Fruitland Park

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  https://lakecountyfl.gov/trash-recycling.

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. 

Fruitland Park Man Facing Molestation Charge After Girl Comes Forward

LEESBURG, Florida—A Fruitland Park man was arrested on a warrant for lewd and lascivious molestation Friday after a girl came forward and told about the abuse she suffered more than three years ago, according to a probable cause affidavit.

In early October, the victim told a Leesburg Police Officer, David Carl Hall, 50, put his hands between her legs while she shared a bed with him and two other people whose names are redacted from the affidavit, 3.5 years ago.  The victim, whose exact age is also redacted, was under 12 when the molestation is alleged to have occurred. She told police she would wake up with Hall’s hands between her legs and he would tell her he was checking to see if she urinated, the affidavit states. The victim asked her mom when she stopped “peeing in the bed” and was told she never had that problem, the victim told police.

The victim said she felt very uncomfortable on the numerous occasions Hall is alleged to have touched her and had thoughts of suicide due to the trauma, feelings of frustration and issues with girls at school.

A warrant was issued for Hall’s arrest Oct. 22 and he was picked up Friday by Fruitland Park Police Department. He was transported to the Lake County Jail, where he was released on $10,000 bond. 

Fruitland Park Family Lock Themselves In Room As Father Goes On Shooting Rampage With Pellet Gun

The following story was previously published on Lake Legal News.

FRUITLAND PARK, Florida — A man is being held in the Lake County Jail on no bond facing two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after shooting his wife and daughter with an Air Soft pellet gun, according to an arrest affidavit.

Fruitland Park Police responded to a home on Tropic Circle Thursday and found Jeffrey John Miller, 39, on the back porch of the residence loading a magazine for an Air Soft pellet gun. Miller, who had slurred speech and trouble walking, “was unable to complete a sentence nor a single thought,” the arresting officer noted in the affidavit. “The only thing [Miller] kept saying was he just woke up from a deep sleep, walked out to the back porch and the cops were everywhere.

Before calling police, Miller’s daughter told her stepmother her dad shot her in the back with the pellet gun for no reason. When his wife questioned him, he is alleged to have opened fire on her, striking her in the right knee area. Miller then went back to his daughter’s room and “started to shoot her room up” while she was still in the room, the affidavit states; she was struck four times in the right foot. Her age was unavailable at press time.

Miller’s wife questioned him about missing medication, and he became “argumentative” and scared her and the other four children in the home. They locked themselves in a room in fear of being shot with the pellet gun again and called 9-1-1.

Lake EMS also responded to the scene and after evaluating Miller, they believed him to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Further investigation revealed Miller may have taken as many as 30 pills of two types of medication.

Miller was taken to a local hospital where he continually denied shooting at his family and denied taking any pills, according to the affidavit. Miller was cleared by the hospital and transported to the Lake County Jail.

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