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HEADLINES-CLIP- TRACKED, LIVE SUPER CAUGHT ON CAM-CLIP
7PM OPEN-CLIP PANAMA CITY RESCUE-OC, NATSVO
UMBRELLA LEAD-SOTTOPS-DISSOLVE NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
UMBRELLA LEAD-AWS- TOPS JP WX CTR-WX CTR-WIPE
TOSS TO JP-SSTOPS- 2 SH PUSH TZ1A) CAPE MULCH AND DEBRIS-NATSVO-WIPE
TOSS TO JP-CLIP- CAM9 TZ1B) NEW FLU VACCINE-VOTOPS-WIPE
JP FIRST WEATHER-WXCTR NEW VIDEO-CLIP
ORLANDO FIRE-2SHOT MANATEES BRAVING THE COLD-VOTOPS
POWER STRIP WARNING-WIPE- SSTOP JP WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
TOSS TO ROSS-BOXES WEATHER-WXWALL
TURNING ON THE HEAT-LIVE NEW TONIGHT-CLIP
TURNING ON THE HEAT-PKG CAPE MULCH AND DEBRIS-NATSVO
TURNING ON THE HEAT-LIVE-WIPE CAPE MULCH AND DEBRIS-VO IN BAM, 2 SH W DESK
TURNING ON THE HEAT-KEY CAPE MULCH AND DEBRIS-PKG
COLD WEATHER AND CROPS-VO IN BOXES CAPE MULCH AND DEBRIS-ONCAM
COLD WEATHER AND CROPS-SOTVO HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP
PUSH TO APP-SSTOPS NEW FLU VACCINE-OC, SOTVO
CRIME ALERT-CLIP NEW FLU VACCINE-SOTVO
SEXUAL ASSAULT ON MINOR-SSTOPS FLU LEVELS IN SWFL-SSTOPS
SEXUAL ASSAULT ON MINOR-ZM, OC NEXT AT 7:00-CLIP
SEXUAL ASSAULT ON MINOR-PKG TZ 2 A) RODENT INFESTATION-VO-WIPE
SEXUAL ASSAULT ON MINOR-ONCAM TZ 2 B) MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT TODAY-VO
CRIME ALERT-CLIP TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
TEEN NIGHT SHOOTING-OC, VO 11PM TZ1) NYE GUY WITH A GUN-SSTOPS
FT. LAUDERDALE FUGITIVE CAUGHT-WIPE- SSTOPS, VO 11PM TZ2) HEAT VS COOLING COSTS-wipe-VOTOPS
NEW DETAILS-CLIP K9 TRAINING IN CAPE-OC, VO
MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FM-ONCAM MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT TODAY-OC, VO
MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FM-PKG RODENT INFESTATION-OC, VO
MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FM-ONCAM GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-8 CLOSING LOGO SHOT


HEADLINES-CLIP- TRACKED, LIVE SUPER


:39-:47

happening now--on abc7 news--

a developing storm system is going to keep swfl in a deep freeze all week.

i'll have your stormwarn 7 forecast

PLUS AT SEVEN--

DEEP FREEZE PREPS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE.

11:40:22-:24

Like I'm going to shop for a sweater right now haha it's been a little cold.

SPACE HEATERS COMING IN SHORT SUPPLY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR THE FIRST FREEZE IN FLORIDA.

AHEAD ON YOUR NEWS AT SEVEN. Return to index of stories...


7PM OPEN-CLIP


7PM SHOW OPEN Return to index of stories...


UMBRELLA LEAD-SOTTOPS-DISSOLVE


Sasha / Florida Resident

11:39:15

You can smell it and you can tell the difference when you put on the heat

BUTTED TO

Bruce Mullins / Service Manager, Certified Heating & Cooling

11:24:10-:22

.It's basically a toaster oven and you're sticking it down on the floor and that can be a fire hazard. Return to index of stories...


UMBRELLA LEAD-AWS- TOPS


COLD WEATHER MEANS KICKING ON THOSE HEATERS!

RIGHT NOW--

PARTS OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ARE IN THE LOW 50'S

THIS IS A LIVE LOOK AT TEMPERATURES.

AND --

THOSE NUMBERS. ARE EXPECTED TO DROP FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK! Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO JP-SSTOPS- 2 SH PUSH


INLAND, SOME AREAS WILL EVEN INCH CLOSER TO FREEZING.

AND UP NORTH --

LEON COUNTY FLORIDA -- AND FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY --

ARE CANCELLING SCHOOL TOMORROW.

A SNOW DAY -- WORRIED ABOUT POSSIBLE SNOW AND ICE.

THEY TWEETED THE ANNOUNCEMENT JUST HOURS AGO.

THE WEATHER IS YOUR BIG STORY AT SEVEN -- I'M JEFF BUTERA.

AND I'M KRISTA FOGELSONG.

THERE are ALSO STEPS AT HOME YOU NEED TO BE DOING NOW--

BEFORE THE POSSIBLE FROST.

BUT FIRST --

LET'S GET TO YOUR MOST ACCURATE FORECAST- Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO JP-CLIP- CAM9


j-p

IS TRACKING THE COLD SNAP right now.and we all want to know.how low will we go Return to index of stories...


JP FIRST WEATHER-WXCTR


Temperatures averaged 10 to 15 degrees below normal today and we will continue that trend again tonight. Skies will be mostly cloudy this evening and the wind will be gusty from the north throughout the night. A few, very isolated, showers are possible as we start the day on Wednesday as an area of low pressure crosses the state. The temperatures are chilly and will stay below normal for the next 3 to 4 days.

The aforementioned low pressure area could even scare up a few flakes of snow on Wednesday, but this would be well north of Orlando. if it occurs. A few showers of rain will make for a gray and dreary day on Wednesday.

This cold snap will continue for the rest of week. By Friday morning we will run a good chance of widespread 30's for morning low temperatures. For your forward planning, it might be a good idea to cover sensitive plants on Friday morning. Return to index of stories...


ORLANDO FIRE-2SHOT


NOW LET'S TALK SAFETY.

ESPECIALLY HEATING YOUR HOUSE.

SPACE HEATERS --

CAUSE ONE THIRD OF HOUSE FIRES IN AMERICA DURING THE WINTER.

AND HERE'S WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT NOW--

THIS MORNING--

AN ORLANDO MAN DIED AFTER A FIRE STARTED FROM A SPACE HEATER.

THIS IS ONLY just ONE TRAGIC EXAMPLE OF WHY TAKING PRECAUTIONS IS IMPORTANT. Return to index of stories...


POWER STRIP WARNING-WIPE- SSTOP


AND CHECK THIS OUT!

A FLORIDA FIRE DISTRICT SHARED THIS PICTURE ON FACEBOOK--

OF A MELTED AND CHARRED POWER STRIP.

THIS IS THE DAMAGE AN OVERLOADED OUTLET CAN CAUSE--

WHEN YOU PLUG IN A SPACE HEATER TO A POWER STRIP. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO ROSS-BOXES


BUT AS ABC7 WEEKEND ANCHOR ROSS DIMATTEI --

FOUND OUT--

THERE'S MORE YOU NEED TO DO AT HOME TO PREPARE FOR THE CHILLY AIR. Return to index of stories...


TURNING ON THE HEAT-LIVE


HOME HEATING EXPERTS TELL ME THE FIRST THING YOU SHOULD DO --

BEFORE YOU HIT THE HEAT SWITCH --

IS REPLACE THE FILTER.

IF YOURS IS TOO DUSTY AND DIRTY --

LIKE THIS ONE --

YOU'RE LIKELY GOING TO SMELL SOMETHING BURNING --

AND IT COULD EVEN CAUSE A FIRE. Return to index of stories...


TURNING ON THE HEAT-PKG


SOT: Samantha Delduca / Canadian Resident

11:40:22-:24

I'm going to shop for a sweater right now haha it's been a little cold.

SAMANTHA DELDUCA CAME FROM CANADA TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

SOT: Samantha Delduca / Canadian Resident

11:40:14-:18

For the warm weather and apparently it's really cold here right now haha

NOT READY FOR THE 40'S --

SHE WAS SHOCKED SHE HAD TO TURN ON THE HEATER IN HER RENTAL HOME.

SOT: Samantha Delduca / Canadian Resident

11:40:51-:56

Yeah we were trying to figure that out today. We turned on the heater in the pool too. We got the blankets going

AS FLORIDIANS TURN ON THE HEAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A WHILE --

HOME HEATING COMPANIES ARE ANSWERING A LOT OF CALLS AND QUESTIONS --

BUT BUSINESS IS BOOMING.

SOT: 11:08:29-:36

A day like today, it pops back up because everyone is putting their air on and it generally smells like the house is on fire.

BUT EXPERTS SAY THAT SMELL IS NORMAL --

SOT: Bruce Mullins / Service Manager, Certified Heating & Cooling

11:14:17-:19

It's basically just a dust buildup on the heater coils.

--BUTTED TO--

SOT: Bruce Mullins / Service Manager, Certified Heating & Cooling

11:14:26-:28

It's just like if you turn on your toaster and there's a little piece of something in there, it's going to burn off.

--BUTTED TO--

11:14:35-:42

It will last about 10-15 minutes, 20 minutes if it hasn't been on in a very long time but it will go away pretty quickly

TO MINIMIZE THE MUST --

OPEN UP YOUR WINDOWS --

AND DOORS.

11:39:15-:20

You can smell it and you can tell the difference when you put on the heat as opposed to you put on your regular AC

IF YOU EVER SEE SMOKE --

CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT RIGHT AWAY.

AND IF YOU OPT FOR A SPACE HEATER INSTEAD --

EXPERTS SAY BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU PLUG IT IN.

SOT:

11:24:39-:48

Make sure that the circuit you're plugging it into can handle it because once again, you're talking about a heater that's going to pull a lot more amps than plugging in something like a tv.

THAT MEANS NO EXTENSION CORDS OR POWER STRIPS --

AND GIVE YOUR SPACE HEATERS PLENTY OF SPACE.

11:24:10-:22

The problem with space heaters is It's basically a toaster oven and you're sticking it down on the floor and that can be a fire hazard because Now you have a space heater that sitting on carpet or something could get over there today. Anything can get into that heater that could cause a fire. Return to index of stories...


TURNING ON THE HEAT-LIVE-WIPE


HEATING EXPERTS TELL ME THEY'RE ALSO GETTING A LOT OF CALLS RIGHT NOW --

ASKING ABOUT POOL HEATERS.

IF YOURS IS ELECTRIC --

YOU CAN CLEAN THE OUTDOOR COIL BEFORE YOU TURN IT ON.

OTHERWISE --

THEY RECOMMEND AN ANNUAL CHECKUP WITH A HEATING EXPERT BEFORE IT GETS COLD SO THEY CAN DO DIAGNOSTICS. Return to index of stories...


TURNING ON THE HEAT-KEY


ABC7 CREWS ARE SCOPING OUT SPACE HEATERS AT LOCAL DEPARTMENT STORES.

WE CHECKED WITH A FEW HOME DEPOTS IN FORT MYERS THIS AFTERNOON --

AND THEY SAID THEY'RE SELLING OUT FAST.

WE'RE CHECKING A FEW MORE LOCATIONS TO SEE IF THEY'LL GET MORE.

BUT A GOOD RULE OF THUMB--

CALL BEFORE YOU GO. Return to index of stories...


COLD WEATHER AND CROPS-VO IN BOXES


AND THIS WEATHER MIGHT BE A TRIPLE WHAMMY FOR CITRUS CROPS IN COLLIER COUNTY.

FIRST HURRICANE IRMA-

CITRUS GREENING--

AND NOW NEAR FREEZING TEMPS--

ALL PREPARING CITRUS FARMERS FOR ONE OF THE WORST SEASONS.

TODAY--

ABC7 TALKED TO GROWERS AS THEY RACED TO PREPARE CROPS.

THEY SAY THE CITRUS GREENING-- IS ALSO HAVING INCREASED EFFECTS WITH THE COLD WEATHER. Return to index of stories...


COLD WEATHER AND CROPS-SOTVO


Dr. Kelly Morgan

IFAS

36:44

We've had this disease, greening disease HLB, that has devastated the industry and weakened our trees.:51

We don't know how cold the trees can sustain.:56

IF THE TREES LAST THROUGH THE WEEK--

FARMERS PLAN TO PICK THE ORANGES BY MARCH. Return to index of stories...


PUSH TO APP-SSTOPS


AND IF YOU WANT TO TRACK THE COLD TEMPERATURES--

DOWNLOAD THE STORMWARN7 APP.

IT HAS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S MOST ACCURATE FORECAST--

ONLY LIVE RADAR --

AND REAL TIME ROAD CONDITIONS!

JUST SEARCH STORMWARN 7 --

ALL ONE WORD--

IN THE APPLE STORE AND GOOGLE PLAY. Return to index of stories...


CRIME ALERT-CLIP


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SEXUAL ASSAULT ON MINOR-SSTOPS


YOUR OTHER BIG STORY AT SEVEN --

THIS LEE COUNTY MAN--

IS ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING A GIRL--

TRAPPING HER IN A SHED--

BEATING HER--

AND FORCING HER TO PERFORM ORAL SEX ON HIM, WITH A KNIFE TO HER THROAT. Return to index of stories...


SEXUAL ASSAULT ON MINOR-ZM, OC


DEPUTIES SAY HE HELD HER IN A SHED ON DELTA STREET --

THAT'S JUST A FEW BLOCKS FROM VILLAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN FORT MYERS.

ABC7'S CRISTINA MENDEZ IS GETTING US MORE ON HOW SHE WAS ABLE TO GET HELP. Return to index of stories...


SEXUAL ASSAULT ON MINOR-PKG


TUCKED AWAY IN THE BACK OF A LEE COUNTY HOME--

THIS SHED WOULD BECOME THE SCENE OF A HORRORIFIC SEXUAL ASSAULT.

Lee McLaws, Lee County

01:33:07 "he's been around here for a year or two. he moved in squatted in the back of the shed"

43-YEAR OLD JAMES LOCKLEAR IS ACCUSED OF FORCING A VICTIM 12-YEARS OR OLDER TO PERFORM ORAL SEX ON HIM--

AS HE HELD A KNIFE TO HER THROAT.

THIS ALLGEDLY FOLLOWING A BRUTAL BEATING CONFINED WITHIN THESE WALLS.

Lee McLaws, Lee County

01:35:37 "once I found out I went down and told another friend of mine that knows all the families with children to pass the word. in case he's released on bond they can keep an eye on him"

THE VICTIM TOLD INVESTIGATORS LOCKLEAR STRANGLED HER SEVERAL TIMES--

TO THE POINT OF PASSING OUT--

AND WAS WHIPPING HER LEGS WITH A PHONE CORD.

EVENTUALLY, THE VICTIM SNUCK OUT OF THE SHED--

AND FLAGGED DOWN A NEARBY DEPUTY FOR HELP.

Bruce Laney, Lee County

01:39:40 "I seen policemen going around the block quite a bit"

LOCKLEAR WAS ALLGEDLY AWAKE FOR SEVERAL DAYS LEADING-UP TO THE SEXUAL ASSAULT.

THE VICTIM SAYS THE SUSPECT WAS BECOMING PARANOID--

AND THREATENED TO KILL HER.

Bruce Laney, Lee County

01:40:30 "Its the worse thing you can do"

IN FORT MYERS, CM, ABC7. Return to index of stories...


SEXUAL ASSAULT ON MINOR-ONCAM


LOCKLEAR IS HELD ON A 100-THOUSAND BOND.

HE'S EXPECTED BACK IN COURT ON THE 29TH. Return to index of stories...


CRIME ALERT-CLIP


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TEEN NIGHT SHOOTING-OC, VO


A "TEEN NIGHT" IN a TAMPA CLUB TURNED DEADLY--

KILLING A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND ANOTHER MAN.

LATE MONDAY NIGHT AROUND 10-30--

SEVERAL FIGHTS BROKE SPILLED OUTSIDE THE CLUB.

SECURITY GUARDS THEN HEARD GUNSHOTS--

THAT'S WHEN TWO SECURITY GUARDS FIRED THEIR WEAPONS.

25-YEAR-OLD JYHAAD GRANT AND THE TEENAGER, JULISSA JACKSON WERE SHOT AND KILLED.

NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE. Return to index of stories...


FT. LAUDERDALE FUGITIVE CAUGHT-WIPE- SSTOPS, VO


NEW AT 7 --

A FUGITIVE --

WANTED IN THREE STATES --

WAS JUST CAUGHT IN COLLIER COUNTY --

AFTER A HIGH SPEED CHASE!

DEPUTIES SAY IT STARTED WHEN THEY SPOTTED A STOLEN VOLKSWAGEN FROM FORT LAUDERDALE.

THEY TRIED TO PULL OVER THE DRIVER --

JOHN SIMECEK.

BUT HE BOOKED IT OUT OF DYLAN'S DRAFTHOUSE --

RACING DOWN AIRPORT PULLING ROAD GOING 90.

HE DIDN'T GET FAR THOUGH.

HE CRASHED INTO A BLUE CHEVY IN THE PARKING LOT AT STEIN'S USED CARS.

DEPUTIES SAY HE HAD COCAINE ON HIM.

HE'S BEING HELD ON SEVERAL CHARGES FROM DRUGS TO RUNNING FROM DEPUTIES. Return to index of stories...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FM-ONCAM


WHILE MEDICAL MARIJUANA BECAME LEGAL A YEAR AGO IN FLORIDA—

THE CITY OF FORT MYERS IS TALKING ABOUT WHETHER TO BAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES FROM OPENING.

A NUMBER OF COMMUNITIES INCLUDING BONITA SPRINGS, ESTERO AND SANIBEL HAVE ALREADY BANNED THEM.

ABC7'S DAVE ELIAS FOUND OUT--

FORT MYERS MIGHT BE NEXT. Return to index of stories...


MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FM-PKG


Rontavian Mack/FM. /. 12:57 I think that anyone that is trying to get in the way of what we voted for is working in opposition of what we actually stand for. 13:05

RONTAVIAN MACK AMONG THOSE WHO OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND OTHERS WHO NEED IT.

Jason O'Hara/CC / 13:35 My grandmother is on multiple pain killers and is basically is waiting to get her card and go ahead and drop all of that. 13:42

JASON OHARA QUESTIONS WHY CITY'S AFTER TRYING BAN THE DRUG THAT VOTERS APPROVED.

Jason /. 14:18 I don't think the will of the people is entirely their number one priority. 14:20

A FACT THE GOVERNOR DIDN'T OVER LOOK TODAY.

Rick Scott /.

01:51 Our voters through a constitutional amendment supported it. 01:56

MANY ARE BEING PRESCRIBED THE DRUG AT CLINICS LIKE THIS ONE ALONG McGREGOR BOULEVARD.

Dr. Gregory Sonn/FM /. 04:01 I do believe this moratoriums are a bit excessive.

Dr. GREGORY SONN NOW HAS OVER 11-HUNDREDS PATIENTS SINCE OPENING A YEAR AGO.

HE SAYS PATIENTS WILL STILL GET MEDICINAL MARIJUANA DELIVERED TO THEM EVEN IF FORT MYERS BANS DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES.

Dr. Gregory Sonn / 04:04 Inevitably I think they're hindering their own progress. I mean you're going to have treatment centers that are going to be paying taxes and hiring local labor workers.

BUT STILL OTHERS WORRY THAT WITHOUT LIMITS MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTIONS CENTERS COULD OPEN ALL OVER TOWN.

Jesus 15:28 I think there is a fine line of how you help people get what they need naturally and especially where you don't have the population escpeically young kids abusing something like that. Return to index of stories...


MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FM-ONCAM


EXPERTS AND THE PUBLIC ARE WEIGHING- IN ON THE ISSUE RIGHT NOW.

A DISTRIBUTION CENTER HAS ALREADY OPENED UP IN UNINCORPORATED NORTH FORT MYERS.

THERE'S ANOTHER HEARING ON THE 19TH. Return to index of stories...


CAUGHT ON CAM-CLIP


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PANAMA CITY RESCUE-OC, NATSVO


WE WANT YOU TO SEE THIS --

AN INCREDIBLE RESCUE IN PANAMA CITY --

AFTER A FLORIDA MAN DROVE HIS CAR OFF A DOCK!

NATS OF BOAT,

PEOPLE CHEERING

THE COAST GUARD SAYS THE 89-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS STUCK IN HIS CAR AS IT SANK.

THE CREW HAD TO BREAK A CAR WINDOW TO PULL HIM OUT JUST BEFORE THE CAR WENT UNDER.

HE WAS LATER TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WHERE HE'S RECOVERING. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


NEXT AT 7 OPEN Return to index of stories...


JP WX CTR-WX CTR-WIPE


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TZ1A) CAPE MULCH AND DEBRIS-NATSVO-WIPE


NATS OF MULCH

MILLIONS OF POUNDS OF DEBRIS--

BEING MASHED UP INTO MULCH--

AND PUT ON YARDS.

BUT A HARSH WARNING FROM LANDSCAPERS BEFORE YOU PICK UP THE FREE, NOT-SO FRESH STUFF. Return to index of stories...


TZ1B) NEW FLU VACCINE-VOTOPS-WIPE


PLUS --

WHY YOU SOON MIGHT BE ABLE TO FIGHT THE FLU WITH SOMETHING FAR LESS PAINFUL THAN A SHOT. Return to index of stories...


NEW VIDEO-CLIP


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MANATEES BRAVING THE COLD-VOTOPS


EVEN FLORIDA'S MANATEES ARE BUNDLING TOGETHER FOR WARMTH!

VISITORS AT MANATEE VIEWING CENTER IN TAMPA SAW THE GENTLE GIANTS GATHERING THIS MORNING.

LIKE MOST OF THE STATE--

TAMPA IS ENDURING UNSEASONABLY COLD TEMPERATURES WITH LOWS IN THE 30S.

MANATEES ARE EXTREMELY SENSITIVE TO THE COLD AND CAN DIE IN WATER BELOW 68 DEGREES.

YOU'LL LIKELY SEE MORE OF THAT THIS WEEK. Return to index of stories...


JP WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-WXWALL


THIS WEATHERCAST IS NOT VERBATIM, BUT HAS BEEN PREPARED BY OUR ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

Temperatures averaged 10 to 15 degrees below normal today and we will continue that trend again tonight. Skies will be mostly cloudy this evening and the wind will be gusty from the north throughout the night. A few, very isolated, showers are possible as we start the day on Wednesday as an area of low pressure crosses the state. The temperatures are chilly and will stay below normal for the next 3 to 4 days.

The aforementioned low pressure area could even scare up a few flakes of snow on Wednesday, but this would be well north of Orlando. if it occurs. A few showers of rain will make for a gray and dreary day on Wednesday.

This cold snap will continue for the rest of week. By Friday morning we will run a good chance of widespread 30's for morning low temperatures. For your forward planning, it might be a good idea to cover sensitive plants on Friday morning. Return to index of stories...


NEW TONIGHT-CLIP


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CAPE MULCH AND DEBRIS-NATSVO


NATS OF MULCH MACHINES

DEBRIS DUMP--

MASHED INTO MULCH--

AND NOW YOU CAN PICK IT UP FOR FREE IN CAPE CORAL. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MULCH AND DEBRIS-VO IN BAM, 2 SH W DESK


BUT BEFORE YOU DO --

LANDSCAPERS HAVE A WARNING.

ALL THAT DEBRIS FROM IRMA --

GOT TURNED INTO MULCH.

MULCH THAT'S FREE FOR YOU.

BUT AS ABC7'S DEVIN TURK FOUND OUT--

THERE COULD BE SOME NASTY CRITTERS HIDING INSIDE. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MULCH AND DEBRIS-PKG


Nat of guy getting his bag ready

This big pile of free mulch is a welcome site for Pablo Castro.

Pablo Castro/Cape Coral

14:06:30-34

"Yes I'm happy in a way, save some money"

Cape Coral turned some of the 375,000 cubic yards of debris they collected from residential streets into mulch.

Castro

14:07:26-28

"I got about 20 of them already"

He says he'll use it around the vegetable garden in his backyard, but local landscaper Pat Rohaley says you may want to think twice.

Pat Rohaley/Landscaper

13:49:43-46

"Id rather see people spend $2 a bag and get their own cypress mulch"

Counties also gave out free mulch after hurricane Charley in 2004

Pat Rohaley/Landscaper

13:49:15-26

"Of course when charley hit, people said hey free mulch lets go get it. All of a sudden i put it in their house and a week or 10 days later people start calling and complaining cause the stench"

He says store bought mulch is just cypress trees cleaned, shredded, bagged; eventually it decomposes into topsoil. He says the biodiversity in the free mulch could be bad for your plants.

Pat Rohaley/Landscaper

13:49:31-42

"You've got your Brazilian peppers, paper trees, all exotics we have to cut down and get rid of. Its all mixed together all the root systems it starts fermenting and it's horrible stuff"

He says there could even be bugs, seeds, and termites inside. But Castro says he's not concerned.

Pablo Castro/Cape Coral

14:06:53-02

"I'm planning on buying some incecticide when i spread it and then will go to the store and buy their good one and put it ion top " Return to index of stories...


CAPE MULCH AND DEBRIS-ONCAM


THEY'RE NOW GIVING IT AWAY FOR FREE NEAR PINE ISLAND ROAD AND ANDALUSIA BOULEVARD.

THE CITY DOES ADMIT --

THIS MULCH LACKS THE QUALITY OF THE DECORATIVE MULCH YOU COULD GET AT THE STORE.

IT COULD POTENTIALLY EVEN HAVE FUNGUS THAT WOULD HURT PALM TREES.

BUT YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR -- AND IT'S FREE. Return to index of stories...


HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP


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NEW FLU VACCINE-OC, SOTVO


A VACCINE FOR THE FLU MAY BE THE FUTURE VERSION OF A LONG TERM FLU SHOT.

RIGHT NOW RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON--

SAY THE VACCINE WOULD COVER *YEARS OF PROTECTION --INSTEAD OF AN ANNUAL PRICK AT THE DOCTORS.

:11-:19

HERE'S WHY THIS IS SUCH A BIG DEAL--

EVERY YEAR--

SCIENTISTS HAVE TO *GUESS WHAT THE FLU WILL LOOK LIKE.

VIRUS GENES ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING.

MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO TACKLE THE FLU EACH YEAR.

RIGHT NOW THE SHOT IS ONLY 10 PERCENT EFFECTIVE. Return to index of stories...


NEW FLU VACCINE-SOTVO


:45-54

UW Flu Researcher says, Now and then they get that wrong, and there is a mix match like there is a little bit this year,and the vaccine is a little less effective than what it would be if it was a complete match

THE BEST PART--

YOU'D GET IT THROUGH A PAINLESS PUFF!

THE GENE GUN PUSHES THE PUFF ON YOUR SKIN--

THEN IT ABSORBS INTO YOUR SKIN CELLS.

TESTING ON PRIMATES SHOWS A 100 PERCENT PROTECTION RATE.

RESEARCHERS HOPE IT WILL HIT THE MARKET WITHIN 10 YEARS. Return to index of stories...


FLU LEVELS IN SWFL-SSTOPS


BY THE WAY--

WE CHECK THE CURRENT FLU CASES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA--

AND THE NUMBERS ARE CLIMBING.

BUT MOST OF them ARE SITTING IN A MIDDLE LEVEL.

PART OF LEE COUNTY IS A BIT HIGHER AT A MILD LEVEL.

WHICH MEANS--

THE WORST IS YET TO COME. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7:00-CLIP


NEXT AT 7 CLIP Return to index of stories...


TZ 2 A) RODENT INFESTATION-VO-WIPE


RATS AND MICE. ARE MAKING MORE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HOMES THEIR HOMES. GET MORE ON THE INFESTATION PROBLEM IN OUR AREA. Return to index of stories...


TZ 2 B) MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT TODAY-VO


PLUS --

HOW YOU COULD GET 80 PERCENT OF THE WAY TO BEING A BILLIONAIRE. BY WEDNESDAY NIGHT! Return to index of stories...


TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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


11PM TZ1) NYE GUY WITH A GUN-SSTOPS


COPS SAY A GUY SHOT UP SOME CARS IN CAPE CORAL ON NEW YEARS.

BUT NEW AT 11--

WHY HE COULD KEEP HIS CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT. Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ2) HEAT VS COOLING COSTS-wipe-VOTOPS


AND--

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MORE--

THE HOT OR THE COLD?

GET MORE AT 11 ON WHICH ONE YOUR *WALLET PREFERS. Return to index of stories...


K9 TRAINING IN CAPE-OC, VO


RIGHT NOW --

CAPE CORAL POLICE--

ARE TRAINING THEIR K-9'S FOR AN EVENT THIS WEEKEND, WHERE THEY SHOW OFF THE DOGS.

THE CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT IS HOSTING HEROES AND HOUNDS THIS SATURDAY AT SUN SPASH WATER PARK.

IT'S FREE.

AND FEATURES A K-9 OBSTACLE COURSE WITH ABOUT 25 DIFFERENT TEAMS.

ANY MONEY RAISED BENEFITS THE CAPE CORAL ANIMAL SHELTER, HOLIDAYS FOR HEROES, AND SOUTHEASTERN GUIDE DOGS.

IT RUNS FROM FROM 11-TO-5 THIS SATURDAY. Return to index of stories...


MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT TODAY-OC, VO


THE MEGA MILLIONS AND POWERBALL JACKPOT JUST KEEPS CLIMBING.

801 MILLION DOLLARS COULD BE UP FOR GRABS!

FOR POWERBALL --

JACKPOT HAS BALLOONED TO 440 MILLION.

NINTH LARGEST IN THE GAME'S HISTORY.

MEGA MILLIONS SITS AT 363 MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


RODENT INFESTATION-OC, VO


PEST CONTROL COMPANIES ARE WARNING SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HOMEOWNERS OF RODENT INFESTATIONS!

THESE COMPANIES SAY THEY'RE GETTING REGULAR CALLS FOR RODENT REMOVAL.

THE PESTS USE *YOUR HOUSE TO STAY WARM IN THIS COLD WEATHER.

SO ANY OPENING BIGGER THAN A QUARTER--

EXPERTS SAY RATS CAN FIND THEIR WAY INSIDE.

AND YOU COULD PAY UP TO 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO FIX IT.

EXPERTS SAY INSURANCE LIKELY WON'T COVER THAT.

SO THE BEST PREVENTATIVE MEASURE--

WALK AROUND YOU HOME AND SEAL UP ANY OPENINGS. Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-8 CLOSING LOGO SHOT


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WE'RE BACK AT 11. Return to index of stories...