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HL 1) PALM BEACH AVE SHOOTING-vo 2020 TONIGHT-TCMON
HL 2) COLLIER HOME INVASION FOLO-vo NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
HL 3) FL PARENTAL DRESS CODE-vo TEASE TWO------------
WEATHER OPEN-CLIP TZ2 CHIPLOTLE PRICES-VOTOPS-WIPE
FIRST WX-WX CTR TZ2 DISNEY DISAPPOINTING-VOTOPS
BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP DAVID WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
TOSS TO TY-MAPFLY WEATHER-WXWALL
FM SHOOTING-REMLIVE CAPE FIRE CHIEF-SSTOPS
FM SHOOTING-VOTOPS-WIPE CHARLOTTE FIRE CHIEF-SSTOPS
FM SHOOTING-VOTOPS-WIPE EARLY VOTING AND ELECTION-SSTOPS
FM SHOOTING-SOTVO DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP
FM SHOOTING-REMLIVE FL SINKHOLE-VOTOPS
BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP MICHAEL'S SECURITY BREACH-VO-WIPE
DAN A HUGHES FINE-VO VOLKSWAGEN RECALL-VOTOPS
BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP CHIPOLTE PRICES-ONCAM
COLLIER HOME INVASION FOLO-2SH-VO-WIPE DISNEY DISAPPOINTING DESTINATION-2SHOT-VO
COLLIER HOME INVASION FOLO-SOTVO COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
PRISON INVESTIGATION-OC-SS-SOTVO-WIPE TEASE THREE-POP
PRISON INVESTIGATION-SOTVO-OC TZ3 A-VO
ADVANCED AUTO ROBBERY-2SH-SS-1SH TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
ADVANCED AUTO ROBBERY-VOTOPS-OC 11PM TZ1) AUTISM AND DRIVING-VOTOPS-WIPE
DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP 11PM TZ2) BREAK ROOM-NATVO
FM HOME INVASIONS-SSTOPS-VO-WIPE SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
FM HOME INVASIONS-SOTVO SAGER-VOTOPS
WOMEN RUN OVER FOLLOW-SS-VO-WIPE RED SOX-POP
WOMEN RUN OVER FOLLOW-SOTVO RED SOX-SOT-WIPE
39TH STREET FIRE FOLLOW-EBOX-VO-WIPE FGCU NFU-VOTOPS
39TH STREET FIRE FOLLOW-SOTVO JAYLEN WATKINS-POP
NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP JAYLEN WATKINS-VOTOPS-WIPE
TEASE ONE------------ TERRY JO-VOTOPS-WIPE
TZ1 TEACHER CHAIR TOSS-NATVO-WIPE TERRY JO-SOT-WIPE
TZ1 FL PARENTAL DRESS CODE-VOTOPS GENE FIEGER-CGTOPS-WIPE
TAMPA PRINCIPAL MOLESTER-SSTOPS-OC FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
FL PARENTAL DRESS CODE-2SH-PUSH-SOTVO GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4SHOT
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HEADLINES-ANI BOX


BREAKING NEWS AT 7!

SHOTS FIRED INTO A FORT MYERS HOME--

ONE CAR IS ALSO RIDDLE WITH BULLET HOLES.

A LIVE REPORT IS JUST SECONDS AWAY.

ARMED AND DANGEROUS--

BUT THEIR JOB IS PROTECTION--

THE NEW WAY NAPLES HOMEOWNERS ARE TAKING ON THEIR PERSONAL SECURITY.

AND A SCHOOL DRESS CODE. FOR PARENTS?

WHY SOME SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS WANT TO SENSOR WHAT PARENTS WEAR WHEN THEY DROP OFF AND PICK-UP THEIR CHILDREN.

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


HL 1) PALM BEACH AVE SHOOTING-vo


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HL 2) COLLIER HOME INVASION FOLO-vo


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HL 3) FL PARENTAL DRESS CODE-vo


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WEATHER OPEN-CLIP


WEATHER OPEN Return to index of stories...


FIRST WX-WX CTR


SHOWERS AND STORMS HEADING INTO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

It has been warm and muggy through the day and now showers and storms are starting to move into the area. A cold front is approaching from the Gulf of Mexico and will be the driving force to give us scattered showers and storms through the balance of the afternoon, evening and even into the overnight hours. By Saturday morning we'll be back to drying things out again. Overnight lows will be near 70 degrees, but behind the front we'll only warm into the lower 80s for afternoon highs on Saturday. It will also be windy behind the front on Saturday with winds from the west gusting around 25 mph. Cloud cover will be decreasing through the day Saturday.

Then, overnight Saturday into Sunday, winds will turn more northwesterly and that will continue to send in cooler, drier air. Morning lows will be in the lower 60s to start Sunday morning. That means you may even want that light jacket as you head out to Easter sunrise services. Highs for Easter Sunday will be in the low to mid 80s under mostly sunny skies.

Looking ahead; we'll stay on track for mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper 80s through the work week. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


BREAKING NEWS OPEN Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO TY-MAPFLY


ABC 7 IS ON BREAKING NEWS IN FORT MYERS--

SHOTS WERE FIRED INTO A HOUSE AND A CAR IS RIDDLED WITH BULLET HOLES.

TONIGHT -- OFFICERS ARE SEARCHING FOR THE GUNMAN.

ABC 7'S TY RUSSEL IS LIVE ON THE SCENE -

TY - WHAT CAN YOU TELL US. WAS ANYONE HURT? Return to index of stories...


FM SHOOTING-REMLIVE


MORE THAN A DOZEN SHOTS WERE FIRED ABOUT 20 FEET FROM WHERE IM STANDING.

FORT MYERS POLICE OFFICERS ARE STILL ON SCENE WRAPPING UP THE FIRST

LEG OF THE INVESTIGATION.

INVESTIGATORS TELL ME THE HOME WITH THE BLUE TENT WAS THE TARGET. Return to index of stories...


FM SHOOTING-VOTOPS-WIPE


BUT POLICE PLACED SEVERAL BULLET MARKERS EVEN AT THE HOME NEXT DOOR.

THIS ALL HAPPENED NEARLY TWO HOURS AGO.

INVESTIGATORS TELL ME NO ONE WAS INJURED WHEN SHOTS RANG OUT. Return to index of stories...


FM SHOOTING-VOTOPS-WIPE


TWO MINUTES AWAY FROM THIS AREA, INVESTIGATORS ARE WORKING A SIMILAR SCENE.

POLICE OFFICERS TELL ME SHOTS WERE FIRED.

THIS IS NEAR THE INTERSECTION ON VELASCO STREET AND ECONOMY STREET.

NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

BUT ONE HOMEOWNER TELLS ME A CAR IS DAMAGED BY GUNFIRE.

IT HAPPENED RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS HOME. Return to index of stories...


FM SHOOTING-SOTVO


12 secs

Gerald Gilmore

Car Parked in His Yard

"I was in the house and i heard something and came out and i saw this car parked there it had bullet holes and looked like blood" Return to index of stories...


FM SHOOTING-REMLIVE


BOTH AREAS ARE SUSPECTED OF BEING CONNECTED.

WE WORKING TO FIND OUT WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER.

LIVE IN FORT MYERS. TY RUSSELL. ABC 7 Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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DAN A HUGHES FINE-VO


ALSO BREAKING AT 7:00 --

AN OIL COMPANY WHO WANTS TO DRILL NEAR GOLDEN GATE --

IS IN TROUBLE TONIGHT --

CAUGHT ILLEGALLY DRILLING IN COLLIER COUNTY.

THE DAN A HUGHES COMPANY FACES A 25 THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE.

THE SITE WHERE THIS HAPPENED IS SOUTH OF LAKE TRAFFORD IN IMMOKALEE.

THE CONTROVERSIAL DRILLING TECHNIQUE USES CHEMICALS, SAND, AND WATER TO EXTRACT OIL.

THE D-E-P SAYS THIS DRILLING HAPPENED OVER THREE DAYS IN DECEMBER.

THE COMPANY MUST ALSO HIRE AN INDEPENDENT COMPANY TO CONDUCT ONGOING GROUNDWATER MONITORING. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


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COLLIER HOME INVASION FOLO-2SH-VO-WIPE


ARMED GUARDS ARE STANDING WATCH IN NAPLES.

THEY'RE PATROLLING AROUND HOUSES -- HIRED BY RESIDENTS TO KEEP THEM SAFE IN THEIR UPSCALE COMMUNITIES.

THE COMPANY, NAPLES SECURITY SOLUTIONS, TELLS ABC-7 -- THEY'RE SEEING A SPIKE IN BUSINESS --

AFTER A STRING OF VIOLENT HOME INVASIONS IN UPSCALE NEIGHBORHOODS.

THE COMPANY OFFERS SECURITY SYSTEMS, PERSONAL FIREARM TRAINING --

AND YES, EVEN ARMED PROTECTION AROUND YOUR PROPERTY.

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COLLIER HOME INVASION FOLO-SOTVO


Mike Perl/Naples Security Solutions "They're inside their homes, scared to death that armed masked gunmen are going to come through their lanai, snatch them up and steal their valuables. By having a counter measure like us there, it prevents that."

THERE HASN'T BEEN A SINGLE ARREST IN ANY OF THE RECENT HOME INVASIONS IN COLLIER.

INVESTIGATORS DO BELIEVE ALL FIVE ARE CONNECTED. Return to index of stories...


PRISON INVESTIGATION-OC-SS-SOTVO-WIPE


AT SEVEN - ABC-7 IS EXPOSING SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS CONCERNING THE CHARLOTTE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION.

THE STATE IS INVESTIGATING AFTER AN INMATE DIED AND REPORTS OTHER PRISONERS HAD ACCESS TO A GUN.

THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SAY INMATE -- MATTHEW WALKER DIED INSIDE THE FACILITY A WEEK AGO.

TONIGHT, ANOTHER FORMER GUARD SPOKE EXCLUSIVELY TO ABC-7.

LISTEN.

Joe Facenda, Former CCI Guard "Almost nothing operated the way we were taught it should operate."

JOE FACENDA STOPPED WORKING AS A GUARD LAST YEAR.

HE CLAIMS HE WAS TOLD WHERE TO TAKE INMATES TO BEAT THEM WITHOUT GETTING CAUGHT. Return to index of stories...


PRISON INVESTIGATION-SOTVO-OC


"The lack of security as far as making sure that everyone is safe. inmates and officers. the majority of the video cameras do not work."

THE ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE COME AFTER WALKER'S DEATH.

ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATOR WALKER WAS BRUTALLY BEATEN BY A GUARD.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS HAVE NOT RETURNED OUR REPEATED REQUESTS FOR COMMENT. Return to index of stories...


ADVANCED AUTO ROBBERY-2SH-SS-1SH


DISTURBING NEW DETAILS TONIGHT ABOUT A LATE NIGHT ROBBERY AT AN ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STORE IN LEHIGH.

TONIGHT A VICTIM TELLS ABC-7 - THERE WAS BLOOD EVERYWHERE--

AND THE ROBBER THREATENED TO KILL THE PEOPLE INSIDE.

ONE OF THE VICTIMS WHO WAS FORCED TO THE GROUND--

AND PISTOL WHIPPED --

TELLS ABC-7 A MAN STORMED IN.

HE ORDERED EVERYONE ON THE GROUND.

THE VICTIM, ANOTHER CUSTOMER AND THE CASHIER OBEYED--

BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH FOR THE MAD MAN. Return to index of stories...


ADVANCED AUTO ROBBERY-VOTOPS-OC


THE VICTIM SAYS THE ROBBER WALKED UP --

AND SMASHED ONE OF THE MEN IN THE BACK OF HIS HEAD WITH A GUN.

THEN HE HELD THE GUN TO THE MAN'S HEAD --LOOKED AT THE CASHIER AND TOLD THEM TO HURRY OR HE'D KILL THEM ALL.

THE CASHIER STARTED GETTING MONEY OF OF THE DRAWER --

BUT IT WASN'T FAST ENOUGH.

THE GUNMAN PISTOL WHIPPED THE CASHIER AND GRABBED THE MONEY.

ALL OF THIS HAPPENED JUST BEFORE CLOSING TIME.

THE VICTIM SAYS IT ALL HAPPENED IN A MATTER OF MINUTES--

SO FAR -- NO ARRESTS.

DEPUTIES ARE STILL INVESTIGATING. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN Return to index of stories...


FM HOME INVASIONS-SSTOPS-VO-WIPE


TONIGHT LEE COUNTY DEPTUIES ARE LOOKING FOR THREE MEN WHO TRIED TO ROB TWO HOUSES AND MUGGED A MAN LAST NIGHT IN FORT MYERS.

IT HAPPENED ALONG BROADWAY JUST NORTH OF CARRELL AVENUE.

DEPUTIES SAY THE THREE MEN HELD A MAN AT GUNPOINT AND STOLE HIS WALLET.

THEY SAY THE MEN THEN FORCED THEIR WAY INTO A HOUSE ON WILLIAMS DRIVE. Return to index of stories...


FM HOME INVASIONS-SOTVO


Lashan Stewart, Neighbor

16:56:19 it is really scary especially here because we don't get that

much crime on this block. We have it around, but it never happens

here. 16:56:27

LISTEN TO THIS -- THE MEN DIDN'T STEAL ANYTHING AND THE WALLET WAS EMPTY. Return to index of stories...


WOMEN RUN OVER FOLLOW-SS-VO-WIPE


ABC7 IS UNCOVERING NEW DETAILS ABOUT A CASE OF ROAD RAGE IN FORT MYERS THAT BADLY INJURED TWO WOMEN.

28-YEAR OLD ERIC MONTEZ IS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER.

POLICE SAY HE INTENTIONALLY RAN THE WOMEN OVER WITH HIS CAR YESTERDAY.

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY A JOGGER TAPPED MONTEZ'S CAR WHEN IT CAME TOO CLOSE.

THATS WHEN MONTEZ GOT OUT AND STARTED PUNCHING HIM.

TWO WOMEN GOT OUT OF THEIR CAR- SCREAMING FOR MONTEZ TO STOP.

DEPUTIES SAY MONTEZ RAN ONE OVER --

BEFORE BACKING UP OVER THE OTHER. Return to index of stories...


WOMEN RUN OVER FOLLOW-SOTVO


sot detective 8:40:26 within a 3 minute window mr montez was able to batter one victim and leave 2 critically injured 32

--BUTT SOT--

sot detective 8:40:37 witness statement and video surveillance recovered show a blatant disregard for human life 45

BOTH WOMEN ARE RECOVERING IN LEE MEMORIAL.

MONTEZ MADE HIS FIRST APPEARANCE IN COURT TODAY.

HE REMAINS IN JAIL, TONIGHT.

D-C-F SAYS -- MONTEZ'S CHILDREN ARE STAYING WITH FAMILY MEMBERS. Return to index of stories...


39TH STREET FIRE FOLLOW-EBOX-VO-WIPE


BRAND NEW CELL PHONE VIDEO SHOWS A FIRE THAT DESTROYED A GOLDEN GATE ESTATES HOUSE --

FLAMES REACHED 40 FEET.

INSIDE -- A FATHER, HIS SON AND ONE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

A NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR RECORDED THE FIRE.

ABC7 WENT INSIDE THE HOUSE THIS MORNING.

WE ALSO SPOKE TO THE FATHER WHO SAYS HE HAD JUST SECONDS TO SAVE HIS YOUNG CHILDREN. Return to index of stories...


39TH STREET FIRE FOLLOW-SOTVO


Rodney Alfaro Jr., father 21:56:40-:51

Fire just engulfed the whole first bedroom. I took my son out, she ran out. I had barely like 20 seconds to get my daughter out of the room before the house was covered completely in smoke.

RODNEY ALFARO THEN CRAWLED BACK INTO THE HOUSE TO SAVE THE FAMILY'S TWO DOGS.

FIREFIGHTERS SAY A LIGHTENING STRIKE CAUSED THE FIRE. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE ONE------------


nats of chair toss

CAUGHT ON CAMERA --

A STUDENT TOSSES A CHAIR AT A TEACHER.

WHY THE REAL CONTROVERSY CAME WHEN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS SAID THE *TEACHER MAY LOSE HER JOB.

PLUS --

MOST SCHOOLS IMPOSE DRESS CODES ON STUDENTS --

ONE FLORIDA COUNTY IS LOOKING TO RESTRICT PARENTS FROM WEARING INAPPROPRIATE CLOTHING, WHILE ON CAMPUS.

ABC-7 TAKES YOU INSIDE THE DEBATE. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 TEACHER CHAIR TOSS-NATVO-WIPE


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TAMPA PRINCIPAL MOLESTER-SSTOPS-OC


NEW TONIGHT FROM TAMPA --

A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL IS FACING CHARGES -- ACCUSED OF MOLSETING A 14-YEAR-OLD BOY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY -- JAMES LARKIN PUT HIS HANDS DOWN THE VICTIM'S PANTS, AND TOUCHED HIM INAPPROPRIATELY.

THE BOY SAYS -- LARKIN BECAME A SURROGATE DAD FOR HIM, AFTER HIS FATHER PASSED AWAY.

SCHOOL OFFICIALS RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING, THEY'RE "SHOCKED AND SADDENED BY THE NEWS." Return to index of stories...


FL PARENTAL DRESS CODE-2SH-PUSH-SOTVO


A SOUTH FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS -- THEY'VE HAD ENOUGH OF SCANTILY-CLAD PEOPLE WALKING AROUND CAMPUS.

BUT THEY'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT STUDENTS.

NOW -- PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS ARE CONSIDERING A DRESS CODE -- FOR PARENTS.

"Well, I don't think it would hurt. I think sometimes it would be appropriate."

THE IDEA IS A TALKER AMONG PARENTS, STUDENTS -- AND STAFF.

A BOARD MEMBER SUGGESTED THE PARENTAL POLICY DURING LAST WEEK'S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. Return to index of stories...


FL PARENTAL DRESS CODE-SOTVO


"I don't know that we can have a policy, I don't know if it's something that would be a recommendation in a handbook, but I wanted to give everybody a chance to reach out to us and for the board members to think about it."

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WANT TO HEAR FROM PARENTS IN A PUBLIC MEETING. Return to index of stories...


TEACHER CHAIR TOSS-trxNATVO


nats of student picking up chair and throwing it.bleep

YOU SEE IT HERE -- A STUDENT THROWING A CHAIR AT A TEACHER.

THE TEACHER ALMOST LOST HER JOB OVER THIS BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T PROPERLY REPORT IT.

SHE CALLED SUPERVISORS AND POLICE BUT DID NOT PUT IT IN WRITING.

TONIGHT - WE FOUND OUT SHE WILL STAY IN THE CLASSROOM.

THE SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THE INCIDENT "WAS HANDLED REASONABLY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES."

THE DISTRICT EXPELLED THAT TEEN.

HE FACES CRIMINAL CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


2020 TONIGHT-TCMON-SOTVO


EVERY YEAR, COUNTLESS PEOPLE RAKE IN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS BY FAKING AN INJURY TO COLLECT ON DISABILITY PAYMENTS.

ON TONIGHT'S EPISDOE OF 20-20 -- ABC NEWS' CECILIA VEGA CONFRONTS WORKERS WHO ALLEGEDLY LIED ABOUT A MEDICAL CONDITION, AND COLLECTED THOUSANDS IN PAYMENTS.

after pursuing our target for 50 miles, we catch up with her at a doctor's

office northwest of chicago. remember, her doctors say she should be

confined to a wheelchair - but there are still no wheels in sight. her case

is pending in the courts.

NXcam05/06:25:05 **CV: What do you think about people like that, people who

think they can beat the system? /

BK: It's those people that are raising the insurance premiums. / That's why

I do this.

IT TAKES A SECRET AGENT OF SORTS TO CATCH INJURY IMPOSTERS IN THE ACT - Return to index of stories...


2020 TONIGHT-TCMON


AND TONIGHT -- ABC NEWS GETS TO THE BOTTOM OF THOSE ALLEGED FRAUDLENT CLAIMS.

YOU CAN CATCH 20-20 -- RIGHT HERE ON ABC-7 -- STARTING AT 10.

BE SURE TO STICK AROUND FOR ABC-7 NEWS AT 11, RIGHT AFTER 20-20. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO------------


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S SECOND CHIPOLTE RESTAURANT JUST OPENED HERE IN LEE COUNTY.

TONIGHT - GET READY TO SPEND MORE FOR YOUR FAVORITE MEXI-MIX MEAL.

WHEN AND WHY PRICES WILL RISE.

PLUS --

DISNEY WORLD -- SLAMMED BY A POPULAR TRAVEL WEBSITE.

THE *EMBARRASING LIST THE "HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH" LANDED ON.

THAT'S NEXT.

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TZ2 CHIPLOTLE PRICES-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ2 DISNEY DISAPPOINTING-VOTOPS


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DAVID WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-WXWALL


SHOWERS AND STORMS HEADING INTO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

It has been warm and muggy through the day and now showers and storms are starting to move into the area. A cold front is approaching from the Gulf of Mexico and will be the driving force to give us scattered showers and storms through the balance of the afternoon, evening and even into the overnight hours. By Saturday morning we'll be back to drying things out again. Overnight lows will be near 70 degrees, but behind the front we'll only warm into the lower 80s for afternoon highs on Saturday. It will also be windy behind the front on Saturday with winds from the west gusting around 25 mph. Cloud cover will be decreasing through the day Saturday.

Then, overnight Saturday into Sunday, winds will turn more northwesterly and that will continue to send in cooler, drier air. Morning lows will be in the lower 60s to start Sunday morning. That means you may even want that light jacket as you head out to Easter sunrise services. Highs for Easter Sunday will be in the low to mid 80s under mostly sunny skies.

Looking ahead; we'll stay on track for mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper 80s through the work week.

SHOWERS AND STORMS HEADING INTO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

It has been warm and muggy through the day and now showers and storms are starting to move into the area. A cold front is approaching from the Gulf of Mexico and will be the driving force to give us scattered showers and storms through the balance of the afternoon, evening and even into the overnight hours. By Saturday morning we'll be back to drying things out again. Overnight lows will be near 70 degrees, but behind the front we'll only warm into the lower 80s for afternoon highs on Saturday. It will also be windy behind the front on Saturday with winds from the west gusting around 25 mph. Cloud cover will be decreasing through the day Saturday.

Then, overnight Saturday into Sunday, winds will turn more northwesterly and that will continue to send in cooler, drier air. Morning lows will be in the lower 60s to start Sunday morning. That means you may even want that light jacket as you head out to Easter sunrise services. Highs for Easter Sunday will be in the low to mid 80s under mostly sunny skies.

Looking ahead; we'll stay on track for mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper 80s through the work week. Return to index of stories...


CAPE FIRE CHIEF-SSTOPS


CAPE CORAL HAS A NEW FIRE CHIEF.

THE CITY NAMED DONALD COCHRAN CHIEF.

HE'S SERVED AS INTERIM CHIEF SINCE FORMER CHIEF TIM HAYES RESIGNED.

CHIEF COCHRAN WILL MAKE 120-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.

HE'S BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT 24 YEARS. Return to index of stories...


CHARLOTTE FIRE CHIEF-SSTOPS


ALSO NEW TONIGHT - A NEW FIRE CHIEF FOR CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

THE COUNTY PROMOTED VETERAN PARAMEDIC AND FIREFIGHTER MARIANNE TAYLOR. Return to index of stories...


EARLY VOTING AND ELECTION-SSTOPS


HEADS UP TONIGHT --

THE DISTRICT 19 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY IS TUESDAY.

YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN TO VOTE.

ABC-7 IS YOUR SPECIAL ELECTION HEADQUARTERS.

WE'LL BRING YOU UP TO THE MINUTE RESULTS ON AIR AND ONLINE. ABC-7.COM.

YOU CAN ALSO FIND INFORMATION ABOUT POLLING SITES AND HOURS. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN Return to index of stories...


FL SINKHOLE-VOTOPS


CREWS IN DUNEDIN HAVE FILLED A SINKHOLE THAT OPENED UP THURSDAY.

IT MEASURED 10 FEET BY 10 FEET NEAR A COMPLEX.

BUT NOBODY'S HOUSE OR APARTMENT WAS IMPACTED. Return to index of stories...


MICHAEL'S SECURITY BREACH-VO-WIPE


ALMOST THREE MILLION CUSTOMERS PERSONAL INFORMATION IS AT RISK TONIGHT --

AFTER A MAJOR SECURITY BREACH AT "MICHAELS.".

INVESTIGATORS SAY -- THE ARTS AND CRAFTS CHAIN WAS ATTACKED BY CRIMINALS, USING HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED MALWARE.

COMPANY OFFICIALS ARE ASSURING CUSTOMERS -- THE MALWARE NO LONGER POSES A THREAT AT THEIR STORES.

BUT YOUR CREDIT CARD COULD HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED IF YOU SHOPPED THERE BETWEEN MAY OF LAST YEAR AND JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


VOLKSWAGEN RECALL-VOTOPS


VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING MORE THAN 26 THOUSAND 2014 CARS BECAUSE OF A FAULTY O-RING SEAL.

IT CAN LEAK TRANSMISSION FLUID AND SPARK A FIRE.

THE RECALL AFFECTS THE 2014 JETTAS, BEETLE CONVERTIBLES AND PASSATS WITH A 1-POINT-8T ENGINE AND TORQUE CONVERTER. Return to index of stories...


CHIPOLTE PRICES-ONCAM


CHIPOTLE LOVERS THIS IS FOR YOU.

YOUR FAVORITE MEAL IS SOON GOING TO COST YOU MORE.

THE COMPANY WILL RAISE PRICES FOR THE ENTIRE MENU.

IT'S THE FIRST PRICE HIKE IN THREE YEARS.

THE CHANGE WILL HAPPEN IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.

CHIPOTLE BLAMES HIGHER FOOD COSTS FOR BEEF, AVOCADOS AND CHEESE. Return to index of stories...


DISNEY DISAPPOINTING DESTINATION-2SHOT-VO


ALL NEW AT SEVEN --

UPSETTING NEWS, SURROUNDING THE "MOST MAGICAL PLACE ON EARTH" -- DISNEY WORLD.

THE THEME PARK GIANT TOPPED A NEW LIST BY SMART-TRAVEL-DOT-COM.

THE LIST --

THE TOP-10 MOST DISAPPOINTING DESTINATIONS -- IN THE WORLD.

THE AUTHOR OF THAT ARTICLE CITES THE COSTLY PRICE OF GETTING INTO DISNEY WORLD -- WHICH IS ABOUT 1-HUNDRED BUCKS FOR A SINGLE PARK TICKET.

HE ALSO SAYS -- NEARLY THREE DOLLARS FOR BOTTLED WATER --

AND 9-DOLLARS FOR A COCKTAIL IS TOO MUCH.

ALSO ON THE LIST ARE LAS VEGAS --

NIAGARA FALLS--

AND HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


COMING UP NEXT OPEN Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-POP


SAMMY AND JAYLEN WATKINS ABOUT TO LIVE OUT THEIR DREAMS TOGETHER AT THE NFL DRAFT--

PLUS--- FORMER LPGA GOLFER TERRY JO MYERS--- MAKING A COMEBACK-- IN HER OWN BACKYARD Return to index of stories...


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TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ1) AUTISM AND DRIVING-VOTOPS-WIPE


THEY NEED FREEDOM --

AND THEY NEED JOBS --

THEY'RE JUST LIKE OTHER TEENS --

BUT CERTAIN SKILLS DON'T COME SO EASY --

AT ELEVEN -- HOW TEENS WITH AUTISM ARE LEARNING TO DRIVE. Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ2) BREAK ROOM-NATVO


breaking stuff

GLASSWARE --

KEYBOARDS --

EVEN COUCHES --

IF YOU NEED TO VENT --

THE BREAKROOM IS YOUR OUTLET.

THE BUSINESS BANKING ON RECREATIONAL DESTRUCTION AT ELEVEN. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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SAGER-VOTOPS


WE START WITH SOME SAD NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SPORTS

FORMER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SPORTSCASTER-- CRAIG SAGER IS BATTLING LEUKEMIA

SAGER --- AN NBA SIDELINE REPORTER FOR TNT -- WILL MISS THE NBA PLAYOFFS--- AS HE UNDERGOES THREE TO FOUR WEEKS OF TREATMENT

BUT THE SPIRITS ARE GOOD AT THE SAGER HOUSEHOLD--- SAGERS SON-- CRAIG JUNIOR SAYS THIS TIME OFF WILL GIVE HIS DAD TIME TO BRAINSTORM ABOUT NEW OUTFITS Return to index of stories...


RED SOX-POP


IN A CITY THAT NORMALLY RALLIES AROUND IT'S SPORTS TEAMS. IT WAS THE BOSTON TEAMS THAT WERE RALLYING AROUND THE CITY-- ONE YEAR AGO. THE RED SOX--- TURNED TRAGEDY INTO TRIUMPH-- WINNING THE WORLD SERIES FOLLOWING THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING---- MARATHON WEEKED IS HERE AND THE RED SOX REMEMBER --- PLAYING LAST SEASON WITH A PURPORSE--- Return to index of stories...


RED SOX-SOT-WIPE


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FGCU NFU-VOTOPS


NEXT STOP SWANSON STADIUM--- FGCU HOSTING NORTH FLORIDA

EAGLES LOOKING TO STRIKE EARLY--- MICHAEL SUCHY WITH THE SINGLE TO LEFT--- COLTON BOTTOMLEY ON THE MOVE--- TRYING TO SCORE FROM SECOND -- BUT HE IS GUNNED DOWN AT THE PLATE----

NORTH FLORIDA GETS TO NICK DECKERT IN THE 4TH----- TRENT HIGGENBOTHEM --- BACK UP THE MIDDLE --- THAT SCORES ONE---

EAGLES LOSE 6-1---- BUT FGCU DID WIN THE FIRST GAME OF THE DOUBLE HEADER 9-3 Return to index of stories...


JAYLEN WATKINS-POP


WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF GETTING DRAFTED IN THE NFL. NOT GOOD. LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF ALL HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS MAKE THE NFL. SO THOSE ODDS ARE BAD ENOUGH. NOW IMAGINE THE ODDS OF TWO BROTHERS MAKING THE NFL IN THE SAME YEAR. EVEN WORSE. RIGHT Return to index of stories...


JAYLEN WATKINS-VOTOPS-WIPE


THE WATKIN BROTHERS ARE ABOUT TO SHATTER THOSE ODDS NEXT MONTH

SAMMY WATKINS-- HAS BECOME A HOUSE HOLD NAME--- AND IS A LOCK FOR THE FIRST ROUND---

BUT DON'T FORGET ABOUT OLDER BROTHER JAYLEN---- THE MAN IS CLIMBING DRAFT BOARDS THROUGHOUT THE NFL

NOW CONSIDERED A 3RD ROUND PICK--- JAYLEN RECENTLY WORKED OUT FOR THE DETROIT LIONS---

IRONICALLY--- THERE ARE RUMORS THAT THE LIONS WILL TRADE UP TO GET SAMMY IN THE FIRST ROUND---

2 WATKINS ON ONE TEAM Return to index of stories...


TERRY JO-VOTOPS-WIPE


THE PATTY BERG MEMORIAL IS SHAPING UP TO BE A VERY IMPRESSIVE GOLF TOURNAMENT-- WITH SOME HOME GROWN TALENT--

AND INCLUDES FORMER LPGA STAR--- TERRY JO MYERS----

TERRY JO-- A 3-TIME WINNER ON THE TOUR--- HAS BEEN INVITED TO PLAY--- AS A SPECIAL EXEMTION

THE PATTY BERG IS PART OF THE SYMETRA TOUR--- A TOUR FILLED WITH YOUNG STARS READY TO MAKE THE LEAP TO THE LPAG TOUR---

THE TOURNAMENT COMES YOUR WAY NEXT MONTH AT CYPRESS LAKE COUNTRY CLUB Return to index of stories...


TERRY JO-SOT-WIPE


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GENE FIEGER-CGTOPS-WIPE


CONGRATULATIONS TO NAPLES RESIDENT GENE WHO WON THE SENIOR PGA PRO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TODAY---

AND HE DID IT IN STYLE WINNING BY 6 STROKES

IS THE DIRECTOR OF GOLF AT THE HIDEOUT GOLF CLUB IN NAPLES---

WITH THE WIN --- FEE GER QUALIFIES FOR THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE SENIOR TOUR Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


FROM THE SENIOR TOUR TO THE EUROPEAN TOUR---

THAT IS PABLO LAR AH ZABLE---- AND HE IS NOT HAVING FUN ON THE COURSE--- GETTING ATTACK BY HORNETS Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4SHOT


ADLIB POINTS Return to index of stories...