONTRAST WITH THE FEELING OF ISOLATION AND PANIC.WHEN THE CONTESTANTS ARE STRIPPED OF MODERN CONVENIENCES.

"It's a beautiful set of islands."

KATHY TESTA. WITH THE SHORELINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. SAYS HOPEFULLY. IT WILL HELP PUT BRANFORD. AND THE THIMBLE ISLANDS. AND THE LOCAL TOURS. ON THE MAP.

'I would have to think that it will tremendously boost that business, because people are going to want to see where this is taking place." Return to index of stories...


CHUCK HAGEL CALLS TIM HOWARD-OC-VO


TEAM U-S-A'S "SECRETARY OF DEFENSE" GOT A CALL FROM THE REAL ONE.

CHUCK HAGEL PHONED U-S MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GOALKEEPER TIM HOWARD.

HE THANKED HIM FOR DEFENDING THE UNITED STATES AT THE WORLD CUP.

HOWARD WAS CROWNED "SECRETARY OF DEFENSE" ON THE WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER HIS RECORD-BREAKING 16 SAVES DURING TUESDAY'S LOSS TO BELGIUM.

HAGEL INVITED HOWARD AND THE TEAM TO COME TO THE PENTAGON LATER THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


WATKINS BROTHERS-OC-VO


SINCE LEAVING CLEMSON FOR THE N-F-L. SAMMY WATKINS HAS BEEN VERY SOCIABLE ON FACEBOOK.

SHARING PICTURES AND VIDEOS OF HIS LIFE. AT THE NFL DRAFT. EVEN OF HIS BRAND NEW BABY GIRL.

AND WE FOUND A VIDEO THAT LOOKED LIKE A WORKOUT. HAPPENING AT A LEE COUNTY PARK.

AND IT WAS.

THE BILLS FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK. AND HIS BROTHER JAYLEN. A ROOKIE WITH THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES ARE BACK HOME IN FORT MYERS SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY.

AS BOTH GET READY FOR THEIR FIRST-EVER NFL TRAINING CAMP.THEY CONTINUED TO PUT THE WORK IN.

AFTER THE WORKOUT. WHICH INCLUDED THAT RIDICULOUS CATCH. THE WATKINS BROTHERS SPOKE EXCLUSIVELY TO NBC TWO ABOUT GETTING READY FOR THEIR PRO FOOTBALL CAREERS IN BUFFALO AND PHILADELPHIA. Return to index of stories...


WATKINS BROTHERS-SOTVO-BNR


BOTH THE EAGLES AND BILLS ROOKIES REPORT TO THEIR TRAINING CAMPS ON THE 22ND OF THIS MONTH.

THE WATKINS WERE JOINED IN THE WORKOUT BY FORMER LOCAL STANDOUTS NOEL DEVINE AND PRINCE HOLLOWAY.

YOU CAN SEE THE EXTENDED INTERVIEWS IN THE SPORTS SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE. NBC DASH TWO DOT COM. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FOUR-2 SHOT


SOME INEXPERIANCED BURGLERS TRY TO ROB A CALIFORNIA JEWELRY STORE AT GUNPOINT.

he saw the nervous kids they didn't know what they were doing and he pretty much let them get away."

FIND OUT WHAT THE OWNER DID THAT CAUGHT THESE SLOPPY CROOKS TOTALLY OFF GUARD. Return to index of stories...


TZ4A) ROBBER PULLS GUN-SOTVO


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WEATHER TEASE-STC


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firework ticker-CG


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4TH OF JULY COST-ON CAM


FROM THE GROCERY STORE TO THE GAS PUMPS, AMERICANS WILL SPEND MORE MONEY TO CELEBRATE THE INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY THIS YEAR.

KARIN CAIFA HAS DETAILS ON THE COST OF YOUR COOKOUT, ROAD TRIP AND MORE, IN TODAY'S CONSUMER WATCH. Return to index of stories...


4TH OF JULY COST-PKG


WHETHER STAYING AT HOME TO HOST FAMILY AND FRIENDS OR HEADING OUT ON A SUMMER ROAD TRIP, AMERICANS WILL FIND THE FOURTH OF JULY WILL TAKE A BIGGER BITE OUT OF THEIR WALLETS THIS YEAR.

A SURVEY OF COOKOUT COSTS BY THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION FINDS THE OVERALL COST OF A PARTY FOR TEN UP ABOUT FIVE PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR, TO 58 DOLLARS AND 72 CENTS.

WHAT'S BOOSTING THAT COST? MOSTLY MEAT PRICES, THE GROUP SAYS, WITH AN HISTORICALLY LOW CATTLE HERD NATIONWIDE PUSHING THINGS LIKE HAMBURGERS HIGHER, AND A DROP IN THE NUMBER OF HOG FARMERS, PUSHING UP THE PRICE OF PORK.

IN ADDITION TO 13 PERCENT INCREASES FOR BOTH THE COST OF 2 POUNDS OF GROUND ROUND HAMBURGER MEAT, AND 4 POUNDS OF SPARE RIBS IN THE FARM BUREAU TALLY, DAIRY PRODUCTS ALSO CLIMBED - UP 14 PERCENT FOR A POUND OF CHEESE, AND ALMOST 8 PERCENT FOR CHOCOLATE MILK.

ALSO HIGHER AHEAD OF THE HOLIDAY, GAS PRICES. ACCORDING TO TRIPLE-A, DRIVERS WILL PAY THE HIGHEST FOURTH OF JULY PRICES AT THE PUMP SINCE 2008 AND AN AVERAGE OF 20 CENTS MORE PER GALLON THAN LAST YEAR. THAT'S LARGELY DUE TO MARKET FEARS OVER THE VIOLENCE IN IRAQ.

STILL, AMERICANS SEEM READY TO CELEBRATE. IN A SURVEY BY THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION, MORE THAN 70 PERCENT OF CONSUMERS SAID HIGHER GAS PRICES WON'T IMPACT THEIR HOLIDAY SPENDING ON COOKOUTS, BARBECUES AND MORE, EXPECTED TO REACH SIX-POINT-TWO BILLION DOLLARS.

FOR CONSUMER WATCH, I'M KARIN CAIFA. Return to index of stories...


WEATHER OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-WX WALL


!!!NEED WX ANCHOR CG!!!

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.

DRY AND HOT FOR THE FOURTH

Expect plenty of heat this afternoon as dry air slips into the region as Hurricane Arthur moves northward. The dry air will suppress the chance for rain this afternoon, with just very isolated activity expected in inland areas.

Expect highs to climb just slightly above average, around 93° in Ft. Myers and 88° in Naples.

Overnight this evening we stay completely dry with sticky conditions. Lows in the mid to upper 70s again.

Independence Day

A few coastal showers in the early morning will be possible again but most will be dry. TS Arthur continues on its northerly track and should be making near landfall, potentially as a category 1 hurricane, near the Outer Banks of North Carolina early Friday morning.

As far Southwest Florida goes, things are actually looking pretty good. We stay dry during the afternoon and hot. Highs in the low 90s. Dry after sunset during firework festivities. Overnight temperatures stay in the mid 70s.

Holiday Weekend

More summer like pattern returns for Saturday and Sunday. Rain chances and storm potential ramps up in the afternoon hours. The heat sticks around too. Area wide we look to stay in the low 90s for highs and mid 70s for lows.

Hurricane Arthur

The 11 a.m. update from the NHC reveals that the storms maximum sustained winds have increased to 90 mph and remains a Category 1 Hurricane, the first named hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

As of Thursday morning, the storm was located about 260 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The storm will continue moving toward the north, making near landfall to the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a potential Category 2 storm. Emergency officials have issued mandatory evacuations on a barrier island there as the storm is expected to hit early Friday morning. Return to index of stories...


ROBBER PULLS GUN ON EMPLOYEE THEN VICE VERSA-ON CA


THE ARMED ROBBERY OF A JEWELRY STORE WAS STOPPED. WHEN THE WOULD-BE THIEVES HAD A GUN POINTED AT THEM!

AS TONY BOTTI EXPLAINS. POLICE HAVE A PRETTY GOOD LOOK AT THE SUSPECTS. THANKS TO THE STORE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO. Return to index of stories...


ROBBER PULLS GUN ON EMPLOYEE THEN VICE VERSA-PKG


WATCH THESE TWO YOUNG MEN. THEY POSE AS CURIOUS CUSTOMERS. THEN, THE TALLER ONE REACHES DOWN. PULLS OUT A PISTOL. AND SHOVES IT IN THE CLERK'S FACE. WHILE MAKING SPECIFIC DEMANDS.

"We want the money, we want the gold."

JOSE LLAMAS IS A CO-OWNER OF MARLENE'S JEWELRY.HE SAYS THEY'VE NEVER BEEN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT. LAST FRIDAY'S ATTEMPT HAS NOW CHANGED THE ATTITUDE AROUND THEIR SHOP.

"It has been very stressful I guess and not business as usual at all."

THE SUSPECTS WERE BUZZED IN THROUGH A SECURE DOOR BECAUSE THEY APPEARED TO BE LEGITIMATE SHOPPERS. ONCE THE GUN WAS OUT. YOU CAN SEE THE SMALLER SUSPECT ON HIS CELL PHONE.HE TRIES TO HOP OVER THE COUNTER BUT FAILS MISERABLY. ALL OF THE COMMOTION ALERTED THE OWNER WHO WAS IN THE BACKROOM WITH HIS DAUGHTER AND 2-MONTH OLD GRANDCHILD.HE GRABBED THIS SHOTGUN AND GOT THEIR ATTENTION.

SEEING THAT HE WAS LOCKED AND LOADED.THE TWO WOULD-BE ROBBERS QUICKLY SCURRIED OUT THE FRONT DOOR. LLAMAS SAYS THE SUSPECTS ARE LUCKY TO HAVE RUN INTO HIS BROTHER AND NOT HIM.

"Cause he's a very humble guy and he's got kids their age and he saw the nervous kids they didn't know what they were doing and he pretty much let them get away."

LLAMAS HOPES SOMEONE WATCHING THIS STORY RECOGNIZE THESE TWO. AND IS ABLE TO HELP POLICE GET THEM OFF THE STREETS.

"Being that out of control themselves they can shoot around and hurt other people, so they definitely need to get caught and be tried for what they did." Return to index of stories...


MAN BUILDS GIANT TRANSFORMER-VO


FANS OF A THE LATEST TRANSFORMERS MOVIE ARE GETTING A BIG THRILL IN WISCONSIN.

THAT'S WHERE A MAN HAS BUILT HIS OWN LIFE-LIKE CHARACTER.

THIS 23 FOOT HIGH TRANSFORMER WAS BUILT FROM THE REMAINS OF AN OLDSMOBILE ALERO.

GEORGE EDGREN BUILT IT AND SAYS TOOK ABOUT A MONTH TO COMPLETE. Return to index of stories...


MAN BUILDS GIANT TRANSFORMER-SOTVO


"I just built it to catch attention, people pleaser, and after that I don't know. I'd sell it if it needed to be, but it never really crossed my mind too much."

EDGREN SAYS HE IS STILL WORKING ON A NAME FOR THE TRANSFORMER.

AT THIS POINT HE'S TAKING SUGGESTIONS ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE. Return to index of stories...


TEASE FIVE-2 SHOT


PUMPING UP YOUR HEART HEALTH.

CARDIAC REHAB IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

THE STORY COMING UP IN HEALTH MATTERS.

PLUS-- WHO TURNED OFF THE LIGHTS?

FIND OUT WHY THIS NEWS TEAM WAS LEFT IN THE DARK. Return to index of stories...


TZ5A) POWER OUTAGE-VO


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beef o bradys


BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW.

NBC-2 has JUST CONFIRMED THAT ONE PERSON HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO THE BEEF O BRADYS BREAK IN.

LELAND BRINCH MCDANIEL

*SUSPECT'S ROOMMATE IDENTIFIED HIM IN SURV FOOTAGE

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HEALTH MATTERS-ON CAM


EVERY YEAR, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE A HEART ATTACK.

MOST PEOPLE ENTER CARDIAC REHABILITATION.

IT'S A PROGRAM CREDITED WITH KEEPING THEM ON A HEALTHY PATH.

IN TODAYS HEALTH MATTERS AMY OSHIER SHOWS US HOW REHAB IS PUMPING UP HEART HEALTH. Return to index of stories...


HEALTH MATTERS-PKG


WHILE IT'S SURGERY OR MEDICAL INTERVENTION THAT MAY SAVE A HEART PATIENT'S LIFE, CARDIAC REHAB SAVES THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE.

ALEXIS COLLINS/REGISTERED NURSE

RUNS:

1:25 We see people up to from two weeks to up to almost a year after their event. So it depends on how big of an event they had and how quickly their doctor refers them.

FOR THREE MONTHS- HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WILL PUT HEART PATIENTS THROUGH THE PACES. A MIX OF MEDICALLY SUPERVISED EXERCISE CLASSES AND SOLO WORKOUTS, EACH PATIENT WEARS A HEART MONITOR.

ALEXIS COLLINS/REGISTERED NURSE

RUNS:

7:47 They put on the monitor so one of us is always watching them, then they can do the treadmill, walking, air-o-dyne biking, rowing, the elliptical machine, the stair master and so on.

AMY OSHIER/REPORTING

RUNS:

Along with coaching and goals, patients also get education- taking aim at many of the very issues that broke their hearts. They learn how to better manage diet, blood pressure even quit smoking. It's crash course in cardiovascular health and it's making a difference.

ALEXIS COLLINS/REGISTERED NURSE

RUNS:

3:05 They see it, we see it. We watch them get stronger. Their heart actually benefits from the program itself. A lot of times too depression is not uncommon after a cardiac event, so we actually see progression in mental stability too.

GEORGE HAYS WORKS WITH THE PROGRAM, BUT HE WAS ALSO A PATIENT- AFTER UNDERGOING A STENTING PROCEDURE TO OPEN A SEVERELY BLOCKED ARTERY.

GEORGE HAYS/CARDIAC EXERCISE SPECIALIST

RUNS:

3:56: Now I can empathize with people. Before I could only sympathize. They always have that thing where 'you never went through this so you don't know' Yes I have.

THE RESULT IS A CHANGE OF HEART- THAT KEEPS PEOPLE UP AND RUNNING.

FOR LEE MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM, I'M AMY OSHIER. Return to index of stories...


CONVICT MODELING GIG-OC VO


CRIME DOESN'T PAY. BUT HERE'S PROOF THAT A MUG SHOT CAN PAY-OFF.

THIS CONVICT HAS APPARENTLY LANDED A MODELING CONTRACT. AND HE'S NOT EVEN OUT OF JAIL YET!

JEREMY MEEKS IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A MILLION DOLLAR BOND AFTER HIS ARREST ON SEVEN FELONY CHARGES INCLUDING "STREET TERRORISM."

ITS BEING REPORTED THAT MEEKS HAS SCORED A MODELING CONTRACT WITH BLAZE MODELZ.

THE 30-YEAR-OLD INMATE SHOT TO FAME LAST MONTH WHEN HIS MUG SHOT WAS POSTED ON FACEBOOK. Return to index of stories...


HOLLYWOOD MINUTE-INTRO


SINGER JEWEL REVEALS SAD NEWS ABOUT HER MARRIAGE.

AND JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT HAS A NEW ACTING GIG.

MARTHA SHADE HAS THE DETAILS ON THESE STORIES AND MORE.IN TODAY'S 'HOLLYWOOD MINUTE'. Return to index of stories...


HOLLYWOOD MINUTE-PKG


JEWEL AND HUSBAND TY MURRAY HAVE CALLED IT QUITS AFTER BEING TOGETHER SIXTEEN YEARS.

THE FOLK SINGER MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON HER BLOG SAYING. SHE AND TY TRIED TO LIVE AN "AUTHENTIC" LIFE AND WANTED THEIR SEPARATION TO BE LOVING.

THE COUPLE MARRIED IN THE BAHAMAS IN 2008.

THEY HAVE A SON TOGETHER.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT WILL BE BACK ON CBS THIS FALL!

SHE'S JOINING "CRIMINAL MINDS," AND WILL PLAY AN UNDERCOVER FBI AGENT.

A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT ROLE FROM HER RUN ON THE "THE CLIENT LIST" AS A MASSEUSE-TURNED-PROSTITUTE.

THE LIFETIME SHOW WAS CANCELED LAST YEAR.

HEWITT RETURNS TO CBS AFTER A FIVE SEASON RUN ON THE "GHOST WHISPERER."

THE NOTEBOOK STOLE PEOPLE'S HEARTS BECAUSE OF THE ON SCREEN CHEMISTRY BETWEEN RYAN GOSLING AND RACHEL MCADAMS.

BUT THE STAR-CROSSED LOVERS ON FILM.DIDN'T GET ALONG OFF CAMERA ACCORDING TO THE FILMS' DIRECTOR NICK CASSAVETES.

HE RECENTLY TOLD VH1 RYAN GOSLING GOT SO UPSET WITH MCADAMS ON SET THAT HE DEMANDED A NEW ACTRESS TAKE OVER HER ROLE.

HE SAYS THEY EVEN HAD A SCREAMING MATCH. BUT THEN THE REST OF THE MOVIE DID GO A BIT SMOOTHER.

ITS HARD TO BELIEVE THE COUPLE EVERYONE FELL IN LOVE WITH REPORTEDLY DIDN'T HAVE MUCH LOVE FOR EACH OTHER.

FOR HOLLYWOOD MINUTE, I'M MARTHA SHADE. Return to index of stories...


BREWERIES BOOM-OC VO


AMERICANS LOVE AFFAIR WITH BEER HAS FUELED THE BREWERY INDUSTRY.

THE NUMBER OF BREWERIES IN THE U-S MORE THAN DOUBLED TO NEARLY NINE-HUNDRED SINCE 2007.

IN ADDITION TO QUENCHING OUR THIRST, THAT GROWTH IS CREATING JOBS AND REVENUES.

THE BREWERIES INDUSTRY REPORTED MORE THAN $28-BILLION IN SHIPMENTS IN 2012, WHICH IS UP A THIRD FROM 2007. Return to index of stories...


NEWSCAST POWEROUTAGE-TRXNATSVO


A power outage here in our studios and the city of beaverton as well

FOR A NEWS TEAM IN OREGON. THE LIGHTS MAY GO OUT, BUT THE SHOW MUST GO ON.

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED DURING THEIR MORNING SHOW.

The UTILITY COMPANY SAYS A SQUIRREL CAME IN CONTACT WITH ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT CAUSING AN OUTAGE.

THEY ESTIMATE MORE THAN NINE-THOUSAND CUSTOMERS. INCLUDING THE NEWS STATION. WERE LEFT IN THE DARK. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT NOON TEASE-ON CAM


NBC-2 IS GETTING READY FOR THE NEWS AT NOON-

STRAIGHT HAEAD-

WE HAVE NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE BABYSITTER--

CONVICTED IN THE MURDER OF CHILD.

NBC-2 LEARNS THE FATE FOR MELISSA SMITH.

PLUS-

IT'S ALMOST THE FOURTH OF JULY

-AND IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO CELEBRATE EARLY-

WE HAVE WHERE YOU NEED TO GO.

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NOON TZA) MELISSA SMITH-VOTOPS


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