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DIRECTORS PAGE CAPE GROWHOUSE BUST-REM-1
NEWS AT 5:00 PM OPEN-CLIP CAPE GROWHOUSE BUST-PKG
TS 1) WAFFLE HOUSE-VOTOPS CAPE GROWHOUSE BUST-ON CAM
TS 2) CELLPHONE BABY THIEF-VOTOPS SS WAFFLE HOUSE LATEST-OC (2)SS MAP WIPE
TS 3) ANIMAL CRUELTY-VOTOPS WAFFLE HOUSE LATEST-PKG
DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARCO-(2) SS VOWIPE
CHRISTIE TAPES RELEASED-SOTVO TOPS 2SHOT ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARCO-SOTVO
CHRISTIE TAPES RELEASED-VOWIPE LEE ANIMAL HOARDING-VO-OC
CHRISTIE TAPES RELEASED-SOTVO BUS STOP SCARE LATEST-VOWIPE
NM RADIATION LEAK-SOTVOTOP BNC BUS STOP SCARE LATEST-SOTVO
NM RADIATION LEAK-PKG HOME INVASION FOLLOW-VOWIPE
BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP HOME INVASION FOLLOW-SOTVO
PHILIP SEYMNOUR HOFFMAN-VO NURSING HOME NOROVIRUS-VOWIPE
KERRY KENNEDY ACQUITTED-VOTOPS NURSING HOME NOROVIRUS-SOTVO
CLINTON DOCUMENTS-VO BREVARD COURTHOUSE LOCKDOWN-VO
DISNEY SEVERING TIES WITH BSA-OTS FL POLICE CHASE & CRASH-VOTOPS
GRANITE COMPANY CODE VIOLATIONS-VOWIPE STOLEN LAPTOP-VOWIPE
GRANITE COMPANY CODE VIOLATIONS-SOTVO STOLEN LAPTOP-SOTVO
INFANT DEATH-VOWIPE CYPRESS LAKE COACH-VOWIPE
INFANT DEATH-SOTVO CYPRESS LAKE COACH-SOTVO
DAD LEFT KIDS HOME-VO STONE CRAB & OCTOPUS-VO
DOGS KILL TODDLER-VO THINGS TO DO-CLIP
ARREST IN GIRL SCOUT THEFT-NATSVO THINGS TO DO WEEKEND-EANI BOX
ARREST IN GIRL SCOUT THEFT-(2)SOTVO a) swfl lee co fair-votops
SHARPER TURNS HIMSELF IN-VO b) greek fest-votops
BRADY LAW ANNIVERSARY-VO NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP
GLOBETROTTERS ANTI BULLYING-VOWIPE TEASE ONE
GLOBETROTTERS ANTI BULLYING-SOTVO TZ1 A CONCUSSIONS-VOTOPS
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TZ1 B BEARDS-VOTOPS
TEASE FOUR------------ JP STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP
TZ4 A OSCARS PREVIEW-SOTVO WEATHER-PWC
TZ4 B SELF DESTRUCT PHONE-VO WEATHER-WXWALL
STORM WARN JP OPEN-CLIP CONCUSSIONS IN YOUNG ATHLETES-TCMON
FORECAST-PHC CONCUSSIONS IN YOUNG ATHLETES-PKG
FORECAST-WXWALL CHILDREN AND NIGHTMARES-VO
OSCARS PREVIEW-TCMON BLOOD PRESSURE IN BOTH ARMS-VO
OSCARS PREVIEW-PKG BEARD TRANSPLANTS-VO
OSCARS PREVIEW-SS TAG COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP
SANDRA BULLOCK $70M-VO TEASE TWO-POP
SW AIRLINES TIE-VO TZ2 SPORTS-VO
SELF DESTRUCT PHONE-VO WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
TEASE FIVE------------ TZ 7 1) MAN ALIVE IN BODY BAG-VOTOPS-WIPE
TZ5 A TREADMILL HEROES-SOTVO TZ 7 2) LEE CO ABANDONED BOATS-VOTOPS
TREADMILL HEROES-OC SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
TREADMILL HEROES-PKG RED SOX TWINS-POPMON
NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP RED SOX TWINS-VOTOPS
COMING UP AT 6PM------------ RED SOX TWINS-SOTTOPS
TZ 6 1) POLICE CRASH AND CHASE-VOTOPS RAYS O'S-VOTOPS
TZ 6 2) STOLEN LAPTOP-SOTVO FGCU MEN-POPMON
TZ 6 3) CHILDREN AND NIGHTMARES-VOTOPS FGCU MEN-VOTOPS
CLOSE-2SHOT EAGLE WOMEN-VOTOPS
HEADLINES EAGLE WOMEN-SOTTOPS
HL1) LEE ANIMAL HOARDING-SOTVO CYPRESS LAKE-VOTOPS
HL2) CAPE GROWHOUSE BUST-SOTVO CYPRESS LAKE-SOTTOPS
HL3) CONCUSSIONS IN YOUNG ATHLETES-VOTOPS RICHIE INCOGNITO-VOTOPS
BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP HONDA CLASSIC-VOTOPS
CAPE GROWHOUSE BUST-VOTOPS TCMON GOODBYE-4SHOT


DIRECTORS PAGE


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NEWS AT 5:00 PM OPEN-CLIP


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TS 1) WAFFLE HOUSE-VOTOPS


ANOTHER WAFFLE HOUSE RESTAURANT HAS BEEN ROBBED IN LEE COUNTY.

TWO MEN STORMED INTO THE WAFFLE HOUSE NEAR DANIELS PARKWAY AND I-75 THIS MORNING WITH GUNS DRAWN.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE MEN TOOK CUSTOMER'S JEWELRY -- CELL PHONES -- AND KEYS.

THE SUSPECTS ARE STILL ON THE LOOSE. Return to index of stories...


TS 2) CELLPHONE BABY THIEF-VOTOPS SS


THE WOMAN THAT STOLE A CELL PHONE -- AND USED HER BABY TO COVER UP THE CRIME --

HAS TURNED HERSELF IN TO THE LEE COUNTY JAIL.

ESMERALDA ESPINOSA FACES GRAND THEFT CHARGES.

SHE ADMITS TO STEALING THE PHONE --

AT A FORT MYERS "ONCE UPON A CHILD" STORE LAST WEEK.

ESPINOSA ALSO HAD AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT FOR NOT SHOWING UP TO COURT FOR ANOTHER THEFT CASE. Return to index of stories...


TS 3) ANIMAL CRUELTY-VOTOPS


ANOTHER CASE OF ANUIMAL HOARDING IN LEE COUNTY -- THE SECOND ONE IN THE PAST THREE DAYS.

LEE COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES SAYS THEY RECEIVED AN ANONYMOUS CALL ABOUT A BAD ODOR COMING FROM A HOUSE.

WHEN THEY GOT THERE- THEY FOUND NEARLY TWO DOZEN ANIMALS.

THE OWNER TURNED OVER THE ANIMALS -- AND THEY'LL BE EVALUATED BY A VETERINARIAN.

INVESTIGATIORS ARE STILL DETERMINING IF THE OWNER WILL FACE ANY CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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CHRISTIE TAPES RELEASED-SOTVO TOPS 2SHOT


officer: hey 2-11, ft lee traffic is a nightmare!

dispatcher: 10-4, we're getting calls from irate motorists

officer: you are aware the town is in total gridlock, correct?

officer: received

THAT 9-1-1 CALL AND MANY OTHERS LIKE IT COULD SIGNAL THE END FOR NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE.

GOOD EVENING - I'M COURTNEY ROBINSON.

AND I'M JEFF BUTERA.

THANKS FOR WATCHING A-B-C 7.

THOSE 9-1-1 CALLS CAME OUT TODAY --

AND THEY DON'T PAINT A PRETTY PICTURE OF THE ONGOING BRIDGEGATE SCANDAL. Return to index of stories...


CHRISTIE TAPES RELEASED-VOWIPE


TONIGHT -- A MEMBER OF THE SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING CHRISTIE --

IS CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR TO RESIGN.

A DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLYWOMAN SAYS RECENTLY RELEASED EMAILS AND TEXT MESSAGES BETWEEN CHRISTIE'S AIDES SHOW "A CULTURE OF ABUSE OF POWER."

SOME OF THE 9-1-1 WERE EVEN MORE DANGEROUS THEN JUST TRAFFIC TIE-UPS. Return to index of stories...


CHRISTIE TAPES RELEASED-SOTVO


:15 "the medics were notified.down to one lane now"

CHRISTIE HAS APOLOGIZED FOR THE LANE CLOSURES AND SAID HE WAS "EMBARRASSED AND HUMILIATED" BY A FORMER AIDE WHO CALLED FOR THE SHUTDOWN.

BUT THE GOVERNOR ALSO HAS SAID HE WAS NOT INVOLVED AND HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANE CLOSURES BEFOREHAND. Return to index of stories...


NM RADIATION LEAK-SOTVOTOP BNC


We have to fix the immediate problem before I can think about what happens in the future here.

AND THAT IMMEDIATE PROBLEM MAY BE PUTTING LIVES IN DANGER.

TONIGHT - ENVIRONMENTAL AND GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATORS SAY THE LEAK AT A NUCLEAR WASTE FACILITY IS SERIOUS.

MORE THAN A DOZEN WORKERS WERE EXPOSED TO THE RADIATION.

THE LEAK WAS DETECTED AT THE PLANT NEAR CARLSBAD, NEW MEXICO TWO WEEKS AGO.

THIS IS THE ONLY FACILITY OF ITS KIND IN THE U-S.

AUTHORITIES ARE CONFIDENT THOSE WHO LIVE NEARBY ARE SAFE.

AS A-B-C'S KAREN TRAVERS REPORTS -- SOME ARE SKEPTICAL. Return to index of stories...


NM RADIATION LEAK-PKG


-pkg-

THERE ARE GROWING CONCERNS THAT ONCE MORE WORKERS FROM THIS NEW MEXICO

NUCLEAR WASTE PLANT ARE TESTED.THE NUMBER OF CASES OF RADIATION EXPOSURE

WILL INCREASE.

TWO WEEKS AGO A LEAK WAS DETECTED AT THE WASTE ISOLATION PILOT PLANT OUSTIDE

CARLSBAD NEW MEXICO.

SINCE THEN 13 WORKERS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR RADIATION EXPOSURE.

OFFICIALS INSIST THE LEVELS DETECTED WERE LOW - NOT EVEN WHAT YOU WOULD

RECEIVE WHEN YOU GET A MEDICAL XRAY.

BUT THERE ARE NOT YET SAYING HOW DANGEROUS IT COULD BE.

Whenever you have a disaster of any kind there is always issues - you always

mitigate the disaster and move forward.

WIPP HANDLES LOW-GRADE NUCLEAR WASTE. THE DEEP UNDERGROUND DUMP SITE IS THE

ONLY FACILITY OF ITS KIND IN THE COUNTRY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY A FILTRATION SYSTEM KICKED IN IMMEDIATELYAND 99 PERCENT OF

THE RADIATION WAS CONTAINED UNDERGROUND.

BUT NEARBY RESIDENTS ARE WORRIED.

I don't think the people really know what's going on at wipp. wipp has

always been secretive

OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE CONFIDENT THAT THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES ARE NOT AT

RISK - BUT THEY STILL DON'T KNOW THE FULL EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE FROM THE LEAK

We have to fix the immediate problem before I can think about what happens

in the future here.

O/C CLOSE: FIXING THE LEAK COULD TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS. UNTIL THEN - THE

PLANT IS CLOSED TO ALL BUT 183 ESSENTIAL WORKERS. KT ABC NEWS WASHINGTON

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BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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PHILIP SEYMNOUR HOFFMAN-VO


WITHIN THE LAST TWO HOURS --

WE LEARNED EXACTLY HOW ACTOR PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN DIED.

THE OSCAR WINNER WAS FOUND WITH A SYRINGE IN HIS LEFT ARM --

LYING ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR OF HIS MANHATTAN APARTMENT.

THE MEDICAL EXAMINER ALSO FOUND HEROIN, COCAINE, BENZODIAZEPINES AND AMPHETAMINES IN HIS SYSTEM.

THAT'S CALLED A MIXED-DRUG INTOXICATION.

THE M-E RULED HOFFMAN'S DEATH AN ACCIDENT. Return to index of stories...


KERRY KENNEDY ACQUITTED-VOTOPS


A JURY FOUND KERRY KENNEDY NOT GUILTY OF DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED.

PROSECUTORS SAY -- KENNEDY CRASHED INTO A TRACTOR TRAILER AFTER TAKING A SLEEPING PILL IN 2012.

KENNEDY TESTIFIED SHE MISTOOK THE PILL FOR HER THYROID MEDICATION.

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CLINTON DOCUMENTS-VO


THOUSANDS OF MUCH-ANTICIPATED DOCUMENTS FROM BILL CLINTON'S YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE --

ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE.

IT'S A BIT MORE THAN FIVE THOUSAND PAGES.

PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED PAPERS.

THEY CONTAIN CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE FORMER PRESIDENT -- HIS ADVISORS AND EVEN FIRST LADY HILLARY.

TODAY'S INITIAL RELEASE IS PART OF 25-THOUSAND PAGES OF RECORDS THAT HAVE BEEN CLEARED FOR RELEASE IN THE COMING WEEKS. Return to index of stories...


DISNEY SEVERING TIES WITH BSA-OTS


DISNEY IS CUTTING TIES WITH THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA.

THE COMPANY SAYS ITS EMPLOYEES RAISED NEARLY 5-MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE COMPANY IN 2010.

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY IS PULLING ALL FUNDING TO THE GROUP STARTING NEXT YEAR.

WHY?

THE BOY SCOUTS POLICY BANNING GAY SCOUT LEADERS.

DISNEY JOINS A GROWING LIST OF COMPANIES DROPPING THE SCOUTS INLCUDING--

LOCKHEED MARTIN--

INTEL--

AT & T--

AND U-P-S. Return to index of stories...


GRANITE COMPANY CODE VIOLATIONS-VOWIPE


COLLIER COUNTY SAYS ITS INUNDATED WITH A CERTAIN CODE ENFORCEMENT VIOLATION -- ONE THAT COULD BE PUTTING YOUR SAFETY AT RISK!

UNPERMITTED BUILDINGS.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DEAL WITH HUNDREDS OF CASES A YEAR.

THAT INCLUDES ONE BUSINESS OWNER WHO'S RACKED UP MORE THAN 14 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FINES FOR UNPERMITTED CANOPIES AND SILOS.

HE BLAMES THE LENGTHY PERMITTING PROCESS. Return to index of stories...


GRANITE COMPANY CODE VIOLATIONS-SOTVO


Tony DiNorcia, Earth Surfaces of America Owner

05:11:20-:28

Unfortunately it takes about, it takes a couple years because you have to get a site plan approval, which has taken me five years to get it.

BUTT TO

05:14:41

Some of these regulations I think are ridiculous.

THE COUNTY SAYS IT'S LOSING OUT ON THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR BECAUSE OF PERMIT VIOLATIONS. Return to index of stories...


INFANT DEATH-VOWIPE


A SACRAMENTO COUPLE IS BEHIND BARS --

IN CONNECTION WITH THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF THEIR 3-MONTH-OLD INFANT.

POLICE THINK THE COUPLE WAS USING DRUGS, BEFORE THEY FELL ASLEEP WITH THEIR INFANT.

WHEN THEY WOKE UP -- 12 HOURS LATER -- THE BABY WAS DEAD.

LOVED ONES SAY -- IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE.

A COUPLE WHO LIVES WITH THE FAMILY SAYS THEY HAVE NO CLUE WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BABY. Return to index of stories...


INFANT DEATH-SOTVO


Girlfriend

1:04 THAT'S A BIG LOSS LIKE YOU SAID SHE'S ONLY 3 MONTHS.

Girlfriend

2:51 her dying. It just really takes my heart away because I heard her

crying.

WE'RE TRYING TO FIND OUT HOW EXACTLY THE BABY DIED.

WE DON'T KNOW YET. Return to index of stories...


DAD LEFT KIDS HOME-VO


TONIGHT A FATHER FACES CHARGES FOR LEAVING HIS DAUGHTERS HOME ALONE TO SELL MARIJUANA.

OFFICERS IN TENNESEE SAY THIS IS A WELL-KNOWN POT DEALER.

THEY CAUGHT HIM OUTSIDE OF A MALL WITH TWO POUNDS OF POT.

HE ADMITTED TO SELLING WHILE HIS EIGHT-MONTH-OLD AND TWO YEAR-OLD GIRLS WERE HOME ALONE.

TONIGHT HE'S IN JAIL ON DRUG CHARGES, AGGRAVATED ABUSE AND CHILD NEGLECT. Return to index of stories...


DOGS KILL TODDLER-VO


TALLAHSSEE POLIC CALL THIS THE WORST TRAGEDY THEY'VE SEEN IN 20 YEARS.

A FOUR YEAR OLD GIRL WAS ATTACKED AND KILLED --

BY DOGS.

THE CHILD WAS ALONE WHEN THE ATTACK HAPPENED.

A FEW MINUTES LATER -- THE GIRL'S GRANDMOTHER PEEKED OUT TO CHECK ON HER, AND SAW THE HORRYING SCENE.

THE ANIMALS ARE BEING KEPT SOMEWHERE SAFE.

CHARGES ARE PENDING.

AN INVESTIGATION IS ON-GOING. Return to index of stories...


ARREST IN GIRL SCOUT THEFT-NATSVO


AN UPDATE TO A STORY YOU SAW, RIGHT HERE ON ABC-7 --

A MAN WHO OFFICERS SAY, STOLE MONEY FROM A pair OF CALIFORNIA GIRL SCOUTS IS UNDER ARREST.

hey, hey, hey

HE'S BEING CALLED THE GIRL SCOUT COOKIE MONSTER.

US MARSHAL'S ARRESTED HIM LAST NIGHT AFTER HE ROBBED TWO GIRL SCOUTS SELLING COOKIES OUTSIDE OF A GROCERY STORE.

THEY WERE PLANNING TO SEND THE MONEY THEY RAISED TO TROOPS.

TONIGHT THE MAN FACES CHARGES FOR SNATCHING MONEY FROM THE THEIR MONEY JAR.

THE GIRLS GOT TO WATCH AGENTS MAKE THE TAKEDOWN. Return to index of stories...


ARREST IN GIRL SCOUT THEFT-(2)SOTVO


no more stealing our cooking money

don't mess with girl scouts and don't mess with soldiers.

THE GIRLS ARE SISTERS.

AFTER THIS STORY WENT VIRAL PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD SENT THEM DONATIONS. Return to index of stories...


SHARPER TURNS HIMSELF IN-VO


SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE SPORTS WORLD --

A FORMER N-F-L STAR IS ACCUSED OF RAPING TWO WOMEN.

HE JUST TURNED HIMSELF INTO AUTHORITIES.

NEW ORLEANS POLICE ISSUED A WARRANT FOR DARREN SHARPER.

HE SURRENDERED TO LOS ANGELES POLICE.

BUT GET THIS --

SHARPER HAS ALSO BEEN CHARGED IN CALIFORNIA WITH TWO COUNTS OF RAPE.

SHARPER HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY.

MORE CHARGES COULD BE COMING IN OTHER STATES AS THEY COMPLETE THEIR INVESTIGATIONS. Return to index of stories...


BRADY LAW ANNIVERSARY-VO


MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND RELATIVES OF GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS GATHERED IN WASHINGTON TODAY TO MARK THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BRADY HANDGUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT.

FAMILY MEMBERS OF GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS SHARED THEIR STORIES.

GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES PRAISED THE BRADY LAW FOR STOPPING GUNS FROM GETTING INTO THE HANDS OF FELONS AND DOMESTIC ABUSERS.

THEY SAY MORE WORK MUST BE DONE BECAUSE OF LOOPHOLES - SUCH AS WEBSITES AND GUN SHOWS - THAT MAKE IT EASIER FOR POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS PEOPLE TO GET GUNS. Return to index of stories...


GLOBETROTTERS ANTI BULLYING-VOWIPE


CAPE CORAL STUDENTS GOT A BIG SURPRISE THIS MORNING.

FIREFLY FISHER FROM THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS STOPPED BY PATRIOT

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

HE TALKED ABOUT STOPPING BULLYING --

AND ENCOURAGED STUDENTS TO STAND UP TO BULLIES.

OF COURSE HE SHARED SOME OF HIS FAMOUS MOVES - TOO!

STUDENTS SAY HEARING THE MESSAGE FROM A GLOBETROTTER MAKES IT UNFORGETTABLE. Return to index of stories...


GLOBETROTTERS ANTI BULLYING-SOTVO


sot

Amberlyn Wedge, Patriot Elementary

23:11:14 I learned just be nice to everybody as much as possible,

don't try to hurt anybody's feelings. 23:11:21

THE FOUNDATION FOR LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEAMED UP WITH THE

GLOBETROTTERS TO BRING THE PRESENTATION HERE.

THE GLOBETROTTERS WILL BE PERFORMING AT GERMAIN ARENA A WEEK FROM SUNDAY. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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


SOT - Ellen DeGeneres, Host / "A lot of people have been asking me what I' ll be wearing. The question is. what will I NOT be wearing, right? "

ELLEN'S HOSTING THIS YEAR --

JUST ONE OF THE MANY STARS WHO WILL HIT THE RED CARPET IN JUST 48 HOURS FOR THE ACADEMY AWARDS ON ABC7.

STRAIGHT AHEAD -

WE TAKE YOU BEHIND THE SCENES OF HOLLYWOOD'S BIGGEST NIGHT.

FROM AIRLINERS TO CELL PHONES.

BOEINGS LATEST INVENTION THAT YOU'LL WANT.

ABC7 SHOWS YOU THE SELF-DESTRUCTING SMARTPHONE.

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


TZ4 A OSCARS PREVIEW-SOTVO


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TZ4 B SELF DESTRUCT PHONE-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


The frontal system that brought yesterday's unsettled weather and last night's

rain is moving away today. Drier North and NW winds have brought a clearing

trend this morning, and we're expecting plenty of sunshine for our Friday after-

noon. High pressure is expected to settle in over Florida this weekend, insuring

a dry, sunny pattern for our Saturday and Sunday. Morning lows will start in the

cool 50s, but afternoons will be delightful with highs reaching the lower 80s. Return to index of stories...


OSCARS PREVIEW-TCMON


YOUR TWO DAYS AWAY FROM THE GLITZ AND GLAMOUR OF OSCAR NIGHT.

LAST-MINUTE PREPARATIONS HAVE STARTED FOR HOLLYWOOD'S BIG EVENT --

THE 86TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS!

RIGHT HERE ON ABC7!

ELLEN'S HOSTING.

AND A-B-C'S BRANDI HITT IS ON THE RED CARPET TONIGHT --

WITH ALL THE LAST MINUTE DETAILS. Return to index of stories...


OSCARS PREVIEW-PKG


SCRIPT:

THE RED CARPET IS OUT.

AND THE COUNTDOWN IS ON. TO HOLLYWOOD'S BIGGEST NIGHT.

SOT -- Bradley Cooper, Best Supporting Actor Nominee / "I am absolutely

living the dream. " 2

THE 86th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS.

SOT -- Cate Blanchett, Best Actress Nominee / "I'm excited more than

anything." 2

"GRAVITY" AND "AMERICAN HUSTLE" LEAD THE PACK WITH 10 OSCAR NOMINATIONS --

EACH.

SOT -- 2

. FOLLOWED BY "12 YEARS A SLAVE" WITH NINE NODS.

THEY ARE AMONG THE *NINE* FILMS NOMINATED FOR "BEST PICTURE". INCLUDING:

"CAPTAIN PHILLIPS".

"DALLAS BUYERS CLUB".

"HER".

"NEBRASKA".

"PHILOMENA".

AND -- "THE WOLF OF WALL STREET".

SOT -- David Blaustein, ABC News Radio Entertainment Correspondent / "I

would probably give the edge to "12 Years A Slave" but you can't look past "

Gravity" because it's so incredibly popular." 8

NATS - 1

ELLEN DeGENERES IS RETURNING AS OSCAR HOST FOR A SECOND TIME.

SOT - Ellen DeGeneres, Host / "A lot of people have been asking me what I'

ll be wearing. The question is. what will I NOT be wearing, right? " 6

SOT -- Lesley Messer, ABC News Entertainment Editor / "She's always funny,

but she doesn't take cheap shots at actors." 4

AND THE SHOWS PRODUCERS ARE PROMISING SOME SURPRISES.

SOT - Neil Meron, Producer / "Maybe there will even be some dancing. who

knows!?!?" 2

THIS TIME LAPSE SHOWS THE "MAD-DASH" TO GET HOLLYWOOD READY.

AND THERE'S ALSO THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FASHION CHOICES ON THE OSCAR RED

CARPET

NATS -- 1

. WITH WOLF GANG PUCK PREPARING 50 DISHES FOR "THE GOVERNOR'S BALL" AFTER

THE CEREMONY.

SOT -- Wolfgang Puck, Celebrity Chef / "I want a little comfort food.

they can have something more modern. or something more exciting. It's

really a royal feast!" 5

WORKING ON AND WILL UPDATE WHEN WE KNOW MORE FROM THE RED CARPET.

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OSCARS PREVIEW-SS TAG


THANKS BRANDI.

AND DON'T FORGET -- TUNE IN RIGHT HERE TO A-B-C 7 ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOR ALL OF THE FESTIVITIES FROM THE 86TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS -- BEGINNING AT 7. Return to index of stories...


SANDRA BULLOCK $70M-VO


ONE OF THE WOMEN WHO WILL BE AT THE OSCARS SUNDAY NIGHT -- SANDRA BULLOCK.

SHE'S NOMINATED FOR BEST ACTRESS FOR HER ROLE IN THE FILM "GRAVITY."

SHE MIGHT ALREADY HAVE WON --

SHE'S EXPECTED TO RAKE IN 70-MILLION DOLLARS.

BULLOCK GOT 20 MILLION DOLLARS UPFRONT.

ANOTHER 50 MILLION IS PROMISED IN A BACK END DEAL TO GIVE HER 15 PERCENT OF THE STUDIO'S BOX OFFICE TAKE. Return to index of stories...


SW AIRLINES TIE-VO


A CALIFORNIA SIXTH GRADER IS FLYING HIGH TONIGHT!

THAT'S BECAUSE SHE WON A CONTEST TO DESIGN A TIE FOR SOUTHWEST AIRLINES!

THE SACRAMENTO GIRL BEAT OUT FIVE THOUSAND OTHERS --

TO DESIGN THE OFFICIAL TIE FOR THE AIRLINE'S PILOTS.

AND NOW -- 900 OF THEM WILL WEAR THE TIES WHEREVER THEY FLY.

THE CONTEST WAS ALL PART OF A SCHOOL PROGRAM RUN BY SOUTHWEST TO HELP SIXTH GRADERS SEE THE POSSIBILITIES WITH A CAREER IN AVIATION. Return to index of stories...


SELF DESTRUCT PHONE-VO


AIRLINE BUILDER BOEING IS NOW ENTERING THE CELL PHONE BUSINESS - AND THEIR DESIGN WILL MAKE JAMES BOND JEALOUS.

THIS IS THE "BOEING BLACK" -- A CELL PHONE WITH A "SELF-DESTRUCT" FEATURE.

IT'S MEANT FOR PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN DEFENSE AND HOMELAND SECURITY.

THE "SELF-DESTRUCT" FEATURE ISN'T QUITE AS DRAMATIC AS IT SOUNDS.

IT ERASES ALL ITS DATA IF SOMEONE TRIES TO BREAK INTO THE PHONE.

IT ENCRYPTS CALLS AND STORED DATA.

IT WILL BE RELEASED THIS SUMMER. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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


"my heart had stopped and I was dead."

NEXT AT 5-THIRTY--

HOW TWO TREADMILL HEROES BROUGHT HIM BACK TO LIFE. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A TREADMILL HEROES-SOTVO


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TREADMILL HEROES-OC


TONIGHT - A NORTH CAROLINA MAN IS SHARING HIS STORY AFTER HE NEARLY DIED AT A GYM.

THREE WOMEN JUST HAPPENED TO WALK-IN THE MOMENT HIS HEART STOPPED.

WATCH WHAT THEY DID. Return to index of stories...


TREADMILL HEROES-PKG


"today I have an opportunity, a second chance, to move on with my life and

make a difference. I am very lucky to be live."

CARLOS RUIZ HAS TREMENDOUS GRATITUDE AND THANKS TO THE WOMEN HE'S

HUGGING HERE.

THEY CAME TO HIS RESCUE AT A CRITICAL TIME.

'they're walking in, signing in right here."

IN THIS SURVIELLANCE VIDEO YOU CAN SEE AS MERRIE GOUGH AND

HER DAUGHTERS went INSIDE "ANYTIME FITNESS" JUST AS CARLOS--

"and boom there he goes"

SUFFERED HEART FAILURE AND FELL OFF HE TREADMILL LANDING ON HIS HEAD.

"for all practical purposes, my heart had stopped and I was dead."

18:23:40 "it was something i would have never even fathomed would have

happened."

THE FAMILY JUMPED IN TO HELP.

MERRIE QUICKLY RAN TO CARLOS' SIDE.

ONE OF HER DAUGHTERS RUSHED OVER TO HELP HER -- WHILE THE OTHER RAN TO

A PHONE TO CALL 911.

FORTUNATELY FOR CARLOS -- MERRIE IS A REGISTERED NURSE AND BOTH OF HER

DAUGHTERS ARE STUDYING MEDICINE IN SCHOOL

"he was unresponsive, wasn't breathing and had no pulse."

"WE OPENED THE AIR WAY AND STARTED basic life support for him."

CPR WAS PERFORMED AND WITHIN A FEW MINUTES -- PARAMEDICS ARRIVED.

CARLOS WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.

"if she havent started to work on me immediately i probably wouldn't have

made it."

NOT ONLY IS HE LUCKY ABOUT THAT -- BUT WHEN HIS HEART FAILED -- THERE

WAS NOBODY ELSE INSIDE THE CARDIO AREA OF THE GYM

IT HAPPENED EARLY ON A SUNDAY MORNING.

MOST MEMBERS WERE AT CHURCH.

"i give thanks to my lord and savior jesus christ for putting this family in

that position to be able to save me. Because if not, I really shouldn't and

wouldn't have been here today."

AND NOW ALL HE CAN DO IS SEND A THOUSAND THANKS TO THE THREE ANGELS WHO

SAVED HIM. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


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


COMING UP TONIGHT AT SIX.

A POLICE CHASE IN FLORIDA ENDS WITH INJURIES.

WE HAVE THE BRAND NEW VIDEO.

PLUS.

"I just want my schoolwork, just for me to get my work and proceed

with my life." 8:31:24-8:31:29

BUT ALL HIS WORK WAS ON HIS LAPTOP --

NOW IT'S GONE --

AHEAD AT SIX -- WHY THE VICTIM THINKS HE KNOWS WHO TOOK IT.

AND THE SCARY TRUTH ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S NIGHTMARES.

WHY BAD DREAMS MIGHT BE A SIGN OF FUTURE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.

THESE STORIES AND MORE -- JUST TWO MINUTES AWAY ON ABC7. Return to index of stories...


TZ 6 1) POLICE CRASH AND CHASE-VOTOPS


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TZ 6 2) STOLEN LAPTOP-SOTVO


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TZ 6 3) CHILDREN AND NIGHTMARES-VOTOPS


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CLOSE-2SHOT


AD LIB GOODBYE Return to index of stories...


HEADLINES


there are so many cases of hoarding in this county that it would boggle your mind

21-ANIMALS--

DOGS--

CATS--

RABBITS--

EVEN A SNAKE!

FOR THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW--

AN ANIMAL HOARDING CASE UNCOVERED IN LEE COUNTY--

NOW AT 6--

THE GROWING EXTREME ANIMAL HOARDING PROBLEM INVESTIGATED.

"Can't believe that it was right there next door."

AND TONIGHT NEIGHBORS CAN STILL SMELL THE MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF POT PULLED FROM THIS HOUSE.

NOW AT SIX--

WHAT ELSE POLICE FOUND INSIDE THIS ELABORATE OPERATION.

AND THE DANGER WITH THE HEADER--

NOW AT SIX--

NEW EVIDENCE THAT ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING PLAYS IN THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR SPORT CAN CAUSE BRAIN DAMAGE.

ABC 7 NEWS AT SIX STARTS RIGHT NOW. Return to index of stories...


HL1) LEE ANIMAL HOARDING-SOTVO


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HL2) CAPE GROWHOUSE BUST-SOTVO


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HL3) CONCUSSIONS IN YOUNG ATHLETES-VOTOPS


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BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


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CAPE GROWHOUSE BUST-VOTOPS TCMON


IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST DRUG BUSTS IN CAPE CORAL HISTORY.

MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF POT!

CAPE COPS SAY THEY FOUND THE ELABORATE OPERATION --

INSIDE THIS SEEMINGLY NORMAL HOUSE ON NORTHEAST 8TH PLACE.

THEY HAVE ARRESTED ONE MAN SO FAR.

AND A-B-C 7'S GEORGE SOLIS HAS NEW DETAILS FROM THE CAPE. Return to index of stories...


CAPE GROWHOUSE BUST-REM-1


THERE'S STILL A STRONG SCENT OF POT WAFTING OVER THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

MORE THAN 400 POUNDS OF POT WAS SEIZED IN THE BUST. VERY APPARENT AS YOU LOOK AROUND AND SEE SOME THE DEBRIS LEFT BEHIND. Return to index of stories...


CAPE GROWHOUSE BUST-PKG


TAKE PKG:

FROM THE OUTSIDE

UNSUSPECTING EYES TURNED A BLIND EYE TO THIS HOUSE ON NORTHEAST 8TH PLACE

"Can't believe that it was right there next door." Tyler Muench

WITH THE TRUTH NOW LITERALLY OUT IN THE OPEN

NEIGHBORS LIKE TYLER MUENCH ARE CATCHING THEIR BREATH.

"That's pretty crazy, I did not expect that at all." Muench

BECAUSE WHERE THESE PLANTS CAME FROM EXISTED PLENTY MORE.

"A total of 60 marijuana plants were seized along with harvested marijuana buds." Coston

TOTALING MORE THAN 400 POUNDS OF POT.

AN ESTIMATED STREET VALUE OF ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

This is in fact one of the largest single marijuana grow houses that Cape Coral police has busted in recent years." Det. SGT. Dana Coston

THE BUST TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY.

INSIDE OFFICERS FOUND A HOUSE TRANSFORMED

FROM INTRICATE LIGHT SETUPS TO INSULATED ROOMS

POLICE ARRESTED THIS MAN YOEL TRIMINO AS INVESTIGATORS SPENT TIME BUILDING A CASE.

"This is outstanding work that a small core group of dedicated officers is consistently doing."

NEIGHBORS STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT

"That's pretty amazing, I mean you see a house and you'd never guess that something was going on there." Return to index of stories...


CAPE GROWHOUSE BUST-ON CAM


DETECTIVES TELL ABC 7 MORE ARRESTS COULD FOLLOW THIS BUST

WE'RE TOLD POLICE FOUND FAMILY PICTURES INSIDE THE HOME.

NO ONE WAS ELSE WAS HOME AT THE TIME OF THE BUST. Return to index of stories...


WAFFLE HOUSE LATEST-OC (2)SS MAP WIPE


OFFICERS ARE STILL LOOKING FOR TWO MEN WHO STORMED INTO A FORT MYERS WAFFLE HOUSE WITH GUNS EARLY THIS MORNING.

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS CAUGHT IMAGES OF THE ROBBERS.

INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THEY'VE SEEN THESE MEN BEFORE.

IT HAPPENED AT THE WAFFLE HOUSE ON DANIELS PARKWAY JUST WEST OF I-75.

IT HAPPENED JUST SOUTH OF WHERE ANOTHER ROBBERY TOOK PLACE EARLIER THIS MONTH.

A-B-C 7'S JOELLE PARKS IS THERE TONIGHT TO SHOW US WHAT HAPPENED. Return to index of stories...


WAFFLE HOUSE LATEST-PKG


A terrifying breakfast.

Sot Thomas Mitchell Higginbothan, Lee county

A place like this with all these people, something like is shouldn't happen."

Customers tell the lee county sheriffs office they were forced to the floor

of this Waffle House,

While the men pictured in these surveillance photos wreaked havoc.

The victims stripped of their belongings and cash.

Sot Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator

"Now they're starting to manhandle people, now they're putting their

hands on people, throwing the to the ground, assaulting them so this

is where we get very concerned."

Take a good look at these photos.

Crime Stoppers coordinator Trish Routte says the men in these

surveillance photos look familiar.

Sot Trish

They have the very same mo, same physical descriptors,same type of weapon."

Take

3 things that were the same At 5 other recent armed robberies.

4 gas stations and 2 waffle houses robbed at gunpoint between January

18th and February 28th.

The lee county sheriffs office now investigating if all of these are linked.

Sot Trish

At this point we don't know for sure if the 6 robberies are related

but there are a lot of similarities between these 6."

Including that The suspects are still on the run

Sot Thomas

I hope it doesnt happen again." Return to index of stories...


ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARCO-(2) SS VOWIPE


TWO MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED --

IN WHAT CHARLOTTE COUNTY CALLS THEIR WORST ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE TO DATE.

BACK IN DECEMBER -- PABLO CAUZ WAS CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY AND DRUG-RELATED CHARGES.

WELL, NOW, A CAPE CORAL COUPLE NAMED GREISY SUAREZ AND YUSNIEL VALDEZ-DARIAS FACE CHARGES TOO.

24 OF THEM --

ALL ANIMAL CRUELTY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY FOUND MOR THAN 80 ANIMALS LIVING IN DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS AT THIS HOUSE IN PUNTA GORDA.

THE COUPLE OWNS IT.

THEY FOUND NAILS IN THE HOOVES OF GOATS.

ALLIGATORS SWIMMING AROUND IN CONFINED CRATES.

MALNOURISHED HORSES WERE EATING MOLDY OLD RESTAURANT WASTE. Return to index of stories...


ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARCO-SOTVO


:01-:04 "That's obscene… I can't say anything worse than that."

Leon Sabutis, Neighbor of the accused:04-:08 Lt. Brian Jones, Charlotte County Animal Control "There's a lot of things about this property that until this day remain a mystery."

SEVERAL OF THE ANIMALS HERE HAVE DIED.

THE REST REMAIN IN ANIMAL CONTROL CUSTODY.

THE COUPLE BAILED OUT OF JAIL YESTERDAY.

THEY WILL FACE A JUDGE IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY NEXT MONTH. Return to index of stories...


LEE ANIMAL HOARDING-VO-OC


TONIGHT -- ABC7 IS ON TOP OF THE SECOND CASE OF EXTREME ANIMAL HOARDING THIS WEEK IN LEE COUNTY.

DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES JUST RESCUED 21 ANIMALS FROM A CAPE CORAL HOUSE.

THE ANIMALS INCLUDE:

THREE DOGS --

15 CATS -- INLCUDING 3 NEWBORN KITTENS.

2 RABBITS AND A SNAKE.

THE OWNER DID *NOT GIVE UP THE ANIMALS VOLUNTARILY.

YESTERDAY A NORTH FORT MYERS DOG OWNER TURNED OVER 15 DACHSUNDS.

THEY WERE LIVING IN THEIR OWN FILTH.

TONIGHT WE CAN TELL YOU ANIMAL SERVICES GOT MORE THAN 50 ADOPTION APPLICATIONS FOR THOSE DOGS.

MANY WILL GO TO THEIR NEW OWNERS TOMORROW. Return to index of stories...


BUS STOP SCARE LATEST-VOWIPE


SOME LEE COUNTY PARENTS *MET* THEIR CHILDREN AT THE BUS STOP --

TWO DAYS AFTER A MAN TRIED TO LURE A TEEN GIRL INTO HIS CAR.

TONIGHT--

DEPUTIES ARE ALSO PATROLLING THE AREA NEAR SAN CARLOS PARK BOULEVARD.

AND NEIGHBORS ARE TAKING THE TIME TO STEP OUTSIDE THEIR DOORS--

TO CHECK ON THE KIDS WALKING HOME.

EVERYONE'S MAKING SURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN. Return to index of stories...


BUS STOP SCARE LATEST-SOTVO


Vanessa Eckman

Victim's Sister

42:19 i really hope he gets caught soon i wanted to cry it was my baby sister --cut too--i would hate for that to happen to someone elses family i really would it sucks 42:31

DEPUTIES ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE MAN IN HIS 30S.

HE WAS DRIVING A GREEN OR TEAL CAR.

THE GIRL THREW HER BACKPACK AND ESCAPED. Return to index of stories...


HOME INVASION FOLLOW-VOWIPE


A FAMILY OF FIVE HELD AT GUNPOINT.

IT WAS A TERRIFYING HOME INVASION THE CITY OF NAPLES HASN'T SEEN IN YEARS.

TONIGHT - WE WANTED TO KNOW HOW PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH THE NEWS AND IF THEY'RE CHANGING THEIR LIFESTYLE.

THE TWO ROBBERS ARE STILL ON THE LOOSE FOUR DAYS LATER.

SOME NEIGHBORS SAY THE ROBBERY IS RUINING THE WAY THEY LIVE.

THEY NO LONGER ARE RELAXING ON THEIR LANAIS WITHOUT WORRYING THEY'LL BE AMBUSHED. Return to index of stories...


HOME INVASION FOLLOW-SOTVO


Lance Stahlnan/Aqualane Shores Resident

"even myself, you have that in the back of your mind worrying about things and how that could happen."

Inese Morton/Naples/Aqualane Shores Resident

"maybe over time, people will go back to the way it was before instead of overthinking it - right now i think it's because it's just so recent."

OFFICERS ARE NOT TELLING US WHAT THE MASKED GUNMEN TOOK.

THE VICTIMS DO NOT WANT TO TALK ON CAMERA.

IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING CALL CRIMESTOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


NURSING HOME NOROVIRUS-VOWIPE


A HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS AND FAST MOVING NOROVIRUS HAS HIT A FORT MYERS ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY.

THE OUTBREAK AT HIDDEN OAKS BEGAN LAST WEEKEND.

SO FAR AT LEAST 59 PEOPLE HAVE BECOME SICK WITH SYMPTOMS LIKE NAUSEA, DIARRHEA AND CRAMPS.

THE FACILITY IS ASKING RESIDENTS TO STAY IN THEIR ROOMS AND IS SANTIZING SURFACES.

A SIGN ON THE DOOR SHOWS VISITORS ARE BEING KEPT AWAY.

LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY SIMILAR OUTBREAKS HAPPEN IN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR. Return to index of stories...


NURSING HOME NOROVIRUS-SOTVO


diane Holm/FL Dept of Health Lee County - the most important thing to know about norovirus is it's highly contagious. it can be spread through the air or it can be spread by your hands, touching surfaces that are contaminated with it.

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SUGGESTS ANYONE EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS WEAR MASKS AND GLOVES.

WE SPOTTED HIDDEN OAKS EMPLOYEES WEARING FACIAL MASKS.

NOROVIRUS SYMPTOMS LAST FOR ABOUT TWO DAYS. Return to index of stories...


BREVARD COURTHOUSE LOCKDOWN-VO


A GUNMAN IS DEAD TONIGHT AFTER A STANDOFF WITH A SWAT TEAM NEAR A COURTHOUSE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA.

AUTHORITIES SURROUNDED THE MAN NEAR THE BREVARD COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN VIERA AROUND 10:30 THIS MORNING.

TWO AND A HALF HOURS LATER - THE MAN HELD UP HIS ARMS -- SHOWING HE NO LONGER HAD A WEAPON IN HIS HANDS.

THE SWAT TEAM TOOK COVER BEHIND AN ARMORED TRUCK AND MOVED TOWARD HIM.

THE GUNMAN THEN RAN AND HID BEHIND BUSHES.

HE WAS KILLED --

IT'S NOT CLEAR IF DEPUTIES FIRED THE FATAL SHOT. Return to index of stories...


FL POLICE CHASE & CRASH-VOTOPS


NEW AT SIX --

A WILD FLORIDA POLICE CHASE ENDED IN A CRASH.

THIS IS NEW VIDEO INTO THE ABC7 NEWSROOM.

THREE PEOPLE WERE HURT.

OFFICERS IN CASSELBERRY -- OUTSIDE ORLANDO -

SAY THEY TRIED TO PULL OVER A DRIVER --

WHO SPED OFF.

THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL AND THE VEHICLE WENT FLYING!

IT LANDED ON ITS SIDE.

THE DRIVER GOT OUT AND TRIED TO RUN.

BUT POLICE GOT HIM --

THEN FOUND DRUGS IN THE CAR. Return to index of stories...


STOLEN LAPTOP-VOWIPE


A CROOK IS CAUGHT ON CAMERA STEALING A LAPTOP BAG FROM A BREAKROOM IN A PUBLIX ON FORT MYERS BEACH PUBLIX.

TONIGHT-- A PUBLIX EMPLOYEE IS PLEADING WITH THE THIEF TO RETURN HIS LAPTOP.

HERE ARE THE SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS.

THIS MAN WALKED INTO THE BREAK ROOM AND STOLE THE BAG.

INSIDE WAS GLENROY ROLLE'S LAPTOP, EBOOKS AND FLASHDRIVE THAT CONTAINED ALL OF HIS SCHOOLWORK FOR CLASSES AT EDISON STATE.

DEPUTIES SAY A WOMAN WAS WITH THE THIEF. Return to index of stories...


STOLEN LAPTOP-SOTVO


Glenroy Rolle/ laptop stolen 8:30:57-8:31:08 "All I need is the information that was in the bag, like the flash drive. The laptop was just a material thing. The information on the laptop is very valuable to me."

LISTEN TO THIS - ROLLE GREETED THE MAN WHO STOLE HIS STUFF WHEN HE CAME INTO THE STORE.

IF YOU RECOGNIZE THE MAN OR WOMAN IN THE PICTURES, CALL CRIME STOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


CYPRESS LAKE COACH-VOWIPE


AS WE MENTIONED EARLIER. XAVIER Return to index of stories...


CYPRESS LAKE COACH-SOTVO


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STONE CRAB & OCTOPUS-VO


IT'S BEEN TOUGH FOR STONE CRABBERS THIS SEASON.

FISHERMEN TELL US OCTOPUSES ARE GETTING INTO CRAB TRAPS AND EATING STONE CRABS BEFORE FISHERMEN CAN COLLECT THEM.

IT'S AN EXPENSIVE LOSS.

A DAY ON THE BOAT CAN COST UP TO 15-HUNDRED DOLLARS.

THE SLOW SEASON MEANS YOU'LL PAY HIGHER PRICES.

STONE CRAB SEASON RUNS THROUGH MAY 15TH. Return to index of stories...


THINGS TO DO-CLIP


THINGS TO DO OPEN Return to index of stories...


THINGS TO DO WEEKEND-EANI BOX


IT'S A GREAT WEEKEND TO GET OUT AND ENJOY SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

WE WANTED TO SHARE SOME IDEAS.

THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA LEE COUNTY FAIR JUST STARTED.

THE FAIRGROUNDS ARE JUST EAST OF I-75 ON BAYSHORE ROAD.

IT'S 8-DOLLARS FOR ADULTS--

5 FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12.

THE FAIR RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY MARCH 9-TH.

ALSO --

GREEKFEST HAS STARTED IN FORT MYERS.

IT'S AT THE VIRGIN MARY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH ON CYPRESS LAKE DRIVE.

ENJOY DELICIOUS GREEK FOOD--

MUSIC--

AND CARNIVAL RIDES.

ADMISSION IS 5 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS.

CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER ARE FREE.

PARKING IS ALSO FREE.

BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR RIDES.

GREEK FEST RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY.

GET ALL THE INFORMATION FOR BOTH EVENTS ON OUR WEBSITE--

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b) greek fest-votops


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NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


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


TEASE ONE


IT'S CALLED THE HEADER--

IT'S ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PLAYS IN SOCCER--

NEW AT SIX--

A HEALTH ALERT FOR PARENTS AND YOUNG SOCCER ATHLETES.

PLUS -

ALL THE COOL HIPSTERS ARE DOING IT--

GROWING BEARDS.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE GUYS THAT ARE FOLICALLY CHALLENGED?

WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT A GROWING TREND.

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


TZ1 A CONCUSSIONS-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B BEARDS-VOTOPS


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JP STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


The frontal system that brought yesterday's unsettled weather and last night's

rain is moving away today. Drier North and NW winds have brought a clearing

trend this morning, and we're expecting plenty of sunshine for our Friday after-

noon. High pressure is expected to settle in over Florida this weekend, insuring

a dry, sunny pattern for our Saturday and Sunday. Morning lows will start in the

cool 50s, but afternoons will be delightful with highs reaching the lower 80s. Return to index of stories...


CONCUSSIONS IN YOUNG ATHLETES-TCMON


WE WANT TO SAHRE A HEALTH WARNING TONIGHT FOR THE PARENTS OF YOUNG ATHLETES.

NEW INFORMATION IS RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT THE RISK OF CONCUSSIONS -- NOT JUST FOR FOOTBALL PLAYERS -- BUT SOCCER PLAYERS AS WELL.

A-B-C'S JIM AVILA EXPLAINS THE ONE SOCCER PLAY DOCTORS NOW WORRY ABOUT. Return to index of stories...


CONCUSSIONS IN YOUNG ATHLETES-PKG


SCRIPT:

THE MOST POPULAR SPORT IN THE WORLD, MORE AMERICAN KIDS PLAY SOCCER THAN

TACKLE FOOTBALL OR BASEBALL. LONG ENCOURAGED BY PARENTS AS THE SAFE

ALTERNATIVE TO ITS VIOLENT US COUSIN. IS THIS MORNING LINKED TO CTE, THE

VERY SAME REPETITIVE HEAD TRAUMA DISEASE SEEN IN SOME PRO FOOTBALL PLAYERS.

NEW EVIDENCE THAT ONE OF SOCCER'S MOST EXCITING PLAYS. CAN CAUSE BRAIN

DAMAGE.

sot bite doctor annmckee 19292429

"you have to very careful when your son or daughter is playing soccer. you

have to very congnizant that they can injure thir head."

IT'S THIS MOVE. THE HEADER. THAT APPEARS SO DANGEROUS FOR YOUNGSTERS. PLAYERS TYPICALLY HEAD THE BALL UP TO 12 TIMES IN A SINGLE GAME

. WATCH AGAINTHAT BLACK AND WHITE SPHERE TRAVELING UP TO 50 MILES AN HOUR.

AND IN SOCCER THERE IS NOTHING BETWEEN SKULL AND LEATHER.

sot bite mommichele grange

"our son patrick was doing headers at the age of 3."

PATRICK GRANGE DIED NEARLY 2 YEARS AGO. HIS BRAIN DONATED TO SCIENTISTS AT

BOSTON UNIVERSITY STUDYING CTE. AND THOSE DOCTORS MADE A STARTLING

DISCOVERY. THE 29 YEAR-OLD IS THE FIRST SOCCER PLAYER FOUND TO HAVE CTE.

THE FRONTAL LOBE OF HIS BRAIN BADLY DAMAGED. THE SAME MIND-NUMBING

DISEASE THAT LEADS TO DEMENTIA AND DEPRESSION.

sot bite mom

"soccer is a great sport and its not something we should steer away from. i

'm saying that concussions and constant headers as a youth and under the

age of 14 should not happen."

JIM AVILA, ABC NEWS, WASHINGTON. Return to index of stories...


CHILDREN AND NIGHTMARES-VO


FOR MANY CHILDREN - NIGHTMARES ARE COMMON.

TONIGHT - RESEARCH SHOWS THOSE NIGHTMARES COULD INDICATE A REAL PROBLEM.

A NEW STUDY IN THE JOURNAL - "SLEEP" - SUGGESTS THAT CHILDREN WHO HAVE FREQUENT NIGHTMARES MAY HAVE A HIGHER RISK OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AS AN ADULT.

THE STUDY SHOWS THEY WERE 3-AND-A-HALF TIMES MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM PSYCHOSIS IN EARLY ADOLESCENCE.

IF YOUR CHILD HAS SEVERE NIGHTMARES RESEARCHERS SAY YOU SHOULD SEEK HELP TO DEAL WITH ANY MAJOR PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY START. Return to index of stories...


BLOOD PRESSURE IN BOTH ARMS-VO


NEW INFORMATION OUT TONIGHT MAY HELP YOU RECOGNIZE IF YOU HAVE HEART PROBLEMS.

RESEARCHERS AT MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL ARE SUGGESTING BLOOD PRESSURE BE MEASURED - IN BOTH ARMS.

THEY'RE SAYING IF THERE'S A DIFFERENCE IN THE RESULTS --

IT COULD BE A SIGN OF HEART PROBLEMS, DIABETES -- HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL. Return to index of stories...


BEARD TRANSPLANTS-VO


BEARDS HAVE BECOME ALL THE RAGE FOR MEN.

SOME NEED A LITTLE HELP.

TONIGHT - A SOLUTION..

MANY ARE TURNING TO COSTLY BEARD TRANSPLANTS.

AT A COST OF SEVEN-THOUSAND DOLLARS A PLASTIC SURGEON WILL TAKE HAIR FROM THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD OR CHEST THEN IMPLANT IT ON THE BARE SECTION OF THE FACE.

IT'S ALL DONE UNDER LOCAL ANESTHESIA.

DOCTORS SAY IT'S FAIRLY PAINLESS AND LEAVES VERY LITTLE SCARRING. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO-POP


THE FGCU MEN AND WOMEN BOTH WOKE UP IN FIRST PLACE THIS MORNING. BUT THE GUYS NEEDED SOME HELP.

TOGETHER AGAIN. TWINS AND RED SOX BACK ON THE FIELD. TO KICK OFF GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE PLAY. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 SPORTS-VO


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WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT


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TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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


TZ 7 1) MAN ALIVE IN BODY BAG-VOTOPS-WIPE


IT'S ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT STORIES OF THE DAY--

LEFT FOR DEAD--

EVEN ZIPPED UP IN A BODY BAG--

AND HAULED OFF TO THE FUNERAL HOME.

BUT THIS MAN WAS ALIVE AND KICKING--

SO HOW WAS HE EVER DECLARED DEAD?!

ABC 7 GETS ANSWERS AT 7. Return to index of stories...


TZ 7 2) LEE CO ABANDONED BOATS-VOTOPS


THEY'RE DANGEROUS FOR BOATERS--

AND COSTLY FOR TAXPAYERS--

NEW AT 7--

HOW MUCH THE ABANDONED BOAT PROBLEM IS COSTING IN LEE COUNTY--

AND WHAT'S BEING DOWN TO BOATERS WHO ABANDON SHIP.

THAT'S IN 30 MINUTES ON ABC 7 NEWS AT 7. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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RED SOX TWINS-POPMON


DANIELS PARKWAY IN FORT MYERS. IS HOME TO BOTH THE BOSTON RED SOX AND MINNEOSTA TWINS. AND WHILE THEY MAY SHARE A ROADWAY. THEY WERE ON DIFFERENT PLANETS LAST YEAR. BOSTON OF COURSE. WON 97 GAMES AND CELEBRATED A WORLD SERIES TITLE. THE TWINS. LOST 96 GAMES. AND DIDN'T HAVE MUCH TO CELBRATE. BUT THAT WAS LAST YEAR. Return to index of stories...


RED SOX TWINS-VOTOPS


TODAY THEY WERE SHARING THE SAME FIELD--- THE GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE IS UNDERWAY.

4TH INNING. TREVOR PLOUFF ROPES AN RBI DOUBLE TO RIGHT. BRIAN DOZIER COME ON DOWN. 1-0 TWINS.

LATER IN THE INNING WILKIN RAMIREZ WITH THE SHOT BACK UP THE MIDDLE ANTOTHER RUN SCORES. 3-0 TWINS.

THEY GO ON TO WIN. 8-2.

MIKE PELFREY GOT THE START--- GOING 2 SCORELESS INNINGS--- AS SAYS IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK Return to index of stories...


RED SOX TWINS-SOTTOPS


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RAYS O'S-VOTOPS


SPECIAL OPERATIONS PARACHUTE TEAM DROPPING IN ON THE RAYS AND ORIOLES.

NEW RAY--- HEATH BELL - PICKS UP THE STRIKEOUT --

BUT BALTIMORE THE BETTER TEAM TODAY - THE O'S WIN 4-2 Return to index of stories...


FGCU MEN-POPMON


DEAR NORTH FLORIDA BASKETBALL TEAM. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEATING MERCER LAST NIGHT.. YOU CERTAINLY MADE OUR LIVES A LOT EASIER. GOOD LUCK THE REST OF THE YEAR. SINCERELY. JOE DOOLEY AND THE FGCU EAGLES Return to index of stories...


FGCU MEN-VOTOPS


THE EAGLES LOSS LAST NIGHT TO LIPSCOMB COULD HAVE DERAILED THEIR GOAL OF WINNING THE ATLANTIC SUN TITLE.

BUT WITH MERCER'S LOSS. THE EAGLES AND BEARS REMAIN TIED FOR FIRST IN THE CONFERNCE.

IF BOTH WIN OR BOTH LOSE ON SATURDAY. THE TIEBREAKER COMES DOWN TO THE EAST TENNESSEE STATE/USC UPSTATE GAME LATER TONIGHT.

FGCU NEEDS AN USTATE WIN. TO HOST THROUGHOUT THE ASUN TOURNAMENT. Return to index of stories...


EAGLE WOMEN-VOTOPS


MEANWHILE THE EAGLE WOMEN. WERE UP TO THEIR OLD TRICKS LAST NIGHT. BEATING LIPSCOMB BY 41 POINTS.

IT KEEPS THE LADIES IN A TIE FOR FIRST IN THE ASUN. WITH TWO GAMES REMAINING.

THAT INCLUDES SATURDAYS GAME AGAINST NORTHERN KETUCKY.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY HANDED THE EAGLES THEIR ONLY CONFERNCE LOSS OF THE YEAR. IT WAS ALSO THE EAGLES FIRST REGULAR SEASON CONFERNCE LOSS IN OVER 2 YEARS Return to index of stories...


EAGLE WOMEN-SOTTOPS


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CYPRESS LAKE-VOTOPS


AS WE MENTIONED EARLIER. CYPRESS LAKE HAS HIRED XAVIER MCCRAY AS THEIR NEW HEAD FOOTBALL COACH.

MCCRAY WAS A LINEBACKER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. AND WAS PART OF THE GATORS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM BACK IN 1996

MCCRAY HOPES TO BRING THAT WINNIG WAY TO A TEAM THAT HASN'T MADE THE PLAYOFFS SINCE 2007 Return to index of stories...


CYPRESS LAKE-SOTTOPS


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RICHIE INCOGNITO-VOTOPS


TROUBLED MIAMI DOLPHIN LINEMAN. RICHIE INCOGNITO. HAS CHECKED HIMSELF INTO A MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT FACILITY.

INCOGNITO OF COURSE BECAME THE CENTER OF ATTENTION WHEN HE WAS ACCUSED OF BULLYING TEAMMATE. JONATHAN MARTIN.

RICHIE ADMITS TO BATTLING ANGER ISSUES AND DEPRESSION. Return to index of stories...


HONDA CLASSIC-VOTOPS


FINAL STOP. THE HONDA CLASSIC. HEY NOW.

I'LL SEE YOUR GATOR AND RAISE YOU A TIGER. TIGER WOODS CHIPPING IN. FOR BIRDIE. HE'S GOT WORK TO DO. 11 SHOTS BACK AT EVEN PAR.

11 SHOTS BACK OF THIS GUY. RORY MCILROY. THE LONG BIRDIE PUTT. RORY LEADS BY A STROKE AT A 11 UNDER. Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE-4SHOT


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