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KEY LIST WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
NEWS OPEN-CLIP WX INTRO-2SH-WX CTR
LIVE DOPPLER-DOPPLER WEATHER-OMNI
HL1)-VOTOPS-WIPE WOMEN RUN OVER FOLLOW-CLIP OC SS VO-WIPE
HL2)-VOTOPS-WIPE WOMEN RUN OVER FOLLOW-SOTVO
HL3)-VOTOPS JIM ILIAS MEMORIAL-CLIP VO-TCMON VO-FULL SS
WEATHERATE CLIP-CLIP DEPUTY ARRESTED DUI-TCMON SS TCMON
WX INTRO-2SH-WX CTR MICHAEL'S SECURITY BREACH-TRX VOTOPS
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL TAINTED EASTER EGGS-TRX VOTOPS
DEPUTY ARRESTED DUI-CLIP OC SS TAINTED EASTER EGGS-SOTVO
JIM ILIAS MEMORIAL-CLIP VOTOPS SS MIAMI BOY ELECTROCUTED-OC VO-WIPE
FM SHOOTING-TCMON EANIBOX MIAMI BOY ELECTROCUTED-SOTVO OC
1. PALM AVENUE-a) VOTOPS OBGYN PERP WALK-OC VO
2. VELASCO-b) VOTOPS TAMPA PRINCIPAL MOLESTER-SSTOPS OC
FM SHOOTING-SOTVOTOPS TEACHER CHAIR TOSS-TRX NATVOTOPS
ARMED HOME SURVEILLANCE-TCMON VO-WIPE FL PARENTAL DRESS CODE-OC SOTVO
ARMED HOME SURVEILLANCE-SOTVO FL PARENTAL DRESS CODE-SOTVO
ADVANCED AUTO ROBBERY-TRX SSTOPS OC RANSACKED CARS-OC
ADVANCED AUTO ROBBERY-VOTOPS OC KIDS FIGHT OFF CARJACKER-OC
DALLAS FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN NFM-OC SS VO KIDS FIGHT OFF CARJACKER-PKG
CCI INVESTIGATION-OC SS VO-WIPE SOUTH KOREA SHIP CHARGES-BNC VO
CCI INVESTIGATION-SOTVO KC HIGHWAY SHOOTINGS CHARGES-BNC VO
DAN A HUGHES FINE-OC VO LA TIMES BUILDING MAN IN CUSTODY-TRX VOTOPS
GGE FIRE FOLO-OC SOTVO DOCUMENTS RELEASED BILL CLINTON-VOTOPS
GGE FIRE FOLO-SOTVO COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
CAPE FIRE CHIEF-TRX SSTOPS-WIPE TEASE FOUR---
CHARLOTTE FIRE CHIEF-SSTOPS TZ4 A) DISNEY SUCKS-VOTOPS
ELECTION MAILER-OC VO-WIPE TZ4 B) GATOR-VOTOPS
ELECTION MAILER-SOTVO LOTTERY NUMBERS-CG
EARLY VOTING AND ELECTION-SSTOPS WX RADAR BUMP-RADAR
THINGS TO DO-CLIP STORMWARN OPEN-CLIPTOPS
ESTERO CONCERT SERIES-BNC SS-WIPE MAIN WEATHER-2SHOT
OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT-SSTOPS MAIN WEATHER-WX
COMING UP NEXT CLIP-CLIP DISNEY DISAPPOINTING DESTINATION-OC VO
TEASE ONE------------- BOSTON MARATHON LOCAL RUNNER-OC VO-WIPE
TZ1 A) EASTER EGG HUNT SURPRISE-VOTOPS BOSTON MARATHON LOCAL RUNNER-SOTVO
TZ1 B) sports-SOTVO GATOR ON BAREFOOT BEACH-TRX VOTOPS
WX RADAR BUMP-RADAR THINGS TO DO CLIP-CLIP
STORMWARN CLIP-CLIPTOPS EARTH DAY AT DING DARLING-BNC
WEATHER-WX FREE NATIONAL PARK WEEKEND-SSTOPS
SPORTS PKG-PKG COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP TEASE FIVE--------------
TEASE TWO--------------- TZ5 A) STUDENT WITH DOWNS-VOTOPS
TZ2 A) THINGS TO DO-OC LEARNING TO DRIVE WITH AUTISM-TCMON VO-WIPE
TZ2 B) FL BULLYING-SOTVO LEARNING TO DRIVE WITH AUTISM-SOTVO
FL BOY BULLYING CAMPAIGN-POP DOWNS STUDENT ACCEPTED TO COLLEGE-TRX NATVO
FL BOY BULLYING CAMPAIGN-PKG THINGS TO DO-CLIP
THINGS TO DO-CLIP FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT-SSTOPS
1. NAPLES EGG HUNT-BNC CG-WIPE COLLIER EGGSTRAVAGANZA-SSTOPS
2. SWIMMING EGG HUNT-CGTOPS ROYAL SCOOP EGG HUNT-SSTOPS
3. MARCO SPRING JUBILEE-SSTOPS CHURCH SERVICES-BNC
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP TOP STORIES-CLIPTOPS
TEASE THREE---- TS1) DEPUTY ARRESTED-SSTOPS
TZ3 A) WOMEN RUN OVER-SOTVO TS2) JIM ILIAS MEMORIAL-VOTOPS SS
TZ3 B) JIM ILIAS MEMORIAL-VOTOPS TS3) WOMEN RUN OVER FOLLOW-SSTOPS VO
NEWS OPEN-CLIP TS4) DAN A HUGHES FINE-VOTOPS
LIVE DOPPLER-DOPPLER TS5) EARLY VOTING-SSTOPS
TS 1)-VOTOPS FINAL WEATHER-WXCOMP
TS 2)-VOTOPS CLOSE-OC-WEB ANI
TS 3)-VOTOPS END TIME


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NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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LIVE DOPPLER-DOPPLER


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HL1)-VOTOPS-WIPE


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HL2)-VOTOPS-WIPE


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HL3)-VOTOPS


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WEATHERATE CLIP-CLIP


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WX INTRO-2SH-WX CTR


GOOD MORNING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US ON ABC-7.

I'M JOELLE PARKS. HERE WITH STORMWARN METOROLOGIST KIRA MINER.

AND JOELLE. WE'VE GOT A LOT TO TALK ABOUT.

AD LIB WX SITUATION

THIS OF COURSE. ALL HAPPENING EASTER WEEKEND. STAY TUNED THROUGHOUT THE SHOW. WE'LL HAVE ALL YOUR WEEKEND EVENTS GOING ON.

PLUS. WE'LL BE CHECKING AND LET YOU KNOW IF ANY ARE CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER.

LET'S GET STARTED. Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


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.

TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 10AM FOR COLLIER, GLADES, AND HENDRY COUNTIES.

The week ended on a wet note as showers and storms moved in from the Gulf of Mexico. As we head into our Easter weekend, we'll see more sunshine across the area with warm temperatures and lower humidity.

Our day will get off to a mild start with temperatures in the 70s. A few showers and strong to severe storms may wash in from the west during the pre dawn hours, otherwise our morning will stay mostly cloudy.Through the day, the clouds will begin to break up and our skies will remain partly sunny. Daytime highs will also be a touch cooler as they warm I to the upper 70s to lower 80s. As an area of low pressure pulls away from the peninsula, winds will become more north and northwesterly allowing drier air to funnel down the state. This will lead to lower humidity values during the afternoon and evening adding to the comfort factor.

Clearing skies are in the forecast tonight, while temperatures settle into the lower half of the 60s.

Easter Sunday is looking "egg-cellent" with mostly sunny skies and dry conditions for sunrise services. Daytime highs will run warm as they top out in the middle 80s, with overnight lows bottoming out in the 60s. Rain prospects will remain low through the middle of next week, with mostly to partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. Return to index of stories...


DEPUTY ARRESTED DUI-CLIP OC SS


developing NEWS AS YOU WAKE UP THIS MORNING --

A LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE CORRECTIONS DEPUTY GETS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH DUI OVERNIGHT.

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES TELL US THEY FOUND ANTHONY RIVERA IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE RED ROOF INN. NEAR COLLEGE PARKWAY IN FORT MYERS.

DEPUTIES SAY IT STARTED AS A DOMESTIC INCIDENT -- WHEN DEPUTIES ARRIVED, THEY SMELLED ALCHOHOL AND SAY RIVERA'S SPEECH WAS SLURRED.

RIVERA HAS WORKED FOR THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SINCE 2007.

HE'S BEEN PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE WITHOUT PAY.

WE DUG INTO THE FILES AND FOUND OUT A DEPUTY BY THE SAME NAME WAS REMOVED FROM HIS POSITION IN 2007 FOR LYING DURING AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION --

ALL DEPUTIES ARE ALLOWED TO APPEAL THOSE DECISIONS --

WE'RE WORKING TO FIND OUT IF IT THIS IS THE SAME DEPUTY. Return to index of stories...


JIM ILIAS MEMORIAL-CLIP VOTOPS SS


NEW THIS MORNING. FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL COME TOGETHER TODAY. TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF 20-YEAR-OLD JIM ILIAS.

HE DIED IN A FIERY CAR CRASH IN FEBRUARY. RIDING WITH FRIENDS. AFTER A WRONG-WAY-DRIVER SLAMMED INTO THEM.

ILIAS'. A USF STUDENT. GRADUATED FROM CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL IN 2012.

HE WAS PART OF THE WRESTLING TEAM.

THE MEMORIAL IS TODAY AT CYPRESS LAKE. AT 4 P.M.

THEY'LL ALSO MAKE A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT A NEW SCHOLARSHIP IN JIM ILIAS' NAME. Return to index of stories...


FM SHOOTING-TCMON EANIBOX


THIS MORNING. LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE LOOKING FOR A GROUP OF GUNMEN. WHO FIRED MORE THAN A DOZEN SHOTS. HITTING A HOME AND CARS IN FORT MYERS.

WITNESSES SAY AROUND FIVE FRIDAY EVENING. SEVERAL PEOPLE IN A CAR STARTED SHOOTING.

IT BEGAN NEAR PALM AND DUNBAR AVENUES.

TWO MINUTES AND ONE BLOCK AWAY. THE GROUP SHOT AT A HOUSE ON VELASCO AND ECONOMY STREETS.

ONE MAN HEARD THE SHOTS AND RAN FOR COVER.

ANOTHER MAN FOUND HIS CAR WITH BULLET HOLES. Return to index of stories...


1. PALM AVENUE-a) VOTOPS


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2. VELASCO-b) VOTOPS


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FM SHOOTING-SOTVOTOPS


gerald Gilmore/ Victim - "I'm not comfortable with it. Especially with the kids being around because you want the kids to be safe."

OTHER NEIGHBORS SAY THEY WANT THE VIOLENCE TO STOP.

OFFICERS ARE STILL INVESTIGATING. BUT HAVE NOT SAID IF THEY HAVE ANY PERSONS OF INTEREST. Return to index of stories...


ARMED HOME SURVEILLANCE-TCMON VO-WIPE


SINCE FEBRUARY. BUSINESS HAS DOUBLED FOR A NAPLES SECURITY COMPANY.

BECAUSE OF FIVE RECENT HOME INVASIONS.

NAPLES SECURITY SOLUTIONS OWNERS HAVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE SECRET SERVICE AND SWAT TEAMS.

THEY OFFER SECURITY SYSTEMS. PERSONAL FIREARM TRAINING AND EVEN ARMED PROTECTION ON YOUR PROPERTY. Return to index of stories...


ARMED HOME SURVEILLANCE-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...


ADVANCED AUTO ROBBERY-TRX SSTOPS OC


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

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 SAYS A MAN STORMED IN. ORDERING EVERYONE ON THE GROUND.

THE VICTIM. ANOTHER CUSTOMER. AND THE CASHIER OBEYED. BUT THINGS STILL GOT VIOLENT. 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. TELLING THE CASHIER TO HURRY OR HE'D KILL THEM ALL.

THE CASHIER STARTED GETTING MONEY OUT OF THE DRAWER. BUT NOT QUICKLY ENOUGH.

THE GUNMAN PISTOL WHIPPED THE CASHIER. AND GRABBED THE MONEY.

ALL OF THIS HAPPENED JUST BEFORE CLOSING TIME. IN A MATTER OF MINUTES--

THIS MORNING WE KNOW DEPUTIES HAVE NOT MADE ANY ARRESTS. IN THEIR INVESTIGATION. Return to index of stories...


DALLAS FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN NFM-OC SS VO


TWO PEOPLE WANTED FOR QUESTIONING ABOUT A DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN IN DALLAS.

GOT ARRESTED RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARRESTED DAGOBERTO CASTANON AND ROGELIO AVILA IN NORTH FORT MYERS FRIDAY NIGHT.

DALLAS POLICE SAY THE TWO WERE INVOLVED IN A CRASH THAT KILLED A POLICE OFFICER'S SON.

BOTH MEN WILL FACE MURDER CHARGES. BACK IN TEXAS.

THEY'RE EXPECTED TO BE EXTRADITED THERE NEXT WEEK. Return to index of stories...


CCI INVESTIGATION-OC SS VO-WIPE


ABC-7. CONFIRMING THE NAME OF AN INMATE. WHO DIED INSIDE THE CHARLOTTE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION.

THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TOLD US.

MATTHEW WALKER DIED AT THAT PRISON IN PUNTA GORDA ONE WEEK AGO.

SOURCES TELL ABC7 CORRECTION OFFICERS BEAT HIM TO DEATH. AFTER HE HAD A CONFRONTATION WITH A FEMALE OFFICER.

THE DEPARTMENT WON'T CONFIRM THAT.

BUT FORMER GUARDS AND UNION REPRESENTATIVES HAVE TOLD US. THE PRISON ISN'T SAFE.

JUST DAYS BEFORE WALKER'S DEATH A REPORT SURFACED OF PRISONERS GETTING A HOLD OF A GUN. Return to index of stories...


CCI INVESTIGATION-SOTVO


:13 Joe Facenda, Former CCI Guard "I came home I don't know how many times dumbfounded at what went on there. other officers telling you when, where and how you can get away with roughing up an inmate."

NEITHER THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS NOR THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL TELL US IF THERE'S AN INVESTIGATION INTO WALKERS DEATH.

BUT SOURCES SAY. NINE OFFICERS AND ONE LIEUTENANT ARE ON LEAVE BECAUSE OF THE INCIDENT.

COUNT ON US TO KEEP YOU UPDATED. Return to index of stories...


DAN A HUGHES FINE-OC VO


THIS MORNING. AN OIL COMPANY WHO WANTS TO DRILL NEAR GOLDEN GATE IS IN TROUBLE FOR JUMPING THE GUN.

IT WAS CAUGHT ILLEGALLY. DRILLING IN COLLIER COUNTY.

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

THIS HAPPENED 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...


GGE FIRE FOLO-OC SOTVO


A MOTHER WASN'T JUST WORRIED ABOUT LOSING HER HOUSE. WHEN SHE CAME HOME TO FIND IT ON FIRE. IN GOLDEN GATE ESTATES.

WHEN SHE SAW SMOKE BILLOWING OUT. SHE HAD NO IDEA IF HER FAMILY WAS INSIDE OR NOT.

Lasandra Alfaro, mother

22:04:35-:39

I kept seeing ambulances coming in and out and I wasn't sure are they in there? Did they take them away?

THE FLAMES THAT DESTROYED THE HOUSE WERE SO STRONG.

YOU CAN HEAR THEM CRACKLE IN THIS CELL PHONE VIDEO.

RODNEY ALFARO JUNIOR SAYS HE HAD JUST MOMENTS TO GET HIS TWO CHILDREN AND HIS MOTHER OUT SAFELY. Return to index of stories...


GGE FIRE FOLO-SOTVO


Rodney Alfaro Jr., father

21:56:40-:51

I had barely like 20 seconds to get my daughter out of the room before the house was covered completely in smoke.

RODNEY EVEN CRAWLED BACK INTO THE HOUSE TO RESCUE TWO DOGS.

BUT EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE IS DESTROYED.

THE FAMILY SAYS THEY NEED HELP REPLACING THEIR CHILDREN'S CLOTHES AND BELONGINGS.

ANGEL IS FIVE -- AMANDA IS ONE.

TO HELP THEM, CALL THE RED CROSS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE FIRE CHIEF-TRX SSTOPS-WIPE


THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL NAMED DONALD COCHRAN. ITS NEWEST FIRE 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


AND IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALSO WELCOME A NEW CHIEF.

THE COUNTY PROMOTED VETERAN PARAMEDIC AND FIREFIGHTER. MARIANNE TAYLOR.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF THEM. Return to index of stories...


ELECTION MAILER-OC VO-WIPE


A COLLIER COUNTY VOTER IS OUTRAGED. AFTER SHE SAYS SHE RECEIVED A POST CARD IN THE MAIL. WITH A *GRADE ON HER VOTING HISTORY.

IT ALSO HAD HER NEIGHBOR'S NAMES. AND THEIR GRADES.

SHE CALLS IT AN INVASION OF PRIVACY. AND WANTS TO KNOW WHO'S RESPONSIBLE. Return to index of stories...


ELECTION MAILER-SOTVO


Elisabeth Henrie, Got Flyer in the Mail

32:43-32:49 "What right do these people have to send this to me. "

ABC7 ASKED THE LEE COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS IF THIS IS LEGAL.

HARRINGTON SAYS HENRIE'S *VOTE IS PRIVATE.

BUT WHETHER SHE VOTED. *IS PUBLIC INFORMATION.

THE FLYER SHOWS IT'S FROM "VALUES ARE VITAL". A POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE.

THE PAC BASES SCORES ON THE LAST SIX ELECTIONS.

IF YOU DIDN'T VOTE THE PAC GIVES YOU A LOWER GRADE. Return to index of stories...


EARLY VOTING AND ELECTION-SSTOPS


THE DISTRICY 19 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY IS COMING UP TUESDAY.

AND TODAY IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO CAST A BALLOT. FOR EARLY VOTING.

ALL REGISTERED REPUBLICANS IN LEE AND COLLIER CAN VOTE TODAY FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM.

AND DON'T FORGET. ABC-7 IS YOUR SPECIAL ELECTION HEADQUARTERS.

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

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


THINGS TO DO-CLIP


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ESTERO CONCERT SERIES-BNC SS-WIPE


ABC-7. IS FINDING OUT ALL THE EVENTS happenING THIS WEEKEND. IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

AND THIS EVENING. GET READY TO ENJOY SOME MUSIC IN LEE COUNTY.

THE ESTERO CONCERT SERIES BEGINS AT 4 PM.

ENJOY MUSIC OF TCHAIKOVSKY. AT THE KORESHAN STATE HISTORIC SITE'S ART HALL Return to index of stories...


OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT-SSTOPS


PLUS. IT'S OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT. IN COLLIER COUNTY.

ROUND UP THE KIDS. SOME POPCORN AND A BLANKET.

YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO SEE "MONSTERS UNIVERSITY AT CAMBIER PARK IN NAPLES.

IT STARTS AT 8 AND GOES UNTIL 10 P.M. Return to index of stories...


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


EASTER EGG HUNTS ARE FULL OF SURPRISES,

BUT THIS ONE- COULD HAVE KILLED A KID!

WHAT WAS INSIDE A CHILD'S PLASTIC EGG.

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TZ1 A) EASTER EGG HUNT SURPRISE-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B) sports-SOTVO


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WX RADAR BUMP-RADAR


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STORMWARN CLIP-CLIPTOPS


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WEATHER-WX


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.

TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 10AM FOR COLLIER, GLADES, AND HENDRY COUNTIES.

The week ended on a wet note as showers and storms moved in from the Gulf of Mexico. As we head into our Easter weekend, we'll see more sunshine across the area with warm temperatures and lower humidity.

Our day will get off to a mild start with temperatures in the 70s. A few showers and strong to severe storms may wash in from the west during the pre dawn hours, otherwise our morning will stay mostly cloudy.Through the day, the clouds will begin to break up and our skies will remain partly sunny. Daytime highs will also be a touch cooler as they warm I to the upper 70s to lower 80s. As an area of low pressure pulls away from the peninsula, winds will become more north and northwesterly allowing drier air to funnel down the state. This will lead to lower humidity values during the afternoon and evening adding to the comfort factor.

Clearing skies are in the forecast tonight, while temperatures settle into the lower half of the 60s.

Easter Sunday is looking "egg-cellent" with mostly sunny skies and dry conditions for sunrise services. Daytime highs will run warm as they top out in the middle 80s, with overnight lows bottoming out in the 60s. Rain prospects will remain low through the middle of next week, with mostly to partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS PKG-PKG


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


DON'T LET THIS AM WEATHER GET YOU DOWN!

THERE'S STILL LOTS TO DO IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TODAY.

WE'LL RUN THROUGH

"I want to be able to be that change."

HE TOOK HIS BULLYING AT SCHOOL IN FLORIDA- AND TURNED IT INTO A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO STOP IT.

MEET THE CELEBRITY WHO STEPPED IN TO MAKE IT HAPPEN! Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) THINGS TO DO-OC


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TZ2 B) FL BULLYING-SOTVO


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FL BOY BULLYING CAMPAIGN-POP


BULLYING. IT SEEMS TO BE A GROWING PROBLEM FOR KIDS. AND A BIG CONCERN FOR PARENTS.

SO WHEN ONE BOY IN LAKELAND FLORIDA MADE IT HIS MISSION TO TRY AND STOP IT.

LAURA HARRIS SHOWS US HOW HE GOT SOME BIG SUPPORT AND HELP FROM A VERY FAMOUS CELEBRITY. Return to index of stories...


FL BOY BULLYING CAMPAIGN-PKG


"Nothing makes me feel better"

13-YEAR-OLD JAYLEN ARNOLD IS AT IT AGAIN!

" than knowing I have helped someone or inspired someone and that I am

making the change."

THE LAKELAND 7TH GRADER WITH THE HEART OF GOLD AND A MISSION TO STOP

BULLYING THROUGH HIS FOUNDATION-- JAYLEN'S CHALLENGE

Jaylen Arnold, Founder Jaylen's Challenge

"The kids that I've talked to write and email back to me that I've helped

them or that they don't get bullied anymore."

JAYLEN KNOWING FIRST HAND WHAT BULLYING FEELS LIKE.

HE HAS TOURETTE'S SYNDROME AND WAS TEASED ABOUT IT IN SCHOOL. BUT HE CHOSE

TO TURN THE TEASING INTO TRIUMPH. NOT JUST FOR HIMSELF -- BUT FOR EVERY KID

WHO HAS EVER BEEN BULLIED.

WHAT STARTED AS A CLASSROOM EFFORT WITH HIS FRIENDS-- WENT GRASSROOTS FOR

THE COMMUNITY--

HONORED JUST LAST YEAR WITH A LARGE DONATION FROM THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING--

AND NOW GROWING INTO A NATIONAL STORY

"Ellen and everyone they had been watching me and following me and that

Ellen wanted to give me a donation."

ELLEN DEGENERES GIVING JAYLEN'S FOUNDATION 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EDUCATION

EFFORTS IN SCHOOLS TO STOP BULLYING.

ELLEN'S PEOPLE SURPRISING JAYLEN WITH THE CHECK WHILE HE WAS SPEAKING TO A

GROUP OF KIDS AT A LOS ANGELES MIDDLE SCHOOL.

"It was just like excitement and happy and confusion and all that stuff put

together and I had no idea how to react."

WHILE HE LIKES TO BE MODEST-- HE'S BEING HAILED AS A DIFFERENCE MAKER.

A YOUNG TEENAGE KID WHO LIKES SUPER HEROES-- BEING ONE HIMSELF -- IN A CLASS

ALL HIS OWN.

"I want to be able to be that change. To be that person that is making the

change and that helps someone and that keeps them from getting bullied." Return to index of stories...


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1. NAPLES EGG HUNT-BNC CG-WIPE


IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR FUN THINGS TO DO THIS EASTER WEEKEND.

ABC 7 HAS YOU COVERED.

GRAB YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR EASTER BASKETS.

AND HEAD TO NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN FOR THE ANNUAL EGG HUNT.

IT'S TODAY FROM 9 TO NOON.

THE COST IS 7-95 FOR KIDS 14 AND UNDER AND 12-95 FOR ADULTS. Return to index of stories...


2. SWIMMING EGG HUNT-CGTOPS


IF YOU'D RATHER BE SWIMMING.

HEAD TO SAN CARLOS PARK COMMUNITY PARK FOR POOL SAFETY DAY AND EGG HUNT.

IT'S FREE FROM TEN TO ONE.

THERE WILL ALSO BE FREE HOT DOGS AND DRINKS, GAMES AN PRIZES. Return to index of stories...


3. MARCO SPRING JUBILEE-SSTOPS


ALSO HAPPENING TODAY.

MARCO ISLAND'S SPRING JUBILEE

IT'S FROM 10 TO NOON AT MACKLE PARK

GET READY FOR MUSIC, GAMES, AND AN EASTER EGG HUNT FOR KIDS TEN AND UNDER.

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TEASE THREE----


8:41:00 the defendant also had his own daughter in his car with him he

was driving her to school 07

AND GET THIS-

DEPUTIES SAY AFTER RUNNING TWO WOMEN OVER-

HE LEFT THE SCENE TO GO DROP HIS DAUGHTER OFF.

WHERE THAT CHILD- AND ANOTHER ARE RIGHT NOW. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A) WOMEN RUN OVER-SOTVO


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TZ3 B) JIM ILIAS MEMORIAL-VOTOPS


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NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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LIVE DOPPLER-DOPPLER


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TS 1)-VOTOPS


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TS 2)-VOTOPS


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TS 3)-VOTOPS


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WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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WX INTRO-2SH-WX CTR


GOOD MORNING AND THANKS FOR WAKING UP WITH ABC-7. IM JOELLE PARKS.

I'M STORMWARN METEOROLOGIST KIRA MINER. AND WE'VE GOT A LOT TO TALK ABOUT. TAKING A LOOK AT YOUR FORECAST THIS EASTER WEEEKEND.

KIRA. YOU'VE BEEN TRACKING THE RADAR ALL MORNING LONG. AND WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF ACTION.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR EASTER ACTIVITES? Return to index of stories...


WEATHER-OMNI


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.

TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 10AM FOR COLLIER, GLADES, AND HENDRY COUNTIES.

The week ended on a wet note as showers and storms moved in from the Gulf of Mexico. As we head into our Easter weekend, we'll see more sunshine across the area with warm temperatures and lower humidity.

Our day will get off to a mild start with temperatures in the 70s. A few showers and strong to severe storms may wash in from the west during the pre dawn hours, otherwise our morning will stay mostly cloudy.Through the day, the clouds will begin to break up and our skies will remain partly sunny. Daytime highs will also be a touch cooler as they warm I to the upper 70s to lower 80s. As an area of low pressure pulls away from the peninsula, winds will become more north and northwesterly allowing drier air to funnel down the state. This will lead to lower humidity values during the afternoon and evening adding to the comfort factor.

Clearing skies are in the forecast tonight, while temperatures settle into the lower half of the 60s.

Easter Sunday is looking "egg-cellent" with mostly sunny skies and dry conditions for sunrise services. Daytime highs will run warm as they top out in the middle 80s, with overnight lows bottoming out in the 60s. Rain prospects will remain low through the middle of next week, with mostly to partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. Return to index of stories...


WOMEN RUN OVER FOLLOW-CLIP OC SS VO-WIPE


FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE.

THIS MORNING 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 NOW CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER.

DEPUTIES SAY HE INTENTIONALLY RAN THE WOMEN OVER WITH HIS CAR THURSDAY.

THIS IS THEM- KRISTEE BARRES AND LORAINE MC-DANIEL.

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

THATS WHEN MONTEZ GOT OUT AND STARTED PUNCHING HIM.

THE 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,

AT LAST CHECK MC-DANIEL WAS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT LEE MEMORIAL.

WE'RE KEEPING IN CONTACT WITH FAMILY MEMBERS FOR UPDATES.

THIS MORNING- MONTEZ IS STILL IN JAIL.

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


JIM ILIAS MEMORIAL-CLIP VO-TCMON VO-FULL SS


AFTER A FIERY CRASH LEFT A USF STUDENT DEAD.

HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAVE PLANNED A MEMORIAL. TO CELEBRATE THE 20-YEAR-OLD'S LIFE.

YOU MIGHT REMEMBER WHEN WE REPORTED A WRONG WAY DRIVER IN TAMPA. WHO ENDED THE LIFE OF MULTIPLE COLLEGE STUDENTS AFTER HITTING THEIR CAR BACK IN FEBRUARY.

ONE OF THEM WAS JIM ILIAS.

WELL KNOWN AROUND SOUTHWEST FLOIRFA. JIM GRADUATED FROM CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL IN 2012.

HE WAS PART OF THE WRESTLING TEAM.

NOW A MEMORIAL IN HIS HONOR. IS HAPPENING TODAY AT CYPRESS LAKE. AT 4 P.M.

THEY'LL ALSO MAKE A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT A NEW SCHOLARSHIP IN JIM ILIAS' NAME.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO DONATE. HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM.

CLICK ON SITES ON SEVEN. Return to index of stories...


DEPUTY ARRESTED DUI-TCMON SS TCMON


AND ABC-7 UNCOVERING NEW details.

AFTER A A LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE CORRECTIONS DEPUTY WAS CHARGED WITH A DUI OVERNIGHT.

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES TELL US THEY FOUND ANTHONY RIVERA IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE RED ROOF INN. NEAR COLLEGE PARKWAY IN FORT MYERS.

AND THEY'RE SAYING THIS STARTED AS A DOMESTIC INCIDENT -- WHEN DEPUTIES ARRIVED, THEY SMELLED ALCHOHOL AND SAY RIVERA'S SPEECH WAS SLURRED.

RIVERA HAS WORKED FOR THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SINCE 2007.

NOW HE'S ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE WITHOUT PAY.

AFTER LOOKING AT PAST FILES. I FOUND A DEPUTY BY THE SAME NAME.

IT SAID HE WAS REMOVED FROM HIS POSITION IN 2007 FOR LYING DURING AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION.

WE'RE WORKING TO FIND OUT IF IT THIS IS THE SAME DEPUTY Return to index of stories...


MICHAEL'S SECURITY BREACH-TRX VOTOPS


WE NOW KNOW ALMOST THREE MILLION CUSTOMERS ARE AT RISK.

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...


TAINTED EASTER EGGS-TRX VOTOPS


PLASTIC EASTER EGGS ARE USUALLY FULL OF SWEET SURPRISES.

BUT A MICHIGAN MOM CALLED POLICE WHEN HER PRESCHOOLER BROUGHT HOME AN EGG. WITH NOT CANDY. BUT A PILL INSIDE.

IT WAS A GENERIC FORM OF XANAX.

A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE TO TREAT ANXIETY. Return to index of stories...


TAINTED EASTER EGGS-SOTVO


it's a big deal because if her daughter had taken it, she wouldn't be here.

POLICE SAID THE SCHOOL ASKS FOR DONATIONS FOR EASTER ACTIVITIES.

SO IT'S NOT CLEAR IF THE DRUG CAME FROM SOMEONE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL. Return to index of stories...


MIAMI BOY ELECTROCUTED-OC VO-WIPE


A 7-YEAR OLD MIAMI BOY IS DEAD. AFTER BEING ELECTROCUTED IN HIS FAMILY'S POOL.

CALDER SLOAN HAD JUMPED INTO THE POOL TO RACE HIS FRIEND.

BUT THAT FRIEND JUMPED OUT WHEN HE FELT A TINGLE.

CALDER. KEPT SWIMMING TOWARDS A LIGHT IN THE POOL.

THE MEDICAL EXAMINER SAYS THAT'S WHAT ELECTROCUTED HIM. Return to index of stories...


MIAMI BOY ELECTROCUTED-SOTVO OC


"As I was touching the water, to wipe off my mouth, I was getting zapped," "As I was performing CPR on the boy I was getting zapped."

SOME OF THE WIRING WAS MESSED UP AND IT WAS FEEDING 10 TIMES THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF ELECTRICITY.

EXPERTS DO SAY YOU'VE GOT TO CHECK YOUR POOL FOR PROBLEMS LIKE THIS.

LOOK FOR LARGE AMOUNTS OF CORROSION. BROKEN CONDUITS OR LOOSE FITTINGS.

AND THIS IS SOMETHING AN ELECTRIAN NEEDS TO REPAIR. NOT A DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECT. Return to index of stories...


OBGYN PERP WALK-OC VO


AN ARKANSAS DOCTOR IS ACCUSED OF USING HIS CELL PHONE. TO TAKE *NAKED PICTURES OF PATIENTS.

A JUDGE SET DOCTOR PAUL BECTON JUNIOR'S BOND. AT HALF A MILLION DOLLARS.

THE PATIENT WHO CAME FORWARD IS ALSO FILING A CIVIL SUIT AGAINST THE DOCTOR.

BECTON IS DUE BACK IN COURT NEXT MONTH. Return to index of stories...


TAMPA PRINCIPAL MOLESTER-SSTOPS OC


IN 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 FATHER FIGURE TO 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...


TEACHER CHAIR TOSS-TRX NATVOTOPS


nats of student picking up chair and throwing it.bleep

THIS STARTLING VIDEO SHOWS A STUDENT THROWING A CHAIR AT A TEACHER.

AND THAT 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.

WE DID FIND OUT SHE *WILL STAY IN THE CLASSROOM.

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

THE DISTRICT EXPELLED THAT TEEN. HE FACES CRIMINAL CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


FL PARENTAL DRESS CODE-OC SOTVO


YOUR KIDS MAY FOLLOW A DRESS CODE AT SCHOOL. BUT PARENTS. DO *YOU WHEN YOU'RE ON CAMPUS?

A SOUTH FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS THEY'VE SEEN TOO MUCH INAPPROPRAITE DRESS. AND IT'S NOT COMING FROM THE KIDS.

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...


RANSACKED CARS-OC


THIS MORNING REPORTS PILE UP IN HENDRY COUNTY.

OF VEHICLES RANSACKED. AND ITEMS STOLEN DURING THE NIGHT IN LABELLE.

DEPUTIES TELL US IN ALL THE REPORTED BURGLARIES. THE DOORS WERE UNLOCKED.

NOW THEY'RE REMINDING YOU TO NEVER LEAVE YOUR VALUABLES. LIKE A WALLET. PURSE OR CELLPHONE IN CARS. BECAUSE IT MAKES YOU A TARGET FOR THEFT. Return to index of stories...


KIDS FIGHT OFF CARJACKER-OC


AN EMOTIONAL REUNION FOR TWO BRAVE LITTLE BOYS. WHO FOUGHT-OFF A CARJACKER.

IT HAPPENED WHEN THEIR MOTHER RAN INTO THE HOUSE. TO GRAB A BABY BOTTLE.

HE STOLE THE CAR WITH THEM STILL INSIDE. ENDING UP WITH MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR.

HERE'S ABC'S RON CLAIBORNE. Return to index of stories...


KIDS FIGHT OFF CARJACKER-PKG


A MOTHER IN TEARS, BUT RELIEVED TWO OF HER CHILDREN SHAKEN BUT OKAY A

JOYFUL BUT IMPROBABLE END TO A PARENT'S NIGHTMARE:

IT BEGAN WHEN A MAN STOLE LUCIA LOZADA'S CAR WITH HER THREE CHILDREN INSIDE

LUCIA LOZADA:

""WHEN I COULDN'T SEE THE CAR ANYMORE I STARTED SHAKING, THINKING WHAT IS HE

GOING TO DO TO MY KIDS."

THE DRAMA IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS CAPTURED ON THESE POLICE DISPATCH AUDIO

TAPES.

NATS WE'RE LOOKING FOR A GOLD NISSAN. THREE KIDS IN IT. GOT, GOT TAKEN. AH

LAST KNOWN, JUMPED IN IT, TOOK OFF WITH HER KIDS."

"THE KIDS ARE 7 YEARS OLD FOR THE TWINS, AND 12 MONTH OLD FOR THE OTHER ONE"

BUT ONLY A SHORT WHILE LATER, THEY WERE BACK AND WHAT A TALE THEY HAD TO

TELL.

BOTH TWINS: "I WAS KICKING HIM" / "I WAS HITTING HIM WITH THE SNAKE"

THAT'S RIGHT, ONE OF THE BOYS BEAT THE CAR THIEF WITH A TOY SNAKE UNTIL HE

LET THEM ALL GO - ABOUT TEN MILES AWAY, NEAR MARCIA GARCIA'S HOME.

MARIA GARCIA: I GOT UP TO THE DOOR AND THE LITTLE BOY WAS SHAKEN UP AND HE

SAID THEY KIDNAPPED US. THEY KIDNAPPED US! I SAID COME ON IN, YOU'RE OK"

FIGHTING BACK HAS WORKED BEFORE: THIS SECOND-GRADER IN ATLANTA WRANGLED FREE

FROM A WOULD-BE ABDUCTOR IN A WAL-MART AND THIS PHILADELPHIA YOUNGSTER WHO

ESCAPED BY BITING THE MAN WHO SNATCHED HER.

AND NOW THESE QUICK-THINKING TEXAS TWINS WHO HAD THE COURAGE AND CREATIVITY

TO FIGHT BACK WITH THE ONLY WEAPON THEY HAD. A TOY SNAKE.

RON CLAIBORNE ABC NEWS NY Return to index of stories...


SOUTH KOREA SHIP CHARGES-BNC VO


RESCUERS ARE PLANNING 40 DIVES TODAY. AT THE SITE OF THE SUNKEN SOUTH KOREAN FERRY.

THEY'LL BE TRYING TO RECOVER AT LEAST SOME OF THE BODIES BELIEVED TO BE TRAPPED ON BOARD.

A DIVER SAYS HE SAW THREE BODIES. BUT WAS UNABLE TO RECOVER THEM.

THE CAPTAIN OF THE FERRY IS UNDER ARREST ON SUSPICION OF NEGLIGENCE AND ABANDONING PEOPLE IN NEED. ESCAPING BEFORE THE PASSENGERS.

TWO CREW MEMBERS ARE ALSO IN CUSTODY.

RIGHT NOW THE OFFICIAL TOLL IS 29.

HUNDREDS MISSING ARE FEARED TO BE DEAD. Return to index of stories...


KC HIGHWAY SHOOTINGS CHARGES-BNC VO


AND AUTHORITIES SAY A KANSAS CITY-AREA MAN HAS BEEN *CHARGED.

WITH 18 FELONY COUNTS IN CONNECTION TO ABOUT A DOZEN RECENT RANDOM HIGHWAY SHOOTINGS. THAT HAVE WOUNDED THREE PEOPLE.

A PROSECUTOR SAID 27-YEAR-OLD MOHAMMED WHITAKER OF GRANDVIEW WAS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF SHOOTING INTO A MOTOR VEHICLE AND INJURING A PERSON. SEVEN COUNTS OF SHOOTING INTO A MOTOR VEHICLE. AND NINE COUNTS OF ARMED CRIMINAL ACTION.

THE LAST CONFIRMED SHOOTING WAS REPORTED APRIL 6. Return to index of stories...


LA TIMES BUILDING MAN IN CUSTODY-TRX VOTOPS


A MAN IS IN CUSTODY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. AFTER A DISTURBANCE AT THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BUILDING.

THE MAN WAS DETAINED BY POLICE AND REMOVED FROM THE BUILDING LESS THAN AN HOUR AFTER THE REPORT OF A SHOOTING THREAT. LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.

WE KNOW THE MAN DOES NOT WORK FOR THE NEWSPAPER. BUT IS CONNECTED TO A COMPANY WHICH RENTS OFFICE SPACE IN THE BUILDING.

OFFICERS SEARCHED THE BUILDING BUT FOUND NO WEAPON. Return to index of stories...


DOCUMENTS RELEASED BILL CLINTON-VOTOPS


AND A THIRD BATCH OF CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS FROM PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON'S ADMINISTRATION. ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE.

THEY REVEAL HIS HANDLING OF A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES. LIKE RWANDA, THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, AND MORE FROM HIS PRESIDENCY.

WHAT YOU WON'T FIND. AN EMAIL SENT FROM CLINTON'S FORMER WHITE HOUSE INTERN, MONICA LEWINSKY.

WE DO KNOW THE SUBJECT OF THE EMAIL WAS "MEDICAL REPORT" AND IT WAS SENT FROM HER PENTAGON EMAIL ADDRESS IN 1997. AFTER BEING TRANSFERRED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE FOUR---


IT MAY NOT BE THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH AFTER ALL!

THE MAIN REASON DISNEY WORLD IS DISAPPOINTING GUESTS!

AND A BABY GATOR CAUGHT CRUSING ON A SOUTHWEST FLORIDA BEACH!

WHERE IT WAS CAPTURED. JUST FEET FROM SWIMMERS.

BUT FIRST. HERE'S A CHECK OF THIS MORNING'S WINNING LOTTERY NUMBERS. Return to index of stories...


TZ4 A) DISNEY SUCKS-VOTOPS


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TZ4 B) GATOR-VOTOPS


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LOTTERY NUMBERS-CG


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WX RADAR BUMP-RADAR


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STORMWARN OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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MAIN WEATHER-2SHOT


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MAIN WEATHER-WX


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.

TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 10AM FOR COLLIER, GLADES, AND HENDRY COUNTIES.

The week ended on a wet note as showers and storms moved in from the Gulf of Mexico. As we head into our Easter weekend, we'll see more sunshine across the area with warm temperatures and lower humidity.

Our day will get off to a mild start with temperatures in the 70s. A few showers and strong to severe storms may wash in from the west during the pre dawn hours, otherwise our morning will stay mostly cloudy.Through the day, the clouds will begin to break up and our skies will remain partly sunny. Daytime highs will also be a touch cooler as they warm I to the upper 70s to lower 80s. As an area of low pressure pulls away from the peninsula, winds will become more north and northwesterly allowing drier air to funnel down the state. This will lead to lower humidity values during the afternoon and evening adding to the comfort factor.

Clearing skies are in the forecast tonight, while temperatures settle into the lower half of the 60s.

Easter Sunday is looking "egg-cellent" with mostly sunny skies and dry conditions for sunrise services. Daytime highs will run warm as they top out in the middle 80s, with overnight lows bottoming out in the 60s. Rain prospects will remain low through the middle of next week, with mostly to partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. Return to index of stories...


DISNEY DISAPPOINTING DESTINATION-OC VO


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...


BOSTON MARATHON LOCAL RUNNER-OC VO-WIPE


COME MONDAY. ALL EYES WILL BE ON BOSTON!

RUNNERS WILL LACE 'EM UP FOR THE FIRST MARATHON SINCE LAST YEAR'S BOMBING.

AND A BONITA SPRINGS MAN WILL BE ONE OF THEM.

BILL STARKS WILL JOIN HIS DAUGHTER. WHO WAS RUNNING WHEN THE BOMBS EXPLODED LAST YEAR.

SHE WAS STOPPED A MILE FROM THE FINISH LINE -- AND NEVER FINISHED THE RACE.

THIS TIMETHE TWO OF THEM PLAN TO CROSS TOGETHER. Return to index of stories...


BOSTON MARATHON LOCAL RUNNER-SOTVO


Bill Starks: "we decided early on regardless of how one or the other is doing that we are gong to stay together for the whole thing."

THIS YEAR RUNNERS WILL HEAR A P-A SYSTEM ALONG THE ROUTE. IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

AND EACH RUNNER WILL BE GIVEN A CLEAR PLASTIC BAG BECAUSE LARGE PERSONAL BAGS ARE NOT ALLOWED. Return to index of stories...


GATOR ON BAREFOOT BEACH-TRX VOTOPS


CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO. OF AN UNWANTED BEACH GOER. AT BAREFOOT BEACH!

SOMEONE SPOTTED A SMALL ALLIGATOR IN THE WATER FRIDAY.

A COLLEGE STUDENT THEN RECORDED THIS VIDEO. AS FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICERS CAPTURED THE REPTILE.

THE STUDENT SAYS IT WAS SWIMMING IN THE WATER FOR ABOUT A HALF HOUR.

IT DIDN'T BITE ANYONE. Return to index of stories...


THINGS TO DO CLIP-CLIP


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EARTH DAY AT DING DARLING-BNC


AND SPEAKING OF GATORS. YOU MIGHT GET TO SEE SOME. IF YOU CELEBRATE EARTH DAY TODAY. WITH THE J.N. "DING" DARLING NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE PARK.

ENJOY TOURS. FREE BIKING. ARTS. AND TRASH-TALKING.

AND WE DON'T MEAN GOSSIP

THE FUN STARTS AT 7 A.M. Return to index of stories...


FREE NATIONAL PARK WEEKEND-SSTOPS


PLUS. IT'S FREE NATIONAL PARK WEEKEND.

THAT MEANS TODAY AND TOMORROW. YOU CAN GET FREE ADMISSION.

TO ENJOY THE EVERGLADES AND DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARKS. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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


HE DREAMED OF GOING TO COLLEGE-

AND NOW THIS STUDENT WITH DOWN SYNDROME IS.

YOU HAVE TO SEE HIS PRICELESS REACTION! Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A) STUDENT WITH DOWNS-VOTOPS


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LEARNING TO DRIVE WITH AUTISM-TCMON VO-WIPE


APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH.

AND ONE THING RESEARCHERS ARE FOCUSING ON RIGHT NOW.

IS TEACHING TEENS WITH AUTISM TO DRIVE.

FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS AN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER.

LEARNING THAT ESSENTIAL SKILL CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT.

AND WITHOUT A LICENSE IT'S A CHALLENEGE FOR ANY OF US TO GET A JOB OR GO OFF TO COLLEGE.

SO RESEARCHERS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA HOPE THAT WILL CHANGE WITH THE HELP OF THEIR VIRTUAL DRIVING STUDY. Return to index of stories...


LEARNING TO DRIVE WITH AUTISM-SOTVO


The individuals with autism, they do very well with the basic driving skills

, but what is most challenging for them is what happens when they encounter

a detour, when someone violates the rules of the road.

FOR SOMEONE WITH A HIGH FUNCTIONING A-S-D --

LEARNING HOW TO DRIVE CAN TAKE *FOUR TIMES AS LONG. Return to index of stories...


DOWNS STUDENT ACCEPTED TO COLLEGE-TRX NATVO


It says Dear Noah, yes, you made it. I got accepted!"

IT WAS A MOMENT NOAH VAN VOOREN'S PARENTS. THOUGHT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.

GETTING ACCEPTED TO COLLEGE.

NOAH HAS DOWN SYNDROME.

IT WAS ONE OF HIS LIFE LONG DREAMS TO GO TO COLLEGE.

WHICH HE WILL BE DOING AT EDGEWOOD COLLEGE IN MADISON WISCONSIN THIS FALL. Return to index of stories...


THINGS TO DO-CLIP


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FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT-SSTOPS


THIS EASTER WEEKEND. ABC-7 HAS ALL THE EVENTS HAPPENING NEAR YOU.

STARTING WITH THE FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT AND MOVIE NIGHT.

IT'S AT THE GOLDEN GATE COMMUNITY CENTER IN NAPLES FROM 6:30 TO 10 P.M.

ITS THREE DOLLARS FOR CHILDREN.AGES 5 TO 9.

DON'T FORGET A BASKET AND A FLASHLIGHT TO HUNT IN THE DARK!

AND WHEN YOU'RE DONE. THEY'LL BE A MOVIE. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER EGGSTRAVAGANZA-SSTOPS


ALSO IN NAPLES TODAY. IT'S THE EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA AT MAX HASSE COMMUNITY PARK.

IT STARTS AT 10 A.M. AND GOES UNTIL 1 P.M.

GET A PHOTO WITH EASTER BUNNY. ENJOY THE EGG HUNT. CRAFTS AND MORE.

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ROYAL SCOOP EGG HUNT-SSTOPS


ALSO AT 10 AM. THE ROYAL SCOOP EASTER EGG HUNT IS HAPPENING AT RIVERSIDE PARK IN BONITA SPRINGS.

THEY'LL BE GAMES. A BOUNCE HOUSE. FOOD AND MORE.

THE EGG HUNT STARTS AT 11 AM.

AT 12:30. THERE'S AN ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST

THE HUNT WILL BE HELD IN THE CHURCH FIELD ON VANDERBILT DRIVE. Return to index of stories...


CHURCH SERVICES-BNC


IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT ALL THE EASTER SERVICES GOING ON TOMORROW MORNING.

WE'VE GOT A LIST ON OUR WEBSITE. ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM.

CLICK ON SITES ON SEVEN. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES-CLIPTOPS


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TS1) DEPUTY ARRESTED-SSTOPS


THIS MORNING. A LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE CORRECTIONS DEPUTY IS CHARGED WITH DUI.

DEPUTIES SAY THEY FOUND ANTHONY RIVERA IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE RED ROOF INN. NEAR COLLEGE PARKWAY IN FORT MYERS.

THEY SAY THEY SMELLED ALCOHOL. AND RIVERA'S SPEECH WAS SLURRED.

RIVERA HAS WORKED FOR THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SINCE 2007.

NOW HE'S ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE WITHOUT PAY. Return to index of stories...


TS2) JIM ILIAS MEMORIAL-VOTOPS SS


FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL COME TOGETHER TODAY. TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF 20-YEAR-OLD JIM ILIAS.

HE DIED IN A FIERY CAR CRASH IN FEBRUARY. RIDING WITH FRIENDS. AFTER A WRONG-WAY-DRIVER SLAMMED INTO THEM.

ILIAS'. A USF STUDENT. GRADUATED FROM CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL IN 2012.

HE WAS PART OF THE WRESTLING TEAM.

THE MEMORIAL IS TODAY AT CYPRESS LAKE. AT 4 P.M. Return to index of stories...


TS3) WOMEN RUN OVER FOLLOW-SSTOPS VO


THIS MORNING. 28 YEAR OLD ERIC MONTEZ IS STILL IN JAIL. FOR TWO COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED HOMICDE AFTER AN ACT OF VIOLENT ROAD RAGE.

LORAINE MC-DANIEL IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT LEE MEMORIAL.

AT LAST CHECK. KRISTEE BARRES WAS ALSO IN THE HOSPITAL IN STABLE CONDITION.

BOTH WERE RUN OVER BY MONTEZ. ACCORDING TO DEPUTIES.

WE'RE KEEPING IN CONTACT WITH FAMILY MEMBERS FOR UPDATES. Return to index of stories...


TS4) DAN A HUGHES FINE-VOTOPS


THIS MORNING A COMPANY TRYING TO DRILL FOR OIL IN GOLDEN GATE ESTATES IS ACCUSED OF WRONGDOING.

WE'VE LEARNED THE DAN A HUGHES COMPANY FACES A 25 THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE FOR ILLEGALLY DRILLING IN COLLIER COUNTY.

THE COMPANY MUST ALSO HIRE AN INDEPENDENT COMPANY TO CONDUCT ONGOING GROUNDWATER MONITORING.

THE SITE WHERE THIS HAPPENED IS SOUTH OF LAKE TRAFFORD IN IMMOKALEE. Return to index of stories...


TS5) EARLY VOTING-SSTOPS


TODAY'S THE LAST DAY OF EARLY VOTING FOR THE SPECIAL PRIMARY ELECTION.

IF YOU PLAN ON VOTING --

YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN.

ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY.

YOU CAN FIND A LIST OF POLLING LOCATIONS ON OUR WEBSITE. ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM.

YOU CAN VOTE FROM 10 TO SIX TODAY. Return to index of stories...


FINAL WEATHER-WXCOMP


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.

TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 10AM FOR COLLIER, GLADES, AND HENDRY COUNTIES.

The week ended on a wet note as showers and storms moved in from the Gulf of Mexico. As we head into our Easter weekend, we'll see more sunshine across the area with warm temperatures and lower humidity.

Our day will get off to a mild start with temperatures in the 70s. A few showers and strong to severe storms may wash in from the west during the pre dawn hours, otherwise our morning will stay mostly cloudy.Through the day, the clouds will begin to break up and our skies will remain partly sunny. Daytime highs will also be a touch cooler as they warm I to the upper 70s to lower 80s. As an area of low pressure pulls away from the peninsula, winds will become more north and northwesterly allowing drier air to funnel down the state. This will lead to lower humidity values during the afternoon and evening adding to the comfort factor.

Clearing skies are in the forecast tonight, while temperatures settle into the lower half of the 60s.

Easter Sunday is looking "egg-cellent" with mostly sunny skies and dry conditions for sunrise services. Daytime highs will run warm as they top out in the middle 80s, with overnight lows bottoming out in the 60s. Rain prospects will remain low through the middle of next week, with mostly to partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. Return to index of stories...


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