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DIRECTORS PAGE MARIJUANA GROW BARN BUST-REM LIVE
5PM OPEN-CLIP MARIJUANA GROW BARN BUST-4 SS
HURRICANE CHARLEY SETUP-VOTOPS EAniBx MARIJUANA GROW BARN BUST-REM LIVE
CHARLEY: PUNTA GORDA 10 YEARS LATER-REM 2 FOOTBALL DEATH-ONCAM
CHARLEY: PUNTA GORDA 10 YEARS LATER-PKG CAR IN CVS-VOTOPS
GOV BUSH REMEMBERS CHARLEY-REM 2 US IRAQ-VO
GOV BUSH REMEMBERS CHARLEY-PKG ISRAEL HAMAS VIOLENCE-VO
GOV BUSH REMEMBERS CHARLEY-REM 2 EAniBx PLANCHER CASE TO SUP CT-VO
CHARLEY: THE CELTIC RAY-VO WIPE CHILD KILLED IN MIAMI-VO
CHARLEY: THE CELTIC RAY-SOTVO BIEBER PLEADS GUILTY-OTS
CHARLEY: LEE EMS-VO WIPE TEASE ONE-2SHOT
CHARLEY: LEE EMS-SOTVO TZ1 A) standardized tests-VO
CHARLEY DESOTO COUNTY-VO TZ1 B) police officer saves choking driver-SOTVO
JIM REIF DAY-2SHOT-SS TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC
COVERAGE PROMISE-OC BNR POLICE OFFICER SAVES CHOKING DRIVER-ON CAM
NAPLES MEDICAL MARIJUANA RULES-ONCAM POLICE OFFICER SAVES CHOKING DRIVER-PKG
NAPLES MEDICAL MARIJUANA RULES-PKG POLICE OFFICER SAVES CHOKING DRIVER-ONCAM
REPAIRING SANIBEL CAUSEWAY-trx VO TEASE TWO-ON CAM
STONE CRABS HONORING SGT WILSON-OC SS TZ2 A) fort myers hit and run arrests-VO
TEASE ONE-2SHOT CHARLEY BUMP-SOT
TZ1 A) FMB LIGHTNING UPDATE-VO-WIPE MONTY'S RESTAURANT REOPENS-VO WIPE
TZ1 B) CHARLOTTE SIDEWALK CONTROVERSY-VOTOPS MONTY'S RESTAURANT REOPENS-SOTVO
TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP
MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP FORT MYERS HIT AND RUN ARRESTS-ON CAM
FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL FORT MYERS HIT AND RUN ARRESTS-PKG
TOSS TO JOE-OC EAniBx FORT MYERS HIT AND RUN ARRESTS-ON CAM TAG
CHARLEY: CITRUS DESTRUCTION-LIVE BAKERY DENIES LESBIAN COUPLE WEDDING CAKE-VO WIPE
CHARLEY: CITRUS DESTRUCTION-PKG BAKERY DENIES LESBIAN COUPLE WEDDING CAKE-2 SOT OC
CHARLEY: CITRUS DESTRUCTION-LIVE CO POT TAX MONEY-VO WIPE
TEASE TWO-2SHOT CO POT TAX MONEY-SOT OC
TZ2 A) CHARLOTTE CO SIDEWALK CONTROVERSY-VO WIPE VENOM MAY STOP CANCER CELL GROWTH-ONCAM
TZ2 B) JOE ARCADIA STANDUP-SOT CASTLES FOR KIDS-VO WIPE
CHARLOTTE CO SIDEWALK CONTROVERSY-1 SHOT CASTLES FOR KIDS-2 SOTVO
CHARLOTTE CO SIDEWALK CONTROVERSY-PKG TEASE THREE-2SHOT
NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT TZ3 A) STANDARDIZED TEST TALKS IN LEE-SOT VO
A) MARIJUANA GROW BARN BUST-VO-WIPE AHEAD AT 6-BANNER
B) CHARLEY: FMB LESSONS LEARNED-VOTOPS A) hurricane charley lookback-sotvo
CHARLEY BUMP-SOT NN THINGS TO WATCH-SOT
SHOW OPEN-CLIP TOSS TO ANDREA-2SHOT
HURRICANE CHARLEY 10 YEARS LATER-VO IN OAniBx STANDARDIZED TEST TALKS IN LEE-BUBBA
CHARLEY: FMB LESSONS LEARNED-PLASMA STANDARDIZED TEST TALKS IN LEE-PKG
CHARLEY: FMB LESSONS LEARNED-PKG STANDARDIZED TEST TALKS IN LEE-BUBBA
CHARLEY: FMB LESSONS LEARNED-PLASMA SELL THE 6PM-2SHOT
TOSS TO JACLYN-OC ZM MAP FLY  


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HURRICANE CHARLEY SETUP-VOTOPS EAniBx


TEN YEARS AGO TODAY HURRICANE CHARLEY CRASHED INTO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER PREDICTED IT WAS GOING TO HIT THE TAMPA BAY AREA AS A CATEGORY THREE STORM.

BUT IT SHIFTED EAST.

NBC-2 METEOROLOGISTS WERE THE FIRST TO DETECT IT, AND BROKE WITH THE HURRICANE CENTER'S PREDICTION, WARNING RESIDENTS, CHARLEY WOULD MAKE A DIRECT HIT ON OUR PART OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE STORM MADE LANDFALL NEAR CAYO COSTA AS A CATEGORY FOUR AT 3:45 IN THE AFTERNOON.

THE EYE HIT PUNTA GORDA ABOUT AN HOUR LATER.

TONIGHT WE HAVE SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE STORM AND SURVIVAL STORIES, A DECADE LATER.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. I'M HEATHER TURCO.

I'M PETER BUSCH IN THE NBC2 STUDIO IN FORT MYERS.

AND I'M STACEY DEFFENBAUGH, ANCHORING OUR COVERAGE LIVE TONIGHT FROM DOWNTOWN PUNTA GORDA. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: PUNTA GORDA 10 YEARS LATER-REM 2


WHAT YOU SEE AROUND ME HAS CHANGED DRASTICALLY IN THE LAST DECADE.

THE EYE OF THE STORM HIT THIS AREA RIGHT AROUND THIS TIME TEN YEARS AGO --

I WAS ANCHORING COVERAGE WITH MY COLLEAGUES BACK AT THE STATION WATCHING IT UNFOLD LIVE, AND OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS, I'VE JOINED MANY OF YOU IN WITNESSING REMARKABLE RECOVERY AND THE RESILANCE.

DEVASTATION AND DESTRUCTION ​ -- RECURRING THEMES DURING​ & AFTER THE STORM THAT FOREVER ALTER​ED​ COUNTLESS LIVES IN OUR AREA.

OUR COVERAE BEGINS TONIGHT WITH NBC2'S GEORGE SOLIS -- REVISITING THIS CITY THAT THAT STATEMENT HOLDS A LOT OF TRUTH FOR. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: PUNTA GORDA 10 YEARS LATER-PKG


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00:03:18 " The last thing we heard Jim Reif say Charlotte County hunker down and then the power when out."

02:12:24 "that's the historic clock on Marion Avenue"

14:34:09 "It was quite a deviated community at that time." Howard Kunik, Punta Gorda City Manager

02:13:23 " The clock is still standing but many of the businesses that stood here are demolished"

14:41:10 " That was Friday of course, Friday the 13th" Debbie Bales, Punta Gorda Ace Hardware

THE DAY HURRICANE CHARLEY MADE LANDFALL IN PUNTA GORDA TEN YEARS AGO.

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14:34:22 "I don't think any of us were prepared. I mean we'd been living a charmed life here in Southwest Florida for many years, we thought we were insulated." Kunik

PUNTA GORDA CITY MANAGER HOWARD KUNIK WAS IN CAPE CORAL DURING THE STORM.

CAUGHT OF GUARD LIKE MANY ​BY ​ITS SEVERITY

A FEELING THAT RESONATED WITH RESIDENTS AS MUCH AS THE DAMAGE AND DEBRIS

14:41:10 " We were sitting in our house, on the concrete floor feeling the floor shake and hearing our ears pop." Bales

DEBBIE BALES OWNS AND OPERATES THE ACE HARDWARE OF WEST MARION AVENUE

THE STORM SPARED HER HOME- BUT SHE FEARED THE WORST FOR HER BUSINESS

14:41:53 " All the stores and everything around us 360 was destroyed but our store was intact." Bales

AS YOU CAN IMAGINE HAVING A HARDWARE STORE OPEN IN THE WAKE OF DEVASTATION MEANT MANY BUSY​,​ UNCOMFORTABLE HOURS.

14:42:29 "No power, no water, it was very very tough didn't have air conditioning for about 5 weeks" Bales

"the day Charley hit- time stood still for many in Punta Gorda. We were here as a community came together before, during, and after the devastation. But, as you can see ​,​ time has marched on and ten years later- the devastation is gone but never forgotten." George Solis

14:34:36 " It could happen again, if it does, we're more prepared for it now" Kunik

IN THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED ​, THE DOWNTOWN TRANSFORMED​ ​- NEW SHOPS, HOTELS, AND A NEW CONVENTION CENTER WENT UP.

THAT'S IN ADDITION TO REBUILDING AND HOMES​ AND THE HISTORIC CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL​. ​ ​

BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY ​, BUILT TO CODES TO WITHSTAND A​NOTHER STORM LIKE CHARLEY.

PROGRESS - THAT OTHERWISE MAY HAVE NEVER EXISTED.

14:36:21 "It's tough to say to say that, but, we couldn't have accomplished this with almost a clean slate." Kunik

EVEN NOW WORK STILL CONTINUES ON IMPROVING THE CITY-

CREWS ARE IN THE FINAL PHASES OF COMPLETING THE STREET RE-BRICKING, PART OF THE CITY'S NEW FLOOD MANAGEMENT PROJECT.

14:36:55 " So, in a weird sense, in some way of form you could almost say Charley may have been the best thing to happen to this city in terms of getting where it is today? Yes, some people might say that." Kunik

DEBBIE BALES IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE- PROOF THAT TIME​.

14:44:46 " It looks great now, everything is good we got a lot of great people in town and they just pulled together

​.​HEALS ALL WOUNDS

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GOV BUSH REMEMBERS CHARLEY-REM 2


FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WEREN'T HERE WHEN CHARLEY HIT -- OR IF YOU HAVEN'T LIVED THROUGH A HURRICANE, THE IMAGES WE'RE SHOWING TONIGHT SHOULD SERVE AS PROOF -- IT ONLY TAKES ONE STORM TO CHANGE LIVES.

THIS ONE WAS SO SIGNIFICANT, FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR JEB BUSH -- WHO WAS IN OFFICE WHEN THE STORM HIT -- CAME BACK HERE TO PUNTA GORDA TODAY TO COMMEMMORATE THE TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Return to index of stories...


GOV BUSH REMEMBERS CHARLEY-PKG


A WELCOME THAT RIVALS A ROCKSTAR

nats of people cheering and excited for jeb bush

THE CROWD CALLING JEB BUSH THE GOVERNOR OF PUNTA GORDA,

Jeb Bush: 1:52:08 "Everytime i come back here, i just marvel at how quickly this community recoverd, it's a tribute to the work that you all do day in a day out.

AND PRAISING HIS QUICK RESPONSE AFTER HURRICANE CHARLEY HIT 10 YEARS AGO.

Walt Bethel: "." 1:32:00 " it means a lot that he came back after 10 years, he was I thought an excellent governor at the time., he did a great job and handled everything really well and it's good to see him back here. 1:32:11

Woody Williams: "." 1:36:36 "I thought Jeb Bush did a great job and I'm glad he came back 1:36:39

IT'S A HORRIBLE TRAGEDY THIS TIGHT KNIT COMMUNITY WILL NEVER FORGET, BUT THE PEOPLE OF PUNTA GORDA FEEL THEY CAME THROUGH BETTER, STRONGER, AND MORE PREPARED.

Jeb Bush: 1:18:15, The schools are all new, all the public buildings are 1st rate, the population is growing again, its really heartwarming to see. 1:18:25

JEB BUSH SPENT PART OF THE DAY REFLECTING AND SHARING STORIES WITH CITY AND COUNTY LEADERS ABOUT THE CATEGORY 4 STORM THAT MADE PUNTA GORDA GROUND ZERO.

THEN GOVERNOR BUSH ARRIVED 2 DAYS AFTER THE STORM AND RETURNED 7 MORE TIMES TO SEE THE PROGRESS.

1:53: 06

What you all did here is spectacular, I love this community a lot and if there are more celebrations count me bro. 1:53:14 Return to index of stories...


GOV BUSH REMEMBERS CHARLEY-REM 2 EAniBx


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CHARLEY: THE CELTIC RAY-VO WIPE


WE HAVE MORE STORIES NOW ABOUT PEOPLE AND PLACES IMPACTED BY THE STORM.

CHARLEY DAMAGED THE CELTIC RAY IRISH PUB IN PUNTA GORDA.

THEY NEVER CLOSED.

PARTLY BECAUSE THEY HAD COLD BEER, BUT ALSO THEY HAD ONE OF THE FEW WORKING LANDLINES.

THREE YEARS AGO, THE PUB COMPLETED THE REBUILD OF SIDE THAT COLLAPSED IN THE STORM. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: THE CELTIC RAY-SOTVO


15:00:26 "We're better than we've ever been, bigger than we've ever been"

14:59:55 " Horrible time but if there's a silver lining, I'd walk around and look it's a nice town"

THE CELTIC RAY PLANS TO COMMEMORATE THEIR PLACE IN LOCAL HISTORY, WITH A PARTY TONIGHT AT 7-30. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: LEE EMS-VO WIPE


WHEN HURRICANE CHARLEY HIT, AGENCIES LIKE LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY WERE THERE TO HELP.

BENJAMIN ABES WAS ON THE FRONT LINES, MANNING A STORM SHELTER IN ALVA, AND MOVING NEW MOTHERS TO SAFETY FROM A DARKENED GULF COAST HOSPITAL. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: LEE EMS-SOTVO


loading those mother's and the newborns into buses and ambulances to get them someplace safe for the night is something I never experienced.

ABES IS NOW ONE OF THE LEADERS OF LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY.

HE SAYS THE AGENCY IS CONSTANTLY PREPARING FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER STORM. Return to index of stories...


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ARCADIA WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT PLACES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

TEN YEARS LATER, THE CITY STILL HAS SCARS.

ARCADIA'S ICONIC WATER TOWER WAS REDUCED TO RUBBLE.

CHARLEY DESTROYED MORE THAN HALF OF ALL HOMES IN THE CITY.

THE REBUILDING IS STILL ON-GOING.

THAT'S ONE OF THE STORIES WE'RE WORKING ON AS WE CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE TONIGHT ON THE NEWS AT SIX. AND LATER IN THIS NEWSCAST, WE'LL SHOW YOU THE DAMAGE CHARLEY DID TO THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CITRUS CROP. Return to index of stories...


JIM REIF DAY-2SHOT-SS


WE ALSO WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TODAY TO HONOR OUR LATE FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, JIM REIF.

MANY OF YOU HAVE TOLD US JIM AND ROBERT SAVED YOUR LIVES THE DAY CHARLEY HIT, BY MAKING THE CALL THAT THE STORM WAS TURNING IN OUR DIRECTION -- THAT YOU NEEDED TO EITHER GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL COULD, OR HUNKER DOWN IN A SAFE PLACE.

TODAY LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PAID TRIBUTE TO JIM, WHO PASSED AWAY EARLIER THIS YEAR, DECLARING TODAY 'JIM REIF DAY." Return to index of stories...


COVERAGE PROMISE-OC BNR


STAY WITH US FOR SPECIAL COVERAGE OF HURRICANE CHARLEY, TEN YEARS AFTER IT HIT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

WE'LL HAVE STORIES ALL EVENING LONG.

WE ALSO HAVE COVERAGE ON OUR WEB SITE--

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NAPLES MEDICAL MARIJUANA RULES-ONCAM


NAPLES WANTS TO PLAN FOR WHAT TO DO IF FLORIDA VOTERS LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA THIS FALL.

TODAY THE CITY WANTED A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE NAPLES PLANNING ADVISORY BOARD.

BUT CITY COUNCIL WILL HAVE TO WAIT.

NBC2'S BRYAN ANDERSON FINDS OUT WHY. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES MEDICAL MARIJUANA RULES-PKG


FOR A TOPIC SO TALKED ABOUT, THIS EMPTY ROOM WEDNESDAY DIDN'T SIT WELL WITH THE NAPLES PLANNING ADVISORY BOARD.

ONLY THREE PEOPLE SHOWED UP.

ALL OF THEM ARE AGAINST THE SALE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA WITHIN CITY LIMITS.

23:10:10-:13

Marijuana in smoked form is never medicine.

Jim Melican, Planning Advisory Board Member

23:17:30-:35 We needed more than 4 days to think about it. I would like to hear people from both sides.

MANY CITIES AROUND FLORIDA AREN'T WAITING TO SEE WHETHER AMENDMENT TWO PASSES IN NOVEMBER.

THEY EXPECT IT.

SO THEY'RE PREPARING NOW ON HOW TO REGULATE THE SALE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

John Cardillo, PAB Member

23:17:13-:17 It's something that's new and it's obviously going to be new for a lot of people if it ends up getting passed.

THE PLANNING BOARD HAS THREE OPTIONS TO RECOMMEND TO CITY COUNCIL.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA SHOPS WOULD BE RESRICTED TO AROUND NAPLES COMMUNITY HOSPITAL.

OR THEY COULD ALSO SET UP SHOP IN THE PINK SHADED AREAS ON THIS MAP.

WHAT ELSE IS ON THE TABLE MAY SET NAPLES ASIDE FROM THE REST OF THE STATE.

Ben Pollera, United for Care Campaign Manager 23:24:45-:55 More so I think I'm seeing pretty productive conversations occurring. To my knowledge Naples is the first city that has proposed banning dispensaries.

UNITED FOR CARE CAMPAIGN MANAGER BEN POLLERA SAYS THE ISSUE BOILS DOWN TO THE PEOPLE IN PAIN.

Ben Pollera, United for Care Campaign Manager

23:26:18-:26

Whether it's exercise, or a change in diet, or a multivitamin, or the use of marijuana that patient should be able to pursue their doctor's recommendations without having to look like a criminal.

PATIENT CARE IS THE CRUX OF THE DEBATE DIVIDING THE POLARIZING CONVERSATION.

Viora Little, Drug Free Collier member

23:08:11-:14 I want to help sick people, but the bottom line is that this is not the way to help sick people.

IN NAPLES, BRYAN ANDERSON, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


REPAIRING SANIBEL CAUSEWAY-trx VO


AN NBC2 TRAFFIC ALERT FOR DRIVERS WHO USE THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY.

CREWS PLAN TO MAKE SOME REPAIRS STARTING MONDAY, THE 18TH.

EXPERTS FOUND SOME CRACKS DURING EARLIER INSPECTIONS.

CREWS WILL SEAL THOSE, AND ALSO WORK TO KEEP SALTWATER FROM GETTING INTO THE STEEL.

THE PROJECT IS SUPPOSED TO WRAP UP BY SEPTEMBER 30TH.

THEY DON'T EXPECT TO CLOSE ANY LANES, JUST SHIFT THEM.

THE COUNTY INSISTS THERE'S NO NEED TO WORRY.

THE CAUSEWAY IS STRUCTURALLY SOUND AND REMAINS SAFE. Return to index of stories...


STONE CRABS HONORING SGT WILSON-OC SS


TONIGHT THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WILL HONOR A FALLEN DEPUTY.

THEY WILL RETIRE SERGEANT MICHAEL WILSON'S BADGE NUMBER BEFORE THE STONE CRABS BASEBALL GAME TONIGHT.

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN LAST WEEK, BUT THE GAME WAS CANCELED DUE TO BAD WEATHER.

SERGEANT WILSON WAS AMBUSHED AND KILLED ON DUTY LAST AUGUST. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


THERE'S A PUSH RIGHT NOW, TO KEEP ALL OF US SAFER ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

TOWN LEADERS WANT TO PUT IN A LIGHTNING DETECTION SYSTEM, AFTER A DEADLY STRIKE LAST MONTH.

WE HAVE AN UPDATE FROM TODAY'S MEETING.

A NEW TAX IS UP FOR APPROVAL IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY - IF IT PASSES, WHY ONE COMMUNITY WANTS THE COUNTY TO KEEP THE MONEY. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) FMB LIGHTNING UPDATE-VO-WIPE


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TZ1 B) CHARLOTTE SIDEWALK CONTROVERSY-VOTOPS


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TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC


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MARKET CLOSE-CGTOPS


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ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE NBC2 WEATHER STAFF.

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

We're tracking a few downpours and even a few storms roaming across Southwest Florida this afternoon and into the evening, but the bulk of the rain will tend to stay over our inland areas through the evening.

Aside from a passing downpour or two, we'll see a warm and muggy conclusion to our Wednesday with a mostly clear sky through the overnight period.

As we approach the early morning hours Thursday, some downpours will develop over the Gulf and head toward the coast of Southwest Florida, so plan for the possibility for some scattered showers during the morning hours.

By the late afternoon hours on Thursday, the highest concentration of rain will likely be over interior portions of the peninsula, but a few isolated showers will still be possible closer to the coast.

Our rain chances will start to drop off a little more from Friday into the upcoming weekend, keeping lots of sun and warm temperatures in our forecast. A few passing showers will be possible early in the day, but the rain that develops during the afternoon will primarily impact areas away from the coast and deep inland.

Tropical Update

Other than a couple tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic, the tropics continue to stay very quiet. Tropical activity is not expected for the next few days, but we're getting close to the time of year when we normally see an increase in tropical development. Keep monitoring nbc-2.com for future updates on the tropics. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO JOE-OC EAniBx


TODAY WE ARE TAKING A LOOK BACK.

TEN YEARS AGO, HURRICANE CHARLEY SWEPT THROUGH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, CAUSING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE AND UPROOTING AN UNTOLD NUMBER OF LIVES.

NBC 2'S JOE ROETZ IS LIVE IN ARCADIA TO BREAK DOWN THE DEVASTATION FARMERS FACED - AND HOW THEY BOUNCED BACK. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: CITRUS DESTRUCTION-LIVE


IN LESS THAN TWO HOURS -

HIGH WINDS DEMOLISHED ENTIRE FIELDS OF ORANGE TREES LIKE THESE HERE--

UPROOTING TREES FROM THE GROUND AND PUTTING AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY ON THE BRINK OF DISASTER.

TODAY - CHARLEY IS STILL ON THE MINDS OF EVERYONE OUT HERE. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: CITRUS DESTRUCTION-PKG


A DAY THAT BEGAN LIKE ANY OTHER AT SORRELL'S ORANGE GROVE.

we came to work like it was any normal day because it looked like Charley was going to the North.

BUT LESS THAN 8 HOURS LATER -

STEVE SORRELL'S LAND WOULD LOOK LIKE ANY OTHER SPANNING ACROSS ARCADIA AND DESOTO COUNTY.

NAT POP - HELICOPTER RIDE

AN ENTIRE CITY IMPACTED BY THE EFFECTS OF CHARLEYS 150 MILE PER WINDS AND HIGHER.

every grower in this county was affected.

SORRELL'S SON JUSTIN NOW CHAIRS THE PEACE RIVER VALLEY CITRUS GROWERS ASSOCIATION -

THE DAMAGE IS HARD TO PINPOINT - AS IT GOT LUMPED IN WITH THE 14 BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE STORM.

equipment turneed over, semis turned over, buildings put down on the ground.

IMAGES ALWAYS ON THE MINDS OF GROWERS.

citrus growers are dealing with a lot from Mother nature to pests and diseases and Charley is always in the convo.

MORE THAN THREE QUARTERS OF STEVE SORRELLS CITRUS GROVE WAS WIPED OFF THE MAP TEN YEARS AGO TODAY.

HE'S REBUILT, LIKE MANY OTHERS - BUT WILL NEVER FORGET.

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CHARLEY: CITRUS DESTRUCTION-LIVE


STEVE SORRELL TELLS ME IF IT WASN'T FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEPPING IN TO GET GROWERS BACK ON THEIR FEET.

THIS IS AN INDUSTRY THAT MAY NOT HAVE RECOVERED -

AND WITH IT, COULD HAVE BROUGHT DOWN A COMMUNITY WITH IT.

WE ARE LIVE IN ARCADIA - JOE ROETZ, NBC 2. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2SHOT


TONIGHT A PROJECT IS SCRAPPED IN ONE CHARLOTTE COUNTY COMMUNITY.

PEOPLE IN ONE NEIGHBORHOOD DIDN'T LIKE THE IDEA OF A SIDEWALK GOING IN ON THEIR STREET--

SO THEY COMPLAINED, AND THE GOVERNMENT LISTENED.

NEIGHBORS TELL US WHY THEY WERE AGAINST IT NEXT AT 5:30.

THEN -- ALL NEW AT 6 --

JOE STANDUP TEASE

"10 years later, a city rebuilt. I'm NBC 2's Joe Roetz with a lookback at the damage Hurricane Charley caused in Arcadia. I'll have that story, coming up." Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) CHARLOTTE CO SIDEWALK CONTROVERSY-VO WIPE


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TZ2 B) JOE ARCADIA STANDUP-SOT


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CHARLOTTE CO SIDEWALK CONTROVERSY-1 SHOT


WE OFTEN SEE PASSIONATE PUSHES FOR SIDEWALKS.

WELL, SOME PEOPLE IN ONE PUNTA GORDA NEIGHBORHOOD WERE OUTRAGED AT THE IDEA.BECAUSE IT WOULD MEAN LOSING PART OF THEIR YARD.

TODAY, THE CITY COUNCIL MADE A DECISION AND NBC 2'S CHRIS GILMORE GOT REACTION FROM BOTH SIDES. Return to index of stories...


CHARLOTTE CO SIDEWALK CONTROVERSY-PKG


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MACEDONIA DRIVE IN BURNT STORE ISLES CAN BE BUSY.

JUST ASK BILL DRAKE.

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Bill Drake/ Resident - "There should be areas where people have the opportunity to walk on a safe sidewalk."

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DRAKE LOVES HIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND WALKING HIS DOG.

HE SAYS MORE SIDEWALKS WOULD HELP KEEP THEM BOTH SAFE.

DURING SEASON - RESIDENTS PACK THE COMMUNITY AND TRAFFIC PICKS UP.

IT CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR WALKERS AND BIKERS.

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"I think the major benefit is the safety issue."

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IN APRIL - SOME RESIDENTS GOT UPSET AFTER LEARNING SIDEWALKS COULD GO IN AND CUT UP THEIR PROPERTY.

THEY STARTED TO FIGHT.

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"A lot of the concern is that people won't even be able to park their automobile in their own driveway because you'll have the path breaking up the drive."

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THE CITY WAS CONSIDERING ADDING THOSE SIDEWALKS BECAUSE OF A LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX THAT'S ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.

IT THAT PASSES PUNTA GORDA WILL GET TWO MILLIONS DOLLARS A YEAR FOR SIX YEARS.

CITY LEADERS MADE A LIST OF A NUMBER OF WAYS TO SPEND THAT EXTRA CASH.

IN COMES THE RECOMMENDATION FOR A SIDEWALK ON MACEDONIA DRIVE.

54 PROPERTY OWNERS ON THE ROAD - EMAILED COUNCIL IN OPPOSITION.

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"We would like this removed and we do not want this to become part of a sales tax extension.

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THIS MORNING THEY GOT THEIR WISH -

COUNCIL DISMISSED ALL TALKS OF A SIDEWALK HERE. SOMETHING DRAKE IS WILLING TO ACCEPT.

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NEW AT 530-BNR-2SHOT


DEPUTIES SEIZE NEARLY A HUNDRED POUNDS OF MARIJUANA IN A LEE COUNTY HOME.

WE HAVE NEW PICTURES OF THE BUST.

A COUPLE OF TEENS WERE ARRESTED IN THE BUST.

NEXT AT 5:30.WE LOOK AT WHY DCF IS NOW INVOLVED.

PLUS - A DECADE AGO, HURRICANE CHARLEY MADE LANDFALL ON THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COAST.

NEXT, WE DIG INTO SOME OF THE POLITICAL FALLOUT ON FORT MYERS BEACH - AND LOOK BACK AT THE LESSONS TOWN LEADERS LEARNED.

BUT FIRST, HERE'S A SNIPPET OF PART OF OUR COVERAGE, THE DAY THE STORM HIT. Return to index of stories...


A) MARIJUANA GROW BARN BUST-VO-WIPE


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B) CHARLEY: FMB LESSONS LEARNED-VOTOPS


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CHARLEY BUMP-SOT


07:01:40 watching the gulf it was 500 yards away from us as the day started. As you look these lots are like rivers right now. There's a current to this water and debris flying around. Screens broke loose, blew away -- how fast the wind is blowing. 07:02:13 Return to index of stories...


SHOW OPEN-CLIP


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HURRICANE CHARLEY 10 YEARS LATER-VO IN OAniBx


NBC2 CONTINUES OUR IN-DEPTH COVERAGE OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE CHARLEY.

THE CATEGORY 4 STORM CAUSED AN ESTIMATED 15 BILLION DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC LOSSES.

IT DESTROYED HOMES, HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS.

IT ALSO KILLED TEN PEOPLE. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: FMB LESSONS LEARNED-PLASMA


AFTER THE STORM HIT FORT MYERS BEACH--THE TOWN WAS NOT ONLY DEALING WITH DESTRUCTION- BUT POLITICAL FALL OUT AFTER THE MANDATORY EVACUATION.

RESIDENTS WERE OUTRAGED WHEN THEY COULDN'T GET BACK TO THEIR HOMES FOR DAYS AFTER THE STORM.

THEY COULDN'T GET PAST THE SO-CALLED "CHECKPOINT CHARLEY."

THE ANGER TURNED TO ACTION--AND THE TOWN MANAGER AT THE TIME WAS REMOVED FROM OFFICE.

TEN YEARS LATER--IS THE TOWN OF FORT MYERS BEACH BETTER-PREPARED FOR A HURRICANE?

WOULD THINGS BE HANDLED DIFFERENTLY?

NBC-2S HOLLIE HOJEK ASKED CITY COUNCIL THE SAME QUESTIONS-- AND UNCOVERED THE LESSONS LEARNED. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: FMB LESSONS LEARNED-PKG


Bruce Cermak, Surf Club Restaurant Owner

:40;12 it was an experience of my life I'll never forget.

BRUCE CERMAK SITS ON A BAR STOOL AT THE CORNER TABLE OF HIS RESTAURANT ON ESTERO BOULEVARD.

HE LOOKS OUT THE WINDOW--

Cermak

it was very strange and eery

---AND REMINISCENCES.

TEN YEARS AGO---CERMAKS RESTAURANT WAS IN THE BUILDING ACROSS THE STREET.

NOW--THE MERMAID BAR---

IT WAS ON THE SECOND FLOOR--WHERE CERMAK WATCHED AND WAITED FOR HURRICANE CHARLEY TO HIT FORT MYERS BEACH.

Bruce Cermak, Surf Club Restaurant

:33:17 we locked the doors downstairs and i think 3 or 4 of my friends

and I went upstairs.

File VO- news coverage

:16:12 These parking lots are like rivers now---we're tracking

hurricane charley right now.

Bruce Cermak, Surf Club Owner

:33;24 And we watched the hurricane on tv.

THE TOWN ORDERED A MANDATORY EVACUATION.

CERMAK STAYED.

file vo-newscast

21:03 you can see my hand vibrating from the wind just pounding.

THE 7 FOOT STORM SURGE HEADED STRAIGHT FOR THEM.

Cermak

:34:19 glass was moving. it was, we were, I was scared for a little

while, at the height of it.

BUTT SOT

Summer Stockton, Fort Myers Beach Town Council

:12:03 oh theyre not going to hit us, were fine.

SUMMER STOCKTON--NOW A FORT MYERS BEACH TOWN COUNCIL MEMBER--WAS JUST 20 YEARS OLD- LIVING ON FORT MYERS BEACH WHEN CHARLEY HIT.

STOCKTON WAS AMONG THE THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS WHO DID EVACUATE--

THEN WERE TOLD NO- YOU CAN'T GO BACK TO YOUR HOMES.

Stockton

"13"37 we were like what?? we were just livid. we were livid.

THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD BARRICADED THE BASE OF THE MATANZAS PASS BRIDGE.

RESIDENTS WERE STUCK ON THE OTHER SIDE--FOR FIVE DAYS--

AWAY FROM THEIR HOMES, WITH NO IDEA HOW BAD THE DAMAGE REALLY WAS.

file footage sots

::00:49 I want to choke someone. this is where we got to stay.

BUTT SOT

:00:35 We haven't seen our house in five days come one! what's the deal now?

BUTT SOT

Cermak

:39:27 they had a lot of angry citizens, furious.

NEWS CREWS WERE SOME OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO BE LET BACK ON THE ISLAND-TO TOUR THE DAMAGE.

THERE WAS NO POWER-

MOUNDS OF SAND- AND SEWAGE FILLED THE STREETS.

File-footage ---"it looks like snow covering there the street."

SAFETY WAS A BIG CONCERN.

Stockton

:15:50 looking back, at the time, I thought everything was a disaster.

TEN YEARS LATER-

Stockton

:15:59 really the main thing was not letting us on, thats was the one

issue that made us angry for everything else.

THE TOWN LEARNED IT'S LESSON.

THEN TOWN MANAGER MARSHA GEORGE WAS REMOVED FROM OFFICE-

Nat pop-

:29:57 it would say 20-14 hurricane reentry right here.

AND THE FOLLOWING YEAR THE TOWN ISSUED THESE RE-ENTRY PASSES.

IT ALLOWS RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS TO GET BACK ON THE ISLAND FIRST.

THE TOWN ALSO PUT A CODE RED ALERT SYSTEM IN PLACE-

TO HELP COMMUNICATE WITH RESIDENTS ON THEIR PHONES DURING EMERGENCIES.

Stockton

:12:09 I think we just didn't take it seriously, because we never

experienced it, but now we know and now i think as citizens and a

government, were more prepared.

ON FORT MYERS BEACH, HH NBC2. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY: FMB LESSONS LEARNED-PLASMA


NBC-2 RECENTLY UNCOVERED THE HURRICANE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

PLAN ON FORT MYERS BEACH IS OUTDATED.

TOWN COUNCIL HELD A MEETING TODAY-- TO DISCUSS DRAFTING A NEW ONE--

WE WERE AT THAT MEETING AND WILL HAVE A LIVE REPORT AT SIX ON THE EMERGENCY PLAN CHANGES. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO JACLYN-OC ZM MAP FLY


A LEE COUNTY COUPLE IS JAIL AFTER DEPUTIES FOUND NEARLY HUNDRED POUNDS OF MARIJUANA ON THEIR PROPERTY.

AND DEPUTIES SAY -- THE COUPLE'S TEENAGERS LIVED THERE.

THE BUST HAPPENED AT A HOUSE AND GARAGE ON PANGOLA DRIVE IN FORT MYERS.

NBC2'S JACLYN BEVIS IS THERE LIVE WITH DETAILS. Return to index of stories...


MARIJUANA GROW BARN BUST-REM LIVE


LIVE

Neighbors tell us the family that lived in this home was just like any other-two teens, no extra traffic, and waved to neighbors like everyone else.

Lee County Sheriff Deputies visited this week and report one thing that set them apart-- hundreds of marijuana plants growing in their garage. Return to index of stories...


MARIJUANA GROW BARN BUST-4 SS


THESE ARE PHOTOS FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE. THIS IS WAS DEPUTIES FOUND INSIDE THE DETACHED GARAGE.

INSIDE IT WAS BROKEN UP INTO DIFFERENT ROOMS, PLANTS WERE COLOR CODED, AND AIR CONDITIONERS AND DEHUMIDIFIERS PERFECTED THE GROWING CONDTIONS.

IN TOTAL-- 91 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA WAS TAKEN BY DEPUTIES.

BRENDA AND TODD NELSON WERE ARRESTED.

TODD NELSON IS HELD ON MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING, POSSESSING, AND PRODUCING.

HIS WIFE, BRENDA, TOLD DEPUTIES SHE KNEW NOTHING OF THE GROW HOUSE. SHE'S HELD TONIGHT BASED ON 2 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA DEPUTIES REPORT FINDING IN HER CLOSET. Return to index of stories...


MARIJUANA GROW BARN BUST-REM LIVE


LIVE

The two teens who lived inside the home are reportedly staying with friends. As of this afternoon, there's no DCF investigation into this case at this time.

RL, Lee County, JB, NBC2. Return to index of stories...


FOOTBALL DEATH-ONCAM


BREAKING NEWS WE'RE MONITORING AT 5:30 -- THE DEATH OF A HIGH SCHOOLER AT FOOTBALL CAMP IN GAINESVILLE.

DETAILS ARE JUST COMING OUT --

WHAT WE KNOW RIGHT NOW:

THE TEEN WAS AT A TEAM-BUILDING FOOTBALL CAMP WHEN HE HAD SOME SORT OF MEDICAL DISTRESS --

WE KNOW THE BOY WAS IN THE 9TH GRADE --

HIS TEAMMATES ARE BEING BROUGHT BACK TO SEBASTIAN THIS AFTERNOON AND GRIEF COUNSELORS ARE BEING CALLED IN TO HELP THEM.

COUNT ON US TO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS SAD STORY AND LET YOU KNOW WHEN DETAILS EMERGE. Return to index of stories...


CAR IN CVS-VOTOPS


A DRIVER IS OK THIS EVENING - AFTER HE CRASHED HIS S-U-V THROUGH THE WALL OF A C-V-S.

IT HAPPENED AROUND NOON TODAY AT THE STORE AT THE INTERSECTION OF SAN CARLOS AND MCGREGOR BOULEVARDS.

AN OLDER MAN WAS PARKED IN THE PARKING LOT, WHEN HE LET HIS FOOT OFF THE BRAKE.

THE S-U-V SLAMMED THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR.

A FEW PEOPLE HAD TO JUMP OUT OF THE WAY.

ONE CUSTOMER HAS MINOR INJURIES.

THE DRIVER WAS OK.

THE STORE HAD TO CLOSE FOR A WHILE TO CLEAN UP. Return to index of stories...


US IRAQ-VO


TONIGHT IN IRAQ: THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES TRAPPED ON A MOUNTAIN IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY.

THE RELIGIOUS MINORITIES WENT THERE AFTER MILITANTS FROM THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP SWEPT THROUGH THEIR VILLAGE.

THE U-N SET UP A CAMP FOR THEM.

THE U-S AND OTHER COUNTRIES ARE DELIVERING SUPPLIES.

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS NOW CONSIDERING WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE.

DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER BEN RHODES, INSISTS THERE NEEDS TO BE A WAY TO GET THEM TO SAFETY. Return to index of stories...


ISRAEL HAMAS VIOLENCE-VO


The Israeli military says at least three rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza.

The military says the rockets were fired late Wednesday shortly before a truce with Hamas had been set to expire at midnight.

The rocket fire comes as Palestinian officials say Hamas has agreed to extend the cease-fire with Israel for five days.

EGYPT IS MEDIATING TALKS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HAMAS MEANT TO SECURE A LONG-TERM TRUCE TO THE MONTH-LONG WAR. Return to index of stories...


PLANCHER CASE TO SUP CT-VO


THE STATE SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR AN APPEAL IN THE ERECK PLANCHER CASE.

THE LELY HIGH SCHOOL GRAD WAS PLAYING ON THE UNIVERSITY CENTRAL FLORIDA FOOTBALL TEAM IN 2008, WHEN HE DIED AFTER CONDITIONING DRILLS.

HIS PARENTS RECEIVED A 10 MILLION DOLLAR AWARD IN A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT AGAINST U-C-F.

BUT AN APPEALS COURT PANEL REDUCED THAT TO 200 THOUSAND.

THE FAMILY IS APPEALING *THAT DECISION. Return to index of stories...


CHILD KILLED IN MIAMI-VO


A DOG REPORTEDLY KILLED A FOUR YEAR OLD BOY IN SOUTH FLORIDA TODAY.

OFFICERS FOUND JAVON DADE JUNIOR'S BODY IN THE GATED YARD OF THE HOUSE WHERE HE WAS STAYING.

ANIMAL SERVICES WORKERS TOOK THREE DOGS FROM THE SCENE.

POLICE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER ONE OR MORE DOGS ATTACKED THE CHILD. Return to index of stories...


BIEBER PLEADS GUILTY-OTS


POP SINGER JUSTIN BIEBER ADMITS HE'S GUILTY OF CARELESS DRIVING AND RESISTING ARREST IN MIAMI.

UNDER A PLEA DEAL REACHED TODAY, BIEBER WILL HAVE TO TAKE A 2-HOUR ANGER MANAGEMENT COURSE, MAKE A $50,000 CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION AND PAY COURT FINES. HE'LL AVOID A DUI CONVICTION.

BIEBER WAS ARRESTED IN JANUARY AFTER DRIVING EXOTIC SPORTS CARS ALONG A QUIET RESIDENTIAL STREET.

TESTS SHOWED HE'D BEEN DRINKING, AND HAD POT AND AN ANTI-ANXIETY DRUG IN HIS SYSTEM. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-2SHOT


AS YOUR KIDS GET READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL --

LEE COUNTY IS ON THE BRINK OF MAKING HISTORY.

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT COULD BE THE FIRST **EVER* IN FLORIDA -- TO OPT OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTING.

WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT WHY.NEXT AT 5:30.

PLUS THIS:

Make sure you're breathing, alright?

crying.

WHY THAT WOMAN WAS CRYING AND HUGGING THE OFFICER WHO PULLED HER OVER.

IT'S A MUST-SEE STORY. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) standardized tests-VO


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TZ1 B) police officer saves choking driver-SOTVO


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TZ1 C) WEATHER TEASE-STC


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POLICE OFFICER SAVES CHOKING DRIVER-ON CAM


WE HAVE A WILD STORY OUT OF MICHIGAN.

A KALAMAZOO POLICE OFFICER PULLED A WOMAN OVER.

THEN HE SAVED HER LIFE.

IT WAS ALL CAUGHT ON DASHCAM VIDEO. Return to index of stories...


POLICE OFFICER SAVES CHOKING DRIVER-PKG


"I'm glad I was there for her. Yeah."

OH COURSE YOU'D NEVER KNOW IT, TO HEAR JASON GATES TELL THE STORY.

nats - OK.

You got it?

"It was just a red light violation at Cork and Burdick."

THERE SHE GOES, AND OFFICER JASON BATES PULLS RIGHT UP BEHIND HER.

"I didn't really intend to issue a ticket but I didn't think I wasn't really doing my job if I didn't stop and talk to her."

nats - Hi how yah doing?

"For the first second or so I thought she might be trying to get out of ticket. And then I realized."

Are you choking?

'I tried to dislodge the item from her throat by hitting her on the back, when that didn't work, I got her out and I used the Heimlich Maneuver for the first time in my nine year police career and it worked."

ALMOST AS QUICKLY AS IT BEGAN IT WAS ALL OVER. WELL ALL BUT THE HUGS.

Reporter: Talk to me about the hug, you couldn't have expected that.

"I was not expecting that no."

Reporter: She's just on you man.

"She was relieved."

Reporter: To say the least she's relieved. You probably saved her life.

"I'm glad I was there for her."

Make sure you're breathing.

crying. Return to index of stories...


POLICE OFFICER SAVES CHOKING DRIVER-ONCAM


SHE DIDN'T GET A TICKET.

THE OFFICER HAS NOT HEARD FROM HER - BUT WISHES HER WELL. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-ON CAM


FORT MYERS POLICE JUST MADE ANOTHER ARREST IN A DEADLY HIT AND RUN.

NBC2 TRACKED DOWN NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE COVER-UP THAT LED TO THIS ARREST.

PLUS -- LEE COUNTY PARENTS AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ARE TALKING ABOUT STOPPING STANDARDIZED TESTS.

NBC2 FINDS OUT HOW REALISTIC THE IDEA IS. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) fort myers hit and run arrests-VO


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CHARLEY BUMP-SOT


03:48:21 We're telling people now this storm has taken a tun to the right, it's a Category 3 and we still have people on the beach. 03:48:29 Return to index of stories...


MONTY'S RESTAURANT REOPENS-VO WIPE


TONIGHT A PUNTA GORDA RESTAURANT IS HOSTING A GRAND RE-OPENING, A DECADE AFTER HURRICANE CHARLEY SHUT IT DOWN.

MONTY'S RESTAURANT OWNER DIANE CAPUTO SAID IT WAS SURREAL WHEN SHE SAW THE STORM TEAR APART HER RESTAURANT 10 YEARS AGO TODAY.

SHE REBUILT MONTY'S IN THE SAME LOCATION.KEEPING WHAT SHE COULD FROM THE OLD BUILDING.

MONTY'S ACTUALLY OPENED IN NOVEMBER, BUT THEY WANTED TO HAVE THIS EVENT ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF CHARLIE. Return to index of stories...


MONTY'S RESTAURANT REOPENS-SOTVO


Diane Caputo, Owner, Monty's Restaurant

"In the storm that's what happened to it and it actually

suffered a little damage and we left it damaged for the character and

we hung it right here."

MONTY'S ACTUALLY OPENED IN NOVEMBER, BUT THEY WANTED TO HAVE THIS EVENT ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF CHARLIE.

ONE OF TODAY'S SPECIALS IS A DRINK CALLED THE MONTY HURRICANE. Return to index of stories...


ROBERT WX OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE NBC2 WEATHER STAFF.

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

We're tracking a few downpours and even a few storms roaming across Southwest Florida this afternoon and into the evening, but the bulk of the rain will tend to stay over our inland areas through the evening.

Aside from a passing downpour or two, we'll see a warm and muggy conclusion to our Wednesday with a mostly clear sky through the overnight period.

As we approach the early morning hours Thursday, some downpours will develop over the Gulf and head toward the coast of Southwest Florida, so plan for the possibility for some scattered showers during the morning hours.

By the late afternoon hours on Thursday, the highest concentration of rain will likely be over interior portions of the peninsula, but a few isolated showers will still be possible closer to the coast.

Our rain chances will start to drop off a little more from Friday into the upcoming weekend, keeping lots of sun and warm temperatures in our forecast. A few passing showers will be possible early in the day, but the rain that develops during the afternoon will primarily impact areas away from the coast and deep inland.

Tropical Update

Other than a couple tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic, the tropics continue to stay very quiet. Tropical activity is not expected for the next few days, but we're getting close to the time of year when we normally see an increase in tropical development. Keep monitoring nbc-2.com for future updates on the tropics. Return to index of stories...


FORT MYERS HIT AND RUN ARRESTS-ON CAM


ANOTHER ARREST HAS BEEN MADE IN A DEADLY HIT AND RUN CRASH IN FORT MYERS --

23 YEAR-OLD BRADLEY STIDHAM WAS PICKED UP YESTERDAY FOR TRYING TO COVER UP THE CRIME BY TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE.

HIS GIRLFRIEND -- 19-YEAR-OLD JACQUELINE HOGAN WAS ARRESTED THIS WEEKEND, ACCUSED OF DRIVING THE CAR AND LEAVING THE SCENE FRIDAY

THE HIT AND RUN HAPPENED ON FOWLER AND SIMPSON STREETS -- WHERE POLICE SAY HOGAN HIT AND KILLED 68-YEAR-OLD THOMAS DE SOTO --

NBC2'S CLIFTON FRENCH HAS BEEN UNCOVERING NEW DETAILS IN THE INVESTIGATION. Return to index of stories...


FORT MYERS HIT AND RUN ARRESTS-PKG


"He's the type of guy who would take the shirt off his back and give it to you, that's the type of guy he is."

FIVE DAYS AFTER LOSING HIS NEIGHBOR AND FRIEND -- MARIO MICHAUD IS STILL FEELING THE LOSS --

SOT:

"It just struck me really hard when I heard about this."

IT WAS FRIDAY NIGHT AT THIS INTERSECTION IN FORT MYERS --

WHEN POLICE SAY 68-YEAR-OLD THOMAS DE SOTO WAS CROSSING FOWLER STREET --

AND WAS TRAGICALLY HIT AND KILLED BY A DRIVER WHO LEFT THE SCENE --

ONLY A DAY LATER -- A TIP LED POLICE TO THIS TRAILER IN NORTH FORT MYERS -- A CONFESSION AND AN ARREST OF THIS 19-YEAR-OLD GIRL --

TODAY -- NEIGHBORS ARE REACTING TO ANOTHER ARREST.

SOT:

"If they broke the law they needed to get it done."

ACCORDING TO POLICE -- THAT GIRL AND HER BOYFRIEND 23-YEAR-OLD BRADLEY STIDHAM TRIED TO COVER UP THE CRIME --

THEY DROVE THE CAR TO THEIR HOME -- CLEANED THE BLOOD OFF,

REMOVED THE TAGS --

AND EVEN THREW THE WINDSHIELD INTO A DUMPSTER.

TODAY -- THOSE WHO CALLED DE SOTO A FRIEND ARE GLAD THERE'S BEEN ANOTHER ARREST --

SOT:

"I know she was probably scared. But he's a person at the end of the day. he didn't deserve that, to die alone, you know? Return to index of stories...


FORT MYERS HIT AND RUN ARRESTS-ON CAM TAG


BOTH STIDHAM AND HOGAN HAVE BONDED OUT OF JAIL --

THEY ARE DUE BACK IN COURT NEXT MONTH. Return to index of stories...


BAKERY DENIES LESBIAN COUPLE WEDDING CAKE-VO WIPE


A BAKERY IN PENNSYLVANIA IS TAKING HEAT AFTER REFUSING TO SERVE A LESBIAN COUPLE.

THE CAKE PROS IN SCHUYLKILL REFUSED TO MAKE A CAKE FOR BETHANY PETRICH AND HER WIFE, JENNIFER.

THE COUPLE IS PLANNING A CEREMONY TO RENEW THEIR VOWS. Return to index of stories...


BAKERY DENIES LESBIAN COUPLE WEDDING CAKE-2 SOT OC


"They had called and said to her they were a Christian bakery and the owner talked to Jesus for two weeks and that because it was two females getting married she couldn't bake our cake."

"I'm not sorry for my decision and I feel strong. I know that I'm doing the right thing."

THE OWNER STANDS BY HER DECISION. Return to index of stories...


CO POT TAX MONEY-VO WIPE


WORD TONIGHT - THAT THE STATE OF COLORADO IS NOT COLLECTING AS MUCH TAX REVENUE FROM MARIJUANA, AS THE STATE THOUGHT IT WOULD - WHEN RECREATIONAL USE BECAME LEGAL.

THE STATE IS ONLY GETTING ABOUT HALF OF WHAT THE VOTER GUIDE ESTIMATED LAST YEAR.

EXPERTS MAY HAVE OVERESTIMATED HOW MUCH OF THE DRUG THE AVERAGE USER WILL BUY.

MORE PEOPLE ARE ALSO BUYING *MEDICAL MARIJUANA - NO NEW TAXES ON THAT.

THE STATE COULD GET RID OF *MEDICAL* MARIJUANA, AND FORCE EVERYBODY TO PAY THE TAX.

BUT THAT SEEMS UNLIKELY. Return to index of stories...


CO POT TAX MONEY-SOT OC


That would require us to go back to the people with constitutional amendment, deal with marijuana again, I don't know if anybody wants to do that, but I think we're going to want to do is address the issues, make sure the medical marijuana is truly being used for the people who are using it for medical purposes.

ANOTHER LAWMAKER HEARD OF MORE PEOPLE USING MEDICAL POT FOR *MEDICAL REASONS.

NOW THAT POT IS LESS TABOO, SOME PEOPLE ARE SWITCHING TO IT INSTEAD OF USING PRESCRIPTION PAIN PILLS. Return to index of stories...


VENOM MAY STOP CANCER CELL GROWTH-ONCAM


VENOM COULD HELP CANCER PATIENTS.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SCIENTISTS BELIEVE IT CAN KEEP CANCER CELLS FROM GROWING.

THE TREATMENT USES VENOM FROM BEES, SNAKES AND SCORPIONS.

ALTHOUGH VENOM CAN HURT ALL CELLS, THIS TECHNIQUE WILL, IN THEORY, ONLY TARGET CANCER CELLS.

THE WORK IS IN ITS EARLY STAGES, BUT IT'S SHOWN SUCCESS IN STOPPING BREAST CANCER AND MELANOMA CELL GROWTH IN LAB TESTS. Return to index of stories...


CASTLES FOR KIDS-VO WIPE


TODAY HUNDREDS OF KIDS WENT TO A NAPLES BEACH TO PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF THE LARGEST SAND SCULPTING COMPETITIONS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE GOLISANO CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF NAPLES ORGANIZED THE EVENT JUST NORTH OF VANDERBILT BEACH.

ALL OF THE PROCEEDS GO TOWARD THEIR EXHIBITS.

SOME OF THE KIDS WERE GETTING PRETTY CREATIVE. Return to index of stories...


CASTLES FOR KIDS-2 SOTVO


Julian Thompson, Competitor:00-:08 "We're building a football field and

It's gonna be gators vs Wisconsin"

"It's fun I actually see a lot of kids from my school here"

Sharon Bayata, Organizer "They really help us to continue to expand and meet the needs of SWFL but also to continue to provide and serve the children of this area"

THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR FOR THIS EVENT.

THEY THINK THEY'LL RAISE ABOUT 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS, JUST LIKE LAST YEAR. Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-2SHOT


THERE'S A STRONG PUSH RIGHT NOW FROM PARENTS TO MAKE LEE COUNTY THE FIRST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATE TO STOP STANDARDIZED TESTS.

31:10-14

There are other options to assess our children and to determine if they're ready to move on

UP NEXT -- HOW TO MAKE SURE OUR KIDS ARE MAKING THE GRADE - WITHOUT FILLING IN ALL THOSE BUBBLES.

THEN, ALL NEW AT 6 --

10:12-

"I felt like I had sent my friends to their deaths.

TEN YEARS AGO TODAY -- HURRICANE CHARLEY SWEPT THROUGH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -- CAUSING BILLIONS IN DAMAGES.

TONIGHT -- WE HAVE LIVE TEAM COVERAGE -- REMEMBERING ONE OF THE BIGGEST STORMS OF THE CENTURY. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A) STANDARDIZED TEST TALKS IN LEE-SOT VO


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AHEAD AT 6-BANNER


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A) hurricane charley lookback-sotvo


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NN THINGS TO WATCH-SOT


Coming up we'll tell you about the massive rain, the flash flooding here in the northeast that had over 13 inches of rainfall in one spot over four hours. We're seeing a lot of it around the country, is there a connection? Also, is the U.S. about to raise the stakes in Iraq with more boots on the ground. And how about good news about the job picture? We're going to tell you about the companies, the industries hiring right now. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO ANDREA-2SHOT


SOME LEE COUNTY PARENTS HAVE BEEN PUSHING THE IDEA OF GETTING RID OF STANDARDIZED TESTS.

AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ARE BEGINNING TO TAKE TO THE IDEA.

NBC2'S ANDREA HUBBELL IS LIVE IN STUDIO.

ANDREA -- IS THIS EVEN LEGAL? Return to index of stories...


STANDARDIZED TEST TALKS IN LEE-BUBBA


STATE LAW IS A LITTLE STICKY WHEN IT COMES TO STANDARDIZED TESTS.

BUT THERE MAY BE A LOOP HOLE.

AND IF LEE COUNTY DECIDES TO SAY GOODBYE TO THE REGULATED EXAMS --

IT WOULD BE THE FIRST DISTRICT IN FLORIDA TO EVER MAKE THAT MOVE. Return to index of stories...


STANDARDIZED TEST TALKS IN LEE-PKG


26:39-41

I'd do just about anything for my daughter

MOST PARENTS WOULD.

AND THAT'S WHY THOUSANDS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS TO DROP STANDARDIZE TESTS.

31:10-14

There are other options to assess our children and to determine if they're ready to move on

TESS BRENNAN HAS A SEVEN YEAR OLD.

27:29-33

I know she can read she gets 100 percent on every AR test

BUT WHEN HER DAUGHTER CAME HOME SCORING ONLY 64 PERCENT ON A STANDARDIZED TEST.

BRENNAN WAS INFURIATED.

27:43-49

She would not then read for three weeks cause she told me she couldn't because the school said she couldn't\

BRENNAN SAYS THERE WASN'T ANYWAY TO LEARN FROM HER MISTAKES ON THE TEST EITHER.

28:32-39

The fact that I could not see her answers or what the questions were

THE ONLY THING SHE KNEW --

EVERY SECTION WAS DIFFERENT.

SOME HAD TWO QUESTIONS, OTHERS TWELVE.

Mary Fischer, Lee County School Board Member

20:41-44

Standardize testing has been a very big deal

MARY FISCHER -- A LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS HAS LISTENED TO COUNTLESS STORIES JUST LIKE THIS.

AND WANTS TO SEE A CHANGE.

21:31-40

To try to minimize the numbers of testing so that there's more time for kids to spend in the classroom in active learning activities

ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS ARE ON THE SAME PAGE.

AND AS FAR AS PUNISHMENT FROM THE STATE -- THERE MIGHT BE A LOOPHOLE.

ANDREA STANDUP

38:35-45

If schools don't meet that 95 percent participation rate for testing and the district decided to opt out then there will be no ramifications

29:41-44

I think we should take advantage of that at this point

PARENTS LIKE BRENNAN SAY THE BENEFITS HEAVILY OUTWEIGH ANY RAMIFICATIONS.

31:35-43

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STANDARDIZED TEST TALKS IN LEE-BUBBA


THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY FINAL DECISIONS MADE TO GET RID OF THE TESTS.

LIVE IN THE STUDIO AH NBC2. Return to index of stories...


SELL THE 6PM-2SHOT


AUGUST 13TH, 2004 -- A LOT OF PEOPLE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WILL NEVER FORGET THAT DATE.

TODAY MARKS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE CHARLEY.

NEXT AT 6 -- A SPECIAL LOOK BACK AT THE DEVASTATION --

AND OUR RECOVERY.

PLUS -- WILL JEB BUSH RUN FOR PRESIDENT?

THE FORMER GOVERNOR TALKS ABOUT THE FUTURE -- ONLY WITH NBC 2. Return to index of stories...