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DIRECTORS PAGE TZ2 SULLIVAN RECOUNT-VOTOPS
HEADLINES--------- TZ2 ROBINS DRUNK-SOTVO
HL 1) STORAGE UNIT LIVING-SOTVO WX TEASE-WXWALL
HL 2) SEX OFFENDER FOLLOW-SOTVO WEATHER-CLIP
HL 3) ANIMAL SERVICES WHAT TO DO-SOTVO WEATHER-PWC
BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP WEATHER-WXWALL
STORAGE UNIT LIVING ARREST-SOT DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP
STORAGE UNIT LIVING ARREST-2SHOT-PUSH-VO SULLIVAN RECOUNT-2SHOT-VO
STORAGE UNIT LIVING ARREST-SOTVO SULLIVAN RECOUNT-SOTVO
DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP WATER RELEASES LATES-OTS-VO
LEHIGH ACRES DEATH FOLLOW-OTS-VO FLOOD INSURANCE LATEST-OTS-VO
ACCUSED CHILD MOLESTER CHURCH LIVING FACILITY-2SHO ECIGS LATEST-WIPE-VOTOPS
ACCUSED CHILD MOLESTER CHURCH LIVING FACILITY-SOT- ROBINS DRUNK FROM BERRIES-TRX-VOTOPS
MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL LATEST-TRX-VOTOPS LEE COUNTY SCHOOL CHOICE-OC-VO-BNR
MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL LATEST-SOTVO COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
CHARCO FLATBED STOLEN-OC-SS-VO TEASE THREE-POP
CAPE CORAL SMASH & GRAB-TRX-VOTOPS TZ3 A-VO-DISS
NORTH PORT DRUG HOUSE-OC-SS TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
MANATEE DEATH-WIPE-VOTOPS 11PM TZ1) STIFF SELFIE-SSTOPS
MANATEE DEATH-ONCAM 11PM TZ2) THE O SHOT-VOTOPS
WHAT TO DO WITH ABANDONED DOGS-2SHOT-VO SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
WHAT TO DO WITH ABANDONED DOGS-SOTVO FGCU MEN-POMOM
TRAFFIC ALERT OPEN-CLIP FGCU MEN-VOTOPS
I75 LANE CLOSURES TONIGHT-FDOTTOPS-SS FGCU MEN-SOTTOPS
NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP EAGLE WOMEN-VOTOPS
TEASE ONE--------- CHRIS WALKER-VOTOPS
TZ1 FL INMATE ESCAPE ON CAM-SOTVO CHRIS WALKER-SOTTOPS
TZ1 FL FROZEN GATORS-SSTOPS PEBBLE BEACH-POMON
FL INMATE ESCAPE ON CAM-TRX-VOTOPS-EANIBOX PEBBLE BEACH-VOTOPS
FL INMATE ESCAPE ON CAM-SOTVO WINSTON-VOTOPS
BONITA SPRINGS PURSE THIEF-TRX-SSTOPS SEAHAWKS RALLY-VOTOPS
SFL OFFICER STEALS JEWLRY-OTS-SS-OC SEAHAWKS RALLY-SOTTOPS
FL FROZEN GATORS, METH LAB-WIPE-SSTOPS-OC FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT
TEASE TWO---------  


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HEADLINES---------


1:33:31 i've been doing this for about 18 years and i've never seen anything like this before

THE CONDITIONS WILL TURN YOUR STOMACH--

A BUCKET OF FECES--

EMPTY VODKA BOTTLES --

AND THAT'S NOT THE WORST--

A TODDLER LOCKED IN THE MESS IN A NAPLES STORAGE UNIT.

THEN THIS--

"An accused sex offender living just a few feet away from a school.

Tonight were asking the Church who owns the property- why he's still

here."

ABC 7 GETS ANSWERS --

AFTER NEW ALLEGATIONS TONIGHT --

AGAINST AN ACCUSED CHILD MOLESTOR AND FORMER LEE COUNTY CHURCH VOLUNTEER.

animals have become disposable to people

ABC 7'S TOLD YOU ABOUT TWO CASES OF ANIMAL ABANDONMENT IN JUST ONE WEEK IN LEE COUNTY.

NOW AT 7--

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO WHEN YOU CAN NO LONGER CARE FOR YOUR DOG OR CAT SO THAT YOU DON'T END UP IN JAIL. Return to index of stories...


HL 1) STORAGE UNIT LIVING-SOTVO


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HL 2) SEX OFFENDER FOLLOW-SOTVO


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HL 3) ANIMAL SERVICES WHAT TO DO-SOTVO


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BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


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STORAGE UNIT LIVING ARREST-SOT


1:30 I can't believe someone left a little child in there. 1:31

2:02Come here little guy, come here 2:04

2:06 Dispatch: Does he look ok? Does he look like he might be dehydrated or anything? Caller: No, he looks fine Return to index of stories...


STORAGE UNIT LIVING ARREST-2SHOT-PUSH-VO


OUR BIG STORY AT 7 --

A COLLIER COUNTY TODDLER FOUND SCREAMING FOR HELP --

INSIDE A PIPING HOT STORAGE UNIT IN NAPLES.

DEPUTIES SAY HIS MOTHER WAS ASLEEP INSIDE NEXT TO BOTTLES OF BOOZE.

THEY FOUND THE TWO INSIDE A CUBESMART STORAGE UNIT ON AIRPORT PULLING ROAD.

THERE WAS NO POWER.

NO RUNNING WATER.

A BUCKET SERVED AS A TOILET.

DEPUTIES TELL US THE MOTHER MADE THAT A HOME FROM HER AND HER TODDLER.

THE COMPANY MANAGER FOUND THE BOY AFTER A TENANT HEARD HIM SCREAMING FOR HOURS.

DEPUTIES SAY THE UNIT WAS FILLED WITH "WARM STALE AIR" --

AND FECES.

LISTEN TO THE 9-1-1 CALLS. Return to index of stories...


STORAGE UNIT LIVING ARREST-SOTVO


Caller: 0:27 " I've got a little child that's stuck in storage. 0:48 A tenant of mine told me she heard a little kid, sound of a little kid. 0:55 He appears to be by himself in a storage facility. Come on little guy, come here."

4:51 Caller: " I can't believe this. I've seen all kinds of stuff here. But a little kid? No, I can't believe that."

THE LITTLE BOY IS NOW WITH D-C-F.

HIS MOTHER APPEARED BEFORE A COLLIER JUDGE TODAY.

HE TOLD HER SHE CANNOT HAVE CONTACT WITH HER SON AND ISSUED A 75-HUNDRED DOLLAR BOND. Return to index of stories...


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LEHIGH ACRES DEATH FOLLOW-OTS-VO


TONIGHT A HOMELESS MAN IS UNDER ARREST.

DEPUTIES SAY HE KILLED ANOTHER HOMELESS MAN IN LEHIGH ACRES.

JAMES VAUGHAN FACES SECOND DEGREE MURDER.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HE KILLED MARTIN EELMAN.

SOMEONE FOUND EELMAN'S BODY NEAR A CANAL BEHIND SEVERAL BUSINESS ON LEE BOULEVARD. Return to index of stories...


ACCUSED CHILD MOLESTER CHURCH LIVING FACILITY-2SHO


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TONIGHT -

ANOTHER CHILD CLAIMS A CATHOLIC COMMUNION VOLUNTEER WAS INAPPROPRIATE.

IT COMES AFTER ANOTHER BOY CLAIMS THE FORT MYERS MAN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HIM.

WE ALSO FOUND OUT --

ROBERT LITTLE IS OUT ON BOND TONIGHT --

AND LIVING ON CHURCH PROPERTY-- RIGHT ACROSS FROM A SCHOOL.

ROBERT LITTLE WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK --

AFTER HE WAS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY MOLESTING A BOY.

LITTLE IS A FORMER VOLUNTEER AT SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER CHURCH IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS.

JUST TODAY --

A SECOND YOUNG VICTIM CAME FORWARD- CLAIMING LITTLE WAS VERBALLY INAPPROPRIATE TO THEM. Return to index of stories...


ACCUSED CHILD MOLESTER CHURCH LIVING FACILITY-SOT-


Myrna Bruno, Picking Up Granddaughters

:39:28 i am upset about it because my granddaughters go to school here

and they come out here every day and wait for someone to pick them up.

JUDITH V TAYLOR, PARENT

:34:19

:10

I know they say innocent until proven guilty but still- its just the

circumstances behind it- those are extreme.

WE REACHED OUT TO THE DIOCESES TO SEE IF ANYTHING IS BEING DONE TO REMOVE LITTLE FROM CHURCH PROPERTY.

THEY SAY -- HE IS LIKE ANY OTHER TENENT, AND HAS RIGHTS UNDER THE LEASE.

LITTLE IS SET TO APPEAR BACK IN COURT ON MARCH 3RD. Return to index of stories...


MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL LATEST-TRX-VOTOPS


TODAY WAS DAY ONE OF TESTIMONY IN THE TRIAL OF A DEADLY SHOOTING IN JACKSONVILLE.

OFFICERS SAY MICHAEL DUNN OPENED FIRE ON AN S-U-V FILLED WITH TEENS.

A BULLET KILLED A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR.

TODAY, THE QUESTION BECAME: WHO IS THE REAL VICTIM?

AN ARGUMENT STARTED WHEN DUNN ASKED THE TEENS TO LOWER THEIR MUSIC.

DUNN'S ATTORNEY CLAIMS THE FOUR TEENS THREATENED DUNN WITH A SHOTGUN OR LEAD PIPE.

OFFICERS NEVER FOUND ANY WEAPONS. Return to index of stories...


MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL LATEST-SOTVO


"With two hands he pointed out his window back at Jordan Davis' door and pulled the trigger three times. Everyone was shocked when it made a nice tight little circle that went through the door and into Jordan Davis."

THE TRIAL COULD LAST UP TO A WEEK.

THE JURY IS SEQUESTERED.

ABC7 WILL STAY ON TOP OF THIS CASE AND BRING YOU THE LATEST. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO FLATBED STOLEN-OC-SS-VO


CHARLOTTE COUNTY INVESTIGATORS ARE SEARCHING FOR THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR STEALING A VERY DISTINCT TRUCK FROM AN AUTO BODY SHOP.

DEPUTIES SAY THIS *2007 FORD F650 FLATBED* GOT TAKEN FROM CLUNE'S AUTO BODY IN PORT CHARLOTTE.

IT TOOK LESS THAN THREE MINUTES.

THE TRUCK FEATURED VERY BRIGHT RED FLAMES ON THE FRONT.

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS A WHITE F-150 DRIVE UP TO THE SHOP -- JUST A FEW MINUTES LATER ANOTHER PERSON LEAVES WITH THE STOLEN TRUCK.

AND WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL CRIMESTOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL SMASH & GRAB-TRX-VOTOPS


WE'VE GOT NEW SURVEILLANCE VIDEO TONIGHT FROM LEE COUNTY --

SHOWING A MAN BARGING INSIDE AN APPLIANCE STORE --

AND STEALING A HUGE FLAT SCREEN TELEVISION!

YOU CAN SEE THE MAN WORKING TO UNTANGLE A BUNCH OF CORDS -- BEFORE FINALLY GRABBING THE T-V -- AND DARTING. OFF.

THEN --

THE SAME THING HAPPENED AT ANOTHER STORE -- THIS ONE IN CAPE CORAL.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION -- CALL CRIMESTOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


NORTH PORT DRUG HOUSE-OC-SS


NEW AT SEVEN ON ABC7 -

CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTIES MADE A MAJOR DRUG BUST IN NORTH PORT.

INVESTIGATORS GOT A SEARCH WARRANT FOR THE HOUSE OF TONIA KINSEY.

THAT CAME AFTER SOMEONE TIPPED THEM OFF TO KINSEY SELLING DRUGS.

INSIDE DEPUTIES FOUND CRACK COCAINE AND SEVERAL OTHER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.

TONIGHT -- KINSEY IS IN JAIL ON A NUMBER OF CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


MANATEE DEATH-WIPE-VOTOPS


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA BIOLOGISTS ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT KILLED A MANATEE IN A NORTH FORT MYERS CANAL.

A PERSON FOUND THE MANATEE LAST NIGHT.

WILDLIFE OFFICERS TIED IT TO A BOAT DOCK AT CENTENNIAL PARK.

A NECROPSY SHOULD SHOW WHY IT DIED.

WILDLIFE OFFICERS TELL ABC7 THE RECENT COLD WEATHER HELPED THEM GET A COUNT ON THE NUMBER OF MANATEES.

IN TWO DAYS THEYFOUND MORE THAN 2-THOUSAND SEA COWS ON EACH COAST. Return to index of stories...


MANATEE DEATH-ONCAM


F-W-C OFFICERS TELL US THEY ARE NOW TRACKING THE MOST NUMBER OF MANATEES IN THE STATE SINCE 1991.

THERE ARE NEARLY 5-THOUSAND MANATEES THAT OFFICERS FOLLOW. Return to index of stories...


WHAT TO DO WITH ABANDONED DOGS-2SHOT-VO


IN THE PAST WEEK -

ABC7'S SHOWN YOU TWO CASES OF ABANDONED AND ABUSED DOGS IN LEE COUNTY.

TONIGHT ABC7 GOT ANSWERS ON WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WITH A PET THAT YOU CANNOT CARE FOR.

ONE DOG WAS LEFT AT A PARK.

TWO OTHER STARVING PUPS WERE DUMPED OUTSIDE ANIMAL SERVICES.

AND BOTH OWNERS WERE CRITICIZED.

SOME VIEWERS ASKED, 'WHAT SHOULD DO THEN?'

THE ANSWER WE GOT --

DON'T LET IT GET THAT BAD WITH THE PETS.

ANMAL SERVICES CAN HELP SUPPLY FOOD AND COVER MEDICAL COSTS.

THEY'LL ALSO PICK UP STRAYS 24 HOURS A DAY.

WE FOUND TWO SHELTERS WILLING TO ACCEPT STRAY ANIMALS --

THE GULF COAST HUMANE SOCIETY --

AND ANIMAL REFUGE CENTER. Return to index of stories...


WHAT TO DO WITH ABANDONED DOGS-SOTVO


jerri howard

animal refuge center shelter director

10:09 it takes a little time and a little effort

BUTT TO

11;24 unfortuantely with the pet population the way it is and the way animals have become disposable to people its not enough. theres not enough of us around 34

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ALSO BOASTS SEVERAL RESCUE GROUPS.

BUT BEFORE YOU REACH OUT TO A SHELTER OR RESCUE.

EXPERTS SAY -- CHECK WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS WHO MAY BE WILLING TO TAKE IN YOUR PET. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC ALERT OPEN-CLIP


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I75 LANE CLOSURES TONIGHT-FDOTTOPS-SS


LET'S GIVE YOU A LIVE LOOK AT I-75 -- NEAR COLONIAL BOULEVARD!

RIGHT NOW -- TRAFFIC IS MOVING SMOOTLY.

BUT THE ROADWAY WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN ALICO AND DANIELS, TONIGHT.

CREWS ARE WORKING TO CONNECT 75 WITH THE AIRPORT.

SO THEY HAVE SHUT DOWN LANES ALL WEEK.

TONIGHT --

IT'S NORTHBOUND.

SHUT DOWN FROM 11 TO FIVE IN THE MORNING. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE ONE---------


S/ Jeff Williamson/ Spokesman, Orange County Sheriff's Office

"The suspect found an opportune time to exit that area. and into a vehicle waiting for him.to jump in and take off.

AN INMATE WALKED RIGHT OUT OF A CENTRAL FLORIDA JAIL -- WITH HIS CUFFS STILL ON!

HOW HE PULLED IT OFF --

AND THE STATEWIDE MANHUNT TONIGHT.

PLUS --

FROZEN ALLIGATORS--

ILLEGAL FISH--

AND A METH LAB!

HOW AUTHORITIES WERE TIPPED OFF. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 FL INMATE ESCAPE ON CAM-SOTVO


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TZ1 FL FROZEN GATORS-SSTOPS


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FL INMATE ESCAPE ON CAM-TRX-VOTOPS-EANIBOX


TONIGHT A STATEWIDE MANHUNT FOR AN ESCAPED INMATE.

TAKE A LOOK - HIS ESCAPE IS CAUGHT ON CAMERA.

HE BOLTED FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY JAIL BOOKING CENTER.

A GETAWAY CAR WAS WAITING.

DEPUTIES SAY WILLIE HOLLIS DROVE TO THE JAIL FOR A HEARING.

HE BROKE THE LAW BY DRIVING.

DEPUTIES HANDCUFFED HIM AND TOOK HIM TO HOLDING.

THAT'S WHEN HE ESCAPED. Return to index of stories...


FL INMATE ESCAPE ON CAM-SOTVO


Jeff Williamson/Orange County Sheriff's Office

:20-"They're working it very aggressively. That's all I can say right now. A number of teams are out there."

RIGHT NOW --

DEPUTIES THINK HOLLIS IS WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND IN A SILVER ALTIMA WITH NEW YORK PLATES.

HE HAS A LONG RAP SHEET AND IS CONSIDERED DANGEROUS. Return to index of stories...


BONITA SPRINGS PURSE THIEF-TRX-SSTOPS


LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES --

ARE LOOKING FOR THIS MAN TONIGHT.

HE'S ACCUSED OF SNATCHING AN 80-YEAR-OLD WOMAN'S PURSE.

THESE SURVEILLANCE PICTURES SHOW THE MAN WHO ROBBED THE WOMAN AT A PUBLIX, IN BONITA SPRINGS.

HE MADE OFF WITH CREIDT CARDS, CASH *AND A CELL PHONE.

WE FOUND OUT -- THE CARDS WERE CANCELLED BEFORE HE COULD DO ANYTHING WITH THEM.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION -- CALL CRIMESTOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


SFL OFFICER STEALS JEWLRY-OTS-SS-OC


SURVEILLANCE VIDEO ALSO CAPTURED A SOUTH FLORIDA POLICE OFFICER -- STEALING FROM A JEWLRY STORE!

DETECTIVES SAY -- THIS MAN -- KEVIN BURGS -- IS A 9-YEAR VETERAN WITH THE PEMBROOKE PINES POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THEY SAY, BURGS WAS INITIALLY INVESTIGATING A BURGLARY -- WHEN HE WAS CAUGHT STEALING AN 8-HUNDRED DOLLAR WATCH.

THE DEPARTMENT PUT BURGS ON SUSPENSION WITH PAY.

THEY ALSO LAUNCHED AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION.

POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE TWO THIEVES GOT AWAY WITH 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF JEWLRY. Return to index of stories...


FL FROZEN GATORS, METH LAB-WIPE-SSTOPS-OC


ALL NEW SINCE SIX ON SEVEN.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS --

TWO ALLIGATORS FROZEN!

POLK COUNTY DEPUTIES MADE THE FIND INSIDE OF A HOUSE.

INVESTIGATORS ALSO FOUND HUNDREDS OF GRAMS OF METH AND AN ILLEGAL FISH.

LISTEN TO THIS.

THAT METH WAS IN REACH OF TEN-MONTH-OLD TWINS.

THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TOOK THE TWINS..

THEIR PARENTS AND ANOTHER MAN WHO LIVED IN THE HOUSE ARE IN JAIL TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO---------


CAPE CORAL'S FORMER MAYOR ISN'T GOING DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT --

TONIGHT AFTER DAYS OF REVIEW BALLOTS IN THE RACE HE LOST--

IT'S STILL UNCLEAR IF THERE WILL BE A RECOUNT.

PLUS THIS --

:05 Dr. Robin Jenkins, Peace River Wildlife Center "The fly into buildings, they fly into cars and then they end up at Wildlife Rescue Center with injuries."

DRUNK BIRDS --

THE BERRIES THAT ARE GETTING THEM HIGH RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA--

AND WHAT'S BEING DONE TO HELP THEM. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 SULLIVAN RECOUNT-VOTOPS


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TZ2 ROBINS DRUNK-SOTVO


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WEATHER-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


CLOUDY AND WARM WITH A SHOWER

We start the morning with patchy dense fog. Some of that fog is likely to hang on through the mid-morning hours, especially near the coastline. After the fog, it's going to be another rather cloudy day. A cold front was approaching Southwest Florida yesterday, and is now basically stuck just to our north as a stalled front. That is the system that led us to plenty of clouds and a few showers yesterday. We can expect another round of clouds today along with a few passing showers. Winds will be from the northeast around 5-10 mph. Highs today will reach into the lower 80s. Through the night, we'll continue with mainly cloudy skies and temperatures will drop into the lower 60s for Friday morning. Friday will still be mostly cloudy, but the rain chance is be very slim. Highs will again reach into the lower 80s.

As you plan for the weekend, that same cold front that we have been talking about will finally push through Southwest Florida. It will bring some scattered showers late Saturday through early Sunday. Highs on Saturday will be in the lower 80s with plenty of humidity. Then on Sunday, we'll be just slightly cooler with highs in the lowers 70s with some warmer spots reaching into the lower 80s. Sunshine returns by Monday with highs still in the upper 70s. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING OPEN-CLIP


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SULLIVAN RECOUNT-2SHOT-VO


FORMER CAPE CORAL MAYOR JOHN SULLIVAN STILL NOT READY TO THROW IN THE TOWEL -- AFTER SPENDING THE LAST 2 DAYS REVIEWING BALLOTS A CONTROVERSIAL MAYORAL RACE, BACK IN NOVEMEBER.

SULLIVAN LOST TO CURRENT MAYOR MARNI SAWICKI BY 121 VOTES.

HE'S NOT CONVINCED SAWICKI SHOULD BE MAYOR.

SULLIVAN WOULDN'T TELL ABC-7 IF HE'LL DROP THE LAWSUIT FOR A RECOUNT.

HE HINTED THAT IF HE DECIDES TO MOVE FORWARD THE CASE WILL INCLUDE SOMETHING MUCH LARGER. Return to index of stories...


SULLIVAN RECOUNT-SOTVO


20:35 "That's quite possible even to the state level there's seems to be some changes that need to be made." Sullivan

53:00 "He's been given what he asked for, we've been given what was asked for to go forward whether the juice is worth the squeeze so to speak."Deile

SAWICKI DENIES THE ELECTION WAS RIGGED.

THE TRIAL OF SULLIVAN VERSUS SAWICKI AND THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS STARTS NEXT WEDNESDAY. Return to index of stories...


WATER RELEASES LATES-OTS-VO


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE CALLING FOR MORE FRESH WATER RELEASES DURING THE DRY MONTHS.

THE U-S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CUT OFF MOST OF THE WATER FLOW TO CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER.

THEY KEEP A SMALL AND STEADY FLOW, ALLOWING SALINITY LEVELS TO CREEP UP.

THE ESTUARY COUNTS ON A DELICATE BALANCE OF SALT AND FRESH WATER FOR LIFE.

THE SALT HIKE THREATENS THE ESTUARY - LEAVES ANIMALS FIGHTING FOR FOOD.

THE ARMY CORPS ARE CONSIDERING MAKING CHANGES -- TO ADDRESS CONCERNS. Return to index of stories...


FLOOD INSURANCE LATEST-OTS-VO


NEW AT SEVEN --

A BILL LOOKING TO CREATE A FLORIDA-BASED FLOOD INSURANCE MARKETPLACE -- COULD TAKE A STEP BACKWARDS.

AN AMENDMENT TO THE BILL IS CAUSING CONCERN AMONG SENATORS ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE.

THEY'RE SAYING, THE CHANGES SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE SOONER.

THE BILL'S SPONSOR WILL DISCUSS SENDING IT BACK TO THE SENATE BANKING AND INSURANCE COMMITTEE FOR FURTHER VETTING.

WE FOUND OUT -- MORE THAN 40-PERCENT OF ALL NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE POLICES -- ARE RIGHT HERE IN FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


ECIGS LATEST-WIPE-VOTOPS


ALSO NEW AT SEVEN --

THE STATE IS CONSIDERING LEGISLATION TO BAN THE SALE OF E-CIGARETTES TO ANYONE YOUNGER THAN 18.

IT PASSED A THIRD SENATE COMMITTEE, TODAY.

THE BILL ALSO PROHIBITS NICOTINE DESPENSING DEVICES.

A HOUSE PANEL WAS SET TO HEAR THE BILL THIS WEEK.

IT WAS REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA BEFORE THE MEETING. Return to index of stories...


ROBINS DRUNK FROM BERRIES-TRX-VOTOPS


YOU NEED TO SEE THIS.

YOU ARE WATCHING DRUNK RED ROBINS IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

THE BIRDS SWOOP TOWARD THE CAMERA AND FALL FROM THE SKY.

ABC7 FOUND OUT WHY.

THEY ATE THESE TINY RED BERRIES CALLED BRAZILIAN PEPPERS.

IT CAUSED THEM TO GET DRUNK.

THESE BERRIES ARE HARMFUL TO ALL ANIMALS AND ABC7 LEARNED IT'S ILLEGAL TO SELL BRAZILIAN PEPPERS.

THERE IS A PUSH IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TO GET RID OF THEM. Return to index of stories...


LEE COUNTY SCHOOL CHOICE-OC-VO-BNR


HAPPENING RIGHT NOW --

PARENTS WHO WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LEE COUNTY'S SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAM CAN ATTEND ONE OF SEVERAL ORIENTATION SESSIONS.

THE MEETING STARTED ABOUT AN HOUR AGO -- AT LEHIGH SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

PARENTS OF FIFTH AND EIGHTH GRADERS HAVE UNTIL MARCH 28TH TO RANK THE SCHOOLS THEY WANT THEIR CHILDREN TO ATTEND NEXT YEAR.

FOR A LIST OF THE OTHER ORIENTATION TIMES -

VISIT OUR WEBSITE

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COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE THREE-POP


THE FGCU MEN HAVE A CHANCE TO MOVE BACK INTO FIRST PLACE TONIGHT WITH A WIN.

PLUS JAMIES WINSTON HAS BEEN DEFYING THE ODDS. HIS HEAD COACH SAYS HE'LL DO IT AGAIN. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A-VO-DISS


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TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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11PM TZ1) STIFF SELFIE-SSTOPS


ALL NEW TONIGHT AT ELEVEN.

THE GIRL BEHIND THIS SELFIE COULD FACE STIFF DISCIPLINE.

ALL BECAUSE OF THE OTHER 'PERSON' IN THE PICTURE. Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ2) THE O SHOT-VOTOPS


PLUS -- MILLIONS OF WOMEN HAVE TROUBLE BETWEEN THE SHEETS.

AT ELEVEN -- WE SHOW YOU A NEW INJECTION -

THAT MAKES THE MAGIC HAPPEN. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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FGCU MEN-POMOM


THERE WAS A TIME. NOT TOO LONG AGO. WHEN YOU COULDN'T GIVE BASEKTBALL TICKETS AWAY FOR THE FGCU MEN. IN FACT MOST WEEKENDS THE FELLAS WERE THE OPENING ACT FOR THE WOMEN,. WELL THOSE DAYS ARE LONG GONE. THE EAGLES NOT ONLY PROTECT THE NEST. BUT THEY PACK IT AS WELL. AVERAGING. 4-THOUSAND FANS A GAME. Return to index of stories...


FGCU MEN-VOTOPS


TONIGHT THE EAGLES EXPECT ANOTHER BIG CROWD WHEN THEY HOST. JACKSONVILE AT ALICO ARENA.

THE TEAM IS CALLING FOR A PINK OUT.

THEY ARE ALSO CALLING FOR A WIN. IF THEY DO BEAT JACKSONVILLE TONIGHT. THEY ARE BACK IN FIRST PLACE. TIED WITH MERCER. Return to index of stories...


FGCU MEN-SOTTOPS


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EAGLE WOMEN-VOTOPS


OVER THE WEEKEND THE EAGLE WOMEN. HAD THEIR LONG CONFERENCE WIN STREAK SNAPPED.

THEY HAD WON 44 STRAIGHT REGULAR SEASON CONFERNCE GAMES BEFORE LOSING TO NORTHER KENTUCKY

THE EAGLES WILL LOOK TO START ANOTHER STREAK AT EAST TENNESSEE STATE TONIGHT Return to index of stories...


CHRIS WALKER-VOTOPS


COMING OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. CHRIS WALKER WAS ONE THE TOP BASKETBALL RECRUITS IN THE NATION.

HE SIGNED WITH FLORIDA BUT WAS SUSPENDED THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON. FOR RECEIVING IMPROPER BENEFITS.

ON TUESDAY WALKER MADE HIS COLLEGE DEBUT SCORING. 4 POINTS. Return to index of stories...


CHRIS WALKER-SOTTOPS


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PEBBLE BEACH-POMON


PEBBLE BEACH HAS BEEN RATED THE NUMBER ONE GOLF COURSE IN AMERICA. IT'S ALSO THE MOST EXPENSIVE. IF YOU'RE SOME JOE LIKE ME. IT WILL COST YOU 500-DOLLARS A ROUND. THE GUYS PLAYING THIS WEEKEND HOWEVER. ARE ACTUALLY GETTING PAID TO PLAY THERE. Return to index of stories...


PEBBLE BEACH-VOTOPS


PEBBLE BEACH NATIONAL PRO AM. WHERE CELEBRITIES AND PROS SHARE A GOLF COURSE.

HOW ABOUT ACTOR ANDY GARCIA. LOOKS LIKE HE'S IN TOUBLE. MAYBE NOT. CHIPS IN FOR BIRDIE.

DENVER QUARTERBACK. PEYTON MANNING. HAVING A ROUGH WEEK. THIS CHIP. ROLLS PASSED THE HOLE AND OFF THE GREEN.

LOCAL GOLFER GEORGE MCNEILL STILL ON THE COURSE AT 2 UNDER PAR. Return to index of stories...


WINSTON-VOTOPS


FRESHOFF FLORIDA STATE'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. AND SIGNING THE NUMBER 3 RECRUITING CLASS IN THE NATION. HEAD COACH JIMBO FISHER HAS REASON TO BE OPTIMISTIC.

HOWEVER. WHEN IT COMES TO QUARTERBACK JAMEIS WINSTON. PERHAPS FISHER IS TOO OPTIMISTIC.

FISHER BELIEVES. WINSTON WILL STAY AT FLORIDA STATE FOR 2 MORE YEARS.

WINSTON IS ELIGIBLE TO LEAVE SCHOOL AFTER NEXT SEASON. WE'LL SEE Return to index of stories...


SEAHAWKS RALLY-VOTOPS


THE GOOD PEOPLE OF SEATTLE CAN'T SEEM TO GET ENOUGH OF THEIR SEAHAWKS.

AND CAN YOU BLAME THEM. THE SUPER BOWL WIN WAS THE CITY'S FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP IN 35 YEARS.

TODAY THOUSANDS PACKED CENTURYLINK FIELD. FOR A SUPER BOWL CELEBRATION. Return to index of stories...


SEAHAWKS RALLY-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


FINAL STOP. CLEVELAND. A BIZZARE ENDING TO THE CAVS LAKERS GAME.

THE LAKERS STARTED THE GAME WITH JUST 8 PLAYERS. DUE TO INJURIES AND FOUL OUTS. THEY ENDED WITH JUST 4.

BY RULE YOU HAVE TO HAVE 5 PLAYERS ON THE FLOOR.

SO THE LAKERS SENT A PLAYER WHO HAD ALREADY FOULED OUT BACK ON THE FLOOR. WHICH YOU CAN DO BY NBA RULE. BUT YOU ARE ASSESSED A TECHNICAL FOUL.

LAKER STILL BEAT THE CAVS. Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT


ADLIB POINTS Return to index of stories...