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DIRECTORS PAGE WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY AND INSULIN-SOTVO
HEADLINES------------- NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
HL1) LIGHTNING 911 CALL-trxSOTVO TEASE ONE------------
HL2) PURSE SNATCHING-trxVOTOPS TZ1 A FACEBOOK CAT-SSTOPS
HL3) FACEBOOK CAT-trxSS TOPS TZ1 B EPIDURAL AND POST PARTUM-VOTOPS
STORMWARN-CLIP VIRGINIA WEATHER VIDEO-VO TOPS
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
BREAKING-CLIP FORECAST-PHC
TOYS R US EVACUATED-POP SS VO FORECAST-WXWALL
LIGHTNING 911 CALL-NATSVO TOPS FACEBOOK CAT PICTURE-SS(2) WIPE
LIGHTNING 911 CALL-SOTVO FACEBOOK CAT PICTURE-SOTVO
PINE ISLAND FIRE-SS OR VO IN POP MIAMI DECK COLLAPSE ONE YEAR-VO IN TCMON WIPE
PINE ISLAND FIRE-SOTVO EPIDURAL AND POST PARTUM RISK-OC VO
PURSE SNATCHING-OTS VO SOUTH FLORIDA WORST MAIL DELIVERIES-OTS VO
CRANE COLLAPSE-OC SS VO WIPE NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
CRANE COLLAPSE-SOTVO TEASE TWO------------
RSW SCARE IN THE AIR-OC VO WIPE TZ2 A DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS-VOTOPS-WIPE
RSW SCARE IN THE AIR-SOTVO TZ2 B FL GOLF BALL DIVER-SOTVO
ANOTHER PLANE DISAPPEARS-OTS VO FL GOLF BALL DIVER BITTEN BY ALLIGATOR-OC
CAPE CORAL MAN FEATURED HOT CAR DEATHS-OC VO WIPE FL GOLF BALL DIVER BITTEN BY ALLIGATOR-PKG
CAPE CORAL MAN FEATURED HOT CAR DEATHS-SOTVO FL GOLF BALL DIVER BITTEN BY ALLIGATOR-2SHOT
breaking-oc ss DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS-OC VO WIPE
DAD HIDES HEROIN-OTS SS DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS-SOTVO
PAINT SPILL-OC VO WIPE NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
PAINT SPILL-SOTVO TEASE THREE------------
COLLIER OIL SITE-VO IN TCMON WIPE TZ3 A SEVERE WEATHER IN VA-SOTVO
COLLIER OIL SITE-SOTVO TZ3 B TWITTER TWIST-VO
FL REDISTRICTING FIGHT-OC VO WIPE TZ3 C AZ EXECUTION-SOTVO
FL REDISTRICTING FIGHT-SOTVO FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS
WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY AND INSULIN-OTS VO WIPE  


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HEADLINES-------------


:00:28 i need somebody to come help.

we just got struck by lightning.

NEW AT 5-

SHOCKED AND SCARED.

THE 911 CALL FROM A 16-YEAR OLD STRUCK BY LIGHTNING ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

PLUS --

THROWN TO THE GROUND AND BITTEN.

THE WOMAN ATTACKED WHILE GROCERY SHOPPING IN CAPE CORAL.

AND IT'S ALL CAUGHT ON CAMERA.

PLUS-

PHOTOS WE POST ONLINE CAN HAVE DIRE CONSEQUENCES.

BUT IS THIS AN ONLINE PRANK OR A VERY REAL CASE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY.

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


HL1) LIGHTNING 911 CALL-trxSOTVO


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HL2) PURSE SNATCHING-trxVOTOPS


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HL3) FACEBOOK CAT-trxSS TOPS


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STORMWARN-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


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BREAKING-CLIP


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TOYS R US EVACUATED-POP SS VO


BREAKING NEWS IN FORT MYERS --

PEPPER SPRAY FORCED KIDS AND THEIR PARENTS OUT OF A TOY STORE LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

IT HAPPENED AT THE TOYS R US ON SOUTH CLEVELAND AVENUE --

JUST AFTER THREE.

HERE'S WHAT WE'VE LEARNED AT 5.

ONE PERSON WENT TO THE HOSPITAL.

CREWS TREATED 20 PEOPLE AT THE SCENE.

THE STORE IS CLOSED WHILE CREWS WORK TO VENTILATE IT.

OUR REPORTER TALKED TO CUSTOMERS.

THEY SAY PEOPLE WERE COUGHING AND CHOKING ON THE SPRAY.

WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO FIND OUT --

IS WHY SOMEONE SPRAYED THE PEPPER SPRAY.

STAY WITH ABC 7 BOTH ON AIR AND ONLINE FOR THE LATEST ON THIS STORY. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING 911 CALL-NATSVO TOPS


:00:28 im at fort myers beach right now. i need somebody to come help. we just got struck by lightning.

OUR OTHER BIG STORY TONIGHT-

FOR THE FIRST TIME--

WE'RE HEARING THE GUT WRENCHING 9-1-1 CALLS FROM TUESDAY'S DEADLY LIGHTNING STRIKE ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

ONE OF THE VICTIM'S -- 16-YEAR-OLD CHELSEA GILL -- CALLED 9-1-1.

THE CALL LASTS 10 MINUTES.

CHELSEA WAS BRIEFLY PARALYZED BY THE STRIKE BUT DID WHAT SHE COULD TO SAVE HER BOYFRIEND - 14-YEAR-OLD ZAC LATAWIEC.

THE TEENS WERE WITH A FAMILY FRIEND -- 41-YEAR-OLD SCOTT WILCOX.

HE WAS HIT AND DIED INSTANTLY.

CHELSEA TOLD THE DISPATCHER HOW THEY GOT CAUGHT ON THE BEACH -

WE WANT TO WARN YOU -- SOME OF THIS CALL IS DIFFICULT TO LISTEN TO. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING 911 CALL-SOTVO


:01:11 i need an ambulance.

stay on the line I will connect you.

:03;27 im just really scared right now.

WITNESSES ALSO CALLED 9-1-1.

SOME RAN TO ZAC AND STARTED C-P-R.

ZAC IS IN A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA AT LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.

GILL WAS RELEASED LAST NIGHT. Return to index of stories...


PINE ISLAND FIRE-SS OR VO IN POP


LOOK AT THIS!

YOU COULD SEE SMOKE TODAY --

RISING IN THE AIR OVER PINE ISLAND.

A LARGE BRUSH FIRE CAUSED IT.

BUT FIREFIGHTERS NOW SAY THEY HAVE IT 100 PERCENT CONTAINED.

LET ME SHOW YOU NEW VIDEO OF FIREFIGHTERS --

DROPPING BUCKETS OF WATER ON THE FLAMES.

AT NOON, THE FIRE WAS COVERING SIX ACRES.

IT QUICKLY GREW TO 96 ACRES BEFORE FIREFIGHTERS COULD CORRAL IT.

YOU COULD SEE THE SMOKE FOR MILES. Return to index of stories...


PINE ISLAND FIRE-SOTVO


:12

"It grew pretty quickly. We're dealing with a lot of wind out here

being we're out on an island. Really dry and you're going to deal with

on average probably a little bit more wind than you would inland."

FIRE CREWS WILL BE OUT HERE ALL NIGHT MONITORING THIS.

TOMORROW MORNING MEMBERS OF THE STRIKE TEAM WILL BE BACK OUT TO MAKE SURE THE FIRE IS COMPLETELY OUT.

ITS UNCLEAR AT THIS TIME WHAT STARTED THE FIRE. Return to index of stories...


PURSE SNATCHING-OTS VO


NEW AT 5-

OFFICERS ARE LOOKING FOR A WOMAN WHO STOLE ANOTHER WOMAN'S PURSE FROM PUBLIX.

THE WOMAN ON THE RIGHT IN THE BLACK TANK TOP TRIES TO WRESTLE THE PURSE FROM THE WOMAN'S HANDS.

IN THE STRUGGLE -

SHE BIT THE VICTIM. THEN GRABBED THE PURSE AND JUMPED INTO A BLACK FOUR DOOR EXPLORER.

THIS WAS INSIDE THE PUBLIX ON SOUTH DEL PRADO BOULEVARD IN CAPE CORAL.

IF YOU RECOGNIZE THIS WOMAN -- CALL POLICE. Return to index of stories...


CRANE COLLAPSE-OC SS VO WIPE


TWO OF THREE SOUTHBOUND LANES ON U-S 41 ARE BACK OPEN AFTER A CRANE COLLAPSED IN PORT CHARLOTTE.

AROUND ONE THIRTY A CRANE TOPPLED ONTO A POWER LINE AND ACCESS ROAD BETWEEN HARBOR AND CONWAY BOULEVARD.

NEARBY BUSINESSES WERE WITHOUT POWER FOR AT LEAST 40 MINUTES BUT ITS UNCLEAR HOW MANY ARE CURRENTLY WITHOUT POWER.

LUCKILY-

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


CRANE COLLAPSE-SOTVO


"Right around the corner, I was playing Xbox 1 when the power went out and I came outside to see what happened and the crane tipped over."

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RSW SCARE IN THE AIR-OC VO WIPE


A SCARE IN THE AIR AT R-S-W.

THE PILOT ON A SPIRIT AIRLINES FLIGHT DECLARED EMERGENCY.

AN INDICATOR LIGHT SHOWED A POSSIBLE PROBLEM WITH THE HYDRAULICS SYSTEM.

PASSENGERS WERE ALERTED BUT DID NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY. P

LANE LANDED SAFELY AT 12:15 AND TAXIED TO THE GATE.

ANOTHER SPIRIT PLANE FROM FORT LAUDERDALE IS COMING TO TAKE THE PASSENGERS ON TO CHICAGO O'HARE. Return to index of stories...


RSW SCARE IN THE AIR-SOTVO


Dan Coyne

Witness

"When the plane coming around the corner they followed it in right

behind it. And I didn't think that was normal.

"A little alarming?"

"Yes, a little alarming"

THE PLANE LANDED SAFELY.

NO ONE WAS INJURED. Return to index of stories...


ANOTHER PLANE DISAPPEARS-OTS VO


ANOTHER PASSENGER FLIGHT HAS DISAPPEARED.

FRANCE'S FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS THE AIR ALGERIE FLIGHT LIKELY CRASHED OVER AFRICA.

THE PLANE WAS HEADED FROM THE WEST AFRICAN NATION OF BURKINA FASO TO ALGERIA.

116 PEOPLE WERE ON BOARD.

OFFICIALS SAY HEAVY RAIN WAS REPORTED IN THE AREA

BUT THERE'S FIGHTING IN THE REGION-

RAISING CONCERNS IT COULD HAVE BEEN SHOT DOWN.

FRENCH OFFICIALS SAY THAT SCENERIO IS "UNLIKELY

WE HAVE REACTION TO THIS STORY COMING UP ON AT 5:30. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL MAN FEATURED HOT CAR DEATHS-OC VO WIPE


A CAPE CORAL MAN IS AT THE CENTER OF A NATION-WIDE CAMPAIGN PREVENTING CHILDREN FROM DYING IN HOT CARS.

REGGIE MCKINNON WENT IN WASHINGTON TO INTRODUCE THE "WHERE'S BABY? LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK" CAMPAIGN.

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS 44 CHILDREN DIED IN HOT CARS LAST YEAR.

17 SO FAR THIS YEAR-

THEY'VE LAUNCHED A PUSH TO BETTER EDUCATE PARENTS.

AND THEY'RE USING MCKINNON.

HE ACCIDENTALLY LEFT HIS 18-MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER, PAYTON, IN THE CAR AFTER A DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT IN 2010. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL MAN FEATURED HOT CAR DEATHS-SOTVO


Reggie McKinnon

Father of Daughter Who Died in Hot Car

To my horror I realized Payton was still in her carseat. It's the last thing I remember. I heard someone screaming. It was me. The rest is just a total blur.

1-YEAR-OLD PAYTON DIED.

MCKINNON SAYS HE PROMISED PAYTON HE WOULD HELP PREVENT WHAT HAPPENED TO HER FROM HAPPENING TO OTHER CHILDREN.

OFFICIALS SAY IF YOU EVER SEE A CHILD ALONE IN A CAR, DON'T HESITATE.

CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. Return to index of stories...


breaking-oc ss


JUST INTO THE ABC7 NEWSROOM.

WE'VE LEARNED SERGEANT AMY YOUNG IS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL.

SHE'S THE NAPLES POLICE OFFICER SHOT IN A DOMESTIC DISPUTE IN ESTERO EARLIER THIS MONTH.

OFFICER LUIS "DAVE" MONROIG WAS KILLED IN THE SHOOTING.

THE TWO LIVED TOGETHER IN AN ESTERO HOME.

WE'RE TOLD YOUNG WILL NOT BE RETURNING TO THAT HOME AT THIS TIME.

THE EXTENT OF HER INJURIES HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. Return to index of stories...


DAD HIDES HEROIN-OTS SS


A SHOCKING CRIME IN CAPE CORAL.

A FATHER IS ACCUSED OF MAKING HIS DAUGHTER HIDE 14 BAGS OF HEROIN IN HER PANTS DURING A TRAFFIC STOP.

POLICE SAY MARCUS DALE HANDED THE GIRL THE DRUGS AFTER HE WAS PULLED OVER ON DEL PRADO BOULEVARD.

THE GIRL LATER ADMITTED TO POLICE THAT HER FATHER MADE HER HOLD IT AND HIDE IT.

SHE WAS LATER PICKED UP BY AN AUNT.

HE FACES DRUG AND CHILD NEGLECT CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


PAINT SPILL-OC VO WIPE


THE CREW THAT ALREADY SPILLED PAINT INTO A POND IN COLLIER COUNTY THIS WEEK --

POSSIBLY CONTAMINATING SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER --

DID IT AGAIN TODAY.

NAPLES CITY OFFICIALS TELL ABC7--

A CONTRACTOR WAS WORKING ON A ROOF OFF HORSESHOE DRIVE --

WHEN ABOUT EIGHT GALLONS OF ACRYLIC PAINT COATING WASHED OFF IN THE RAIN.

THEY WERE FINISHING WORK THIS MORNING --

WHEN IT HAPPENED AGAIN.

THE CITY STEPPED IN TO CONTAIN THE SECOND SPILL.

THEY ESTIMATE ANOTHER THREE TO FOUR THOUSAND GALLONS NEEDS TO BE PUMPED OUT. Return to index of stories...


PAINT SPILL-SOTVO


Both Capt. Roger Jacobsen/ City of Naples Harbor Master

SOT FOR NBC 4 AND ABC 5 1608IT'S HAPPENING TOO MUCH ANY MORE.WE TAKE THIS ISSUES VERY SERIOUSLY. SOT

THE COMPANY DID SAY IT WILL PAY FOR THE CLEANUP, ESTIMATED TO BE IN THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER OIL SITE-VO IN TCMON WIPE


FOR THE FIRST TIME, ABC 7 CAN TAKE YOU TO A VERY CONTROVERSIAL OIL DRILLING SITE IN COLLIER COUNTY.

IT'S THE COLLIER HOGAN SITE IN OFF IMMOKALEE ROAD WHERE THE STATE CLAIMS THE OIL COMPANY WAS CAUGHT ILLEGALLY DRILLING.

YOU'RE LOOKING AT AN OIL OPERATION THAT'S AT A STANDSTILL.

THE MACHINERY IS OFF.

THERE'S NO SIGN OF LIFE ANYWHERE.

LAST WEEK THE DAN A HUGHES COMPANY CLOSED DOWN THE WELL TEMPORARILY.

SO WHAT YOU'RE SEEING NOW IS A PRETTY EMPTY AND CLEAN DRILL PAD.

THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE COMPANY.

HUGHES OFFICIALS SAYS THE STATE HAS PUT A LOT OF LIES OUT THERE AND THEY WANT TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER OIL SITE-SOTVO


Kristin Kremers, Dan A Hughes Official

17:25:33-:49

To say we're disappointed is an understatement with the behavior of the DEP. We have tried to be in compliance, we have tried to communicate, we have been held to standards no other operator at least down here have been held to.

THIS CONTROVERSY WILL EVENTUALLY BE SETTLED IN COURT. Return to index of stories...


FL REDISTRICTING FIGHT-OC VO WIPE


FLORIDA MAY PUSH BACK SOME NOVEMBER ELECTIONS --

BECAUSE OF HOW DISTRICTS ARE DRAWN.

CIRCUIT JUDGE TERRY LEWIS SAYS TWO DISTRICT MAPS WERE UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

HE SAYS THEY WERE DRAWN TO FAVOR REPUBLICANS.

HE ORDERED THEM RE-DRAW.

BUT NOW --

THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TIME TO CHANGE THEM BEFORE THE ELECTION-

SO THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS.

USE THE MAPS AS THEY ARE --

OR PUSH BACK THE ELECTIONS. Return to index of stories...


FL REDISTRICTING FIGHT-SOTVO


Ion Sancho, Leon County Supervisor of Elections

"You have an elections process which is already ongoing. It's difficult to see how you fold one into the already existing election, but I don't see an objection to having a special election to decide the issue of the illegal districts."

THE 2014 PRIMARY ELECTION LURKS A MONTH AWAY --

AUGUST 26TH.

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT'S DECIDED. Return to index of stories...


WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY AND INSULIN-OTS VO WIPE


IN ABC 7'S HEALTHY LIVING-

NO MORE INSULIN-

EVER.

PEOPLE ARE NOW UNDERGOING WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY TO CURE THEIR DIABETES.

NEARLY 90-PERCENT OF PEOPLE WITH TYPE-TWO DIABETES ARE OBESE.

NOW A NEW STUDY IS SHOWING JUST HOW EFFECTIVE THE SURGERY CAN BE.

IT FOUND JUST FIVE TO 10-PERCENT OF PATIENTS WHO HAD BARIATRIC SURGERY REQUIRED INSULIN-

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WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY AND INSULIN-SOTVO


"I have many patients who come to surgery who are on 100 units of insulin per

day and before they leave the hospital, they are off all their insulin for the rest

of their life."

"For me the surgery has been miraculous, it really has been."

THE SURGERY GROUP ALSO NEEDED LESS BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL MEDS. Return to index of stories...


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


THIS WAS THE FACEBOOK POST --

A PORT CHARLOTTE MAN HOLDING A GUN TO A CAT'S HEAD.

TONIGHT - WHY HE DEFENDS IT AND WHAT DEPUTIES ARE DOING.

PLUS--

THE LINK BETWEEN EPIDURAL'S AND POST PARTUM DEPRESSION.

WHY DOCTOR'S SAY THE LABOR SHOT IS A GOOD START TO MOTHERHOOD. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A FACEBOOK CAT-SSTOPS


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TZ1 B EPIDURAL AND POST PARTUM-VOTOPS


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VIRGINIA WEATHER VIDEO-VO TOPS


TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!

A TRAILER FLIPPED ON ITS SIDE.

TREES RIPPED IN HALF.

POLICE SAY TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 20 WERE HURT AT A CAMGROUND --

WHEN STORMS SWEPT THOUGH EASTERN VIRGINIA.

WE'LL HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THIS CAMPGROUND WHEN IT HAPPENED COMING UP AT 5:30. Return to index of stories...


JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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FORECAST-PHC


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

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


FORECAST-WXWALL


After some morning activity, scattered showers and storms developed mainly in inland areas Thursday afternoon, with highs holding in the low 90s. The showers will diminish this evening, with some isolated activity possible in the Urban Corridor, as temps hold in the 70s. We'll see quiet conditions overnight, with lows in the mid 70s.

More dry air works into the region Friday, again keeping the storms widely scattered. Just like Thursday some morning activity may come ashore in coastal areas, but most of the morning will be dry. Scattered showers and storms will develop as we move into the afternoon, with highs in the low 90s.

The weekend is still looking fairly dry, with just a few widely scattered PM storms possible. Highs both Saturday and Sunday will be in the low 90s.

We will be watching more dry air work into the area, which will likely reduce rain chances for next week. Temps are expected to be on the hot side, with highs in the mid 90s possible.

TROPICAL UPDATE

With Tropical Depression Two history, things are still fairly quiet in the Gulf, Caribbean Sea and the open waters of the Atlantic. We are beginning to see stronger tropical waves developing in western Africa, but those are at least a week away from becoming an issue.

No major activity is expected in the tropics over the next 5 days. Return to index of stories...


FACEBOOK CAT PICTURE-SS(2) WIPE


A SHOCKING POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA-

A PORT CHARLOTTE MAN HOLDING A GUN TO A CAT'S HEAD-

AND ONE WOMAN SAYS FACEBOOK REFUSED TO TAKE IT DOWN.

NOW ANIMAL CONTROL AND DEPUTIES ARE INVESTIGATING.

THOMAS MCGUINNESS POSTED "DON'T KNOW WHY EVERYBODY SO MAD ABOUT A CAT. WE ONLY SHOT IT TWICE."

SOMETHING LT. BRIAN JONES SAYS IS A CONFESSION IF THEY FIND A DEAD CAT. Return to index of stories...


FACEBOOK CAT PICTURE-SOTVO


Lt. Brian Jones, Charlotte County Animal Control

01:00:18 "We know that it garners a closer look. We're not saying that he did anything wrong, we're just saying that it was stated that he might have done something wrong." 01:00:26

THE PICTURE HAS SINCE BEEN TAKEN OFF HIS FACEBOOK PAGE.

THERE WERE ALSO PICTURES OF HIM POINTING A GUN AT A DOG.

ANIMAL CONTROL IS TREATING IT AS A POSSIBLE CASE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY.

SO FAR-

THEY'VE BEEN UNABLE TO REACH THOMAS MCGUINNESS IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON HIS WHEREABOUTS CALL CHARLOTTE COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL. Return to index of stories...


MIAMI DECK COLLAPSE ONE YEAR-VO IN TCMON WIPE


REMEMBER THIS?

SCARY NIGHT --

EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO!

PEOPLE PACKED ON THE DECK TO WATCH A BASKETBALL GAME --

PLUMMETTED INTO THE WATER, WHEN THE DECK COLLAPSED BELOW THEM.

WELL, THAT RESTAURANT RE-OPENED TODAY-

SHUCKERS HAS BEEN REMODLED FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.

BUT ITS BIGGEST CHANGES ARE STRUCTURAL.

THE DECK HAS BEEN REINFORCED WITH CONCRETE AND STEEL --

STRONG ENOUGH TO HOLD A BUILDING. Return to index of stories...


EPIDURAL AND POST PARTUM RISK-OC VO


NEW RESEARCH IS OUT ON EPIDURALS-

WOMEN WHO HAD THEM DURING LABOR-

ARE LESS LIKELY TO HAVE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION.

YAHOO REPORTS-

RATES OF DEPRESSION DROPED 21 PERCENT IN WOMEN WHO HAD THE DRUG.

THE STUDY DONE BY NORTHWESTERN MEDICINE ALSO FOUND THAT WOMEN WHO WENT TO CHILDBIRTH CLASSES AND THOSE WHO BREASTFED ALSO LOWERED THEIR RISK OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION Return to index of stories...


SOUTH FLORIDA WORST MAIL DELIVERIES-OTS VO


NEW AT 5 --

SOUTH FLORIDA RANKS ONE OF THE WORST AREAS IN THE COUNTRY --

FOR ON TIME MAIL DELIVERIES.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT FROM THE INSPECTOR GENERAL AT THE U-S POSTAL SERVICE OFFICE.

THE RESEARCH PEOPLE GET THEIR MAIL IN SOUTH FLORIDA LATER THAN FIVE AT NIGHT --

AN ASTONISHING 70 PERCENT OF THE TIME!

THE REPORT BLAMES THE DELAYS ON COST-CUTTING MEASURES AND A SHRINKING WORK FORCE. Return to index of stories...


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


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S LARGEST CITY COULD SOON RECOGNIZE DOMESTIC UNIONS.

ABC7 BREAKS DOWN THE PROPOSED CHANGE FOR BOTH SAME-SEX AND STRAIGHT COUPLES LIVING TOGETHER.

PLUS - THE OTHER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CITY THAT ALREADY ADOPTED THIS.

"He seemed like everything was okay, other than he'd just been bit by an alligator."

ATTACKED BY THIS 10-FOOT LONG GATOR IN FLORIDA.

AHEAD - THE GOLF COURSE POND WHERE IT HAPPENED.

WHY THE VICTIM WAS IN THERE AND HOW HE GOT AWAY. Return to index of stories...


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TZ2 B FL GOLF BALL DIVER-SOTVO


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FL GOLF BALL DIVER BITTEN BY ALLIGATOR-OC


BEING A GOLF BALL RETRIEVER IN FLORIDA CAN BE A HAZARDOUS JOB.

A MAN HIRED TO DIVE FOR GOLF BALLS ON ONE COURSE ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER BEING BITTEN ON THE ARM AND HAND BY AN ALLIGATOR-

AND ALEX DIPRATO EXPLAINS-

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FL GOLF BALL DIVER BITTEN BY ALLIGATOR-PKG


THE ALLIGATOR IS TEN FEET.

THAT'S RIGHT, TEN FEET. AND DRAGGED OUT OF A LAKE ON THE SECOND HOLE OF THE BONAVENTURE COUNTRY CLUB IN WESTON. THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION BELIEVES IT'S THE SAME GATOR.

I'm in a lot of pain. It definitely hurts.

.THAT SUNK ITS TEETH INTO THE LEFT ARM AND HAND OF 51-YEAR-OLD STEVEN MARTINEZ AS HE PERFORMED HIS JOB DIVING FOR GOLF BALLS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE. MARTINEZ WAS ABLE TO SHAKE OFF THE ALLIGATOR.

I just got bit, and I got out of the water as soon as possible.

HE DROVE HIMSELF TO THE PRO SHOP. 911 WAS CALLED, BUT MARTINEZ WAS SURPRISINGLY CALM.

He seemed like everything was okay, other than he'd just been bit by an alligator.

He was very calm, and it's not really something that you hear of super often, you know?

IT ISN'T THE FIRST TIME MARTINEZ HAS BEEN ATTACKED. IN 2006 DIVING FOR GOLF BALLS IN BOYNTON BEACH, HE WAS BITTEN ON THE SAME ARM.

THE GATOR IN THE MOST RECENT ATTACK WAS TAKEN AWAY BY TRAPPERS. MARTINEZ KNOWS HE'S LUCKY TO HAVE ESCAPED SERIOUSLY INJURY TWICE, BUT WHAT HE WON'T GIVE UP IS DOING THE JOB HE LOVES.

Being at the wrong place at the wrong time. I just hope it doesn't happen again. It's a rare occasion. I've been diving for years years.

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FL GOLF BALL DIVER BITTEN BY ALLIGATOR-2SHOT


ALEX DIPRATO REPORTING. Return to index of stories...


DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS-OC VO WIPE


LOOKING AHEAD --

CAPE CORAL COULD BECOME THE NEXT CITY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TO

RECOGNIZE DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS.

RIGHT NOW --

PUNTA GORDA IS THE ONLY ONE.

CITY LEADERS WILL TALK ABOUT THIS MONDAY.

IF THEY SIGN OFF --

THE REGISTRY WOULD GIVE UNMARRIED COUPLES -- BOTH GAY OR

STRAIGHT -- CERTAIN RIGHTS WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR LOVED ONE'S LIFE.

THINGS LIKE HOSPITAL VISITS, HEALTH CARE DECISIONS, FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.

TODAY --

ABC 7 SAT DOWN WITH A CAPE CORAL SAME-SEX COUPLE WHO HOPES CITY

LEADERS WILL AGREE TO THIS. Return to index of stories...


DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS-SOTVO


06:59:09 "It's a basic civil rights issue, anybody who sees it any

different, I'm sorry they are wrong, I mean they'd say I am, but it is

a civil rights issue." Shelly Komito and Abbe Forman

CAPE CORAL CITY LEADERS TELL US THEY'RE EXPECTING A HEATED DISCUSSION MONDAY.

ADVOCATES FOR THE REGISTRY PLAN TO LOBBY LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TOO. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE THREE------------


Voice: Oh my God.

Voice: Look.

VICIOUS WEATHER IN VIRGINIA.

THE CHAOS FOR DOZENS OF CAMPERS.

ABC7 SHOWS YOU THE TWISTER THAT TORE THROUGH AND WHY MANY DIDN'T KNOW THEY WERE IN DANGER.

PLUS --

KICKED OFF A FLIGHT FOR TWEETING.

WHAT THIS FATHER POSTED BEFORE A FLIGHT --

THAT GOT HIM AND HIS CHILDREN YANKED OFF THE PLANE!

DID SOUTHWEST OVER-REACT?

"At a certain point, you wondered if he was ever going to die."

ANOTHER BOTCHED EXECUTION -- THIS TIME IN ARIZONA.

AHEAD --

WHAT WENT WRONG AND HOW IT COULD AFFECT FLORIDA EXECUTIONS. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A SEVERE WEATHER IN VA-SOTVO


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TZ3 B TWITTER TWIST-VO


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TZ3 C AZ EXECUTION-SOTVO


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FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS


BUT FIRST - MEET ABC 7'S FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY.

MARY JAYNE COYNE OF NAPLES

THANKS FOR WATCHING MARY

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