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Clermont Woman Ejected, Dies in Crash

CLERMONT, Florida—A Clermont woman died in a single-vehicle crash shortly after midnight Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The 32-year-old woman was driving a 2015 Mercedes Benz SUV northbound on County Road 561 near Cypress Cove Lane when she lost control and left the roadway at 12:19 a.m. Wednesday, FHP Lt. Tara Crescenzi said in a press release.

The woman collied with a tree stump, causing the SUV to overturn and eject her. She was pronounced dead on the scene, and she was not wearing a seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation.

Couple’s Raunchy Escapade at Community Pool Lands Them in Jail

CLERMONT, Florida—A couple who apparently could not keep their hands off each other at a neighborhood pool and in the backseat of a patrol vehicle are each facing three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition charges after Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies busted them in the act.

A mom of three children, aged 4, 7 and 10 asked her friend to call LCSO around 7:45 p.m. Sunday, after she and her children witnessed Steven John Angrignon, 58 and Michelle Lynn Austin Lewis, 49, both of Clermont, involved in sexual activities at the community pool on Golden Eagle Boulevard in the Eagleridge neighborhood, according to an arrest affidavit.

The mother told deputies Angrignon was lying on a lawn chair with his pants down and Lewis was on top of him and after about 20 minutes Lewis began performing oral sex on him while her children were swimming in the pool and other children were on the playground, according to the affidavit. The mother contacted her friend and asked her to call LCSO and the homeowner’s association.

After speaking with the mother, LCSO observed Lewis performing oral sex on Angrignon as they approached the exterior gate of the pool. Deputies placed the couple under arrest, and they were warned they were under surveillance when they were placed in the patrol vehicle. On their way to jail, Angrignon was observed fondling Lewis’ genitals with his feet, the affidavit states.

The couple remains in the Lake County Jail on $15,000 bond.

Third Annual Back the Blue Walk Scheduled for Saturday

TAVARES, Florida—Hundreds of people are expected to attend the third annual Lake County Backs the Blue Walk scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Tavares’ Wooton Park.

In its third year, the walk began in 2019 to show support for law enforcement during a time when the “defund the police” movement was making its way across the country, event organizer Shannon Cook told Inside Lake. Representatives from several law enforcement agencies and numerous public officials are expected to be in attendance.

“The good ones needed to know they were appreciated,” Cook said.

Cook has always had respect for law enforcement officers and the job they do, she said. She grew up and was close friends with Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wayne Koester who was killed in the line of duty Feb. 9, 2005. Koester, who was 33 at the time, and two other deputies were ambushed while responding to a domestic violence call. All three deputies were shot, and Koester succumbed to his injuries; the other two deputies recovered. Jason Wheeler was shot and paralyzed during his capture and convicted in Koester’s death.

PHOTO: Bonnie Whicher/Inside Lake

Cook was also close to Chris Daniels, who was serving as Lake County Sheriff when he was tragically killed in a charity bus race in 2006.

“Almost the entire time my son played baseball; Chris Daniels was his coach.” Cook said.

Cook told Inside Lake it is important the community show its support for all of the good officers and those who were lost in the line of duty. She is hoping for a large turnout Saturday, last year’s efforts were hampered by unusually cold weather and it was held Easter weekend.

Saturday’s walk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby Street; donuts and coffee are being provided by Ralph Smith of Lake Tire & Auto before the event. Walkers will travel down Ruby Street to LCSO and then onto the Tavares Public Safety Complex before returning to Wooten Park for a hot dog lunch provided by Pamela O’Donnell and Vic Donahey of Vic’s Embers Catering.

Cook suggests participants use street parking in downtown Tavares, or park in the Tavares Parking Garage, 200 North Sinclair Avenue.

Man Arrested for Molestation the Day after Touching Teenage Girl at Local Store

CLERMONT, Florida—A man who smacked a 14-year-old on the buttocks as she walked through a local Walmart with her family was arrested for lewd or lascivious molestation Friday.

The girl’s father told a Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputy that a man, later identified as Derik Manuel Bonet-Rodriguez, 28, of Clermont, walked past his wife, daughter and an unnamed female and swung his right arm back and “intentionally struck the buttocks of the 14-year-old with an open hand,” at Walmart, 550 U. S. Highway 27, Clermont around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, the arrest affidavit states.

The man then left on a bicycle that appeared to have a motor and white front forks; Walmart provided the video of the incident and the defendant leaving, according to the affidavit.

LCSO spotted the bicycle outside a local business Friday night and found Bonet-Rodriguez inside checking out. He was identified as the suspect after a deputy compared him to the video; he was taken into custody and transported to the Lake County Jail, where he is being held on $5,000 bond.

Clermont Woman Arrested and Held on $50K Bond for Shooting Husband in March and Leaving Him in Vegetative State

CLERMONT, Florida—A Clermont woman who shot her husband last month and left him in a vegetative state was arrested on a warrant for attempted murder Wednesday and is being held on $50,000 bond.

Teresa Marie Kemme, 57, stands accused of shooting her husband during an altercation on March 27 at their home on Lake Katherine Circle. According to a probable cause affidavit, a witness told Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Kemme’s husband, who is not named, attempted to start a physical fight with Kemme’s son and Kemme walked into the home. The witness then walked the victim into the house to separate them. The son’s age was not available in the affidavit.

As they walked into the home, Kemme approached her husband with a .380 semiautomatic handgun. The witness attempted to disarm Kemme, but she fired the gun, and a shot struck her husband, causing a severe injury that rendered him unresponsive, the affidavit states. The witness took hold of Kemme and took her outside and tried to disarm her again and she refused to release the gun.

Two off-duty law enforcement officers responded to the scene upon hearing the shot, and one of them was able to disarm Kemme, according to the affidavit. The victim was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center and is currently in a vegetative state; his prognosis is unknown.

Kemme refused to talk to LCSO the day of the incident and requested her attorney. A warrant was issued for her arrest Tuesday, and she was picked up at her home Wednesday. In 2008, Kemme was arrested for throwing a kitchen knife at her husband after an argument. That charge was dropped just two weeks later. 

Free Sealing and Expungement Clinic Scheduled for Saturday

TAVARES, Florida—Lake County residents with minor criminal histories have a unique opportunity to quickly and efficiently expunge or seal their record Saturday if they qualify, at the first-ever Sealing and Expungement clinic offered here.

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is teaming up with the Lake County Bar Association and Lake Young Lawyers Division to offer this free 4-hour clinic scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lake County Courthouse, 550 West Main Street, Tavares. Lawyers and representatives from numerous government agencies will be on hand to help participants navigate through the process, which often can be difficult to do on their own or expensive to hire a private attorney, said Taylor Tremel, an attorney who will be available on-site Saturday, to help. Lake County Clerk of Court Gary Cooney is waiving certain fees and providing the space for the clinic, Tremel said.

Tremel, who has served as an assistant state attorney and a public defender, is now in private practice with the firm Bowen & Schroth in Eustis and is enthusiastic about being a part of this program. “We saw that there was a need, and I thought it was a worthwhile thing to take on” he told Inside Lake.

“This brings everybody together under one roof to help and answer questions. It’s not very often all these groups get together to do something like this,” Tremel said.

Many crimes are not eligible to be sealed or expunged, including violent offenses, Tremel said. If a person was adjudicated guilty for a crime, they are not eligible either.

Participants’ criminal case must have occurred in Lake County to partake in the event and are asked to pre-register at Clinic Screening (legalserver.org) and those who do, may qualify for assistance with the $75 Florida Department of Law Enforcement application fee. Tremel said participants should not overstate their income or overrepresent how much money they have in the bank.

Tremel is hoping for a large turnout Saturday, “It’s a really awesome event,” he said. “I think it’s something that can be done annually.”

Shooting that Left Man Dead Still Under Investigation, Shooter’s Name Released

FOUR CORNERS, Florida—The Lake County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a shooting that left a man dead Tuesday and have released the shooter’s name.

Christopher Darrick Deloatch, 36, shot Dejuan Dior McWilliams, 31, around noon Tuesday when he tried to enter Deloatch’s apartment uninvited, LCSO Lt. Fred Jones said.

McWilliams was found deceased on the third floor of an apartment building at Cagan Crossings, 16343 Cagan Crossing Boulevard in the Four Corners area, also known as Citrus Ridge. Jones said the pair were involved in a confrontation at Deloatch’s doorway.

The investigation is ongoing.

LCSO Identifies Man Killed Tuesday

FOUR CORNERS, Florida—The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man shot at an apartment complex Tuesday.

Dejuan Dior McWilliams, 31, was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon after a confrontation at the doorway of an apartment at 16343 Cagan Crossings Boulevard in the Four Corners area, also known as Citrus Ridge.

McWilliams was found dead around noon Tuesday by Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies, on the third floor of an apartment building, LCSO Lt. Fred Jones said. The shooter’s name has not been released and LCSO is still investigating.

Jones said McWilliams and the shooter knew each other.

One Dead Following Confrontation at Four Corners Apartment, LCSO Investigating

FOUR CORNERS, Florida—A person was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon after a confrontation at the doorway of an apartment at Cagan Crossings in the Four Corners area

The black male, whose identity has not been released, was found deceased around noon Tuesday by Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies, on the third floor of an apartment building LCSO Lt. Fred Jones said. Detectives have found the shooter and the deceased male knew each other and a confrontation occurred at the doorway of the apartment at 16343 Cagan Crossings Boulevard. The Four Corners area is also known as Citrus Ridge.

No other information has been released. “It is still early in the investigation,” Jones said.  

Unlicensed Contractor Served with Lake County Warrant While Locked Up in Pasco Jail

CLERMONT, Florida—A man who pleaded guilty to several counts of contracting without a license, grand theft, and failure to obtain workers compensation insurance in Pasco County early this month was served with a Lake County warrant Friday while serving his sentence, charging him with two of the same crimes.

Eric Lee Manning, of Dade City, was served with the warrant for contracting without a license and grand theft just two days before his 34th birthday after being accused of swindling a Clermont woman out of more than $4,000 dollars in 2021, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Manning is alleged to have provided the victim with a $6,700 estimate for a screen enclosure and aluminum roof for a back patio. The woman gave Manning a check for $3,350 for materials and four days later, while completing a small job, he told the woman he needed an additional $1,000 and she wrote him a second check, the affidavit states.

PHOTO: Pasco County Sheriff’s Office

Ten days later, Manning asked for another $1,200 and the victim told him she was not comfortable giving him more money. For more than a month, the victim was unable to reach Manning and after finally reaching him, he told her the materials were backordered. Nearly two weeks later on July 19, 2021, the victim contacted the company Manning said he ordered from, and they informed the victim the materials were never ordered, according to the affidavit.

Manning stopped answering calls and text messages and was arrested by Pasco County Sheriff’s Office on July 21. Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies found he was not licensed after doing an online search with the Department of Business and Professional Regulations, Manning was positively identified and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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