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HEADLINES-CLIP,SOTTOPS, SUPER TZ1B) H&M SWEATER BACKLASH-VOTOPS- WIPE
7PM OPEN-CLIP JP WX CTR-WX CTR
UMBRELLA LEAD-NATSVO JP WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
UMBRELLA LEAD-2 SHOT PUSH, VOFULL WEATHER-PWC
UMBRELLA LEAD-ONCAM WEATHER-WXWALL
IMMOKALEE DEADLY CRASH-PKG NEW AT 7:00-CLIP
IMMOKALEE DEADLY CRASH-ONCAM NFM HOTEL NO LOCALS-SOTVO
TOSS TO ROSS-VOTOPS NFM HOTEL NO LOCALS-VOTOPS, ZM
TOSS TO ROSS-BAM RVL (5) NFM HOTEL NO LOCALS-2 SHOT DESK
TOSS TO ROSS-LIVE IN BAM NFM HOTEL NO LOCALS-PKG
SINKING CAR RESCUE-LIVE NFM HOTEL NO LOCALS-ONCAM
SINKING CAR RESCUE-VOTOPS SHORT TERM RENTALS-OC, VO
SINKING CAR RESCUE-SOTVO NEW STATE BILL ON RENTALS-KEY
SINKING CAR RESCUE-LIVE HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP
NEW DETAILS-CLIP WOMEN AND ALCOHOL-OC, SOTVO
LEE DOCTOR SEX ASSAULT-SSTOPS, OC WOMEN AND ALCOHOL-SOTVO
LEE DOCTOR SEX ASSAULT-LLPKG DRY JANUARY AND BENEFITS-VO IN KEY
LEE DOCTOR SEX ASSAULT-SS, VO TEASE TO BACHELOR TONIGHT-VOTOPS
LEE DOCTOR SEX ASSAULT-SOTVO H&M SWEATER BACKLASH-OC, VO
CRIME ALERT-CLIP NEXT AT 7:00-CLIP
CHARCO SEXUAL ASSAULT-OC, SS TZ 2 A) FAN SAFETY NETS-NATSVO-WIPE
NEW VIDEO-CLIP TZ 2 B) OCALA OLYMPIC SKATER-VOTOPS-WIPE
AMAZON DELIVERY TOSSED-OC, NATSVO TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
GET MORE: NEW AMAZON DELIVERY-OC, VO 11PM TZ1) ILLEGAL DUMPING-VO
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP 11PM TZ2) DEPUTY LEWIS ANNIV PREVIEW-SOTVO
SANIBEL OFFSHORE DRILLING-OC, VO FAN SAFETY NETS-OC, VO
SANIBEL OFFSHORE DRILLING-SOTVO FAN SAFETY NETS-SOTVO
MCGREGOR BLVD WORK-OC, ZM, VO OCALA OLYMPIC SKATER-OC, SS, SOTVO
NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP SCOTT ON UCF CHAMPS-OC, SS(2)
TZ1A) FMB HOTEL NO RESIDENTS-SOTVO-WIPE GOODBYE WEBSITE TEASE-8 CLOSING LOGO SHOT


HEADLINES-CLIP,SOTTOPS, SUPER


TONIGHT AT SEVEN--

A MOM AND TWO KIDS DROWN IN A CAR IN AN IMMOKALEE CANAL.

:00-02

nats of car hitting water

ABC7 GETTING YOU MORE--

ON HOW TO ESCAPE FROM A SINKING CAR.

:13-:15

nats of device and window breaking

PRECIOUS SECONDS --

YOU CAN'T SPARE TO WASTE.

Chief Michael Choate

44:56

You have some time. Just don't panic. Stay calm.

TONIGHT AT SEVEN--

THE FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SURVIVE AND ESCAPE. Return to index of stories...


7PM OPEN-CLIP


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


UMBRELLA LEAD-NATSVO


1:14

She's yelling help help help help. Oh my god.

TRAGEDY IN IMMOKALEE.

YOU JUST HEARD THE NEW DESPERATE 9-1-1 CALL-

MOMENTS AFTER A MOTHER AND HER TWO KIDS --

CRASHED INTO A POND AND DROWNED.

IT HAPPENED SATURDAY NIGHT--

NEAR EDEN AVENUE AND APPLE STREET. Return to index of stories...


UMBRELLA LEAD-2 SHOT PUSH, VOFULL


RIGHT NOW --

COLLIER COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE STILL NOT EXACTLY SURE HOW THE FAMILY WOUND UP IN THE POND.

BUT WE HAVE NEW INFORMATION AND IT'S YOUR BIG STORY AT 7.

I'M JEFF BUTERA.

AND I'M KRISTA FOGELSONG.

TONIGHT --

WE'RE ALSO GETTING YOU MORE --

ON HOW TO ESCAPE A SINKING CAR--

WITHIN SECONDS--

AND HOW TO SAVE YOUR FAMILY. Return to index of stories...


UMBRELLA LEAD-ONCAM


WE'LL GET TO THAT IN A SECOND--

BUT FIRST--

ABC7'S RISA MORRIS -- IS IN IMMOKALEE TODAY--WHERE FAMILY GATHERED TO REMEMBER THEIR LOVED ONES. Return to index of stories...


IMMOKALEE DEADLY CRASH-PKG


TRAGEDY STRIKES IMMOKALEE.

27 YEAR OLD SHATORIA BROWN.

AND 2 OF HER 5 CHILDREN DIE SATURDAY NIGHT AFTER THEIR CAR ENDED UP IN A POND.

OUR SKY7 DRONE SHOWS YOU WHERE IT ALL HAPPENED.

RUDY

46:57

To hear that they drowned it was a big shocker. It's not anything that anyone would expect to wake up to. 47:06

RUDY MARTINEZ AND HIS WIFE SYLVIA OWN RUDY'S BBQ AND CATERING.

THEY LIVE RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO BROWN'S FAMILY.

NOW-- THEY ARE PLANNING TO USE THEIR LOCAL BUSINESS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE FAMILY. BY SELLING PLATES OF THEIR BBQ THIS FRIDAY.

49:20

In times of need, we are all we have and this is why I love to do what I do here.:30

TAKE BRIDGE: Troopers say the mother and her two children were driving down this road when the car didn't stop and ended up in this pond.

TROOPERS ARE STILL INVESTIGATING EXACTLY HOW THE FAMILY COULD'VE ENDED UP IN THE WATER.

RUDY

47:11

People make up their own stories and to me, I don't want to make an opinion to anything so leave it at that.:20

ABC7 WAS THERE AS FAMILY AND FRIENDS VISITED THE CRIME SCENE ON SUNDAY.

VISIBLY EMOTIONAL

NOW-- EVERYONE IS LEFT PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER.

SYLVIA

47:30

I'm sure that her family didn't realize or think that something like that could've happened to her having seen her as recently as that same night.:39 Return to index of stories...


IMMOKALEE DEADLY CRASH-ONCAM


AGAIN--

DEPUTIES AREN'T EXACTLY SURE HOW THE FAMILY ENDED UP IN THE WATER.

they ARE STILL INVESTIGATING WHAT WENT WRONG. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO ROSS-VOTOPS


JUST TODAY --

THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE POSTED THIS VIDEO ON FACEBOOK.

IT'S A REMINDER OF HOW TO ESCAPE IF YOUR CAR GOES UNDERWATER. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO ROSS-BAM RVL (5)


THEY OFFER FOUR STEPS TO SURVIVE.

FIRST --

UNDO YOUR SEATBELT.

SECOND --

GET YOUR WINDOWS DOWN -- OR BREAK THEM.

THIRD--

IF YOU HAVE KIDS --

PUSH THE CHILDREN OUT THE WINDOWS.

FINALLY --

GET YOURSELF OUT.

ALL OF THIS CAN HAPPEN IN UNDER 30 SECONDS. Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO ROSS-LIVE IN BAM


BUT TO THINK ABOUT.IS SO SCARY.

ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE KIDS.

ABC7'S ROSS DIMATTEI --

IS LIVE IN IMMOKALEE--

WHERE THIS ACCIDENT HAPPENED--

GETTING US MORE ON HOW TO ESCAPE THAT SINKING CAR AND DO IT FAST. Return to index of stories...


SINKING CAR RESCUE-LIVE


SEATBELTS —

WINDOWS —

GET OUT.

THAT'S THE BEST WAY TO ESCAPE A SINKING CAR.

BUT WHEN 400 PEOPLE DIE EVERY YEAR FROM DROWNING IN A CAR —

IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO FOCUS ON WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO IF YOU DRIVE INTO A BODY OF WATER. Return to index of stories...


SINKING CAR RESCUE-VOTOPS


DON'T REACH FOR YOUR CELL PHONE.

EXPERTS SAY YOU ONLY HAVE ABOUT 60 SECONDS —

WHICH ISN'T ENOUGH TIME TO CALL 9-1-1 FOR HELP.

IF YOU TRY TO CALL EMERGENCY RESPONDERS —

YOU WILL ONLY BE TIPPING THEM OFF TO WHERE TO FIND YOUR BODY.

YOU MAY HAVE ALSO HEARD THE BEST STRATEGY IS TO WAIT FOR THE ENTIRE CAR TO FILL UP WITH WATER —

SO THE PRESSURE IS EQUAL INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CAR.

BUT EXPERTS SAY THAT'S A TOTAL MYTH. Return to index of stories...


SINKING CAR RESCUE-SOTVO


SOT: Gordon Giesbrecht / Professor, University of Manitoba

12:40:31-:36

You can't open the doors because of extra pressure on the outside and then once it gets against the windows, you can't open them either.

—BUTTED TO—

SOT:

12:42:55-:02

By then, you'll be on the bottom and you'll have drowned because you'd have to be a stuntman to be able to pull that off. Return to index of stories...


SINKING CAR RESCUE-LIVE


IT'S ALSO NOT A BAD IDEA TO KEEP A CAR ESCAPE TOOL HANDY IN YOUR CAR.

IT'S CALLED A RESCUE ME —

IT CAN CUT THROUGH YOUR SEATBELT IF YOU ARE TRAPPED —

AND IT WILL SHATTER YOUR TEMPERED GLASS WINDOWS IF THEY WON'T OPEN IN AN EMERGENCY.

THE RESQME SELLS FOR ABOUT 10 BUCKS ONLINE.

LIVE IN IMMOKALEE, RD, ABC-7. Return to index of stories...


NEW DETAILS-CLIP


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LEE DOCTOR SEX ASSAULT-SSTOPS, OC


ALSO NEW DETAILS AT SEVEN--

ABOUT THAT LEE COUNTY DOCTOR--

ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A PATIENT IN THE MIDDLE OF A PROCEDURE.

DOCTOR AS-IF CHOUDHURY--

IS NOW OUT OF JAIL.

WE'RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE DISTURBING DETAILS AROUND THE ATTACK.

ABC7'S CRISTINA MENDEZ ALSO FOUND OUT HIS OFFICES IN LEE COUNTY--

ARE SHUT DOWN. Return to index of stories...


LEE DOCTOR SEX ASSAULT-LLPKG


A NURSE WHO WAS IN THE ROOM WITH DR CHOUDHURY DURING A COLONOSCOPY HERE AT RIVERWALK ENDOSCOPY—

SAYS SHE WITNESSED HIM INSERT HIS FINGERS INTO TWO DIFFERENT PATIENT'S VAGINAS WHILE THEY WERE UNCONSCIOUS.

BUT NBC2 IS UNCOVERING THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME THE DOCTOR IS ACCUSED OF THIS BEHAVIOR.

SEVERAL WITNESSES SAY DR ASIF CHOUDHURY PERFORMED SEXUAL ACTS DURING A COLONOSCOPY.

BELIEVING THIS TO BE INAPPROPRIATE—

SUPERVISORS AT LEE HEALTH WERE NOTIFIED.

5-YEARS AGO—

DIFFERENT WITNESSES SAY A SIMILIAR SITUATION HAPPENED TO MORE THAN A DOZEN PATIENTS.

BUT THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTS ABOUT THOSE INCIDENTS—

AFTER THE WITNESS SAYS SUPERVISORS WERE NOTIFIED.

CHOUDHURY IS DENYING THESE ALLEGATIONS—

AND SAYS WHAT THE WITNESSES SAW WAS A MISUNDERSTANDING.

HE TOLD DETECTIVES HE IS USING HIS KNUCKLE TO APPLY PRESSURE TO THE PERANIUM—

THE PART OF THE BODY BETWEEN THE RECTUM AND VAGINA—

TO HELP MOVE THE SCOPE.

CHOUDHURY WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE ANY MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION PROVING THIS METHOD HELPS GUIDE THE SCOPE.

PATIENTS OF CHOUDHURY ARE LEFT IN SHOCK LEARNING OF THESE ALLEGATIONS.

Miriam, Patient

16:18:14 I've been to Dr. Choudhury many times and he's been nothing but professional with me

16:18:39 very surprising I would never take him as that type

CHOUDHURY IS NOT ALLOWED TO PERFORM ANY COLONOSCOPIES—

AND CANNOT PRACTICE AT ANY LEE HEALTH FACILITIES.

TODAY—

BOTH OF HIS PRIVATE PRACTICES WERE CLOSED. Return to index of stories...


LEE DOCTOR SEX ASSAULT-SS, VO


HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW RIGHT NOW.

A NURSE WAS IN THE ROOM WITH DR CHOUDHURY DURING A COLONOSCOPY AT RIVERWALK ENDO-SCOPY.

SAYS SHE WITNESSED HIM INSERT HIS FINGERS INTO TWO DIFFERENT PATIENT'S VAGINAS WHILE THEY WERE UNCONSCIOUS.

ABC7 FOUND OUT THIS ISN'T THE ONLY TIME THE DOCTOR HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR.

5-YEARS AGO-

DIFFERENT WITNESSES SAY A SIMILAR SITUATION HAPPENED TO MORE THAN A DOZEN PATIENTS.

CHOUDHURY IS DENYING THESE ALLEGATIONS-

AND SAYS WHAT THE WITNESSES SAW WAS A MISUNDERSTANDING.

CHOUDHURY WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE ANY MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION PROVING THIS METHOD HELPS. Return to index of stories...


LEE DOCTOR SEX ASSAULT-SOTVO


Miriam, Patient

16:18:14 I've been to Dr. Choudhury many times and he's been nothing but professional with me

16:18:39 very surprising I would never take him as that type

CHOUDHURY IS NOT ALLOWED TO PERFORM ANY COLONOSCOPIES—

AND CANNOT PRACTICE AT ANY LEE HEALTH FACILITIES.

TODAY—

BOTH OF HIS PRIVATE PRACTICES WERE CLOSED. Return to index of stories...


CRIME ALERT-CLIP


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CHARCO SEXUAL ASSAULT-OC, SS


AN ABC7 CRIME ALERT--

A CHARLOTTE COUNTY MAN IS NOW IN JAIL--

FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING CHILD.

JONATHAN MADDAGE--

WAS ARRESTED ON FRIDAY.

IT'S NOT CLEAR HOW OLD THE VICTIM WAS--

WE JUST KNOW SHE WAS UNDER 12 YEARS-OLD.

REPORTS SAY--

MADDAGE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER FOR MONTHS.

HE'S NOW FACING SEVERAL CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


NEW VIDEO-CLIP


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AMAZON DELIVERY TOSSED-OC, NATSVO


CHECK THIS OUT!

NEW VIDEO AT SEVEN --

OF AN AGGRESSIVE AMAZON DELIVERY IN FORT MYERS.

nats of package hitting mailbox

AN ABC7 VIEWER SENT THIS TO US --

FROM CALUSA PALMS DRIVE.

THAT'S NOT FAR FROM MCGREGOR BOULEVARD.

HE SAYS HE TALKED TO AMAZON IN HOPES OF CHANGING DRIVERS FOR HIS ROUTE.

BUT HE HASN'T HEARD BACK. Return to index of stories...


GET MORE: NEW AMAZON DELIVERY-OC, VO


AMAZON IS ALSO TRYING SOMETHING NEW --

TO PREVENT STOLEN PACKAGES.

IT'S CALLED 'AMAZON KEY.'

IF YOU PAY A FEW BUCKS EXTRA--

AMAZON DELIVERY PEOPLE CAN GO *INSIDE YOUR HOME TO DROP OFF PACKAGES.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS.

A CUSTOMER CAN UNLOCK THE DOOR USING THE AMAZON KEY APP.

WHENEVER SOMEBODY UNLOCKS THE FRONT DOOR -- A CAMERA INSIDE THE HOME STARTS RECORDING.

BUT YOU HAVE TO DO TWO THINGS--

DISARM YOUR SECURITY SYSTEM--

AND KEEP YOUR DOGS AWAY FROM THE DOOR.

DRIVERS ARE TOLD NOT TO ENTER THE HOME IF THEY HEAR A DOG INSIDE. Return to index of stories...


NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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SANIBEL OFFSHORE DRILLING-OC, VO


AN ABC7 NEWS UPDATE--

SANIBEL'S CITY COUNCIL IS ASKING FLORIDA LEADERS --

*NOT TO BACK AN OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN.

THE PLAN IS CALLED THE "SECURE AMERICAN ENERGY ACT" --

WHICH WOULD EXPAND DRILLING ACTIVITIES ALONG OUR COASTS.

THIS MORNING THEY ADDED A RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE DRILLING.

THEY'RE WORRIED A POTENTIAL SPILL COULD DAMAGE THE LOCAL ECONOMY.

PLUS THE SIGHT OF OIL RIGS WOULD DECREASE PROPERTY VALUE. Return to index of stories...


SANIBEL OFFSHORE DRILLING-SOTVO


jack lamarca/visiting from cleveland

04:18:43 im sure it would have some economic benefit for us but you wold have to outweigh it with the environmental impact and you know weigh your options 52

GOVERNOR SCOTT AND SENATORS MARCO RUBIO AND BILL NELSON ARE ALL AGAINST THE DRILLING Return to index of stories...


MCGREGOR BLVD WORK-OC, ZM, VO


HERE'S A TRAFFIC ALERT IF YOU'RE HEADING OUT.

CONSTRUCTION ON MCGREGOR BOULEVARD IN FORT MYERS --

IS ENTERING IT'S FINAL PHASE.

BUT CREWS ARE STARTING TO MILL THE ROAD BETWEEN COLONIAL BOULEVARD AND SUNBURY DRIVE.

AT SIX TONIGHT --

CREWS STARTED PAVING THE ROAD.

IT'S NOW JUST ONE LANE FOR BOTH WAYS.

THIS WILL BE HAPPENING ALL WEEK.

NEXT CREWS WILL WORK NORTH, TO POINICIANA AVENUE.

THE ENTIRE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE FINISHED IN 10 DAYS. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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


TZ1A) FMB HOTEL NO RESIDENTS-SOTVO-WIPE


06:35:30 "We're good people in Lee County. What do they have against us?":34

SAYING NO WAY TO LOCALS!

NEW AT SEVEN--

WHY ONE RESORT IN FORT MYERS--

ISN'T ALLOWING RESIDENTS TO STAY IN THEIR HOTELS! Return to index of stories...


TZ1B) H&M SWEATER BACKLASH-VOTOPS- WIPE


AND THE SWEATER THAT COMES WITH A BUNCH OF APOLOGIES.

GET MORE ON WHY H&M IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A P-R DISASTER. Return to index of stories...


JP WX CTR-WX CTR


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JP WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


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

Forecast: Cloudy tonight with a few showers tomorrow

Now in the wake of last week's chilly cold snap, Southwest Florida is in a new weather pattern that thankfully will include warmer temperatures. The down side with the pattern switch is that we'll have to deal with more clouds, and on Tuesday at least a few isolated showers.

In the meantime for tonight, sky conditions will remain cloudy with temperatures forecast to drop into the low 60s in Lee and Collier Counties. An overnight low of 62 is forecast in Fort Myers and Estero, with 63 degrees by sunrise Tuesday morning in Naples and Golden Gate.

Our coolest communities overnight tonight will be north of the Caloosahatchee River. That's where spots like Punta Gorda, Arcadia and Moore Haven will begin the day tomorrow with highs between 58 and 59 degrees.

Toward the start of the day on Tuesday we'll have to include the chance for some patchy areas of fog developing in the morning, especially in parts of Charlotte, inland Lee, inland Collier, DeSoto, Hendry and Glades Counties. Though the fog isn't expected to be terribly dense, it would more thank likely pop up around the morning commute times, so a heads up on that weather front.

What's impacting our weather on Tuesday is a broad area of low pressure that is over the northern Gulf of Mexico. This will continue to keep a fair supply of clouds in our weather forecast, and usher in the chance for some showers as well. Rain totals on Tuesday are not expected to exceed.25", meaning overall low rain amounts can be expected in areas that do see any showers.

On Wednesday and Thursday, rain chances should trend downward as temperatures peak above the norm for early January. Afternoon highs on both days should top out near 80 degrees.

Boating Forecast

Southeast winds are expected on Tuesday around 10 knots during the afternoon hours. Though there are no advisories posted in the Gulf from the National Weather Service, boaters should keep in mind some rain will be over the water on Tuesday as a low pressure system swirls off Florida's west coast. Open seas are expected to peak around 2 feet with inland waters and Gulf bays at a light chop. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 7:00-CLIP


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NFM HOTEL NO LOCALS-SOTVO


Bob Buhler

Lee County Resident

06:34:02 "So I gave her the driver's license and she says 'Oh, you can't stay here

ONE LEE COUNTY HOTEL--

IS TURNING AWAY RESIDENTS--

-- ONLY ALLOWING TOURISTS TO STAY IN THE ROOMS. Return to index of stories...


NFM HOTEL NO LOCALS-VOTOPS, ZM


ABC7 VIEWER BOB BUHLER--

REACHED OUT TO US--

SAYING THE BEST WESTERN FORT MYERS WATER FRONT--

WOULDN'T LET HIM STAY.

SAYING ALL HE WANTED WAS A NICE STAY-CATION.

THE HOTEL SITS JUST OFF U.S. 41 OVERLOOKING THE CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER IN NORTH FORT MYERS. Return to index of stories...


NFM HOTEL NO LOCALS-2 SHOT DESK


SO WE WANTED TO GET YOU MORE TONIGHT--

ON IF THIS IS LEGAL.

WE TALKED TO THE OWNER --

WHO SAYS THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS.

BUT WE HAD ABC7'S NESTOR MONTOYA FIND OUT.IF THIS WAS EVEN LEGAL. Return to index of stories...


NFM HOTEL NO LOCALS-PKG


VACANCY FOR VISITORS--

BUT IF YOU'RE A LOCAL-- YOU CAN'T STAY AT THE BEST WESTERN WATERFRONT IN NORTH FORT MYERS.

BOB BUHLER JUST LEARNED THAT THE HARD WAY.

06:37:51 "It made you feel like a second class citizen. Like you're not even part of the community.

HE BOOKED A ROOM FOR HIM AND HIS WIFE ON A THIRD PARTY WEBSITE-- BUT NEVER EXPECTED TO BE TURNED AWAY DURING CHECK-IN.

06:34:02 "So I gave her the driver's license and she says 'Oh, you can't stay here. You're a Lee County resident.":09

ACCORDING TO THE HOTEL'S WEBSITE ONLY PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE LEE COUNTY AREA CAN BOOK A RESERVATION.

THE POLICY IS ALLOWED SINCE THE BEST WESTERN WATERFRONT IS PRIVATELY OWNED BY CARROLL PROPERTIES.

06:52:46 "Privately owned hotels can certainly make their policies that are going to accommodate their goods and needs. They have a variety of reasons for implementing different kinds of policies. It could be for safety of their guests or employees or things like that.":58

CARROLL PROPERTIES PURCHASED THE HOTEL IN 2000.

THE OWNER TELLS US THE CLIENTELE AND AREA WERE UNDESIRABLE BEFORE-- AND THEIR POLICY WAS PUT IN PLACE TO CREATE AN ATTRACTIVE PLACE FOR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES.

BUT PEOPLE LIKE BOB STILL THINK THE POLICY HAS BECOME OUTDATED.

06:40:22 "I think they should just change their policy. Welcome Lee County, we're welcoming to you. We want to spend our money. I don't see why you wouldn't want to take it. It's not fair. It's discrimination.":34 Return to index of stories...


NFM HOTEL NO LOCALS-ONCAM


THE HOTEL OWNERS DO MAKE EXCEPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO LOCAL STAYS.

THEY WORKED WITH FEMA AND THE RED CROSS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA.

BUT AS FAR AS CHANGING THE POLICY --

THERE ARE NO PLANS TO DO THAT ANYTIME SOON. Return to index of stories...


SHORT TERM RENTALS-OC, VO


WE ALSO HAVE AN UPDATE ON SHORT TERM RENTALS ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

TODAY--

TOWN COUNCIL DECIDED *NOT TO TALK ABOUT NEW REGULATIONS.

LAST WEEK --

WE REPORTED ON THE POSSIBILITY OF SETTING LIMITS ON HOW LONG PEOPLE CAN RENT PLACES NEAR THE BEACH.

COUNCIL IS PUSHING IT BACK--

BECAUSE NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THE PROPOSED CHANGES.

THEY'LL TALK ABOUT IT AGAIN AT THEIR NEXT MEETING. Return to index of stories...


NEW STATE BILL ON RENTALS-KEY


LOOKING AHEAD--

TOMORROW STATE LAWMAKERS HEAD BACK TO THE CAPITOL TO START A NEW LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

AND ONE PROPOSED BILL ON THE TABLE, IS REGULATING VACATION RENTALS.

RIGHT NOW IT'S UP TO THE CITY TO MANAGE REQUIREMENTS.

BUT ONE BILL WANTS TO TURN THAT POWER TO THE STATE.

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


HEALTHY LIVING-CLIP


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WOMEN AND ALCOHOL-OC, SOTVO


WHILE MANY OF YOU ARE OPENING UP THAT 'MOMMY JUICE' BEFORE THE BACHELOR--

NEW RESEARCH IS TELLING WOMEN WHO LOVE WINE--

BE CAREFUL.

A NEW STUDY RELEASED THIS MONTH SHOWS--

MORE THAN FIVE *MILLION WOMEN HAVE WHAT'S KNOWN AS ALCOHOL USE DISORDER.

:47-53

sot annie grace

it was around 2-3pm in the afternoon saying "it's almost five!" and then being able to pour that glass of wine

THAT'S ANNIE GRACE--

IN HER NEW BOOK 'THIS NAKED MIND' THE MOTHER OF THREE DESCRIBES HOW HER RELATIONSHIP WITH ALCOHOL GOT TO A POINT WHERE THERE WAS NEVER A REASON *NOT TO DRINK.

AND WE'RE NOT TALKING ONE GLASS--

SHE WAS HAVING FOUR GLASSES A NIGHT. Return to index of stories...


WOMEN AND ALCOHOL-SOTVO


1:00-1:12

sot annie grace

i basically made a list of every reason i drank and/ just looked it up, learned everything i could, and at the end of the year/ 11;43;49;12 it was if my conscious desire to drink less and my unconscious conditioning around alochol had gone away.

GRACE DOESN'T CATEGORIZE HERSELF AS AN ALCOHOLIC--

INSTEAD SOMEONE SUFFERING FROM A-U-D.

A CONDITION IN WHICH SHE IS UNABLE TO STOP OR CONTROL ALCOHOL USE.

WOMEN WHO CONSUME MORE THAN THREE DRINKS A DAY OR MORE THAN 7 A WEEK --

ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR A-U-D. Return to index of stories...


DRY JANUARY AND BENEFITS-VO IN KEY


ONE TREND HAPPENING RIGHT NOW--

IS 'DRY JANUARY.'

PEOPLE ARE NIXING ALCOHOL FOR THE MONTH.

SO IF YOU'RE TRYING THE CHALLENGE--

EXPERTS SAY IT MAY NOT BE THE TASTE OF THE DRINK OR THE EFFECTS OF THE ALCOHOL YOU'RE CRAVING.

INSTEAD, IT MIGHT BE THE SOCIAL ASPECT.

SO DON'T THINK YOU HAVE TO SIT AT HOME.

INSTEAD GO OUT, AND REPLACE THE ALCOHOL WITH A FUN DRINK.

LA CROIX CAN STAND IN FOR HARD CIDER--

A BOTTLED KOMBUCHA COULD FILL IN FOR YOUR FAVORITE YEASTY BEER--

AND SOME FANCY JUICES NOW COME IN CORKED BOTTLES. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TO BACHELOR TONIGHT-VOTOPS


AND REMEMBER THE BACHELOR--

WITH ARIE LUYENDYKE JUNIOR AIRS TONIGHT ON ABC7!

LAST WEEK--

CHELSEA GOT THE FIRST IMPRESSION ROSE FROM THE FORMER RACE CAR DRIVER.

TONIGHT--

WE COULD SEE OUR FIRST ONE-ON-ONE AND GROUP DATE WITH THE GIRLS.

YOU CAN WATCH THE BACHELOR RIGHT HERE ON ABC7--

IT STARTS AT 8! Return to index of stories...


H&M SWEATER BACKLASH-OC, VO


NEW AT SEVEN --

PEOPLE ARE PRETTY ANGRY ABOUT AN H&M SWEATER.

AN AFRICAN AMERICAN BOY WAS USED AS A MODEL FOR A HOODIE THAT SAYS 'COOLEST MONKEY IN THE JUNGLE.'

H&M HAS SINCE APOLOGIZED --

ADMITTING IT WAS RACIALLY INSENSITIVE.

IT'S OFF THE WEBSITE.

YOU CAN STILL BUY THE HOODIE.

BUT THE PIC HAS NO MODEL ANYMORE. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 7:00-CLIP


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TZ 2 A) FAN SAFETY NETS-NATSVO-WIPE


NATS:crack of bat

FLY OR FOUL BALLS BONKING PEOPLE ON THE HEAD-- NOT PAYING ATTENTION AT THE GAME. GET MORE ON WHAT THE TWINS ARE DOING TO MAKE IT SAFER FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS. Return to index of stories...


TZ 2 B) OCALA OLYMPIC SKATER-VOTOPS-WIPE


SHE'S ONLY BEEN ON THE ICE FOR FOUR MONTHS--

AND YET THIS FLORIDA WOMAN IS AN OLYMPIAN.

HOW DID SHE DO THAT?

THAT'S NEXT! Return to index of stories...


TONIGHT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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


11PM TZ1) ILLEGAL DUMPING-VO


ALL NEW AT ELEVEN---

ILLEGAL DUMPING IN CAPE CORAL-- CAUGHT ON CAMERA!

ABC7'S IS DOING SOME DIGGING-- TO FIND OUT WHO'S RESPONSIBLE.

THEN-- Return to index of stories...


11PM TZ2) DEPUTY LEWIS ANNIV PREVIEW-SOTVO


"words can't even explain how much i miss him"

A CHARLOTTE COUNTY NATIVE DIED A YEAR AGO HELPING TO CATCH A KILLER.

TONIGHT-- THE MESSAGE HIS MOTHER WANTS TO SPREAD-- IN HIS MEMORY. Return to index of stories...


FAN SAFETY NETS-OC, VO


WE ARE JUST WEEKS AWAY FROM KICKING OFF SPRING TRAINING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA!

AND TODAY--

THE MINNESOTA TWINS ANNOUNCED EXTRA SAFETY NETS WILL BE ADDED TO HAMMOND STADIUM.

THE NEW NETTING WILL PROTECT FANS SITTING BEHIND THE DUGOUTS.

THE TEAM ADDED 75 FEET OF NETTING TO BOTH THE FIRST AND THIRD BASELINES.

THE TEAM SAYS IT WON'T DRAMATICALLY IMPACT SEEING THE GAME.

AND THEY'VE SEEN TOO MANY CASES OF FANS GETTING HIT. Return to index of stories...


FAN SAFETY NETS-SOTVO


The children aren't always watching the game, I mean there are looking elsewhere and could really get gonked. I've seen that on the news, and you want to be able to bring them because it's a fun thing and it's an experience for them but you want to do it in a safe way

A BOSTON RED SOX SPOKESMAN SAYS THEY PLAN TO ADD THE NETTING TO JETBLUE PARK SOON TOO. Return to index of stories...


OCALA OLYMPIC SKATER-OC, SS, SOTVO


THE WINTER OLYMPICS ARE JUST ONE MONTH AWAY IN SOUTH KOREA.

MANY ATHLETES TRAIN FOR YEARS TO HAVE A SHOT AT THE OLYMPICS.

ONE OF THE ATHLETES FROM FLORIDA -- DIDN'T NEED MUCH TIME AT ALL.

JUST FOUR MONTHS.

MEET ERIN JACKSON--

SHE'S FROM OCALA.

AND NEXT MONTH SHE'LL BE THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN TO EVER REPRESENT U.S. IN LONG-TRACK SPEED SKATING.

SOT Erin Jackson, Ocala Native/USA Olympic Speed Skater: "I know I've been improving quickly, but I never would have expected this. It's pretty cool."

BEFORE GETTING ON THE ICE--

JACKSON WAS AN INLINE SKATER--

WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY ROLLER BLADING.

THE WORLD CHAMPION INLINE SKATER--

IS ALREADY IN THE WORLDS TOP 10 ICE SKATERS. Return to index of stories...


SCOTT ON UCF CHAMPS-OC, SS(2)


THE GOVERNOR MADE IT OFFICIAL --

EVEN THOUGH COLLEGE FOOTBALL WON'T.

RICK SCOTT HAS DECLARED U-C-F THE "NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.OF FLORIDA. "

THE KNIGHTS WENT UNDEFEATED THIS SEASON--

WINNING *13 GAMES--

*INCLUDING A WIN AGAINST THE AUBURN TIGERS IN THE PEACH BOWL.

AND AUBURN HAD BEATEN ALABAMA AND GEORGIA --

WHO PLAY FOR THE REAL NATIONAL TITLE TONIGHT 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...