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Land O'Lakes woman filed harassment complaint before her death

LAND O'LAKES — A woman who was found shot to death on her front porch Sunday had filed a harassment complaint with sheriff's deputies days before the incident, but investigators won't say anything more.

Diane Yeager-Lombard, 51, filed the complaint about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.

He said a deputy was in the area responding to another call when Yeager-Lombard approached him. He would not release a copy of the complaint or comment on it, except to say Yeager-Lombard was not injured when she made it.

"I think it was more of a verbal issue," he said.

On Saturday, a neighbor heard a blast of gunfire, saw a cloud of dust and then a blue truck speeding down the gravel road that leads out of the rural neighborhood.

He said he thought nothing of it, as a shooting range is nearby, and when he later saw Yeager-Lombard lying on the porch, he thought she was sunbathing.

Authorities found her dead Sunday at her home at 9665 Bahia Loop. Doll would not say whether deputies had identified a suspect or a person of interest in the crime.

No one answered the door of Yeager-Lombard's tidy rock-walled home Monday.

A small sign hanging next to the front door read, "The Witch Is Out." Two dishes on the porch contained pet food and fresh water.

Hillsborough court records show that Yeager-Lombard married Emanuel Lombard on June 27, 1987, in Somerville, N.J. They had one daughter, Erica, in August 1988.

In May 1999, Lombard was charged with two misdemeanors — assault and domestic battery — after his wife accused him of putting his hands around her neck, pushing her and throwing a metal pot at her in their Tampa home.

She told authorities that their daughter, then 10, witnessed the violence and called 911.

Yeager-Lombard sought and received a protective injunction. On May 21, 1999, a judge ordered Lombard to stay away from his wife and child for one year.

But in August 1999, she and her husband sought to have the protective injunction lifted.

On Aug. 27, 1999, a judge dissolved the injunction.

Lombard completed a domestic violence diversion program for the misdemeanor charges in July 2000.

Yeager-Lombard filed for divorce in Hillsborough County in September 2004, saying their marriage was "irretrievably broken."

The proceedings did not appear to be particularly contentious, and she made no allegations of abuse in court filings.

Lombard could not be reached Monday for comment.

Researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Reach Lisa Buie at buie@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4604.

Land O'Lakes woman filed harassment complaint before her death 05/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 5, 2008 9:22pm]
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