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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. 

Man Reports Being Stabbed, Gets Arrested

MINNEOLA, Florida—A homeless man who called to report a man stabbed him ended up in jail after it was found he first attacked the man with a PVC pipe.

Cody Lee Stout, 25, called 9-1-1 around 6:30 p.m. Thursday and reported a homeless white male stabbed him at Minneola Trailhead Park. LCSO located Stout in Clermont and he said a homeless man named Eric had stabbed him at a homeless camp located behind a business on Jan Mar Court in Minneola, according to an arrested affidavit.

Stout, who is also homeless, said he got into a heated argument with the man over belongings at the homeless camp and the man stabbed him twice with a blue pocket knife. The deputy noted two “very small superficial puncture(s)” on Stout’s back shoulder and inner forearm, according to the affidavit.

Deputies contacted the man accused of stabbing Stout and he said the pair did get into a verbal argument and Stout picked up a PVC pipe approximately six feet long and struck him in the face near his eye and cheek. Stout hit the victim a second time in the same place and the victim pulled the knife from his pocket. Stout raised his arms a third time and the victim grabbed Stout in a bear hug and the knife struck Stout’s shoulder.  The victim told LCSO he believed the cut on Stout’s forearm was caused by Stout’s repeated attempts to attack him.

The victim was transported to a local hospital by Lake EMS for his facial wounds. Stout was arrested Sunday for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and he is being held in the Lake County Jail on $2,500 bond.  

Child Reports Being Molested By Man And Woman — Man Released From Lake County Jail, Woman Remains On “No Bond”

The following story was previously published on Lake Legal News.

MINNEOLA, Florida — A woman is behind bars and a man released on $100,000 bond after a child disclosed to a school resource officer she had been molested, according to arrest affidavits.

Cassandra Leigh Montgomery, 44, admitted to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office detective that she told the victim — who was 7 years old at the time — to touch Emmanuel Paul Blaise’s penis before Montgomery had sex with him in front of the little girl, according to Montgomery’s arrest affidavit. Due to heavy redaction in the affidavit, it is unclear what Montgomery’s relationship is to the victim.

Montgomery told LCSO Blaise, 35, would often have fantasies about having sexual encounters with children and she “just played along sort of like in a role play scenario.”

The victim told an interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center Montgomery was only present when she directed the victim to touch Blaise, but Blaise touched her on three other occasions when “everyone was asleep or not home,” the affidavit states. On one of those occasions, Blaise is alleged to have attempted sexual intercourse with her, but “stopped when she was in obvious pain.”

Montgomery was arrested Wednesday after admitting the acts to LCSO and Blaise was arrested after refusing to answer a detective’s questions. Montgomery is facing charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, victim less than 12; lewd and lascivious molestation, victim less than 12 and child neglect. She is being held in the Lake County Jail on no bond. Blaise is facing charges of sexual battery on a child under 12 a capital felony punishable by mandatory life; lewd and lascivious molestation and lewd and lascivious exhibition. He has been released on $100,000 bond.

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