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DIRECTORS PAGE MCDONALD'S SCHOOL DRIVE-trx VOTOPS-WIPE
HLA crime scene van fire-trx VOTOPS MCDONALD'S SCHOOL DRIVE-SOTVO
HLB ebola outbreak-trx VOTOPS LOVE THAT DRESS-VO-WIPE
HLC texting and walking dangers-trx VOTOPS LOVE THAT DRESS-SOTVO-BNR
TS BERTHA OPEN-CLIP TEASE ONE-2SHOT
BERTHA FORECAST-STC TZ1 A) DOWNTOWN PARKING-VO-WIPE
TOSS TO BRYAN-SS, VO, E-AniBX TZ1 B) BROTHERHOOD RIDE-VOTOPS
CRIME SCENE VAN FIRE-REM-LIVE TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC
CRIME SCENE VAN FIRE-PKG MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS
CRIME SCENE VAN FIRE-REM-LIVE ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
RAUSCHENBERG ESTATE DECISION-trx VO FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
BONITA HOME INVASION-trx VO-WIPE DOWNTOWN FM PARKING-trx SOTVO in PLASMA
BONITA HOME INVASION-SOT, SS, OC DOWNTOWN FM PARKING-PKG
CHARCO ROBBERY-SS LEE CO MILLAGE RATE-OC
CHARCO ROBBERY-FLY-OUT PKG BROTHERHOOD RIDE-NATSVO-WIPE
EBOLA OUTBREAK LATEST-trx TC MON, SOTVO-WIPE BROTHERHOOD RIDE-SOTVO-BNR
EBOLA OUTBREAK LATEST-PKG FL PANTHER LIVESTOCK-VO
EBOLA OUTBREAK LATEST-OC TEASE TWO-2SHOT
TEEN KILLED IN CRASH-SS (3) TZ2 A) TEXTING & WALKING-SOTVO-WIPE
DAMAS HEARING DELAYED-trx VOTOPS TZ2 B) NEW AT 6 TEASE-VOTOPS
FL MEDICAID MANAGED CARE-SOTVO TEXTING & WALKING DANGERS-O-AniBX
DECISION 2014-CLIP B TEXTING & WALKING DANGERS-PKG
FL CONGRESSIONAL MAP-VO NEXT AT 5:30-CLIP
SCHOOL TAX HOLIDAY-VIDBX A) BRITTANY'S SU TZ-SOT


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HLA crime scene van fire-trx VOTOPS


A COLLIER COUNTY CRIME SCENE VAN TORCHED -- AND DETECTIVES TELL NBC 2 IT'S ARSON.

AND WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE WHO THEY THINK DID IT. Return to index of stories...


HLB ebola outbreak-trx VOTOPS


TWO AMERICANS SICK WITH THE EBOLA VIRUS WILL COME BACK TO THE STATES.

NBC 2 HAS NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE PLAN TO KEEP THEM QUARANTINED. Return to index of stories...


HLC texting and walking dangers-trx VOTOPS


PLUS -- A FIRST OF ITS KIND STUDY SHOWS THE DANGERS OF TEXTING WHILE WALKING.

STUNNING NEW NUMBERS SHOW THIS IS A REAL, LIFE-THREATENING DANGER FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLERS. Return to index of stories...


TS BERTHA OPEN-CLIP


BERTHA OPEN Return to index of stories...


BERTHA FORECAST-STC


Tropical Storm Bertha continues to move rapidly toward the Lesser Antilles, where tropical storm force winds are expected later today.

The 2 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows sustained winds of 50 mph, with gusts to 65 mph.

The storm is located just 45 miles east of the island of Martinique with a minimum pressure of 1007 mb.

Bertha is moving rapidly to the West-northwest at 20 mph, and will roll quickly toward Martinique over the next few hours.

Tropical Storm Warnings continue for Dominica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Tropical Storm Watches are in effect for the eastern Dominican Republic.

Bertha is expected to stay a tropical storm as it moves across the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico over the next 24 hours.

The second named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season developed late Thursday Night about 300 miles east of Barbados.

Forecast models still indicate the storm will likely turn northwestward late this weekend, impacting the eastern Bahamas and staying well east of Florida.

You can track Bertha anytime with our NBC2 Interactive Hurricane Tracker: Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO BRYAN-SS, VO, E-AniBX


INVESTIGATORS SAY A COLLIER COUNTY CRIME SCENE VAN WAS TORCHED --

AND THEY KNOW WHO DID IT.

THIS MAN -- 21-YEAR OLD COLTON SMITH -- HE'S BEEN ARRESTED FOR ARSON.

THE FIRE STARTED EARLY THIS MORNING IN THE ORANGE TREE COMMUNITY.

YOU CAN SEE -- THE CHARRED DRIVEWAY.

NBC 2'S BRYAN ANDERSON IS LIVE WITH NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE INVESTIGATION. Return to index of stories...


CRIME SCENE VAN FIRE-REM-LIVE


THEY TELL ME THEY SAW A LOT OF DEPUTIES OUT HERE.

BUT THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHY.

THE ONLY HINT WAS SERIOUS.IS THIS CHARRED DRIVEWAY. Return to index of stories...


CRIME SCENE VAN FIRE-PKG


THEY'RE A KEY IN SOLVING CRIMES USUALLY AFFECTING OTHER PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

BUT THIS MORNING, THE TABLES WERE TURNED ON A CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATOR IN COLLIER COUNTY.

THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS ONE OF THEIR OWN WAS THE TARGET OF ARSON.

RESIDENTS IN THE ORANGE TREE NEIGHBORHOOD SAY THEY KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG WHEN THEY WOKE UP TO A SOUND FROM THE SKY.

---SOT---

CARMEN ROSARIO, NEIGHBOR

19:53:28-:35

The helicopter was around.

Was it low to the ground?

Yes.

BUTT TO

Steve Summers, neighbor

19:54:27-:34

I tried going back to sleep thinking it was just a helicopter spraying for bugs. But the helicopter going circling, and circling, and circling.

CURIOSITY FINALLY GOT THE BEST OF STEVE SUMMERS.

GETTING OUT OF BED HE QUICKLY REALIZED SOMETHING SERIOUS WAS HAPPENING A FEW DOORS DOWN.

---SOT---

19:54:40-:44

That's when my whole living room was full of police lights from out in the street.

A CHARRED DRIVEWAY AND PATCHES OF BURNED GRASS ARE ALL THAT'S LEFT OF THE DANGEROUS SCENE HOURS EARLIER.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY ARRIVED TO THE FRONT OF THE CRIME SCENE VAN ON FIRE.

AND ON A BIKE IN THE AREA.A FUEL-SOAKED 21 YEAR OLD COLTON SMITH.

---SOT---

ROSARIO

19:54:09-:14

Scary because I was locking my doors because I'm scared. I said "I'm going to check the door." Return to index of stories...


CRIME SCENE VAN FIRE-REM-LIVE


DEPUTIES ARE LOOKING INTO WHETHER SMITH ALSO SET TWO AREAS OF BRUSH ON FIRE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

NO DAMAGE WITH THOSE.

AT 6, WHEN DEPUTIES ARRESTED SMITH ALREADY THIS WEEK AND WHY.

WE'RE LIVE IN COLLIER COUNTY, BRYAN ANDERSON, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


RAUSCHENBERG ESTATE DECISION-trx VO


BREAKING NEWS OUT OF LEE COUNTY --

WE'VE LEARNED OF A DECISION IN A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR DISPUTE OVER THE ESTATE OF FAMED ARTIST ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG.

HE DIED IN 2008 AND PUT THREE FRIENDS IN CHARGE OF HIS CAPTIVA ESTATE.

THEY CLAIMED THEY DESERVED TO BE PAID 60-MILLION DOLLARS TO OVER SEE THE ESTATE.

THE RAUSCHENBERG FOUNDATION SAID THEY SHOULD ONLY GET A COUPLE HUNDRED THOUSAND.

AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF TESTIMONY AND WEEKS OF DELIBERATION --

THE JUDGE HAS DECIDED THE FRIENDS SHOULD BE PAID 24-MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


BONITA HOME INVASION-trx VO-WIPE


A BONITA SPRINGS COUPLE WAS TIED UP IN THEIR HOME BY THREE MASKED MEN -- AND ROBBED.

TONIGHT -- DEPUTIES ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP.

THIS IS VIDEO OF THE ENTRANCE TO PELICAN LANDING.

INSIDE IS ANOTHER GATE TO ACCESS "THE COLONY" WHERE THE CRIME HAPPENED LAST WEEK.

INVESTIGATORS TELL US -- THEY DON'T THINK THIS IS A RANDOM ATTACK.

THE ROBBERS KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED. Return to index of stories...


BONITA HOME INVASION-SOT, SS, OC


Tony Schall/Lee Co. Sheriff's Office

Suspects like this, they'll go out seeking victims that they think have more money or more jewelry and that looks like this was the case here.

THE THIEVES GOT AWAY WITH ALMOST 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF JEWELRY -- AND SOME CASH.

THIS IS A PICTURE OF WHAT WAS STOLEN.

WE TALKED WITH THE VICTIMS TODAY -- WHO DID NOT WANT TO GO ON CAMERA.

THEY TELL US THEY'RE OKAY -- BUT IT'S BEEN HARD TO SLEEP AT NIGHT. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO ROBBERY-SS


ONE MAN IS IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER A HOME INVASION AT A CHARLOTTE COUNTY R-V PARK.

INVESTIGATORS HAVE BEEN AT THE PARK -- ALONG U-S 41 -- ALL DAY.

NBC 2'S CHRIS GILMORE TALKED TO NEIGHBORS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO ROBBERY-FLY-OUT PKG


"Got a call that said lock the doors and stay inside, so I didn't know what to do."

ASHLEY MEADE AND OTHER RESIDENTS AT THIS RV PARK ALONG US 41 IN CHARLOTTE HARBOR AREN'T EXACTLY SURE WHAT HAPPENED EARLY THIS MORNING.

A LOOK OUTSIDE THEIR WINDOWS TOLD THEM SOMETHING WAS WRONG.

CAUTION TAPE--- FLASHING LIGHTS--- AND FORENSICS TRUCKS.

DEPUTIES WILL ONLY TELL US IT WAS A HOME INVASION ROBBERY WITH AT LEAST ONE INJURY.

"Something went wrong and they came in and he got stabbed and that about it for now."

ACCORDING TO NEIGHBORS A MAN WAS STABBED AND DROVE HIMSELF TO THE HOSPITAL.

INVESTIGATORS SPENT THE MORNING COMBING THE AREA FOR EVIDENCE AND INTERVIEWING THE VICTIM'S GIRLFRIEND.

RESIDENTS SAY SHE WAS THERE FOR THE ROBBERY AND WASN'T HURT.

WORKERS AT NEARBY BUSINESSES SAY EVEN THOUGH THIS IS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME THEY'VE SEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THE PARK--- THEY'RE STILL WORRIED.

"I wouldn't live there because like I said there's cops there all the time, we've had incidents where we've had beer bottles thrown over our fence, drug paraphenalia thrown over our fence."

MEADE'S ONLY LIVED HERE FOR A FEW MONTHS.

TONIGHT SHE'S THINKING ABOUT MOVING AGAIN.

"Yeah, becuase I'm not usually aroudn this kind of stuff and seeing it for my first time.even my mom said we were gonna be moving."

DEPUTIES ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE ROBBERS.

IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING CALL CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTIES.

REPORTING IN CHARCO CG NBC2. Return to index of stories...


EBOLA OUTBREAK LATEST-trx TC MON, SOTVO-WIPE


RIGHT NOW -- TWO AMERICANS INFECTED WITH THE EBOLA VIRUS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO THE UNITED STATES FOR TREATMENT.

"We feel that we have the environment and expertise to safely care for these patients and offer them the maximum opportunity for recovery."

THE PATIENTS WILL BE TREATED AT EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IN ATLANTA.

LATE THIS AFTERNOON -- DOCTORS STRESSED NO OTHER PATIENTS WILL BE AT RISK. Return to index of stories...


EBOLA OUTBREAK LATEST-PKG


THERE'S NEVER BEEN A KNOWN CASE OF EBOLA IN THE UNITED STATES --

BUT THERE WILL BE SOON.

THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL ETROFITTED A LONG-RANGE BUSINESS JET WITH MEDICAL EQUIPMENT -- INCLUDING AN ISOLATION CHAMBER --

AND PLANS TO BRING TWO INFECTED AMERICANS BACK HOME.

AID WORKER NANCY WRITEBOL AND DOCTOR KENT BRANTLY ARE CURRENTLY IN STABLE --

BUT GRAVE CONDITION.

"These patients need to be in isolation and that isolation needs to be pristine. Everything from the way that the air circulates in the room, the way that people are allowed to enter into the room, the anti-rooms -- the rooms before you get into where the patient is -- so people can gown up. All of that is necessary and really quite effective."

AT AN ADVANCED STAGE -- EBOLA IT CAN CAUSE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL BLEEDING.

SYMPTOMS INCLUDE WEAKNESS, FEVER, HEADACHES, AND VOMITING.

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS IT'S INFECTED MORE THAN 13-HUNDRED PEOPLE IN WEST AFRICA SINCE MARCH.

THOSE CASES HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 55-PERCENT FATAL.

LIBERIA HAS BEEN ESPECIALLY HARD-HIT.

"The government does not have the capacity anymore to deal with this outbreak. So we need the help of the international community."

EVEN AS NATIONS CALL FOR MORE HELP WITH WHAT MAY BE THE WORST-EVER EBOLA OUTBREAK IN HISTORY -- INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN GROUPS ARE PULLING OUT.

AND THE C-D-C HAS ISSUED A LEVEL THREE TRAVEL WARNING FOR LIBERIA, GUINEA AND SIERRA LEONE.

"It's a recommendation that people avoid nonessential travel to those three locations."

THERE IS NO KNOWN CURE FOR EBOLA.

THERE IS AN EXPERIMENTAL VACCINE -- BUT TESTING FOR THAT VACCINE ISN'T EXPECTED UNTIL AT LEAST SEPTEMBER. Return to index of stories...


EBOLA OUTBREAK LATEST-OC


RIGHT NOW -- IT'S NOT CLEAR WHEN THE TWO PATIENTS WILL ARRIVE IN THE U-S.

WE WANTED TO KNOW -- ARE HOSPITALS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA EQUIPPED TO HANDLE A CASE OF THE EBOLA VIRUS.

WE'LL HAVE THE ANSWER, COMING UP AT 5:30. Return to index of stories...


TEEN KILLED IN CRASH-SS (3)


STATE TROOPERS SAY THE DRIVER WHO KILLED A TEENAGER IN NAPLES -- WAS DRINKING AND SPEEDING.

THE CRASH HAPPENED LAST NIGHT AT THE CORNER OF LOGAN BOULEVARD AND PINE RIDGE ROAD.

TROOPERS SAY 21-YEAR OLD JUSTINO CIRONE RAN A RED LIGHT AND SLAMMED INTO A JEEP.

A PASSENGER IN THE JEEP --16-YEAR OLD DYLAN HEISTON -- DIED ON THE SCENE.

CHARGES ARE PENDING. Return to index of stories...


DAMAS HEARING DELAYED-trx VOTOPS


A COMPETENCY HEARING FOR A COLLIER COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF BRUTALLY KILLING HIS ENTIRE FAMILY HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK.

MESAC DEMAS WAS A NO-SHOW IN COURT TODAY.

HE STILL NEEDS TO BE EVALUATED BY TWO DOCTORS.

HEALTH EXPERTS ARE AT ODDS OVER OVER WHETHER HE'S CAPABLE OF STANDING TRIAL.

ANOTHER HEARING IS SET FOR OCTOBER 8TH. Return to index of stories...


FL MEDICAID MANAGED CARE-SOTVO


THE CONTROVERSIAL NEW MEDICAID SYSTEM IS NOW IN EFFECT ACROSS THE STATE.

Justin Senior, Agency For Health Care Administration

"Recipients can go online, or call us on the phone, and learn about the health plans that are available in this area, the provider networks that they have, and also the service packages that they offer."

THERE ARE MORE THAN THREE MILLION FLORIDIANS ON MEDICAID.

IT'S BEEN MORE THAN THREE YEARS SINCE LAWMAKERS APPROVED THIS SO CALLED "MANAGED CARE" SYSTEM.

SUPPORTERS SAY IT HELPS CONTROL COSTS AND OFFERS BETTER COORDINATED CARE FOR PATIENTS.

BUT CRITICS ARGUE THESE TYPES OF PLANS LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF CARE FOR PATIENTS. Return to index of stories...


DECISION 2014-CLIP B


DECISION 2014 CLIP Return to index of stories...


FL CONGRESSIONAL MAP-VO


A JUDGE WANTS FLORIDA LAWMAKERS TO SUBMIT A REVISDED MAP OF CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS IN TWO WEEKS -- *BEFORE THIS MONTH'S PRIMARY ELECTION.

THE JUDGE RULED LAST MONTH -- STATE LAWMAKERS ILLEGALLY MAPPED OUT THE DISTRICTS IN 20-12 TO FAVOR REPUBLICANS.

NBC2 HAS LEARNED THIS COULD AFFECT A FEW RACES ON THE AUGUST 26TH PRIMARY BALLOT -- IN DISTRICTS 77 AND 79.

THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND ELECTION SUPERVISORS ALSO HAVE TO SUBMIT A PROPOSED SCHEDULE FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION BY AUGUST 15TH. Return to index of stories...


SCHOOL TAX HOLIDAY-VIDBX


IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST SHOPPING WEEKENDS OF THE YEAR HERE IN FLORIDA.

TODAY WAS THE START OF THE THREE-DAY SALES TAX HOLIDAY ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

THIS YEAR -- THE TAX EXEMPTION FOR CLOTHES AND SHOES HAS BEEN RAISED TO 100-DOLLARS OR LESS PER ITEM.

THE FIRST 750-DOLLARS OF A COMPUTER PURCHASE WILL ALSO BE TAX FREE.

THE HOLIDAY RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY. Return to index of stories...


MCDONALD'S SCHOOL DRIVE-trx VOTOPS-WIPE


WHILE YOU'RE OUT SHOPPING THIS WEEKEND -- YOU MAY WANT TO PICK UP A FEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO HELP LOCAL CHILDREN IN NEED.

MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ARE COLLECTING NEW SUPPLIES, LIKES NOTEBOOKS, MARKERS AND PENCILS --

YOU CAN JUST DROP OFF YOUR DONATIONS AT THE BIG YELLOW BOXES INSIDE. Return to index of stories...


MCDONALD'S SCHOOL DRIVE-SOTVO


Michael Tregunno, Local McDonald's Owner

"I feel there's a huge need for it. And being a mcdonalds owner in the area and having two kids myself, I feel proud to have the opportunity to give back to the local community and the children in the areas with through the school supply drive. "

THE DRIVE ENDS SUNDAY.

ALL OF THE SUPPLIES WILL GO TO STUDENTS IN LEE, COLLIER, CHARLOTTE AND HENDRY COUNTIES. Return to index of stories...


LOVE THAT DRESS-VO-WIPE


CALLING ALL FASHIONISTAS!

TICKETS FOR "LOVE THAT DRESS" ARE NOW ON SALE.

THOUSANDS OF NEW AND GENTLY WORN DONATED DRESS ARE UP FOR GRABS -- FOR EXTREMELY LOW PRICES.

ALL THE PROCEEDS GO TO THE PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS IN LEE AND COLLIER COUNTIES. WHICH HELPS AT RISK GIRLS STAY IN SCHOOL.

TICKETS ARE 30 DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


LOVE THAT DRESS-SOTVO-BNR


Meg Geltner, Pace Center for Girls

"By honoring that female spirit.it's our premiere event of the year. "

THE GOAL THIS YEAR IS RAISE 135-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THE CENTER IS COLLECTING DRESSES RIGHT NOW.

FOR A LIST OF PLACES YOU CAN DROP OFF DRESSES AND TO BUY YOUR TICKE T-- GO TO OUR WEBSITE, NBC DASH-2 DOT-COM. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


THE CITY OF FORT MYERS WANTS TO MAKE YOU PAY MORE TO PARK DOWNTOWN.

WE'LL TELL YOU HOW MUCH MORE AND HOW THE CITY MAY LIMIT THE NUMBER OF EVERYONE'S FAVORITE PARKING SPOTS.

PLUS --

TODAY -- DOZENS OF FIRST REPSONDERS HIT THE ROAD --

TO HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS -- INCLUDING CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTY MICHAEL WILSON WHO WAS KILLED ONE YEAR AGO NEXT WEEK.

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW YOU CAN HELP! Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) DOWNTOWN PARKING-VO-WIPE


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TZ1 B) BROTHERHOOD RIDE-VOTOPS


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TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC


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MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS


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ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE NBC2 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA.

INCREASING RAIN CHANCES FOR THE WEEKEND

Scattered showers and storms again developed in parts of the area Friday, with more activity possible in the evening hours. Temps this evening will fall into the 80s. The activity should again dissipate overnight, with lows in the mid 70s.

More moisture works into the region from the east Saturday, resulting in better rain and storm chances. Much of the morning time frame looks OK, but by afternoon scattered showers and storms will be developing. The coverage of this activity will likely be greater than the past few days. Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s.

Even more moisture moves in on Sunday, with PM rain and storms now looking likely. The best chance for activity will be in the afternoon and early evening hours. Highs on Sunday will be in the low 90s.

The increased moisture lingers into Monday as well, with scattered PM showers and storms again developing.

Drier air does work in by midweek, bringing rain and storm chances to more seasonal levels, with highs holding in the low 90s.

TROPICAL UPDATE

We're still keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Bertha. Bertha is still a healthy tropical storm, with sustained winds of 50 mph.

The system will roll across the Lesser Antilles tonight and then take aim at Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic over the weekend.

All the forecast guidance is still indicating that Bertha will swing northwestward toward the Bahamas and away from Florida early next week.

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


DOWNTOWN FM PARKING-trx SOTVO in PLASMA


8:20:40-8:20:43

"You should pay to park in the parking garages, not on the side of the road."

BUT THAT'S THE CASE IN PARTS OF DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS -- AND SOON IT MAY COST YOU MORE TO PARK YOUR CAR.

NBC 2'S TY RUSSELL TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PROPOSED CHANGES. Return to index of stories...


DOWNTOWN FM PARKING-PKG


LEANDRA CARRIERO DOESNT WANT DRIVERS TO PAY MORE FOR PARKING IN

DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS.

8:20:36-8:20:37

Leandra CARRIERO/ driver

"That might be a little chaotic."

MOST METERED SPOTS ARE 25 CENTS AN HOUR.

THE NEW PROPOSED RATE IT 75 CENTS AN HOUR.

IF CITY COUNCIL APPROVES THE NEW RATE, THE WAY YOU'LL PAY WILL BE DIFFERENT.

8:20:23-8:20:31

Leandra CARRIERO/ driver

"In big cities where I'm from at least, as soon as you can find a spot

you, that's your spot. There's not really a big thing on meters."

CREWS ARE PLANNING ON TOSSING OUT THESE OUTDATED METERS FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

ITS AN ELECTRONIC METER THATLL TAKE CASH OR CREDIT.

YOU CAN EVEN PAY ON YOUR PHONE.

THE EXTRA MONEY YOURE DISHING OUT WILL HELP PUT MONEY BACK INTO THE

REVENUE FUND AFTER CREWS PAY FOR THE MACHINES.

8:22:21-8:22:24

Ray RACILA/ lawyer

"They still want to park close, so they'll park in the street if they can."

RAY RACILA IS A LAWYER IN DOWNTOWN.

HIS CLIENTS PREFER STREET PARKING THAN THE GARAGES BECAUSE IT'S CHEAPER.

IF RACILA IS ONLY STOPPING BY HIS OFFICE FOR A SHORT TIME, HE PREFERS

STREET PARKING TOO, BUT THE FREE SPOTS.

8:21:56-8:21:59

Ray RACILA/ lawyer

"that way, I don't have to walk all the way to the garage."

THESE FREE PARKING SPACES ARE CALLED ZIP ZONES.

DRIVERS CAN KEEP THEIR CARS HERE FOR UP TO TWO HOURS.

BUT CITY COUNCIL MAY LIMIT THE NUMBER OF FREE SPOTS DURING THE PARKING OVERHAUL.

AND YOU DONT WANT TO BE THERE FOR TOO LONG.

8:21:00-8:21:03

Leandra CARRIERO/ driver

"It's like $20 even if you're like a minute over."

THAT TOO MAY CHANGE.

DRIVERS MAY BE FINED 30-DOLLAR TICKETS.

BUT PAYING IT OFF EARLY WILL BE CHEAPER.

NO WORD YET ON WHEN CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON THE PROPOSED CHANGES.

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


LEE CO MILLAGE RATE-OC


IT LOOKS LIKE LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL NOT RAISE THE MILLAGE RATE, that’s THE AMOUNT YOU PAY IN PROPERTY TAXES.

THE COUNTY MANAGER RECOMMENDS THE RATE STAY THE SAME FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

COMMISSIONERS WILL SET THE MAXIMUM RATE MONDAY.

THE FINAL RATE WILL BE DECIDED IN SEPTEMBER.

THE BOARD RAISED THE MILLAGE RATE LAST YEAR TO HELP WITH THE BUDGET DEFICIT. Return to index of stories...


BROTHERHOOD RIDE-NATSVO-WIPE


RIGHT NOW -- THREE DOZEN FIRST RESPONDERS ARE RIDING AROUND THE STATE TO HONOR DEPUTIES AND OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY.

Sirens & Bikes

THE 350-MILE BROTHERHOOD BIKE RIDE KICKED OFF TODAY IN NORTH NAPLES.

THIS YEAR -- IT HITS CLOSE TO HOME.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTY SERGEANT MICHAEL WILSON IS BEING REMEMBERED.

HE WAS KILLED LAST AUGUST RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL.

RIDERS CAME FROM ACROSS THE U-S AND AS FAR AWAY AS GERMANY.

THEY SAY IT'S THE LEAST THEY CAN DO FOR THE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES. Return to index of stories...


BROTHERHOOD RIDE-SOTVO-BNR


Lt. Scott Wilson/Rider from Golden Gate Fire Dept.

"When the time gets tough. ya know when we get the hills the wind the rain. ya know its looking in front of you and seeing the names of the guys on their backs there. to say that they did something tough so were out here to finish the ride here every time."

IF YOU'D LIKE TO DONATE TO THE RIDE OR YOU CAN TRACK THE PROGRESS ONLINE --

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

THE RIDE ENDS IN PORT CHARLOTTE ON AUGUST 4TH, THE DAY BEFORE THE ANNIVERSARY OF WILSON'S DEATH. Return to index of stories...


FL PANTHER LIVESTOCK-VO


THE COMEBACK OF THE FLORIDA PANTHER IS CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR RANCHERS.

A NEW STUDY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA FOUND PANTHERS ARE KILLING MORE LIVESTOCK THESE DAYS

IN THE PAST -- RANCHERS WERE ALLOWED TO SHOOT PANTHERS.

BUT NOW, BECAUSE THEY'RE PROTECTED UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT -- THEY HAVE FEW OPTIONS TO PROTECT THEIR ANIMALS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2SHOT


WE ARE ALWAYS WARING OF THE DANGERS OF TEXTING AND DRIVING.

BUT TONIGHT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TEXTING AND WALKING

BUT SOME ACTUALLY DID A STUDY ON IT, AND SHOWS JUST HOW DANGEROUS IT CAN BE.

39:47-

"Always be aware of what's around you. if you're texting, you're not."

THAT'S NEXT AT 5. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) TEXTING & WALKING-SOTVO-WIPE


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TZ2 B) NEW AT 6 TEASE-VOTOPS


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TEXTING & WALKING DANGERS-O-AniBX


IT MAY SEEM HARMLESS --

BUT A NEW STUDY SHOWS WALKING AND TEXTING CAN BE A DEADLY DISTRACTION.

NBC-2S HOLLIE HOJEK TAKES A LOOK AT THE FIRST OF ITS KIND STUDY -- AND

UNCOVERS WHO IS MOST AT RISK. Return to index of stories...


TEXTING & WALKING DANGERS-PKG


Nat pop-text alert.

WE'VE PROBABLY ALL DONE IT.

Mackenzie Fraley, Fort Myers High School Senior

:31:59 i ran into a car, a parked car. While i was looking at my

phone-- i was like oh wait haha.

FORT MYERS HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR MACKENZIE FRALEY LAUGHS ABOUT IT NOW--

BUT A NEW STUDY SHOWS WALKING WHILE DISTRACTED CAN BE DANGEROUS.

EVEN DEADLY.

nat street cars

SAFE KIDS WORLDWIDE CONDUCTED ITS FIRST STUDY ON HOW TEENAGERS CROSS THE ROAD.

IT FOLLOWED OVER 30-THOUSAND KIDS AGES 16 AND UNDER--

AND DISCOVERED TEENAGERS ARE MORE AT RISK THAN ANY OTHER DEMOGRAPHIC-

OF BEING HIT BY CARS WHILE DISTRACTED.

Sally Kreuscher, Golisanos Children Hospital

:24:07 we talk to some many young kids about safety look left right

left, but as kids get older we worry about other things and we dont

really talk to them about walking to and from school, and those are

the kids that do walk to and from school.

Hollie pt one stand up

"even with bright neon signs and designated cross walks--

if your student has their nose in their phone

-text beep-

they'll react slower and not see what could be coming right for them."

Jennifer Fraley, Fort Myer's Mom

:37:56 You just never know what's going to be in front of you.

butt sot

:38:59 "its seems like teenagers especially are so unaware of their

surroundings.

Hollie su pt 2

"The study showed 1 in 8 middles schoolers were distracted while

texting and walking, even worse, 1 in 5 high schoolers.

When the study asked the teens if they thought their age group was

most at risk, the majority said NO."

Mackenzie Fraley, FM Highschool Senior

:33:17 i always think that. im never going to get hit, I'm not going

to hit somebody, nothing's going to happen to me. It could.

ACCORDING TO SAFE KIDS- TEENAGERS AGES 15-19 ACCOUNT FOR *HALF OF ALL

PEDESTRIAN DEATHS UNDER 19.

Sally Kreuscher, Golisanos Children Hospital

:25:53 Awareness is key.

THE STUDY FOUND TEENS WERE JUST AS DISTRACTED BY WEARING HEADPHONES AS

THEY WERE BY TEXTING.

Mackenzie Fraley, FM HS Senior

:33:34 just don't, its not important, it's not that important. It can wait.

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