Lake County neighbors dead after floodlight dispute leads to murder-suicide, deputies say
After a months-long dispute over a security light came to a head, two neighbors in a Lake County community have died in a murder-suicide, deputies say. The men, Eric Hilderbrandt, 61, and Timothy Patch, 59, lived next door to one another on Fishermans Road in Paisley, about three miles northeast of Umatilla. The men had been arguing since October over a floodlight Patch installed. Hilderbrandt ...news.yahoo.com
Holiday travelers on alert after new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa
Holiday travel is ramping up at Orlando International Airport, with many passengers saying they are taking the necessary precautions to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 after news of a new variant being detected in South Africa.
Group wants to remove school resource officers from Lake County Schools
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A group of people gathered outside the Lake County School Board ahead of Monday’s school board meeting calling for the removal of school resource officers. Lake County resident Cassandra Brown has two daughters; she spoke at the meeting on Monday. “When was it OK for that man to pull out a taser and tase a child in front of everyone?” questioned Aryana Brown from Lake County. AdThe Lake County School Board Chairman said taxpayers recently voted to have more security in schools and they’ve also used the funding for more services. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said they’re always working to better bridge the gap with kids and that law enforcement is needed in schools.
Investigation: Florida school resource officers are not required to undergo juvenile-specific training
While juvenile specific training is a requirement for school resource officers in Kissimmee, it is not a statewide requirement. According to state law, school resource officers are required to get “mental health crisis intervention training”, but it does not have to be specific to juveniles. AdNew questions about school resource officers and training are now surfacing after two viral videos. But state lawmakers like Rep. Rene Plasencia do not feel school resource officers are equipped. Plasencia, a former teacher who goes by the nickname “Coach P”, saw counties struggle to find qualified school resource officers after the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Act, laws passed after the school shooting in Parkland which, in part, required a school resource officer in every state public school.
Texas tackles wild hogs with high-stakes hunts
Last fall, hogs killed a 59-year-old home health aide east of Houston. AdvertisementFred Jones keeps an eye out for wild hogs in a wheat field from inside a rural cabin bunkhouse in Throckmorton County, Texas. Chase Lasater puts on hunting overalls as he prepares to hunt wild hogs in Throckmorton County, Texas. Wise County Hog Contest organizer Trey Hawkins weighs a hog, killed by the Loving Hogs team, inside the contest headquarters barn in Wise County, Texas. Hog hunters Sam Longhenry, left, and Dustin Parker look over a field cratered and trampled by wild hogs in Wise County.latimes.com
Black sergeant draws on his childhood experiences, training, to ensure fair and impartial policing
And Jones, who is black, said he learned early on how traffic stops can shape opinions of police. They walked away knowing that we do have that professionalism and training here.”Since then, he’s ensured that professionalism and training are front and center at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Jones and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office were among the first in Central Florida to participate in the “R.I.T.E.” Academy - Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement. “There are a lot of people out there in pain and we don’t always understand their pain,” Jomes said. Just to be blatantly honest, being a black man I understand a lot of pain.
Estranged husband accused of killing wife’s dad in murder-suicide in Clermont
CLERMONT, Fla. – A 39-year-old man drove his car into a Clermont home Wednesday night before he shot and killed his father-in-law and then took his own life, Lake County sheriff’s officials said. The murder-suicide was reported around 7:20 p.m. on Windchime Circle, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Lake County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Fred Jones identified the estranged husband as Jeffrey Story. Story’s estranged wife and multiple children were in the home but were not physically harmed, Jones said.
‘We are listening:’ Central Florida law enforcement officers heartbroken by George Floyd’s death
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – George Floyd’s death has impacted the country and the world. [UPDATES: Protests over death of George Floyd continue across the US | Orange County town hall to focus on George Floyd, police and community relations]“I was that 17-year-old who was stopped by the police. “It bothers me to death,” Canty said. [RELATED COVERAGE: Orange County leaders explain how they can mend law enforcement-community relationships | Black-owned restaurants you can support in Orlando]He was raised in Pine Hills and is now second in command at the Orange County sheriffs office. We’re trying to hold our people accountable and know that we are listening, we’ve heard the concerns of the community,” Canty said.
Jinkies: SCOOB! is full of Hanna-Barbera references for fans -- and their kids
While its impossible for us to name them all, here are our favorite Easter eggs from Warner Bros. Animations SCOOB!Ruh-Roh! Blue FalconYoung Shaggy voiced by IAIN ARMITAGE in the new animated adventure SCOOB! from Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group. Dee Dee SykesDee Dee Skyes voiced KIERSEY CLEMONS in the new animated adventure SCOOB! from Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group. Rick with a DDick Dastardly voiced by JASON ISAACS in the new animated adventure SCOOB! from Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group. Captain CavemanCaptain Caveman voiced by TRACY MORGAN in the new animated adventure SCOOB! from Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group.
Domestic violence, child abuse may be up during pandemic
Were not keeping the stats per se, said Lake County Sheriffs Office Sgt. Were not keeping the stats per se, said Lake County Sheriffs Office Sgt. But based on arrest affidavits, it appears to be on the increase.The sheriffs office releases daily arrest reports from all law enforcement agencies to news organizations. Sad, ugly and sometimes terrifying, domestic violence arrests are always part of the daily grist, but there does seem to be an extra layer of abuse since the coronavirus outbreak. In the meantime, some organizations urging families to ease the stress, including Prevent Child Abuse America.dailycommercial.com
How Lake law enforcement is approaching COVID-19
Its a fluid situation, said Lake County Sheriffs Office Sgt. Currently, Lakes largest law enforcement agency is operating mostly as though everything is normal for now. He and others at the LCSO are monitoring the situation and working on solutions for protecting law enforcement as the coronavirus pandemic becomes more serious locally. For now, the Sheriffs Office is following CDC guidelines for law enforcement as closely as possible, Jones said. Malcolm Draper of the Clermont Police Department stressed was the fact that law enforcement officers already need to take diseases into consideration when doing their jobs.dailycommercial.com
Leesburg hosts racial intelligence training for Florida law enforcement
The Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement training was taught to law enforcement officers from across the state Wednesday and continued Thursday. LEESBURG Representatives from law enforcement agencies across Florida gathered at the Leesburg Police Department Wednesday for racial intelligence training. The training, which came from RITE Academy, Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement, continues Thursday. It made her a better detective during her career in law enforcement, she said. And by law, school guardians must undergo some form of race-related training.dailycommercial.com
13-year-old killed in Eustis double homicide
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies with the Lake County Sheriffs Office are investigating a double homicide at the intersection of County Road 437 and County Road 44A in Eustis. Deputies said around 3:20 a.m. Saturday a deputy pulled behind what he thought was a disabled vehicle on the side of County Road 437. When deputies walked up to the full-size pickup truck, they discovered two Hispanic males in the bed of the truck deceased. The victims have been identified as 26-year-old Jesus Pantoja and 13-year-old Christopher Gutierrez, both of Apopka. All he wanted to do was be able to provide for them, to give them a better life,” said Rodriquez.
LCSO IDs homicide victims
On Saturday afternoon, officers identified the victims as 13-year-old Christopher Gutierrez and his uncle, 26-year-old Jesus Pantoja, both of Apopka. EUSTIS A Lake County sheriffs deputy checking on a parked pickup early Saturday discovered the bodies of two men lying in the bed of the truck. On Saturday afternoon, officers identified the victims as 13-year-old Christopher Gutierrez and his uncle, 26-year-old Jesus Pantoja, both of Apopka. Investigators are treating it as a homicide, said sheriffs spokesman Sgt. The deputy made the discovery at 3:20 a.m. on County Road 437 about 20 yards off County Road 44A, Jones said.dailycommercial.com
LCSO investigating double homicide
Crime scene investigators set up canvas canopies to protect evidence from the rain. EUSTIS A Lake County sheriffs deputy checking on a parked pickup early Saturday discovered the bodies of two men lying in the bed of the truck. Investigators are treating it as a homicide, said sheriffs spokesman Sgt. The deputy made the discovery at 3:20 a.m. on County Road 437 about 20 yards off County Road 44A, Jones said. Crime scene investigators set up canvas canopies to protect evidence from the rain.dailycommercial.com
Man killed Friday in Clermont shooting
A man was shot around 4:30 p.m. Friday during a child exchange between his girlfriend and the child's father. CLERMONT A man was shot and killed Friday afternoon at a park near Rising Star Drive during a child exchange between his girlfriend and the childs father. Shortly after he was shot around 4:30 p.m., Terry Lamar Peterson, 23, was driven by his girlfriend to AdventHealth Four Corners Emergency Room, where he was pronounced dead. Fred Jones, speaking for the Sheriffs Office, said that no arrests had been made over the weekend, but detectives had interviewed witnesses and one person of interest in the case. He did not identify the person of interest, citing the ongoing investigation.dailycommercial.com
Lake Deputy shoots, kills Leesburg man armed with bat, knife
A Lake County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man at his home in Leesburg during a domestic disturbance call. Deputies say the man was armed with a baseball bat and a knife and was approaching officers while ignoring orders. LEESBURG A Lake County deputy shot and killed a man Sunday afternoon during a domestic disturbance call at a home in Leesburg. The Lake County Sheriff's Office said that Ronald McLemore, 51, was wielding a baseball bat and a knife when he approached deputies, who then "shot the suspect to protect themselves." According to Lake County court records, McLemore does have a history of battery against law enforcement, though the most recent arrest was in 2011.dailycommercial.com
17-Year-Old Girl Stole $1,500 From Parents to Pay Someone to Kill Them: Authorities
Alyssa Hatcher, 17, of Umatilla, Florida, is facing charges for stealing nearly $1,500 from her parents and using the money to pay two people to kill them, authorities from the Lake County Sheriffs Office said. This was just somebody, who for whatever reason, just didn't want her parents around," Lake County Sergeant Fred Jones told WFTV. It all started when Hatcher, a student at Umatilla High School, withdrew more than $500 and $900 in two different transactions, the arrest affidavit reported. When the first plan failed, she gave the other $900 to someone else to kill her parents, the document reported. Authorities said they then caught wind of the alleged plan when another student at the high school told a school resource officer.
How do inmates stay out of jail? By learning to build houses, sheriff says
Lake County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jones said all of the inmates participating in construction are low-risk inmates who've been vetted. Jones said inmates often reoffend when they are released because they don't have a job, they don't have skills and they don't have motivation. Inmates doing construction don't receive credit for time served, but they do receive documentation showing the skills they learned and the time they spent. He acts like the job foreman, teaching the inmates how to build the houses.