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ANCHOR SUPERS DECOMPOSED BODY FOUND IN FL-ONCAM, SS(3)
HEADLINES-ANIBOXES FL ROAD RAGE SHOOTING-ONCAM, VO
CONGRESSIONAL MAP-VIDBOX CONGRESSIONAL REMAPPING-TRX, ONCAM
POT BUSINESS-VIDBOX CONGRESSIONAL REMAPPING-PKG
TAX FRE WEEKEND-VIDBOX CONGRESSIONAL REMAPPING-TAG
WX HEADLINE-WX CENTER FL POT MEETING-OTS
GOOD MORNING-1 SHOT FL MEDICAID MANAGED CARE-ONCAM, SOTVO
OPEN-CLIP BABY COURTS-TRX, VOTOPS
GOOD MORNING-1SH-PUSH BABY COURTS-SOTVO
TODAY'S WEATHER-WX CENTER DOWNTOWN FM PARKING-ONCAM
LUCAS: THE POT BUISNESS-ONCAM, TRX DOWNTOWN FM PARKING-PKG
LUCAS: THE POT BUISNESS-TC MON TEASE FOUR-1 SHOT
LUCAS: THE POT BUISNESS-VO, CG TZ4 BACK TO SCHOOL-VO WIPE
LUCAS: THE POT BUISNESS-TC MON TZ4 B CAPE CORAL ALCOHOL-VOTOPS
REDISTRICTING MAP-TRX, ONCAM, VO FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
REDISTRICTING MAP-SOTVO FORECAST-WXWALL
RAUSCHENBERG ESTATE RULING-OTS, VO CLIFTON: LIVE-ONCAM, EANIBOXES
LEE CO SHERIFF RESIGNED-OTS, VO CLIFTON: LIVE-LIVE
CASTAWAYS RAID FOLLOW-OTS CLIFTON: LIVE-VO, CG
CASTAWAYS RAID FOLLOW-PKG BACK TO SCHOOL: THE DEALS-TRX, VIP, VIDBOX(4)
CASTAWAYS RAID FOLLOW-ONCAM CAPE CORAL PUSHING FOR ALCOHOL BUSINESS-TRX, VO IN
BONITA HOME INVASION-TRX, VOTOPS CAPE CORAL PUSHING FOR ALCOHOL BUSINESS-PKG
BONITA HOME INVASION-SOT, SS, OC CAPE CORAL PUSHING FOR ALCOHOL BUSINESS-TAG
CSI VAN ARSON-ONCAM, SS, VO HAMMON STADIUM RENOVATION-OTS, VO
CSI VAN ARSON-SOTVO LEE CO MILLAGE RATE-OTS
COLLIER TEEN KILLED IN CRASH-(3) SS COLLIER SHARE THE ROAD-OTS
LIGHTNING STRIKE VICTIM-ONCAM, SS COLLIER SHARE THE ROAD-PKG
BAPTISM FOUNTAIN CONTROVERSY-WIPE, VOTOPS, EANIBOX RED TIDE UPDATE-OTS, SS(2)
BAPTISM FOUNTAIN CONTROVERSY-PKG LIONFISH REGULATIONS-ONCAM, VIDBOX
DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS PARKING-ONCAM, VO FL PANTHER LIVESTOCK-TRX, VOTOPS
DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS PARKING-SOTVO TEASE: WEB & FB-1SH-SS
TEASE ONE-1 SHOT NEWS OPEN-CLIP
TZ1 BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING-VOTOPS GOOD MORNING 3-1SH-PUSH
CLIFTON: IMMOKALEE BACKPACK-TRX, ONCAM, EANIBOXES FIRST WEATHER-WX CENTER
CLIFTON: IMMOKALEE BACKPACK-LIVE REDISTRICTING MAP-TRX, ONCAM, VO
CLIFTON: IMMOKALEE BACKPACK-VO, CG REDISTRICTING MAP-SOTVO
FORECAST OPEN-CLIP RAUSCHENBERG ESTATE RULING-OTS, VO
FORECAST-WXWALL LEE CO SHERIFF RESIGNED-OTS, VO
TAX FREE SCHOOL WEEKEND-PLASMA, CG BONITA HOME INVASION-TRX, VOTOPS
BACK TO SCHOOL: SHOPPING TIPS-trxPLASMA,CG RVL, PL BONITA HOME INVASION-SOT, SS, OC
MCDONALD'S SCHOOL DRIVE-TRX, VOTOPS CSI VAN ARSON-ONCAM, SS, VO
MCDONALD'S SCHOOL DRIVE-SOTVO CSI VAN ARSON-SOTVO
FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES-CGTOPS COLLIER TEEN KILLED IN CRASH-(3) SS
EDISON MALL BACK TO SCHOOL-CGTOPS LIGHTNING STRIKE VICTIM-ONCAM, SS
MIROMAR FASHION SHOW-ONCAM, CG TEASE SIX-1 SHOT
SWFL BBALL CAMP-CGTOPS TZ6 BACKPACK GIVEAWAY-VOWP
BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE-CGTOPS TRASH OR TREASURE-SOTTOPS
TINY TOT TENNIS CLINIC-ONCAM, CG TRASH OR TREASURE-PKG
FSW SPECIAL HOURS-OTS, CG FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
TEASE TWO-1 SHOT FORECAST-WX WALL
TZ2 TEXTING AND WALKING-VO CLIFTON: LAPINS BACKPACK GIVEAWAY-ONCAM, EANIBOXES
TEXTING & WALKING DANGERS-VOTOPS, EANIBOXES CLIFTON: LAPINS BACKPACK GIVEAWAY-LIVE
TEXTING & WALKING DANGERS-PKG HEALTH MATTERS: HEALTH SCREENINGS-TRX, VO IN PLSAM
LOVE THAT DRESS-ONCAM, VO HEALTH MATTERS: HEALTH SCREENINGS-PKG
LOVE THAT DRESS-SOTVO BABY FAIR BIG LATCH ON-ONCAM, CG
BROTHERHOOD RIDE-ONCAM, NATSVO BREASTFEEDING STATS-VO TOPS
BROTHERHOOD RIDE-SOTVO TEXTING AND WALKING-ONCAM, VO
HOPE FOR HAITI-ONCAM, CG, BNR TEXTING AND WALKING-SOTVO
SALVATION ARMY DONATED PLAYGROUND-TRX, VOTOPS TEASE SEVEN-1 SHOT
SALVATION ARMY DONATED PLAYGROUND-SOTVO TZ6 JAMMERS BASKETBALL-VOTOPS
TEASE THREE-1 SHOT JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-1SH-PUSH
TZ3 EBOLA OUTBREAK-SOTVO JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-PKG
MAIN OPEN-CLIP JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-1 SHOT
GOOD MORNING 2-MITTO HAMMOND STADIUM-TRX-VOTOPS-WIPE
FIRST WEATHER-WX CENTER RAUSCHENBURG ESTATE-VOTOPWP
EBOLA OUTBREAK-TC MON EBOLA PATIENTS-VOTOPS
EBOLA OUTBREAK-PKG IMMOKALEE BACKPACK EVENT-CG TOPS
SWFL EBOLA-ONCAM, VO FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES-CG TOPS
SWFL EBOLA-SOTVO FINAL WEATHER-2 SHOT
BORDER BILL-TRX, ONCAM, VO CLOSE-2 SHOT
NYC CHOKEHOLD DEATH-WIPE, VOTOPS CREDITS-REM LIVE
NYC CHOKEHOLD DEATH-SOTVO  


ANCHOR SUPERS


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HEADLINES-ANIBOXES


A JUDGES RULING COULD IMPACT THE UPCOMING ELECTION.

THIS MORNING, WE HEAR FROM LOCAL LAWMAKERS TO FIND OUT WHAT IT MEANS.

NEW AT 9, NBC2 IS LEARNING ONE OF FLORIDA'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL NEW LAWS IS GETTING SLAMMED BY THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

WE HAVE A LIVE REPORT STRAIGHT AHEAD.

AND THIS WEEKEND IS A GREAT TIME TO SHOP, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A KIDS GETTING READY TO HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL.

WE CRUNCH TEH NUMBERS TO FIND OUT HOW MUCH YOU CAN REALLY SAVE! Return to index of stories...


CONGRESSIONAL MAP-VIDBOX


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POT BUSINESS-VIDBOX


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TAX FRE WEEKEND-VIDBOX


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WX HEADLINE-WX CENTER


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GOOD MORNING-1 SHOT


GOOD MORNING.

I'M STACEY DEFFENBAUGH.

JOIN US FOR NBC-2 NEWS TODAY, COMING UP IN JUST 60 SECONDS! Return to index of stories...


OPEN-CLIP


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GOOD MORNING-1SH-PUSH


GOOD MORNING, THANKS FOR JOINING US HERE ON NBC-2 NEWS TODAY.

I'M STACEY DEFFENBAUGH.

BEFORE WE GET INTO TODAY'S TOP STORIES.

LET'S TALK ABOUT OUR FORECAST.

LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER TYPICAL DAY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. SUN, HEAT WITH SHOWERS AND STORMS.

METEOROLOGIST ROBERT DUNS. BRINGS US MORE IN YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST Return to index of stories...


TODAY'S WEATHER-WX CENTER


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.Hi guys, I just got some new data on Bertha, so I've updated the tropical discussion as needed. Here's the most recent copy.

Thanks,

Rob

STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 5 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 95 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph, with gusts at 65 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bahamian government will have tropical storm warning active for the southeastern section of the islands today. Puerto Rico will remain under a tropical storm warning today as well.

It appears that by Tuesday the storm could reach hurricane strength. Return to index of stories...


LUCAS: THE POT BUISNESS-ONCAM, TRX


ALL NEW THIS MORNING - NBC2 IS LEARNING ONE OF FLORIDA'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL NEW LAWS IS GETTING SLAMMED BY THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE STATE'S NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY AND HOW IT'LL BE REGULATED.

NBC-2'S LUCAS SEILER IS LIVE IN THE STUDIO TO EXPLAIN - LUCAS Return to index of stories...


LUCAS: THE POT BUISNESS-TC MON


STACEY - STARTING JANUARY FIRST, A NEW LAW WILL LEGALIZE STRAINS OF POT THAT DON'T GET PEOPLE HIGH - BUT STRAINS THAT HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO REDUCE LIFE-THREATENING SEIZURES AND EPILEPSY IN CHILDREN. Return to index of stories...


LUCAS: THE POT BUISNESS-VO, CG


PROSPECTIVE POT OWNERS, THOUGH - THEY'RE ANGRY ABOUT HOW THEY'RE GOING TO BE FORCED TO HAUL THEIR PRODUCT ACROSS THE STATE ISTEAD OF BEING ABLE TO SELL IT AT THEIR OWN STORES.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAD A WORKSHOP YESTERDAY TO SET UP NEW GUIDELINES FOR THE INDUSTRY - THEY HEARD A LOT OF COMPLAINTS, BUT THIS ONE GOT THE MOST FLACK.

THE RULE ALLOWS FOR POTENTIAL VENDORS TO TRUCK THEIR PRODUCT THROUGHOUT THE STATE - ALTHOUGH A LOT OF PEOPLE YESTERDAY SAID THAT'S A BAD IDEA SAYING IT'LL BECOME ALMOST LIKE A "UPS-LIKE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM" THAT IT PUTS DRIVERS AT RISK DRIVING WITH A ALOT OF VALUABLE PRODUCTS. Return to index of stories...


LUCAS: THE POT BUISNESS-TC MON


OPPONENTS OF THE THIS TRANSPORTATION RULE SAY THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THEIR OWN RETAIL STORES.

AND STACEY ANOTHER ISSUE THAT'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE SOLVED BEFORE THIS TRANSPORTATION ONE - HOW GROWERS WILL GROW LOW THC THAT DOESN'T GET YOU HIGH.

WE'LL KEEP FOLLOWING THIS DEVELOPING STORY IN OUR NEWSROOM THIS MORNING AND BRING YOU THE VERY LATEST.

LIVE IN THE STUDIO, LS, NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


REDISTRICTING MAP-TRX, ONCAM, VO


DEVELOPING THIS MORNING.

A FLORIDA JUDGE'S RULING COULD AFFECT ELECTIONS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

THE JUDGE HAS ORDER A NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAP, JUST WEEKS AHEAD FROM THE PRIMARY ELECTION.

THE RULING STATES THAT LAWMAKERS HAVE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO DRAW UP A NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAP.

THE OLD ONE IS ILLEGAL BECAUSE IT WAS MADE TO FAVOR REPUBLICANS.

THE JUDGE WANTS THE NEW VOTING MAP BY AUGUST 15TH.

LAWMAKERS SAY THERE'S JUST NOT ENOUGH TIME TO RE-DRAW VOTING MAPS. Return to index of stories...


REDISTRICTING MAP-SOTVO


05:42-48

Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen/ District 78 - "I wish we did have more time and it were something we were able to do after the November elections"

08:49-09:00

Matt Miller/ District 79 - "Kind of a political game when you redistricting in my opinion so ya know if it goes 5-10 miles one way or the other ya know I don't think it makes that big of a difference."

CURRENT STATE REPS WILL SOON HEAD BACK TO TALLAHASSEE FOR A SPECIAL SESSION.

IF THE MAP ISN'T FIXED THAT MEANS THEY WILL HAVE TO MOVE THE PRIMARY ELECTION, WHICH WILL COST FLORIDA TAXPAYERS. Return to index of stories...


RAUSCHENBERG ESTATE RULING-OTS, VO


A LOCAL JUDGE HAS RULED IN A COURT CASE INVOLING A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR DISPUTE ABOUT THE ESTATE OF A FAMED ARTIST FROM SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

FRIENDS OF ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG WANTED 60 MILLION DOLLARS FOR GROWING HIS ESTATE SINCE HE DIED IN 2008.

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

THE JUDGE MET IN THE MIDDLE.AND DECIDED THE FRIENDS WILL SPLIT 24 POINT 6 MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO SHERIFF RESIGNED-OTS, VO


THIS MORNING NBC-2 IS LEARNING A FORMER LEE COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTY HAS RESIGNED AFTER AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION.

HE WAS ACCUSED OF USING LAW ENFORCEMENT TOOLS TO LOOK UP INFORMATION ON PEOPLE FOR PERSONAL USE.

THE REPORT SHOWS STEVEN COLES LOOKED UP 21 EMPLOYEES OF THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

19 OF WHICH WERE FEMALE.

THE INVESTIGATION SHOWS HE LOOKED UP A FORMER GIRL FRIEND MORE THAN A DOZEN TIMES.

COLES ALSO SEARCHED OUR OWN KELLIE BURNS. Return to index of stories...


CASTAWAYS RAID FOLLOW-OTS


THIS MORNING, NBC-2 IS ALSO FINDING OUT NEW INFORMATION ABOUT A NAPLES RESTAURANT OWNER WHO AS ARRESTED LAST WEEK.

WE'VE LEARNED, CASTAWAYS BACKWATER GRILL, HAS BEEN UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR MONTHS.

NBC-2'S SOPHIE NIELSEN-KOLDING TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CASE. Return to index of stories...


CASTAWAYS RAID FOLLOW-PKG


Jack Stroube 053843 I know they were over against the wall on the way to the bathroom. 4

Dale Romberg 053532 A lot of people used them. 2

REGULARS AT CASTAWAYS BACKWATER GRILL IN NAPLES SAY IT WAS NO SECRET… THERE WERE CASINO-STYLE GAMBLING MACHINES INSIDE THE RESTAURANT.

NOW THOSE MACHINES ARE GONE- TAKEN YESTERDAY DURING A RAID BY THE DIVISION OF ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO.

*pagetear* EVIDENCE REPORTS SHOW AGENTS CONFISCATED SIX MACHINES. AND THAT'S NOT ALL…

*pagetear* THEY ALSO FOUND BANK ENVELOPES ADDRESSED TO WINNERS… CONTAINING MORE THAN 12-HUNDRED DOLLARS.

*pagetear* THE BUSINESS EVEN HAD A LEDGER CONTAINING THE WINNERS NAMES AND AMOUNTS. ALL THE RESULT OF AN INVESTIGATION THAT'S BEEN GOING ON SINCE FEBRUARY.

Dale Romberg 503411 I've seen the machines I didn't realize that anything was against the law or anything like that. 6

Jack Stroube 053947 I mean if a machine is there and you put your money in and you play it, you don't question where it came from. 5

CUSTOMERS SAY THEY DIDN'T KNOW THE GAMBLING WOULD PUT ANYONE BEHIND BARS… BUT…

*mug* THE RESTAURANT'S OWNER… ALFRED RUSSILLO WAS IN HANDCUFFS BY THE TIME THE RAID WAS OVER.

NBC-2 IS STILL WORKING TO REACH HIM FOR COMMENT- BUT DALE ROMBERG CLAIMS HE'S SEEN RUSSILLO SINCE HE BONDED OUT OF JAIL.

Dale Romberg 503440 he's in a good mood, he's got a good lawyer, so i hope he does alright. 5

THE LEGAL DRAMA ISN'T KEEPING REGULARS AWAY.

Jack Stroube 053900 They've got some of the best food in town, that's why we go in there, so no, it's not going to change my opinion at all. 6

THE ABT SAYS THE INVESTIGATION IS STILL PENDING.

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CASTAWAYS RAID FOLLOW-ONCAM


RUSSILLO IS EXPECTED IN COURT AT THE END OF THE MONTH. Return to index of stories...


BONITA HOME INVASION-TRX, VOTOPS


TIED UP AND HELD AT GUNPOING IN THEIR OWN HOME.

THIS MORNING LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE LOOKING FOR THREE MASKED MEN WHO BROKE INTO THIS BONITA SPRING COMMUNITY.

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. 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...


CSI VAN ARSON-ONCAM, SS, VO


NEW AT 9, WE LEARNED THE MAN ACCUSED OF SETTING A CRIME SCENE VAN IN COLLIER COUNTY ON FIRE IS OUT OF JAIL AFTER POSTING BOND.

COLTON SMITH FROM GOLDEN GATE ESTATES WAS ARRESTED ON ARSON CHARGES. POLICE FOUND HIM RIDING HIS BIKE, WHICH SMELLED LIKE GAS.

WHEN OUR CAMERAS ARRIVED AT THE ORANGE TREE COMMUNITY THE VAN WAS ALREADY GONE-

BUT WE DID FIND A CHARRED DRIVEWAY.

DEPUTIES SAY THEY FOUND A GAS CAN ON FIRE-

NEIGHBORS SAY THEY WOKE UP TO HELICOPTERS CIRCLING OVERHEAD. Return to index of stories...


CSI VAN ARSON-SOTVO


19:54:09-:14

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

SUMMERS

19:55:29-:35

He goes 'Well you could say that there was a fire involved.' I said 'What happened?' He goes 'I can't say anymore than that. I can't tell you.'

NBC2 DID SOME DIGGING-

WE UNCOVERED SMITH WAS ARRESTED LAST SUNDAY FOR DUI. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER TEEN KILLED IN CRASH-(3) SS


THIS MORNING A COLLIER COUNTY FAMILY IS PLANNING A FUNERAL FOR THEIR TEENAGE SON WHO WS KILLED IN A 4 CAR CRASH, BY A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER.

16 YEAR OLD DYLAN HEISTON WAS RIDING IN A JEEP WITH FRIENDS, WHEN A DRIVER RAN A RED LIGHT AND CAUSED THE CRASH.

IT HAPPENED THURSDAY NIGHT ON LOGAN BOULEVARD AND PINE RIDGE ROAD IN NAPLES.

THESE ARE PICTURES FROM OUR NEWS PARTNERS AT NAPLES DAILY NEWS.

DYLAN DIED IN THE CRASH. HE'S ON THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN.

HE WAS RIDING WITH 19 YEAR OLD DOMINIC HEISTON. WHO WAS ALSO INJURED.

DOMINIC IS IN GOOD CONDITION AT LEE MEMORIAL.

THE SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER IS 21 YEAR OLD JUSTINO CIRONE.

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


LIGHTNING STRIKE VICTIM-ONCAM, SS


GOOD NEWS KEEPS COMING ABOUT THE LEHIGH TEEN RECOVERING FROM A LIGHTNING STRIKE ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

ZACH LATAWIEC'S MOM TELLS US HE SPOKE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE STRIKE, AND THAT HE GAVE HER A HUG AND A KISS.

JUST A WEEK AGO, SHE SAID HER SON HAD BRAIN DAMAGE AND THAT SHE WAS WORRIED SHE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE HIM OFF LIFE SUPPORT.

WE WILL BE SURE TO KEEP YOU POSTED ON ZAC'S AMAZING RECOVERY. Return to index of stories...


BAPTISM FOUNTAIN CONTROVERSY-WIPE, VOTOPS, EANIBOX


A STORY THAT HAS A LOT OF YOU TALKING ON THIS SATURDAY MORNING.

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS SHUT DOWN A CAPE CORAL BAPTISMAL FOUNTAIN, BECAUSE KIDS WERE USING IT AS A POOL.

THE CAPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP SAYS THE FOUNTAIN AT THEIR PARK WAS NEVER DESIGNED FOR PLAY-

BUT AS NBC2'S LAURA ROBERTS DISCOVERED THEY'RE WORKING TO REOPEN IT FOR BOTH USES. Return to index of stories...


BAPTISM FOUNTAIN CONTROVERSY-PKG


In this brutal summer heat --

** nat sound splash pad **

kids and their parents are just looking for a way to cool off.

A quick run through Cape Fellowship Park's splash pad usually does the trick.

But some kids preferred running over to this fountain.

Katharina Genter

Cape Coral

38:21 38:26

my 7 year old would go swimming in it all the time with other kids and they would have a blast

The problem is -- it's not made for swimming -

It was designed and built up to code to be a baptismal fountain for the fellowship.

Katharina Genter

Cape Coral

38:35 38:37

we just assumed the whole time that it was a pool

It turns out a lot of people made that assumption -

Brett Furlong

Executive Pastor, Cape Christian Fellowship

25:04 25:06

it was hard to police 24 hours a day

So many that the city of Cape Coral and the Lee County Health Department noticed

Furlong

25:37

we have signs up we've done everything the city and health department has asked us to do:41

STAND UP - Laura Roberts

9 secs

the fellowship was still using the fountain for baptisms until friday morning when the health department came and put up this sign shutting down the fountain entirely

Furlong

26:31 26:37

We"re gonna have to go through the money of engineering permitting and getting some new equipment in:35 to make it that public pool

They realize that pool is what the community wants -

and they'll still be able to use it for baptisms.

It will cost around 20-thousand dollars to reopen -

money they hope to raise through all of those sorry to see it closed.

In Cape Coral, Laura Roberts, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS PARKING-ONCAM, VO


PARKING IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS COULD GET MORE EXPENSIVE.

THE CITY COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING RAISING THE PRICE FROM 25 CENTS AN HOUR TO 75 CENTS.

THEY'RE ALSO THINKING ABOUT CUTTING DOWN ON THE NUMBER OF FREE SPACES.

THOSE ARE THE ZIP ZONES WHERE PEOPLE CAN PARK FOR FREE FOR TWO HOURS OR LESS.

BUSINESS OWNERS ARE WORRIED THIS WOULD MEAN LESS PEOPLE WILL VISIT DOWNTOWN. Return to index of stories...


DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS PARKING-SOTVO


SOT

Ray Racila/ lawyer

"I have clients who are going to look to try to find a place in the

street, even if I tell them I'll validate their parking. They still

want to park close and so they'll park in the street if they can.

That's with everybody."

THE CITY IS ALSO LOOKING TO INSTALL METERS THAT TAKE CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-1 SHOT


IT'S 10 AFTER 9 ON THIS SATURDAY MORNING!

CAN YOU BELIEVE SCHOOL STARTS IN 2 WEEKS!

ALOT OF EVENTS ARE GOING ON THIS WEEKEND TO HELP YOU AND YOUR KIDS GET BACK FOR A NEW YEAR.

WE ARE LIVE THIS MORNING, AT ONE OF THE BIGGEST BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

LOCAL BUSINESS IS HELPING OUT NEEDY FAMILIES WITH A HUGE BACKPACK GIVEAWAY.

MY CO ANCHOR CLIFTON FRENCH IS LIVE AT THE EVENT NEXT.

PLUS-- THIS IS THE BEST WEEKEND FOR YOU TO SHOP FOR THOSE BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES, BECAUSE YOU WON'T PAY SALES TAX FOR MANY OF THEM.

AFTER THE BREAK WE TELL YOU WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING-VOTOPS


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CLIFTON: IMMOKALEE BACKPACK-TRX, ONCAM, EANIBOXES


SCHOOL IS STARTING IN A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO WEEKS HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

TODAY -- A LOCAL BUSINESS IS HELPING GET NEEDY CHILDREN READY FOR GET BACK TO CLASS ---

MY CO-ANCHOR, CLIFTON FRENCH IS LIVE AT THE IMMOKALEE SPORTS COMPLEX FOR THE LIPMAN'S 3RD ANNUAL BACKPACK GIVEAWAY

CLIFF -- Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON: IMMOKALEE BACKPACK-LIVE


HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ---

EVENT GOES FROM 10-1.

GIVING OUT 12-HUNDRED BACKPACKS

IT'S FOR IMMOKALEE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS.

SEVERAL COMMUINTY ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING INFORMATION Regine dessalines Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON: IMMOKALEE BACKPACK-VO, CG


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FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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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.

Hi guys, I just got some new data on Bertha, so I've updated the tropical discussion as needed. Here's the most recent copy.

Thanks,

Rob

STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 5 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 95 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph, with gusts at 65 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bahamian government will have tropical storm warning active for the southeastern section of the islands today. Puerto Rico will remain under a tropical storm warning today as well.

It appears that by Tuesday the storm could reach hurricane strength. Return to index of stories...


TAX FREE SCHOOL WEEKEND-PLASMA, CG


STUDENTS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL IN JUST A FEW WEEKS.

AND THIS IS THE WEEKEND, PARENTS CAN SAVE ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND CLOTHES.

IT'S TAX-FREE WEEKEND.

ELIGIBLE ITEMS INCLUDE CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND CERTAIN ACCESSORIES SELLING FOR $100.

OR LESS AND CERTAIN SCHOOL SUPPLIES THAT SELL FOR $15 OR LESS.

PERSONAL COMPUTERS AND CERTAIN COMPUTER-RELATED ACCESSORIES ARE EXEMPT ON THE FIRST $750 OF THE SALE PRICE WHEN THEY ARE PURCHASED FOR NON-COMMERCIAL HOME OR PERSONAL USE.

PERSONAL COMPUTERS THAT COST MORE THAN 750 DOLLARS ALSO QUALIFY FOR THE BREAK. Return to index of stories...


BACK TO SCHOOL: SHOPPING TIPS-trxPLASMA,CG RVL, PL


AND THIS MORNING, WE HAVE SOME ADVICES FROM THE EXPERTS IF YOU ARE HEADING OUT THIS WEEKEND TO SHOP.

THEY SAY STICK TO THE BIG TICKET ITEMS THIS WEEKEND --

THE MORE YOU SPEND, THE MORE YOU SAVE.

SO IF YOU NEED A COMPUTER, THIS WEEKEND IS A GREAT TIME TO BUY ONE.

THE TAX FREE HOLIDAY ALSO WORKS ON SOME INTERNET SITES, SO LOOK FOR DEALS ON SITES LIKE AMAZON AND BEST BUY.

LAST YEAR, THESE SITES OFFERED DISCOUNTS UP TO 88 PERCENT.

ANOTHER TIP -- MAKE SURE TO CHECK STORE ADS AHEAD OF TIME, AND COMPARE THE DEALS.

ALSO, MAKE A LIST, START WITH THE ITEMS YOU REALLY NEED AND CAN AFFORD.

AND DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK ABOUT PRICE MATCHING -- PLACES LIKE TARGET, OFFICE DEPOT , WALLMART AND BEST BUY HAVE PRICE CHALLENGING POLICIES.

NOW COMING UP IN OUR NEXT HALF HOUR.

WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT SOME OF THE DEALS THAT ARE HAPPENING. THAT COULD SAVE YOU EVEN MORE CASH THIS TAX FREE HOLIDAY WEEKEND!

Compare prices in the store. If you have a smartphone, use the ShopSavvy app to scan any product's bar code and ensure you're getting the best deal.

Start at home. You might be surprised by how many supplies are already in your house. Send the kids on a scavenger hunt; whoever finds the most items on the teacher's list gets a prize.

Reuse basics. Why buy new every year? Opt for plastic folders, dividers and binders instead of flimsy cardboard ones. If last year's spiral notebooks aren't used up, tear out the old pages and decorate a new cover.

Work the warranty. If you're in the market for a new backpack or jacket, buy one that comes with a lifetime warranty. L.L.Bean, Lands' End and REI are among the companies that will fix or replace worn merchandise for the entire life of a product. So if a backpack gives out in a year, or even 10 years from now, you can pick out a replacement for free.

Are there coupons I should be looking for and printing too?

Do any stores do anything special to attract the back to school shoppers?

Is it better to go to the big box stores or can I get everything I need at the dollar stores for supplies?

How about clothing? Anything I should or shouldn't do? Return to index of stories...


MCDONALD'S SCHOOL DRIVE-TRX, VOTOPS


AND 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 TOMORROW.

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


FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES-CGTOPS


THERE'S ANOTHER BACK PACK GIVEAWAY HAPPENING TODAY --

IT'S AT THE SOUTHSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN FORT MYERS --

THEY WILL GIVE 200 CHILDREN SUPPLIES, A NEW BACKPACK, SHIRTS, SHORTS AND MORE --

YOUR CHILD CAN ALSO GET A FREE HAIRCUT --

THE EVENTS RUN UNTIL THREE.

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Southside Christian Church in Fort Myers will hold its first back-to-school "Southside Mall" event Saturday, August 2, at the church located at 7800 College Parkway. The complimentary giveaway will provide 200 children with many of the supplies required by the School District of Lee County, as well as new backpacks, shirts, shorts and undergarments. Toothbrushes, toothpaste and bibles will also be given away, and haircuts will be available for children at their parent or guardian's request. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., there is no paperwork or income-verification, and the event runs through 3 p.m. or while supplies last, whichever is earlier.

Every child will have a personal shopper assigned as they "shop" from clothing racks and tables in the gymnasium-turned-marketplace, picking out their choices. Organizers will then fill each child's backpack with supplies such as composition books, pens, pencils and crayons as they enter the checkout counter. Adults accompanying the children will wait for them in a meeting room as their little ones explore the "mall." Return to index of stories...


EDISON MALL BACK TO SCHOOL-CGTOPS


PARENTS AND STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO THE EDISON MALL TODAY.

FOR THE SIMON KIDGITS CLUB BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT.

FROM 11 TO 1 THERE WILL BE TONS OF ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND SCHOOL SHOPPING TECHNIQUES AVAILABLE TO PARENTS.

YOU WILL EVEN HAVE THE CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS.

THE EVENT IS HAPPENING IN DILLARDS COURT.

SIMON KIDGITS CLUB HOSTS INTERACTIVE, BACK-TO-SCHOOL-FOCUSED ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG STUDENTS AND PARENTS AT EDISON MALL THIS WEEKEND

, July 31, 2014 - Simon, a leading global retail real estate company, is holding a special celebration to help young students and parents across the country 'make the grade' even before the school year begins. Families are invited to score an "A+" in preparedness and entertainment with Simon Kidgits Club®'s annual Back-to-School event at Edison Mall on Saturday, August 2 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Dillard's Court.

Simon Kidgits Club's Back-to-School event will feature a variety of interactive activities for children and valuable offers for adults, all designed to make transitioning into academic routines a little easier.

· Infusing some fun: To incorporate excitement into getting back to the classroom, kids will have the opportunity to participate in seasonal-inspired craft-making activities and games, including decorating a picture frame to display your new school year, plus design your own Back-to-School items, including a pencil case and bookmark.

· Introducing what's hot: Before hitting the books, families can explore the latest clothing, accessory and toy trends from retailers at Edison Mall.

· Sharing savvy ways to save: Event attendees will have the chance to win prizes and giveaways and tackle their back to school shopping lists with exclusive retailer coupons.

· Tax-Free Shopping - Edison Mall is also pleased to offer our shoppers this weekend, the opportunity to purchase back-to-school necessities without paying sales tax on qualifying items during tax-free weekend in accordance with the Florida Sales Tax Holiday. The 3-day sales tax break begins on Friday, August 1 and ends on Sunday, August 3. During this period, retailers will not be required to collect state and local sales tax on most footwear, clothing, backpacks and school supplies priced less than $100.

"At Simon® malls, we know the back-to-school experience means more to families than simply purchasing must-have supplies," said Sarah Berthold, director of marketing and business development at Edison Mall. "We're hosting our annual Back-to-School event to encourage parents and kids to connect with each other, enjoy a final moment of summer fun at their favorite Simon mall, and are ready to take on a new school year."

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. The Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused for over a decade with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games.

For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club and Back-to-School events, visit www.simon.com/kidgits or Facebook.com/Edison Mall and Twitter.com/EdisonMall.

About Edison Mall

Edison Mall is the only enclosed, super-regional mall in Fort Myers and has more than 160 specialty shops. Stores include: Aeropostale, American Eagle, Ann Taylor Loft, Bath & Body Works, Books-A-Million, New York & Company, The Disney Store, Victoria's Secret, Yankee Candle and more to suit all of your shopping needs. Plus, visit Buca di Beppo or any of our other delicious eatery options in our food court to satisfy your shopping induced appetite.

Edison Mall is located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers, Florida. The mall is open Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sun., 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 239.939.5464.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and an S&P100 company. Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

Hayden Rome | Account Executive

Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations

Niels Esperson Building

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MIROMAR FASHION SHOW-ONCAM, CG


HAPPENING IN THE DAY AHEAD.

MIROMAR OUTLEST IS HOSTING A FASHION SHOW.

YOU CAN CHECK OUT ALL THE HOTTEST BACK-TO-SCHOOL STYLES FOR CHILDREN, COLLEGE STUDENTS, AND TEACHERS TODAY.

THE EVENT IS FROM 1- 2. Return to index of stories...


SWFL BBALL CAMP-CGTOPS


FORMER N-B-A GREATS -- WALI JONES AND MARK STRICKLAND WILL BE VISITING NAPLES TODAY --

THEY'RE IN TOWN FOR THE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT BASKETBALL CAMP --

IT'S AT LELY HIGH SCHOOL FROM 10 TO 1:30.

THE FREE CAMP IS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 7 TO 18.

TO REGISTER CALL THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN. Return to index of stories...


BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE-CGTOPS


THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS ARE JOINING FORCES FOR A GREAT EVENT TODAY.

BOWLING AT GATOR LANES IN FORT MYERS FROM 10 - 8.

THERE IS A 25 DOLLARS REGISTRATION FEE, WHICH INCLUDES TWO HOURS OF BOWLING, SHOES, PIZZA AND DRINKS.

Ticket Pricing: Registration is $25 per team member

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is joining forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the

Sun Coast in Lee County to invite the community to Bowl for Kids' Sake. The event

will be held at Gator Lanes in Fort Myers, Saturday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

with teams playing in two-hour increments. The Animal Refuge Center Save a Pet Lab,

WaterVentures Florida's Learning Lab and the Lee Memorial Blood Mobile will also

be on-site. Face painting, a 50-50 raffle and prizes for best and worst bowlers will be

awarded. Community members are invited to come out and bowl and support the Big

Brothers Big Sisters mission. Bowlers are asked to rsvp with amelvin@bbbssun.org and

can pay at the door. Registration is $25 per team member, which includes two hours of

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TINY TOT TENNIS CLINIC-ONCAM, CG


KIDS AGES 4 - 6 CAN GET SOME TENNIS LESSONS TODAY, AT THE MANZO TENNIS CENTER AT THREE OAKS PARK.

CLASSES ARE 50 MINUTES LONG, STARTING AT 11 A.M.

THE COST IS 15 DOLLARS.

IF YOU WANT TO SIGN UP -- WE'VE PUT A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE --

NBC DASH TWO DOT COM.

CLICK ON NEWSLINKS.

Tiny Tot Tennis Clinics - ages 4 -6 Tennis lessons for kids ages 4 - 6. Kids play

on a modified short court with the red and orange lower compression tennis balls

following the USTA 10 and under tennis guidelines.Classes are 50 minutes long. 11-

11:50 a.m. Manzo Tennis Center at Three Oaks Park, 18251 Three Oaks Pkwy, Fort

Myers, 989-4388. PRICE: $15 drop in. CONTACT: 2399894388. WEBSITE: http:/

www.threeoakstennis.com

North Fort Myers, 995-3999. PRICE: $5 donation. CONTACT: 239-464-1859. Return to index of stories...


FSW SPECIAL HOURS-OTS, CG


FLORIDA SOUTHWESTERN WILL OFFER SPECIAL HOURS TODAY --

SO, IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO ENROLL INTO THE STATE COLLEGE, NEED TO FINISH THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS --

OR NEED TO PAY FOR CLASSES --

THE OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 TO NOON TODAY AT ALL OF FOUR OF THEIR CAMPUSES.

FINANCIAL AID REPS WILL ALSO BE ON HAND. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-1 SHOT


WEVE PROBABLY ALL DONE IT-

TEXTED WHILE WALKING.

WELL IT COULD BE DEADLY.

FIND OUT WHAT A NEW STUDY SHOWS ABOUT HOW YOUR TEENAGER IS CROSSING THE ROAD. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 TEXTING AND WALKING-VO


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TEXTING & WALKING DANGERS-VOTOPS, EANIBOXES


IT MAY SEEM HARMLESS WALKING AND TEXTING, BUT A NEW STUDY SHOWS IT CAN BE A DEADLY DISTRACTION.

THIS MORNING 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.

IN LEE COUNTY HH NBC2. Return to index of stories...


LOVE THAT DRESS-ONCAM, VO


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

ITS AN EVENT WHERE YOU CAN GO SHOPPING -- WHILE HELPING THE PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS.

THE CENTER OFFERS COUNSELING FOR GIRLS WHO FACE HARDSHIPS LIKE FOSTER CARE OR ABUSE.

800 WOMEN ARE EXPECTED TO BUY THOUSANDS OF NEW AND GENTLY WORN DRESSES.

THE DRESSES ARE SOLD AT MUCH LOWER PRICES.

TICKETS FOR THE EVENT ARE JUST 30 DOLLARS.

​ THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAYS THE IS HOSTED *BY* WOMEN *FOR* WOMEN. Return to index of stories...


LOVE THAT DRESS-SOTVO


SOT

Meg Geltner, executive director of pace center for girls.

:14

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

THE GOAL THIS YEAR IS TO RAISE 135-HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR THE CENTER.

LOVE THAT DRESS IS AUGUST 27TH AT THE EMBASSY SUITES IN ESTERO.

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


BROTHERHOOD RIDE-ONCAM, NATSVO


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 FRIDAY 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


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.JUST HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE.

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


HOPE FOR HAITI-ONCAM, CG, BNR


A GREAT EVENT HAPPENING TODAY -

IT'S CALLED HOPE FOR HAITI --

DID YOU KNOW. A DOLLAR IN HAITI.

SUPPORTS ONE DAY OF TEACHING FOR APPROXIMATELY 30 STUDENTS.

PROVIDES 6 MONTHS OF DE-WORMING MEDICATION TO 1 CHILD.

AND PLANTS 1 TREE CARED FOR BY A STUDENT AND HIS/HER FAMILY.

THIS WEEKEND I'LL BE HOSTING HOPE FOR HAITI'S 4TH ANNUAL PUB CRAWL AT THE VILLAGE ON VENETIAN BAY IN NAPLES. TO RAISE MONEY FOR PEOPLE STILL STRUGGLING SINCE HURRICANE HANNA HIT IN 2008.

YOU'RE INVITED FOR A FUN WAY TO RAISE MONEY AND GATHER SIMPLE THINGS LIKE BANDAIDS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR THE KIDS in THAT COUNTRY.

THE FUN KICKS OFF AT M WATERFRONT GRILLE AT 4PM.

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO OUR WEBSITE NBC DASH TWO DOT COM AND CLICK ON NEWSLINKS. Return to index of stories...


SALVATION ARMY DONATED PLAYGROUND-TRX, VOTOPS


THE SALVATION ARMY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HAS A NEW PLAYGROUND FOR THEIR HOMELESS SHELTER.

VOLUNTEERS FROM BB&T BANK HELPED ASSEMBLE IT FRIDAY AT THE FORT MYERS SHELTER ON EDISON AVENUE. Return to index of stories...


SALVATION ARMY DONATED PLAYGROUND-SOTVO


Chris Everett"Just because a child is homeless doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to be a child and get out and have fun. And so doing things like this really allows us to give back and really better those communitites and those families while they transition into their next phase in life."

THE IDEA FOR THE PLAYGROUND CAME AFTER SOMEONE NOTICED THE OLD EQUIPMENT WAS RUNDOWN AND NOT SAFE. Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-1 SHOT


TIME RIGHT NOW.

THE SURGE IN EBOLA CASES IN AFRICA.

HAS NOW LED TO A CRUCIAL NEED TO CONTAIN THE DISEASE.

NOW TWO AMERICAN SEEKING TO HELP TREAT IT ARE NOW INFECTED.AND ON THEIR WAY BACK TO THE U.S

The key is identifying, quarantining, isolating those who contract it

THIS MORNING ON NBC-2. WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE TWO AMERICANS.

AND WHAT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HOSPITALS ARE DOING TO PREPARE FOR THE WORSE. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 EBOLA OUTBREAK-SOTVO


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MAIN OPEN-CLIP


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GOOD MORNING 2-MITTO


GOOD MORNING, THANKS FOR JOINING US HERE ON NBC-2 NEWS TODAY.

I'M STACEY DEFFENBAUGH.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

CHRIS GERBER SENT THIS PHOTO IN FROM COROZAL PUERTO RICO

WHERE TROPICAL STORM BERTHA IS MAKING IT'S WAY.

METEOROLOGIST ROBERT DUNS HAS BEEN TRACKING IT ALL MORNING. HE BRINGS US THE LATEST. Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER-WX CENTER


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.

Hi guys, I just got some new data on Bertha, so I've updated the tropical discussion as needed. Here's the most recent copy.

Thanks,

Rob

STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 5 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 95 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph, with gusts at 65 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bahamian government will have tropical storm warning active for the southeastern section of the islands today. Puerto Rico will remain under a tropical storm warning today as well.

It appears that by Tuesday the storm could reach hurricane strength. Return to index of stories...


EBOLA OUTBREAK-TC MON


NBC-2 CONTINUES TO FOLLOW THAT MASSIVE OUTBREAK OF EBOLA IN AFRICA.

THIS MORNING TWO AMERICANS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO ATLATNA FOR TREATMENT.

NOW, THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL HAS REQUESTED THAT HOSPITALS PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THOSE TRAVELING FROM PARTS OF AFRICA WHO MAY BE SICK.

NBC'S ERIKA EDWARDS BRINGS US MORE. Return to index of stories...


EBOLA OUTBREAK-PKG


THE AMERICAN DOCTOR AND MISSIONARY WHO TRAVELED TO AFRICA TO HELP EBOLA VICTIMS. THEN BECAME INFECTED THEMSELVES. ARE SCHEDULED TO COME HOME FOR TREATMENT.

ONE BY ONE. DR. KENT BRANTLY AND NANCY WHITEBOL WILL BE FLOWN ON SPECIAL MEDEVAC PLANES LIKE THIS ONE. WHERE THE PATIENT IS KEPT IN ISOLATION.

IT'S UNCLEAR WHO WILL BE FIRST TO ARRIVE. BUT THAT PERSON IS EXPECTED AS EARLY AS SATURDAY AT EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IN ATLANTA.

"We are one of only four institutions in the United States capable of handling patients of this nature."

EMORY HAS HIGHLY SPECIALIZED ISOLATION ROOMS LIKE THIS. AND HAS BEEN SET UP FOR THIS KIND OF OPERATION FOR 12 YEARS. SPECIALIZED STAFF HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH EXTREMELY INFECTIOUS DISEASES.

BOTH BRANTLY AND WRITEBOL ARE SAID TO BE IN SERIOUS CONDITION BUT ARE STABLE ENOUGH TO MAKE THE COMPLEX JOURNEY. FROM THE GROUND. TO AIR. AND FINALLY, ARRIVAL AT A SECURE AIR FORCE BASE OUTSIDE OF ATLANTA.

DOCTORS AT EMORY ARE CONFIDENT THEY'RE READY TO TREAT THE EBOLA VICTIMS. WHILE PROTECTING THEMSELVES.

"I will be one of individuals who will be coming in direct contact with the patients. I have no concerns about my personal health or the health of the other health care workers who will be working in that unit."

MORE THAN 13-HUNDRED PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH EBOLA; THE DEATH TOLL HAS TOPPED 700.

ERIKA EDWARDS, NBC NEWS.

SUPERS:

S/ Dr. Bruce Ribner - Emory University Hospital

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SWFL EBOLA-ONCAM, VO


SO COULD SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HOSPITALS HANDLE THE VIRUS IF IT CAME HERE?

WE CALLED HOSPITALS IN CHARLOTTE, LEE AND COLLIER COUNTY ASKING THAT QUESTION.

PHYSICIANS REGIONAL AND TWO OF THE BAYFRONT LOCATIONS SENT US A STATEMENT SAYING THEY WILL FOLLOW C-D-C GUIDELINES.

LEE MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEMS SAID THEY'RE PREPARED AS WELL. Return to index of stories...


SWFL EBOLA-SOTVO


TAKE SOT--

Stephen Streed, Lee Memorial Health Systems Epidemiologist

01:42:25 "For the individual that has it it's very dangerous. For transmition likelihood much less dangerous if you know what you're dealing with in advance." 01:42:32

HEALTHCARE WORKERS MUST WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR WHILE DEALING WITH INFECTED PATIENTS.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE C-D-C RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING THEY DO NOT ANTICIPATE THIS WILL SPREAD IN THE U-S. Return to index of stories...


BORDER BILL-TRX, ONCAM, VO


DEVELOPING THIS MORNING.

THE U-S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS PASSED AN ALMOST 700 MILLION DOLLAR BILL. TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF YOUNG MIGRANT CHILDREN ILLEGALLY CROSSING INTO THE U-S.

THE BILL WOULD INCREASE SPENDING FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD AT THE BORDER. AND MAKE CHANGES SO KIDS COULD BE SENT HOME MORE QUICKLY.

THE BILL PASSED ON A MOSTLY PARTY LINE VOTE.

DEMOCRATS CALLING IT A SHAM. SINCE THE SENATE IS ALREADY OUT OF SESSION. Return to index of stories...


NYC CHOKEHOLD DEATH-WIPE, VOTOPS


AN ARREST NOW RULED A HOMICIDE.

THIS VIDEO WENT VIRAL LAST MONTH OF ERIC GARNER GETTING CHOKED BY POLICEMEN.HE DIED ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL.

NOW THE MEDICAL EXAMNER IS SAYING THE CHOKE HOLD IS WHAT KILLED HIM.

GARNER WAS BEING ARRESTED FOR SELLING LOOSE CIGARETTES ON STATEN ISLAND.

THAT'S WHEN AN OFFICER PUT HIM IN A CHOKE HOLD AND PULLED HIM DOWN TO THE SIDEWALK. Return to index of stories...


NYC CHOKEHOLD DEATH-SOTVO


SOT

my intention moving forward is that we shall retrain the whole department, all 35 thousand members and particularly the twenty thousand officers who routinely work the streets in uniform or plainclothes.

THE OFFICER WHO WAS SEEN PUTTING GARNER IN THE CHOKE HOLD HAS BEEN STRIPPED OF HIS BADGE AND GUN.

ANOTHER HAS BEEN PUT ON DESK DUTY.

FOUR MEDICAL RESPONDERS ARE SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY.

GARNER'S DEATH HAS BEEN RULED A HOMICIDE Return to index of stories...


DECOMPOSED BODY FOUND IN FL-ONCAM, SS(3)


THERE COULD BE A MAJOR BREAK IN THE SEARCH FOR A CENTRAL FLORIDA TEEN.

CREWS FOUND A DECOMPOSED BODY OF A FEMALE IN CHAMPIONS GATE.

IT'S THE SAME AREA WHERE THEY WERE LOOKING FOR 16 YEAR OLD ALEXANDRIA CHERY.

CHERRY HASN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE MONDAY.

THE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE IS WORKING TO IDENTIFY THE BODY.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED THE BOYFRIEND OF THE GIRL'S MOTHER.

HE'S ACCUSED OF CLEANING BLOOD SPATTER IN THE HOME AND LYING TO DETECTIVES ABOUT WHERE HE WAS WHEN SHE DISAPPEARED. Return to index of stories...


FL ROAD RAGE SHOOTING-ONCAM, VO


A MAN IS IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER A ROAD RAGE SHOOTING ON OUR STATE'S EAST COAST.

SOMEONE SHOT 22 YEAR OLD STEVEN SIMON IN THE HEAD ON I-95 IN MARTIN COUNTY.

A PASSENGER IN THE VICTIM'S CAR SAID IT STARTED WHEN ONE OF THE DRIVERS CUT THE OTHER ONE OFF.

SHE DIDN'T SAY WHICH ONE WAS AT FAULT.

THE SHOOTER DROVE AWAY.

AUTHORITIES ARE STILL LOOKING FOR HIM. Return to index of stories...


CONGRESSIONAL REMAPPING-TRX, ONCAM


TIME'S TICKING.

A FLORIDA JUDGE SAYS REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS HAVE TO REDRAW THE STATE'S CONGRESSIONAL MAPS.

AND HE'S ONLY GIVING THEM TWO WEEKS TO DO IT.

BUT AS NBC2'S ANDREA HUBBELL FINDS OUT. IT MAY TAKE LONGER THAN EXPECTED. Return to index of stories...


CONGRESSIONAL REMAPPING-PKG


House Rep. heather Fitzenhagen 10

Candidate Matthew Miller/District 79

- 1:06

TRT 1:36

05:35-42

I'm a very big optimist so I believe we can get it done if that's what we need to do.

TWO WEEKS TO DO ONE BIG JOB.

REPUBLICAN HEATHER FITZENHAGEN SAYS TIME IS THE KEY CROSSING THAT FINISH LINE.

05:42-48

I wish we did have more time and it were something we were able to do after the November elections

CIRCUIT JUDGE TERRY LEWIS ORDERED LEGISLATION TO REDRAW CONGRESSIONAL MAPS NO LATER THAN AUGUST 15TH.

FOR FITZENHAGEN THAT COULD CAUSE TWO MAJOR HICCUPS.

ONE -- IF REDISTRICTING TAKES LONGER IT MIGHT CHANGE THE DATE OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION.

4:07-19

Which just throws a monkey wrench into things and if you have a special election EVERYTIME you do that you change the date and have one singular to a particular race it cost the tax payers more money

FITZENHAGEN IS NEARLY 100 PERCENT POSITIVE IT WILL TAKE LONGER THAN TWO WEEKS.

WHICH SOME BELIEVE GIVES THEM AN ADVANTAGE IN THE ELECTION.

4:39-46

We are unable to campaign to raise money or do anything during that time we are serving in the legislature

CANDIDATE -- MATTHEW MILLER FOR DISTRICT 79 -- SAYS HE'LL TAKE THE ADVANTAGE BUT DOESN'T THINK REMAPPING IS NECESSARY.

9:29-35

A lot of time a lot of government getting involved and changing things that don't need to be changed

GEOGRAPHICALLY -- ITS NOT CLEAR HOW MUCH OF A CHANGE THERE WILL BE.

08:49-09:00

Kind of a political game when you redistricting in my opinion so ya know if it goes 5-10 miles one way or the other ya know I don't think it makes that big of a difference

BUT FOR THOSE IN THE HOUSE, LIKE REPRESENTATIVE FITZENHAGEN -- SHE SAYS IT'S ONLY AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE FAIR.

06:09-20

Make sure that every constituent in FLORIDA feels that they are being fairly represented and that the districts are being drawn fairly to benefit every citizen Return to index of stories...


CONGRESSIONAL REMAPPING-TAG


ANDREA HUBBELL REPORTING.

THE LEE COUNTY ELECTION SUPERVISOR TELLS US --

THERE'S ALREADY BEEN 90 THOUSAND REQUESTS FOR MAIL IN BALLOTS.

28 THOUSAND ARE ALREADY FILED.

SO -- IF REMAPPING DOES SPILL OVER -- THEY'RE NOT EXACTLY SURE HOW ANOTHER SPECIAL ELECTION WILL PLAY OUT. Return to index of stories...


FL POT MEETING-OTS


NBC2 LEARNING BRAND NEW DETAILS ON HOW THE STATE OF FLORIDA PLANS TO MANAGE MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS IT PLANS TO USE A LOTTERY SYSTEM TO CHOOSE THE FIVE GROWER.

AS WELL AS THE PLAN TO HAVE DELIVERY TRUCKS TRANSPORTING THE DRUG.

MANY POTENTIAL GROWERS SAY IT'S TOO DANGEROUS.

A WEAK FORM OF THE DRUG BECOMES AVAILABLE FOR SOME MEDICAL USES ON JANUARY 1ST. Return to index of stories...


FL MEDICAID MANAGED CARE-ONCAM, 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...


BABY COURTS-TRX, VOTOPS


FLORIDA IS WORKING ON A WAY TO PUT A BABY'S NEED'S -- BEFORE OTHERS.

THE STATE IS DEVELOPING SPECIALIZED "BABY COURTS."

JUDGES, LAWYERS AND CASEWORKERS WILL BE ABLE TO FOCUS MORE ATTENTION ON TRAUMATIZED INFANTS.

THAT'S BECAUSE 90 PERCENT OF CHILDREN COMING INTO THE CHILD-WELFARE SYSTEM HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO TRAUMA.

THAT CAN LEAD TO HEALTH PROBLEMS, CRIME AND ADDICTION. Return to index of stories...


BABY COURTS-SOTVO


Mimi Graham, Director, FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy

"We really believe, and the science substantiates, that baby courting can really transform these families so we can stop the whole intergenerational cycle."

CHILDREN IN POVERTY EXPERIENCE ALMOST DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF EARLY TRAUMAS.

CHILDCARE EXPERTS SAY THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN COMING INTO FLORIDA'S CHILD-WELFARE SYSTEM HAS RISEN BY 10-THOUSAND IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS. Return to index of stories...


DOWNTOWN FM PARKING-ONCAM


PREPARE TO DISH OUT A LITTLE MORE CASH THE NEXT TIME YOU PARK IN DOWTOWN FORT MYERS.

THE CITY COUNCIL IS LOOKING TO INCREASE RATES.

NBC 2'S TY RUSSELL EXPLAINS WHY THEY'RE CONSIDERING THESE PRICE HIKES -- AMONG OTHER 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...


TEASE FOUR-1 SHOT


IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN ---

BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING.

STRAIGHT AHEAD --

WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE YOU CAN FIND THE BEST DEALS FROM COMPUTERS TO CLOTHES!

PLUS -- FIND OUT WHAT CAPE CORAL IS DOING TO MAKE THE CITY MORE ALCOHOL FRIENDLY. Return to index of stories...


TZ4 BACK TO SCHOOL-VO WIPE


Return to index of stories...

TZ4 B CAPE CORAL ALCOHOL-VOTOPS


Return to index of stories...

FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


FORECAST OPEN Return to index of stories...


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.

Hi guys, I just got some new data on Bertha, so I've updated the tropical discussion as needed. Here's the most recent copy.

Thanks,

Rob

STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 5 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 95 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph, with gusts at 65 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bahamian government will have tropical storm warning active for the southeastern section of the islands today. Puerto Rico will remain under a tropical storm warning today as well.

It appears that by Tuesday the storm could reach hurricane strength. Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON: LIVE-ONCAM, EANIBOXES


CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S ALREADY AUGUST?

SCHOOL IS STARTING IN JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

IN IMMOKALEE THIS MORNING -- A LOCAL BUSINESS IS MAKING SURE NEEDY KIDS HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL.

MY CO-ANCHOR, CLIFTON FRENCH IS LIVE AT THE IMMOKALEE SPORTS COMPLEX FOR THE LIPMAN'S 3RD ANNUAL BACKPACK GIVEAWAY --

CLIFF -- THERE'S QUITE A LINE OUT THERE ALREADY.

Jaime weisinger, organizer Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON: LIVE-LIVE


HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ---

EVENT GOES FROM 10-1.

GIVING OUT 12-HUNDRED BACKPACKS

IT'S FOR IMMOKALEE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS.

SEVERAL COMMUINTY ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING INFORMATION Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON: LIVE-VO, CG


Return to index of stories...

BACK TO SCHOOL: THE DEALS-TRX, VIP, VIDBOX(4)


THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS QUICKLY APPROACHING AND THERES NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW TO SHOP FOR ALL OF THE THINGS YOU NEED.

IT'S TAX FREE WEEKEND!

BUT BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR.

WE DID SOME CHECKING TO SEE WHO WILL HAVE DEALS TODAY.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BUY ELECTORNICS.

DELL IS OFFERNING BUNDLE DEALS FOR STUDENTS.

YOU CAN GET A FREE TABLET WHEN YOU PURCHASE A P-C PRICED AT 699.

APPLE IS PASSING OUT 100 AND 50 DOLLAR GIFTCARDS WHEN YOU BUY AN IPAD OR IPHONE.

AND IF YOU ARE TEACHER, COLLEGE STUDENT, OR PARENT BUYING FOR YOUR COLLEGE STUDENT. APPLE WILL LET YOU SAVE UP TO 200 ON A NEW MAC.

RETAILER BELK IS HOSTING A NATIONWIDE DENIM SALE JUST FOR THIS WEEKEND.

WHEN YOU BRING IN ONE OR MORE PAIRS OF GENTLY USED JEANS YOU GET A COUPON FOR A NEW PAIR INSIDE THE STORE.

JCPENNEY IS OFFEREING $10 HAIRCUTS FOR KIDS. AND $30 EYE GLASSES AT JCP OPTICAL STORES.

THAT DEAL WILL RUN THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK SEPTEMBER. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL PUSHING FOR ALCOHOL BUSINESS-TRX, VO IN


IF YOU LIKE TO DRINK LOCAL, CAPE CORAL WANTS TO SERVE YOU.

WICKED DOLPHIN- A DISTILLERY SPECIALIZING IN HOMEGROWN RUM GOT HERE THROUGH SPECIAL EXEMPTION, AND NOW THE CITY WANTS TO REPLICATE THIS SUCCESS THROUGHOUT THE CITY-

GEORGE SOLIS HAS THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL PUSHING FOR ALCOHOL BUSINESS-PKG


00:11:09 "We're becoming a destination spot in here." Daniel

Termini, Wicked Dolphin

A BOOMING BUSINESS INDUSTRY

THAT'S POURED ITSELF INTO

A GLASS CALLED FISCAL FEASIBILITY.

00:11:03 "We're in about 1100 hundred locations throughout Florida,

we've won numerous awards with our spirits we have out." Termini

THE WICKED DOLPHIN CRAFT RUM DISTILLERY IN THE CAPE IS PROOF OF THAT.

THEY'VE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR THREE YEARS

00:13:17 "The response in our area has been tremendous not just here

in Lee County but all throughout Florida."

AND THEY'RE NOT ALONE-

NATIONWIDE THE CRAFT BREWERY AND DISTILLERY BUSINESS IS A TRENDING ONE-

WHICH IS WHY THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL IS LOOKING TO GET IN ON THE ACTION.

00:03:27 "Our land use rights were developed in 1974, I don't think

there were micro breweries back then we're just more or less bringing

ourselves back into the 21st century." Dana Burnett, City of Cape

Coral

THE CITY HOPES TO REPLICATE THE SUCESS OF THE WICKED DOLPHIN BY

UPDATING THE LAWS TO ALLOW SIMILAR BUSINESS TO OPEN UP CITY-WIDE.

00:04:25 "You want to put yourself in a position to grab some of

that business and we're at a disadvantage by not having some of those

zoning codes that allow for it. " Burnett

THE PLAN IS START WITH THE SOUTH CAPE C-R-A DISTRICT

00:07:12 "It's small business helping small business"

BUSINESSES THERE LIKE DIXIE ROADHOUSE SAY THEY'RE ON BOARD

00:07:14 I believe the micro breweries and distilleries such as

Wicked Dolphin in the area being a trendy thing I think its a great

thing for the south Cape I think it brings more revenue down." Alan

Lessard, Dixie Roadhouse

AS FOR THE WICKED DOLPHIN- THEY CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT ELSE IS ON TAP

"It'll be nice not to be the only kid on the block." Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL PUSHING FOR ALCOHOL BUSINESS-TAG


IT'LL BE SOME MONTHs BEFORE AN ORDINANCE IS PRESENTED BEFORE CITY LEADERS. Return to index of stories...


HAMMON STADIUM RENOVATION-OTS, VO


RENOVATIONS AT HAMMOND STADIUM ARE IN FULL SWING.

THAT MEANS THE MIRACLE BAESBALL TEAM WILL MOVE TO JETBLUE PARK FOR THE REST OF THEIR GAMES.

WORK WILL CONTINUE AT THE LEE COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX UNTIL NEXT YEAR'S SPRING TRAINING SEASON.

THE NEXT ROUND OF CONSTRUCTION WILL INCLUDE UPGRADED CONCOURSES, IMPROVED CONCESSIONS, AND BATHROOMS. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO MILLAGE RATE-OTS


IT LOOKS LIKE COMMISSIONERS WILL NOT RAISE THE MILLAGE RATE TAXES IN LEE COUNTY.

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

COMMISSIONERS WILL SET THE MAXIMUM RATE ON MONDAY.

THE NOTICES WILL BE SENT TO TO PROPERTY OWNERS AT THE END OF THE MONTH.

THE FINAL RATE WILL BE DECIDED IN SEPTEMBER.

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


COLLIER SHARE THE ROAD-OTS


FLORIDA RANKS NUMBER ONE IN THE NATION WHEN IT COMES TO BICYCLIST DEATHS PER YEAR.

NBC-2'S TRENT KELLY SHOWS US HOW A GROUP OF CYCLISTS IN NAPLES IS TRYING TO CHANGE THAT. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER SHARE THE ROAD-PKG


Eric Keller / Bicyclist

20:39:01 I was in shock of course

42-YEAR-OLD ERIK KELLER KNOWS FIRSTHAND HOW DANGEROUS BIKING ALONG THE ROAD CAN BE.

Keller

20:39:02 I felt the impact of the car. I lost consciousness 20:39:06

HE SAYS HE WAS HIT BY A CAR WHILE RIDING ALONG LIVINGSTON ROAD THIS PAST TUESDAY -- THE IMPACT FRACTURED HIS PELVIS.

Keller

20:38:38 He tossed me from the bike by the impact, broke my helmet in several spots.

KELLER WAS ONE OF NEARLY 80 BICYCLISTS WHO GATHERED IN DOWNTOWN NAPLES ON FRIDAY -- TO REMIND DRIVERS. HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO SHARE THE ROADS.

Jane Cheffy / President, Naples Pathways Coalition

20:34:22 We live in a resort town, and we really would love to be able to exercise safely outdoors. 20:34:28

Trent Kelly / Stand-up

20:53:10 According to state law, cars must leave at least three feet of space between their vehicle and the bike that theyre passing. Something many bicyclists feel, is often forgotten 20:53:20

Cheffy

20:33:12 If you give three feet, slow down and wait.

FLORIDA HAD THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CYCLIST DEATHS IN THE NATION OVER A FIVE YEAR PERIOD ACCORDING TO A STUDY RELEASED MAY OF THIS YEAR.

Cheffy

20:35:07 We want them to try and look for us, because sometimes youre texting, god forbid, and you don't see the cyclist. 20:35:15

DRIVERS HAD NO TROUBLE SEEING THESE CYCLISTS. SOMETHING BIKERS LIKE KELLER HOPE WILL KEEP OTHERS FROM FEELING HIS PAIN.

Keller

20:43:41 You take something like this and make it good, most definitely 20:43:44

IN NAPLES. TRENT KELLY, NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


RED TIDE UPDATE-OTS, SS(2)


ONE OF THE LARGEST RED TIDE BLOOMS DETECTED IN THE GULF OF MEXICO IN YEARS IS SPREADING SOUTHEAST TOWARD SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE ALGAE BLOOM IS 80 MILES LONG AND 50 MILES WIDE LOCATED JUST NORTH OF TAMPA.

RED TIDE KILLS FISH AND CAUSES BREATHING PROBLEMS FOR HUMANS.

RESEARCHERS WITH MOTE MARINE IN SARASOTA SAY THEY'RE REVIEWING WATER SAMPLES FROM THURSDAY.

THESE ARE PICTURES FROM THEIR TRIP.

NEXT WEEK, THEY WILL KNOW HOW FAST IT'S MOVING AND WHETHER IT WILL REACH OUR SHORES

RESEARCHERS ON SANIBEL TELL US THEY HAVE NOT DETECTED ANY RED TIDE ALONG THS SHORELINE YET. Return to index of stories...


LIONFISH REGULATIONS-ONCAM, VIDBOX


NEW REGULATIONS WILL HELP GET THE LIONFISH POPULATION UNDER CONTROL.

THE FISH HAVE TAKEN OVER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATERS AND ARE DAMAGING NATIVE WILDLIFE AND HABITAT.

PEOPLE CANNOT IMPORT LIONFISH.

DIVERS ARE ALLOWED TO HUNT FOR THEM WHILE USING A RE-BREATHER.

IT HELPS PEOPLE STAY UNDERWATER LONGER.

THE NEW RULES ALSO ALLOW FOR SPEARFISHING PERMITS IN PLACES WHERE SPEARFISHING WAS ONCE ILLEGAL. Return to index of stories...


FL PANTHER LIVESTOCK-TRX, VOTOPS


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: WEB & FB-1SH-SS


TIME RIGHT NOW IS.

COMING UP. A LOOK AT TODAY'S TOP STORIES.

PLUS AN UPDATED LOOK AT YOUR FORECAST WITH METEOROLOGIST ROB DUNS.

AND REMEMBER YOU CAN GET THE LATEST TOP STORIES, BREAKING UPDATES AND NEWS OF THE DAY ON OUR NBC-2 FACEBOOK PAGE. WE'LL EVEN SHARE VIEWER COMMENTS LIVE ON THE AIR.

YOU CAN ALSO STAY INFORMED BY CHECKING OUT OUR WEBSITE NBC DASH TWO DOT COM. Return to index of stories...


NEWS OPEN-CLIP


SHOW OPEN Return to index of stories...


GOOD MORNING 3-1SH-PUSH


GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME BACK TO THE FINAL HALF HOUR OF NBC-2 NEWS TODAY.

I'M STACEY DEFFENBAUGH.

WE'LL HAVE YOUR TOP STORIES OF THE DAY IN JUST ONE MINUTE.

BUT FIRST YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST WITH METEOROLOGIST, ROBERT DUNS. Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER-WX CENTER


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.Hi guys, I just got some new data on Bertha, so I've updated the tropical discussion as needed. Here's the most recent copy.

Thanks,

Rob

STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 5 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 95 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph, with gusts at 65 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bahamian government will have tropical storm warning active for the southeastern section of the islands today. Puerto Rico will remain under a tropical storm warning today as well.

It appears that by Tuesday the storm could reach hurricane strength. Return to index of stories...


REDISTRICTING MAP-TRX, ONCAM, VO


DEVELOPING THIS MORNING.

A FLORIDA JUDGE'S RULING COULD AFFECT ELECTIONS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

THE JUDGE HAS ORDER A NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAP. JUST WEEKS AWAY FROM THE PRIMARY ELECTION.

THE RULING STATES THAT LAWMAKERS HAVE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO DRAW UP A NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAP.

THE OLD ONE IS ILLEGAL BECAUSE IT WAS MADE TO FAVOR REPUBLICANS.

THE JUDGE WANTS THE NEW VOTING MAP BY AUGUST 15TH.

LAWMAKERS SAY THERE'S JUST NOT ENOUGH TIME TO RE-DRAW VOTING MAPS. Return to index of stories...


REDISTRICTING MAP-SOTVO


05:42-48

Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen/ District 78 - "I wish we did have more time and it were something we were able to do after the November elections"

08:49-09:00

Matt Miller/ District 79 - "Kind of a political game when you redistricting in my opinion so ya know if it goes 5-10 miles one way or the other ya know I don't think it makes that big of a difference."

CURRENT STATE REPS WILL SOON HEAD BACK TO TALLAHASSEE FOR A SPECIAL SESSION.

THE RULING DOES POSE A PROBLEM.

INCUMBENTS WON'T BE ABLE TO CAMPAIGN.

AND IF THE MAP ISN'T FIXED THAT MEANS THEY WILL HAVE TO MOVE THE PRIMARY ELECTION.

WHICH WILL COST FLORIDA TAXPAYERS. Return to index of stories...


RAUSCHENBERG ESTATE RULING-OTS, VO


A DECISION HAS BEEN MADE IN THE COURT CASE TO RESOLVE A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR DISPUTE ABOUT A FAMED ARTIST FROM SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

FRIENDS OF ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG WANTED 60 MILLION DOLLARS FOR GROWING HIS ESTATE SINCE HE DIED IN 2008.

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

THE JUDGE MET IN THE MIDDLE.AND DECIDED THE FRIENDS WILL SPLIT 24 POINT 6 MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


LEE CO SHERIFF RESIGNED-OTS, VO


THIS MORNING NBC-2 IS LEARNING A FORMER LEE COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTY HAS RESIGNED.

THIS COMES DURING AN INVESTIGATION. AFTER HE WAS ACCUSED OF USING LAW ENFORCEMENT TOOLS TO LOOK UP INFORMATION ON PEOPLE FOR PERSONAL USE.

THE REPORT SHOWS STEVEN COLES LOOKED UP 21 EMPLOYEES OF THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

19 OF WHICH WERE FEMALE.

THE INVESTIGATION SHOWS HE LOOKED UP A FORMER GIRL FRIEND MORE THAN A DOZEN TIMES.

COLES ALSO SEARCHED OUR OWN KELLIE BURNS. Return to index of stories...


BONITA HOME INVASION-TRX, VOTOPS


TIED UP AND HELD AT GUNPOING IN THEIR OWN HOME.

THIS MORNING LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE LOOKING FOR THREE MASKED MEN WHO BROKE INTO THIS BONITA SPRING COMMUNITY.

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. 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...


CSI VAN ARSON-ONCAM, SS, VO


A CRIME SCENE VAN IN COLLIER COUNTY GOES UP IN FLAMES.

AND LUCKY FOR OFFICIALS. IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG TO FIND A SUSPECT.

COLTON SMITH FROM GOLDEN GATE ESTATES IS FACING ARSON CHARGES THIS MORNING.

HE WAS FOUND RIDING HIS BIKE SMELLING LIKE FUEL.

WHEN OUR CAMERAS ARRIVED AT THE ORANGE TREE COMMUNITY THE VAN WAS ALREADY GONE-

BUT WE DID FIND A CHARRED DRIVEWAY.

DEPUTIES SAY THEY FOUND A GAS CAN ON FIRE-

NEIGHBORS SAY THEY WOKE UP TO HELICOPTERS CIRCLING OVERHEAD. Return to index of stories...


CSI VAN ARSON-SOTVO


19:54:09-:14

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

SUMMERS

19:55:29-:35

He goes 'Well you could say that there was a fire involved.' I said 'What happened?' He goes 'I can't say anymore than that. I can't tell you.'

NBC2 DID SOME DIGGING-

WE UNCOVERED SMITH WAS ARRESTED LAST SUNDAY FOR DUI. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER TEEN KILLED IN CRASH-(3) SS


A COLLIER COUNTY TEENAGER IS DEAD AFTER A FOUR CAR CRASH CAUSED BY A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER.

16 YEAR OLD DYLAN HEISTON WAS RIDING IN A JEEP WITH FRIENDS. WHEN A DRIVER RAN A RED LIGHT AND CAUSED A CHAIN REACTION.

IT HAPPENED THURSDAY NIGHT ON LOGAN BOULEVARD AND PINE RIDGE ROAD IN NAPLES.

THESE ARE PICTURES FROM OUR NEWS PARTNERS AT NAPLES DAILY NEWS.

DYLAN DIED IN THE CRASH. HE'S ON THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN.

HE WAS RIDING WITH 19 YEAR OLD DOMINIC HEISTON. WHO WAS ALSO INJURED.

DOMINIC IS IN GOOD CONDITION AT LEE MEMORIAL.

THE SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER IS 21 YEAR OLD JUSTINO CIRONE.

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


LIGHTNING STRIKE VICTIM-ONCAM, SS


GOOD NEWS KEEPS COMING ABOUT THE LEHIGH TEEN RECOVERING FROM A LIGHTNING STRIKE ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

ZACH LATAWIEC'S MOM TELLS US HE SPOKE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE STRIKE, AND THAT HE GAVE HER A HUG AND A KISS.

JUST A WEEK AGO, SHE SAID HER SON HAD BRAIN DAMAGE AND THAT SHE WAS WORRIED SHE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE HIM OFF LIFE SUPPORT.

WE WILL BE SURE TO KEEP YOU POSTED ON ZAC'S AMAZING RECOVERY. Return to index of stories...


TEASE SIX-1 SHOT


A BIG EVENT HAPPENING RIGHT NOW --

IT'S LIPMAN'S 3RD ANNUAL BACKPACK GIVEAWAY IN IMMOKALEE.

MANY STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ALREADY LINED UP TO GET NEW BACKPACKS FILLED WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES --

WE'LL HAVE A LIVE REPORT, STRAIGHT AHEAD.

PLUS THIS --

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TZ6 BACKPACK GIVEAWAY-VOWP


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TRASH OR TREASURE-SOTTOPS


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TRASH OR TREASURE-PKG


This week:

"50's Retro Home"

TRT: 4:34:00

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FORECAST OPEN-CLIP


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FORECAST-WX WALL


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.Hi guys, I just got some new data on Bertha, so I've updated the tropical discussion as needed. Here's the most recent copy.

Thanks,

Rob

STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 5 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 95 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph, with gusts at 65 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bahamian government will have tropical storm warning active for the southeastern section of the islands today. Puerto Rico will remain under a tropical storm warning today as well.

It appears that by Tuesday the storm could reach hurricane strength. Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON: LAPINS BACKPACK GIVEAWAY-ONCAM, EANIBOXES


HAPPENING RIGHT NOW -- A LOCAL BUSINESS IS GIVING OUT SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO MORE THAN 1-THOUSAND KIDS.

MY CO-ANCHOR, CLIFTON FRENCH IS LIVE AT THE IMMOKALEE SPORTS COMPLEX FOR THE LIPMAN'S 3RD ANNUAL BACKPACK GIVEAWAY.

CLIFF. Return to index of stories...


CLIFTON: LAPINS BACKPACK GIVEAWAY-LIVE


HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ---

EVENT GOES FROM 10-1.

GIVING OUT 12-HUNDRED BACKPACKS

IT'S FOR IMMOKALEE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS.

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HEALTH MATTERS: HEALTH SCREENINGS-TRX, VO IN PLSAM


IT'S SAID THAT AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND

OF CURE.

THAT COULD BE A MANTRA FOR HEALTH SCREENINGS, AND

NOWADAYS MANY WORKERS ARE GETTING THEM.AT THEIR WORKPLACE.

AMY OSHIER REPORTS IN TODAYS HEALTH MATTERS. Return to index of stories...


HEALTH MATTERS: HEALTH SCREENINGS-PKG


PKG:

THE DAYS WHEN BUSINESSES EMPLOYED A COMPANY DOCTOR WHO LOOKED

AFTER EMPLOYEES ARE LONG GONE- BUT IN IT'S PLACE IS A NEW MODEL OF

TREATMENT. CORPORATE HEALTH PLANS.

DR. ANDREW SINGH/OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

RUNS:

:15 What we're really concentrating on here is helping employers and their employees

become as healthy as possible.

A HEALTHY WORKFORCE SERVES EVERYONE'S BEST INTEREST. WHICH

IS WHY MANY BUSINESS ARE NOW TAKING THE CORPORATE PULSE. EVEN

GOING AS FAR AS HOSTING ON-SITE HEALTH FAIRS.

DR. ANDREW SINGH/OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

RUNS:

3:41 We can come on-site to an employer, have minimal impact to their employees daily

routine, yet give them so much immediate information.

AMY OSHIER/REPORTING

RUNS:

A health screening doesn't fix problems, it identifies them. Hopefully early enough

so that people can make changes or get treatment so that a health condition doesn't

become a medical crisis.

DR. ANDREW SINGH/OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

RUNS:

1:32 We would collect some basic vital signs. What their blood pressure is, how much

they weight, what is their height. What is their pulse and oxygenation levels?

A SERIES OF TESTS, DONE WITHIN A LUNCH BREAK CHECKS FOR COMMON

CONDITIONS. INCLUDING OBESITY, DIABETES AND HYPERTENSION.

DR. ANDREW SINGH/OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

RUNS:

1:50 We also do a finger stick of blood and with that finger stick of blood we can get

what their up lipid panel is, so we can find out what their cholesterol is not only just their

total cholesterol but their good cholesterol, their bad cholesterol, their triglycerides as

well as what their blood sugar is.

IN THE SAME 15 MINUTE TIME-FRAME, THE SESSION ENDS WITH RESULTS.

DR. ANDREW SINGH/OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

RUNS:

2:06 We're able to give the employee all of this information back to them in a very

usable format and engage them in a health discussion for the couple minutes that we

have them.

FOR A BRIEF TIME INVESTMENT, PEOPLE COME AWAY WITH FOOD FOR

THOUGHT: INSIGHTS ON THEIR HEALTH AND STEPS TO IMPROVE IT.

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


BABY FAIR BIG LATCH ON-ONCAM, CG


IF YOU BREASTFEED YOUR CHILDREN YOU CAN TAKE PART IN A NATIONWIDE EVENT IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

IT'S CALLED THE BIG LATCH ON.

IT''S A SYCRONIZED EVENT TO CELEBRATE WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK AND RAISE AWARENESS

AS PART OF THE EVENT.N-C-H IS HOSTING A BABY FAIR TODAY IN NAPLES.

IT'S UNTIL 12:30 AT THE NORTH LOCATION OFF IMMOKALEE ROAD.

IF YOU ARE EXPECTING A BABY OR HAVE A CHILD UP TO 2 YEARS OLD YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND TO LEARN ABOUT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE. Return to index of stories...


BREASTFEEDING STATS-VO TOPS


A NEW GOVERNMENT REPORT FINDS BREASTFEEDING RATES IN THE UNITED STATES CONTINUE TO RISE.

THE LATEST DATA SHOWS THAT IN 2011, 79-PERCENT OF NEWBORN INFANTS STARTED BREASTFEEDING.

49-PERCENT WERE STILL BREASTFEEDING AT SIX MONTHS, BUT ONLY 27-PERCENT WERE NURSING BY THE AGE OF ONE. Return to index of stories...


TEXTING AND WALKING-ONCAM, VO


YOU KNOW THE DANGERS OF TEXTING AND DRIVING, BUT A NEW STUDY IS SHOWING JUST HOW HARMFUL TEXTING AND WALKING CAN BE.

THE STUDY WAS DONE BY THE SAFE KIDS ORGANIZATION.

IT SHOWS TEENS ARE MOST AT RISK OF GETTING HIT BY CARS WHILE WALKING DISTRACTED.

HIGH SCHOOLERS WERE WORSE, WITH ONE AND FIVE AT RISK OF WALKING DISTRACTED. Return to index of stories...


TEXTING AND WALKING-SOTVO


:Mackenzie Fraley, FM Highschool Senior

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

phone-- i was like oh wait haha./

: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.

THE STUDY ALSO SHOWED TEENS WERE DISTRACTED BY HEADPHONES AND GAMES.

THE STUDY URGES PARENTS TO WARN CHILD ABOUT THE DANGERS OF WALKING WHILE DISTRACTED. Return to index of stories...


TEASE SEVEN-1 SHOT


COMING UP - WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THIS MORNING'S TOP STORIES.

PLUS --

THIS MUST SEE STORY --

ABOUT HOW A BASKETBALL TEAM HELPED A LITTLE BOY ACHIEVE ONE OF HIS WISHES. Return to index of stories...


TZ6 JAMMERS BASKETBALL-VOTOPS


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JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-1SH-PUSH


FOR THE PAST 13 YEARS, THE PUNTA GORDA POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN OFFERING FREE SUMMER BASKETBALL PROGRAMS FOR KIDS.

AND THE COACHES WILL TELL YOU--- EVERY NOW AND THEN A KID COMES THROUGH THE PROGRAM THAT TEACHES THEM A THING OR TWO.

NBC2'S CHRIS GILMORE HAS THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-PKG


11 YEAR OLD COLE AND DYLAN BISSONETTE ARE ABOUT AS CLOSE AS TWO BROTHERS CAN BE.

THEY'RE TWINS, BORN JUST TWO MINUTES APART.

THEY HAVE SIMILAR INTERESTS ---SCHOOL​, VIDEO GAMES

AND​. THEY GET ON EACH OTHERS NERVES.

sound supporting the statement about getting on each other's nerves.

BUT THERE'S ONE THING THAT REALLY BRINGS THE TWO TOGETHER

BASKETBALL.

WITH THAT IN MIND, MOM NAOMI SIGNED THE TWO UP FOR THE PUNTA GORDA POLICE JAMMERS SUMMER LEAGUE.

AT A GAME 2 WEEKS AGO, COLE DID SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE CONSIDER NORMAL.

SOUNDS FROM GAME

COLE SCORED A POINT. HIS FIRST ONE EVER.

04:03:48-53

"I had a feeling he would make one because that's all he would talk about."

YOU SEE, THERE'S ONE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWINS.

NEED SOMEONE SAYING HE HAS CEREBRAL PALSY. MOM?

COLE'S CONDITION SEVERELY LIMITS THE USE OF HIS LEFT SIDE AND CAUSES SEIZURES.

04:47:23-26

"It's very hard."

BUT IT D ​OESN'T STOP HIM FROM WANTING TO PLAY BASKETBALL.

04:34:32-36

"I did not want to sit on the bench, I wanted to get in there and make a shot."

HE DIDN'T SCORE ON HIS FIRST ATTEMPT OR HIS SECOND.

04:35:39-46

"I was almost. I was close to making the first shot and the 5th shot, I made it."

​THEN. ​COLE HAD HIS MOMENT. AND THE CROWD WENT WILD.

04:34:05-08

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JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-1 SHOT


COLE AND DYLAN'S TEAM WILL BE TAKING PART IN THE JAMMERS TOURNAMENT TODAY. Return to index of stories...


HAMMOND STADIUM-TRX-VOTOPS-WIPE


RECAPPING OUR TOP STORIES THIS MORNING.

RENOVATIONS AT HAMMOND STADIUM ARE IN FULL SWING ON THIS SATURDAY MORNING.

THAT MEANS THE MIRACLE BASEBALL TEAM WILL MOVE TO JETBLUE PARK FOR THE REST OF THEIR GAMES.

WORK WILL CONTINUE AT THE LEE COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX UNTIL NEXT YEAR'S SPRING TRAINING SEASON.

THE NEXT ROUND OF CONSTRUCTION WILL INCLUDE UPGRADED CONCOURSES, IMPROVED CONCESSIONS, AND BATHROOMS. Return to index of stories...


RAUSCHENBURG ESTATE-VOTOPWP


AFTER MORE THAN A MONTH OF WAITING --

THREE TRUSTEES OF A FAMED SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ARTIST'S ESTATE WILL GET MORE THAN 24 MILLION DOLLARS.

WHEN ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG DIED IN 2008, HE LEFT HIS 600 MILLION DOLLAR ESTATE IN THE HANDS OF HIS THREE CLOSEST FRIENDS.

THEY HELPED THE ESTATE GROW TO 2 BILLION DOLLARS AND WANTED TO BE COMPENSATED.

THE RAUSCHENBERG FOUNDATION FOUGHT THAT.

A JUDGE GRANTED THEM 16-MILLION DOLLARS TO SPLIT. Return to index of stories...


EBOLA PATIENTS-VOTOPS


TWO AMERICAN AID WORKERS INFECTED WITH THE EBOLA VIRUS IN AFRICA WILL BE TREATED AT A SPECIALIZED UNIT OF AN ATLANTA HOSPITAL.

DR. BRUCE RIBNER SAID FRIDAY THE PATIENTS WILL RECEIVE CARE AT EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL. RIBNER OVERSEES THE ISOLATION UNIT. HE SAID HE HAD NO PERSONAL SAFETY CONCERNS OVER TREATING THE PATIENTS OF THE DISEASE.

HOSPITAL OFFICIALS DID NOT IDENTIFY THE PATIENTS, CITING CONFIDENTIALITY RULES. THEY WERE PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED AS DR. KENT BRANTLY AND NANCY WRITEBOL.

EMORY SPOKESMAN VINCENT DOLLARD SAID THE FIRST PATIENT WAS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE SATURDAY AFTERNOON. IT WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY CLEAR WHEN THE SECOND PATIENT WOULD ARRIVE.

THE PENTAGON'S PRESS SECRETARY, NAVY REAR ADM. JOHN KIRBY, SAID FRIDAY THAT PRIVATE-CHARTERED AIRCRAFT WILL ARRIVE WITH THE PATIENTS AT DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE NEAR ATLANTA. Return to index of stories...


IMMOKALEE BACKPACK EVENT-CG TOPS


THERE IS A BIG EVENT IN OUR COMMUNITY UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW, HELPING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN NEED.

THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES ARE EXPECTED AT THE IMMOKALEE SPORTS COMPLEX.

THE FREE EVENT RUNS FROM 10-1. THEY ARE EXPECTING TO GIVE AWAY 12 TO 15-HUNDRED BACKPACKS TODAY, FILLED WITH SUPPLIES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE ENTERTAINMENT, GIVEAWAYS AND MORE THAN 30 LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES. Return to index of stories...


FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES-CG TOPS


THERE IS ANOTHER BACK PACK GIVEAWAY HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN FORT MYERS.

IT'S AT THE SOUTHSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

THEY WILL GIVE 200 CHILDREN SUPPLIES, A NEW BACKPACK, SHIRTS, AND SHORTS.

YOUR CHILD CAN ALSO GET A FREE HAIRCUT.

THE EVENT RUNS UNTIL 3. Return to index of stories...


FINAL WEATHER-2 SHOT


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE NBC2 WEATHER STAFF.

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


CLOSE-2 SHOT


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CREDITS-REM LIVE


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