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Sorrento Man Wanted for Setting Shed Ablaze, Beating Man with Pipe, Turns Himself in

SORRENTO, Florida—A man accused of attacking another man with a metal pipe and setting his shed ablaze, turned himself in at the Lake County Jail Monday and was released a few hours later.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on County Road 437 near State Road 46 around 11:15 p.m. April 29 in reference to an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The male victim told LCSO, Shane L. Poole attacked him with a metal pipe, striking him all over his body and then set fire to a sheet that was covering the doorway to the shed where he lives with his girlfriend. The man and his girlfriend both suffered burns to their hands while attempting to put the fire out.

LCSO interviewed the female victim, who said Poole put her boyfriend in a chokehold and told her if she wanted to live, she had to have sex with him, but she refused, the affidavit states. She also said Poole lit their shed on fire and attempted to kill them.

The metal pipe the victim said he was hit with was still on scene, along with a melted blue and white sheet, an LCSO detective noted in the affidavit.

Deputies went to Poole’s home on State Road 46 after the incident but were unable to find him. Poole turned himself in at LCJ on a warrant for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and arson Monday and he was released on $20,000 bond. 

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.

Woman Stabs 2 People Sunday, Both Victims Airlifted

ALTOONA, Florida—A woman who told Lake County Sheriff’s Office detective she found the largest knife she could and “I never said it was self-defense” was arrested Mother’s Day for two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after stabbing two people, according to an arrest affidavit.

 Shortly after 3:15 p.m. Sunday, LCSO responded to 20304 Green Wing Road in reference to a stabbing and found a large butcher knife with a blue handle, blood, and two victims; a female with a stab wound to her back and a man with a stab would to his left bicep, according to the affidavit. The woman was airlifted to Central Florida Regional Medical Center in Sanford and the man was airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala for treatment.

LCSO detectives responded to the scene and to both hospitals to interview the involved parties and on scene found multiple areas of blood near a hot tub in the yard. A witness told LCSO she made prior arrangements with her daughter, Cheyenne Dawn Kee, 23, to retrieve the hot tub that was left at the home and earlier that day she requested the two stabbing victims to help her move the hot tub.

The two victims were loading the hot tub on a trailer when Kee showed up and was “visibly upset, shaking and yelling,” and asking why people were taking her hot tub, the affidavit states.

Kee’s mother told her the victims were just there to help and Kee began arguing with the female victim and her mother stepped in to separate them. Kee’s mother then got in her vehicle to leave, and she heard the male victim yell that he was bleeding. She rendered aid to the man and said he had a “significant” amount of blood coming from his bicep, the affidavit states.

Kee was interviewed by detectives and said she went inside the allow the pair the get the hot tub and while she was inside, she heard her mother and the female victim, “talking about her.” She went outside and argued with her mother and the woman, and her shirt was ripped during the altercation, and she claimed her mother punched her. Kee said she went inside to change and retrieved the largest knife she could find, went outside and stabbed the female victim in the back while she was loading to hot tub. The male victim tried to help the woman and Kee stabbed him too, according to the affidavit.

Kee acknowledged neither victim threatened her and reportedly said, “I never said it was self-defense.”

Kee was taken into custody and arrested for two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon; she is being held in the Lake County Jail on $20,000 bond.

Paisley Man Killed After SUV Strikes Tree Friday

DeLAND, Florida—A Paisley man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The 52-year-old man was westbound shortly after noon Friday on County Road 42, near State Road 44 in the DeLand area of unincorporated Lake County, in a 2007 Mazda CX-7 when he left the roadway for an unknown reason a struck a tree, FHP Lt. Kim Montes said in a press release.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene, and he was wearing his seatbelt, Montes said; the crash remains under investigation.

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.

LCSO Treating Suspicious Death in Altoona as a Homicide

ALTOONA, Florida—The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious death it is treating as a homicide, according to LCSO Lt. John Herrell.

LCSO responded to 19331 East Altoona Road on a report of a dead man Wednesday and upon arrival found Ernie Wayne Wilburn, 44, deceased. Witnesses failed to provide an explanation as to what happened to Wilburn, Herrell said in a press release.

The circumstances surrounding Wilburn’s death are “suspicious,” and his cause of death is not being released at this time, according to LCSO detectives. 

Tavares Man Accused of Trying to Open Patrol Car Door and Take Deputy’s Gun

TAVARES, Florida—A man is being held in the Lake County Jail on $26,000 bond after getting into his neighbor’s vehicle, trying to get into a Lake County Sheriff’s Office patrol car and telling a deputy, “give me your gun, sir,” and trying to fight him for it, according to an arrest affidavit.

LCSO deputies responded to the 12000 block of Lona Street around 6 p.m. Saturday, after receiving a report of a physical altercation. When the first deputy arrived and began to walk to the door of the residence, Jordan Michael Lanier, 32, started actively pulling on the door handle of the deputy’s patrol car. The deputy ordered Lanier to stop, and he ignored his commands, the affidavit states.

PHOTO: Lake County Sheriff’s Office

The deputy walked toward his vehicle and Lanier walked towards him in an “aggressive manner.”  The deputy ordered Lanier to step back, and he reportedly replied, “Give me your gun, sir,” and lunged for the deputy’s gun and a physical altercation ensued, according to the affidavit.

The deputy then used his taser and Lanier continued to resist; it took three teaser deployments to get him into custody, the deputy noted. Lanier continued to resist on scene and at LCJ and it took multiple officers to restrain him. Lanier is facing several charges, including two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and strong arm robbery. 

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.

Trio in Car Accused of Trying to Run Deputy Over Facing Litany of Charges

LEESBURG, Florida—The trio accused of being in a car that attempted to run over a Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputy are facing a litany of charges, according to several booking sheets.

Jeffrey Elijah Gilbert, 20, of Orlando is facing the most serious charge, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a motor vehicle, after being accused of being the driver in Monday’s incident.

According to LCSO, a deputy attempted a traffic stop near Water Oak Country Club Estates on a white Dodge Charger believed to be involved in a shoplifting incident at Walmart, 2501 Citrus Boulevard, Leesburg. Gilbert, along with passengers, Pierre D’Haiti, of Orlando, and Calvin Anthony Williams, of Davenport, both 20, fled the stop in a white Dodge Charger after trying to run the deputy over to “facilitate an escape,” a detective noted in Gilbert’s affidavit.

As the car came towards him, the deputy fired two shots, striking two of the car’s occupants. The Charger fled and the trio abandoned the car near Country Life Mobile Home Park and fled on foot across U.S. Highway 27 into a Dunkin Donuts near the corner of U.S. Highway 27 and County Road 48. When law enforcement arrived, they found Gilbert and D’Haiti in the bathroom, along with scales, a glass jar and two gallon-sized bags of marijuana, the affidavit states.

Gilbert is facing one charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, fraudulent use of a credit card and criminal use of personal identification; He is being held on no bond.

 D’Haiti is facing one charge each of, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of another person’s identification, illegal use of a credit card and petit theft; he is being held on $9,000 bond.

Williams is facing four petit theft charges, one charge of scheme to defraud, four charges of illegal use of a credit card, four charges ID theft, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, three counts of violation of probation from an Orange County case and a pending charge that was not available at press time; he is being held on no 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. 

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