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DIRECTORS PAGE TZ2 TEEN HIT BY LIGHTNING-VOTOPS
HEADLINES TZ2 PLANE ALMOST HITS WHALE-WIPE VOTOPS
HL 1) INSURANCE BUST-VOTOPS JP WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
HL 2) FREEDOM TO MARRY-VOTOPS WEATHER-PWC
HL 3) BONITA CROSSWALK CONSTRUCTION-VOTOPS WEATHER-WXWALL
STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP PLANE CRASH UPDATE-VOTOPS
FIRST WEATHER-WXWALL CHAR CO STORM DRAINS-VO-WIPE
BREAKING NEWS-CLIP CHAR CO STORM DRAINS-SOTVO
PLANE CRASH UPPER CAPTIVA-VOTOPS BMW RECALL-OTS, VO
DEVELOPING STORY-CLIP GM LEADER HEADS TO D.C.-trxVOTOPS
INSURANCE BUST-OTS, VO TEEN TALKS ABOUT BEING HIT BY LIGHTNING-VO
INSURANCE BUST-SOT, OC TEEN TALKS ABOUT BEING HIT BY LIGHTNING-SOT
MAYOR SIGNS FREE MARRIAGE PETITION-TC-MON-SS-OC-VO PLANE ALMOST LANDS ON WHALE-trxVOTOPS
MAYOR SIGNS FREE MARRIAGE PETITION-SOTVO SNAKE FOUND IN TV STATION-2SHT WIPE VO
MAYOR SIGNS FREE MARRIAGE PETITION-SOTVO GOODWILL DIAMOND RING-OC VO
SEX PREDATOR ARREST-BNC VO COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
SEX PREDATOR ARREST-SOTVO TEASE THREE-POP
BONITA CROSSWALK CONSTRUCTION-VOTOPS TZ3 A-VO-DISS
BONITA CROSSWALK CONSTRUCTION-SOTVO TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
MOSQUITO SPRAYS-POP, VO 11PM TZ1) SPEED TRAPS-VOTOPS-WIPE
PREGNANCY RULE CHANGES-VO 11PM TZ2) SPIDER FIRE-VOTOPS
SPIEGEL IN COURT-OC, SS VO SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
ROBERT MOORE IN COURT-trxVOTOPS COLLEGE FOOTBALL-POPMON
NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP COLLEGE FOOTBALL-VOTOPS
TEASE ONE COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SOTTOPS
TZ1 FL PASTOR THROWS MIKE-NATSVO FLORIDA GATORS-VOTOPS
TZ1 LIGHTNING SURGE PROTECTION-VOTOPS FLORIDA GATORS-SOTOTOPS
FL PASTOR SEXUAL BATTERY THROWS MIKE-OC NATSVO WIP CHRIS SALE-VOTOPS
FL PASTOR SEXUAL BATTERY THROWS MIKE-SOTVO BRITISH OPEN-POPMON
TAMPA TEEN RETURNS-OC VO BRITISH OPEN-VOTOPS
LIGHTNING SURGE PROTECTION-TC MON WIPE BRITISH OPEN-SOTTOPS
LIGHTNING SURGE PROTECTION-VOTOPS,OC MO MARTIN-VOTOPS
LIGHTNING SURGE PROTECTION-SOTVO, BNR HORNETS-VOTOPS
NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
TEASE TWO GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT


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HEADLINES


IDENTITY THEFT BUST--

DOZENS ARRESTED IN NAPLES--

TONIGHT INVESTIGATORS TELL ABC 7--

THEY WERE USING FAKE DOCUMENTS TO GET JOBS AND HEALTH CARE.

PLUS --

CAPE CORAL'S MAYOR TAKES A STAND.

NEW AT 7 --

WHY SHE SAYS SHE SUPPORTS GAY MARRIAGE--

AND THE BACKLASH FROM PEOPLE IN OUR LARGEST CITY.

FIXING A BLIND SPOT--

THE WORK BEING DONE RIGHT NOW TO MAKE THE TREK TO BONITA BEACH SAFER.

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


HL 1) INSURANCE BUST-VOTOPS


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HL 2) FREEDOM TO MARRY-VOTOPS


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HL 3) BONITA CROSSWALK CONSTRUCTION-VOTOPS


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STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WXWALL


SHOWERS AND STORMS CONTINUE TONIGHT

The weather pattern for the rest of tonight and tomorrow will continue to feature passing showers and thunderstorms. Upper level winds are still out of the west and will push the rain from the Gulf of Mexico, across the beaches, and toward the east coast. Most of the time we can count on rain to generally occur in the late day. This pattern will deliver showers at any time of day or night. It looks like this will last through Friday.

Expect brief downpours, gusty winds and lightning as the storms move through this evening and again tomorrow morning. Temperatures will continue to be in the mid 70's and lower 90's through the end of the week.

The westerly winds shift by the weekend and we will return to 'normal' July weather with quiet mornings and afternoon thunderstorms. The tropics are quiet and no storms are expected to develop for the next 3 to 5 days. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS-CLIP


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PLANE CRASH UPPER CAPTIVA-VOTOPS


WE START WITH BREAKING NEWS AT 7.

LATE TONIGHT --

A SMALL PLANE CRAHSED INTO THE WATERS OF UPPER CAPTIVA.

WE JUST LEARNED 10 MINUTES AGO --

THE COAST GUARD IS WORKING TO FIND PEOPLE WHO WERE ON THAT PLANE.

BUT THEY'RE CALLING IT A RECOVERY MISSION.

THIS PLANE CRASH HAPPENED JUST OFF THE NORTHERN PART OF CAPTIVA.

ABC 7 HAS S CREW ON THE WAY.

WE'RE WORKING TO FIND OUT HOW IT WENT DOWN AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE ON-BOARD.

STAY WITH US FOR UPDATES THOROUGHT OUT THIS NEWSCAST. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING STORY-CLIP


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INSURANCE BUST-OTS, VO


NEW TONIGHT AT 7 --

NEARLY 44 PEOPLE ARE IN CUSTODY IN COLLIER COUNTY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY USED OTHER PEOPLE'S IDENTITIES TO GET JOBS.

DEPUTIES RAIDED THE FRESH FRUIT DYNAMICS FACILITY.

AROUND TEN O'CLOCK THIS MORNING DEPUTIES STARTED QUESTIONING WORKERS.

ABC 7 WAS THERE AS FAMILY MEMBERS STOOD OUTSIDE --

MANY IN TEARS WONDERING WHERE THEIR RELATIVES WHERE.

ONE EMPLOYEE WAS RELEASED AND TOLD ABC7 EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED INSIDE.

SOT 144036 that's when they started calling all the girls in one room and all the guys in another room. 5

WHILE VIDAURRI'S PAPERWORK CHECKED OUT -- A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE ACCUSED OF WORKING ILLEGALLY.

144606 a total of 146 of incredible fresh's 169 employees had used stolen or fictitious identification to gain employment. 9

SOME OF THOSE- WERE STOLEN -- SOME FROM DEAD PEOPLE.

145039 we have 27 identify theft victims in 25 states across the country.5

MAJOR GEOFFREY BRANCH WITH THE FLORIDA DIVISION OF INSURANCE FRAUD SAYS SO FAR THERES NO INDICATION THAT ANYONE AFFILIATED WITH THE COMPANY KNEW.

144940 it's very difficult lawyers are not document experts if they're provided a document that appears to be authentic they have to take it under face value 9

SOPHIE - NOW INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT who made all those fake identity documents. Immigration and customs enforcement will also look at each case. Reporting live in collier county SNK NBC2 Return to index of stories...


INSURANCE BUST-SOT, OC


some of them did tell me some things, they told me if something happens to me can you please tell my family members thy I love them and care about them. Someone else told me, tell my girlfriend I love her very much and have me his locker and everything to take care of.

ICE AGENTS WILL REVIEW EACH CASE.

COLLIER INVESTIGATORS ARE WORKING TO FIND THE PEOPLE WHO STOLE THE IDENTITIES -- SOME OF DEAD PEOPLE -- AND MADE THE FAKE DOCUMENTS FOR WORKERS.

STAY WITH ABC7 AS THIS STORY DEVELOPS. Return to index of stories...


MAYOR SIGNS FREE MARRIAGE PETITION-TC-MON-SS-OC-VO


CAPE CORAL'S MAYOR BECAME THE FIRST IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TODAY --

TO PUBLICALLY CALL ON THE STATE TO OVERTURN ITS BAN ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE.

ANY DAY NOW --

A MIAMI JUDGE WILL DECIDE IF THE BAN IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

SIX COUPLES ARE CHALLENGING THAT LAW.

AND NOW --

MAYORS ACROSS THE STATE ARE PLEDGING THEIR SUPPORT FOR GAY MARRIAGE.

INCLUDING CAPE CORAL MAYOR MARNI SAWICKI.

SHE ANNOUNCED HER ENDORSEMENT TODAY.

THAT GIVES FLORIDA THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF SUPPORTIVE MAYORS IN STATES WHERE GAY MARRIAGE IS BANNED. Return to index of stories...


MAYOR SIGNS FREE MARRIAGE PETITION-SOTVO


marni Sawicki/Cape Coral Mayor / 01:35:22 The reason I signed it is because I believe it's about human rights and freedom of choice. I believe it's the right thing to do. 01:35:28

SAWICKI IS A DEMOCRAT WHO DESCRIBES HERSELF AS FISCIALLY CONSERVATIVE BUT SOCIALLY LIBERAL.

HER ANNOUNCEMENT, THOUGH, DOESN'T SIT WELL WITH SOME OF HER CONSTITUENTS. Return to index of stories...


MAYOR SIGNS FREE MARRIAGE PETITION-SOTVO


bob / 01:41:07 She'll never get any support from me if she's going to come out. 01:41:10

01:33:00 As a Christian I am appalled that she would come out and publicly okay with that. 01:33:05

01:39:16 I totally believe everyone should be allowed to love and be with who they want to be with. 01:39:20

ABC 7 CONTACTED MAYORS IN OTHER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CITIES--

FORT MYERS--

NAPLES--

AND PORT CHARLOTTE --

TO SEE IF THEY PLAN TO SUPPORT THE FREEDOM TO MARRY INITIATIVE.

SO FAR NONE OF OUR CALLS HAVE BEEN RETURNED. Return to index of stories...


SEX PREDATOR ARREST-BNC VO


TONIGHT --

A CONVICTED CHILD PREDATOR FROM FORT MYERS IS BACK BEHIND BARS --

THIS TIME, ACCUSED OF HAVING CHILD PORN.

F-D-L-E AGENTS HAVE ARRESTED JAMES CORPORAL.

A TEAM SAYS THEY FOUND OUT HE WAS DOWNLOADING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.

HE WAS ARRESTED TODAY AT THIS GOLD SHOP JUST OFF SAN CARLOS BOULEVARD.

THAT'S WHERE HE WORKS.

ON A THUMB DRIVE--

INVESTIGATOR SAY THEY FOUND NEARLY 10-VIDEO FILES OF CHILDREN ENGAGED IN SEXUAL CONDUCT.

TONIGHT-

NEIGHBORS CAN'T BELIEVE IT MAY HAVE HAPPENED AGAIN. Return to index of stories...


SEX PREDATOR ARREST-SOTVO


"They checked the hard drives and they took him away. They said they've been watching him for a while.but it's still scary to have someone that creepy so close."

CORPORAL'S BEEN IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW BEFORE.

BACK IN 2005 --

HE WAS CONVICTED OF A SEXUAL BATTERY CHARGE AGAINST A 12-YEAR OLD.

TONIGHT --

HES BEING HELD IN LEE COUNTY JAIL ON *NO BOND. Return to index of stories...


BONITA CROSSWALK CONSTRUCTION-VOTOPS


IT WAS A BUSY DAY NEAR BONITA BEACH ROAD.

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS STARTED *AND* NEARLY FINISHED WORK TO MAKE A DANGEROUS INTERSECTION SAFER.

ABC7 WAS ON HICKORY BOULEVARD AS CREWS WORKED TO CHANGE THE RIGHT TURN LANE.

THEY SAY MANY DRIVERS DON'T REALIZE WHERE IT ENDS AND COME CLOSE TO HITTING PEOPLE USING THE CROSS WALK.

THEY'LL ADD EXTRA MARKINGS TO THE ROAD AND MAKE DRIVERS STOP 20 FEET BEFORE THE CROSSWALK. Return to index of stories...


BONITA CROSSWALK CONSTRUCTION-SOTVO


:10 Dana Gould, Crossing to Bonita Beach "People will be coming around the turn and they don't realize it's going to turn into one lane, so they'll hurry up and cut somebody off which also at that time they may not see people trying to cross the road."

THIS PROJECT WILL COST ABOUT 12-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

IT SHOULD BE FINISHED BY FRIDAY. Return to index of stories...


MOSQUITO SPRAYS-POP, VO


F-G-C-U RESEARCHERS WANT TO KNOW IF SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOS --

IS ALSO HURTING THE ECO-SYSTEM.

THE STATE GAVE THEM MORE THAN 100-GRAND TO LOOK INTO THIS.

THEY'RE WONDERING IF THE PESTICIDE BEING USED --

ALSO KILLS BEES AND BUTTERFLIES, THINGS IMPORTANT TO THE ECO-SYSTEM.

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT THEY FIND OUT. Return to index of stories...


PREGNANCY RULE CHANGES-VO


FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS.

THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION ISSUED NEW PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION GUIDELINES.

HARASSMENT AGAINST PREGNANT WORKERS IS A FORM OF SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION - AND IS ILLEGAL.

EMPLOYERS CAN NO LONGER FORCE PREGNANT WOMEN TO TAKE LEAVE.

IN ADDITION TO THAT -

THEY MUST PROVIDE FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES AND A PRIVATE PLACE FOR WOMEN TO PUMP BREAST MILK AFTER THEY GIVE BIRTH.

THE GUIDELINES ALSO HELP NEW FATHERS.

COMPANIES THAT GRANT PARENTAL LEAVE HAVE TO GIVE THE SAME TO BOTH WOMEN AND MEN. Return to index of stories...


SPIEGEL IN COURT-OC, SS VO


TONIGHT-

A MAN WHO PROSECUTORS SAY MURDERED HIS EX-WIFE AND HER FIANCE AT A FORT MYERS BEACH MARINA WAS IN COURT.

INVESTIGATORS SAY MICHAEL SPIEGEL KILLED MARILYN SPIEGEL AND HARRY CARLIP ON THEIR BOAT JUST DAYS BEFORE THEY WERE SET TO GET MARRIED.

DEPUTIES SAY HE SHOT BOTH OF THEM THEN SET THE BOAT ON FIRE.

SPEIGALS ATTORNEYS SAY THEY'RE GOING THROUGH THE EVIDENCE, AND ARE WORKING TO SET UP INTERVIEWS WITH 80 STATE WITNESSES.

BOTH SIDES WILL BE BACK IN COURT IN SEPTEMBER. Return to index of stories...


ROBERT MOORE IN COURT-trxVOTOPS


AND THIS MAN WAS ALSO IN COURT IN LEE COUNTY TODAY.

PROSECUTORS SAY ROBERT MOORE SECRETLY RECORDED PEOPLE -- INCLUDING CHILDREN -- IN THE BEDROOM AND BATHROOM OF A VACATION HOUSE RENTAL ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED HIM IN APRIL FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND VIDEO VOYEURISM.

HE'S OUT ON BOND AND HIS ATTORNEYS ARE SETTING UP INTERVIEWS WITH WITNESSES.

MOORE WILL BE BACK IN COURT IN SEPTEMBER. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE ONE


You just think all

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TZ1 FL PASTOR THROWS MIKE-NATSVO


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TZ1 LIGHTNING SURGE PROTECTION-VOTOPS


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FL PASTOR SEXUAL BATTERY THROWS MIKE-OC NATSVO WIP


A FLORIDA PASTOR CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY BATTERING WOMEN LIVING IN HIS FAITH-BASED SHELTER FLIPPED OUT ON A REPORTER.

IT HAPPENED AS HE LEFT JAIL. WATCH THIS.

they were afraid you were going to kick them out of the shelter if they didn't have sex with you

Pastor:You can believe all you want. You just think all

these three women have the same

THREE WOMEN CLAIM THIS MAN PEDRO CUSTDIO -- KNOWN AS PASTOR PETE THREATENED TO KICK THEM OUT OF A HOMELESS SHELTER IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE SEX WITH HIM.

A MAN AT A CHURCH NEXT TO THE SHELTER NOTICED STRANGE ACTIVITY. Return to index of stories...


FL PASTOR SEXUAL BATTERY THROWS MIKE-SOTVO


Arnold Thrash, Church Elder

naturally the window was open has no shade and i'm looking out it's at night and he comes in here with girls

CUSTODIO DENIES THE ALLEGATIONS AND CLAIMS THE WOMEN JUST WANT TO GET MONEY.

OFFICERS BELIEVE THERE COULD BE MORE VICTIMS. Return to index of stories...


TAMPA TEEN RETURNS-OC VO


THE TAMPA TEEN -- SEVERELY BEATEN BY ISRAELI OFFICERS -- IS EXPECTED TO RETURN HOME TO FLORIDA TONIGHT.

15-YEAR-OLD TARIQ KHDEIR IS THE COUSIN OF A PALESTINIAN TEENAGER --

KIDNAPPED AND KILLED IN JERUSALEM EARLIER THIS MONTH.

THIS VIDEO, THOUGH, SHOWS TARIQ BEING BEATEN BY TWO MEN--

AFTER HE PROTESTED HIS COUSIN'S DEATH.

ONE OF THE OFFICERS WAS SUSPENDED FOR TWO WEEKS.'

ONE OF THOSE MEN HAS SERVED HOUSE ARREST, BUT HAS NOW BEEN RELEASED.

CREWS ARE STATIONED AT THE AIRPORT IN TAMPA WAITING ON THE TEEN. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING SURGE PROTECTION-TC MON WIPE


LIGHTNING STRIKES PLAGUE THE *SUNSHINE* STATE ALMOST EVERYDAY--

AND SOUTHWEST FLORDIA HAS SEEN OUR SHARE.

WE SPENT THE DAY --

LOOKING TO PROTECT YOUR ELECTRONICS FROM THE LIGHTNING. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING SURGE PROTECTION-VOTOPS,OC


JUST LAST WEEK --

WE TOLD YOU ABOUT THIS FAMILY IN NAPLES.

THEIR HOUSE WAS DESTROYED BY LIGHTNING.

AND THEY TOLD A-B-C 7 THAT THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY TYPE OF PROTECTION.

ABC 7 DID SOME DIGGING TODAY --

AND ASKED AN APPLIANCE STORE WHAT YOU CAN DO --

TO KEEP YOUR ELECTRONICS SAFE FROM STARTING A FIRE.

THEY ADMIT NOTHING CAN PROTECT YOU 100 PERCENT. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING SURGE PROTECTION-SOTVO, BNR


5021 you get inside and get a ups or a surge protector, those are going to work some of the time, but they're not going to work all of the time.

5042 a lot of damages that happens to television comes through the cable, not just the power source

SURGE PROTECTOR'S A GOOD IDEA.

WE ALSO CHECKED WITH FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT.

THEY OFFER A UNIT YOU PUT ON YOUR METER TO HELP PROTECT AGAINST SURGES.

INSURANCE AGENCIES ALSO OFFER WHAT'S CALLED "EQUIPMENT BREAKDOWN COVERAGE."

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NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO


HE LEFT HIS HOUSE--

AND ENDED UP LANDING A TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL.

THIS BOY IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE AFTER SURVIVING A LIGHTNING STRIKE.

AND IT WAS A WHALE OF A TALE --

THAT ALMOST ENDED IN A DISASTER!

CAUGHT ON CAMERA --

HOW A PLANE WAS INVOLVED. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 TEEN HIT BY LIGHTNING-VOTOPS


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TZ2 PLANE ALMOST HITS WHALE-WIPE VOTOPS


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JP WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


SHOWERS AND STORMS CONTINUE TONIGHT

The weather pattern for the rest of tonight and tomorrow will continue to feature passing showers and thunderstorms. Upper level winds are still out of the west and will push the rain from the Gulf of Mexico, across the beaches, and toward the east coast. Most of the time we can count on rain to generally occur in the late day. This pattern will deliver showers at any time of day or night. It looks like this will last through Friday.

Expect brief downpours, gusty winds and lightning as the storms move through this evening and again tomorrow morning. Temperatures will continue to be in the mid 70's and lower 90's through the end of the week.

The westerly winds shift by the weekend and we will return to 'normal' July weather with quiet mornings and afternoon thunderstorms. The tropics are quiet and no storms are expected to develop for the next 3 to 5 days. Return to index of stories...


PLANE CRASH UPDATE-VOTOPS


HAPPENING RIGHT NOW - THE COAST GUARD IS WORKING TO FIND PEOPLE WHO WERE ON BOARD A PLANE THAT CRASHED INTO THE WATER OFF OF UPPER CAPTIVA.

IT HAPPENED AROUND SIX.

THE COAST GUARD TELLS US THIS IS A RECOVERY MISSION.

WITNESSES SAY THEY HAVE NOT SEEN ANYONE GET OUT OF THE PLANE.

ABC7 IS HEADING TO THE SCENE RIGHT NOW.

WE'LL HAVE THE VERY LATEST AT 11. Return to index of stories...


CHAR CO STORM DRAINS-VO-WIPE


NEW AT 7 --

RAINY DAYS LIKE THIS ARE KEEPING PUBLIC WORKS CREWS BUSY IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

THEY'RE GETTING UP TO 250 CALLS A WEEK!

MOST ARE COMPLAINTS ABOUT DRAINAGE AND STORM WATER ISSUES.

BUT IT'S A CHALLENGE BECAUSE OF BUDGET CUTBACKS.

THE COUNTY MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS OFFICE HAS FEWER EXCAVATORS TO HANDLE ALL THE CALLS. Return to index of stories...


CHAR CO STORM DRAINS-SOTVO


JOHN ELIAS/OPERATIONS MANAGER PUBLIC WORKS

"They vary from potholes to brush cutting to drainage to garbage on the side of the road we deal with all those things but I would say about 60-70 percent of our complaints are drainage related."

Jim Tucker/Port Charlotte Resident

"We've had frog breeding and tadpoles and everything else in there and I'm afraid of mosquitoes."

PEOPLE CALLING FOR SERVICE CAN EXPECT TO WAIT UP TO TWO WEEKS FOR CREWS TO GET TO THEM. Return to index of stories...


BMW RECALL-OTS, VO


AN IMPORTANT RECALL FOR DRIVERS TONIGHT -

IF YOU HAVE A B-M-W YOUR AIRBAG MIGHT NOT WORK.

B-M-W IS RECALLING NEARLY ONE POINT SIX MILLION CARS MADE BETWEEN 1999 AND 2006.

THAT INCLUDES THE POPULAR THREE SERIES.

THE COMPANY SAID THAT THIS RECALL IS JUST A PRE-CAUTION.

THE AIRBAGS COULD RUPTURE AND WOULD NOT WORK DURING A CRASH.

BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix an air bag

problem that is hitting much of the global auto industry.

The German automaker says it will recall 1.6 million 3-Series cars from

model years 2000 to 2006 across the world, including 574,000 in the U.S.

The company said Wednesday that it's a precaution because other automakers

using similar systems have reported problems.

Air bag inflators in systems made by Takata Corp. can rupture. If that

happens, the bags might not work properly, and shards could fly out and

cause injury.

The problem is responsible for millions of recalled vehicles during the past

few years made by manufacturers such as Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda,

Nissan and Toyota. The recalls have mostly been of vehicles in states with

hot and humid weather.

BMW said it has no reports of problems in its vehicles. Dealers will replace

the passenger-side front air bags. The new recall excludes 42,000 BMWs

recalled in May 2013 for the same problem. The company says it is recalling

all vehicles equipped with potentially faulty air bag systems regardless of

where they were sold.

In June, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began

investigating air bags made by Takata, a Tokyo-based supplier of seat belts,

air bags, steering wheels and other auto parts.

The agency said it received six reports of air bags rupturing in Florida and

Puerto Rico. Three people were injured in those cases. It had estimated 1.1

million vehicles in the U.S. could be affected, but the total is likely to

climb.

The government says it wanted to act quickly in warm states while it

continues to investigate the issue.

"Based on the limited data available at this time, NHTSA supports efforts by

automakers to address the immediate risk in areas that have consistently

hot, humid conditions over extended periods of time," the agency said in a

statement.

Takata has deferred recall questions to the auto companies and has said it

will support NHTSA's investigation of the problem and its customers with

technical analysis and replacement parts.

BMW GROUP IS RECALLING 1-POINT-6 MILLION OF ITS POPULAR 3 SERIES VEHICLES BASED ON CONCERNS OVER AIRBAG SAFETY.

LAST MONTH THE U.S. NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION SAID SEVEN AUTOMAKERS -- BMW, HONDA, NISSAN, TOYOTA, MAZDA, CHRYSLER AND FORD -- WOULD BE RECALLING VEHICLES TO FIX A POSSIBLE SAFETY DEFECT IN AIR BAG INFLATORS BUILT BY THE JAPANESE FIRM, TAKATA.

THOUSANDS OF GM VEHICLES HAVE ALSO BEEN RECALLED OVER SIMILAR TAKATA-BUILT AIRBAG PROBLEMS.

THE RECALL AFFECTS BMW CARS MANUFACTURED BETWEEN MID-1999 AND MID-2006. Return to index of stories...


GM LEADER HEADS TO D.C.-trxVOTOPS


GENERAL MOTORS C-E-O MARY BARRA IS HEADING TO CAPITAL HILL TOMORROW.

SHE WILL AGAIN TRY EXPLAIN WHY GM WAITED A *DECADE--

TO RECALL THEIR DEFECTIVE VEHICLES.

THOSE DEFECTS ARE NOW TIED TO AT LEAST 13 DEATHS.

DESPITE THE PROBLEMS --

JUNE SALES WERE THE STRONGEST THE COMPANY HAS POSTED FOR THE MONTH SINCE 2007. Return to index of stories...


TEEN TALKS ABOUT BEING HIT BY LIGHTNING-VO


THE RUBBER SOLES IN A PAIR OF SHOES -- ARE CREDITED WITH SAVING A YOUNG BOY AFTER HE WAS HIT BY LIGHTNING.

DAVID PARRIS AND HIS MOTHER WERE LEAVING THEIR HOUSE IN PENNSYLVANIA ON MONEY WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

STATUS: Pre-lim

LOCATION/STORY: Glenolden, PA: Teen struck by lightning out of hospital.

Source: WPVI/ABC

***REPORTER / Sharrie Williams

ADVISORIES/RESTRICTIONS/EMBARGOES: NONE

FORMAT: 16x9 PKG

SUPERS:

VIDEO PROVIDED BY: WPVI-Philadelpia/ABC

LENGTH: 1:48

SUGGESTED INTRO:

SCRIPT:

-- The teen boy who was struck by lightning in Glenolden, Delaware

County has been released from the hospital.

It happened around 8:00 p.m. Monday on the unit block of East Ashland Avenue

.

"I'm just happy to be alive. I can't believe this happened," said David

Bodkin-Parris.

The 14-year-old was just leaving his mother's home when the lightning hit.

"I just walked to my friend's car, I was running and I heard it. Then I was

shocked and shaking and bleeding everywhere," he said.

David was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center and later transferred to A.

I. Dupont Hospital where he was released Tuesday afternoon.

His mother says doctors told her that the rubber soles of David's shoes

probably helped protect him from even more injury.

David says he just got the shoes recently from a friend. Return to index of stories...


TEEN TALKS ABOUT BEING HIT BY LIGHTNING-SOT


"I just walked to my friend's car, I was running and I heard it. Then I was

shocked and shaking and bleeding everywhere,"

DAVID SPENT TWO DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL.

HE'S OKAY AND ONLY HAS A SMALL MARK ON HIS HAND.

A FRIEND HAD JUST GIVEN THOSE SHOES TO DAVID BEFORE THE LIGHTNING STRIKE.

"I'm just happy to be alive. I can't believe this happened," said David

Bodkin-Parris.

The 14-year-old was just leaving his mother's home when the lightning hit.

"I just walked to my friend's car, I was running and I heard it. Then I was

shocked and shaking and bleeding everywhere," he said.

David was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center and later transferred to A.

I. Dupont Hospital where he was released Tuesday afternoon.

His mother says doctors told her that the rubber soles of David's shoes

probably helped protect him from even more injury.

David says he just got the shoes recently from a friend. Return to index of stories...


PLANE ALMOST LANDS ON WHALE-trxVOTOPS


TAKE A LOOK AT THIS CLOSE CALL!

THIS SEAPLANE WAS LANDING IN A REMOTE CITY IN ALASKA --

WHEN THE PILOT SAW A WHALE IN FRONT OF THEM!

A MAN ON A BOAT CAPTURED THE NEAR COLLISION..

THE PILOT SAYS HE SAW THE WHALE, AND PULLED UP QUICKLY.

THE PLANE THEN MADE A SMOOTH LANDING.

--VO SCRIPT--

ONE WHALE OF A CLOSE CALL IN ALASKA!

A SEAPLANE NEARLY LANDED ON A HUMPBACK WHALE IN THE TINY, REMOTE CITY OF ANGOON LAST WEEK.

THOMAS HAMM CAUGHT THE WHOLE THING ON CAMERA.

IT APPEARED THE PLANE WAS GOING TO COLLIDE WITH THE WHALE SWIMMING JUST UNDER THE SURFACE.

BUT THE PILOT ADVANCED THE THROTTLE AND PULLED UP, GETTING JUST ENOUGH LIFT TO AVOID THE MAMMAL.

THE PLANE LANDED SAFELY SECONDS LATER.

LATER HAMM SHOWED THE PILOT THE VIDEO HE SHOT.

HAMM SAID THE PILOT TOLD HIM HE DIDN'T NOTICE THE WHALE; HE REACTED TO THE COMMOTION ON THE SHORE.

GUYS WERE POINTING AND YELLING!

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SNAKE FOUND IN TV STATION-2SHT WIPE VO


THIS IS SOMETHING NOBODY WANTS TO FIND AT WORK.

ONE STAFF MEMBER AT AN ABC AFFILIATE IN ALABAMA FOUND THIS SNAKE -- UNDER HIS DESK!!!

THE SNAKE WAS FOUND RESTING ON A STICKY TRAP.

WHICH HAPPENED TO HAVE RODDENT DROPPINGS.

SUPRISINGLY--

THE SNAKE NEVER DID ATTACK ANYONE OR SHAKE ITS RATTLE.

ONE EMPLOYEE GRAPPED THE REPTILE BY ITS TAIL AND PLACED IT OUTSIDE.

SUPERS:

Huntsville, Alabama

VIDEO PROVIDED BY: WAAY - ABC

LENGTH: 2:16

NNS INFORMATION:

Staff members at television station WAAY in Huntsville, Alabama found a

surprise coiled up in a dark corner of the ABC affiliate's sales office, a

real live rattlesnake.

The snake was resting on a sticky trap which was filled with what looked

like rodent droppings.

The reptile never shook it's rattle even when workers gathered to get a

glimpse.

One employee even grabbed the snake's tail when it slithered through a hole

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GOODWILL DIAMOND RING-OC VO


A GOODWILL WORKER IN VIRGINIA FOUND A 3-CARAT DIAMOND RING IN A BAG OF DONATIONS.

TAKE A LOOK-

THE WORKER THOUGHT IT WAS COSTUME JEWELRY -- IT WASN'T.

IT WAS SOLD IN AN AUCTION FOR 12-THOUSAND DOLLARS!

THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS AT THE STORE.

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COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE THREE-POP


WE ARE TALKING COLLGE FOOTBALL INCLUDING THE FLORIDA GATORS AND THE NEW PLAYOFF SYSTEM

PLUS---- NAPLES NATIVE MO MARTIN-- WON THE BRITISH OPEN ON SUNDAY-- BUT SAYS-- SHE DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO ACT-- AS A MAJOR CHAMPION--- Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A-VO-DISS


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TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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


11PM TZ1) SPEED TRAPS-VOTOPS-WIPE


THEIR WATCHING --

AND WAITING.

OFFICERS -- READY TO CLOCK YOUR CAR.

AT 11.

THE SECRETS ABOUT SPEED TRAPS.

AN OFFICER REVEALS THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE. Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ2) SPIDER FIRE-VOTOPS


A MAN STARTS A FIRE --

BY TRYING TO TORCH A SPIDER!

AT 11.

WHAT HE USED TO KILL IT THAT SPARKED THE FLAMES. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


SPORTS OPEN Return to index of stories...


COLLEGE FOOTBALL-POPMON


I'M HAPPY TO SAY--- FOOTBALL IS ALMOST HERE-- THE COLLEGE SEASON -- OFFICIALLY ARRIVES AUGUST 27TH-- NOW THAT WE HAVE A PLAYOFF SYSTEM. WHAT ARE WE GOING COMPLAIN ABOUT. EVERY FALL IT'S BEEN OPEN SEASON ON THE BCS. BUT THE BCS IS NO MORE--- Return to index of stories...


COLLEGE FOOTBALL-VOTOPS


THAT 4-TEAM PLAYOFF SYSTEM BEGINNS THIS FALL---

THIS YEAR THE ROSE BOWL AND SUGAR BOWL-- WILL SERVE AS THE PLAYOFF BOWLS--

A SELECTON COMMITTEE WILL PICK THE 4 TEAMS THAT MAKE IT IN---

TODAY-- COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-- BILL HANCOCK-- WAS SPEAKING AT THE SEC MEDIA DAYS--- Return to index of stories...


COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SOTTOPS


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FLORIDA GATORS-VOTOPS


LAST YEAR WAS CERTAINLY A YEAR TO FORGET FOR THE FLORIDA GATORS--- AND FOR QUARTERBACK JEFF DRISKEL---

--- A BROKEN LEG KNOCKED HIM OUT FOR MOST OF THE SEASON----

-- BUT HE IS BACK-- LEADING A GATOR TEAM-- HEAD COACH WILL MUSCHAMP CALLS THE MOST COMPLETE HE'S HAD SINCE COMING TO GAINESVILLE Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA GATORS-SOTOTOPS


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CHRIS SALE-VOTOPS


LAST NIGHT FGCU GREAT--- CHRIS SALE MADE AN APPERANCE IN THE ALL-STAR GAME---

-- SALE PITCHED ONE INNING--- GAVE UP A RUN-- AND STRUCK OUT ONE---

--- IT'S SALES 3RD STRAIGHT ALL-STAR GAME--

--- STICKING WITH BASEBALL-- CONGRATS TO TROY BELL -- WHO BECOMES ESTERO'S NEW HEAD BASEBALL COACH-- TAKING OVER FOR LONGTIME COACH FRANK TURCO-- WHO LEFT TO TAKE OVER AT CANTERBURY Return to index of stories...


BRITISH OPEN-POPMON


WHO'S THE BEST GOLFER IN THE WORLD--- WELL THAT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK---- ACCORDING THE WORLD GOLF RANKINGS--- THE PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY MATTER--- THEY SAY ADAM SCOTT IS NUMBER ONE--- AS THE TOP GOLFER-- IT'S NO SURPRISE SCOTT IS ONE OF THE FAVORITES TO WIN THE BRITISH OPEN Return to index of stories...


BRITISH OPEN-VOTOPS


SCOTT HAS ONE MAJOR UNDER HIS BELT--- BUT PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE 2---

2 YEARS AGO-- SCOTT BLEW A 4 SHOT LEAD ON THE FINAL DAY OF THE BRITISH OPEN-- AND LET IT SLIP AWAY--

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BRITISH OPEN-SOTTOPS


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MO MARTIN-VOTOPS


NAPLES RESIDENT--- MO MARTIN IS TAKING HER GAME TO NORTHWEST OHIO FOR THE MARATHON CLASSIC --

SHE PICKED A GREAT TIME TO WIN HER FIRST TOURNAMENT ON THE LPGA TOUR-- WINNING THE BRITISH OPEN ON SUNDAY--- AND SAYS SHE'S KIND OF AT A LOSS FOR WHAT TO DO NOW Return to index of stories...


HORNETS-VOTOPS


WHEN LANCE STEPHENSON --- IS NOT BUSY HARRASSING LEBRON JAMES--- HE'S ACTUALLY A VERY TALENTED BASKETBALL PLAYER---

--- TODAY HE SIGNED A 3 YEAR DEAL WITH NEW ORLEANS WORTH 27 MILLION DOLLARS---

-- LANCE TURNED DOWN A 44 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT---- TO STAY IN INDIANA Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


BACK TO BASEBALL---- AND WE ARE SHELLING OUT SOME MAJOR LEAGUE CASH-- FOR SOME MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY--

YESTERDAY-- THE BASEBALL GLOVE--- OF LATE GREAT--- LOU GERHIG--- SOLD FOR 287-THOUSAND DOLLARS--- Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT


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