Written Threat Places Lake Minneola High School on Lockdown

MINNEOLA, Florida—The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a written shooting threat was received at Lake Minneola High School Thursday afternoon, according to Lt. John Herrell.

The threat was received around 1:20 p.m., about 10 minutes before classes change and the school, located at 101 North Hancock Road, was placed on lockdown out of an abundance of caution, Herrell told Inside Lake. The school was checked and deemed safe. No one has been arrested.

The threat delayed dismissal for around 10 minutes and there is a heavy law enforcement presence at the school, Herrell said

A written threat to kill is a felony charge and the names of juveniles arrested for felonies are public record. This is at least the fourth incident in Lake County Schools since the school year began a little more than a month ago.

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.  

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