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HL2) FL FAKE 911 MURDER CALL-trxSOTVO TZ1 A FL FAKE 911 MURDER CALL-SOTVO
HL3) GMA CAT CALLS-trxNATSVO TZ1 B CREEPY PORCELAIN DOLLS-VOTOPS
STORMWARN-CLIP JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL FORECAST-PHC
BIG STORY-CLIP FORECAST-WXWALL
NINJA ROBBERS-BNC VO WIPE FL FAKE 911 MURDER CALL-OC SOTVO WIPE
NINJA ROBBERS-SS(3) FL FAKE 911 MURDER CALL-SOTVO
STUCK IN CHINA-TCMON VO WIPE MOSQUITO REPELLENT APP-OTS VO WIPE
STUCK IN CHINA-SOTTOPS MOSQUITO REPELLENT APP-SOTVO
BONITA DRUG SWEEP-SS VO WIPE CREEPY PORCELAIN DOLLS-OC VO
BONITA DRUG SWEEP-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
FACEBOOK CAT-OTS SS OC TEASE TWO------------
CAR FIRE-OC VO WIPE TZ2 A GMA CAT CALLS-NATSVO-WIPE
CAR FIRE-SOTVO TZ2 B PIRATE FEST-VOTOPS
FL FIVE KIDS IN A HOT CAR-VO GMA CAT CALLS-E ANIBOX WITH VO
FL STRUCK BY LIGHTNING-VO GMA CAT CALLS-PKG
breaking PIRATE FEST-VO IN POP WIPE
CAPE SEWER CLEANING-OTS VO WIPE PIRATE FEST-SOT SS
CAPE SEWER CLEANING-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
SUNSHINE WATERWAYS-OC VO WIPE TEASE THREE------------
SUNSHINE WATERWAYS-SOTVO TZ3 A POSTAL WORKER ROBBED-NATSVO
BLOW DRY BAR-VOWIPE TZ3 B METH IN BABY BOTTLE-VO
BLOW DRY BAR-SOTTOP TZ3 C BUCS OPEN CAMP-VO
CRANE KNOCKS OUT POWER LATEST-OC VO FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS
ADULTS AND EATING DISORDERS-POP VO WIPE  


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18:14:40-:47

I honestly feel for the first time ever in my life that I'm getting screwed by somebody that I have always trusted which is the United States Government.

STUCK IN CHINA!

TWO NAPLES WOMEN ON AN ADOPTION MISSION CAN NOT COME HOME!

NEW AT 5--

WHY THEY'RE TRAPPED WITH A NEW CHILD!

There is a murder that's gonna happen, I swear,

NOBODY WANT'S A TICKET--

BUT WHAT THIS GUY DID IS OUTRAGEOUS--

HIS BOGUS 911 CALL, NOW AT 5.

AND--

i'm just saying i love you in that dress.

AND CAT CALL CONFRONTATION!

ONE WOMAN'S MISSION TO EVEN THE SCORE.

WHAT SHE'S DOING TO THE WHISTLING STREET CALLERS --

RIGHT NOW AT 5.

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


HL1) STUCK IN CHINA-trxSOTVO


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HL2) FL FAKE 911 MURDER CALL-trxSOTVO


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HL3) GMA CAT CALLS-trxNATSVO


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STORMWARN-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


TRACKING WEEKEND RAIN PROSPECTS

Showers and thunderstorms for areas east of I-75 will continue rumbling across the region this afternoon and evening, while widely spotty areas of rain move about our coastal areas.

As the later evening approaches, it will be possible for a passing isolated storm or downpour to build back toward the coast, but coverage of this activity will remain low.

Temperatures tonight will range from the upper 70s along the coast to low and mid 70s east of the interstate.

On Saturday, we'll again stand the opportunity for a coastal shower or thunderstorm in the morning and early afternoon. By the afternoon though, the greatest coverage of rain and thunder will again develop across the interior of the peninsula east of I-75.

Temperatures on Saturday look seasonal with highs ranging from the upper 80s to low 90s along the beaches to mid 90s for areas further inland.

Further into the forecast, we will be keeping close tabs on a mass of dry air that will infiltrate our region. That should help to greatly reduce our rain prospects Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. During this time rain chances will be below seasonal levels and temperatures will be allowed to return to near 94 degrees each afternoon.

TROPICAL UPDATE

No tropical cyclones are active at this time and no organized activity is expected within the next two days. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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NINJA ROBBERS-BNC VO WIPE


PLOTTING PLANNING AND TARGETING UPSCALE HOMES.

NEW AT 5 -

FOR THE FIRST TIME-

WE'RE SEEING TEXTS FROM THE MEN ACCUSED IN A SERIES OF NINJA ROBBERIES.

DEPUTIES BUSTED THREE MEN DRESSED LIKE NINJAS AS THEY TRIED TO BREAK INTO A MANSION NEAR ORLANDO IN MAY.

THIS IS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM A HOME INVASION IN WINDERMERE THAT HELPED DEPUTIES LINK THE MEN TO CRIMES IN COLLIER COUNTY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY ROBBED FIVE HOUSES IN COLLIER COUNTY.

IN EACH CASE- DEPUTIES SAY THEY TIED UP THE HOMEOWNERS AND STOLE JEWELS AND CASH.

TONIGHT WE LEARNED THEY WERE LOOKING AT ABC 7'S WEBSITE -- ABC-7.COM -- TO SEE THE LATEST ON THE POLICE INVESTIGATION INTO THEIR CRIMES. Return to index of stories...


NINJA ROBBERS-SS(3)


ON MAY THIRD- JOHNATHAN CONTRERAS TEXTED AN ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM LINK ABOUT DEPUTIES LINKING THE CRIMES IN ORLANDO AND IN COLLIER COUNTY.

FRANK BOWER TEXTED BACK "HOW'S IT GOING SON I'M AT THE MALL RIGHT NOW- IS THAT A FUNNY ONE".

THEN CONTRERAS SAYS "YES ITS OUR ABC DOWN HERE IN NAPLES".

BOWER ASKS " ARE THEY STILL TALKING ABOUT THINGS DOWN THERE.FUNNY IT'S ALL GONE FROM HERE BECAUSE THEY'RE SO MANY HAPPENING THE NEXT DAY LOL".

JOHNATHAN REPLIES "DOWN HERE AN UP THERE IN ONE STORY".

THEY ALSO TALK ABOUT GOOD NEIGHBORHOODS TO HIT, INCLUDING ONE IN TEXAS AND EXCHANGING MONEY.

IF CONVICTED, THEY COULD ALL FACE LIFE IN PRISON. Return to index of stories...


STUCK IN CHINA-TCMON VO WIPE


OUR OTHER BIG STORY AT 5 --

A NAPLES WOMAN IS STRANDED IN CHINA --

STUCK ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD.

AND THE U-S GOVERNMENT TO BLAME!

STACEY LINS JUST ADOPTED 4 YEAR OLD, ZOE, IN CHINA.

SHE WENT TO THE FAR EAST WITH HER BEST FRIEND, CARISSA, TO PICK ZOE UP.

THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE BACK IN NAPLES TONIGHT.

BUT INSTEAD THEY'RE STUCK --

BECAUSE THE U-S GOVERNMENT WON'T ISSUE ZOE VISA.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE GLOBAL DATABASE FOR ISSUING TRAVEL DOCUMENTS WENT DOWN.

THEY ADMIT --

THIS COULD IMPACT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.

STACEY AND CARISSA SAY THEY FEEL FORGOTTEN. Return to index of stories...


STUCK IN CHINA-SOTTOPS


STACEY LINS, STUCK IN CHINA

18:15:01-:06

We're adopting little babies, so these babies are not criminals, they have no record.

BUTT TO

CARISSA JOHNSON, STUCK IN CHINA

18:08:16-:23

There are a lot of families that are maxed out credit cards, they're running out of money, they're reaching out to extended family members to help out.

THEY'RE ALSO RUNNING OUT MONEY AND GETTING CONCERNED.

ABC 7 CONTACTED THE STATE DEPARTMENT FOR ANSWERS.

WE'RE STILL WAITING TO HEAR BACK. Return to index of stories...


BONITA DRUG SWEEP-SS VO WIPE


FOR THE SECOND TIME IN TWO MONTHS --

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES HAVE RAID A SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD.

THEY FOCUSED THEIR DRUG BUST --

ON BONITA SPRINGS.

AND THEIR OPERATION "BONITA BLAST" NETTED THEM 14 SUSPECTED DRUG DEALERS.

THE 14 ARE UP ON YOUR SCREEN.

DEPUTIES SAY THE DOZEN-PLUS-TWO WERE TRYING TO SELL POT, COCAINE, HEROIN AND OPIATES.

THE SHERIFFS OFFICE SAYS THEY LAUNCHED THE OPERATION --

RESPONDING TO CONCERNS FROM NEIGHBORS. Return to index of stories...


BONITA DRUG SWEEP-SOTVO


SCOTT LINEBERGER

SERGEANT, LCSO

"We take complaints very seriously. We look into them and this was a

result of those complaints."

Roger Davidon

Bonita Springs Resident

"That kind of crime increasing and just I think people are aware of

what's going on now."

TONIGHT FOUR SUSPECTS -- SOME YOU SEE ON YOUR SCREEN -- ARE STILL ON THE

STREETS --

WANTED FOR HAVING AND SELLING DRUGS.

IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ON THE FOUR, CALL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE OR CRIMESTOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


FACEBOOK CAT-OTS SS OC


AN UPDATE TO A STORY WE FIRST BROUGHT YOU YESTERDAY AT 5-

A PUNTA GORDA MAN ACCUSED OF ANIMAL ABUSE-

CHARLOTTE COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL SAYS AFTER OUR STORY AIRED-

THEY WERE ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE MAN SEEN HOLDING A GUN TO A KITTEN'S HEAD IN THIS PHOTO POSTED TO FACEBOOK.

LT. BRIAN JONES SAYS THOMAS MCGUINNESS OF PUNTA GORDA HAS BEEN COOPERATING WITH AUTHORITIES AND HAS APOLOGIZED FOR THE PHOTO.

MCGUINNESS SAYS THE ANIMALS ARE OK, BUT ANIMAL SERVICES IS GOING TO CHECK ON THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

JONES SAYS MCGUINNESS CANNOT BE CITED FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY IF THE ANIMALS ARE IN FACT UNHARMED.

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


CAR FIRE-OC VO WIPE


A CAR FIRE INCHED DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO A HOUSE IN LEHIGH ACRES TODAY.

TAKE A LOOK.

YOU CAN SEE THE ENGINE IS COMPLETELY SYNGED --

AND MELTED TO A CRISP.

IT BURNED ON 36TH STREET SOUTHWEST THIS MORNING.

ABC 7 SPOKE TO THE CAR OWNER.

HE SAYS HIS MOM CALLED, TO TELL HIM HIS CAR WAS ON FIRE. Return to index of stories...


CAR FIRE-SOTVO


Omar Perllea, Car on Fire

:06:24 Panic- panic. I grab him, my roommate and rushed over here as

fast as possible and found this. and i have to go to work, now I miss

my job.:12

FIRE CREWS SAY THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE --

BUT THEY EXTINGUISHED THIS THING QUICKLY.

THE FIRE'S NOT SUSPICIOUS. Return to index of stories...


FL FIVE KIDS IN A HOT CAR-VO


A JACKSONVILLE MOTHER IS ACCUSED OF LEAVING NOT ONE-

NOT TWO-

BUT FIVE KIDS IN A HOT CAR.

23 YEAR OLD BETTY BRUNSON IS NOW OUT OF JAIL ON BOND.

POLICE SAY SHE LEFT FIVE CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 8 ALONE IN A HOT CAR.

SHE TOLD POLICE SHE WAS INSIDE THIS OFFICE DEPOT LOOKING FOR A JOB.

SHE TOLD POLICE SHE WAS GONE ONLY 10 MINUTES-

BUT SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS AT LEAST 12 MINUTES HAS PASSED BEFORE SOMEONE SPOTTED THE CHILDREN IN HER CAR. Return to index of stories...


FL STRUCK BY LIGHTNING-VO


A MAN IN CLEARWATER IS RECOVERING RIGHT NOW --

AFTER GETTING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

IT HAPPENED THURSDAY AT SAND KEY PARK.

HE'S 50.

WITNESSES SAY THE LIGHTNING CAME OUT OF NOWHERE.

THE MAN WAS JUST 25 YEARS FROM A LIGHTNING STAND WHEN HE GOT HIT. Return to index of stories...


breaking


BREAKING NEWS-

POLICE IN PUNTA GORDA ARE INVESTIGATING A BANK ROBBERY.

AT THE BANK OF AMERICA ON 41 AND MADRID BLVD.

THEY THINK HE RAN NEXT DOOR TO A PUBLIX SHOPPING CENTER.

K-9S ARE SEARCHING FOR HIM RIGHT NOW.

AN ABC 7 REPORTER IS ON THE SCENE.

WE'LL BRING YOU THE LATEST AS IT DEVELOPS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE SEWER CLEANING-OTS VO WIPE


CREWS IN CAPE CORAL SAY THEY'RE SAVING YOU MONEY BY REVAMPING OLD SEWER LINES.

THIS FLAT FIBERGLASS MATERIAL IS NOW WHAT'S BURIED UNDERNEATH THE EXISTING CAPE CORAL SEWER LINES NEAR THE YACHT CLUB.

IT'S CALLED CURED IN PLACE PIPING-

THE NEW PIPING IS MEANT TO CUT DOWN ON THE EXCESS WATER LEAKING FROM THE OLD CLAY PIPES

TRANSLATING INTO LONG-TERM SAVINGS FOR TAXPAYERS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE SEWER CLEANING-SOTVO


"It will save a lot of money. It saves pumping costs, it saves

equipment, the electrical costs for operating the pumps, it's a

cumulative as it pumps towards wastewater treatment plant, it's also

water we don't have to treat anymore."

BECAUSE WORK IS STILL HAPPENING-

THERE'S NOT AN EXACT DOLLAR FIGURE ON THE SAVING AS OF YET-

THIS PIPING PROJECT IS COSTING ABOUT 1 MILLION DOLLARS.

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SUNSHINE WATERWAYS-OC VO WIPE


A CHARLOTTE COUNTY PROJECT COULD END UP COSTING TAXPAYERS UP TO 4-MILLION DOLLARS --

BECAUSE OF BIRDS!

THE COUNTY HIRED A MICHIGAN BUSINESS TO REMOVE ALGAE AND CAT TAILS FROM SUNSHINE LAKE AND SUNRISE WATERWAY IN PORT CHARLOTTE.

BUT A DAY AFTER THE PROJECT STARTED --

THEY SHUT IT DOWN --

BECAUSE BLUE HERONS MOVED IN.

THEY'RE PROTECTED --

AND WORKERS CAN'T GET WITHIN 300 FEET OF THEM. Return to index of stories...


SUNSHINE WATERWAYS-SOTVO


jOYCE BURKE/LIVES NEAR PROJECT SITE

"They were paid the works not being done so they're being paid not to do it, until whenever."

IT'S TRUE.

WE LEARNED --

THE CONTRACT SAYS THIS COMPANY GETS 52 HUNDRED DOLLARS A DAY.

THAT'S FOR LEAVING THEIR EQUIPMENT ON SITE --

WHILE WAITING FOR THE BIRDS TO LEAVE.

THAT'S ADDED UP TO MORE THAN HALF A MILLION DOLLARS IN TAXPAYER MONEY SO FAR.

BY THE TIME WORK RESUMES IN AUGUST --

THE COUNTY COULD HAVE A BILL CLOSE TO 4-MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE PROJECT. Return to index of stories...


BLOW DRY BAR-VOWIPE


ABC 7 IS UNCOVERING SOME BIG CITY TRENDS THAT ARE FINDING THEIR WAY TO NAPLES… AND THRIVING.

A COUPLE FROM NEW YORK OPENED THE VERY FIRT BLOW OUT BAR IN NAPLES IN MAY.

NO SCISSORS, NO COLOR, JUST BLOW DRYERS AND EXTENSIONS.

AND AT ABOUT 40 DOLLARS A POP…THEY SAY BUSINESS IS BOOMING!

IT'S BEEN ABOUT A YEAR SINCE THE FIRST TIDE DRY CLEANERS IN FLORIDA OPENED IN NAPLES.

WITH ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PRODUCTS AND 24-HOUR SERVICE. THE OWNER SAYS THEY'VE HAD TO INCREASE THEIR STAFF.

BOTH SAY THERE'S A GOOD MARKET FOR UNIQUE SERVICES IN THE AREA. Return to index of stories...


BLOW DRY BAR-SOTTOP


SOT

Heather Jackoboice/ Air Bar co-owner

0825 Women of naples want to look good, they're concerned about how they look, um they also have the means and can afford getting blowouts. 10

ALT SOT

Robert Lyons Operating Partner Tide Laundry

**1707 it's been a very successful first year we're very excited about the way it went, so much so that we're opening a second location in Bonita Springs in October. 9

EXPERTS WE SPOKE WITH SAY THE POPULATION IN NAPLES EXPECTS HIGH QUALITY, GOOD SERVICE- AND HAS THE MONEY TO PAY FOR IT. Return to index of stories...


CRANE KNOCKS OUT POWER LATEST-OC VO


THE CRANE THAT TOPPLED YESTERDAY IN PORT CHARLOTTE --

IS BACK STANDING UPRIGHT TONIGHT.

THE CRANE FALLING KNOCKED OUT POWER --

AND SHUT DOWN PARTS OF U-S 41 FOR HOURS.

CREWS WORKED THROUGH THE NIGHT PULL THE CRANE OFF POWER LINES.

EVERYTHING'S NORMAL NOW.

IT APPEARS THE GROUND NEAR THE RETAINING WALL GAVE IN -- CAUSING IT TO TIP.

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ADULTS AND EATING DISORDERS-POP VO WIPE


WHEN YOU THINK OF EATING DISORDERS, WE OFTEN PICTURE YOUNG TEENAGE GIRLS.

BUT IN ABC 7'S HEALTHY LIVING-

EXPERTS SAY THERE ARE A GROWING NUMBER OF WOMEN BATTLING EATING DISORDERS LATER IN LIFE.

DEE SHORE REMEMBERS WHAT TRIGGERED HER EATING DISORDER AT AGE 42-

A NEW JOB THAT WASN'T A GOOD FIT FOR HER.

AFTER DROPPING MORE THAN 40-PERCENT OF HER BODYWEIGHT-

HER THERAPIST TOLD HER TO SEE A DOCTOR FOR ANOREXIA, BUT - HE DISMISSED IT. Return to index of stories...


ADULTS AND EATING DISORDERS-SOTVO


"He said you don't fit the picture. That happens to teenage girls."

"We need to destigmatize these disorders so people are comfortable coming

into their provider."

RESEARCH SHOWS THAT TEENS AND MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN FACE SIMILAR FACTORS FOR DEVELOPING AN EATING

DISORDER - A TENDENCY TOWARDS PERFECTIONISM AND LOW SELF-ESTEEM.

TRIGGERS ARE OFTEN TIED TO TRAUMATIC EVENTS, SUCH AS A LOSS OF A PARENT OR THEIR CHILDREN LEAVING HOME.

DOCTORS SAY EARLY DETECTION AND TREATMENT IS CRITICAL. Return to index of stories...


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


Caller: Definitely someone gonna get shot.

HE CALLED 9-1-1 SAYING SOMEONE WAS GOING TO BE MURDERED.

HE DID IT TO GET OUT OF A SPEEDING TICKET.

THE BIZARRE CALL AND WHAT COPS DID.

PORCELAIN DOLL MYSTERY SOLVED--

THE CHURCH LADY WHO LEFT THE DOLLS ON GIRLS DOOR STEPS--

AND WHY SHE'S NOW MORTIFIED BY HER OWN GOODWILL GESTURE. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A FL FAKE 911 MURDER CALL-SOTVO


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TZ1 B CREEPY PORCELAIN DOLLS-VOTOPS


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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


TRACKING WEEKEND RAIN PROSPECTS

Showers and thunderstorms for areas east of I-75 will continue rumbling across the region this afternoon and evening, while widely spotty areas of rain move about our coastal areas.

As the later evening approaches, it will be possible for a passing isolated storm or downpour to build back toward the coast, but coverage of this activity will remain low.

Temperatures tonight will range from the upper 70s along the coast to low and mid 70s east of the interstate.

On Saturday, we'll again stand the opportunity for a coastal shower or thunderstorm in the morning and early afternoon. By the afternoon though, the greatest coverage of rain and thunder will again develop across the interior of the peninsula east of I-75.

Temperatures on Saturday look seasonal with highs ranging from the upper 80s to low 90s along the beaches to mid 90s for areas further inland.

Further into the forecast, we will be keeping close tabs on a mass of dry air that will infiltrate our region. That should help to greatly reduce our rain prospects Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. During this time rain chances will be below seasonal levels and temperatures will be allowed to return to near 94 degrees each afternoon.

TROPICAL UPDATE

No tropical cyclones are active at this time and no organized activity is expected within the next two days. Return to index of stories...


FL FAKE 911 MURDER CALL-OC SOTVO WIPE


NEW AT 5 --

POLICE SAY A FLORIDA MAN INVENTED A KILLER --

TO GET OUT OF A TRAFFIC TICKET.

LISTEN.

Caller: There is a murder that's gonna happen, I swear, on Wingate, on Wingate, on Wingate and Wickham. No, on Wingate and Hollywood.

Caller: Definitely someone gonna get shot. Please, please, Wingate and Hollywood. Please.

THEN THE CALLER HUNG UP.

BUT CENTRAL FLORIDA DISPATCHERS TRACKED THE CALL --

AND FIGURED OUT JULIUS LUPOWITZ HAD PLACED IT.

TURNS OUT --

AT THAT EXACT SAME MOMENT --

LUPOWITZ WAS GETTING A SPEEDING TICKET UP THE STREET FROM THAT INTERSECTION.

HE WANTED THE OFFICER TO LEAVE HIM, AND INVESTIGATE THE POSSIBLE MURDER. Return to index of stories...


FL FAKE 911 MURDER CALL-SOTVO


It almost worked. The officer was trying to wrap up quickly to respond.

BUT WHEN DISPATCHERS BROADCAST LUPOWITZ'S NAME OVER POLICE RADIO --

THE OFFICER WHO WAS WRITING THE TICKET REALIZED WHAT WAS HAPPENING. AND ARRESTED HIM.

NOW INSTEAD OF A 200-DOLLAR TRAFFIC TICKET --

LUPOWITZ FACES A FELONY CHARGE THAT CARRIES WITH IT A POSSIBLE FIVE YEAR PRISON TERM. Return to index of stories...


MOSQUITO REPELLENT APP-OTS VO WIPE


A SMART PHONE APP THAT CAN PROTECT YOU FROM MOSQUITO BITES!

IF YOU'RE SKEPTICAL- SO WERE WE.

SO ABC-7 PUT THE APP TO THE TEST.

TAKE A LOOK-

ITS CALLED ANTI MOSQUITO SONIC REPELLER.

THERE'S NOT MUCH TO IT.

THE DEVELOPER SAYS THE APP EMITS A HIGH PITCH FREQUENCY NOISE ONLY

MOSQUITOS CAN HEAR.

WHEN IT GOES OFF- THEY GO AWAY.

AT THE BOTTOM YOU CAN PICK THE DIFFERENT SOUND WAVE FREQUENCY BASED ON

HOW BAD THE MOSQUITOS ARE IN YOUR REGION.

WE PUT THE APP TO THE TESTAT LEE COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL.

IN OUR QUICK EXPERIMENT-- IT FAILED.

THE APP DEVELOPER DOES ADMIT THE APP IS NO *100 PERCENT EFFECTIVE.

BUT IT IS FREE. Return to index of stories...


MOSQUITO REPELLENT APP-SOTVO


Amy Redford, Lehigh Acres

:11:28 maybe it does work then? i'd probably be stupid enough to try it! haha

BUTT SOT

Robert Pacheco, Lehigh Acres

:10:22 thats weird, I don't know if it will work.

:03

WE PUT THE APP TO THE TESTAT LEE COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL.

IN OUR QUICK EXPERIMENT-- IT FAILED.

THE APP DEVELOPER DOES ADMIT THE APP IS NO *100 PERCENT EFFECTIVE.

BUT IT IS FREE. Return to index of stories...


CREEPY PORCELAIN DOLLS-OC VO


A CREEPY MYSTERY --

HAS BEEN SOLVED.

WE NOW KNOW WHO WAS BEHIND THOSE STRANGE PORCELAIN DOLLS --

LEFT ON DOORSTEPS --

THAT RESEMBLE THE LITTLE GIRLS WHO LIVE THERE.

WE FIRST TOLD YOU ABOUT THIS LAST NIGHT AT 11.

PEOPLE IN SAN CLEMENTE, CALIFORNIA WERE WORRIED SOMETHING SINISTER WAS HAPPENING.

BUT DEPUTIES HAVE FIGURED OUT --

IT WAS A LADY AT A CHURCH.

IT WAS JUST GOODWILL.

SHE TOLD THEM HER DAUGHTERS WERE GETTING OLDER AND DIDN'T WANT THE DOLLS ANYMORE --

SO SHE GAVE THEM AWAY. Return to index of stories...


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


"If they are being annoying to me, I think I am a little entitled to be annoying back to them."

THIS WOMAN FOUND A WAY TO CALL OUT HER CAT-CALLERS.

WHAT SHE SAYS ALL WOMEN SHOULD DO TO STOP THE WHISTLES, COMMENTS AND MORE.

PIRATES.

MERMAIDS.

HELPING CHILDREN IN NEED.

THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA PIRATE FESTIVAL THAT HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A GMA CAT CALLS-NATSVO-WIPE


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TZ2 B PIRATE FEST-VOTOPS


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GMA CAT CALLS-E ANIBOX WITH VO


YELLING HEY BABY-

MAKING COMMENTS ABOUT YOUR BODY-

AND WHISTLES FROM ACROSS THE STREET-

ONE WOMAN'S RESPONSE TO THIS KIND OF CATCALLING HAS GONE VIRAL.

LINZIE JANIS REPORTS-

SHE SECRETLY RECORDED THE MEN WHO HARASSED HER ON THE STREET AND CAME UP WITH A CREATIVE WAY FOR ALL WOMEN TO RESPOND. Return to index of stories...


GMA CAT CALLS-PKG


**NOT VERBATIM**

Lindsey, who asked that her last name not be used, told ABC News she came up with the idea for her website, "Cards Against Harassment," to empower women who, like her, are often harassed while simply walking to work or running errands.

"Women are acculturated to just say, 'I don't like it,' and, 'It makes me feel unsafe but I'm not going to say anything because that's just how it is,'" Lindsey said. "If women don't feel like they can use public spaces with the same safety that most men walk through the world feeling, then that is a problem."

Lindsey's website, "Cards Against Harassment," features business card-like pieces of paper that explain to catcallers what is wrong with their behaviors. Women can download the cards and simply hand them to their catcallers, without having to engage in a conversation.

"Someone simply walking, jogging or biking in your line of sight isn't an invitation for you to comment on how they look," Lindsey said. "Next time, just say hello."

Two weeks ago, after Lindsey says she experienced one too many catcalls on her commute in downtown Minneapolis, she started filming the catcallers herself.

"I normally have a clutch and a phone I just set my iPhone to be filming videos," she said.

Sometimes her confrontations elicit apologies, while other times the men continue the harassment, including one man who told Lindsey he had the "freedom" to "holler" at her.

"I'm not sure if I'm changing hearts and minds, but if they are being annoying to me, I think I am a little entitled to be annoying back to them," Lindsey said. Return to index of stories...


PIRATE FEST-VO IN POP WIPE


LINZIE JANIS REPORTING.

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF WHAT SHE'S DOING.

THE STORY'S ON OUR FACEBOOK ABC7 SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

NOW WE SAY -- AHOY!

TO PIRATES, MERMAIDS AND SWORD FIGHTS.

IT'S ALL PART OF THE FISHERMEN'S VILLAGE PIRATE FEST IN PUNTA GORDA THIS WEEKEND.

THE FESTIVAL RAISE MONEY FOR A LOCAL ORGANIZATION CALLED "YAH YAH GIRLS, BACK PACK KIDZS."

THEY PROVIDE BACKPACKS FILLED WITH FOOD FOR STUDENTS IN FINANCIAL NEED TO TAKE HOME ON THE WEEKENDS.

THE PIRATE FESTIVAL RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY.

THERE'S ALSO A PIRATE'S BALL TONIGHT.

IT'S FROM 8 TO 11 --

AT THE CHARLOTTE HARBOR EVENT AND CONFERENCE CENTER.

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO OUR WEBSITE ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON SITES ON 7. Return to index of stories...


PIRATE FEST-SOT SS


Cannibal Chripsy, Fishermen's Village Pirate Fest We have a fun filled contest. We've got great food, we've got drinks, we've got prizes. It's a pet friendly event. We've got a pet costume contest. Adult and children costume contest. There's a pirate treasure quest. There's a pirate treasure hunt. It's just absolutely fantastic!

THE PIRATE FESTIVAL RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY.

THERE'S ALSO A PIRATE'S BALL TONIGHT.

IT'S FROM 8 TO 11 --

AT THE CHARLOTTE HARBOR EVENT AND CONFERENCE CENTER.

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NATS OPENING MAILBOX

A FEDERAL OFFENSE.

POSTAL INSPECTORS ARE LOOKING FOR THE MEN WHO ATTACKED AND ROBBED A FLORIDA MAIL CARRIER.

WHAT THEY TOOK THAT PUTS HUNDREDS OF PEOPLES INFORMATION IN DANGER.

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METH IN A BABY BOTTLE.

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TZ3 A POSTAL WORKER ROBBED-NATSVO


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TZ3 B METH IN BABY BOTTLE-VO


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TZ3 C BUCS OPEN CAMP-VO


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