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HEADLINES WEATHER-OMNITOPS
HL 1 NEW YEAR'S EVE-SOTVO NEWS AT 9 REOPEN-CLIP
HL 2 COLORADO SHOOTIJNG-NATSVO GOOD MORNING-2 SHOT
HL 3 TODDLER DROWNING-VOTOPS FIRST WEATHER-FIRST WX
NEWS AT 9 OPEN-CLIPTOPS BIG STORY-CLIP
GOOD MORNING-VOTOPS,2 SHOT CAPE CREEPER-SOT
FIRST WEATHER-FIRST WX CAPE CREEPER-VO AT TOUCH
BIG STORY-CLIP CAPE CREEPER-PKG
FL KEYS NYE DOG WALK-VOTOPS CAPE CREEPER-VO AT TOUCH
NEW YEARS DRUNK DRIVING-2 SHOT VO AT BAM DEVELOPING CLIP-CLIP
NEW YEARS DRUNK DRIVING-PKG CO OFFICER SHOOTING-VO AT BAM, VOFULL
NEW YEARS DRUNK DRIVING-OC CO OFFICER SHOOTING-SOTVO
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP NEWS UPDATE-CLIP
NEW YEAR'S CLEAN UP-2 SHOT ODBOX TEEN INJURED BY POLICE-OC,VO
NEW YEAR'S CLEAN UP-LIVE TEEN INJURED BY POLICE-SOTVO
NEW YEAR'S CLEAN UP-VO NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP
NEW YEAR'S CLEAN UP-SOT TRUMP LATEST-VO AT BAM
NEW YEAR'S CLEAN UP-LIVE TRUMP LATEST-PKG
DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP TRUMP LATEST-OC
COLORADO OFFICER SHOOTING-2 SHOT VO AT TOUCH MILITAR TRANSGENDER RECRUITS-OC,VO
COLORADO OFFICER SHOOTING-PKG DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
COLORADO OFFICER SHOOTING-OC COURT MISCONDUCT POLICY-VO IN KEY
NEW DETAILS-CLIP NEW DETAILS-CLIP
SWATTING ARREST-SOT,VO AT TOUCH, VO FULL COSTA RICA PLANE CRASH-VO AT TOUCH
SWATTING ARREST-SOTVO NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP
NEW TODAY-CLIP TEACHERS BACK TO WORK-OC,CG
PUNTA GORDA POLICE CHIEF-OC,SS (2) NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP
IRMA RECOVERY-CLIP TEASE FIVE
COLLIER IRMA DEBRIS-VIDBOX TZ5 A DRONES DELIVER BLOOD-VO-WIPE
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP TZ5 B DRINKING TOO MUCH-VOTOPS
TEASE ONE WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ
TZ1 A TODDLER DROWNING-SOTVO CRIMEWATCH PROMO-SOTTOPS
TZ1 B SON DRUG OVERDOSE-VOTOPS DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP
WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ WINTER WEATHER-SOTVO
NEW DETAILS-CLIP WINTER WEATHER-SOTVO
TODDLER DROWNING IMMOKALEE-OC,VO NEW VIDEO-CLIP
TODDLER DROWNING IMMOKALEE-SOTVO 40 VEHICLE PILEUP-SQBOX
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
SON DRUG OVERDOSE-OC,VO CROSSTALK-3 SH W BAM
SON DRUG OVERDOSE-SOTVO FORECAST-WX WALL
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP
TEASE TWO DRINKING TOO MUCH-VOTOPS
TZ2 A POWERBALL & MEGA MIL-VO DRINKING TOO MUCH-SOTVO
TZ2 B RARE CHRONIC ILLNESS-SOTVO DRONES DELIVER BLOOD-2 SHOT VO AT BAM
CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP DRONES DELIVER BLOOD-PKG
SUPERMOOM-VOTOPS DRONES DELIVER BLOOD-VO AT BAM
CROSSTALK INTO WX-3 SH W BAM HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP
FORECAST-WXWALL FLU OUTBREAK-OC,VO
HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP FLU OUTBREAK-SOTVO
RARE CHRONIC ILLNESS-SOTVO CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP
RARE CHRONIC ILLNESS-2 SHOT VO AT BAM IPHONE LAWSUIT-OC,VO
RARE CHRONIC ILLNESS-PKG IPHONE LAWSUIT-SOTVO
RARE CHRONIC ILLNESS-VO AT BAM DIGITAL RESOLUTIONS-VO IN KEY
GET MORE-MON IN BAM NEW TODAY-CLIP
NEW VIDEO-CLIP KEEPING FINANCES IN CHECK-SQBOX
BOBCAT VIDEO-VOTOPS NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP TEASE SIX
POWERBALL & MEGA MILLIONS-2 SHOT VO AT TOUCH TZ6 A XMAS CARD MISSING-VO
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP TZ6 B PIG REUNITED-VO
TEASE THREE HARDING PROMO-SOTTOPS
TZ3 A EUTHANIZED ANIMALS-VO-WIPE NEWS UPDATE-CLIP
TZ3 B MAN COLOR BLIND-VOTOPS XMAS CARD MISSING-OC,VO
DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP XMAS CARD MISSING-SOTVO
EUTHANIZED ANIMALS-OC,VO CAUGHT ON CAMERA-CLIP
EUTHANIZED ANIMALS-SOTVO PIG REUNITED ON THE LOOSE IN NFM-VOTOPS
GET MORE: HUMANE SOCIETY-OC,VO TONIGHT ON ABC7-CLIP
GET MORE: HUMANE SOCIETY-SOTVO THE BACHELOR TONIGHT-OC,SS
NEW TODAY-CLIP TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS
MAN COLOR BLIND-VO AT TOUCH TS1) TODDLER DROWNS-VO
MAN COLOR BLIND-PKG TS2) CAPE CREEP-VO
MAN COLOR BLIND-VO AT TOUCH TS3) NYE DRUNK DRIVING-VO
NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP TS4) BOBCAT RESCUED-VO
TEASE FOUR TS5) K9 TRANING-VO
TZ4 A CAPE CREEPER-SOTVO FINAL WEATHER-3SH, WX
TZ4 B FLU OUTBREAK-VOTOPS-WIPE CLOSE-3 SHOT
TZ4 C PIG REUNITED-VOTOPS  


HEADLINES


02:48:38 "And what a terrible way to start out 2018.

THOUSANDS OF PARTYGOERS RANG IN THE NEW YEAR BUT AT A COST-- DURING A DANGEROUS TIME TO BE ON THE ROADS.

GET MORE ON THE PUSH FROM LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO KEEP YOU SAFE.

A DEADLY POLICE AMBUSH --

ONE OFFICER KILLED --

NEW AT 9 --

AND -- A TODDLER DROWNS IN A COLLIER SWIMMING POOL --

THE WARNING FOR FAMILIES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON -- Return to index of stories...


HL 1 NEW YEAR'S EVE-SOTVO


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HL 2 COLORADO SHOOTIJNG-NATSVO


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HL 3 TODDLER DROWNING-VOTOPS


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NEWS AT 9 OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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GOOD MORNING-VOTOPS,2 SHOT


THIS MORNING --

MUCH OF THE COUNTRY KICKING OFF 2018 --

IN A DEEP FREEZE.

WHITE OUT CONDITIONS CAUSING PILEUPS IN MICHIGAN --

NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS SETTING RECORDS -- SOME EVEN BEING CANCELLED --

AND THE CHILL IS MAKING IT'S WAY TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY NEW YEAR- THANKS FOR JOINING US HERE ON ABC7 I'M EMILY BURRIS.

AND I'M BEN HENRY.

LET'S TOSS IT OVER TO CODY MURPHY TRACKING THAT COLD FRONT THAT'S ON THE WAY. Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER-FIRST WX


Forecast: Rain and cool weather start today

We are opening 2018 with a big change in the overall weather pattern around Southwest Florida, one that will keep us chilly for much of the week ahead.

Expect a cloudy morning with temperatures in the 50s. Showers from an approaching cold front will begin to impact coastal Charlotte and Lee counties from mid to late morning. Rain is expected to be scattered and light, with less than half an inch today. The best chance of rain today overall will be in the early afternoon.

Temperatures will not rise very much as a result of the clouds and the front passing through our area in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 60s with a few spots in Collier and Hendry counties reaching around 70 midday.

Gusty winds behind the front will be a significant issue for boaters. Expect choppy conditions with 3 to 4 foot waves in the Gulf by the late afternoon with winds up to 20 knots.

Cloudy and windy weather sticks around through Wednesday as a storm system forms off the east coast of Florida. There's a chance for some heavier rain on Wednesday,but overall the next three days we will just see scattered light showers with rain totals at less than an inch.

This storm off the eastern coast will help bring down much cooler and drier air behind it starting Wednesday. Skies will clear and temperatures will drop to the 40s along the coast and 30s inland for lows Thursday through Sunday. Highs during this period will only be in the low to mid 60s in the afternoons. This is about as winter-like as it gets for Southwest Florida. After today, we won't see 70s again until the end of next weekend. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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FL KEYS NYE DOG WALK-VOTOPS


THESE FOUR-LEGGED-FURRY-FRIENDS IN KEY WEST STARTED OFF THEIR NEW YEAR'S THE RIGHT WAY.

MORE THAN 200 DOGS STRUTTED THEIR STUFF FOR THIS ANNUAL EVENT.

IT'S THE PRELUDE FOR THE FAMOUS HIGH HEEL SHOE DROP.

Now in its 11th year, the Key West Dachshund Walk celebrated New Year's Eve in Key West, Florida with a parade of dogs and owners.

More than 200 of the short-legged, long-bodied dogs, many in costumes, provided much levity to the annual event.

Some participants went all out for costumes. Elizabeth Stentzel of York, Pennsylvania dressed her dog Nelson as a horse, and had him carry Sheriff Woody from the Toy Story movies. Others used a variety of themes: the Tin Man and a flying monkey, a ballerina, a wagon full of superheroes, and a "rasta" dog with dreadlocks.

The event serves as a prelude for Key West's traditional celebrations, which include a female impersonator who is lowered to the street in a large high heel shoe, the drop of a giant conch shell, and the drop of a Key Lime wedge, which splashes down in a large margarita glass. Return to index of stories...


NEW YEARS DRUNK DRIVING-2 SHOT VO AT BAM


THOUSANDS WERE OUT CELEBRATING NEW YEARS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA THIS WEEKEND.

AND LAW ENFORCEMENT WAS OUT MAKING SURE DRIVERS WERE SAFE ON THE ROADS.

NESTOR MONTOYA HAS MORE ON HOW THEY WERE CRACKING DOWN ON DRUNK DRIVERS. Return to index of stories...


NEW YEARS DRUNK DRIVING-PKG


NAT BALLOON INFLATING

02:42:26 "It's the new year. We need to start off on the right foot with a positive frame of mind. We all need to go out and have a great time, but make sure we get home safely.":33

POLICE SPENT THEIR NEW YEARS EVE---

KEEPING YOU SAFE--

AND

LOOKING FOR DRUNK DRIVERS -- WHO SHOULDN'T BE BEHIND THE WHEEL.

ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES—

THERE WERE MORE THAN 5-THOUSAND CONFIRMED ALCOHOL RELATED CRASHES IN 20-16.

417 OF THOSE WERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

IN FORT MYERS — MANY PLANNED AHEAD TO AVOID GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL ALTOGETHER.

02:47:34 "Definitely not driving. We're planning on calling an Uber or a Lyft. Whatever comes faster or closer.":39

02:41:34 "And I will be the designated driver this evening so everyone else can have a great time, enjoy the festivities, and I'll be the leader this evening.":41

NAT TOW TRUCK SECURING CAR

JOSHUA KINZLER WITH A-F-A TOWING PREDICTED A BUSY NIGHT..

HE'S WORKING WITH TRIPLE-A TO GET PEOPLE HOME AT NO COST TO THEM.

02:59:53 "There's lots of impaired drivers that are taking advantage of the AAA Tow to Go. So we're constantly rolling. We'll probably be out till about 5 in the morning.":01

HE SAYS ABOUT 40 IMPAIRED DRIVERS USED THE SERVICE LAST YEAR—

AND HOPES THE SERVICE MAKES A DIFFERENCE THIS YEAR.

03:01:18 "I would much rather work and be out assisting people that are impaired and get them home safe than be picking up a fatality for that vehicle.":27 Return to index of stories...


NEW YEARS DRUNK DRIVING-OC


SOME PEOPLE ALSO TOOK ADVANTAGE OF TRIPLE-A'S "TOW-TO-GO" SERVICE.

THE SERVICE TAKES IMPAIRED DRIVERS AND THEIR CARS BACK HOME -- AT NO COST. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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NEW YEAR'S CLEAN UP-2 SHOT ODBOX


CLEAN UP EFFORTS CONTINUE THIS MORNING ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS DREW LARGE CROWDS—AND A *LOT OF TRASH WITH THEM.

ABC7's CHRIS LOVINGOOD IS LIVE ON FORT MYERS BEACH—

CHRIS, HOW DOES IT LOOK THERE? Return to index of stories...


NEW YEAR'S CLEAN UP-LIVE


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NEW YEAR'S CLEAN UP-VO


CLEAN UP IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS STARTED VERY EARLY THIS MORNING.

GLASS AND ALUMINUM BEER BOTTLES LINED HENDRY AND FIRST STREET.

IT'S MUCH CLEANER THERE NOW.

ON NAPLES BEACH—WE SPOTTED CREWS CLEANING THE BEACH THIS MORING—

—WHEN WE ARRIVED—IT LOOKED VERY CLEAN—

—A PLEASANT SIGHT FOR ONE NAPLES PIER VISITOR. Return to index of stories...


NEW YEAR'S CLEAN UP-SOT


*karl heffner, Ohio***

It's fantastic. It's great! But that's not unusual. It's always clean." |BUTT TO| makes you want to come back Return to index of stories...


NEW YEAR'S CLEAN UP-LIVE


AND WE'VE STILL SEEN OUR SHARE OF GARBAGE TRUCKS PICKING UP TRASH ON THE STREETS DURING OUR MORNING DRIVE.

BUT THE GENERALLY REACTION I GET FROM PEOPLE I TALKED TO TODAY-THEY'RE IMPRESSED WITH THE RESPONSE TIME FOR GETTING THINGS CLEAN. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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COLORADO OFFICER SHOOTING-2 SHOT VO AT TOUCH


NEW DETAILS THIS MORNING SURROUNDING A DEADLY POLICE AMBUSH IN COLORADO --

THAT LEFT AN OFFICER -- AN IRAQ WAR VETERAN AND FATHER -- DEAD.

IT HAPPENED NEW-YEAR'S-EVE AT A COLORADO APARTMENT COMPLEX.

6 OTHERS WERE HURT --

THE SUSPECT KILLED. THIS MORNING WE'RE LEARNING -- HE WAS KNOWN TO POLICE. Return to index of stories...


COLORADO OFFICER SHOOTING-PKG


POLICE SAY IT WAS AN AMBUSH.

NATS - RADIO TAFFIC / "SHOTS FIRED! SHOTS FIRED! SHOTS FIRED!"

SHORTLY AFTER ARRIVING AT THIS APARTMENT COMPLEX NEAR DENVER EARLY SUNDAY FOR A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE CALL POLICE SAY 37-YEAR OLD MATTHEW RIEHL SUDDENLY OPENS FIRE WITH A RIFLE.

NATS - RADIO TRAFFIC / "I NEED SWAT RIGHT NOW. I NEED MEDICAL."

THE SUSPECT HITTING FIVE OFFICERS AND TWO NEIGHBORS

THE OFFICERS RETREAT OUTSIDE BUT 29-YEAR OLD DEPUTY ZACKARI PARRISH DOES NOT MAKE IT OUT.

NATS - RADIO TRAFFIC / VOICE OF: DEPUTY TAYLOR DAVIS / "WE HAVE ONE DEPUTY DOWN INSIDE THE APARTMENT. I'M NOT GETTING ANYTHING FROM HIM. ALL OF US HAVE BEEN HIT AT LEAST ONCE."

OVER THE NEXT HOUR AND A HALF THE SUSPECT FIRES MORE THAN A HUNDRED TIMES.

NATS - RADIO TRAFFIC / "FIRING SEVERAL ROUNDS, FIRING INSIDE AGAIN."

AT 7:30 POLICE GO BACK IN TO SEE RIEHL WAS SHOT AND KILLED.

DEPUTY PARRISH A MARRIED FATHER OF TWO DOES NOT SURVIVE.

SOT - TONY SPURLOCK / WHEN I SAT WITH HIS WIFE AND HELD HER HAND, I COULD SEE IN HER EYES HER LIFE IS OVER.

RIEHL WAS KNOWN TO OFFICERS FROM PREVIOUS CALLS. HE'D BEEN RECOMMENDED FOR MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATIONS AND WAS OFTEN CRITICAL OF POLICE IN VIDEOS POSTED TO YOUTUBE.

NATS - LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE FOR SHERIFF OF DOUGLAS COUNTY.

THE OTHER FOUR WOUNDED OFFICERS NOW IN STABLE CONDITION. Return to index of stories...


COLORADO OFFICER SHOOTING-OC


PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED ABOUT THE ATTACK SUNDAY EVENING, WRITING THAT HIS "DEEPEST CONDOLENCES GO TO THE VICTIMS OF THE TERRIBLE SHOOTING IN DOUGLAS COUNTY. AND THEIR FAMILIES." Return to index of stories...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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SWATTING ARREST-SOT,VO AT TOUCH, VO FULL


30 into pkg

nats 911 call

they were arguing and I shot him in the head and he's not breathing

YOU JUST HEARD A CLIP OF A BOGUS 9-1-1 CALL THAT INVESTIGATORS SAY LED TO AN INNOCENT MAN'S DEATH.

POLICE SAY 25-YEAR-OLD TYLER BARRISS -- OF LOS ANGELES -- WAS SWATTING --

A PRANK WHEN GAMERS FALSELY REPORT FAKE CRIMES.

BARRISS CALLED 911 SAYING HE'D SHOT HIS FATHER --

SENDING POLICE RACING TO THE ADDRESS HE GAVE -- TO FIND ANDREW FINCH - STANDING AT THE SCREEN DOOR.

WHEN HE DIDN'T COMPLY WITH OFFICERS CALLS TO KEEP HIS HANDS UP -- THEY OPENED FIRE. Return to index of stories...


SWATTING ARREST-SOTVO


towards end of pkg

Lisa Finch - victim's mother -

My son wouldn't have hurt anything. They did not give him a warning.

AND POLICE NOW SAY - IT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME BARRISS ALLEGEDLY MADE A MISLEADING AND ALARMING CALL.

HE WAS ACCUSED OF PHONING IN A BOMB THREAT TO ABC STATION - IN 2015.

THE LOS ANGELES NEWS STATION HAD TO BE EVACUATED.

COURT RECORDS SHOW HE WAS SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON.

THE F-B-I IS NOW INVESTIGATING THIS LATEST CASE. Return to index of stories...


NEW TODAY-CLIP


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PUNTA GORDA POLICE CHIEF-OC,SS (2)


THIS WEEK--- PUNTA GORDA WELCOMES ITS NEW POLICE CHIEF

PAMELA DAVIS IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD THE DEPARTMENT

THE 26-YEAR VETERAN PREVIOUSLY WORKED FOR BALTIMORE P-D.

THE CITY FIRED CHIEF TOM LEWIS IN AUGUST -- JUST ONE YEAR AFTER OFFICER LEE COEL ACCIDENTALLY SHOT AND KILLED A WOMAN DURING A POLICE DEMONSTRATION.

City of Punta Gorda, FL: Punta Gorda Announces Selection of New Police Chief

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City of Punta Gorda, FL webmaster@ci.punta-gorda.fl.us

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Punta Gorda Announces Selection of New Police Chief

Post Date: 11/20/2017 2:00 PM

Contact: Howard Kunik, City Manager

575-3301

hkunik@pgorda.us

Date: November 20, 2017

For Immediate Release

PRESS RELEASE

City Manager Howard Kunik Announces Selection of New Police Chief

Punta Gorda, Fla. - Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik announced today that he has selected Pamela R. Davis to serve as the next Punta Gorda Police Chief. Ms. Davis is currently the Director of the Professional Development and Training Academy for the City of Baltimore Police Department. Prior to her current position, Ms. Davis served 23 years with the Anne Arundel County Police Department working up the ranks from Patrol Officer to Deputy Chief of Police.

City Manager Kunik points to Davis's leadership abilities, broad public safety background and extensive training acumen as qualities that elevated her to be the top choice. "I was impressed with her genuine demeanor and overall leadership and technical skills that will enable her to re-energize the department within as well as our extensive partnerships with the community. Pam is well prepared to step into the position and re-elevate our Police Department to pinnacle status," said City Manager Howard Kunik.

Davis's 26 years of experience in police services have included a wide range of responsibilities to include professional development and training, administration, patrol, investigations, crises intervention, internal affairs, labor negotiations and community outreach. Pam assisted with creation of a Citizens Advisory Council and Business Advisory Council that resulted in enhanced relationships and trust with all areas of the Anne Arundel community. She was the architect of that department's first crisis intervention team to address the systematic problem of dealing with mentally ill people, a program nationally recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Upon joining the Baltimore Police Department in September 2016, Pam assumed responsibility for training to ensure compliance with the Department of Justice Consent Decree and all Maryland Police Training Standards Commission regulations. She created the first ever Training Academy Community Engagement Unit.

Davis holds a Master of Science Degree in Management/Leadership from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies Degree from National Labor College. She attended the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum - Senior Management Institute for Police.

The process to select a new Police Chief involved representatives from the City's residential neighborhoods, business sectors and Police Department staff, who engaged the eight finalists in conversations culminating with their overall insights to the City Manager. City Council members also had the opportunity to meet the candidates and observe the panel discussions. The eight candidates also interviewed with the City Manager, who was assisted by the Assistant State Attorney - Charlotte County Office.

"It is an absolute honor to be selected as the Chief of Police for the City of Punta Gorda. One of the things I am most excited about Punta Gorda, is the active engagement between community members, business leaders, and city government. I am eager to be a part of that interaction and to be a part of such a wonderful, vibrant community. With this position comes tremendous responsibility and accountability that I am fully prepared to undertake. I look forward to leading a progressive Punta Gorda Police Department that will continue to focus on providing quality customer service," said Pamela Davis.

We welcome Pamela Davis to the Punta Gorda community. Her start date will be January 2, 2018.

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IRMA RECOVERY-CLIP


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COLLIER IRMA DEBRIS-VIDBOX


LOOKING AHEAD-THIS MORNING.

COLLIER COUNTY WILL RESUME DEBRIS COLLECTION WEDNESDAY.

EMPLOYEES AND SUBCONTRACTORS WERE OFF FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

DEBRIS COLLECTION THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY IS AROUND 80 PERCENT.

STORM-RELATED YARD WASTE MUST BE SEPARATE FROM OTHER ITEMS PLACED OUT FOR COLLECTION.

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December 14, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hurricane Irma Debris Collection Suspended for the Holidays

Collier County’s emergency debris removal contractor will suspend collection of Hurricane Irma-related debris starting Friday, Dec. 22 through Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. This will allow its employees and subcontractors to spend the holidays with their families.

Storm debris collection throughout the county is approximately 80 percent complete with all major arterial roadways and residential streets cleared. Residents are reminded that Friday, Dec. 15 is the last day to place Hurricane Irma-related storm debris on the county right-of-way in front of their home for collection.

Storm-related yard waste must be kept separate from other items placed out for collection. Yard debris must not be green , and no green yard waste material can be combined with hurricane-related yard debris, otherwise the debris pile will not comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines for collection. Please ensure piles of yard waste are away from mailboxes, water meters, backflow prevention devices, utility poles and other objects that could be damaged by the large debris removal equipment. Debris crews will not collect light small piles of yard debris left behind from the first pass. Light small piles should be placed in conforming paper bags or in 45-gallon personal containers and placed curbside on your regularly scheduled yard waste collection day.

Residents with questions, concerns, or special situations related to the collection of storm-related vegetative debris are asked to contact Customer Service at 252-2380. The Debris Management Team will review each case individually and help provide further guidance. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE ONE


00:45:35-45

"If there's any advice I can give, it's to be careful with your kids."

CARE--

AFTER A TODDLER--

DIES IN A POOL.

AHEAD--

THE UGLY TREND IN COLLIER COUNTY--

AND THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR YOUNG KIDS.

AND THE MOM WHO SAYS THE FIGHT AGAINST OPIODS -- ISN'T WORKING.

HER HEARTWRENCHING STORY AFTER SHE LOST HER SON--

AND 13 OF HIS FRIENDS -- TO ADDICTION. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A TODDLER DROWNING-SOTVO


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TZ1 B SON DRUG OVERDOSE-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ


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NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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TODDLER DROWNING IMMOKALEE-OC,VO


A TWO-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN IMMOKALEE IS DEAD AFTER DROWNING IN A COMMUNITY POOL.

AND IT'S THE FIFTH CASE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IN 2017.

DROWNING IS ACTUALLY THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR KIDS AGES ONE TO FOUR.

AND IT'S BECOMING A TREND FOR CHILDREN IN COLLIER COUNTY.

INVESTIGATORS HAVEN'T RELEASED THE NAME OF THE TODDLER OR HOW SHE GOT INTO THE POOL.

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TODDLER DROWNING IMMOKALEE-SOTVO


Rebeca Perez/Neighbor

00:37:23-40

"It's very painful because you can share the pain speaking as a mother. The loss of a child is very painful, especially after carrying it in the womb for 9 months."

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR-THE POOL HAS A FENCE AROUND IT AND A SIGN THAT SAYS THERE IS NEVER A LIFEGUARD AROUND.

CREWS RUSHED TO TALL PINES APARTMENTS JUST BEFORE 4 O'CLOCK ON SATURDAY AND TRIED TO REVIVE HER MULTIPLE TIMES.

BUT IT WAS TOO LATE. Return to index of stories...


NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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SON DRUG OVERDOSE-OC,VO


A MOTHER -- MOURNING THE LOSS OF HER SON--

AND 13 OF HIS FRIENDS ALL DUE TO DRUG ADDICTION.

THIS MOTHER FROM IOWA--

AFTER 14 YEARS OF STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION -- HER SON DIED FROM A HEROIN OVERDOSE.

HIS MOTHER HAD BEEN FIGHTING TO SAVE HIM FOR YEARS BUT NOTHING SEEMED TO STICK.

HE HAD GONE TO REHAB 19 TIMES BUT SHE SAYS THE PROGRAMS AREN'T DOING ENOUGH.

Thursday

Des Moines, IA

:10-:22

Sandy Emberlin

Mother

--LEAD IN--

A MOTHER WRITES HER SON'S OBITUARY AFTER HE DIES OF A DRUG OVER DOSE.

COLE JOHNSON HAS THE STORY.

--REPORTER PKG-AS FOLLOWS--

Sandy Emberlin/ Mother: "Because it took the life out of him."

ON SATURDAY, THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC TOOK ANOTHER LIFE.

AFTER 14 YEARS OF STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION, MICHAEL EMBERLIN DIED FROM A HEROIN OVERDOSE.

Sandy Emberlin/ Mother: "I said where did you find him? The worst part is I said was he cold? And he said no he just basically went to sleep."

SANDY EMBERLIN AND HER MOTHER CHRISTINE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING TO SAVE MICHAEL FOR YEARS, BUT NOTHING SEEMED TO STICK.

Sandy Emberlin/ Mother: "When he did reach out and say please help me momma, there was nowhere to go to."

MICHAEL WENT TO 19 REHAB PROGRAMS.

EMBERLIN CONSTANTLY TRIED TO HELP HER SON, BUT SHE SAYS THESE PROGRAMS AREN'T DOING ENOUGH.

Sandy Emberlin/ Mother: "They keep pushing it to find that feeling, ya know what I mean?"

SHE SAYS A LARGE PROBLEM WITH THIS EPIDEMIC IS THE STIGMA.

Sandy Emberlin/ Mother: "Okay so if it was how he was raised then why do I have a rock star who has gone to college. They were raised the same way."

MICHAEL'S FAMILY IS FACING THIS STIGMA HEAD ON BY BEING HONEST AS POSSIBLE.

MICHAEL'S OBITUARY SAYS HE LOST 13 FRIENDS TO ADDICTION AND MADE IT CLEAR THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO HIM.

Sandy Emberlin/ Mother: "Let's quit sugar-coating it, let's find a solution."

MICHAEL TRIED TO BEAT HIS ADDICTION MULTIPLE TIMES.

Sandy Emberlin/ Mother: "He said I'll take care of it one day mom. I'll get it together one day."

BUT IT LEFT ITS MARK.

Sandy Emberlin/ Mother: "It hurt Michael too -- I cannot tell you the good heart this young man had."

EMBERLIN SAYS THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT THIS PROBLEM IS TO WORK TOGETHER TO FIND A SOLUTION FOR A LONG-TERM FIX.

Sandy Emberlin/ Mother: "I can't do it alone. You know, I can't."

--TAG--

MICHAEL EMBERLIN'S FUNERAL WILL BE HELD SATURDAY. Return to index of stories...


SON DRUG OVERDOSE-SOTVO


30 secs into pkg

Sandy Emberlin/ Mother: "When he did reach out and say please help me momma, there was nowhere to go to."

IN THAT YOUNG MAN'S OBITUARY IT SAYS HE LOST 13 FRIENDS TO ADDICTION AND MADE IT CLEAR THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO HIM.

EMBERLIN SAYS THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT THIS PROBLEM IS TO WORK TOGETHER TO FIND A SOLUTION FOR A LONG-TERM FIX. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE TWO


IT'S A NEW YEAR --

AND YOU COULD BE A WINNER.

THE GROWING LOTTERY JACKPOTS--

IN JUST A MINUTE.

PLUS.

18:45:21 "when people look at me I don't look sick" 25 ***

A LEE COUNTY WOMAN DEALING WITH A MEDICAL MYSTERY THAT'S DEBILITATING HER LIFE--

MORE ON HOW COMMON IT IS AMONG WOMEN. Return to index of stories...


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TZ2 B RARE CHRONIC ILLNESS-SOTVO


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CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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SUPERMOOM-VOTOPS


WE'RE RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR IN CELESTIAL STYLE.

JANUARY 2018 WILL SHOW CASE 2 FULL SUPER MOONS AND A TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE.

THE FIRST SUPERMOON - CALLED THE WOLF MOON - OCCURS TONIGHT JUST BEFORE 9:30 AND THE SECOND ONE HAPPENS ON JANUARY 31ST.

THE SECOND ONE IS EXTRA SPECIAL BECAUSE IT'S NOT ONLY A SUPERMOON, IT'S ALSO A TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE AND SINCE IT'S THE SECOND FULL MOON IN A CALENDAR MONTH - IT MAKES IT A "BLUE MOON".

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE TEND TO TURN THE MOON MORE RED SO THEY CALL THOSE BLOOD MOONS.

SO - THE SECOND JANUARY FULL MOON TAKES ON THE NAME "SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON". Return to index of stories...


CROSSTALK INTO WX-3 SH W BAM


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FORECAST-WXWALL


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.

Forecast: Rain and cool weather start today

We are opening 2018 with a big change in the overall weather pattern around Southwest Florida, one that will keep us chilly for much of the week ahead.

Expect a cloudy morning with temperatures in the 50s. Showers from an approaching cold front will begin to impact coastal Charlotte and Lee counties from mid to late morning. Rain is expected to be scattered and light, with less than half an inch today. The best chance of rain today overall will be in the early afternoon.

Temperatures will not rise very much as a result of the clouds and the front passing through our area in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 60s with a few spots in Collier and Hendry counties reaching around 70 midday.

Gusty winds behind the front will be a significant issue for boaters. Expect choppy conditions with 3 to 4 foot waves in the Gulf by the late afternoon with winds up to 20 knots.

Cloudy and windy weather sticks around through Wednesday as a storm system forms off the east coast of Florida. There's a chance for some heavier rain on Wednesday,but overall the next three days we will just see scattered light showers with rain totals at less than an inch.

This storm off the eastern coast will help bring down much cooler and drier air behind it starting Wednesday. Skies will clear and temperatures will drop to the 40s along the coast and 30s inland for lows Thursday through Sunday. Highs during this period will only be in the low to mid 60s in the afternoons. This is about as winter-like as it gets for Southwest Florida. After today, we won't see 70s again until the end of next weekend. Return to index of stories...


HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP


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RARE CHRONIC ILLNESS-SOTVO


18:23:53 "she's holding my hand and saying I know you're really sick, I just don't know why" 00

A FORT MYERS WOMAN'S MEDICAL MYSTERY--

REVEALS A DEBILITATING DIAGNOSIS--

OF A DISEASE TURNING HER LIFE UPSIDE DOWN.

IT TOOK MONTHS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS MAKING SHARON DILL SO SICK. Return to index of stories...


RARE CHRONIC ILLNESS-2 SHOT VO AT BAM


SHE SAYS IT'S TAKEN A DEVASTATING TOLL ON HER HEALTH -- ENERGY -- AND HER BODY -- BUT IT WON'T SHAKE HER SPIRIT.

I SAT DOWN WITH HER -- TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE WITH NON-STOP, CHRONIC PAIN. Return to index of stories...


RARE CHRONIC ILLNESS-PKG


NATS

AT 50- YEARS- OLD -- SHARON DILL WAS A HEALTHY AND ACTIVE -- WITH A FLOURISHING CAREER AS A HUMAN RESOURCES EXECUTIVE

18:19:58 "I enjoyed going to the beach, rollerblading, bike riding, you know those type of activities" 03

SHE HAD JUST SPENT A DAY ON ONE OF THOSE BIKE RIDES -- WHEN HER WORLD CHANGED OVERNIGHT.

18:22:13 "I took a step out of bed and was like 'ow' I had a pain in my side / CUT TO / as the day went on it became more painful and I started getting nauseated":26

THAT PAIN AND NAUSEA NEVER WENT AWAY.

IT GOT SO BAD -- AFTER A FEW WEEKS -- SHE WENT TO HER DOCTOR.

WEEKS TURNED INTO MONTHS -- AS TEST AFTER TEST CAME BACK NEGATIVE -- LEAVING SHARON AND HER FAMILY LOST.

Sheila Jaworski / sister

18:52:41 "nobody really knew what was going on" 45

/ BUTT TO /

18:56:30 "I'm a registered nurse" /:37 "my job is to fix people, that's what I do. I fix them:42 and I haven't been able to fix my sister":48

FINALLY -- A BREAKTHROUGH -- A DIAGNOSIS OF VARIEGATE PORPHYRIA OR V-P -- A RARE GENETIC DISEASE.

IT'S A BUILDUP OF THE BODY'S NATURAL CHEMICALS LEADING TO NERVE DAMAGE -- SEVERE PAIN AND NAUSEA -- AND SKIN SENSITIVITY.

FOR MANY PATIENTS -- DIAGNOSIS MEANS TREATMENT -- AND A RETURN TO NORMAL LIFE.

IN SHARON'S CASE -- SEVERAL ACUTE ATTACKS HAVE LANDED HER IN THE HOSPITAL -- AND A FULL RECOVERY HASN'T BEEN POSSIBLE.

Sharon

18:30:35 "One of the really difficult challenges is the isolation, you just never know how you're going to feel one day to the next" 46

SHE'S BEEN ABLE TO MANAGE HER SYMPTOMS -- BUT CAN'T RETURN TO WORK -- AND FACES THE CHALLENGES OF LIVING WITH AN INVISIBLE ILLNESS AND CHRONIC PAIN.

19:05:12 "there are a lot of preconceived misconceptions about this disease":17

/ BUTT TO /

18:29:21 "it's really, it's turned my life upside down." 25

NOW SHE'S SPEAKING OUT -- HOPING WITH MORE AWARENESS -- AND FUNDING -- A TREATMENT -- EVEN A CURE -- COULD ONE DAY BE IN HER FUTURE. Return to index of stories...


RARE CHRONIC ILLNESS-VO AT BAM


SHARON HOPES TO JOIN A NEW CLINICAL TRIAL FOR AN EXPERIMENTAL DRUG THAT COULD ALLEVIATE SYMPTOMS AND PREVENT FUTURE ATTACKS. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE-MON IN BAM


GETTING YOU MORE--

PORPHYRIA AFFECTS MORE WOMEN THAN MEN.

SYMPTOMS TYPICALLY PRESENT IN YOUNG OR MIDDLE- AGED WOMEN.

IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO DIAGNOSE BECAUSE THE DISEASE IS RARE AND THE SYMPTOMS CAN MIMIC MANY OTHER THINGS -- SPECIFIC TESTING IS NEEDED -- AND TESTING CAN ALSO DETERMINE IF OTHER PEOPLE IN THE FAMILY HAVE THE GENETIC TRAIT FOR THE DISEASE. Return to index of stories...


NEW VIDEO-CLIP


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BOBCAT VIDEO-VOTOPS


A BOBCAT WAS RESCUED FROM UNDER A BRIDGE---

AND IT WAS ALL CAUGHT ON CAMERA.

THE WILDLIFE CENTER OF VENICE SAYS THEY THINK THE BIG CAT WAS CLIPPED BY A CAR---

THEN ENDED UP TRAPPED OUT ON THE WATER.

THE STAFF SAYS HE IS OKAY AND HAD SMALL INJURIES---

SO HE WAS RETURNED BACK HOME.

THE WILDIFE CENTER OF VENICE THANKED CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTIES FOR HELPING WITH THE RESCUE.

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When you get a call for a bobcat stranded under a bridge it takes some cooperation between agencies. The Wildlife Center of Venice would like to thank the Charlotte County Sheriff's office for assisting with this rescue. We assume he was clipped by a car and that is how he ended up in the water. His injuries turned out to be minor and he was returned home. Thank you to Mike Kipp who was out there in a kayak keeping an eye on him while we waited for the boat. Return to index of stories...


NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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POWERBALL & MEGA MILLIONS-2 SHOT VO AT TOUCH


HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS --- STILL UP FOR GRABS.

SATURDAY NIGHT'S POWERBALL DRAWING WAS WORTH MORE THAN 330-MILLION DOLLARS AND *NO ONE WON THE JACK-POT.

THIS MORNING ITS ALREADY WORTH MORE THAN 440 MILLIONS DOLLARS.

AT THIS RATE--

THE POWERBALL AND MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOTS HAVE REACHED A COMBINED TOTAL OF MORE THAN 700-MILLION-DOLLARS.

THERE WILL BE ANOTHER SHOT AT BIG BUCKS TUESDAY IN THE MEGA MILLIONS GAME WHICH IS ALREADY WORTH 343-MILLION DOLLARS.

AND THE NEXT POWERBALL WILL BE WEDNESDAY.

IT'S RARE FOR THE JACKPOTS IN BOTH GAMES TO GET SO BIG -- BUT IT'S ABOUT TO BECOME MORE COMMON.

BOTH MEGA MILLIONS AND POWERBALL HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO MAKE THE ODDS OF WINNING THE JACKPOT LONGER -- WHICH MEANS MORE GIANT JACKPOTS.

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WINNING THE LOTTERY WOULD BE A GREAT WAY TO RING IN 2018!

SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE FEELING LUCKY.

TICKET SALES PUSHED THE ESTIMATED POWERBALL JACKPOT TO 390-POINT-1 MILLION DOLLARS FOR SATURDAY NIGHT'S DRAWING.

HERE ARE THE WINNING NUMBERS: 28-36-41-51-58 AND A POWERBALL OF 24.

THE ODDS OF WINNING THE POWERBALL ARE ONE IN 292-POINT-2 MILLION. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE THREE


MORE THAN A MILLION ANIMALS--

KILLED EACH YEAR--

IN ANIMAL SHELTERS.

UP NEXT--

THE NEW LEGISLATION DESIGNED TO FIGHT THIS IN FLORIDA.

A MAN GIFTED WITH A RARE GIFT FROM HIS COWORKERS -- A CHANCE TO SEE THINGS LIKE HE'S NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE. THIS AWESOME STORY AHEAD. Return to index of stories...


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DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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EUTHANIZED ANIMALS-OC,VO


1.5-MILLION ANIMALS ARE EUTHANIZED IN ANIMAL SHELTERS EACH YEAR AND NEW LEGISLATION IS LOOKING TO CUT THAT NUMBER DOWN.

IN FLORIDA ALONE THERE'S ONLY ONE NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER IN THE STATE.

NO-KILL ADVOCACY GROUP -- FIX-FLORIDA -- SAYS MOST SHELTERS IN THE STATE ARE CLASSIFIED AS *HIGH KILL.

AND THAT THESE SHELTERS ARE KILLING FIFTY PERCENT OF THE ANIMALS THAT COME THROUGH THE DOOR.

AS SHELTERS FILL UP -- THEY EUTHANIZE UNADOPTED WOULD-BE PETS TO MAKE SPACE.

SOMETIMES THEY'RE PUT DOWN BEFORE NO-KILL PRIVATE ANIMAL RESCUES ARE ABLE TO ADOPT THEM. Return to index of stories...


EUTHANIZED ANIMALS-SOTVO


Jack Cory

Fix Florida

"It saves the processing of the euthanasia… more importantly, it has a live happy pet in a home in the community… and they're spending money in the community."

A SIMILAR BILL WAS PROPOSED LAST YEAR.

IT CAME WITH NUMEROUS RESTRICTIONS ON SHELTERS.

THIS YEARS VERSION FOCUSES ONLY EUTHANASIA. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: HUMANE SOCIETY-OC,VO


EMILY

LETS GET YOU MORE --

THE HUMANE SOCIETY SAYS EVERY YEAR AROUND THE HOLIDAYS THEY SEE A HIGHER NUMBER OF ANIMALS RETURNED TO THE SHELTER BY PEOPLE WHO GOT THEM AS GIFTS --

AND THEY HAVE PUPPIES RIGHT NOW AFTER RECENTLY TAKING IN SEVERAL PREGNANT DOGS --

WHICH IS RENEWING THEIR CALLS FOR YOU TO GET YOUR PET SPAYED OR NEUTERED.

THEY SAY ITS HEALTHY FOR YOUR DOG --

AND FOR REDUCING FUTURE LITTERS.

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VO: THE HUMANE SOCIETY SAYS EVERY YEAR AROUND THE HOLIDAYS THEY SEE A HIGHER NUMBER OF ANIMALS RETURNED TO THE SHELTER BY PEOPLE WHO GOT THEM AS GIFTS --

BUT CANT CARE FOR THEM.

PLUS --

THEY HAVE PUPPIES RIGHT NOW AFTER RECENTLY TAKING IN SEVERAL PREGNANT DOGS --

WHICH IS RENEWING THEIR CALLS FOR YOU TO GET YOUR PET SPAYED OR NEUTERED.

THEY SAY ITS HEALTHY FOR YOUR DOG --

AND FOR REDUCING FUTURE LITTERS.

SOT: Jennifer Galloway / CEO, GULF COAST HUMANE SOCIETY

9:35:28-:29

It's healthier for both mom and dad as well. It's healthier for different types of cancers and infections in things like that that's going to help them live a longer life. It's going to help that mom or dad that's a runner that's always running to the neighbor that's in heat

TRAIL VO:

ALL OF THOSE PREGNANT MOMS ARE PRODUCING QUITE A FEW PUPPIES.

THE HUMANE SOCIETY EXPECTS TO HAVE UPWARDS OF 50 PUPPIES IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS AND THEY WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME BY AND ADOPT. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: HUMANE SOCIETY-SOTVO


Jennifer Galloway / CEO, GULF COAST HUMANE SOCIETY

9:35:28-:29

It's healthier for both mom and dad as well. It's healthier for different types of cancers and infections in things like that that's going to help them live a longer life. It's going to help that mom or dad that's a runner that's always running to the neighbor that's in heat

THE HUMANE SOCIETY EXPECTS TO HAVE UPWARDS OF 50 PUPPIES IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS AND THEY WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME BY AND ADOPT. Return to index of stories...


NEW TODAY-CLIP


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MAN COLOR BLIND-VO AT TOUCH


AN ARKANSAS MAN CELEBRATING A SPECIAL GIFT FROM HIS CO-WORKERS.

THEIR KINDNESS -- ALLOWING HIM TO SEE COLORS FOR THE FIRST TIME.

TOM LLAMAS BRINGS YOU MORE. Return to index of stories...


MAN COLOR BLIND-PKG


AT A SONIC RESTAURANT IN SHERIDAN ARKANSAS WE FOUND THE TRUE MEANING OF THE HOLIDAYS

COLE WILLIAMS

I asked one of my other managers. I was like who's my secret santa? And she was like - well the whole store was your secret santa basically."

THAT'S WAITER COLE WILLIAMS, HE'S COLORBLIND. HE LOVES HIS JOB AND HIS CO-WORKERS, SO EVEN BEFORE HE OPENED HIS SECRET SANTA PRESENT-HE WAS EMOTIONAL

THE RESTAURANT RIGGING THE TRADITION THIS YEAR SO ALL OF THE STAFF COULD COULD CHIP IN FOR COLE'S GIFT-SPECIAL GLASSES THAT WILL LET HIM SEE COLOR FOR THE FIRST TIME

NATS: Oh my god

SEEING A WHOLE NEW WORLD WOULD MAKE ANYONE CRY?

NATS:

Can you see it?

Yes

Oh baby that's awesome

ALL THESE STALLS. THE MENU BOARDS.

COLE SIMPLY GRATEFUL--

COLE WILLIAMS

this is my favorite Christmas present ever and I got a car last year.

I was very shocked and I was very overwhelmed by all the joy and love I had from all my co-workers.

A SIMPLE HOLIDAY GESTURE CHANGING A LIFE IN SO MANY WAYS. Return to index of stories...


MAN COLOR BLIND-VO AT TOUCH


THAT WAS TOM LLAMAS--

WILLIAMS SAYS HE NO LONGER HAS A FAVORITE COLOR BECAUSE HE REALIZES HOW PRETTY THEY ALL ARE. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE FOUR


1:23:55 i have four children so it is very scare with the thought of someone coming in

NEIGHBORS ON EDGE IN CAPE CORAL --

WHY WAS THIS GUY TAKING PICTURES OF A HOME AND RUNNING AWAY?

WE LOOK INTO IT -- NEXT AT 9.

THEN---

THE FLU SPIKING AS WE START THE NEW YEAR.

WHY THE VACCINE MAY NOT EVEN KEEP YOU SAFE.

AND -- A VERY BIG PIG ON THE LOOSE!

FIND OUT HOW THIS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SWINE MADE IT BACK TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNER. Return to index of stories...


TZ4 A CAPE CREEPER-SOTVO


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TZ4 B FLU OUTBREAK-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ4 C PIG REUNITED-VOTOPS


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WEATHER-OMNITOPS


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NEWS AT 9 REOPEN-CLIP


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GOOD MORNING-2 SHOT


GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY NEW YEAR-THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON ABC7.

I'M EMILY BURRIS.

AND I'M BEN HENRY. LET'S TOSS IT OVER TO CODY MURPHY TRACKING OUR WEATHER. Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER-FIRST WX


Forecast: Rain and cool weather start today

We are opening 2018 with a big change in the overall weather pattern around Southwest Florida, one that will keep us chilly for much of the week ahead.

Expect a cloudy morning with temperatures in the 50s. Showers from an approaching cold front will begin to impact coastal Charlotte and Lee counties from mid to late morning. Rain is expected to be scattered and light, with less than half an inch today. The best chance of rain today overall will be in the early afternoon.

Temperatures will not rise very much as a result of the clouds and the front passing through our area in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 60s with a few spots in Collier and Hendry counties reaching around 70 midday.

Gusty winds behind the front will be a significant issue for boaters. Expect choppy conditions with 3 to 4 foot waves in the Gulf by the late afternoon with winds up to 20 knots.

Cloudy and windy weather sticks around through Wednesday as a storm system forms off the east coast of Florida. There's a chance for some heavier rain on Wednesday,but overall the next three days we will just see scattered light showers with rain totals at less than an inch.

This storm off the eastern coast will help bring down much cooler and drier air behind it starting Wednesday. Skies will clear and temperatures will drop to the 40s along the coast and 30s inland for lows Thursday through Sunday. Highs during this period will only be in the low to mid 60s in the afternoons. This is about as winter-like as it gets for Southwest Florida. After today, we won't see 70s again until the end of next weekend. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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CAPE CREEPER-SOT


1:25:12 ITS EXTREMELY CONCERNING 13 Return to index of stories...


CAPE CREEPER-VO AT TOUCH


IT'S OUR TOP STORY THIS MORNING--

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO -- CAPTURES THE MOMENTS A STRANGER LOOKS TO TAKE A PICTURE OF A CAPE CORAL FAMILY'S FRONT DOOR--

LEAVING THEM UN-EASY.

NOW HOMEOWNERS IN THE AREA ARE CONCERNED FOR THEIR SAFETY AS KIDS PREPARE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER THE HOLIDAY BREAK. JULIANNE DELL HAS THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CREEPER-PKG


1:32:37 I COULDN'T SLEEP LAST NIGHT. JUST NERVOUS 40

THIS NORTHWEST CAPE HOMEOWNER --

IS STILL TOO SCARED TO SHOW HER FACE --

AFTER HER SECURITY CAMERA CAUGHT A MAN APPROACHING HER HOME ON FRIDAY.

HOMEOWNER

1:13:15 WE SAW A GENTLEMAN WALK UP TO THE DOOR, AND PLACE HIS HAND ON THE DOOR, AND LOOKED LIKE HE TOOK A PICTURE OF HIS HAND ON THE DOORBELL. DID NOT RING THE DOORBELL AND DID NOT KNOCK 25

SHE SAYS SHE AND HER HUSBAND AREN'T SURE WHAT EXACTLY HE WAS DOING --

BUT WHEN THEY REPORTED IT TO POLICE --

THEY TOLD HER --

IT'S SUSPICIOUS.

HOMEOWNER

1:31:49 VERY SUSPICIOUS HE SAID. UP TO NO GOOD AND THAT THERE HAVE BEEN BREAK-INS AROUND THIS AREA, VEHICLE-WISE, BUT JUST TO KEEP AN EYE OUT 10

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT NEIGHBORS ARE DOING AFTER SEEING THE PICTURES --

WATCHING OUT FOR OTHERS.

TERRY

1:25:47 THE PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARE VIGILENT 51

1:26:34 IT'S A GOOD IDEA FOR EVERYBODY TO WATCH EACH OTHER'S HOUSE 37

AS WELL AS FOR THEMSELVES.

JAMIE

1:23:55 I HAVE FOUR CHILDREN SO IT IS VERY SCARY WITH THE THOUGHT OF SOMEONE COMING IN, TESTING OUT OUR DOORS 01

1:25:35 DEFINITELY SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DEFINITELY MAKE SURE YOU'RE A LITTLE MORE SECURE 39

1:25:30 MAKING SURE THE WINDOWS ARE LOOKED AS WELL AS THE DOORS AND THE PATIO DOORS 35

BEFORE BEING DELETED --

BECAUSE SAFETY CONCERNS --

THE HOMEOWNER'S FACEBOOK POST WARNING OTHERS HAD MORE THAN 500 SHARES --

TERRY

1:27:23 IF WE'RE ABLE TO ACTUALLY IDENTIFY HIM WE CAN PUT A STOP TO IT BEFORE ANYTHING HAPPENS 28 Return to index of stories...


CAPE CREEPER-VO AT TOUCH


IF YOU KNOW THE MAN IN THESE PICTURES, YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL THE CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT.

HOWEVER---

JUST LAST NIGHT--

WE DID GET A PHONE CALL FROM CREDIBLE HOME INSPECTIONS.

THEY DO CONTRACT WORK FOR MORTAGE COMPANIES.

WE'RE TOLD THE MAN CAUGHT ON CAMERA--

WAS TAKING PICTURES FOR PART OF HIS JOB.

WE'RE WORKING TO CONFIRM THAT. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING CLIP-CLIP


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CO OFFICER SHOOTING-VO AT BAM, VOFULL


NEW DETAILS ARE EMERGING ABOUT A DEADLY SHOOTING AT A COLORADO APARTMENT COMPLEX THAT LEFT ONE SHERIFF'S DEPUTY DEAD, AND SIX PEOPLE INJURED.

THIS MAN 37-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW RIEHL WAS THE SHOOTER.

POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE APARTMENT FOR A DISTURBANCE CALL SUNDAY MORNING.

THAT'S WHEN THEY FOUND RIEHL -- BARRICADED IN HIS ROOM.

MORE THAN 100 ROUNDS WERE FIRED.

DEPUTIES HAD TO CRAWL TO SAFETY.

THE GUNMAN WHO OPENED FIRE ON SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES IN COLORADO HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 37-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW RIEHL.

DEPUTIES WERE *TWICE* CALLED TO AN APARTMENT WHERE RIEHL WAS INSIDE SUNDAY MORNING.

FIRST FOR A NOISE COMPLAINT, THEN FOR A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE REPORT.

ON THE SECOND CALL, SEVERAL DEPUTIES ARRIVED AT THE SCENE AND ENTERED THE APARTMENT.

AUTHORITIES SAY RIEHL BARRICADED HIMSELF IN A BEDROOM BEFORE HE SUDDENLY OPENED FIRE WITH A RIFLE, FIRING OVER ONE HUNDRED ROUNDS.

ONE DEPUTY WAS KILLED AND FOUR OTHER DEPUTIES INJURED.

TWO OTHER PEOPLE WERE ALSO HIT.

RIEHL WAS LATER KILLED IN A SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE. Return to index of stories...


CO OFFICER SHOOTING-SOTVO


end of pkg

Addyson Devlin/Brought Flowers to Police Station:

"That police that died and the people that were injured were people who have fought for us and protected us."

RIEHL WAS KILLED ABOUT 90 MINUTES LATER WHEN A TACTICAL TEAM ENTERED THE APARTMENT.

MEMORIALS HAVE SPRUNG UP FOR PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY OF THE FALLEN DEPUTY. Return to index of stories...


NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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TEEN INJURED BY POLICE-OC,VO


IN ALABAMA -- HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TOOK TO THE STREETS IN PROTEST THIS WEEKEND --

AFTER A 17-YEAR-OLD SUFFERED THESE INJURIES BEING ARRESTED BY POLICE.

OFFICERS SAYS THEY SAW ULYSSES WILKERSON WALK FROM BEHIND A CLOSED BUILDING.

HE BEGAN TO RUN WHEN OFFICERS GOT OUT OF THEIR VEHICLE. WHEN THEY FINALLY GOT A HOLD OF HIM -- HE REFUSED TO PUT HIS HANDS BEHIND HIS BACK.

THEY SAY WILKERSON WAS INJURED WHILE RESISTING ARREST.

DEMONSTRATORS SAY THIS IS A CASE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE.

Troy, AL

--LEAD IN--

A CALL FOR JUSTICE IN TROY, ALABAMA.

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TOOK TO THE STREETS SATURDAY, DEMANDING ANSWERS.

AS INVESTIGATORS LOOK INTO THE DETAILS SURROUNDING THE ARREST OF 17-YEAR-OLD ULYSSES WILKERSON.

AN ARREST THAT LEFT THE TEEN SEVERELY INJURED.

RANDI HILDRETH HAS THE UPDATE.

--REPORTER PKG-AS FOLLOWS--

--nats--

"When?"

"Right now!"

THAT'S WHEN DEMONSTRATORS SAY THEY WANT ANSWERS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THE NIGHT 17-YEAR-OLD ULYSSES WILKERSON WAS ARRESTED.

TROY POLICE SAY OFFICERS SAW THE TEEN WALK FROM BEHIND A CLOSED BUILDING LAST SATURDAY.

WILKERSON ALLEGEDLY RAN WHEN OFFICERS GOT OUT THE VEHICLE.

POLICE SAY WILKERSON REFUSED TO PUT HIS HANDS BEHIND HIS BACK AND REACHED FOR HIS WAISTBAND.AS IF REACHING FOR A WEAPON.

THEY SAY THE TEENAGER WAS INJURED WHILE RESISTING ARREST.

BUT DEMONSTRATORS SAY THIS IS A CASE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE.

"What could they have thought this child could have done to distort his face to make him look like Emmett Till?"

"Where is the body camera, where is the video they have, what evidence do they have, why.?"

"That could have been any of our babies. So any times an injustice happens you have to stand up."

DEMONSTRATORS HOPE THEIR VOICES AND CONCERNS WERE HEARD BY LAW ENFORCEMENT JUST ACROSS THE STREET.

"We hope that the right people listened. I definitely hope that we got the attention of some of the higher up's here.

AND PEOPLE SAY THEY PLAN TO FIGHT UNTIL THEY GET CHANGE.

CALLING ON THE OFFICER INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT TO BE FIRED, CHANGES TO POLICE TRAINING, THE CREATION OF A CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD, AND CHANGES TO ALABAMA'S OPEN RECORDS ACT.

AND IF CHANGES AREN'T MET.DEMONSTRATORS SAY THEY WILL CONTINUE TO RALLY.

"We'll make Jena 6 and St. Louis look like it was practice, but we'll keep it peaceful."

THE SBI SAYS ALL INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AFTER THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETE. Return to index of stories...


TEEN INJURED BY POLICE-SOTVO


:40 secs into pkg

What could they have thought this child could have done to distort his face to make him look like Emmett Till?"

"Where is the body camera, where is the video they have, what evidence do they have, why.?"

"That could have been any of our babies. So any times an injustice happens you have to stand up."

THE STATE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS SAYS ALL INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AFTER THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETE. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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TRUMP LATEST-VO AT BAM


PRESIDENT TRUMP RANG IN THE NEW YEAR AT MAR-A-LAGO-

THE PRESIDENT PREDICTING 2018 IS GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR FOR THE COUNTRY.

BUT -- THAT COMES ON THE HILLS OF NORTH KOREA ISSUING A NEW WARNING.

ARLETTE SAENZ HAS MORE. Return to index of stories...


TRUMP LATEST-PKG


AS HE RANG IN THE NEW YEAR, PRESIDENT TRUMP STROLLED DOWN A RED CARPET AT MAR-A-LAGO.

TRUMP SOT

We're going to have a great year. It's going to be a fantastic 2018.

AHEAD OF A GLITZY NEW YEAR'S BASH, THE PRESIDENT TOUTED HIS 2017 ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND OFFERED THIS 2018 PREDICTION.

We're off to a very good start as you know with the great tax cuts and ANWR and getting rid of the individual mandate, which was very, very unpopular, as you know. But we are going to have a tremendous year. Stock market, I think, is going to continue to go up.

PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO RELAYED NEW YEARS GREETINGS TO FRIENDS AND FOES. HE TWEETED -- I want to wish all of my friends, supporters, enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media, a Happy and Healthy New Year."

AS THE PRESIDENT CELEBRATED THE NEW YEAR, NORTH KOREA SENT AN OMINOUS MESSAGE.

IN HIS NEW YEAR'S ADDRESS, LEADER KIM JONG UN WARNED NORTH KOREA HAS COMPLETED ITS NUCLEAR FORCES.

"The U.S. should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table," KIM JONG UN SAID "The entire area of the U.S. mainland is within our nuclear strike range."

PRESIDENT TRUMP SPENT 2017 DERIDING NORTH KOREA'S LEADER ---

-- TRUMP NATS

Little Rocket man

-- AND ISSUING HIS OWN THREATS AGAINST THE ROGUE STATE.

TRUMP SOT

They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen

BUT HOW WILL HE RESPOND TO NORTH KOREA'S LATEST WARNING?

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TRUMP LATEST-OC


TO START THE YEAR THE WHITE HOUSE WILL LIKELY FOCUS ON A BIG INFRASTRUCTURE PUSH -- WHILE REPUBLICANS TRY TO HOLD ONTO THE MAJORITY IN THE MID-TERM ELECTION. Return to index of stories...


MILITAR TRANSGENDER RECRUITS-OC,VO


2018 BRINGS A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO JOIN THE MILITARY.

THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT IS TAKING STEPS TO RECEIVE TRANSGENDER RECRUITS INTO THE RANKS AS SOON AS TODAY.

BUT, THOSE WHO JOIN KNOW THE LEGAL ROAD AHEAD COULD BE BUMPY.

PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED A TRANSGENDER BAN IN AUGUST -- BUT IT IS YET TO BE IMPLEMENTED.

LAST MONTH, A SECOND FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKED ENFORCEMENT OF THE PROHIBITION.

NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG UN WARNED THE UNITED STATES THAT THE NUCLEAR BUTTON IS ALWAYS ON HIS DESK.

"THE ENTIRE MAINLAND OF THE US IS WITHIN THE RANGE OF OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THE NUCLEAR BUTTON IS ALWAYS ON THE DESK OF MY OFFICE.THEY SHOULD ACCURATELY BE AWARE THAT THIS IS NOT A THREAT BUT A REALITY," HE SAID IN HIS NEW YEAR'S ADDRESS TO HIS COUNTRY MONDAY, ACCORDING TO A C-N-N TRANSLATION OF HIS SPEECH.

HE ALSO DECLARED THAT HIS COUNTRY IS "A RESPONSIBLE NUCLEAR NATION THAT LOVES PEACE" AND SAID THAT AS LONG AS THERE'S NO AGGRESSION DIRECTED AT IT, "WE DO NOT INTEND TO USE NUCLEAR POWERS."

DESPITE THOSE DECLARATIONS, KIM THEN CALLED FOR ACCELERATED PRODUCTION OF NUCLEAR WARHEADS AND BALLISTIC MISSILES. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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COURT MISCONDUCT POLICY-VO IN KEY


THE SUPREME COURT WILL REVISIT HOW THE U-S JUDICIARY HANDLES SEXUAL HARRASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE.

THE JUDICIARY WILL EVALUATE TO ENSURE THE WORKPLACE IS COMFORTABLE FOR ALL EMPLOYEES.

THE COURT WILL LOOK INTO THE STANDARDS OF CONDUCT AT COURTS. AND THE PROCEDURES FOR INVESTIGATING AND CORRECTING INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR.

THIS COMES AFTER A JUDGE IN CALIFORNIA WAS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARRASSMENT.

THE SUPREME COURT WILL LOOK INTO HOW THE U-S JUDICIARY HANDLES SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS IN ITS OWN RANKS.

--VO SCRIPT--

THAT'S ACCORDING TO CHEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS, WHO ANNOUNCED IT IN HIS ANNUAL STATE OF THE JUDICIARY REPORT ON SUNDAY.

HE SAID IT'S NOW CLEAR THE JUDICIAL BRANCH IS NOT IMMUNE FROM ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT.

AND NEXT YEAR, HE SAID THE JUDICIARY WILL EVALUATE WHETHER ITS STANDARDS ARE ENOUGH TO ENSURE AN "EXEMPLARY WORKPLACE" FOR COURT EMPLOYEES.

ROBERTS SAID THE HIGH COURT WILL LOOK BOTH INTO THE STANDARDS OF CONDUCT AT COURTS. AND THE PROCEDURES FOR INVESTIGATING AND CORRECTING INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR.

--TAG--

THE MOVE COMES AFTER FEDERAL JUDGE IN SAN FRANCISCO, ALEX KOZINSKI, ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT.

A WASHINGTON POST STORY DETAILED ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT FROM SEVERAL OF HIS FORMER CLERKS AND STAFFERS. Return to index of stories...


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COSTA RICA PLANE CRASH-VO AT TOUCH


AUTHORITIES ARE WORKING TO RECOVER THE VICTIMS IN A DEADLY PLANE CRASH IN COSTA RICA.

THE SINGLE-ENGINE PLANE WENT DOWN ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, KILLING TEN AMERICANS AND TWO COSTA RICAN PILOTS.

THE CRASH -- JUST TEN MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HEAVY WINDS MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDER WAY.

AFTER A SMALL PLANE CRASHED IN COSTA RICA SUNDAY, KILLING A DOZEN PEOPLE.

--VO SCRIPT--

OFFICIALS POSTED VIDEO OF THE BURNING WRECKAGE ON FACEBOOK.

THE SINGLE-ENGINE PLANE WENT DOWN ON NEW YEAR'S EVE, KILLING TEN AMERICANS AND TWO COSTA RICAN PILOTS.

THE CRASH HAPPENED TEN MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF FROM AN AIRPORT IN WESTERN COSTA RICA.

CNN AFFILIATE TELETICA SAYS THERE WERE HEAVY WINDS IN THE AREA EARLIER IN THE DAY.

AUTHORITIES SAID THEY WERE FOCUSED ON RECOVERING THE VICTIMS' REMAINS AFTER THE CRASH. Return to index of stories...


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TEACHERS BACK TO WORK-OC,CG


HOLIDAY IS WINDING DOWN FOR THE KIDS-

TEACHERS WILL HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL TUESDAY AT CHARLOTTE, GLADES AND LEE COUNTY AND STUDENTS ARE BACK WEDNESDAY. NOW IN COLLIER COUNTY TEACHERS GET AN EXTRA DAY-THEY'RE BACK ON WEDNESDAY. STUDENTS GO BACK ON THURSDAY IN COLLIER AND DESOTO COUNTY. IN HENDRY KIDS GO BACK ON JANUARY 9TH.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULES

CHARLOTTE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

REGULAR SCHOOLS

Friday December 22 through Monday January 1 -- off for winter break

Tuesday January 2 -- teacher work day

Wednesday January 3 -- students back in class

YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLS

Monday December 18 through Monday January 1 -- off for winter break

Tuesday January 2 -- teacher work day

Wednesday January 3 -- students back in class

LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Friday December 22 -- early dismissal day

Monday Dec. 25 through Friday Jan. 5 -- off for winter break

Monday January 8 - - students & teachers back in class

COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Wednesday December 20 & Thursday December 21 -- early dismissal day

Friday December 22 through Tuesday January 2 -- off for winter break

Wednesday January 3 -- teachers back to work/teacher planning day

Thursday January 4 -- students back in class

DESOTO COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Monday December 25 through Wednesday January 3 -- off for winter break

Wednesday January 3 -- records day

Thursday January 4 - students

HENDRY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Monday December 25 through Friday January 5 -- off for winter break

Monday January 8 -- professional day

Tuesday January 9 -- students back in class

GLADES COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Monday December 18 through Monday January 1 -- off for winter break

Tuesday January 2 -- teacher work day

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NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE FIVE


DRONES DELIVERING BLOOD??

IT COULD HAPPEN!

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW-- AND WHY -- COMING UP.

PLUS -- NEW NUMBERS SUGGEST A TROUBLING TREND WHEN IT COMES TO ALCOHOL ABUSE. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A DRONES DELIVER BLOOD-VO-WIPE


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TZ5 B DRINKING TOO MUCH-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX TZ


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


CRIMEWATCH PROMO-SOTTOPS


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DEVELOPING NEWS-CLIP


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WINTER WEATHER-SOTVO


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NATPOP: its too cold, very cold

NATPOP: it feels like its below zero

MOS: We have like the toe warmers in our feet

MUCH OF THE COUNTRY DEALING WITH FRIGID TEMPERATURES-

WIND-CHILL ALERTS FROM TEXAS TO MAINE.

BOSTON AMONG THE CITIES FORCED TO CANCEL SOME NEW YEAR'S EVENTS BECAUSE OF TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW SINGLE DIGITS.

MORE THAN 200-MILLION AMERICANS TRAPPED IN THE DEEP FREEZE TO START THE NEW YEAR. Return to index of stories...


WINTER WEATHER-SOTVO


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"I feel like I'm being stabbed in my feet this is the worst pain I've ever felt in my feet"

BUTTED

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"it's very crucial for us to ensure that anyone who is out in the cold, so that they won't get hypothermia or frostbite."

THE HOLIDAY DEEP FREEZE ALREADY RESPONSIBLE FOR AT LEAST 5 DEATHS.

SLICK CONDITIONS IN PENNSYLVANIA TRIGGERING THIS 15 CAR ACCIDENT

AND THIS TRACTOR-TRAILER - SPLIT IN HALF. THE CAB FLIPPING OFF THE OVERPASS - THAT DRIVER LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. Return to index of stories...


NEW VIDEO-CLIP


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40 VEHICLE PILEUP-SQBOX


IN MICHIGAN- ICY ROADS CAUSED A MAJOR CAR PILEUP.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SCENE ON THE HIGHWAY.

THERE WERE SMASHED CARS AND TRUCKS.WITH SOME OF THEM ENDING UP IN A DITCH.

ABOUT 40 CARS WERE INVOLVED IN THE CHAIN REACTION WRECK.

IT REPORTEDLY STARTED WHEN A CAR SPUN OUT OF CONTROL IN NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY.

A BUNCH OF TOW TRUCKS ARRIVED TO CLEAR UP THE MESS.

LUCKILY ONLY THREE PEOPLE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES.

WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS ACROSS AN ICY MICHIGAN HIGHWAY TRIGGED A MAJOR PILEUP FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

--VO SCRIPT--

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SCENE ALONG U-S 31 IN MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP-- NORTHWEST OF GRAND RAPIDS.

THERE WERE SMASHED CARS AND TRUCKS.WITH SOME OF THEM ENDING UP IN A DITCH.

IN ALL.POLICE SAY 40 VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED IN THE CHAIN REACTION WRECK.

IT REPORTEDLY STARTED WHEN A CAR SPUN OUT OF CONTROL IN NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY.

A STATE POLICE CRUISER WAS ALSO CAUGHT-UP IN THE MESS.

A PARADE OF TOW TRUCKS ARRIVED ON SCENE TO GET VEHICLES OFF THE HIGHWAY-- WHICH WAS SHUT-DOWN FOR NEARLY THREE HOURS.

POLICE SAY AMAZINGLY.ONLY THREE PEOPLE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


CODY WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK-3 SH W BAM


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FORECAST-WX WALL


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA.

Forecast: Rain and cool weather start today

We are opening 2018 with a big change in the overall weather pattern around Southwest Florida, one that will keep us chilly for much of the week ahead.

Expect a cloudy morning with temperatures in the 50s. Showers from an approaching cold front will begin to impact coastal Charlotte and Lee counties from mid to late morning. Rain is expected to be scattered and light, with less than half an inch today. The best chance of rain today overall will be in the early afternoon.

Temperatures will not rise very much as a result of the clouds and the front passing through our area in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 60s with a few spots in Collier and Hendry counties reaching around 70 midday.

Gusty winds behind the front will be a significant issue for boaters. Expect choppy conditions with 3 to 4 foot waves in the Gulf by the late afternoon with winds up to 20 knots.

Cloudy and windy weather sticks around through Wednesday as a storm system forms off the east coast of Florida. There's a chance for some heavier rain on Wednesday,but overall the next three days we will just see scattered light showers with rain totals at less than an inch.

This storm off the eastern coast will help bring down much cooler and drier air behind it starting Wednesday. Skies will clear and temperatures will drop to the 40s along the coast and 30s inland for lows Thursday through Sunday. Highs during this period will only be in the low to mid 60s in the afternoons. This is about as winter-like as it gets for Southwest Florida. After today, we won't see 70s again until the end of next weekend. Return to index of stories...


HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP


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DRINKING TOO MUCH-VOTOPS


A NEW REPORT SHOWS AMERICANS ARE DRINKING ALCOHOL MORE FREQUENTLY -- AND THEY'RE DRINKING MORE OF IT.

A YEARLY SURVEY PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL OF AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION SHOWS AN INCREASE IN REPORTED ALCOHOL USE, HIGH-RISK DRINKING BEHAVIOR AND ALCOHOLISM FOR THE ENTIRE U-S POPULATION, BUT ESPECIALLY AMONG WOMEN AND OLDER ADULTS.

THE RATES HAVE BEEN SLOWLY INCREASING OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES.

DOCTORS SAY WOMEN ABSORB ALCOHOL MORE EASILY FROM THE STOMACH-

OLDER ADULTS ARE ALSO ENGAGING IN HIGHER RATES OF DRINKING AS WELL. Return to index of stories...


DRINKING TOO MUCH-SOTVO


Dr. David Streem/Cleveland Clinic

"We're going to have a lot of older folks and we want them as healthy as they can be and engaging in high risk drinking, heavy drinking, and alcoholic drinking throughout your adult life is not the way to have a healthy life as an older American.":19

DOCTOR STREEM SAYS THAT AS THE COUNTRY GETS OLDER, IT'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE A STEP BACK AND LOOK AT HOW WE'RE MAINTAINING OUR HEALTH INTO OUR LATER YEARS. Return to index of stories...


DRONES DELIVER BLOOD-2 SHOT VO AT BAM


A CITY IN CALIFORNIA COULD BE THE FIRST TO USE DRONES TO DELIVER BLOOD-

THE TECHONOLOGY IS HAPPENING OVERSEAS BUT WOULD BE THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE U-S-

JANINE DE LA VEGA HAS THE STORY. Return to index of stories...


DRONES DELIVER BLOOD-PKG


DRONES LIKE THIS ARE ALREADY BEING USED IN SWITZERLAND TO DELIVER BLOOD FROM ONE MEDICAL FACILITY TO ANOTHER.

THE COMPANY BEHIND IT IS MATTERNET, IN MENLO PARK.

IT'S VIDEO SHOWS HOW BLOOD OR MEDICAL SAMPLES CAN BE PUT INTO A BOX, AND WITH A PUSH OF A BUTTON. FLOWN AUTONOMOUSLY BY A DRONE.

STANFORD BLOOD CENTER WANTS TO DO THE SAME.

Tho Pham, Medical Director, Stanford Blood Center: "We'll use a drone to deliver blood from Stanford Blood Center about 3.5 miles to Stanford Hospital down the road."

Janine De La Vega Reporting: "Doctors say it can take 30 minutes to one hour to transport blood from the blood center to here at Stanford Hospital. Using a drone to deliver, would take 10 minutes."

THE DELIVERY WOULD BE DROPPED AT A RECEIVING STATION THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS.

IT WOULD BE LOCATED IN A HOSPITAL PARKING LOT OR AREA CONVENIENT FOR MEDICAL STAFF TO ACCESS.

Andreas Rappopoulous, Matternet CEO: "With a system like this, you're able to save tremendous amount of time and generally reduce waste throughout the hospital system."

THE FAA RECENTLY ANNOUNCED IT WILL SELECT A SMALL NUMBER OF PILOT PROJECTS THAT WOULD HELP THE INTEGRATION OF DRONES.

PALO ALTO'S CITY MANAGER SAYS THEY'VE SUBMITTED THEIR APPLICATION AND ARE EXCITED THE PILOT PROGRAM COULD POTENTIALLY HAPPEN IN WHAT IS CONSIDERED THE BIRTHPLACE OF SILICON VALLEY.

James Keene, City Manager, Palo Alto-CA: "We saw it as a really opportune moment for us to be in potentially on the front end of developing policies that could affect cities in the future."

DOCTORS SAY IF APPROVED, THE DRONES WOULD BE USED TO FLY BLOOD IN EMERGENCIES, WHERE TIME IS CRITICAL, AND THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH STAFF TO TRANSPORT SUPPLIES QUICKLY.

STANFORD IS HOPEFUL THE PROJECT IS CHOSEN. Return to index of stories...


DRONES DELIVER BLOOD-VO AT BAM


THE FAA IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A DECISION WITHIN THE NEXT 90 DAYS. Return to index of stories...


HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP


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FLU OUTBREAK-OC,VO


THE FLU - NOW SPIKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY - AND EARLIER THAN LAST YEAR -

THE NUMBER OF STATES WITH HIGH FLU LEVELS - MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THE LAST WEEK - TO 21.

THE SOUTH AND WEST - SEEING THE MOST PATIENTS WITH FLU-RELATED SYMPTOMS. Return to index of stories...


FLU OUTBREAK-SOTVO


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KABC SOT: EVERYBODY WHO I'VE SEEN WHO'VE HAD FLU, MOST MOST OF THEM - HAVE NOT HAD THE FLU SHOT. AND THE PEOPLE WHO'VE HAD HAD FLU SHOT - THEIR SYMPTOMS ARE MUCH LESS.

SOME DOCTORS SAY

THIS SEASONS VACCINE ISN'T CUTTING IT.

REPORTEDLY ONLY 10 PERCENT EFFECTIVE AGAINST THIS YEARS DOMINANT STRAIN OF FLU YET DOCTORS STILL RECOMMEND GETTING A FLU SHOT.

AND EXPERTS SAY - SINCE NOT EVERYONE WHO HAS THE FLU GOES TO THE DOCTOR - THE NUMBERS ARE LIKELY HIGHER THAN REPORTED. Return to index of stories...


CONSUMER ALERT-CLIP


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IPHONE LAWSUIT-OC,VO


HAVE YOU NOTICED YOUR IPHONE RUNNING A LITTLE SLOWER-

YOU'RE NOT ALONE.

APPLE ADMITTED TO SLOWING IPHONE BATTERIES DOWN WITHOUT TELLING CUSTOMERS.

THAT COMES AFTER A TON OF BACKLASH INCLUDING A BIG LAWSUIT IN TEXAS.

APPLE ADMITTED ITS SOFTWARE WAS SUPPOSE TO SLOW DOWN THE PHONES BUT ONLY TO AVOID UNEXPECTED SHUTDOWNS DUE TO AGING BATTERIES. THE COMPANY HAS SINCE ISSUED AN APOLOGY. Return to index of stories...


IPHONE LAWSUIT-SOTVO


beginning of pkg

658 i've already bought three phones from having the battery drain quicker, apps shutting down.

APPLE HAS ADMITTED THAT IT'S I-O-S SOFTWARE. WAS DESIGNED TO SLOW IPHONES DOWN. THEY SAY "TO AVOID UNEXPECTED SHUTDOWNS" BECAUSE OF AN AGING BATTERY. YESTERDAY, THE COMPANY APOLOGIZED. AND OFFERED DISCOUNTED BATTERY REPLACEMENTS.

THE SUIT. FILED IN FEDERAL COURT. COVERS IPHONE CUSTOMERS ACROSS TEXAS.

ACCUSING APPLE OF "NEGLIGENT MISREPRESNTATION."

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DIGITAL RESOLUTIONS-VO IN KEY


MOST PEOPLE ARE MAKING YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS-

AND SOME PEOPLE ARE PLANNING A DIGITAL DETOX.

FIRST STEP- TAKE BACK CONTROL - FOR EXAMPLE TAMING NOTIFICATIONS. YOU DO NOT NEED TO LOOK AT YOUR PHONE EVERYTIME A RETAILERS APP BLASTS A SALE NOTIFICATION! SO GO TO SETTINGS, CLICK NOTIFICATIONS AND GET SERIOUS ABOUT TURNING THEM OFF. CREATE ROOMS IN YOUR HOUSE THAT ARE TECH FREE. EVENTS AND TIMES WHERE YOU DON'T CHECK IN. Return to index of stories...


NEW TODAY-CLIP


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KEEPING FINANCES IN CHECK-SQBOX


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NEXT AT 9 CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE SIX


SEASON OF GIVING IS'NT OVER YET-ONE MAN WENT TO GREAT LENGTHS AFTER RECEIVING SOMEONE ELSE'S CHRISTMAS CARD.

FOLKS YOU HEARD IT RIGHT-PIG ON THE LOOSE-FIND OUT HOW IT MADE IT'S WAY BACK HOME. Return to index of stories...


TZ6 A XMAS CARD MISSING-VO


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TZ6 B PIG REUNITED-VO


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HARDING PROMO-SOTTOPS


THE VIEW PROMO Return to index of stories...


NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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XMAS CARD MISSING-OC,VO


JUST AS THE HOLIDAYS START TO COME TO AN END.

THE SEASON OF GIVING IS NOT OVER FOR ONE CAPE CORAL FAMILY.

THAT'S AFTER A MAN RECEIVED SOMEONE ELSE'S CHRISTMAS CARD -- AND GET THIS -- IT HAD A TWO-HUNDRED DOLLAR CHECK IN IT.

THAT'S WHEN THE MAN WENT TO FACEBOOK TO FIND THE RIGHTFUL OWNER.

*AND DID!

ALEXANDRA KONIKOW SAYS HER GRANDFATHER -- LIKELY MAILED HER ANNUAL CARD TO HER OLD ADDRESS -- BUT CAN'T REMEMBER BECAUSE SHE'S DEALING WITH A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

FROM YOUR CAPE CORAL NEWS TEAM--

A STRANGER'S KINDNESS PROVES THAT THE SEASON OF GIVING IS NOT OVER.

AFTER RECEIVING A CHRISTMAS CARD IN THE MAIL WITH A 200 DOLLAR CHECK INSIDE--

THE MAN TURNED TO FACEBOOK TO FIND THE RIGHTFUL OWNER.

ALEXANDRA KONIKOW SAYS HER GRANDFATHER --

LIKELY MAILED HER ANNUAL CARD TO A FORMER ADDRESS.

SHE SAYS SHE CAN'T REMEMBER AS SHE'S STILL DEALING WITH THE AFFECTS

OF A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

KONIKOW WAS IN A NEAR-FATAL CAR ACCIDENT MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO--

AND WHILE MANY ASPECTS OF HER LIFE HAVE CHANGED--

SHE LOOKS FORWARD TO HER GRANDFATHER'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CARD EVERY YEAR.

VINCENT DEGOOIJER TRIED TO GIVE THE CARD BACK TO HIS MAIL CARRIER- WHO REFUSED IT.

THAT'S WHEN HE TOOK TO FACEBOOK--AND FOUND KONIKOW'S FAMILY.

53:42 I kind of felt like it was my due diligence to try not just throw it away and be done with it 50

THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE SAID THEY APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE--

THEY SAY MAIL DELIVERED TO THE WRONG PERSON CAN BE RETURNED TO THEIR LETTER CARRIER OR THE LOCAL POST OFFICE. Return to index of stories...


XMAS CARD MISSING-SOTVO


53:42 I kind of felt like it was my due diligence to try not just throw it away and be done with it 50

THE MAN TRIED TO GIVE THE CARD BACK TO HIS MAIL CARRIER -- WHO REFUSED TO TAKE IT BACK.

THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE SAID THEY APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE--

IT SAID MAIL DELIVERED TO THE WRONG PERSON CAN BE RETURNED TO THEIR LETTER CARRIER OR THE LOCAL POST OFFICE. Return to index of stories...


CAUGHT ON CAMERA-CLIP


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PIG REUNITED ON THE LOOSE IN NFM-VOTOPS


CHECK THIS OUT--

A LARGE PIG WAS FOUND WANDERING AROUND NORTH FORT MYERS.

LEE COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTIES POSTED IT TO FACEBOOK AFTER IT WAS SPOTTED IN THE EAST MANOR MOBILE HOME PARK

AN AGRICULTURAL UNIT CAME TO GET IT.

IT WAS PRETTY CHILL SO THEY BELIEVED IT WAS SOMEONE'S PET--

AND THEY WERE RIGHT.

WE'VE BEEN TOLD THE PIG HAS BEEN RETURNED TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNER.

From LCSO's FB:

We received a call this morning reference a very large pig rooting around in East Manor Mobile Home Park in North Fort Myers. The pig was very docile and may be someone's pet that got loose. Deputy Lewis, with our Agricultural Unit, came to retrieve the pig and take her to our impound field for safe-keeping. If you own this pig or may know the person that owns this pig please call us at 477-1000. She'll be kept safe with us and we hope to get her back home soon. Return to index of stories...


TONIGHT ON ABC7-CLIP


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THE BACHELOR TONIGHT-OC,SS


GET READY--

FOR TONIGHT'S PREMIER OF THE BACHELOR.

AND THIS YEAR--

ARIE IS THE MAN OF HONOR.

THE RACE CAR DRIVER MADE HIS PRIMETIME DEBUT --

FALLING FOR EMILY MAYNARD ON THE "BACHELORETTE," A FEW SEASON BACK.

BUT SHE PICKED SOMEONE ELSE.

SO HE'S BACK AS THE BACHELOR, READY FOR A SEASON OF ROMANCE, TEARS, AND REALITY-SHOW INTRIGUE. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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TS1) TODDLER DROWNS-VO


A 2-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN IMMOKALEE IS DEAD AFTER DROWNING IN THE COMMUNITY POOL OF HER APARTMENT COMPLEX.

CREWS RUSHED TO TALL PINES APARTMENTS JUST BEFORE 4 O'CLOCK ON SATURDAY.

THE POOL HAS A FENCE AROUND IT AND A SIGN THAT SAYS THERE IS NEVER A LIFEGUARD AROUND.

THE GIRL IS THE FIFTH SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CHILD TO DROWN IN A POOL THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


TS2) CAPE CREEP-VO


A FAMILY IN CAPE CORAL IS NERVOUS--

AFTER A MAN WAS CAPTURED ON CAMERA APPROACHING THEIR HOME--

TAKING PICTURES--

AND THEN WALKING OFF.

HE WAS CAUGHT ON THEIR SURVEILLANCE CAMERA.

IF YOU KNOW THE MAN IN THE PICTURES, YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL THE CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT. Return to index of stories...


TS3) NYE DRUNK DRIVING-VO


LAW ENFORCEMENT CRACKED DOWN ON DRUNK DRIVERS LAST NIGHT IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE--ESPECIALLY ON THE ROADS.

ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES--THERE WERE MORE THAN 5-THOUSAND CONFIRMED ALCOHOL RELATED CRASHES IN 20-16.

417 OF THOSE WERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


TS4) BOBCAT RESCUED-VO


A BOBCAT WAS RESCUED FROM UNDER A BRIDGE IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY---

AND IT WAS ALL CAUGHT ON CAMERA.

THE WILDLIFE CENTER OF VENICE SAYS THEY THINK THE BIG CAT WAS CLIPPED BY A CAR---

THEN ENDED UP TRAPPED OUT ON THE WATER.

THE STAFF SAYS HE IS OKAY AND HAD SMALL INJURIES---

SO HE WAS RETURNED BACK HOME. Return to index of stories...


TS5) K9 TRANING-VO


THE FOUR LEGGED INVESTIGATORS OF OUR FUTURE---

ARE TRAINING IN OUR BACK YARD.

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA K-9 SEARCH UNIT JUST WRAPPED UP A THREE DAY TRAINING SEMINAR IN LEE AND COLLIER COUNTIES.

THE TRAINING FOCUSED ON SEARCHING FOR MISSING PEOPLE AND HUMAN REMAINS. Return to index of stories...


FINAL WEATHER-3SH, WX


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CLOSE-3 SHOT


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