Scheduled Holiday Closings And Modified Garbage Pickup

LAKE COUNTY, Florida—Many local government offices are scheduled to close this week in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Lake County Government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday and county garbage pickup regularly scheduled for Thursday will be Friday and regularly scheduled pickup for Friday will be Saturday. This includes Altoona, Astor, Ferndale, Grand Island, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento and Yalaha. For more information, visit

Most city government and town halls will be closed Thursday and Friday; this includes Clermont, Eustis, Fruitland Park, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Leesburg, Mascotte, Mount Dora, Tavares and Umatilla. Astatula, Lady Lake and Minneola are scheduled to close just on Thursday. Aligning with the county garbage pickup modified schedule; garbage pickup for Thursday will be Friday and pickup for Friday will be Saturday for most cities, except Lady Lake, Leesburg and Tavares.

Lady Lake’s and Leesburg’s garbage pickup will resume Monday and Tavares will resume Tuesday. 

Clermont Teenager Accused of Killing Family Dog With Sword

CLERMONT, Florida—A 17-year-old boy with a “history of violence” is accused of killing the family dog with a sword Saturday and leaving it in the woods near his house.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in unincorporated Clermont over the weekend on a report that Avery Featherston, 17, had killed the family dog with a sword and buried it in the woods. Deputies found a sword in the boy’s bedroom that still had animal hair on it, according to an arrest affidavit.  The boy’s stepfather showed deputies where he believed the dog may be and they found the dog dead approximately 20 to 30 yards into the woods.

The dog appeared to have been tied to a tree and had multiple lacerations; the dog was also missing part of its face, the affidavit states. “The body of the dog showed it was a very cruel and inhumane death,” the arresting deputy noted.

The boy’s family members told LCSO the boy has a history of violence and they were scared for the safety of other animals and small children in the home.  

Featherton was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty. 

Clermont Teenager Killed in Head-On Crash

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Florida—A head-on crash claimed the lives of two teenage boys Wednesday and sent a 27-year-old woman to the hospital, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

Around 4:30 p.m., a 17-year-old Clermont boy was driving a sedan northbound on Pleasant Hill Road near Kissimmee, when he overcorrected and traveled into the southbound lane, striking another sedan head-on, FHP Lt. Kim Montes said in a press release. The first vehicle then hit a pole. 

The boy was killed, along with his passenger, also a 17-year-old boy, of Kissimmee. Both boys were wearing their seatbelts. The driver of the second car, a Kissimmee woman, was airlifted to a local hospital with serious injuries. She was also wearing her seatbelt.

Clermont Man Accused Of Plying Three Sisters With Alcohol And Marijuana

CLERMONT, Florida—A 41-year-old Clermont man is facing several counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct after being accused of giving three minor sisters alcohol and marijuana and behaving inappropriately.

Edwin Ivan Cuevas Quinones, of Clermont, is accused of plying the three girls with marijuana and alcohol in June while they were in Florida for a visit, according to a probable cause affidavit. Due to heavy redaction in the affidavit, it is unclear what Quinones’ relationship to the children is.

The victims’ mother contacted the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in early June and stated at least one of her daughters had been touched by Quinones on the night of June 1 or June 2.  The victims stated Quinones talked about masturbation and showed them how to perform the act. Quinones is also accused of grabbing at least one of the girls’ hands and using it to touch her breast.

A warrant was issued for Quinones’ arrest Wednesday for three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct and he was picked up at his apartment on Nelson Park Drive late Sunday night. He was transported to the Lake County Jail, where he is being held on $8,000 bond.

Clermont Man Tells Boy, ‘Go Get Your Father So I Can Kill Him With My Bare Hands’

The following story was previously published on Lake Legal News.

CLERMONT, Florida — “Legends has not seen anything yet and just wait,” a man who repeatedly threatened to kill his neighbor told a Clermont Police officer on his way to jail over the holiday weekend, according to an arrest affidavit.

On Saturday, CPD responded to a home on Legendary Boulevard after the victim reported Daniel L. Boyan, 63, his neighbor, was threatening to kill him— again. The victim said Boyan’s behavior was becoming “too much” and explained that Boyan was driving past his home daily and yelling obscenities and just a few days prior a verbal altercation turned physical when Boyan pushed the victim. The victim called police after the altercation, but declined to press charges, according to the affidavit.

During Saturday’s incident, Boylan got out of his vehicle and began waving his arms and yelling at the victim’s son. “Go get your father, I am going to kill your father. I am going to kill him with my bare hands. I am going to show you what a real criminal looks like,” Boyan reportedly said.

The victim’s son ran inside and told his father, causing the victim to fear for his family’s safety. Boyan drove past the victim’s house multiple times yelling he was going to kill him or have someone else do it, the victim told police. The victim also said Boyan had somehow found out where his daughter attended school, causing him concern. The victim called CPD, and neighborhood security and security officers captured Boyan on video calling the victim names and shouting obscenities, the affidavit states. A security officer told police they get multiple calls about Boyan yelling obscene remarks, particularly to the victim in this case.

CPD officers went to Boyan’s home, and he said he felt great and had some “weed” for the first time in a while. He then became agitated and began yelling about Jewish people and Sept. 11; he was placed under arrest for aggravated stalking and assault and became “extremely irate,” the arresting officer noted. On the ride to the Lake County Jail, Boyan stated, “Legends has not seen anything yet and just wait,” along with asking the officer if the officer wanted to shoot him and stating he would shoot his dog if he wanted to. He then asked if they were going to Twistee Treat— a local ice cream stand.

Boyan was booked into LCJ, where he is being held on $10,500 bond.

Clermont 7-Eleven Employee Accused Of Erasing Transactions From Cash Register’s “Memory”

The following story was previously published on Lake Legal News.

Clermont, Florida — An employee of a local gas station is facing grand theft and scheming to defraud charges after he was found stealing cash from the business.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to 7-Eleven, 1635 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont Wednesday after a man reported he was reviewing transactions and video surveillance from January through March and found that an employee was stealing.

According to the complainant, Luis Miguel Martinez-Rivas, 30, was captured on video on multiple occasions ringing a customer up and putting the transaction into “memory” instead of “final sale.” Once the customer left the store, Martinez-Rivas would void the purchase and place the cash from the transaction to the left side of the drawer where the $100 bills were kept, according to the arrest affidavit. He would then pocket the money throughout the night or use it to purchase items for an unknown friend.

A video from March 18, shows Martinez-Rivas, of Clermont, ringing up a customer and moving the cash to the left side of the drawer. The next customer, Martinez-Rivas’ friend, approaches the counter with a gift card and hands it to Martinez-Rivas, who activates the gift card. Martinez-Rivas then pockets his friend’s money and rings up Coors Light beer his friend has and uses the money from the left side of the drawer to pay for the beer. The total amount stolen between January and March was $2,250, the affidavit states.

LCSO went to Martinez-Rivas’ home to question him and he spoke about the complainant’s father, according to the affidavit. He was arrested and on the ride to the Lake County Jail, he told the arresting deputy he was not being paid properly and he needed the money because his son was coming from Puerto Rico.

Martinez-Rivas was booked into LCJ, where he is being held on $7,000 bond.

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