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NEWS AT 6PM HEADLINES-SOTTOPS CAPE PEDESTRIAN HIT-OC, VO
FIRST ALERT FORECAST-CLIP 175 TRUCK OVERTURN-WIPE-VOTOPS
FIRST WEATHER-WALL I75 BRUSH FIRE-WIPE-VOTOPS
NEWS ALERT-MO DEVELOPING-MO
TOSS TO RISA-SOTVOTOPS SUNBELT RENTALS NOISE-OC, VO
TOSS TO RISA-BAM R VO, BAM L TOSS SUNBELT RENTALS NOISE-WIPE-SOTVO
TOSS TO RISA-TRX RIGHT NOW-TRX
COLD WX AGRICULTURE-TVU1 PGPD NEW CHIEF-OC, SS(4)
COLD WX AGRICULTURE-PKG NEW-TRX
COLD WX AGRICULTURE-TVU1 FMPD TRUE BLUE-VOTOPS
TEAM COVERAGE-TRX NEW-TRX
COLD WX PROTECTION-TOUCH SS, VO FULL BOY GETS PRESENTS-OC, VO, SS
COLD WX PROTECTION-WIPE-SOTVO FORECAST OPEN-CLIP
NEWS ALERT-MO WEATHER TOSS-2 SHOT
COLLIER CO BOMB THREAT-SQBXTOPS, VO FULL FIRST ALERT FORECAST-WXWALL
CRIME ALERT-MO CAPE CORAL NEWS TEAM-MO
TOSS TO CRISTINA-SSTOPS, BOXES TOSS TO DEVIN-SOTVOTOPS
TOSS TO CRISTINA-TRX TOSS TO DEVIN-BAM VO, BAM TOSS
SEX ASSAULT ON MINOR-CONTROL ROOM TOSS TO DEVIN-TRX
SEX ASSAULT ON MINOR-PKG DANGEROUS MULCH-REM-LIVE
SEX ASSAULT ON MINOR-CONTROL ROOM DANGEROUS MULCH-PKG
NEWS ALERT-MO DANGEROUS MULCH-REM-LIVE
NO CHARGES FILED-SSTOPS SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
CAPE MAN ARRESTED-WIPE-SSTOPS SPORTS
NEW-TRX FGCU SOT-OCSOT
FL JOB PROJECTIONS-AUX SS(2) D'ERNEST JOHNSON VO-OCVOWIPE
NEW RIGHT NOW-MO DEADRIN SENAT VO-VOTOPSWIPE
TOSS TO DAVE-SOTVOTOPS, BOXES SUGAR: ALABAMA VS. CLEMSON VO-VOTOPSWIPE
TOSS TO DAVE-TRX BAMA SOT-SOTTOPSWIPE
FM MEDICAL POT MEETING-SAT-LIVE OLYMPIC PREPS VO-VOTOPS
FM MEDICAL POT MEETING-PKG SPORTS TOSS-OC
FM MEDICAL POT MEETING-SAT-LIVE AHEAD AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
NEW TONIGHT-MO 11PM TEASE: COLD WX-VOTOPS
SCOTT WITH TRUMP-OC, VO NEWS ALERT-MO
SCOTT WITH TRUMP-WIPE-SOTVO A) SEX ASSAULT ON MINOR-SSTOPS
TEASE ONE-TRX B) MEDICAL POT IN FM-WIPE-VOTOPS
TZ1 A) 11PM: BULLET IN TRAILER-ON CAM C) COLD WX AG-WIPE-VOTOPS
TZ1 B) DANGEROUS MULCH-TRX, SOTTOPS CLOSE-4SHOT
TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-TRX, TOUCH END TIME
CAPE CORAL NEWS TEAM-MO  


NEWS AT 6PM HEADLINES-SOTTOPS


"we might see some substantial damage." 37:07 tz

THE RUSH TO PROTECT FLORIDA'S CITRUS CROP -

AS COLD WEATHER COVERS FLORIDA.

A GIRL -

TRAPPED AND SEXUALLY ABUSED INSIDE A SHED.

HOW DEPUTIES FINALLY FOUND HER.

A DEBATE OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN FORT MYERS.

"hey free mulch lets go get it."

WHY FREE MULCH MADE FROM HURRICANE DEBRIS -

MIGHT BE BAD FOR YOUR YARD.

FLAG: NEWS ALERT

SUPER: BRACING FOR THE COLD

FLAG: CRIME ALERT

SUPER: CHILD ABUSED INSIDE SHED

FLAG: NEW RIGHT NOW

SUPER: MEDICAL MARIJUANA DEBATE

FLAG: CAPE CORAL NEWS TEAM

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FIRST ALERT FORECAST-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WALL


VERY CHILLY WEATHER CONTINUES

Temperatures averaged 10 to 15 degrees below normal today and we will continue that trend again tonight. Skies will be mostly cloudy this evening and the wind will be gusty from the north throughout the night. A few, very isolated, showers are possible as we start the day on Wednesday as an area of low pressure crosses the state. The temperatures are chilly and will stay below normal for the next 3 to 4 days.

The aforementioned low pressure area could even scare up a few flakes of snow on Wednesday, but this would be well north of Orlando. if it occurs. A few showers of rain will make for a gray and dreary day on Wednesday.

This cold snap will continue for the rest of week. By Friday morning we will run a good chance of widespread 30's for morning low temperatures. For your forward planning, it might be a good idea to cover sensitive plants on Friday morning. Return to index of stories...


NEWS ALERT-MO


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TOSS TO RISA-SOTVOTOPS


48:19

"Hopefully we don't have a freeze impact that will kind of be a triple whammy.":24 tz

AS COLD AIR SWEEPS ACROSS FLORIDA -

CITRUS GROWERS ARE RUSHING TO PROTECT THEIR TREES. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO RISA-BAM R VO, BAM L TOSS


GOOD EVENING -

I'M PETER BUSCH.

THIS WEEK'S COLD WEATHER COULD BE YET ANOTHER BLOW TO OUR STATE'S CITRUS INDUSTRY.

HURRICANE IRMA AND CITRUS GREENING HAVE ALREADY DAMAGED THIS YEAR'S CROP.

NBC-2'S RISA MORRIS IS LIVE IN COLLIER COUNTY - WHERE SOME GROWERS WORRY THEIR TREES AREN'T STRONG ENOUGH TO SURVIVE THE COLD. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO RISA-TRX


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COLD WX AGRICULTURE-TVU1


ITS CRUNCH TIME FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CITRUS GROWERS.

THEY ARE RUSHING TO PREPARE THESE GROVES FOR THE COLD WEATHER.

CITRUS TREES USUALLY LIKE A BIT OF COLDER WEATHER.

BUT THIS WINTER- GROWERS ARE WORRIED THAT THESE TREES WON'T BE ABLE TO STAND IT. Return to index of stories...


COLD WX AGRICULTURE-PKG


THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU PREPARE AN ORANGE GROVE FOR A COLD SNAP.

GROWERS WATER TREES TO BRING HEAT UP FROM THE GROUND.

hoping to protect precious crops.

Ron Mahan

44:56

We're certainly prepared. In farming, that's one of the things you do. You're always looking ahead and getting the forecast. 46:02

Growers usually like a little cold weather.

But This winter— they are concerned about the impacts. Trees are weakened by the citrus greening disease.

And then were hit again by Hurricane Irma.

Mahan

48:19

Hopefully we don't have a freeze impact that will kind of be a triple whammy.:24 tz

Southwest Florida growers lost most of their crop during Hurricane Irma.

And greening has been decimating citrus trees for the last decade.

But there's not enough research yet that shows how much greening weakens trees.

And this week will be a huge learning experience.

Dr. Kelly Morgan

IFAS

36:44

We've had this disease, greening disease HLB, that has devastated the industry and weakened our trees.:51

We don't know how cold the trees can sustain.:56

THESE WEATHER STATIONS WILL SHOW THE GROWERS AT TAMIAMI CITRUS WEATHER DATA AT MANY DIFFERENT PLACES IN THE GROVES.

THE PLAN IS TO PICK ALL OF THESE ORANGES IN MARCH.

SO THE HOPE IS THAT THE COLD WONT AFFECT THAT TOO MUCH.

Mahan

49:27

We'll be prepared and ready to go but obviously we'll be watching to se what the impacts are.:31

TRT: 113

Ron Mahan, Tamiami Citrus: 9-15

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COLD WX AGRICULTURE-TVU1


YOU CAN SEE THESE IRRIGATION NOZZLES AT EACH TREE.

HERE AT TAMIAMI CITRUS, THEY HAVE ALREADY STARTED WATERING AREAS THAT GET THE COOLEST.

THEY'LL HAVE PEOPLE MONITORING THESE GROVES AROUND THE CLOCK FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

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TEAM COVERAGE-TRX


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COLD WX PROTECTION-TOUCH SS, VO FULL


A FEW REMINDERS AS COLD WEATHER MOVES IN -

DRESS WARM.

THAT'S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY.

IF YOU HAVE OUTDOOR PETS -

YOU MAY WANT TO BRING THEM INSIDE -

AND BE SURE TO USE SAFE HEATING SOURCES -

EVERY YEAR WE SEE STORIES OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING FROM PEOPLE WHO PUT GRILLS INSIDE.

WHEN IT COMES TO OUTSIDE YOUR HOME -

EXPERTS TELL US THAT YOU SHOULD COVER YOUR PLANTS ANYTIME THE TEMPERATURES DIP BELOW 40 DEGREES

THEY ALSO SUGGEST SOAKING THE GROUND BEFORE TURNING OFF THE IRRIGATION. Return to index of stories...


COLD WX PROTECTION-WIPE-SOTVO


03:00:01 they don't like the very very cold weather so what we do is we put water on the trees so that it will keep them from freezing over. get a nice texture of ice to keep them from dying 16

A LOCAL NURSERY SAYS THEY'RE PLANNING TO COVER ALL OF THEIR PLANTS STARTING THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY. Return to index of stories...


NEWS ALERT-MO


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COLLIER CO BOMB THREAT-SQBXTOPS, VO FULL


A BOMB THREAT EVACUATED A COLLIER COUNTY STORE TODAY -

IT HAPPENED NEAR THE GOODWILL BY COLLIER BOULEVARD AND IMMOKALEE ROAD -

THAT'S IN GOLDEN GATE ESTATES.

DEPUTIES FOUND TWO MEN FIGHTING -

ONE OF THE MEN GOT INTO A CAR AND CLAIMED TO HAVE EXPLOSIVES -

THE GOODWILL STORE AND SURROUNDING CONSTRUCTION SITES WERE EVACUATED AS THE BOMB SQUAD INVESTIGATED.

THEY DIDN'T FIND ANYTHING. Return to index of stories...


CRIME ALERT-MO


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TOSS TO CRISTINA-SSTOPS, BOXES


A N-B-C-2 CRIME ALERT--

A LEE COUNTY MAN IS ACCUSED OF BEATING--

AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A GIRL WHILE HOLDING HER CAPTIVE IN A SHED.

NBC2'S CRISTINA MENDEZ IS LIVE IN THE CONTROL ROOM--

UNCOVERING THE DISTURBING DETAILS OF THE INVESTIGATION.

CRISTINA? Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO CRISTINA-TRX


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SEX ASSAULT ON MINOR-CONTROL ROOM


THE VICTIM SAYS 43-YEAR OLD JAMES LOCKEAR DRAGGED HER BY THE HAIR FROM A VACANT HOUSE--

TO A SHED IN THE BACKYARD.

THAT'S WHEN THE VICTIM SAYS THE SUSPECT BEGAN THE BRUTAL ATTACK--

ENDING IN A SEXUAL ASSAULT AT KNIFE POINT. Return to index of stories...


SEX ASSAULT ON MINOR-PKG


TUCKED AWAY IN THE BACK OF A LEE COUNTY HOME--

THIS SHED WOULD BECOME THE SCENE OF A HORRORIFIC SEXUAL ASSAULT.

Lee McLaws, Lee County

01:33:07 "he's been around here for a year or two. he moved in squatted in the back of the shed"

43-YEAR OLD JAMES LOCKLEAR IS ACCUSED OF FORCING A VICTIM 12-YEARS OR OLDER TO PERFORM ORAL SEX ON HIM--

AS HE HELD A KNIFE TO HER THROAT.

THIS ALLGEDLY FOLLOWING A BRUTAL BEATING CONFINED WITHIN THESE WALLS.

Lee McLaws, Lee County

01:35:37 "once I found out I went down and told another friend of mine that knows all the families with children to pass the word. in case he's released on bond they can keep an eye on him"

THE VICTIM TOLD INVESTIGATORS LOCKLEAR STRANGLED HER SEVERAL TIMES--

TO THE POINT OF PASSING OUT--

AND WAS WHIPPING HER LEGS WITH A PHONE CORD.

EVENTUALLY, THE VICTIM SNUCK OUT OF THE SHED--

AND FLAGGED DOWN A NEARBY DEPUTY FOR HELP.

Bruce Laney, Lee County

01:39:40 "I seen policemen going around the block quite a bit"

LOCKLEAR WAS ALLGEDLY AWAKE FOR SEVERAL DAYS LEADING-UP TO THE SEXUAL ASSAULT.

THE VICTIM SAYS THE SUSPECT WAS BECOMING PARANOID--

AND THREATENED TO KILL HER.

Bruce Laney, Lee County

01:40:30 "Its the worse thing you can do"

TRT 103

6-11 Lee McLaws, Lee County

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SEX ASSAULT ON MINOR-CONTROL ROOM


LOCKLEAR IS BEING HELD ON BOND.

HE'S EXPECTED BACK IN COURT ON THE 29TH.

LIVE IN THE CONTROL ROOM CRISTINA MENDEZ NBC2. Return to index of stories...


NEWS ALERT-MO


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NO CHARGES FILED-SSTOPS


AN NBC-2 NEWS ALERT -

THE CAPE CORAL ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER -

UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE -

WILL NOT FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES.

THE VICTIM TOLD INVESTIGATORS -

THAT MICHAL ILCZYSZYN BEAT, KICKED, AND BIT HER -

BACK IN DECEMBER.

ILCZYSZYN WILL STAY ON PAID LEAVE WHILE THE CITY DOES THEIR OWN INVESTIGATION. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MAN ARRESTED-WIPE-SSTOPS


A CAPE CORAL MAN IS IN JAIL -

FOR A SHOOTING ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.

WITNESSES TOLD POLICE THEY SAW JOHN BRINLEY WALKING DOWN CHIQUITA BOULEVARD WITH A GUN IN HAND.JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

OFFICERS FOUND SHELL CASINGS NEAR A CAR THAT HAD BEEN SHOT UP. Return to index of stories...


NEW-TRX


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FL JOB PROJECTIONS-AUX SS(2)


THE STATE OF FLORIDA HAS RELEASED THEIR PREDICTIONS FOR JOB GROWTH IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -

THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PREDICTS THAT NURSE PRACTITIONERS -

WEB DEVELOPERS -

AND BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERS -

WILL BE THE SOME OF THE FASTEST-GROWING JOBS BETWEEN NOW AND 2025.

THEY SAY THE MOST NEW JOBS OPENING IN THAT TIME FRAME WILL BE IN RETAIL -

NURSING -

AND LANDSCAPING. Return to index of stories...


NEW RIGHT NOW-MO


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TOSS TO DAVE-SOTVOTOPS, BOXES


12:57 I think that anyone that is trying to get in the way of what we voted for is working in opposition of what we actually stand for. 13:05

WHILE MEDICAL MARIJUANA BECAME LEGAL A YEAR AGO IN FLORIDA—

A NUMBER OF COMMUNITIES INCLUDING BONITA SPRINGS, ESTERO AND SANIBEL HAVE ALREADY BANNED DISPENSARIES FROM OPENING.

NOW -

THE CITY OF FORT MYERS COULD BE NEXT.

AS NBC-2s DAVE ELIAS IS LIVE THERE TONIGHT -

WHERE PEOPLE ARE WEIGHING IN AT THE FIRST PUBLIC MEETING. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO DAVE-TRX


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FM MEDICAL POT MEETING-SAT-LIVE


CITY COUNCIL TONIGHT WILL HEAR FROM VOTERS AND EXPERTS ON WHETHER THE DISPENSARIES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO LOCATE HERE.

IT'S A DECISION EVEN THE GOVERNOR IS WEIGHING IN ON TONITE. Return to index of stories...


FM MEDICAL POT MEETING-PKG


Rontavian Mack/FM. /. 12:57 I think that anyone that is trying to get in the way of what we voted for is working in opposition of what we actually stand for. 13:05

RONTAVIAN MACK AMONG THOSE WHO OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND OTHERS WHO NEED IT.

Jason O'Hara/CC / 13:35 My grandmother is on multiple pain killers and is basically is waiting to get her card and go ahead and drop all of that. 13:42

JASON OHARA QUESTIONS WHY CITY'S AFTER TRYING BAN THE DRUG THAT VOTERS APPROVED.

Jason /. 14:18 I don't think the will of the people is entirely their number one priority. 14:20

A FACT THE GOVERNOR DIDN'T OVER LOOK TODAY.

Rick Scott /.

01:51 Our voters through a constitutional amendment supported it. 01:56

MANY ARE BEING PRESCRIBED THE DRUG AT CLINICS LIKE THIS ONE ALONG McGREGOR BOULEVARD.

Dr. Gregory Sonn/FM /. 04:01 I do believe this moratoriums are a bit excessive.

Dr. GREGORY SONN NOW HAS OVER 11-HUNDREDS PATIENTS SINCE OPENING A YEAR AGO.

HE SAYS PATIENTS WILL STILL GET MEDICINAL MARIJUANA DELIVERED TO THEM EVEN IF FORT MYERS BANS DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES.

Dr. Gregory Sonn / 04:04 Inevitably I think they're hindering their own progress. I mean you're going to have treatment centers that are going to be paying taxes and hiring local labor workers.

BUT STILL OTHERS WORRY THAT WITHOUT LIMITS MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTIONS CENTERS COULD OPEN ALL OVER TOWN.

Jesus 15:28 I think there is a fine line of how you help people get what they need naturally and especially where you don't have the population escpeically young kids abusing something like that. Return to index of stories...


FM MEDICAL POT MEETING-SAT-LIVE


EXPERTS AND THE PUBLIC WILL WEIGH IN ON THE ISSUE TONIGHT.

A DISTRIBUTION CENTER HAS ALREADY OPENED UP IN UNINCORPORATED NORTH FORT MYERS.

LIVE OUTSIDE CITY HALL DAVE ELIAS NBC-2. Return to index of stories...


NEW TONIGHT-MO


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SCOTT WITH TRUMP-OC, VO


GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT HAD LUNCH WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP OVER THE WEEKEND -

AT THE PRESIDENT'S MAR A LAGO ESTATE IN WEST PALM BEACH.

GOVERNOR SCOTT TELLS NBC-2 THAT HE AND THE PRESIDENT DISCUSSED FUNDING TO FIX THE DIKE AT LAKE OKECHOBEE. Return to index of stories...


SCOTT WITH TRUMP-WIPE-SOTVO


:31 "the first think was to make sure we have the funding for the dike at lake o. it's something i was trying to get done through president obama and i couldn't get anything done with him.":43

GOVERNOR SCOTT AND THE PRESIDENT ALSO TALKED ABOUT GETTING HELP FOR FLORIDA'S CITRUS INDUSTRY AFTER HURRICANE IRMA.

OVERALL -

THE GOVERNOR SAYS THE MEETING WAS PRODUCTIVE. Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE-TRX


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TZ1 A) 11PM: BULLET IN TRAILER-ON CAM


A NORTH FORT MYERS COUPLE WAS GETTING READY FOR CHURCH WHEN THEY FIND A BULLET IN THEIR CLOSET. THEN THEY FOUND MUCH MORE - TONIGHT AT 11. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 B) DANGEROUS MULCH-TRX, SOTTOPS


"All this hurricane Irma Debris is turning into free mulch which you can take here in Cape Coral. But ahead a 6 why a landscaper tells me you don't want this on your property." Return to index of stories...


TZ1 C) FORECAST TEASE-TRX, TOUCH


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CAPE CORAL NEWS TEAM-MO


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CAPE PEDESTRIAN HIT-OC, VO


A CAR HIT AND KILLED A WOMAN -

WHO WAS WALKING ALONG A CAPE CORAL ROAD.

INVESTIGATORS SAY 54-YEAR-OLD MARIA SCHREINER WAS WALKING IN THE BICYCLE LANE OF PINE ISLAND ROAD ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

WHEN A CAR SLAMMED INTO HER -

POLICE SAY THE DRIVER OF THE CAR WAS NOT USING DRUGS OR ALCOHOL.

- Cape Coral saw its first fatality on the roads for 2018 yesterday afternoon.

At around 4:00 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to the intersection of SW Pine Island Road and Nott Road on a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash.

The investigation revealed that the driver, Brandon Andre Newson, B/M, 25, of Cape Coral, Florida hit and killed Maria Laurentina Schreiner, W/F, 54, of Cape Coral, Florida while driving eastbound on Pine Island Road.

The Major Crash Investigator responded and took over the investigation. Forensics and a Victim Advocate responded to assist.

The crash is still under investigation, but alcohol or drugs are not believed to be a factor.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: January 1, 2018

TIME: 3:54 PM

LOCATION: SW Pine Island Road/Nott Road

CR#: 18-000053

ASSIGNED MCI: Officer D. Gray

VEHICLE 1: White 2007 Ford Ranger pickup.

DRIVER 1: Brandon Andre Newson, B/M, 25, of Cape Coral, Florida.

DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Newson was not injured in the crash.

PEDESTRIAN 1: Maria Laurentina Schreiner, W/F, 54, of Cape Coral, Florida.

PEDESTRIAN 1 INJURIES: Schreiner suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was traveling east on SW Pine Island Road approaching the intersection with Nott Road in the outside straight lane. The pedestrian was walking to the east along the bicycle lane to the right of the east outside vehicle travel lane of SW Pine Island Road approaching the intersection with Nott Road.

Vehicle 1 drifted to the right out of its lane and into the bicycle lane. The front portion of Vehicle 1 collided with the pedestrian in the bicycle lane. The pedestrian came to rest in the south lane of Nott Road, approximately 164 feet from the area of impact. Vehicle 1 continued east along the bicycle lane and grass shoulder, crossed east over Nott Road and came to final rest, facing southeast, in the drainage ditch to the right of the east lanes of SW Pine Island Road.

The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The driver of Vehicle 1 was not injured.

MCI Ofc D. Gray and DRE Sgt A. Kolak responded. CCPD Forensics personnel and Victim Advocate also responded.

Alcohol/drugs ARE NOT a factor in the traffic crash. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified.

***There are 1 traffic fatalities and 1 MCI usages in our city in 2018..***

Breakdown of the past several years, FYI:

2018= 1 Traffic fatalities, 0 DUI related

2017= 17 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related

2016= 11 Traffic fatalities, 4 DUI related

2015= 13 Traffic fatalities, 9 DUI related

2014= 10 Traffic fatalities, 5 DUI related

2013= 19 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related

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175 TRUCK OVERTURN-WIPE-VOTOPS


AN OVERTURNED TRUCK STOPPED TRAFFIC ON I-75 NEAR ALICO ROAD THIS MORNING.

THE TRUCK SPILLED GRAVEL ALL OVER THE HIGHWAY.

HD ENCODER: I75 Semi overturn + 1-2 I75 CRASH SIMON VIDEO

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I-75 IS ALL CLEAR NOW-

BUT THAT WASN'T THE CASE EARLIER.

TRAFFIC WAS AT A STAND STILL BECUASE OF AN OVERTURNED TRUCK THAT SPILLED GRAVEL EVERYWHERE.

HERE'S A LOOK AT THE SCENE NOW.

TROOPERS ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH. Return to index of stories...


I75 BRUSH FIRE-WIPE-VOTOPS


JUST A FEW MILES AWAY -

CREWS WERE DEALING WITH A BRUSH FIRE NEAR I-75 AND DANIELS PARKWAY.

BIG PLUMES OF SMOKE SLOWED TRAFFIC.

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JUST FOUR MILES FROM THERE-

CREWS RESPONDED TO A BRUSH FIRE ALONG INTERSTATE-75 THIS MORNING. JUST SOUTH OF THE DANIELS PKWY EXIT. YOU CAN SEE A LARGE AMOUNT OF SMOKE ON THE SHOULDER AND FIRE FIGTHERS SPRAYING THE AREA.

THEY WERE ABLE TO QUICKLY EXTINGUISH IT. Return to index of stories...


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SUNBELT RENTALS NOISE-OC, VO


PEOPLE IN A PORT CHARLOTTE NEIGHBORHOOD SAY A COMPANY NEARBY-- IS MAKING TOO MUCH NOISE EARLY IN THE MORNING.

NEIGHBORS SAY A LOUD BEEPING NOISE COMING FROM SUNBELT RENTALS--ON VETERANS BOULEVARD-- KEEPS WAKING THEM UP.

NBC2 LOOKED INTO CHARLOTTE COUNTY'S NOISE ORDINANCE AND FOUND THE COMPANY ISN'T IN VIOLATION.

COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY IT'S A ZONING PROBLEM-- AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS RIGHT AT THE EDGE OF WHERE THE INDUSTRIAL AND RESIDENTIAL ZONES MEET. Return to index of stories...


SUNBELT RENTALS NOISE-WIPE-SOTVO


Frank Ferrante

Port Charlotte

01:50:40 "It's beyond just the noise of the street now. Now it's gone to the point where they're compounding noise upon noise.":47

- BUTT TO -

Sue Wesolowski

Port Charlotte

01:59:23 "But this is constant. You know it's a *beep beep beep* all the time. It's like Chinese water torture you know?":31

WE REACHED OUT TO SUNBELT RENTALS CORPORATE FOR COMMENT--BUT HAVE YET TO HEAR BACK.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SAY THEY'LL BE SPEAKING WITH MANAGEMENT AT SUNBELT RENTALS TO SEE IF ANY ADJUSTMENTS COULD BE MADE WITH SCHEDULED WORK HOURS TO KEEP BOTH NEIGHBORS AND THE COMPANY HAPPY. Return to index of stories...


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PGPD NEW CHIEF-OC, SS(4)


TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY ON THE JOB -

FOR PUNTA GORDA'S NEW POLICE CHIEF.

PAMELA DAVIS IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD THE DEPARTMENT -

SHE HAS 26 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE -

AND COMES FROM THE BALTIMORE P.D.

DAVIS IS REPLACING FORMER CHIEF TOM LEWIS -

WHO WAS FIRED BACK IN AUGUST -

ONE YEAR AFTER OFFICER LEE COEL ACCIDENTALLY SHOT AND KILLED A WOMAN DURING A POLICE DEMONSTRATION.

EVEN THOUGH DAVIS STARTS WORK TODAY -

SHE WON'T BE SWORN IN AS CHIEF UNTIL TOMORROW. Return to index of stories...


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FMPD TRUE BLUE-VOTOPS


THE FORT MYERS POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING CITY COUNCIL FOR A NEW LOOK.

THE DEPARTMENT PLANS TO LAUNCH THE TRUE BLUE CAMPAIGN IN HOPES OF RESTORING COMMUNITY RELATIONS IN THE CITY.

MONEY FROM THE CITY WILL SUPPORT VARIOUS ADVERTISING THAT HIGHLIGHTS OFFICERS SERVING THE COMMUNITY-- PAIRED WITH NEW SOCIAL MEDIA EFFORTS AND A NEW WEBSITE.

THIS COMES IN A NEW YEAR-- AFTER THE DEPARTMENT SPENT MUCH OF 20-17 UNDER SCRUTINY AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE FREEH REPORT DETAILING PROBLEMS AT THE AGENCY. Return to index of stories...


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BOY GETS PRESENTS-OC, VO, SS


CHRISTMAS PRESENTS -

FOUND ABANDONED ON THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY -

HAVE FINALLY BEEN REUNITED WITH THE BOY THEY WERE MEANT FOR.

A CAPE CORAL FAMILY FOUND THE PRESENTS LAST WEEK -

THE TAGS SAID THEY WERE FOR "BRANSON."

AFTER SEARCHING ON SOCIAL MEDIA -

AND SHARING THEIR STORY WITH NBC-2 -

THEY FOUND BRANSON -

AND WERE ABLE TO BRING HIS GIFTS TO HIM OVER THE WEEKEND. Return to index of stories...


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WEATHER TOSS-2 SHOT


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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.

VERY CHILLY WEATHER CONTINUES

Temperatures averaged 10 to 15 degrees below normal today and we will continue that trend again tonight. Skies will be mostly cloudy this evening and the wind will be gusty from the north throughout the night. A few, very isolated, showers are possible as we start the day on Wednesday as an area of low pressure crosses the state. The temperatures are chilly and will stay below normal for the next 3 to 4 days.

The aforementioned low pressure area could even scare up a few flakes of snow on Wednesday, but this would be well north of Orlando. if it occurs. A few showers of rain will make for a gray and dreary day on Wednesday.

This cold snap will continue for the rest of week. By Friday morning we will run a good chance of widespread 30's for morning low temperatures. For your forward planning, it might be a good idea to cover sensitive plants on Friday morning. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL NEWS TEAM-MO


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TOSS TO DEVIN-SOTVOTOPS


13:50:07-13

"There's ants, roaches, termites down the road you never know "

FREE MULCH IN CAPE CORAL MAY COME WITH AN UNEXPECTED COST! Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO DEVIN-BAM VO, BAM TOSS


CITY CREWS WORKED 7 DAYS A WEEK TO CHIP ALL THE VEGETATIVE DEBRIS FROM HURRICANE IRMA INTO MULCH.

THEY'RE NOW GIVING IT AWAY NEAR PINE ISLAND ROAD AND ANDALUSIA BOULEVARD.

BUT SOME LOCAL LANDSCAPERS TELL NBC2'S DEVIN TURK YOU SHOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE PUTTING IT ON YOUR PROPERTY. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO DEVIN-TRX


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DANGEROUS MULCH-REM-LIVE


THIS IS ALL RANDOM DEBRIS FROM THE HURRICANE.

IF YOU TAKE A CLOSER LOOK YOU CAN SEE WOOD CHIPPINGS BUT ALSO TREE BRANCHES, BAMBOO, PALM LEAVES, AND SEEDS.

THE PROBLEM IS WHEN YOU GRIND ALL THIS TOGETHER IT COULD HARM YOUR PROPERTY. Return to index of stories...


DANGEROUS MULCH-PKG


Nat of guy getting his bag ready

This big pile of free mulch is a welcome site for Pablo Castro.

Pablo Castro/Cape Coral

14:06:30-34

"Yes I'm happy in a way, save some money"

Cape Coral turned some of the 375,000 cubic yards of debris they collected from residential streets into mulch.

Castro

14:07:26-28

"I got about 20 of them already"

He says he'll use it around the vegetable garden in his backyard, but local landscaper Pat Rohaley says you may want to think twice.

Pat Rohaley/Landscaper

13:49:43-46

"Id rather see people spend $2 a bag and get their own cypress mulch"

Counties also gave out free mulch after hurricane Charley in 2004

Pat Rohaley/Landscaper

13:49:15-26

"Of course when charley hit, people said hey free mulch lets go get it. All of a sudden i put it in their house and a week or 10 days later people start calling and complaining cause the stench"

He says store bought mulch is just cypress trees cleaned, shredded, bagged; eventually it decomposes into topsoil. He says the biodiversity in the free mulch could be bad for your plants.

Pat Rohaley/Landscaper

13:49:31-42

"You've got your Brazilian peppers, paper trees, all exotics we have to cut down and get rid of. Its all mixed together all the root systems it starts fermenting and it's horrible stuff"

He says there could even be bugs, seeds, and termites inside. But Castro says he's not concerned.

Pablo Castro/Cape Coral

14:06:53-02

"I'm planning on buying some incecticide when i spread it and then will go to the store and buy their good one and put it ion top " Return to index of stories...


DANGEROUS MULCH-REM-LIVE


THE CITY DOES TELL PEOPLE THIS MULCH LACKS THE QUALITY OF THE DECORATIVE MULCH YOU COULD GET AT THE STORE.

THEY SAY IT MAY HAVE INVASIVE AND NON NATIVE PLANTS IN HERE.

AND POTENTIALLY EVEN FUNGUS SPORTS THAT WOULD HURT PALMS.

LIVE IN CAPE CORAL

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SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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SPORTS


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FGCU SOT-OCSOT


THE NON-CONFERNCE SCHEDULE IS OVER.

WE ARE NOW COUNTING DOWN TO THE START OF ATLANTIC SUN PLAY FOR THE F-G-C-U MEN'S AND WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS.

BOTH SQUADS WILL TIP THINGS OFF AGAINST STETSON ON SATURDAY.

THE MEN HAVE WON TWO IN A ROW, BUT ARE JUST A GAME OVER.500 FOR THE SEASON.

JOE DOOLEY WANTS TO SEE SOME SERIOUS IMPROVEMENT IN PRACTICE THIS WEEK.

"We've got a lot of work to do, and we've gotta figure it out very quickly, and I think the good thing is, well, we control, you know, you control your own destiny, which is the good part about it, but we've gotta fix a couple of these recurring themes." Return to index of stories...


D'ERNEST JOHNSON VO-OCVOWIPE


THE N-F-L AWAITS, BUT FIRST, THERE'S ONE MORE COLLEGE GAME TO PLAY.

FORMER IMMOKALEE AND U-S-F STARS D'ERNEST JOHNSON AND DEADRIN SENAT HAVE BOTH ACCEPTED INVITATIONS TO THE EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME.

JOHNSON FINISHED HIS COLLEGE CAREER AS THE BULLS' ALL-TIME LEADER IN ALL-PURPOSE YARDAGE.

HE ALSO SET SCHOOL RECORDS FOR RECEPTIONS AND RECEIVING YARDS BY A RUNNING BACK.

JOHNSON RANKS THIRD IN TOTAL CAREER TOUCHDOWNS AND EIGHTH ALL-TIME IN RUSHING YARDS AT U-S-F. Return to index of stories...


DEADRIN SENAT VO-VOTOPSWIPE


SENAT WAS A THREE-YEAR STARTER FOR THE BULLS, AND A TWO-TIME ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTION.

THIS SEASON, HE FINISHED SECOND ON THE TEAM WITH A CAREER-BEST 66 TACKLES, INCLUDING SIX SACKS.

SENAT AND JOHNSON WON'T HAVE FAR TO GO FOR THE EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME.

IT'S IN ST. PETERSBURG TWO WEEKS FROM SATURDAY. Return to index of stories...


SUGAR: ALABAMA VS. CLEMSON VO-VOTOPSWIPE


THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IS SET.

IT WILL BE AN ALL S-E-C SHOWDOWN ON MONDAY NIGHT, WHEN ALABAMA SQUARES OFF WITH GEORGIA.

THE CRIMSON TIDE TOOK CONTROL OF LAST NIGHT'S MATCHUP WITH CLEMSON IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

KELLY BRYANT HIT AS HE THREW, AND THE BALL ENDED UP IN THE ARMS OF SIX-FOOT-TWO, 308-POUNDER DA'RON PAYNE.

HE RETUNED THE INTERCEPTION 21 YARDS, AND SEVEN PLAYS LATER, JALEN HURTS REWARDED PAYNE FOR THAT TURNOVER -- THROWING HIM A TOUCHDOWN.

THE CRIMSON TIDE WILL PLAY FOR ANOTHER NATIONAL TITLE, AND PAYNE IS THE DEFENSIVE M-V-P OF THE SUGAR BOWL. Return to index of stories...


BAMA SOT-SOTTOPSWIPE


"When he made the interception, you know, there was no doubt that we were gonna throw him the ball on the goal line."

"I had been talking to Coach Lox about it, and he said, 'just keep on working, you might get it,' and I just tried to do my best to go out at practice and work hard, and they finally gave it to me." Return to index of stories...


OLYMPIC PREPS VO-VOTOPS


THE WINTER OLYMPICS ARE ALMOST HERE.

THE GAMES ARE NEXT MONTH IN SOUTH KOREA, AND YOU CAN SEE THE ACTION RIGHT HERE ON N-B-C-2.

THIS YEAR'S OPENING CEREMONY COULD BE ESPECIALLY COLD, EVEN FOR THE WINTER OLYMPICS.

IT'LL BE HELD IN AN OPEN-AIR STADIUM, EXPOSED TO GALE-FORCE WINDS.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PYEONG-CHANG DURING EARLY FEBRUARY IS ABOUT 20 DEGREES, WITH WIND CHILLS AROUND TEN. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS TOSS-OC


COLLEGE BASKETBALL FANS -- THE GATORS WILL TAKE ON NUMBER 11 TEXAS A-AND-M TONIGHT AT NINE O'CLOCK.

AND THAT'S SPORTS. Return to index of stories...


AHEAD AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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11PM TEASE: COLD WX-VOTOPS


THE COOLER WEATHER HAS LOCAL STORES STOCKING UP ON SPACE HEATERS.

AHEAD AT 11--- THE SALVATION ARMY HAS TIPS ON STAYING WARM. Return to index of stories...


NEWS ALERT-MO


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A) SEX ASSAULT ON MINOR-SSTOPS


A LAST CHECK OF YOUR TOP STORIES TONIGHT -

43-YEAR OLD JAMES LOCKLEAR OF LEE COUNTY -

IS ACCUSED OF BEATING -- HOLDING A GIRL CAPTIVE AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HER IN A SHED.

THE VICTIM SAYS SHE WAS ABLE TO SNEAK OUT OF THE SHED--

AND FLAG DOWN A DEPUTY FOR HELP. Return to index of stories...


B) MEDICAL POT IN FM-WIPE-VOTOPS


TODAY -

PEOPLE IN FORT MYERS GOT TO WEIGH IN ON WHETHER THEY WANT MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN THE CITY.

TONIGHT WAS THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING -

ANOTHER ONE IS SCHEDULED FOR THE 19TH. Return to index of stories...


C) COLD WX AG-WIPE-VOTOPS


CITRUS GROWERS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ARE SCRAMBLING TO PROTECT THEIR TREES FROM THE COLD WEATHER.

CITRUS GROWERS GENERALLY LIKE A FEW COLD DAYS FOR THEIR TREES.IT HELPS MAKE THE FRUIT SWEETER.

BUT THIS YEAR -

TREES HAVE BEEN WEAKENED BY HURRICANE IRMA AND CITRUS GREENING.AND GROWERS WORRY THEY WON'T SURVIVE THE LOW TEMPS.

WITH COLD WEATHER HEADING OUR WAY-

FLORIDA'S CITRUS GROWERS ARE ON HIGH ALERT- PREPARING THEIR TREES.

TAKE VO:

THE MULTI MILLION DOLLAR CITRUS INDUSTRY IS ALREADY HURTING.

SO GROWERS ARE DOING AS MUCH AS THEY CAN AHEAD OF THE COLD SNAP.

GROWERS START WATERING THE TREES NOW. TO BRING UP HEAT FROM THE GROUND TO INSULATE THE TREES.

MANY GROVES ALSO HAVE THESE WEATHER STATIONS.

SO THEY CAN SEE ALL THE WEATHER DATA AT ALL DIFFERENT PLACES IN THE GROVES.

AND THAT'S WHAT THEY'LL BE WATCHING FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

TAKE SOT

RON MAHAN

TAMIAMI CITRUS

44:56

We're certainly prepared. In farming, that's one of the things you do. You're always looking ahead and getting the forecast. 46:02

TAKE ANCHORS:

CITRUS GROWERS GENERALLY LIKE A FEW COLD DAYS FOR THEIR TREES.

BUT NOT THIS YEAR.

TREES HAVE BEEN WEAKENED BY HURRICANE IRMA AND CITRUS GREENING.AND GROWERS ARE WORRIED. Return to index of stories...


CLOSE-4SHOT


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