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DIRECTORS PAGE FORT MYERS SHOTS FIRED-SOTVO
STORMWARN 7 severe open-CLIP BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL ESTERO TEACHER FIRED-VOWIPE
BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP ESTERO TEACHER FIRED-SOTVO
FORT MYERS SHOTS FIRED-BNC VO JEFFREY MORETZ TRIAL-OC
FORT MYERS SHOTS FIRED-SOTVO JEFFREY MORETZ TRIAL-PKG
TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP METH BUST FIRST APPEARANCE-VO SS
TS 1) ESTERO TEACHER-VOTOPS METH CLEANUP-TC MON
TS 2) MORETZ TRIAL-VOTOPS METH CLEANUP-SOTVO
TS 3) CAPE MAYOR'S RACE-VOTOPS PUBLIX CREDIT CARD THEFT-(2)SS
DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP CAPE MAYOR RECOUNT-VOWIPE
WINTER STORM-(2)SOTS TOP CAPE MAYOR RECOUNT-SOTVO
WINTER STORM-VO IN POP SPRING TRAINING DEVELOPMENT-ANIBOX TOPS
WINTER STORM-PKG a) hammond stadium-vo
BOSTON BOMBER LATEST-VO b) jetblue park-vo
MINIMUM WAGE-VO HAMMOND STADIUM-POP
MOMS MAYORS ILLEGAL GUNS-VO HAMMOND STADIUM-REM LIVE
NY BUS CRASH-VOWIPE HAMMOND STADIUM-PKG
NY BUS CRASH-SOTVO WIPE HAMMOND STADIUM-REM LIVE
ALGERIA PLANE CRASH-VOTOPS JETBLUE PARK-POP VOWIPE
COP CAR SMASH-BNC VOWIPE JETBLUE PARK-SOTVO
COP CAR SMASH-SOTVO EASIER DREDGING PERMIT-VOWIPE
TN MAIL BOMB-OC EASIER DREDGING PERMIT-SOTVO
TN MAIL BOMB-PKG GRACO CARSEAT RECALL-VO-WIPE
MAN SURVIVES AVALANCHE-NATS-VO GRACO CARSEAT RECALL-SOTVO BNR
MAN SURVIVES AVALANCHE-SOTVO BREAKING NEWS-CLIP
GIRL SCOUTS ROBBED-VO IN TC MON CHAVEZ EXECUTION VIDEO-VOTOPS
GIRL SCOUTS ROBBED-SOTVO NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP
PRIUS RECALL-OTS VO TEASE ONE
WIDEST EARNING GAP-VO TZ1 A) LOVE AND MONEY-SOTVO
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TZ1 B) STRESS FREE MEALS-VOTOPS
TEASE FOUR------------ JP STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP
TZ4 A FACEBOOK BIRTHDAY-SOTVO WEATHER-PWC
TZ4 B VIRGIN GALACTIC SPACE FLIGHTS-VO WEATHER-WXWALL
STORM WARN JP OPEN-CLIP LOVE AND MONEY-TC MON
FORECAST-PHC LOVE AND MONEY-PKG
FORECAST-WXWALL STRESS FREE MEALS-TC MON VO
FACEBOOK BIRTHDAY-TCMON WEATHER STROKE-TC MON VO
FACEBOOK BIRTHDAY-PKG COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP
JETER RETIRING-VO TEASE TWO-POP
JORDAN TWINS-VO TZ2 SPORTS-VO
TX LUNCH ANGEL FOLO-VOWIPE WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT
TX LUNCH ANGEL FOLO-SOTVO TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
VIRGIN GALACTIC SPACE FLIGHTS-VO TZ 7 1) FOLLOWING WEATHER-RADAR-WIPE
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TZ 7 2) FM SHOOTING-VOTOPS
TEASE FIVE------------ SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
TZ5 A BIKE TRAIL ATTACKS-SOTVO BOSTON RED SOX-POPMON
BIKE TRAIL ATTACKS-BNC BOSTON RED SOX-VOTOPS
BIKE TRAIL ATTACKS-PKG BOSTON RED SOX-SOTTOPS
NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP JETER-VOTOPS
COMING UP AT 6PM------------ FGCU BASEBALL-VOTOPS
TZ 6 1) FORT MYERS SHOTS FIRED-VOTOPS TOM WATSON-POPMON
TZ 6 2) ESTERO TEACHER FIRED-VOTOPS TOM WATSON-VOTOPS
TZ 6 3) LOVE AND MONEY-VOTOPS TOM WATSON-SOTTOPS
CLOSE-2SHOT ACE GROUP PAIRINGS-CGTOPS
STORMWARN 7 severe open-CLIP FGCU MEN-VOTOPS
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL FGCU MEN-SOTTOPS
BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP INCOGNITO-VOTOPS
FORT MYERS SHOTS FIRED-VO-WIPE GOODBYE-4SHOT


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STORMWARN 7 severe open-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


T'STORM WATCH UNTIL 11 PM

A Severe T'Storm Watch continues for all of Southwest Florida until 11 pm. Showers and storms from the Gulf of Mexico will swing eastward through the area during the evening hours. The greatest threat with these storms will be damaging winds and lightning.

The storms will end across the area late evening into the overnight. As the cool front pushes through tonight, morning lows will fall into the mid 60s.

Cooler and quieter weather is in store for Thursday. Expect a heavy dose of clouds all day long, with breezy conditions and highs only in the upper 60s. Lows Thursday Night will be very cool, with temps in the mid 40s along the urban corridor, with low 40s possible inland.

Sunshine returns to the area Friday. This will also start a warming trend across the region, with highs in the low 70s.

Quiet and dry weather continues into the weekend. We'll see plenty of sunshine both Saturday & Sunday, with highs pushing into the upper 70s both days.

The warmup continues into next week, with sunshine both Monday & Tuesday, with highs back in the low 80s. Dry and warm weather marches on into midweek next week as well. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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FORT MYERS SHOTS FIRED-BNC VO


BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW AT 5:30.

ABC7 IS BRINGING YOU NEW VIDEO JUST INTO THE NEWSROOM AS OFFICERS INVESTIGATE A SHOOTING IN FORT MYERS.

THEY SAY SOMEONE FIRED SHOTS ALONG U-S-41 NEAR GRACE AVENUE.

THEY TELL OUR REPORTERS ON THE SEEN A TOTAL OF 41 SHOTS -- 41!!! -- WERE FIRED.

ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS SOMEONE IN A CAR SHOT AT ANOTHER CAR.

OFFICERS CAUGHT UP WITH THE SHOOTER'S CAR ON BROADWAY.

THAT'S IN FRONT OF THE BROADWAY APARTMENTS.

ABC-7 TALKED TO A WITNESS. Return to index of stories...


FORT MYERS SHOTS FIRED-SOTVO


Gabriel Moreno

Saw 3 People Detained

55:02 so when they come out with their hand up they put it in the floor they take the two men first and then the woman the woman was crying 55:14

THREE PEOPLE ARE IN CUSTODY.

NO ONE GOT HURT. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP


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TS 1) ESTERO TEACHER-VOTOPS


NEW AT 530 --

AN ESTERO HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER AND COACH IS OUT OF A JOB TONIGHT -- FACING ALLEGATIONS HE HAD AN INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP WITH A STUDENT.

STUDENTS TELL US THE TEACHER HAD SEX WITH AN UNDERAGE STUDENT.

DETECTIVE HAVE SPOKEN WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE AT THE SCHOOL -- BUT SO FAR -- NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THIS COMING UP AT 6. Return to index of stories...


TS 2) MORETZ TRIAL-VOTOPS


A HIGH PROFILE COLLIER COUNTY MURDER TRIAL IS UNDERWAY.

JEFFREY MORETZ IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AND KILLING HIS ESTRANGED WIFE - CHRISTINE - AT PHYSICIANS REGIONAL HOSPITAL IN NAPLES BACK IN 2011.

MORETZ THEN TRIED TO KILL HIMSELF.

REPORTS INDICATE MORETZ WAS UPSET because HIS WIFE WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR.

MORETZ FACES LIFE IN PRISON. Return to index of stories...


TS 3) CAPE MAYOR'S RACE-VOTOPS


FORMER CAPE CORAL MAYOR JOHN SULLIAVAN IS NOW DEMANDING THE RESULTS OF THE NOVEMBER ELECTION BE TOSSED OUT.

SULLIVAN'S LEGAL TEAM SAYS THE ELECTION DIDN'T FOLLOW STATE LAWS -- NON-RESIDENTS VOTED -- AND PEOPLE WERE TURNED AWAY AT THE POLLS.

INITIALLY -- SULLIVAN DEMANDED A RECOUNT -- BUT TODAY IN COURT HIS LAWYERS SAID A RE-DO IS MORE APPROPRIATE. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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WINTER STORM-(2)SOTS TOP


"This could be the worst ice storm they have seen in ten years into the southeast."

BUTT TO

"We are not kidding, we're not just crying wolf. It is serious business."

THEY'RE CALLING IT CATASTROPHIC AND CRIPPLING.

DEVELOPING TONIGHT - MUCH OF THE SOUTHEAST IS HUNKERING DOWN -- READY FOR WHAT COULD BE HISTORIC AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND ICE.

LEADERS ARE WARNING PEOPLE TO STAY INSIDE. Return to index of stories...


WINTER STORM-VO IN POP


NEARLY HALF THE COUNTRY IS UNDER A WINTER STORM WATCH TONIGHT.

THEY'RE EXPECTING PLENTY OF SNOW AND SOMETHING MUCH WORSE.

ICE.

CARS ARE ALREADY SPINNING OUT, FLIPPING, AND MORE THAN A DOZEN CRASHES HAVE TURNED DEADLY.

AS A-B-'S DEVIN DWYER REPORTS -- THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. Return to index of stories...


WINTER STORM-PKG


SCRIPT:

The icy southern storm has lived up to expectations.

MOS-Atlanta shoveler/32 years and never seen this kind of ice accumulated.

Rare measurable snow and ice making travel treacherous from Alabama to the

Outer Banks of North Carolina.

More than a quarter million Americans have lost power across six states, and

the numbers are climbing.

SOT/McCrory - This storm is very unpredictable. It's one of the toughest

storms we're going to see in our history most likely.

A tough winter storm because of its unusual mix of sticky snow and heavy ice

. More than half an inch coating trees and power lines in some places, which

could be devastating.

SOT/Bernie - The big danger with this storm in the south is the fact that we

are going to see plenty of ice in areas that don't typically get it that

would be across central GA and central parts of SC and that's a type of ice

that's going to cause problems for days

The next 48 hours are seen as a critical test for families hunkered downand

for the utility crews and first responders working outside.

SOT/Deal - Be very cautious about downed power lines, because you won't know

whether they're live with power or not, so just take the precaution and

assume that they are.

As the storm pushes north, east coast airports are a disaster. More than 3,

000 flights cancelled today, another 2,000 already tomorrow.

QUICK TRAVELER SOT/just want to go homewe are tired and will have to get

back to work/

But the slushy mess isn't all bad news. Landscaping crews turned snow-

clearing battalions, are enjoying the extra cash.

SOT/They made a good bit of money two weeks ago and I know today - this time

- they're going to make even more because we're more prepared for it and we

have more time to do more work.

ON CAM CLOSE: The state government will be closed again here Thursday - a

third consecutive day because of the ice. Many schools as well. Return to index of stories...


BOSTON BOMBER LATEST-VO


WE KNOW TONIGHT THE BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECT WILL STAND TRIAL IN NOVEMBER.

JOE-HAR TSARNAEV'S LAWYERS TRIED DELAYING THE TRIAL--

UNTIL SEPTEMBER OF NEXT YEAR.

THAT WAS DENIED.

THE 20-YEAR-OLD TSARNAEV IS CHARGED WITH CARRYING OUT A TERRORIST ATTACK THAT KILLED THREE PEOPLE AND HURT MORE THAN 260.

PROSECUTORS WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY. Return to index of stories...


MINIMUM WAGE-VO


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IS FOLLIWING THROUGH ON ONE OF HIS TATE OF THE UNION PROMISES.

HE'S RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTORS FROM 7-25 TO 10-10 AN HOUR.

THE RAISE APPLIES ONLY TO NEW CONTRACTS.

THAT WILL AFFECT SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND WORKERS - WHICH IS A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THE MORE THAN 2 MILLION FEDERAL CONTRACTORS.

THE PRESIDENT IS PUSHING LAWMAKERS TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR ALL WORKERS TO 10-10 AN HOUR. Return to index of stories...


MOMS MAYORS ILLEGAL GUNS-VO


LAWMAKERS IN WASHINGTON JOINED A GROUP OF MOMS TODAY --

CALLING ATTENTION TO GUN VIOLENCE.

THEY WANT GUN CONTROL MEASURES --

LIKE BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL GUN SALES --

PLUS MORE HELP FOR THE MENTALLY ILL.

IN ADDITION TO ASKING FOR ACTION -- THE GROUPS - 'MOMS DEMAND ACTION" AND "MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS" - RELEASED AN ANALYSIS OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN AMERICA.

SINCE THE SHOOTING AT SANDY HOOK - 14 MONTHS AGO - THERE HAVE BEEN 44 SCHOOL SHOOTINGS - 13 IN THE FIRST SIX WEEKS OF 2014 ALONE. Return to index of stories...


NY BUS CRASH-VOWIPE


TONIGHT - ONE PERSON IS DEAD AND SEVERAL INJURED AFTER A BUS CRASH.

LOOK AT YOUR SCREEN.

ABC7 IS SHOWING YOU VIDEO FROM THE AIR OF THE CRASH IN NEW YORK CITY.

THE DRIVER AND A TRUCK COLLIDED AND SENT BOTH INTO SCAFFOLDING ON A BUILDING.

TWO PEOPLE ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

A PERSON STANDING NEARBY HEARD IT HAPPEN. Return to index of stories...


NY BUS CRASH-SOTVO WIPE


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ALGERIA PLANE CRASH-VOTOPS


77 PEOPLE ARE DEAD TONIGHT AFTER THIS --

A MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE SLAMMED INTO A MOUNTAINSIDE IN ALGERIA.

ONE SURVIVOR WAS PULLED FROM THE WRECKAGE ON TUESDAY.

INVESTIGATORS WANT TO KNOW WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH --

AND THEY THINK WEATHER MAY BE TO BLAME. Return to index of stories...


COP CAR SMASH-BNC VOWIPE


IN A CITY FILLED WITH STRANGE PEOPLE AND STRANGE STORIES -- THIS STORY IS ONE OF THE STRANGEST --

AND IT'S ALL CAUGHT ON CAMERA!

A GUY SMASHED A POLICE CRUSIER IN THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD.

HE DID IT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY!

OKAY I WANT YOU TO WATCH THIS -

HE SMASHES THE WINDOWS WITH A METAL PIPE. THEN TAKES AN OFFICERS LAPTOP!

PEOPLE WHO WORK ON THE STRIP CAN'T BELIEVE HOW BOLD THIS MAN WAS. Return to index of stories...


COP CAR SMASH-SOTVO


WITNESSES SAY THE MAN YELLED OBSCENITIES ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT.

OFFICERS CAUGHT AND ARRESTED HIM. Return to index of stories...


TN MAIL BOMB-OC


NEW AT 530 --

ONE PERSON IS DEAD TONIGHT --

AFTER A PIECE OF MAIL EXPLODED IN HIS TENNESSEE HOUSE.

IT WENT OFF RIGHT IN THAT FORMER LAWYER'S HANDS..

A-B-C'S PIERRE THOMAS DUG DEEPER FOR US --

AS INVESTIGATORS SEARCH FOR ANSWERS. Return to index of stories...


TN MAIL BOMB-PKG


SCRIPT:

THE SHATTERED WINDOWS OF THIS LOVELY HOME HINT THE DEVASTATION INSIDE- FROM

A BLAST THAT COULD BE HEARD FROM MILES AWAY.

Jennifer Whitener McClain Christina Academy, Principal

SOT "I heard a big boom I thought somebody backed into the building next to

my office."

AUTHORITIES SAY 74-YEAR-OLD RETIRED LAWYER JON SETZER WAS KILLED AFTER A

POWERFUL PACKAGE BOMB EXPLODED IN HIS HOME.

72-YEAR OLD MARIAN SETZER, ALSO AT THE HOME AT THE TIME, WAS CRITICALLY

WOUNDED IN THE ATTACK AND THIS MORNING IS CLINGING TO HER LIFE AT THE

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER.

OVERNIGHT POLICE CONTINUED TO SHIFT THROUGH THE RUBBLE, LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE

AND TRYING TO FIND PARTS OF THE BOMB AND THE PACKAGE IT CAME IN.

AUTHORITIES HAVE NO MOTIVE IN THE ATTACK AND ARE OFFERING AN EIGHT THOUSAND

DOLLAR REWARD FOR ANY LEADS.

SOT/ Jack Webb ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge

"Any and all information that the public can provide us so we can follow up

any leads."

THE BOMBING OCCURRED ABOUT 31 MILES OUTSIDE OF NASHVILLE, IN A TOWN NAME

LEBANON, TENNESSEE -A PLACE WHERE THIS KIND OF SAVAGE ATTACK JUST DOES NOT

HAPPEN.

David Hughen, Neighbor

SOT They were perfect neighbors and we felt like this was a place that

nothing would ever happen." Return to index of stories...


MAN SURVIVES AVALANCHE-NATS-VO


SWEPT AWAY IN AN AVALANCHE.

A MAN RIDING A SNOWMOBILE THOUGHT HE WAS DEAD.

TONIGHT - WE'RE SHOWING YOU WHY.

WATCH THIS.

NATS OF SNOMOBILE GETTING HIT BY AVALANCE

THIS IS THE HELMET CAM FROM CODI STRONG IN COLORADO.

STRONG SAYS THE AVALANCHE SWEPT HIM OFF THE SNOWMOBILE AND ROUGHLY 100 FEET. Return to index of stories...


MAN SURVIVES AVALANCHE-SOTVO


"Honestly it felt like I was flying through the air, like I felt like impact on me and everything."

STRONG IS NOW MORE CAUTIOUS.

HE'S GOING TO TAKE AN AVALANCHE SAFETY COURSE. Return to index of stories...


GIRL SCOUTS ROBBED-VO IN TC MON


A GROUP OF GIRL SCOUTS GOT ROBBED --

ALL WHILE SELLING COOKIES!

TONIGHT-

COPS SAY THEY KNOW WHO DID IT.

IT HAPPENED OUTSIDE A WINN-DIXIE IN FORT LAUDERDALE.

TWO TEENS WERE CAUGHT ON VIDEO APPROACHING THE GIRLS -- THEN TAKING OFF WITH THEIR PHONE.

ONE OF THE GIRL SCOUTS TALKED ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. Return to index of stories...


GIRL SCOUTS ROBBED-SOTVO


I was very scared- It was a very taumatizing moment for me

ONE OF THE SUSPECTS INVOLVED IS JUST 15.

HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF GRAND THEFT.

POLICE SAID THE OTHER SUSPECT WON'T FACE CHARGES.

THEY'RE UNDER-AGE TOO. Return to index of stories...


PRIUS RECALL-OTS VO


LISTEN UP-

AN ABC-7 RECALL ALERT FOR YOU ABOUT THE TOYOTA PRIUS..

TOYOTA SAYS THIS RECALL COVERS ALL THIRD-GENERATION PRIUSES WORLDWIDE.

REPS SAY THERE'S A PROGRAMMING GLITCH IN THEIR HYBRID SYSTEM.

IN A FEW CASES, THE HYBRID SYSTEM COULD SHUT DOWN AND CAUSE THE CAR TO STOP WHILE IT'S IN MOTION.

THERE ARE NO REPORTED CRASHES. Return to index of stories...


WIDEST EARNING GAP-VO


PEOPLE WHO HAVE EARNED A COLLEGE DEGREE --

ARE EARNING A LOT MORE THAN THOSE WITHOUT A DIPLOMA.

AND THE GAP IS GROWING TONIGHT.

THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SAYS YOUNG ADULTS WITH JUST A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA --

EARN ALMOST 50 PERCENT LESS THAN YOUNG ADULTS WITH BACHELOR'S DEGREES.

LET'S PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE.

BACK IN 1965--

THOSE WITH HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS EARNED 81 PERCENT OF WHAT COLLEGE GRADUATES EARNED.

RESEARCHERS SAY THIS PROVES THERE'S STILL VALUE IN GRADUATING COLLEGE --

DESPITE RISING TUITION. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE FOUR------------


JENNIFER:

He said mom who am I gonna invite? I don't have any friends.

IT BROKE HER HEART TO HEAR HER 11-YEAR-OLD SON SAY THAT.

TONIGHT - ABC7 SHOWS YOU HOW SHE TURNED TO FACEBOOK TO SHOW HIM HE DOES HAVE FRIENDS.A MILLION MORE THAN HE THOUGHT!

PLUS - GET READY TO BLAST OFF INTO SPACE!

THE FIRST OUT-OF-THIS WORLD FLIGHTS FOR YOU AND ME.

HOW MUCH IT'LL COST US. Return to index of stories...


TZ4 A FACEBOOK BIRTHDAY-SOTVO


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TZ4 B VIRGIN GALACTIC SPACE FLIGHTS-VO


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STORM WARN JP OPEN-CLIP


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FORECAST-PHC


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

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


FORECAST-WXWALL


T'STORM WATCH UNTIL 11 PM

A Severe T'Storm Watch continues for all of Southwest Florida until 11 pm. Showers and storms from the Gulf of Mexico will swing eastward through the area during the evening hours. The greatest threat with these storms will be damaging winds and lightning.

The storms will end across the area late evening into the overnight. As the cool front pushes through tonight, morning lows will fall into the mid 60s.

Cooler and quieter weather is in store for Thursday. Expect a heavy dose of clouds all day long, with breezy conditions and highs only in the upper 60s. Lows Thursday Night will be very cool, with temps in the mid 40s along the urban corridor, with low 40s possible inland.

Sunshine returns to the area Friday. This will also start a warming trend across the region, with highs in the low 70s.

Quiet and dry weather continues into the weekend. We'll see plenty of sunshine both Saturday & Sunday, with highs pushing into the upper 70s both days.

The warmup continues into next week, with sunshine both Monday & Tuesday, with highs back in the low 80s. Dry and warm weather marches on into midweek next week as well. Return to index of stories...


FACEBOOK BIRTHDAY-TCMON


NOW TO A STORY THAT WILL WARM YOUR HEART.

A MICHIGAN BOY TOLD HIS MOM HE DIDN'T WANT A BIRTHDAY.

HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY FRIENDS.

HIS MOTHER HIT FACEBOOK.

SHE CREATED A PAGE FOR OTHERS TO WISH HIM A HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

A-B-'S LARA SPENCER SHOWS US JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE SENT WELL WISHES AND WHAT ELSE THEY'RE DOING. Return to index of stories...


FACEBOOK BIRTHDAY-PKG


SCRIPT:

PLAYING WITH HIS GAMING DEVICE 10-YEAR-OLD COLIN HAS NO IDEA HE'S TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF THOUSANDS WORLDWIDE.

A SECRET WE ARE HELPING HIS MOM KEEP.

NATS HOME VIDEO BEING SILLY.

IT'S A STORY THAT ALL STARTED LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AGO. WHEN HIS MOM JENNIFER

ASKED HIM IF HE WANTED A PARTY FOR HIS 11TH BIRTHDAY ON MARCH 9TH. THE

ANSWER SHE SAYS WAS GUTWRENCHING

JENNIFER:

He said mom who am I gonna invite? I don't have any friends.

JENNIFER-TELLING US COLIN HAS A DISORDER SIMILAR TO ASPERGERS AND THAT HE

HAS A HARD TIME MAKING FRIENDS

21:49:36

JENNIFER: he has a hard time relating to kids and kids have a hard time

relating to him.

SO-WITH A HEAVY HEART-- SHE CREATED THIS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR FRIENDS AND

FAMILY TO SEND THEIR WELL WISHES AND HOPED TO SURPRISE COLIN WITH IT ON HIS

BIRTHDAY.

Jennifer reading the description on facebook page.

22:04:07

I created this page for my amazing, wonderful, challenging son.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT WOULD SHOCK HER TO HER CORE

JENNIFER 21:55:19

the first day I got a hundred likes and I thought wow this is amazing! And

then the next day it was 200 likes and I was like I can't believe it.

AFTER A WEEK IT JUMPED TO 13,000 LIKES, THEN 2 DAYS LATER IT HIT A WHOPPING

47,000 AND NOW IT IS AT OVER 900,000 LIKES AND COUNTING!

EVEN STRANGERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD-SENDING BIRTHDAY WISHES

NILE SAULTER: WHEN OTHER KIDS PICK ON YOU, IT'S NOT ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS, IT'

S ABOUT THEIRS.

KELLY MELLEMA POPMA HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLIN !!!! YOU WERE BORN TO BE AWESOME !!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TRACY BARCELO.ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU HAVE FRIENDS.HAPPY BIRTHDAY

CAREFUL NOT TO RUIN THE SURPRISEWE INTERVIEWED JENNIFER WHILE COLIN WAS IN

ANOTHER ROOM.

jennifer 22:01:46

so many people want to reach out and do something for my son. It's amazing.

HIS LITTLE SISTER ELLA - ANTICIPATING HOW HE'LL REACT!

"HE IS GOING TO SCREAM HIS PANTS OFF!"

ONE THING'S FOR SUREFOR A BOY WHO THOUGHT HE HAD NO FRIENDS HE IS GOING TO

GET THE BIRTHDAY SURPRISE OF A LIFETIME. Return to index of stories...


JETER RETIRING-VO


A FAN FAVORITE AMONG THE LADIES --

IS HANGING UP HIS CLEATS!

YANKEES SHORTSTOP DEREK JETER SAYS THIS SEASON WILL BE HIS LAST.

THE NEW YORK CITY HEART-THROB -- WHO LIVES HALF THE YEAR IN TAMPA -- ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT ON FACEBOOK THIS AFTERNOON.

JETER SPENT HIS ENTIRE CAREER WEARING YANKEE PINSTRIPES.

BUT HAS BEEN BATTLING INJURIES THE LAST FEW YEARS. Return to index of stories...


JORDAN TWINS-VO


MICHAEL JORDAN NOW HAS HIS OWN STARTING FIVE.

THE N-B-A LEGEND AND HIS WIFE WELCOMED IDENTICAL TWIN DAUGHTERS.

JORDAN'S SPOKESWOMAN SAYS HIS WIFE - YVETTE -- AND THE GIRLS - NAMED VICTORIA AND YSABEL -- ARE ALL DOING WELL.

THE 50-YEAR-OLD HAS THREE GROWN CHILDREN WITH HIS FIRST WIFE. Return to index of stories...


TX LUNCH ANGEL FOLO-VOWIPE


A TEXAS MAN CAME UP WITH A VISION --

TO HELP STUDENTS GET A HOT LUNCH EVERY DAY.

NOW --

IT'S GAINING MOMENTUM WORLD WIDE!

KENNY THOMPSON -- SAYS AFTER HIS STORY AIRED ABOUT PAYING OFF A FEW STUDENT'S DELINQUENT LUNCH ACCOUNTS -- DONATIONS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE STARTED POURING IN.

SO -- HE KEPT GOING.

SO FAR --

HE'S PAID OFF 459 OVERDUE LUNCH ACCOUNTS AT FIVE SCHOOLS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

AND NOW THERE'S TALK OF BRANCHING OFF TO OTHER DISTRICTS. Return to index of stories...


TX LUNCH ANGEL FOLO-SOTVO


S/ Kenny Thompson / Donor:13

"I think we'll branch out next week and go somewhere where it's needed, the neediest schools in the poorest areas of our town, they need help. People are struggling and we can't let the kids struggle."

THOMPSON SAYS HE'S ALSO BEEN TALKING TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ABOUT WAYS TO IMPROVE THEIR LUNCH ACCOUNT POLICIES. Return to index of stories...


VIRGIN GALACTIC SPACE FLIGHTS-VO


GET READY FOR LIFTOFF!

BY THE SECOND HALF OF 2014 - YOU COULD CATCH A COMMERCIAL FLIGHT TO SPACE ON VIRGIN GALACTIC.

THE COMPANY'S SOLD 680 TICKETS.

EACH COSTING 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

TEST FLIGHTS START THIS SPRING.

VIRGIN GALACTIC NEEDS A FINAL F-A-A COMMERCIAL LICENSE.

THE COMPANY'S FOUNDER - RICHARD BRANSON AND HIS FAMILY - WILL MAKE THE FIRST FLIGHT. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE FIVE------------


victim - "I went up to the fence and said, "will somebody please help me? I was just attacked."

BLEEDING AND BRUISED NO ONE HELPED.

MEN JUST WALKED PAST HER.

THE ATTACKS ON A FLORIDA BIKE TRAIL AND WHY THIS WOMAN SAYS SHE BECAME A TARGET. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A BIKE TRAIL ATTACKS-SOTVO


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BIKE TRAIL ATTACKS-BNC


GETTING EXERCISE IS GETTING DANGEROUS.

FOR THE THIRD TIME IN A WEEK --

A BICYCLIST GOT ATTACKED ON A FLORIDA TRAIL.

AND WHAT'S MORE SHOCKING --

NO ONE CAME TO HELP THE LAST VICTIM --

EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS SCREAMING FOR IT!

A-B-C'S ROB MUNOZ SPOKE WITH HER --

AND INVESTIGATED THIS SCARY NEW TREND. Return to index of stories...


BIKE TRAIL ATTACKS-PKG


SCRIPT:

Victim

"Another man came walking across the trail, looking at me and walked right by me."

COVERED IN BLOOD THIS WOMAN TELLS US SHE WAS IN A DAZE AND LOOKING FOR HELP

ON THE PINELLAS TRAIL AND GETTING NONE IN BROAD DAYLIGHT ON A SUNDAY.

Victim

"I went up to the fence and said, "will somebody please help me? I was just

attacked." An older man looked at me, shook his head and walked away."

EVENTUALLY SHE DID GET HELP FROM A WOMAN WHO CALLED 9-1-1.

HER BIKE WAS MISSING AND SHE'S STILL COVERED IN SCRAPES FROM A MAN WHO

CONFRONTED HER AND ROBBED HER AS SHE WAS RIDING NEAR 6TH AVE SOUTH AND 24TH

STREET SOUTH.

Victim

"He said he was going to shoot me if I didn't give him my phone."

LUCKILY SHE DID GET AWAY THE MAN WAS LATER CAUGHT BY POLICE, AND SHE GOT HER

BIKE BACK.

SHE'S THE THIRD VICTIM OF AN ATTACK ON THE PINELLAS TRAIL IN LESS THAN A

WEEK AND POLICE SAY THEY'RE HAVING TO RESPOND WITH UNDERCOVER OFFICERS AND

PATROLS.

Mike Puetz - St. Petersburg PD

"We're trying keep our presence on the trail more, especially given the

recent events."

UNTIL THE PROBLEM IS SOLVED THIS VICTIM SAYS SHE'S ONLY CYCLING CERTAIN

PARTS.

Victim

"I would just stay out of that area, period. I mean as it is now." Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


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COMING UP AT 6PM------------


ABC 7 IS STAYING ON TOP OF BREAKING NEWS IN FORT MYERS--

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING TWO SHOOTING SCENES--

AFTER THEY SAY SOMEONE IN ONE CAR SHOT AT ANOTHER ONE.

ALSO BREAKING AT SIX--

AN ESTERO HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WAS FIRED--

TONIGHT STUDENTS SAY HE WAS SEXUALLY INVOLVED WITH A STUDENT.

VALENTINE'S DAY BLING--

MANY ARE MAKING A MAD DASH FOR JEWELRY--

NEW AT SIX--

HOW TO GET THE BEST SPARKLE FOR YOUR BUCK--

THAT'S IN TWO MINUTES ON ABC 7 NEWS AT SIX. Return to index of stories...


TZ 6 1) FORT MYERS SHOTS FIRED-VOTOPS


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TZ 6 2) ESTERO TEACHER FIRED-VOTOPS


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TZ 6 3) LOVE AND MONEY-VOTOPS


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CLOSE-2SHOT


AD LIB GOODBYE Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN 7 severe open-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


T'STORM WATCH UNTIL 11 PM

A Severe T'Storm Watch continues for all of Southwest Florida until 11 pm. Showers and storms from the Gulf of Mexico will swing eastward through the area during the evening hours. The greatest threat with these storms will be damaging winds and lightning.

The storms will end across the area late evening into the overnight. As the cool front pushes through tonight, morning lows will fall into the mid 60s.

Cooler and quieter weather is in store for Thursday. Expect a heavy dose of clouds all day long, with breezy conditions and highs only in the upper 60s. Lows Thursday Night will be very cool, with temps in the mid 40s along the urban corridor, with low 40s possible inland.

Sunshine returns to the area Friday. This will also start a warming trend across the region, with highs in the low 70s.

Quiet and dry weather continues into the weekend. We'll see plenty of sunshine both Saturday & Sunday, with highs pushing into the upper 70s both days.

The warmup continues into next week, with sunshine both Monday & Tuesday, with highs back in the low 80s. Dry and warm weather marches on into midweek next week as well. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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FORT MYERS SHOTS FIRED-VO-WIPE


TOPPING THE NEWS --

WE'RE NOW HEARING FROM WITNESSES --

TO THE AFTERMATH OF 41 GUNSHOTS BEING FIRED IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THOSE SHOTS WERE FIRED ALONG U-S-41 IN FORT MYERS JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO.

TWO MEN AND ONE WOMAN ARE IN CUSTODY.

PEOPLE IN ONE CAR WERE SHOOTING AT ANOTHER.

POLICE CAUGHT UP WITH THE SUSPECT'S CAR ON BROADWAY.

ABC7 TALKED TO A WITNESS. Return to index of stories...


FORT MYERS SHOTS FIRED-SOTVO


Gabriel Moreno

Saw 3 People Detained

55:02 so when they come out with their hand up they put it in the floor they take the two men first and then the woman the woman was crying 55:14

THREE PEOPLE ARE IN CUSTODY AND BEING QUESTIONED NOW.

A LIEUTENANT JUST CONFIRMED THEY ARE *NOT* LOOKING FOR A FOURTH PERSON.

AND DESPITE 41 SHOTS --

NO ONE GOT HURT. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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ESTERO TEACHER FIRED-VOWIPE


MORE BREAKING NEWS NOW -- STUDENTS AT ESTERO HIGH SCHOOL SAY A TEACHER WAS FIRED FOR HAVING SEX WITH A STUDENT.

THE DISTRICT CONFIRMS IT HAS RELEASED A FIRST-YEAR TEACHER.

FRIDAY -- DETECTIVES FROM THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE STARTED INVESTIGATING ALLEAGTIONS OF AN INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP. Return to index of stories...


ESTERO TEACHER FIRED-SOTVO


19:57:28 it's like awkward, like ppl feel like its uncomfortable bc of who he is. 19:57:34

THE DISTRICT TELLS US THE TEACHER WAS STILL UNDER A PROBATIONARY PERIOD.

THAT MEANS THEY DON'T NEED A REASON TO LET HIM GO.

BUT --

L-C-S-O HAS NOT MADE ANY ARRESTS.

SO WE HAVE CHOSEN *NOT* TO IDENTIFTY THIS TEACHER. Return to index of stories...


JEFFREY MORETZ TRIAL-OC


THE TRIAL FOR A COLLIER COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERING HIS WIFE INSIDE OF PHYSIAN'S REGIONAL HOSPITAL IS UNDERWAY.

A-B-C'S RICK RITTER IS IN NAPLES WITH DETAILS ON THE MURDER AND MORETZ'S HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Return to index of stories...


JEFFREY MORETZ TRIAL-PKG


DRESSED IN A SUIT WITH HIS HEAD DOWN - 56-YEAR-OLD JEFFREY MORETZ SAID LITTLE ON DAY ONE OF HIS MURDER TRIAL.

MORETZ IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING and killing HIS WIFE CHRISTINE INSIDE PHYSICIANS REGIONAL HOSPITAL - BEFORE A FAILED ATTEMPT OF TAKING HIS OWN LIFE.

REPORTS INDICATE CHRISTINE WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH HER CO-WORKER - THIS MAN - CHRISTOPHER SERNA - EXACTLY WHAT THE DEFENSE SAYS PROVOKED THEIR CLIENT TO SHOOT HIS WIFE - AND THAT HE WASN'T IN THE RIGHT "STATE OF MIND."

Shannon McFee/Defense Attorney 21:13 "It goes directly to the defense of heat of passion because it's all about the state of mind - what did the defendant know?"

THREE WEEKS AFTER THE SHOOTING - THE NOW 37-YEAR-OLD SERNA WAS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATH OF SUZANNE BISHOP - AN ACQUAINTANCE OF HIS.

TO ADD TO THE SOAP OPERA - LAST YEAR - JEFFREY MORETZ'S SON CHAD WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY DEPUTIES IN GEORGIA AFTER A NEARLY FIVE HOUR STANDOFF AT HIS HOME.

DEPUTIES WANTED TO QUESTION CHAD ABOUT CHARLES RAY - A SAVANNAH MAN WHO DISAPPEARED.

INSIDE HIS HOUSE THEY FOUND BODY PARTS BELONGING TO RAY.

CHAD'S WIFE KIMBERLY WAS SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR HELPING HIM DISMEMBER THAT BODY.

ON WEDNESDAY - BOTH SIDES ARGUED OVER WHETHER OR NOT ANY OF THESE PRIOR INCIDENTS ARE "RELEVANT" TO JEFFREY MORETZ'S TRIAL.

AFTER NEARLY TWO HOURS - THE JUDGE AGREED TO LET THE DEFENSE GO INTO THE AFFAIR BETWEEN CHRISTINE MORETZ AND CHRISTOPHER SERNA - BUT NOTHING ELSE ABOUT SERNA'S OWN ALLEGED KILLING.

THE JUDGE DENIED ANY DISCUSSIONS ABOUT MORETZ'S SON AND WIFE KIMBERLY - SAYING THOSE INCIDENTS ARE *NOT* RELEVANT TO THE TRIAL.

Shannon McFee/Defense Attorney/19:15 "The request from the defendant will be is that the jury finds him not guilty of second-degree murder but conceive that he's guilty of manslaughter." Return to index of stories...


METH BUST FIRST APPEARANCE-VO SS


TODAY A LEE COUNTY JUDGE SET BOND FOR TWO PEOPLE ACCUSED OF SQUATTING INSIDE A HOUSE --

FULL OF METH-MAKING MATERIALS.

VICTORIA BOYD AND STEVEN KNITE MADE THEIR FIRST APPEARANCES THIS MORNING.

THEY BOTH FACE CHARGES OF BURGLARY.

KNITE ALSO FACES CHARGES OF MAKING AND HAVING METH.

POLICE SAY THEY WERE LIVING IN A VACANT HOME ON MCGREGOR BOULEVARD. Return to index of stories...


METH CLEANUP-TC MON


ONE DAY AFTER A METH BUST - ABC7 UNCOVERED GAPS IN FLORIDA LAW.

IT MEANS YOU COULD BE LIVING IN A HOUSE USED AS A METH LAB AND NEVER KNOW IT.

A-B-C 7 FOUND FLORIDA DOES NOT HAVE ANY LAWS THAT REQUIRE PROPERTY OWNERS TO CLEAN UP METH LABS OR REVEAL THAT TO FUTURE BUYERS OR RENTERS.

DOZENS OF OTHER STATES *DO* HAVE DISCLOSURE LAWS.

THE INGREDIENTS OF METH CAN BE HIGHLY TOXIC AND FLAMMABLE.

EXPERTS SAY METH LABS NEED TO BE PROPERLY CLEANED.

FIRST RESPONDERS CLEAR THE IMMEDIATE HAZARDS.

HOME OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING ELSE. Return to index of stories...


METH CLEANUP-SOTVO


MARC JOSEPH/REAL ESTATE BROKER: at the end of the day, is that a realty that somebody may be able to walk into a house and purchase it and find out from a neighbor that it was a meth lab? absolutely

REALTORS TELL US THEY'RE ETHICALLY REQUIRED TO SHARE ANYTHING THAT CAN IMPACT THE VALUE OF A HOUSE.

WITHOUT ANY LAWS THEY AND YOU MIGHT NEVER KNOW ABOUT THE PROPERTY'S PAST. Return to index of stories...


PUBLIX CREDIT CARD THEFT-(2)SS


THE HUNT IS ON FOR A MAN WHO STOLE FROM AN 81 YEAR OLD WOMAN.

THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN THE 80 YEAR OLD ROBBED OF HER PURSE AT PUBLIX..

TAKE A LOOK - NEW SECURITY PICTURES SHOW A MAN WHO USED CREDIT CARDS BELONGING TO A WOMAN WHO LEFT HER WALLET AT A PUBLIX ON SUMMERLIN ROAD IN FORT MYERS.

THE MAN USED THE CARD TO MAKE PURCHASES AT A RACE TRAC GAS STATION IN FORT MYERS.

IF YOU HAVE SEEN THIS MAN, CALL CRIME STOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MAYOR RECOUNT-VOWIPE


FORMER CAPE CORAL MAYOR JOHN SULLIVAN WANTS THE NOVEMBER ELECTION RESULTS THROWN OUT.

IN COURT TODAY - HE DROPPED HIS GOAL FOR A RECOUNT.

INSTEAD HIS ATTORNEY WANTS A NEW ELECTION.

HIS TEAM CLAIMS THE ELECTION DIDN'T FOLLOW STATE RULES.

THEY SAY NON-RESIDENTS VOTED AND VOTERS GOT TURNED AWAY FROM POLLING SITES.

MAYOR MARNI SAWICKI WON BY 121 VOTES.

ON THE STAND TODAY - SULLIVAN FACED TOUGH QUESTIONS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MAYOR RECOUNT-SOTVO


TAKE SOT - TAKE FROM NBC TZ SOUND

John Sullivan, Former Cape Coral Mayor

"Attorney: so this is just to satisfy your ego? No, it's got nothing to do with my ego like I stand I think the people of Cape Coral didn't trust the results of the election."

SAWICKI'S ATTORNEY ASKED THE JUDGE TO DISMISS THE SUIT.

THE JUDGE RESERVED HER RULING.

THIS FIGHT IS COSTING TAXPAYERS RIGHT NOW THE BILL IS CLOSE TO 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


SPRING TRAINING DEVELOPMENT-ANIBOX TOPS


BASEBALL'S BACK!

HOW DO WE KNOW?

EQUIPMENT FOR THE TWINS AND RED SOX ARRIVED TODAY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

BUT WHAT ABOUT EVERYTHING GOING ON INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THEIR TRAINING COMPLEXES? Return to index of stories...


a) hammond stadium-vo


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b) jetblue park-vo


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HAMMOND STADIUM-POP


LET'S START AT HAMMOND STADIUM --

WHERE THE TWINS TRAIN.

THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE ON THE FIELD AND TO HAMMOND STADIUM FIRST.

ABC7'S JOELLE PARKS IS LIVE THERE RIGHT NOW.

JOELLE LET'S TALK RENOVATIONS AND THE EXCITING ARRIVAL OF THE TWINS. Return to index of stories...


HAMMOND STADIUM-REM LIVE


I'VE BEEN KEEPING MY EYE ON THE STADIUM AND RENOVATIONS SINCE THE

PROJECT STARTED IN SEPTEMBER,

AND LET ME TELL YOU-IT LOOKS GOOD.

IT'S AMAZING TO SEE THE PROGRESS SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE 4 WEEKS AGO.

FANS AND PLAYERS-SEE IT TOO.

THE STADIUM BUZZING WITH EXCITEMENT,

THE COUNTDOWN NOW ON FOR THAT FIRST GAME. Return to index of stories...


HAMMOND STADIUM-PKG


For Minnesota twins players,

There's no better feeling.

Sot Dan Rohlfing, Minnesota Twins Catcher/Outfielder

All the equipment you could ever imagine, the locker room is just full

of boxes, so it's kinda like Christmas Day for us, we get to open up

all our new gear and everything which is great."

New gear coming in this truck,

Weighing in at32-thousand pounds.

Nat unloading boxes

Revealing some unexpected items that made the trip from Minnesota.

Like these pink bikes,

And a stair stepper.

Sot bob McCammon, Twins

I've read about it and heard about it for a long time, this is the

first time ive seen the truck come it and its pretty exciting for a

twins fan."

Bob McCammon isnt just a twins fan,

hes the ultimate baseball fan.

Nat ringtone

Root, root, root for the home team."

After checking in on player practice,

He ventured into the construction zone.

Where phase one of a $48.5 million dollar renovation project is underway.

Sot bob

It's gonna add to the ballpark,it really is"

While some upgrades,

Like the agility field and upgraded club house are for the players,

Things like upping the field seating from 8 thousand to 93 hundred-

are for the fans.

Sot D.J. Smith, Twins fan

You can get a lot closer than you do during the season."

Closer here-

And here.

The we 360 degree boardwalk is almost compete."

Sot Dan

The fans are kinda up there in the back,they cantalk to you and

interact a little bit more, plus it give she fans an opportunity to

see the game from different angles and really get an idea of what's

going on."

Upgrades that will help the twins take on their lee county neighbor the Red Sox.

Sot Dan

Looks like were going to compete with them pretty well."

Both at bat and in the stadium.

Sot Dan

It starts right here." Return to index of stories...


HAMMOND STADIUM-REM LIVE


HOME OPENER IS AGAINST THE RED SOX ON MARCH 1.

THE RENOVATIONS ARE SET TO BE COMPLETE BY THEN.

LEE COUNTY IS TAKING US BEHIND THE SCENES FOR AN UP CLOSE LOOK A WEEK

FROM TODAY.

COUNT ON ABC7 TO BE THERE TO SHOW YOU THE COMPLETED PROJECTS.

REPORTING LIVE JP. Return to index of stories...


JETBLUE PARK-POP VOWIPE


THANKS JOELLE.

OVER AT JETBLUE PARK -- THE RED SOX EQUIPMENT TRUCK ARRIVED TODAY

THOUSANDS OF BALLS - BATS - EVEN BUBBLE GUM WAS UNLOADED OFF THE TRUCK THIS MORNING.

THIS WILL BE THE TEAMS THIRD SEASON AT JETBLUE -- SO WHERE'S ALL THE BIG BUSINESS AND DEVELOPMENT THAT WAS PROMISED WITH A NEW STADIUM?

NEARBY - A BRAND NEW FORT MYERS BREWING COMPANY SAYS THE ECONOMY HELD

PEOPLE BACK - BUT BUSINESSES ARE STARTING TO TRICKLE IN. Return to index of stories...


JETBLUE PARK-SOTVO


Take sot

Rob Whyte - Fort Myers Brewing Company

810-17

What we've noticed since we opened is business next door, cigar shops,

a gelato place.

Take sot

Roger Wilson - fumar cigars

406-13

Brewery here now, Mexican restaurant around the corner is awesome- we

are starting to see it happen.

A-B-C 7 FOUND OUT LEE COUNTY IS LOOKING AT TWO PROJECTS - ONE WOULD

ADD MORE THAN A HUNDRED HOMES NEAR THE STADIUM.

ANOTHER UNNAMED PROJECT WOULD BE BUILT ON 200 ACRES OF NEARBY PROPERTY. Return to index of stories...


EASIER DREDGING PERMIT-VOWIPE


THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU.

THEY'RE LOOKING INTO AN EXTENSIVE REGIONAL MANAGEMENT PLAN OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY WATERWAYS.

THE COUNTY WILL GRANT THE D-E-P A *GENERAL PERMIT PROGRAM."

THAT MEANS ALLOWING FOR NAVIGATION DREDGING IN SPECIFIC CANALS WITHOUT GETTING A PERMIT FOR EACH.

CREWS DID SURVEY 350 MILES OF CHARLOTTE WATERWAYS.

THEY FOUND 27 LOCATIONS TO INCLUDE IN THE BLANKET PERMIT.

THAT WILL SAVE CHARLOTTE COUNTY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


EASIER DREDGING PERMIT-SOTVO


:09 Betty Staugler, Charlotte County Sea Grant agent "In many regards, you're talking about man hours… so if you have to do a permit for each and every canal you wanted to permit, that's a lot of man hours."

LEE -- SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTIES ALREADY PARTICIPATE.

CHARLOTTE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE INCLUDED.

HURRICANE CHARLEY DELAYED THE PROCESS. Return to index of stories...


GRACO CARSEAT RECALL-VO-WIPE


AN A-B-C 7 CONSUMER ALERT TO TELL YOU ABOUT.

A MASSIVE RECALL FOR GRACO CHILD SEATS.

THE BABY BRAND ISSUED THE VOLUNTARY RECALL FOR 3 POINT 7 MILLION OF THEIR CHILD CARSEATS OVER A BUCKLING ISSUE.

SPECIFICALLY 11 OF 18 MODELS DATING FROM 2009 TO JULY 2013.

GRACO CLAIMS THE PROBLEM CAN STEM FROM FOOD AND DRIED LIQUID BUILDUP OVER TIME WHICH CAN CAUSE THE HARNESS BUCKLES TO STICK.

ONE PARENT WE SPOKE TO - OWNS 2 OF THE AFFECTED CAR SEATS.

SHE TELLS SHE HAD ISSUES WITH THE BUCKLE IN THE PAST. Return to index of stories...


GRACO CARSEAT RECALL-SOTVO BNR


49:18 "You buy these car seats to keep your kids safe and then you get into a bad situation."/50:03 "In my opinion there shouldn't have been a problem to begin with" Taryn Overholser

WE'VE PUT A FULL LIST OF THE AFFECTED MODELS ON OUR WEBSITE ALONG WITH THE INFO ON GETTING THE REPLACEMENT PART.

GO TO A-B-C DASH 7 DOT COM AND CLICK ON SITES ON SEVEN. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS-CLIP


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CHAVEZ EXECUTION VIDEO-VOTOPS


BREAKING NEWS INTO ABC 9--

THE MAN WHO ABDUCTED, RAPED AND MURDERED A NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY WAS EXECUTED A SHORT TIME AGO.

JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ DIED BY LETHAL INJECTION AT SIX O'CLOCK AT THE FLORIDA STATE PRISON IN STARKE

CHAVEZ KIDNAPPED JIMMY RYCE ONE BLOCK FROM HIS HOME IN 19-95.

HE DROVE HIM TO HIS TRAILER, WHERE HE SEXUALLY BATTERED THE 9-YEAR OLD--

AND HELD HIM CAPTIVE FOR MORE THAN THREE AND A HALF HOURS BEFORE HE SHOT AND KILLED THE BOY WHEN HE TRIED TO ESCAPE. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


NEXT AT 6 OPEN Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE


it's one of the most exciting times.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR--

AND FOR SOME IT'S MEANS A NEW DIAMOND--

NEW AT SIX--

THE BASICS OF PURCHASING BLING FOR YOUR LOVE ONE.

AND IT'S THE NEW TREND FOR DINNER--

BATCH COOKING--

WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT'LL MAKE YOU HEALTHIER AND REDUCE STRESS.

WEATHER IS COMING UP. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A) LOVE AND MONEY-SOTVO


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TZ1 B) STRESS FREE MEALS-VOTOPS


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JP STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


T'STORM WATCH UNTIL 11 PM

A Severe T'Storm Watch continues for all of Southwest Florida until 11 pm. Showers and storms from the Gulf of Mexico will swing eastward through the area during the evening hours. The greatest threat with these storms will be damaging winds and lightning.

The storms will end across the area late evening into the overnight. As the cool front pushes through tonight, morning lows will fall into the mid 60s.

Cooler and quieter weather is in store for Thursday. Expect a heavy dose of clouds all day long, with breezy conditions and highs only in the upper 60s. Lows Thursday Night will be very cool, with temps in the mid 40s along the urban corridor, with low 40s possible inland.

Sunshine returns to the area Friday. This will also start a warming trend across the region, with highs in the low 70s.

Quiet and dry weather continues into the weekend. We'll see plenty of sunshine both Saturday & Sunday, with highs pushing into the upper 70s both days.

The warmup continues into next week, with sunshine both Monday & Tuesday, with highs back in the low 80s. Dry and warm weather marches on into midweek next week as well. Return to index of stories...


LOVE AND MONEY-TC MON


LESS THAN TWO DAYS FROM V-DAY -- AND JEWELERS ARE EXPECTING A MAD DASH FROM SHOPPERS LOOKING TO EXPRESS THEIR LOVE WITH SOMETHING THAT REALLY - ROCKS.

WHETHER IT'S AN ENGAGEMENT RING OR ANOTHER SPARKLER --

ABC7'S GOT SOME SECRETS FOR BUYING VALENTINE'S DAY BLING. Return to index of stories...


LOVE AND MONEY-PKG


DIAMONDS. PEARLS. AND A VALENTINE'S GOLD RUSH.

OF THE 17-POINT-THREE BILLION DOLLARS AMERICANS WILL SPEND ON VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS, NEARLY FOUR BILLION WILL BE SPENT ON JEWELRY. THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION -- AND IT MEANS A BIG BOOST FOR STORES.

It's an awesome time for the jewelry business. Um, it's one of the most exciting times. We get the guys that come in. They're happy in love, coming in for their significant other.

VALENTINE'S DAY WILL BE POPULAR FOR PROPOSALS, WHICH MEANS MANY WILL PURCHASE DIAMONDS. KEEP IN MIND THE OLD CUT, COLOR, CLARITY AND CARAT MANTRA. DO SOME HOMEWORK BEFORE GOING INTO THE STORE, AND BE ABLE TO GIVE A SALESPERSON A BUDGET.

PURCHASE THROUGH A TRUSTWORTHY JEWELER, AND BE WARY OF PLACES THAT OFFER DEALS THAT SEEM TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.

PURCHASING INSURANCE CAN HELP AVOID HEARTACHE LATER ON IF THAT JEWELRY IS LOST OR STOLEN.

We offer an insurance appraisal with every item that we sell, and then we give information to, um, whether you want to get it insured under your homeowners. We document everything, and we can walk you through that process.

CHECK THE COVERAGE UNDER YOUR EXISITING HOMEOWNERS OR RENTERS INSURANCE. YOU MAY NOT NEED TO PURCHASE A SEPARATE JEWELRY POLICY.

AND IF CUPID'S GIFT DOESN'T HIT THE MARK - JEWELERS CAN BE AN UNDERSTANDING BUNCH.

We're not in the business to break hearts, especially on Valentine's Day. So if she doesn't like it, come back in, and we'll make it right for sure. Return to index of stories...


STRESS FREE MEALS-TC MON VO


IN TONIGHT'S ABC7 HEALTHY LIVING.

WE'RE FINDING OUT HOW TO EAT RIGHT WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO COOK.

PREPARING HEALTHY DINNERS AHEAD OF TIME CAN SAVE TIME AND ENERGY FOR BUSY FAMILIES.

"BATCH COOKING" IS THE HOTTEST TREND FOR STRESS-FREE WEEKNIGHT MEALS.

SPEND A COUPLE HOURS ON THE WEEKEND TO PACKAGE INDIVIDUAL MEALS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK.

THE KEY IS PUTTING YOUR MEALS IN LARGE ZIPLOCK BAGS TO ENSURE THEY REMAIN FRESH FOR THE WEEK.

EACH MORNING BEFORE YOU RUSH OFF TO WORK -- POP THE MEAL IN A CROCK POT AND BY THE TIME YOU GET HOME DINNER WILL BE READY. Return to index of stories...


WEATHER STROKE-TC MON VO


YOU PROBABLY NEVER THOUGHT THE WEATHER COULD AFFECT YOUR RISK OF A STROKE!

YALE UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS SAY IT CAN.

THEY LOOKED AT THOSE HOSPITALIZED FOR STROKES AND THE TEMPERATURE AND DEW POINT ON THAT DAY.

THEY LINKED LARGE DAILY TEMPERATURE CHANGES AND HIGHER AIR MOISTURE TO AN INCREASE IN HOSPITALIZATION RATES FOR STROKES.

LOWER *AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE ASSOCIATED TO STROKE DEATHS. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO-POP


ONE OF THE GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYERS OF ALL-TIME IS CALLING IT QUITS.

PLUS THE WORLD CHAMPS ARE BACK. SEVERAL RED SOX BACK ON THE PRACTICE FIELD READY FOR ANOTHER TITEL RUN. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 SPORTS-VO


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WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT


WORLD NEWS TEASE Return to index of stories...


TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN Return to index of stories...


TZ 7 1) FOLLOWING WEATHER-RADAR-WIPE


FROM NOW-

UNTIL SEVEN.

SEVERE WEATHER IS WORKING ITS WAY THROUGH YOUR AREA.

RIGHT NOW-

J-P IS TRACKING WHERE THE STORM IS -- WHEN IT WILL HIT YOU.

HE'LL HAVE MORE AT SEVEN ON POSSIBLE SEVERE WEATHER. Return to index of stories...


TZ 7 2) FM SHOOTING-VOTOPS


ABC-7 IS ALSO FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS AT THIS HOUR-

41 SHOTS ON U-S 41 DURING RUSH HOUR.

ALL NEW AT SEVEN-

WITNESSES TELL US WHAT THEY SAW. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


SPORTS OPEN Return to index of stories...


BOSTON RED SOX-POPMON


HAPPY TRUCK DAY EVERYONE. IT'S A DAY WHERE DOZENS OF RED SOX FANS. SHOW UP TO WATCH A BUNCH OF GUYS. UNLOADING BOXES OFF A TRUCK. NOT EXACTLY EXCITING. BUT IT SHOWS JUST HOW DEDICATED BOSTON FANS REALLY ARE. THE RED SOX EQUIPMENT TRUCK IS HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. AND SO ARE SOME OF THE PLAYERS Return to index of stories...


BOSTON RED SOX-VOTOPS


THE RED SOX OF COURSE. FRESH OFF THEIR 8TH WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP IN FRANCHISE HISTORY.

THEY WENT FROM WORST TO FIRST. AND IT STARTED RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

TODAY SEVERAL OF THE PLAYERS. WERE GETTING A JUMPSTART ON THE SEASON. HOPING TO MAKE ANOTHER TITLE RUN.

PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT TO CAMP ON SATURDAY. Return to index of stories...


BOSTON RED SOX-SOTTOPS


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JETER-VOTOPS


FROM THE RED SOX TO THE YANKEES. WHICH IS ALWAYS A STICKY SITUATION

BUT NOT WHEN IT COMES TO DEREK JETER. WHO IS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED BASEBALL PLAYERS OF ALL TIME.

TODAY THE YANKEE SHORTSTOP. SAID THIS WILL BE HIS LAST SEASON. HE WILL RETIRE AFTER 19 YEARS IN THE MAJORS.

IN THAT TIME HE WON 5 WORLD SERIES AND COLLECTED MORE THAN 3-THOUSAND HITS. Return to index of stories...


FGCU BASEBALL-VOTOPS


THE FGCU BASEBALL TEAM OPENS THE SEASON ON FRIDAY AGAINST RHODE ISLAND.

IT'S PART OF A 5 GAME HOMESTAND

THE EAGLES ARE PICKED TO FINISH 3RD IN THE ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE. Return to index of stories...


TOM WATSON-POPMON


WHO'S THE BEST GOLFER OF ALL TIME. WELL THAT ANSWER PROBABLY DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU'RE FROM AND HOW OLD YOU ARE. NO MATTER WHAT. TOM WATSON HAS TO MAKE THE LIST. THE MAN WON 71 EVENTS DURING HIS AMAZING CAREER. INCLUDING 8 MAJORS. AND THE GREAT NEWS IS. WATSON'S IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA THIS WEEK. Return to index of stories...


TOM WATSON-VOTOPS


WATSON WILL TEE IT UP FRIDAY AT THE ACE GROUP CLASSIC.

HE WILL BE PAIRED UP WITH HALE IRWIN AND COLIN MONTGOMIE.

BESIDES PLAYING ON THE CHAMPIONS TOUR. WASTON IS ALSO THE CAPTAIN OF THIS YEARS RYDER CUP TEAM. Return to index of stories...


TOM WATSON-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


ACE GROUP PAIRINGS-CGTOPS


HERE'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE NOTABLE PAIRINGS FOR THE OPENING ROUND ON FRIDAY

THE LAST TWO WINNERS. BERHARD LANGER AND KENNY PERRY WILL BE PLAYING TOGETHER. ALONG WITH ROCCO MEDIATE.

IT ALL GOES DOWN AT THE TWINEAGLES CLUB IN NAPLES Return to index of stories...


FGCU MEN-VOTOPS


THE FGCU MEN HIT THE ROAD THURSDAY NIGHT. WHEN THEY TRAVEL TO EAST TENNESSEE STATE.

THE EAGLES ARE TIED FOR FIRST PLACE IN THE ATLANTIC SUN. THANKS IN LARGE PART TO THEIR DEFENSE.

FGCU HAS THE TOP SCORING DEFENSE IN THE CONFERCNE Return to index of stories...


FGCU MEN-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


INCOGNITO-VOTOPS


TROUBLED DOLPHINS LINEMAN. RICHIE INCOGNITO IS LASHING OUT AGAINST HIS FORMER TEAMMATE. JONATHAN MARTIN.

INCOGNITO. WAS SUSPENDED MUCH OF LAST SEASON. ACCUSED OF BULLYING MARTIN.

TODAY INCOGNITO. TOOK TO TWITTER. SAYING. I'M READY TO MOVE ON WITH MY LIEF AND CAREER. I'VE BEEN DRAGGED THROUGH THE MUD FOR MONTHS BY MY BEST FRIEND.

RICHIE WENT ON TO SAY THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT AND BURY JONATHAN MARTIN. Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE-4SHOT


4SHOTAD LIB GOODBYE Return to index of stories...