An alert Lake County sheriff's school resource deputy is credited for his swift action this afternoon following a fight that occurred at Eustis High School near dismissal time.
Deputy Sheriff Adam Tytler responded after two male students were sent to the office for fighting. As Tytler made his way to the office, he noticed a young woman, who was apparently upset over the fight, making her way from the office to a vehicle waiting in the pick-up line. The woman, who doesn’t attend the school, had allegedly threatened one of the males saying she was going to get a gun and shoot him.
The deputy followed and watched as 20-year-old Tershia Richmond reached into the car, obtained a handgun, and then placed it in her pocket as she turned to head back to the school. Tytler immediately drew his firearm, ordered the Richmond to the ground, and secured her. Tytler then took possession of the firearm, which was discovered shortly thereafter to be stolen out of South Carolina.
Richmond, from Georgia, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school property, possession of stolen property, and carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.
The two males involved in the fight have had ongoing verbal confrontations over the last week. Richmond, a family friend of one of the students, sought revenge over the scuffle and never intended to target anyone else at the school, according to Lake County Sheriffs Office.
The incident is still under investigation and additional charges are possible. For more news and events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, click here.
(Updated 1/1/2018) According to Florida Highway Patrol, the driver and the bicyclist involved in yesterday's deadly crash in unincorporated Mount Dora were both residents of the city.
At approximately 6 p.m. on December 2, Donald Mosher, 48, was riding a bicycle northbound on South Clayton Street near Elyisum Boulevard. Melissa Kidd, 38, was travelling behind the cyclist in the same direction. According to Florida Highway Patrol, Kidd failed to slow down as she approached the bike and struck it from behind. The speed limit on that stretch of rural road is 45 miles per hour. There were no skid marks at the scene, but car parts were scattered across the road, according to a witness.
An unresponsive Mosher was discovered in the road by another driver a few minutes after the accident occurred. The cyclist was resuscitated and transported to Florida Hospital Waterman by paramedics. He later died. The first driver on the scene observed that Mosher was wearing dark clothing and no helmet.
Kidd left the scene of the fatal accident, but police located her after her severely damaged Nissan truck became disabled less than a mile away on Clayton street.
The accident remains under investigation and charges against Kidd are pending, according to FHP.
"A homicide crash investigation requires very precise measurements to be obtained from the scene of the crash that includes such things as drag factor of the roadway, vehicle evidence, weather at the time of the crash, and any witness statements," said Laura Hargrove, a criminal defense attorney and partner in the Tavares law firm of Gause & Hargrove, PLLC.
Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death is a first degree felony and carries a mandatory 4-year prison term if convicted, according to Hargrove.
"In my experience, this type of case can take a month or more before charges are formally filed. Since this incident occurred in December, it could take longer due to the holidays," said Hargove.
A wooden cross with messages from Mosher's family was erected near the scene of the accident.
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