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DIRECTORS PAGE MARCO LEWD INCIDENT-trxSSTOPS-OC
HEADLINES NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
HL 1) CONTRACTORS BUST-VOTOPS TEASE TWO
HL 2) MIND OF A PILOT-SOTVO TZ2 MIND OF A PILOT-SOTVO
HL 3) MARCO LEWD ACT-SSTOPS TZ2 SOLAR POWERED COMPACTOR-VOTOPS
FIRST WX-CLIP B JP WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
FIRST WX-WX CNTR WEATHER-PWC
BIG STORY-CLIP WEATHER-WXWALL
NAPLES HOUSE FIRE-VOTOPS IN THE MIND OF A PILOT-TC-VO
NAPLES HOUSE FIRE-2SH-PUSH-VO IN THE MIND OF A PILOT-SOTVO-TC
NAPLES HOUSE FIRE-SOTVO 2020 TONIGHT-POP-SOTVO
UNLICENED CONTRACTING BUST-trxVOTOPS 2020 TONIGHT-SOTVO-SS
UNLICENED CONTRACTING BUST-SOTVO SOLAR POWERED COMPACTOR-OTS-VO
DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP SOLAR POWERED COMPACTOR-SOTVO
HOMELESS CAMP CONCERNS-OTS-VO MUSIC WALK TONIGHT-2SH-NATVO
HOMELESS CAMP CONCERNS-SOTVO COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
BUS STOP CONTROVERSY-OTS-VO TEASE THREE-POP
BUS STOP CONTROVERSY-SOTVO TZ3 A-VO-DISS
UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS-OTS-SS TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
VOTE 2014-CLIP 11PM TZ1) CANCER FUNDS STOLEN-SOTVO
LEE EARLY VOTING STARTS SAT-VIDBOX-RVL 11PM TZ2) THEIF RETURNS VAN-VOTOPS
LEE TRAN PRICE HIKE-VIDBOX SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
TRAFFIC ALERT-CLIP NHL HOCKEY-POPMON
ALICO RAMP CHANGES-SSTOPS-VO NHL HOCKEY-VOTOPS
ALICO RAMP CHANGES-SOTVO NHL HOCKEY-SOTOPS
HANSON ST. EXTENSION-OTS-VO FGCU SOCCER-VOTOPS
HANSON ST. EXTENSION-SOTVO EAGLE HOOPS-VOTOPS
ALTA JOB FAIR-trxVOTOPS TEAM USA-VOTOPS
RSW FLIGHT BOARDS-OTS TEAM USA-SOTTOP
NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP MIAMI DOLPHINS-POPMON
TEASE ONE--------- MIAMI DOLPHINS-VOTOPS
TZ1 SEA WORLD ANNOUNCEMENT-VOTOPS MIAMI DOLPHINS-SOTTOPS
TZ1 MAN SHOOTS GATOR-SOTVO NOTRE DAME-VOTOP
SEA WORLD ANNOUNCEMENT-OTS-VO PGA GOLF-VOTOPS
SEA WORLD ANNOUNCEMENT-SOTVO ICE BUCKET-VOTOPS
MAN SHOOTS GATOR-trxSSTOPS-VO FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
MAN SHOOTS GATOR-SOTVO GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT


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HEADLINES


BUSTED.

MORE THAN A DOZEN UNLICENED CONTRACTORS -- TAKEN OFF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA STREETS.

NOW AT SEVEN --

WHAT THEY DID --

AND HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOUR CONTRACTOR IS FOR REAL.

PLUS THIS --

14:10:34 anything abnormal is really what you're looking for. 14:10:37

INSIDE THE MIND OF AN EXPERIENCED PILOT.

NEW SINCE SIX --

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE COCKPIT, DURING A FLIGHT EMERGENCY.

AND YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHAT THIS LOCAL MAN DECIDED TO DO WHILE CLEANING A POOL.

FIND OUT -- RIGHT NOW ON ABC7 NEWS AT 7:00. Return to index of stories...


HL 1) CONTRACTORS BUST-VOTOPS


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HL 2) MIND OF A PILOT-SOTVO


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HL 3) MARCO LEWD ACT-SSTOPS


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FIRST WX-CLIP B


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FIRST WX-WX CNTR


FORECAST: Weekend rain chances

An onshore wind flow pattern will continue tonight pushing scattered showers and storms from the Gulf of Mexico toward Southwest Florida.

Through this evening areas of rain and thunder will continue, with the activity becoming increasing isolated in coverage toward midnight.

For the upcoming weekend, we will again bear the chance of a shower or storm in the morning on Saturday, compliments of the continued onshore wind flow. By the afternoon the greatest coverage of rain and thunder should mainly be along and east of Interstate 75, with an isolated risk remaining in the forecast for communities closer to the Gulf of Mexico shoreline.

Temperatures on Saturday are expected to range from the upper 80s along the beaches to low 90s for communities inland.

On Sunday, a wedge of drier air will begin working into the mid-levels of the atmosphere. This air will help to cut back significantly on our rainfall opportunities with rain chances falling to around 20% during the afternoon.

With less rain on the radar temperatures should be able to warm up near 94 degrees just after lunchtime.

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BIG STORY-CLIP


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NAPLES HOUSE FIRE-VOTOPS


OUR BIG STORY, NOW AT SEVEN.

A BILLOWING PLUME OF SMOKE COULD BE SEEN FOR AT LEAST A MILE, IN COLLIER COUNTY.

ABC7 WAS FIRST ON SCENE.

TONIGHT -- THIS RAGING FIRE IS UNDER CONTROL.

BUT THAT HOME IS COMPETELY DESTROYED. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES HOUSE FIRE-2SH-PUSH-VO


WE NOW KNOW -- A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER WERE INSIDE THAT HOME.

THANKS FOR JOINING US -- I'M COURTNEY ROBINSON.

I'M JEFF BUTERA.

THE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER TELL US -- THEY HEARD A LOUD BANG -- AND IN NO TIME, THE FIRE WAS OUT OF CONTROL.

ABC7 GOT THERE --

TO FIND FIND FLAMES SHOOTING 10-TO-15 FEET HIGH.

WE SPOTTED NEARLY 30 FIREFIGHTERS FROM EAST NAPLES, GOLDEN GATE, AND NORTH NAPLES.

IT WAS A TRICKY FIRE TO FIGHT --

SINCE THE HOME IS SANDWICHED BETWEEN ANOTHER HOUSE -- AND A GAS STATION.

BOTH -- JUST FEET AWAY.

IT WAS A TIGHT SQUEEZE. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES HOUSE FIRE-SOTVO


Tina Howard, neighbor

What is it like to see all these flames?

It's horrible. It's horrible and it's intense.

--BUTT TO--

Edith Sanchez, neighbor

There was flames everywhere and I was just, I was scared because the cars started burning up.

THE FLAMES WERE SO INTENSE, THEY ALSO DESTROYED THE FAMILY'S CARS.

THE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER ESCAPED SAFELY.

TONIGHT -- CREWS ARE INVESTIGATING WHAT CAUSED THE FIRE TO ERUPT. Return to index of stories...


UNLICENED CONTRACTING BUST-trxVOTOPS


LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARRESTED A WHOPPING 14 PEOPLE IN AN UNLICENED CONTRACTING BUST.

THEY CALLED IT "OPERATION FREELOADER."

IT TOOK THEM MONTHS.

THE 14 FACE CHARGES THEY AGREED TO COMPLETE CONTRACTING PROJECTS --

WITHOUT THE PROPER LICENSES.

THOSE LICENSES HELP PROTECT HOME OWNERS AGAINST FRAUDS, INSURANCE CLAIMS, AND JUST PLAIN BAD WORK.

IT'S SOMETHING ONE LOCAL BUILDER APPRECIATES. Return to index of stories...


UNLICENED CONTRACTING BUST-SOTVO


SOT

LEE BERCHTOLD, BERCHTOLD BUILDING, INC.

0920 they put us through schools and basically testing to see if we have some competance to build and ensure we know the florida statutes.

THERE IS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

IT'S ONLINE.

BY SEARCHING YOUR CONTRACTOR'S NAME ON THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATIONS WEBSITE -- YOU'LL FIND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.

IT'S ON OUR WEBSITE TONIGHT -- ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM.

I JUST POSTED IT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TOO, ABC7 SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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HOMELESS CAMP CONCERNS-OTS-VO


RESIDENTS IN ONE ESTERO COMMUNITY SAY, THEY HAD NO IDEA A HOMELESS CAMP WAS SET UP RIGHT BEHIND THEIR HOMES.

WE TOLD YOU THURSDAY -- WHEN FIREFIGHTERS SAY, AN ACCIDENT AT THE HOMELESS CAMP STARTED THIS FIRE.

IT CAME DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO A NUMBER OF HOMES.

WE CHECKED WITH THE LEE COUNTY HOMELESS COALITION --

THEY SAY, AN ESTIMATED 3-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT A PLACE TO CALL HOME.

LEAVING THEM TO SEEK SHELTER IN WOODED AREAS, LIKE THIS. Return to index of stories...


HOMELESS CAMP CONCERNS-SOTVO


Sharon Newell

00:51:39 "I'm sure it destroyed the living area for them but I had no

idea that you know there was anyone back there living." 00:51:47

THE COALITION SAYS, THEY GET A LIST OF HOMELESS CAMPS DURING THEIR ANNUAL HOMELESS CENSUS.

THE COALITION'S SYSTEM WAS DOWN TODAY --

THEY COULDN'T CONFIRM WHETHER THE CAMP WE SPOTTED, WAS ONE OF THE ONES RECORDED. Return to index of stories...


BUS STOP CONTROVERSY-OTS-VO


IT COULD BE WEEKS BEFORE A CHANGE COMES TO A LOCAL BUS STOP -- CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR A FORT MYERS MAN, AND HIS SON.

A RARE DISEASE MAKES IT HARD FOR COREY YEOWARD AND HIS SON TO GET TO THE BUS STOP.

HE SAYS, HE ASKED BOTH THE SCHOOL AND THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TO CHANGE THE ROUTE. Return to index of stories...


BUS STOP CONTROVERSY-SOTVO


Corey Yeoward/Parent

18:48-56

This isn't just about me. This is about all the disabled parents who possibly need to have something done for them so that then can get their kids to school

AFTER MULTIPLE EMAILS -- LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS TOLD US THE TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR WASN'T AVAILABLE FOR AN INTERVIEW TODAY.

THEY DID NOT TELL US IF THEY'RE REVIEWING THIS CASE, BUT DID SAY --

**LEGITIMATE REQUESTS WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE TRANSPORTATION STAFF FOR REVIEW. Return to index of stories...


UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS-OTS-SS


NEW UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE OUT TONIGHT.

THEY SHOW FLORIDA'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HELD STEADY IN JULY.

SIX-POINT-TWO PERCENT.

BUT THE NEWS IS NOT GOOD IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

UNEMPLOYMENT JUMPED IN ALL OF OUR COUNTIES.

HENDRY COUNTY POSTS THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE --

ABOUT 12 PERCENT.

CHARLOTTE, COLLIER, AND LEE ARE ALL ABOVE THE STATE AVERAGE --

AT 6-POINT-6 PERCENT. Return to index of stories...


VOTE 2014-CLIP


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LEE EARLY VOTING STARTS SAT-VIDBOX-RVL


LOOKING --

EARLY VOTING FOR THE AUGUST 26TH ELECTION STARTS TOMORROW IN LEE COUNTY.

RIGHT NOW --

EARLY VOTING IS ALREADY UNDERWAY IN COLLIER AND CHARLOTTE COUNTIES.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT POLL TIMES AND LOCATIONS, HEAD TO OUR WEB SITE --

ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM. Return to index of stories...


LEE TRAN PRICE HIKE-VIDBOX


NEW AT 7 --

LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE HOLDING ANOTHER PUBLIC MEETING NEXT WEEK -- TO TALK ABOUT INCREASING FARES FOR LEETRAN BUSES.

PRICES WOULD GO UP ON FIXED ROUTE TICKETS FROM TWO-50 -- TO THREE DOLLARS.

FOR PARA-TRANSIT USERS -- IT WOULD JUMP 25 CENTS TO A DOLLAR 25.

NOTHING WILL BE DECIDED UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC ALERT-CLIP


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ALICO RAMP CHANGES-SSTOPS-VO


STARTING SUNDAY NIGHT CREWS WILL PERMANENTLY CLOSE THE SOUTHBOUND EXIT RAMP AT ALICO ROAD.

IT'S ALL PART OF THE AIRPORT DIRECT CONNECT PROJECT THAT STARTED EARLIER THIS YEAR.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY-- LISTEN UP!

FROM 11PM TO FIVE AM--YOU'LL HAVE TO GET OFF AT DANIELS PARKWAY--THEN FOLLOW THE DETOUR ON TREELINE AVENUE. Return to index of stories...


ALICO RAMP CHANGES-SOTVO


Blanca Ochoa

Owner, Dos Sabores Restaurant

3633-3640

I think it's more of a hassle, especially for the parents whose kids are over here in middle school and elementary.

CREWS ARE STRIPING THE ROADWAY AND RELOCATING SIGNS TO PREPARE FOR A NEW RAMP ABOUT 2 MILES NORTH --JUST SOUTH OF DANIELS PARKWAY.

DETOURS WILL BE POSTED.

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HANSON ST. EXTENSION-OTS-VO


CITY LEADERS IN FORT MYERS WANT TO COMPLETE THE EXTENSION OF HANSON STREET.

IF THEY DO IT --

IT WOULD RUN FROM VERONICA-SHOEMAKER -- HEADING EAST TO STATE ROAD 82 -- NEAR I-75.

OFFICIALS SAY -- THAT WOULD EASE TRAFFIC ON PALM BEACH BOULEVARD, M-L-K, AND COLONIAL BOULEVARD.

WE SPOKE WITH BUSINESSES ON HANSON STREET.

MANY SAY, THEY NEED MORE CARS IN THE AREA. Return to index of stories...


HANSON ST. EXTENSION-SOTVO


SOT

10:15:30-10:15:40

Mike McCauley/ business owner

"11 years now and I've seen it drop. It has dropped a lot when the

economy started to drop, we dropped a lot. And I don't see much

driving traffic as I used to. So, I think it will help a lot."

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS SINCE 2001.

THE CITY ESTIMATES THE PROJECT WOULD COST 16-MILLION DOLLARS OVER TWO YEARS.

WORKERS ARE MEETING WITH CITY COUNCIL NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS HOW TO PAY FOR IT. Return to index of stories...


ALTA JOB FAIR-trxVOTOPS


ALTA RESOURCES IS LOOKING TO FILL THOUSANDS OF POSITIONS, THIS WEEKEND.

JOBS IN CUSTOMER CARE, SALES AND management -- ALL AVAILABLE AT THE COMPANY'S JOB FAIR.

IT'S CLOSED FOR THE EVENING --

BUT THEY'LL BE BACK AT IT TOMORROW MORNING, AT 7.

FOR MORE INFORMATION -- HEAD OVER TO ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM. Return to index of stories...


RSW FLIGHT BOARDS-OTS


STILL NO WORD ON WHAT CAUSED A GLITCH IN THE FLIGHT BOARD SYSTEM, LAST NIGHT AT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL.

VIDEO BOARDS IN THE TERMINAL, AND THE AIRPORT'S WEBSITE DISPLAYED INCORRECT INFORMATION.

WE'RE TOLD R-S-W IS REVAMPING IT'S FLIGHT INFORMATION SYSTEM. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE ONE---------


A *BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SEAWORLD TONIGHT --

WHY THEY SAY A BIGGER HOUSE FOR SHAMU MIGHT FIX THEIR MONEY WOES.

PLUS --

1925 I just grabbed my 22 and shot it 5

AND HE COULD BE FACING JAIL TIME.

NEXT ON 7 --

WHY A COLLIER COUNTY MAN SAYS -- HE WAS SO UPSET -- HE SHOT A SMALL ALLIGATOR IN HIS BACKYARD.

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TZ1 SEA WORLD ANNOUNCEMENT-VOTOPS


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TZ1 MAN SHOOTS GATOR-SOTVO


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SEA WORLD ANNOUNCEMENT-OTS-VO


SEAWORLD ANNOUNCED PLANS TO BUILD LARGER HABITATS FOR ITS KILLER WHALES.

THE NEW TANKS WILL HOLD 10-MILLION GALLONS OF WATER.

AT 50-FEET DEEP -- THE VIEWING AREA WILL BE EXPANDED TO FOUR STORIES.

SEAWORLD SAYS THE NEW HABITATS WILL ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF KILLER WHALES. AND INSPIRE CONSERVATION EFFORTS TO PROTECT THEM IN THE WILD. Return to index of stories...


SEA WORLD ANNOUNCEMENT-SOTVO


Even more, then Sea World's obligation to its guests, is Sea World's obligation to its animals. The history of killer whale display in our parks is one of continual evolution and improvement.

THE FIRST NEW HABITAT IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN SAN DIEGO IN 2018. FOLLOWED BY NEW HOMES IN ORLANDO AND SAN ANTONIO.

SEAWORLD ALSO PLEDGED 10-MILLION DOLLARS IN MATCHING FUNDS FOR KILLER WHALE RESEARCH. Return to index of stories...


MAN SHOOTS GATOR-trxSSTOPS-VO


THIS COLLIER COUNTY MAN SAYS HE WAS TIRED OF SEEING A SMALL ALLIGATOR IN THE WEEDS NEAR HIS PROPERTY --

SO HE SHOT IT.

NILE DUPPSTADT SAYS A BOOK HE WAS READING ABOUT THE EVERGLADES MADE HIM UPSET - AND THAT'S WHEN HE "LOST IT." Return to index of stories...


MAN SHOOTS GATOR-SOTVO


NILE DUPPSTADT

ADMITTS SHOOTING THE ALLIGATOR

SOT 2156 I regret I did it it was sort of a, i don't know, crime of passion or something like that I just, had enough

ABC7 CHECKED --

AND SHOOTING AN ALLIGATOR WITHOUT A HUNTING LICENSE IS A FELONY IN FLORIDA.

DUPPSTADT WAS ARRESTED FOR THAT --

PLUS SHOOTING A GUN IN PUBLIC. Return to index of stories...


MARCO LEWD INCIDENT-trxSSTOPS-OC


THIS MARCO ISLAND POOL CLEANER IS ACCUSED OF MASTERBATING IN FRONT OF NEIGHBORS -- WHILE CLEANING A POOL!

POLICE SAY JOSEPH VARNER ADMITTED TO IT --

AFTER SEVERAL NEIGHBORS ACCUSED HIM OF IT.

THEY SAID IT HAPPENED MORE THAN ONCE.

THEY EVEN TOOK PICTURES AND VIDEO.

POLICE TRACKED HIM DOWN THROUGH THE POOL CLEANING COMPANY HE WORKED FOR. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO


14:24:18 an airplane is a complicated thing. 14:24:19

COMPLICATED, INDEED.

NEW AT SEVEN --

WE TAKE YOU INSIDE THE MIND OF AN EXPERIENCED PILOT, DURING A FLIGHT EMERGENCY.

THE TOUGH DECISIONS, THAT COULD POTENTIALLY SAVE LIVES.

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TZ2 MIND OF A PILOT-SOTVO


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TZ2 SOLAR POWERED COMPACTOR-VOTOPS


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JP WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


FORECAST: Weekend rain chances

An onshore wind flow pattern will continue tonight pushing scattered showers and storms from the Gulf of Mexico toward Southwest Florida.

Through this evening areas of rain and thunder will continue, with the activity becoming increasing isolated in coverage toward midnight.

For the upcoming weekend, we will again bear the chance of a shower or storm in the morning on Saturday, compliments of the continued onshore wind flow. By the afternoon the greatest coverage of rain and thunder should mainly be along and east of Interstate 75, with an isolated risk remaining in the forecast for communities closer to the Gulf of Mexico shoreline.

Temperatures on Saturday are expected to range from the upper 80s along the beaches to low 90s for communities inland.

On Sunday, a wedge of drier air will begin working into the mid-levels of the atmosphere. This air will help to cut back significantly on our rainfall opportunities with rain chances falling to around 20% during the afternoon.

With less rain on the radar temperatures should be able to warm up near 94 degrees just after lunchtime.

TROPICAL UPDATE

No tropical cyclones are active in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. None are expected to be able to develop within the next two days as well.

Despite the lack of any organized tropical activity, tropical waves off the coast of Africa continue to move along in the Atlantic. There continues to be a good deal of dry and dusty air over the water, and that is helping to keep conditions relatively quiet. Return to index of stories...


IN THE MIND OF A PILOT-TC-VO


NEW AT 7 ON 7 --

THIS SUMMER ALONE --

THREE PILOTS HAVE MADE EMERGENCY LANDINGS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THREE PEOPLE HAVE DIED AS A RESULT.

TONIGHT -- WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A BETTER IDEA OF HOW PILOTS ARE TRAINED TO THINK DURING AN EMERGENCY.

JOHN O'CONNELL -- A 35-YEAR AIRLINE VETERAN -- HAS MORE THAN 18-THOUSAND HOURS OF PILOT COMMAND UNDER HIS WING.

ABC7 JOINED O'CONNELL TODAY, TO SIMULATE WHAT A PILOT SEES DURING AN EMERGENCY LANDING.

HE SAYS -- PILOTS SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN A-B-C *AND D. Return to index of stories...


IN THE MIND OF A PILOT-SOTVO-TC


14:38:35 it's in a shallow glide or shallow decent and we just need to decide where we need to go. 14:38:42

--BUTT SOT--

14:49:48 the only thing that's important is to make sure you're flying the airplane properly. 14:49:50

LOOK AT HOW QUICKLY THE SIMULTOR LOST CONTROL WHEN THE PLANE LOST ITS ENGINES.

BUT O'CONNELL STILL HAD FULL CONTROL OF THE PLANE.

HE SAYS -- NO MATTER THE EMERGENCY -- A PILOT'S TRAINING SHOULD ALWAYS TAKE OVER.

TO GET A PRIVATE PILOT'S LICENSE YOU MUST HOLD AN AVIATION MEDICAL CERTIFICATE --

HAVE A MINIMUM OF 40 FLIGHT TRAINING HOURS AND PASS SEVERAL WRITTEN AND ORAL EXAMS. Return to index of stories...


2020 TONIGHT-POP-SOTVO


GETTING DRUNK WITHOUT DRINKING.

IT'S A RARE MEDICAL CONDITION CALLED AUTO-BREWERY SYNDROME.

WHILE SOME OF YOU MIGHT NOT THINK IT'S THE WORSE MEDICAL CONDITION -- FOR ITS VICTIMS. IT'S DIBILITATING.

DEBORAH ROBERTS:

01:03:27:07 What did you think was happening, Nick?

NICK HESS

Thought maybe I had a stomach bug or something. It was terrible.

IT WASN'T A STOMACH BUG.

NICK HESS SAYS HE WAS AT HOME WITH HIS WIFE WHEN HE SUDDENLY BECAME CONFUSED -- HE FELT DRUNK.

HE WAS DOUBLED OVER IN PAIN. Return to index of stories...


2020 TONIGHT-SOTVO-SS


01:07:50;19 we would be watching television, episode after episode.

/.And by the end of the evening, he would start to be confused, he would

start slurring. And he did smell like he had alcohol on his breath../.

HERE'S THE THING -

SHE SAYS HER HUSBAND HAD NOT BEEN DRINKING - HE DIDN'T HAVE A SIP OF ALCOHOL THE ENTIRE DAY.

AUTO-BREWERY SYNDROME IS A MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS AND LITTLE KNOWN.

IN TONIGHT'S 20/20 RIGHT HERE ON ABC7.

NICK SHARES HIS STORY.

IT'S A MUST SEE --

TONIGHT AT 10 -- RIGHT HERE ON ABC7. Return to index of stories...


SOLAR POWERED COMPACTOR-OTS-VO


GOING GREEN IS GETTING EASIER IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY --

THANKS TO A 7-THOUSAND DOLLAR ADDITION TO PORT CHARLOTTE PARK.

NEW TRASH COMPACTORS ARE COMPLETELY SOLAR POWERED AND DESIGNED TO PREVENT TRASH OVERFLOW.

WASTE MANAGEMENT RECENTLY INSTALLED THE NEW COMPACTORS.

CONSIDERING HOW MANY PEOPLE USE THAT PARK --

IT'LL GOT A LOT OF USE. Return to index of stories...


SOLAR POWERED COMPACTOR-SOTVO


"A lot of people here at least 300, there's a youth basketball banquet that's going on, we'll be in and out of the park most of the day to keep up with that."

THESE BINS ARE THE SIZE OF A 35-GALLON CAN, BUT CARRY ALMOST 180 GALLONS WORTH OF TRASH WHEN COMPACTED.

THE BIN NOTIFIES WASTE MANAGEMENT WHEN IT IS FULL AND NEEDS TO BE EMPTIED. Return to index of stories...


MUSIC WALK TONIGHT-2SH-NATVO


THERE'S AN EVENT FOR ALL AGES, HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN LEE COUNTY.

AND IF YOU LIKE LIVE MUSIC - THIS IS YOUR WEEKEND.

drums playing

IT'S A "MUSIC WALK" NIGHT IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS.

SINGERS AND MUSICIANS WILL BE PLAYING ON THE STREETS AND IN BARS AND RESTAURANTS TONIGHT.

THE FREE EVENT STARTS AT SEVEN O CLOCK. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT-CLIP


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TEASE THREE-POP


COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS ALMOST HERE--- AND NOTRE DAME TAKES A MAJOR HIT----

PLUS--- THE BEST HOCKEY PLAYER ON THE PLANET WRAPS UP HIS WEEK IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -- WE'LL HEAR FROM SIDNEY CROSBY COMING UP NEXT IN SPORTS Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A-VO-DISS


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TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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11PM TZ1) CANCER FUNDS STOLEN-SOTVO


"I'm dying of cancer, you know, I've got bills."

SO A FRIEND HELD A FUNDRAISER --

TO PAY FOR HIS FUNERAL.

BUT HE NEVER SAW A DIME OF DONATIONS.

AT 11 --

SEE WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MONEY --

AND WHY THIS MAN'S FAITH IN HIS FRIEND IS SHATTERED. Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ2) THEIF RETURNS VAN-VOTOPS


PLUS -- HOW A MOTHER CONVICED A CAR THEIF --

TO GIVE HER BACK HER VAN --

SEE WHY SHE DIDN'T EVEN WANT TO CALL THE POLICE. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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NHL HOCKEY-POPMON


THEY CALL HIM SID THE KID-- BUT HE IS ALL MAN WHEN HE HITS THE ICE--- SIDNEY CROSBY--- WIDELY CONSIDERED THE BEST HOCKEY PLAYER ON THE PLANET---- CHOSE TO HONE HIS SKILLS THIS WEEK IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA---- AND HE'S GOT PLENTY OF SKILLS TO HONE-- LAST YEAR-- HE WAS THE LEAGUE'S TOP SCORER AND MOST VALUABLE PLAYER--- Return to index of stories...


NHL HOCKEY-VOTOPS


CROSBY --- AND SEVERAL OTHER NHL STARS--- HAVE BEEN WORKING OUT AT GERMAIN ARENA ALL WEEK---

AMONG THE OTHER PLAYERS ON THE ICE-- ALL STAR FORWARD-- MATT DUCHENE AND LAST YEARS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR-- NATHAN MACKINNON

--- IT'S A CHANCE FOR THESE GUYS TO BREAK THE ROUTINE OF THEIR DAILY WORKOUTS--- AND COME TO A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN--- NOT ONLY GET THEIR TRAINING IN-- BUT RELAX -- WHEN THE WORK IS DONE--- Return to index of stories...


NHL HOCKEY-SOTOPS


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FGCU SOCCER-VOTOPS


THE FGCU MEN'S SOCCER TEAM-- HAS WON 4 STRAIGHT CONFERENCE TITLES-- AND THAT TREND IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THIS FALL ---

THE COACHES HAVE PICKED THE EAGLES TO WIN THE ATLANATIC SUN --- ALONG WITH LIPSCOMB-- WHO WERE CO-FAVORITES---

THE EAGLES ARE LOADED WITH TALENT-- THEY HAVE 6 ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS INCLUDING PRESEASON CONFERNENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR--- RODRIGO ---

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EAGLE HOOPS-VOTOPS


STICKING ON CAMPUS--- THE FGCU WOMEN-- CONTINUE TO BUILD ANOTHER CHALLENGING SCHEDULE----

THIS SEASON THE EAGLES WILL TRAVLE TO AUBURN TO FACE THE TIGERS NOVEMBER 20TH----

AUBURN WILL THEN TRAVEL TO ALICO ARENA -- THE FOLLOWING SEASON---- Return to index of stories...


TEAM USA-VOTOPS


SPEAKING OF HOOPS -- TEAM USA CONTINUES TO GET READY FOR THE FIBA WORLD CUP -- LATER THIS MONTH IN SPAIN---

-- IN PREPARATION FOR THAT TOURNAMENT-- TEAM USA WAS SUPPOSED TO TRAVEL TO SENEGAL TO PUT ON CLINIC-- BUT THAT TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELED-- AFTER AN EBOLA BREAK OUT IN WEST AFRICA ----

MEANWHILE-- PAUL GEORGE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PART OF TEAM USA-- BUT BROKE HIS LEG DURING A TEAM SCRIMMAGE TWO WEEKS AGO-- TODAY GEORGE WAS TALKING ABOUT THAT FREAK ACCIDENT Return to index of stories...


TEAM USA-SOTTOP


WAIT Return to index of stories...


MIAMI DOLPHINS-POPMON


THE MIAMI DOLPHINS ARE GOING HIGH TECH--- THEY HAVE STARTED INSTALLING GPS SYSTEMS INTO THE PLAYERS JERSIES ---- HOPING TO LEARN--- HOW TO PREVENT INJURIES--- THE SYSTEM-- TRACKS VELOCITY-- ACCELERATION AND THE STRESS OF A COLLISION-- AND ABOUT ONE HUNDRED OTHER THINGS--- NOW--- IF IT COULD JUST FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THE FINS BACK TO THE PLAYOFFS Return to index of stories...


MIAMI DOLPHINS-VOTOPS


THE FINS -- ARE GEARING UP FOR THEIR ANNUAL PRESEASON SHOWDOWN WITH TAMPA BAY---

THE TWO TEAMS MEAN AT RAYMOND JAMES-- ON SATURDAY---

THIS IS THE SECOND PRESEASON GAME FOR BOTH THE DOLPHINS AND BUCCANEERS-- AND FOR BOTH TEAMS-- THEIR NEED TO BE BIG IMPROVEMENT Return to index of stories...


MIAMI DOLPHINS-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


NOTRE DAME-VOTOP


BAD NEWS FOR THE NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL TEAM--- AS WE ARE JUST 2 WEEKS AWAY FROM THE START OF THE SEASON

------ 4 KEY FOOTBALL PLAYERS--- INCLUDING 3 STARTERS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE TEAM-- FOR ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT---

ITS PART OF AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION AT NOTRE DAME---

THE PLAYERS INCLUDE -- WIDE RECEIVER DAVARIS DANIELS AND DEFENSIVE BACK RUSSELL-- BOTH HELP THE IRISH GET TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2 YEARS AGO Return to index of stories...


PGA GOLF-VOTOPS


WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP----

HEATH SLOCUM--- LEADING -- THANKS TO SHOTS LIKE THIS -- STICKS HIS APPROACH NICE AND SNUG

HE WOULD BIRDIE FROM THERE--- SLOCUM AND SCOTT LANGELY LEAD AT 10 UNDER Return to index of stories...


ICE BUCKET-VOTOPS


THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE CONTINUES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA---

FORMER PGA GOLFER NOLAN HENKE-- AND CURRENT PGA GOLFER -- GEORGE MCNEILL Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


FINAL STOP -- PHILLY--

HOMEPLATE UMPIRE PAUL TAKES A FOUL BALL -- WHERE HE DOESN'T WANT TO TAKE A FOUL BALL----

LET'S JUST HOPE HE'S WEARING THE PROPER EQUIPMENT Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-4 SHOT


ADLIB POINTS Return to index of stories...