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DIRECTORS PAGE USCG PREPS-OC, VO
HLA lehigh fd ridealong-trxVID IN TC MON USCG PREPS-SOTVO
HLB gas prices-VID IN TC MON SHOPLIFTING AND DRUGS-SS
HLC mother cell phone lost-VID IN TC MON TEASE ONE-2SH
HLC mother cell phone lost-SOTVO TZ1 A) mother lost cell phone-VO
FIRST WEATHER-WX CNTR TZ1 A) mother lost cell phone-SOTVO
NEWS AT 6PM OPEN-CLIP B TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-STC
TOSS TO HOLLIE-trxSOTVO, 2 SH PSH, TRX FIREWORKS SCROLL-CGTOPS
LEHIGH FD RIDEALONG-PLASMA ROBERT VAN WINKLE FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
LEHIGH FD RIDEALONG-BNR-PKG FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
LEHIGH FD RIDEALONG-PLASMA ARTHUR IMPACT-VOTOPS
FMPD PREPARING FOR 4TH-OC SOT OC TOSS TO BRITTANY-2 SH, TRX
SWELTERING HEAT WARNING-OC MOTHER LOST CELL PHONE HELP-TC MON
TOSS TO TY-OC, EANIBX MOTHER LOST CELL PHONE HELP-BNR-PKG
GAS PRICES HIGHEST SINCE 2008-REM-LIVE MOTHER LOST CELL PHONE HELP-TC MON
GAS PRICES HIGHEST SINCE 2008-VO BEACH RENOURISH-VO
GAS PRICES HIGHEST SINCE 2008-SOT SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
GAS PRICES HIGHEST SINCE 2008-REM-LIVE JOEY CHESTNUT-VO OFF TOP
CREDIT CARD THEFT-trx 4 SS ROSS CHASTAIN-VO IN PLASMA
BEACH WATER LINE HIT-OC, SS, OC ROSS CHASTAIN AT DAYTONA TONIGHT-VOTOPS
BEACH WATER LINE HIT-SOT, OC DJOKOVIC AND FEDERER ADVANCE-VOTOPS
DEP LETTER UPDATE-OC, VIDBOX, OC BRAZIL NATIONAL HOLIDAY-ONCAM
RIP CURRENT RISK-trxOC, VO COLOMBIA BRAZIL QFINALS-VOTOPS
FMB TODAY-AWS WIPE GERMANY FRANCE-VOTOPS
FMB ALGAE-VOTOPS MIRACLE STONE CRABS-CGTOPS
TOSS TO LAURA-trxOC, SS-FLY YANKEES TWINS-VOTOPS
CAPE RED WHITE BOOM-LIVE U 2 SPORTS CLOSE-ONCAM
CAPE RED WHITE BOOM-PKG AHEAD AT 11-CLIP
CAPE RED WHITE BOOM-LIVE U 2 DRONE FIREWORKS-VOTOPS
CHARCO FOURTH PARADE-OC, VO CLOSE-4SHOT
CHARCO FOURTH PARADE-SOTVO  


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HLA lehigh fd ridealong-trxVID IN TC MON


ON THE BUSIEST DAY OF THE YEAR, YOU'RE RIDING SHOTGUN WITH THE LEHIGH FIRE DEPARTMENT.

ONLY NBC-2 TAKES YOU ALONG AS WE FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AT-HOME FIREWORKS DISPLAYS GO WRONG. Return to index of stories...


HLB gas prices-VID IN TC MON


HITTING THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND?

GET READY FOR YOUR WALLET TO TAKE A HIT.

NBC-2 FINDS OUT WHY WE'RE PAYING THE HIGHEST INDEPENDENCE DAY PRICES IN SIX YEARS. Return to index of stories...


HLC mother cell phone lost-VID IN TC MON


COMMUNITY MEMBERS WORK TOGETHER TO TRACK DOWN A THIEF WHO STOLE A CELL PHONE FROM A LEHIGH ACRES MOTHER. Return to index of stories...


HLC mother cell phone lost-SOTVO


23:32:04 "To have her experience this loss and her memories are on

that camera, it's just breaking our hearts." 23:32:12

NBC-2 SHARES THEIR PLEA FOR THE CRIMINAL TO COME FORWARD AND THE INCENTIVE THEY HOPE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN. Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER-WX CNTR


ROBERT ADLIB Return to index of stories...


NEWS AT 6PM OPEN-CLIP B


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TOSS TO HOLLIE-trxSOTVO, 2 SH PSH, TRX


nats of siren, camera pans to road

TONIGHT AT SIX. NBC-2 TAKES YOU ALONG FOR THE RIDE WITH ONE OF LEE COUNTY'S BUSIEST FIRE DISTRICTS.

THE LEHIGH ACRES FIRE DEPARTMENT EXPECTS TO FIELD MORE CALLS TODAY THAN PAST HOLIDAYS.

GOOD EVENING, I'M LISA SPOONER.

AND I'M JOE ROETZ.

TODAY THE DEPARTMENT LET ONE REPORTER SPEND THE DAY WITH THEM.

HOLLIE HOJEK JOINS US IN THE STUDIO WITH THE STORY YOU'LL ONLY SEE ON NBC 2. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH FD RIDEALONG-PLASMA


THE LEHIGH ACRES FIRE DISTRICT WAS KIND ENOUGH TO LET ME AND OUR

CAMERAS TAG ALONG TODAY.

NBC2 UNCOVERED WHY THE FIRE DISTRICT SAID **THIS FOURTH OF JULY MAY BE

BUSIER THAN IN THE PAST. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH FD RIDEALONG-BNR-PKG


22-26 Ken Craft, Assistant Fire Cheif

42-48

Chad Ketron, Acting Battalion Chief Lehigh Acres Fire District

ITS ALL IN THE NAME-

"FIRE' WORKS-

IT'S THESE PRETTY WHITE SPARKLY LIGHTS-- THAT COULD HAVE YOU SEEING

"RED" THIS 4TH OF JULY.

nat pop sirens

NBC-2 WAS ALONG FOR THE RIDE WITH LEE COUNTYS BUSIEST FIRE DISTRICT ON POSSIBLY

ONE OF IT'S BUSIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR-

THE FOURTH OF JULY.

Ken Craft, Assistant Fire Cheif Lehigh Acres Fire District

:34:09 theres no rules for most people today.

ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF KEN CRAFT SAID ITS DISTRICTS BIGGEST CONCERN

TODAY IS FIREWORKS AND BRUSH FIRES

nat hose spraying

WE WERE THERE WHEN THE DISTRICT GOT ITS FIRST FIREWORK RELATED CALL.

IT WAS A SMALL BRUSH FIRE IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA.

Chad Ketron, Acting Battalion Chief Lehigh Acres Fire District

:48:49 We were able to jump on it in time and get a good stop to

before it spread, and luckily it was in light fuel. we were actually

lucky today because if it was in heavier fuel it could have been a lot

worse."

WE DID SOME RESEARCH AND COMPARED THE NUMBER OF CALLS THE DISTRICT

RECEIVED ON THE FOURTH OF JULY IN THE PAST COMPARED TOA NORMAL DAY.

WE FOUND OUT THERE WASN'T MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE.

EXCEPT WHEN IT CAME TO MISCELLANEOUS FIRE CALLS-- THAT INCLUDES ANY

FIREWORK RELATED INCIDENT.

IN 2012 THERE WERE 8-- THATS FOUR TIMES AS MANY AS AN AVERAGE DAY.

Ken Craft

:34:57 we could potentially see a lot more calls today.

CRAFT SAID HE THINKS THIS 4TH OF JULY WILL BE A LOT BUSIER THAN THE

PAST BECAUSE IT FALLS ON A FRIDAY THIS YEAR.

:32:49 because most people if the holiday is on a monday tuesday or

wednesday the following day they have to return back to work. so they

dont go out and do as much they typically would.

:08

CRAFT SAID BOTTOM LINE-- THEY WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE FUN-- BUT DO YOUR

DUE DILIGENCE AND BE SAFE. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH FD RIDEALONG-PLASMA


MORE THAN HALF THE 9-1-1 CALLS THE FIRE DISTRICT

GETS ON THE 4TH OF JULY COME IN ***AFTER 3 PM WHEN PEOPLE START

GRILLING AND LIGHTING OFF FIREWORKS.

BEFORE WE LEFT---THE DEPARTMENT HAD ONE FIREWORK RELATED CALL-- I JUST

SPOKE TO THE ASSISTANT FIRE CHEIF A FEW MINUTES AGO- HE SAID THEY HAD

4 CALLS AND A STRUCTURE FIRE WITHIN THE HOUR.

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


FMPD PREPARING FOR 4TH-OC SOT OC


FORT MYERS POLICE ARE GEARING UP FOR A BUSY NIGHT.

7:34 7:50

From six at night to six in the morning we run call to call handling all of the normal calls you get on top of the noise complaints the sounds of gunshots being fired, so those keep us very busy, That stretches our resources

OFFICERS TELL US THEY'RE STEPPING UP PATROLS, LOOKING FOR DRUNK DRIVERS.

THEY'RE ALSO ASKING PEOPLE NOT TO FIRE GUNS INTO THE AIR.

IT IS ILLEGAL, AND THEY WARN, WHAT GOES UP, MUST COME DOWN. Return to index of stories...


SWELTERING HEAT WARNING-OC


MAKE SURE YOU'RE STAYING HYDRATED THIS WEEKEND.

HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE ESPECIALLY WARNING THE ELDERY, AND PEOPLE WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES SKYROCKET IN THE SUMMER.

SYMPTOMS OF DEHYDRATION AND HEAT EXHAUSTION INCLUDE PALENESS, MUSCLE CRAMPS, AND NAUSEA.

SO THE BEST ADVICE: DRINK PLENTY OF WATER THROUGHOUT THE DAY. EVEN IF YOU DON'T FEEL THIRSTY. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO TY-OC, EANIBX


MILLIONS OF TRAVELERS ARE CELEBRATING THEIR FREEDOM WITH A ROAD TRIP.

AND TODAY, THOSE DRIVERS ARE PAYING THE HIGHEST FOURTH OF JULY GAS PRICES

IN SIX YEARS.

NBC 2'S TY RUSSELL IS LIVE AT THE CIRCLE K NEAR COLONIAL BOULEVARD AND

EYE-75 IN FORT MYERS.

TY, YOU FOUND OUT WHAT'S CAUSING THE HIGH COST. Return to index of stories...


GAS PRICES HIGHEST SINCE 2008-REM-LIVE


TRIPLE A EXPERTS SAY ISSUES IN THE MIDDLE EAST ARE AFFECTING US AT HOME.

THAT DROVE GAS PRICES UP TO A FLORIDA AVERAGE OF 3-58.

BUT DRIVERS SHOULD SEE THAT AMOUNT FALLING. Return to index of stories...


GAS PRICES HIGHEST SINCE 2008-VO


TRIPLE A WORKERS SAY THE COST OF FUEL IS ALREADY DOWN ABOUT A NICKEL

FROM LAST WEEK.

BUT DRIVERS ARE STILL PAYING RECORD PRICES.

THE HIGHEST FOR AN INDEPENDENCE DAY IN SIX YEARS.

AND ABOUT 40 MILLION AMERICANS ARE HITTING THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND.

THATS THE HIGHEST IN 7.

SOME OF THOSE TRAVELERS ARE HOPING FOR A BIGGER RELEIF. Return to index of stories...


GAS PRICES HIGHEST SINCE 2008-SOT


Matt lanphear/ driver

"I don't really think of it anymore. I sot like looking at the gas

prices because it's depressing. They keep going up."

Tim finnegan/ driver

"Well, obviously that hurts everybody's budget. You got to cut back on

other things. So, we got to see what we can do. Return to index of stories...


GAS PRICES HIGHEST SINCE 2008-REM-LIVE


SOME TRAVELERS FROM TAMPA ARE SHOCKED BY OUR PRICES.

THEY SAY GAS IS SLIGHTLY CHEAPER FOR OUR NORTHERN NEIGHBORS.

BUT STILL, PEOPLE IN FLORIDA ARE PAYING ABOUT A DIME LESS THAN THE

NATIONAL AVERAGE.

LIVE IN FORT MYERS. TY RUSSELL. NBC 2. Return to index of stories...


CREDIT CARD THEFT-trx 4 SS


WE HAVE A CRIME ALERT ABOUT A STOLEN CREDIT CARD.

CRIME STOPPERS SAYS--

THIS WOMAN USED THE CARD TO RACK UP MORE THAN 900 DOLLARS IN CHARGES.

THE CARD WAS STOLEN FROM A MAN'S CAR AT L-A FITNESS, IN THE GULF COAST TOWN CENTER, TUESDAY NIGHT.

IT WAS USED AT THE TARGET STORE, ALSO AT THE GULF COAST TOWN CENTER.

IF YOU KNOW WHO THIS WOMAN IS, YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL CRIMESTOPPERS IMMEDIATLY. Return to index of stories...


BEACH WATER LINE HIT-OC, SS, OC


THE TOWN OF FORT MYERS BEACH HAS TO FOOT A BIG BILL AFTER AN ACCIDENT DAMAGED WATER LINES THERE.

CRIME STOPPERS IS ASKING FOR YOUR HELP TO FIND THE DRIVER.

DEPUTIES BELIEVE A BLACK CAR STRUCK A FIRE HYDRANT ON THE 29--HUNDRED BLOCK OF ESTERO BOULEVARD.

IT HAPPENED LAST SATURDAY AROUND 12-15 IN THE MORNING.

THE CRASH CAUSED A WATER MAIN BREAK.

IT FLOODED SEVERAL BLOCKS AND CAUSED 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.

REPAIRS WERE ABLE TO BE MADE OVERNIGHT, AND WATER WAS RESTORED THE NEXT DAY.

NOW DEPUTIES NEED YOUR HELP FINDING THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE. Return to index of stories...


BEACH WATER LINE HIT-SOT, OC


TAKE SOT--

Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers

23:28:26 "Estero Boulevard especially now during the summer anytime of day or night there's a lot of people there, and a lot of people may have seen this crash and not thought that they needed to report it to law enforcement." 23:28:37

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS.

YOU CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS.

IF YOUR TIP LEADS TO AN ARREST YOU COULD RECEIVE A CASH REWARD. Return to index of stories...


DEP LETTER UPDATE-OC, VIDBOX, OC


NEW INFORMATION ABOUT A STORY NBC-2 BROKE LAST NIGHT AT SIX.

STATE LEADERS ARE CRACKING DOWN ON SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR A COLLIER COUNTY OIL SITE.

THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SENT A NOTICE TO THE PROPERTY OWNER WHERE DAN A. HUGHES COMPANY IS OPERATING.

THE D-E-P WANTS TO MAKE SURE THE OIL COMPANY IS FOLLOWING A LIST OF DEMANDS.

THOSE NINE DEMANDS WERE ISSUED YESTERDAY.

SOME OF THEM INCLUDE:

HOSTING THREE PUBLIC MEETINGS.

TESTIFYING BEFORE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.

AND DEVELOPING A PLAN TO MONITOR GROUNDWATER.

THE D-E-P FINED DAN A. HUGHES COMPANY FOR USING A TECHNIQUE SIMILAR TO FRACKING.

THE DEPARTMENT IS IN THE PROCESS OF TESTING THE SITE'S GROUNDWATER FOR CONTAMINATION.

TWO ROUNDS OF TESTING HAVE COME BACK CLEAR. Return to index of stories...


RIP CURRENT RISK-trxOC, VO


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS WARNING FAMILIES ABOUT DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS.

THE WARNING IS IN PLACE FROM PINELLAS COUNTY SOUTH ALONG LEE COUNTY.

POWERFUL WATER PULLS SWIMMERS AWAY FROM SHORE AND INTO THE GULF.

IF YOU'RE IN A RIP CURRENT, don't FIGHT IT

SWIM PARALLEL TO SHORE UNTIL YOU'RE OUT OF THE CURRENT, Return to index of stories...


FMB TODAY-AWS WIPE


DESPITE REPORTS OF RED, GREEN AND BROWN DRIFT ALGAE ON FORT MYERS BEACH, THE SAND IS PACKED WITH PEOPLE TODAY.

WHEN WE WERE THERE PEOPLE WERE BOATING, SWIMMING, AND JUST ENJOYING THE SUN. Return to index of stories...


FMB ALGAE-VOTOPS


WE NOTICED THE ALGAE YESTERDAY.

IT IS THE FIRST TIME THIS ALGAE HAS BLOOMED IN AT LEAST EIGHT YEARS AT THE BEACH.

NBC-2 SPOKE WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE.

THEY SAY YOU CAN'T REALLY SEE IT, BUT YOU'LL PROBABLY FEEL THE SLIME BRUSH UP AGAINST YOU.

IT'S STILL SAFE TO GO IN THE WATER.

RESEARCHERS SAY THIS COULD BE CAUSED BY LAST YEAR'S LAKE OKEECHOBEE RELEASES. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO LAURA-trxOC, SS-FLY


NOW TO AN NBC-2 TRAFFIC ALERT.

THE CAPE CORAL BRIDGE IS SHUT DOWN AND WON'T OPEN UNTIL 3 IN THE MORNING.

IT'S ALL PART OF THE CITY'S MASSIVE FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL.

NBC-2'S LAURA ROBERTS IS IN THE CAPE TONIGHT WITH NEW INFORMATION ABOUT TONIGHT'S RED, WHITE AND BOOM CELEBRATION. THAT ALMOST DIDN'T HAPPEN. Return to index of stories...


CAPE RED WHITE BOOM-LIVE U 2


THIRTY THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED OUT HERE TONIGHT -

AND THERES ALREADY A PRETTY GOOD CROWD JUST A FEW HOURS IN.

PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES UNTIL THE BIG FIREWORKS SHOW LATER TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


CAPE RED WHITE BOOM-PKG


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Katie fellor

Cape Coral

Ralph santillo

Cape Coral veterans foundation

19:42 19:47

It's just a great night and it's a patriotic day you know Fourth of July

IN CAPE CORAL - FOURTH OF JULY MEANS RED - WHITE AND BOOM.

THE EVENT INCLUDES DOZENS OF VENDORS, FOUR BANDS, AND TONS OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS.

BUT THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY IS WHAT THEYRE ALL WAITING FOR /

AND WHAT BRINGS PEOPLE BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR.

Katie fellor

Cape Coral

26:59 27:01

They look like they're falling on you its awesome

30-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND -

BUT A FEW MONTHS BACK THIS EVENT WASNT GOING TO HAPPEN.

THEY CITY WAS STRUGGLING TO FIND THE FUNDING.

Katie fellor

Cape Coral

27:32 27:39

I would have been devastated I would have been hurt. I come out here every year I wait for it this is my favorite holiday I look forward to coming to red white and boom

A LOCAL COMPANY CALLED STORM SMART STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN --

KNOWING HOW MUCH RED WHITE AND BOOM MEANS TO THE CITY.

Ralph santillo

20:58 21:02

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CAPE RED WHITE BOOM-LIVE U 2


THE MUSIC WILL CONTINUE AND SO WILL THE REST OF THE CELEBRATIONS --

RIGHT UP UNTIL 9-30 WHEN THE BIG FIREWORKS SHOW BEGINS.

LIVE IN CAPE CORAL, LAURA ROBERTS NBC2 Return to index of stories...


CHARCO FOURTH PARADE-OC, VO


IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY TODAY. FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS STARTED WITH A SPLASH.

THE "FREEDOM SWIM" ACROSS THE PEACE RIVER IS A 23 YEAR OLD TRADITION THAT ALWAYS ATTRACTS A CROWD.

SWIMMERS AND KAYAKERS STARTED THE ONE AND A HALF MILE JOURNEY ACROSS THE PEACE RIVER AT THE SOUTH-BOUND 41 BRIDGE.

PEOPLE TELLING US WHAT KEEPS THEM COMING BACK EACH YEAR. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO FOURTH PARADE-SOTVO


"it's a good time to see people and enjoy the harbor, it's unbelievable how calm it is out there when you're in the middle of the Peace River."

THE SWIM IS FOR ALL AGES. IN FACT, EVENT ORGANIZERS SAY THE ONE OF THE OLDEST SWIMMERS TODAY WAS 87.

SWIMMERS FINISHED THEIR TRIP AT FISHERMAN'S VILLAGE ACROSS THE BRIDGE IN PUNTA GORDA.

THE FIRST SWIMMER ACROSS. MADE THE TRIP IN 33 MINUTES.

FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY WILL BE TOPPED OFF WITH A FIREWORK SHOW STARTING AT 9-PM AT LASHLEY PIER. Return to index of stories...


USCG PREPS-OC, VO


THE U-S COAST GUARD WANTS BOATERS TO HAVE FUN. WHILE BEING SAFE.

THOUSANDS OF BOATERS ARE EXPECTED TO HIT THE GULF.

IN ADDITION TO HAVING LIFEJACKETS. THE COAST GUARD SAYS ITS ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A FLOAT PLAN -- THAT MEANS TELLING OTHER PEOPLE WHERE YOU'RE BOATING AND FOR HOW LONG. SO THAT THEY CAN FIND YOU IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

THEY SAY BOATERS ALSO HAVE A TENDENCY TO SHOOT EMERGENCY FLARES AS FIREWORKS ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. SOMETHING THE COAST GUARD SAYS IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA. Return to index of stories...


USCG PREPS-SOTVO


George Beltran -- US Coast Guard

11:13:55 "If you happen to use them when you're not in distress, the Coast Guard will go out, we will respond. and thats also taking away from people that actually are in distress." 11:14:06

THEY ALSO REMIND BOATERS TO USE YOUR BEST JUDGEMENT BEFORE GOING OUT ON THE WATER -- IF YOU'RE TOO INTOXICATED TO DRIVE A CAR, THEN YOU DEFINITELY SHOULDN'T BE BOATING. Return to index of stories...


SHOPLIFTING AND DRUGS-SS


CAPE CORAL POLICE ARREST TWO PEOPLE ON THEFT CHARGES.

THEY TELL NBC2 THEY CAUGHT DANIELLE TUFANO AND JASON NAY-DIGH LAST NIGHT.

THEY WERE RESPONDING TO A SHOPLIFTING CALL AT THE PUBLIX ON CAPE CORAL PARKWAY WEST, NEAR SANTA BARBARA BOULEVARD.

THEY FOUND SEVERAL STOLEN ITEMS IN TUFANO'S BAG, FROM OTHER BURGLARIES IN CAPE CORAL.

THE PAIR HAD BEEN HITTING OTHER PUBLIX LOCATIONS IN THE CITY, WOULD STEAL THINGS AND TRY TO RETURN THEM FOR CASH.

THEY ALSO SAY TUFANO HAD DRUGS, AND NEIDIGH HAD PARAPHERNALIA. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SH


STILL TO COME AT SIX.

THE STORY BECOMES MORE HEARTBREAKING FOR A LEHIGH ACRES MOTHER WHOSE CELL PHONE FILLED WITH FAMILY PICTURES WAS STOLEN.

HER SON, WHO WAS BATTLING BRAIN CANCER HAS PASSED AWAY.

TONIGHT - WE'VE LEARNING STRANGERS ARE COMING TOGETHER TO FIND HER STOLEN MEMORIES.

23:35:51 "Please just give it back, let this mother have her memories

of her son." 23:35:57

WE'LL SHARE HOW THEY'RE TRYING TO ENTICE THE CRIMINAL TO COME FORWARD AND GIVE UP THE PHONE.

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TZ1 A) mother lost cell phone-VO


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TZ1 A) mother lost cell phone-SOTVO


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TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-STC


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FIREWORKS SCROLL-CGTOPS


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ROBERT VAN WINKLE FORECAST 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.

HOT 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND

The weather this weekend will continue to feature hot and humid afternoon conditions marked with a few thunderstorms in the afternoon. Evening temperatures this weekend will continue to provide only a little relief as the thermometers dip to the mid/upper 70's in the morning.

Rain showers and thunderstorms have been elusive for the past few days and this forth of July afternoon is no exception. All the rain showers and thunderstorms are deep inland thanks to the persistent southwest steering winds. A few showers may pop up in the Gulf of Mexico this evening and drift onshore; however, I don't expect to track a lot of showers and most all the fireworks shows should go off without any weather problems.

Looking to Saturday and Sunday, the forecast calls for a few more afternoon storms to track each day. Chance for showers will still favor inland areas during the afternoon, but some early evening storms could build back to the coast around sunset. High temperatures both days will be in the 90's and it will continue to be humid. Return to index of stories...


ARTHUR IMPACT-VOTOPS


THIS VIDEO SHOWS JUST HOW MUCH DAMAGE HURRICANE ARTHUR LEFT BEHIND ON THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST.

NORTH CAROLINA'S OUTER BANKS WERE HIT HARDEST BY THE STORM.

THE HURRICANE MADE LANDFALL LATE LAST NIGHT.

COASTAL COMMUNITES SAW STREET FLOODING AND DAMAGE ROOFS.

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ALSO LOST POWER BECAUSE OF THE STORM. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO BRITTANY-2 SH, TRX


MORE THAN EVER, A GRIEVING MOTHER AND VETERAN NEEDS YOUR HELP, FINDING HER PHONE.

IT WAS STOLEN FROM A LEHIGH ACRES WALMART TWO WEEKS AGO.

ON IT, ARE PICTURES OF HER 12-YEAR-OLD SON WHO LOST HIS BATTLE WITH BRAIN CANCER LAST NIGHT.

NBC 2'S BRITTANY WEINER TALKED EXCLUSIVELY TO STRANGERS WHO ARE NOW OFFERING THEIR OWN REWARD TO HELP GET IT BACK. Return to index of stories...


MOTHER LOST CELL PHONE HELP-TC MON


OVER 300 PEOPLE HAVE COMMENTED ON NBC 2'S FACEBOOK PAGE EXPRESSING THEIR FRUSTRATION AND OFFERING MONEY TO GET THE PHONE BACK.

THEY SAY IT'S THE LEAST THEY CAN DO. Return to index of stories...


MOTHER LOST CELL PHONE HELP-BNR-PKG


U-S MARINE MARIA MALDONADO WENT THROUGH SOMETHING NO MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TO.

FOR TWO YEARS SHE STOOD BY HER SON ETHAN'S SIDE AS HE BATTLED BRAIN CANCER.

Maria Maldonado, Ethan's Mother 321:36:20-21:36:23 "it's so heartbreaking when you can't understand your kid."

THURSDAY EVENING ETHAN LOST HIS BATTLE.

ALSO LOST ARE MARIA'S HAPPIER MEMORIES OF HER SON.

PICTURES AND VIDEOS OF WHEN ETHAN WAS HEALTHY ARE ON A PHONE WHICH WAS STOLEN TWO WEEKS AGO AT A WALMART IN LEHIGH ACRES.

THE PHONE HAS NOT BEEN FOUND AND NO ONE HAS COME FORWARD.

Maria Maldonado, Ethan's Mother 21:36:34-21:36:43 "These are the memories stolen. It's frustrating to say the least."

THIS STORY HAS SPARKED HUNDREDS OF COMMENTS ON NBC 2'S FACEBOOK PAGE.

PEOPLE EXPRESSING FRUSTRATION AND WAYS THEY WANT TO HELP.

Kathleen Brennan, Donating Reward Money

23:32:04 "To have her experience this loss and her memories are on that camera, it's just breaking our hearts." 23:32:12

KATHLEEN BRENNAN DOESN'T KNOW MARIA, BUT SHE AND HER HUSBAND ARE OFFERING A 500 DOLLAR REWARD TO WHOEVER STOLE MARIA'S PHONE.

Kathleen Brennan, Donating Reward Money

23:32:39 "I mean if I had a million dollars to give the guy to get it back I would." 23:32:43

BRENNAN IS NOT THE ONLY ONE OFFERING A CASH INCENTIVE.

ONE MAN WHOSE SON WENT TO DAYCARE WITH ETHAN IS OFFERING 300 DOLLARS.

HE SAYS HIS SON LOOKED UP TO ETHAN.

Kathleen Brennan, Donating Reward Money

23:35:51 "Please just give it back, let this mother have her memories of her son." 23:35:57

A PLEA MANY HOPE WHOEVER TOOK THE PHONE IS LISTENING TO.

Maria Maldonado, Ethan's Mother

21:20:58-21:21:08 "You big jerk. Just give me the phone. I don't care. I'm not going to prosecute. You know, nothing is going to become of you. Just turn it in somewhere and give me my phone." Return to index of stories...


MOTHER LOST CELL PHONE HELP-TC MON


BRENNAN TOLD ME TODAY SHE PLANS TO SET UP A REWARD ACCOUNT AT BANK OF AMERICA ON MONDAY IN MARIA'S NAME.

SHE HOPES OTHERS WILL DONATE AS WELL.

SHE SAID SHE IS WORKING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THE MONEY TO WHOEVER STOLE THE PHONE.

COUNT ON NBC 2 TO KEEP YOU UPDATED ON AIR AND ONLINE AT NBC DASH 2 DOT COM FOR THE LATEST.

REPORTING LIVE IN THE STUDIO, BRITTANY WEINER NBC 2. Return to index of stories...


BEACH RENOURISH-VO


BOATERS NEED TO KEEP AN EYE OUT NEAR LOVERS KEY AND BONITA BEACH.

THE COUNTY IS WORKING ON A BEACH RENOURISHMENT PROJECT.

HEAVY CONSTRUCTION WILL LINE SOME LEE COUNTY BEACHES.

A PIPELINE RUNS FROM LOVERS KEY SOUTH ALONG THE SHORELINE TO BONITA.

BOATERS NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR THAT PIPE.

COUNTY LEADERS SAY THE WORK WILL NOT IMPACT PEOPLE HEADING TO THE BEACH. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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JOEY CHESTNUT-VO OFF TOP


WHAT A FOURTH OF JULY FOR JOEY CHESTNUT!

THE COMPETITIVE EATING LEGEND. PROPOSING TO HIS GIRLFRIEND BEFORE PUTTING HIS STOMACH TO WORK AT THE NATHAN'S HOT DOG EATING CHAMPIONSHIP.

HE GOT THE YES FROM HER. THE ENGAGEMENT. AND TO TOP THINGS OFF. HIS EIGHTH STRAIGHT MUSTARD BELT.

CHESTNUT GOT A BATTLE FROM MATT STONIE, BUT ATE 61 HOT DOGS TO STONIE'S 56 TO WIN. Return to index of stories...


ROSS CHASTAIN-VO IN PLASMA


ALVA'S ROSS CHASTAIN HAS HIS OWN BIG PLANS FOR HIS FOURTH OF JULY.

ROSS HAS RACED AT DAYTONA A COUPLE OF TIMES BEFORE. IN NASCAR'S TRUCK SERIES.

BUT TONIGHT. HE'LL BE BEHIND THE WHEEL FOR A NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE AT DAYTONA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS YOUNG CAREER. Return to index of stories...


ROSS CHASTAIN AT DAYTONA TONIGHT-VOTOPS


ROSS IS STARTING 33RD. ROLLING AROUND THE TRACK IN HIS WATERMELON DOT ORG.

THERE WAS A WRECK AT QUALIFYING. DUE TO RAIN ON THE TRACK. AND CHASTAIN'S CAR HAD SOME DAMAGE.

BUT WE'RE TOLD HE'LL BE GOOD TO GO. RACING IN HIS BACKUP CAR.

CHASTAIN FINISHED 18TH AND 12TH IN HIS TWO NATIONWIDE SERIES RACES EARLIER THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


DJOKOVIC AND FEDERER ADVANCE-VOTOPS


THE ALL-TIME LEADER IN MEN'S GRAND SLAM TITLES IS BACK IN THE WIMBLEDON FINAL. AND WILL HAVE A SHOT AT A RECORD 8TH WIMBLEDON MEN'S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP.

ROGER FEDERER ROLLED TO A STRAIGHT SET WIN OVER MEELOS ROWNICH TODAY. SENDING HIM TO HIS 9TH WIMBLEDON FINAL.

THAT SETS UP AN EPIC MATCHUP WITH TOP SEED NOVAK DJOKOVIC. WHO HAD TO FIGHT A LITTLE HARDER FOR A FOUR-SET WIN OVER GRIGOR DIMITROV. Return to index of stories...


BRAZIL NATIONAL HOLIDAY-ONCAM


IT'S NOT A NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN BRAZIL.

BUT IT SURE SEEMS LIKE IT.

THE WHOLE NATION. SHUTTING DOWN ITS DAILY ACTIVITY TO WATCH BRAZIL PLAY ON ITS HOME SOIL FOR A SPOT IN THE WORLD CUP'S FINAL FOUR. Return to index of stories...


COLOMBIA BRAZIL QFINALS-VOTOPS


BRAZIL. FACING A STRONG COLOMBIAN TEAM IN FORTALEZA.

THE BRAZILIANS GOT GOING RIGHT AWAY. OFF THE CORNER. NEYMAR'S CROSS. RIGHT ON THE MONEY. THIAGO SILVA PUTS IT HOME. ONE-NIL BRAZIL.

BRAZIL WOULD GO UP TWO-NIL. AND HELD OFF A LATE COLOMBIAN RALLY TO WIN, 2-1, AND MOVE ONTO THE WORLD CUP SEMIS. Return to index of stories...


GERMANY FRANCE-VOTOPS


TWO EUROPEAN POWERS WENT TO BATTLE IN RIO.

FRANCE AND GERMANY.

TWELVE MINUTES IN. IT'S MATT HUMMELS. HEADING IN THE CROSS. ONE-NIL GERMANY.

THAT SCORE REMAINED ALL THE WAY INTO STOPPAGE TIME IN THE SECOND HALF. ONE LAST CHANCE FOR FRANCE. BUT KARIM BENZEMA'S SHOT. KNOCKED AWAY BY MANUEL NEUER.

GERMANY WINS, ONE-NIL. AND WILL FACE BRAZIL IN THE WORLD CUP SEMIS ON TUESDAY. Return to index of stories...


MIRACLE STONE CRABS-CGTOPS


THE MIRACLE AND STONE CRABS PLAYED SOME EARLY AFTERNOON BASEBALL.

FORT MYERS WINS, 6-1.

ADAM BRETT WALKER HITS HIS THIRD GRAND SLAM THIS YEAR. THE SEVENTH GRAND SLAM FOR THE MIRACLE.

BOTH ARE NEW TEAM RECORDS. Return to index of stories...


YANKEES TWINS-VOTOPS


THE BIG-LEAGUE TWINS WERE DOWN THREE RUNS TO THE YANKEES BEFORE THEY EVER STEPPED TO THE PLATE.

THE FIRST TWIN TO HIT. TRYING TO CHANGE THAT. SOLO HOMER FOR BRIAN DOZIER. HIS 16TH. STILL 3-1 YANKEES.

NEW YORK WOULD NEVER LOSE ITS LEAD. JACOBY ELLSBURY WITH THE R-B-I SINGLE.

YANKEES WIN, ?? Return to index of stories...


SPORTS CLOSE-ONCAM


THE YANKEES LEAD THE TWINS, 6-5, IN THE 9TH

THE RED SOX/O'S GAME WAS POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER.

THAT CANCELED PREGAME CEREMONIES TO CELEBRATE JULY FOURTH. AND THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF LOU GEHRIG'S FAREWELL SPEECH.

THE SOX AND O'S WILL PLAY A DAY/NIGHT DOUBLEHEADER ON SATURDAY.

THAT'S SPORTS. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. Return to index of stories...


AHEAD AT 11-CLIP


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DRONE FIREWORKS-VOTOPS


HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE INSIDE A FIREWORKS DISPLAY?

IT'S THE MUST-SEE VIDEO AS A PERSON FLYS THEIR DRONE THROUGH WEST PALM'S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION. Return to index of stories...


CLOSE-4SHOT


GOODBYE Return to index of stories...