‘Race for Inclusion’ 5K raises funds to support Special Olympics Florida
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Special Olympics Florida supporters came out Saturday morning to help raise money during the first major “Race for Inclusion” 5K. Racers from around Central Florida came together to celebrate and spread a message of inclusion. READ: Orlando to announce ‘major rock show’ coming to Camping World StadiumParticipants raced to support more than 60,000 Special Olympics Florida athletes across the state of Florida. Organizers said this was one of the first major race campaigns for Special Olympics Florida aimed at creating more inclusive communities for people, especially those with intellectual disabilities. READ: New underground trash system installed at Florida beachThe event benefited Special Olympics Florida’s comprehensive programs in sports training, health screenings, and leadership development.wftv.com
Loved one shares photos of slain 16-year-old shot at house party in Deltona
DELTONA, Fla. — A 16-year-old boy is dead, and a 17-year-old is injured, after an overnight house party turned violent in Volusia County. Deputies said Deltona High School student Xyrus Zelaya was at a house party on Waterview Drive when someone shot him at around midnight. READ: 16-year-old shot and killed at house party, deputies sayZelaya was taken to a hospital after the shooting where he died, deputies said. Family and friends of Zelaya shared photos of him and said he was a caring, protective gentle giant. READ: 1 dead, 4 wounded during outdoor boxing match in FloridaThere was also a second shooting victim at the party who is alive but has not been identified.wftv.com
FWC to treat invasive hydrilla on Lake Toho on Osceola County
FWC to treat invasive hydrilla on Lake Toho on Osceola CountyKISSIMMEE, Fla. — Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will work this week to combat an invasive aquatic plant in Osceola County. FWC plans to treat a growing collection of hydrilla plants in several areas of Lake Tohopekaliga. READ: Mural honoring domestic violence victim Nicole Montalvo unveiled in KissimmeeOfficials said the plants are encroaching on beneficial native submersed aquatic plants and may impact boat access and flood protection. The South Florida Water Management District has worked before to help clear out some of the hydrilla on the lake. READ: New underground trash system installed at Florida beachOfficials have said before that they typically spend around 10 times as much money controlling invasive plants as they do on invasive animals.wftv.com
Orlando to announce ‘major rock show’ coming to Camping World Stadium
ORLANDO, Fla. — Officials with the city of Orlando are set to make an announcement this week about a “major rock show” coming to The City Beautiful. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will join City of Orlando Chief Venues Officer Allen Johnson on Thursday to give details about the major event at Camping World Stadium. Camping World Stadium has been used for many major concerts and events before. READ: Florida woman saves husband after his leg was severed by boat propellerMajor events seen at Camping World Stadium also included Monster Jam and WrestleMania. Channel 9 will attend the major rock show announcement on Thursday and give updates on Eyewitness News.wftv.com
One dead and another injured in Deltona shooting, deputies say
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Deltona that left one person dead and another with non-life-threatening injuries.
Deputies said they were called to Halifax Health around 12:05 a.m. after hospital staff reported that a gunshot victim was brought in privately.
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Mural honoring domestic violence victim Nicole Montalvo unveiled in Kissimmee
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Help Now of Osceola and the Nicole Montalvo Foundation came together with the help of a local artist to create a mural honoring murder victim Nicole Montalvo.
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Seminole County deputies seeking suspect in fatal shooting in Altamonte Springs
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Seminole County deputies are looking for the person responsible for shooting and killing a man in Altamonte Springs Thursday.
Deputies say the shooting took place in the roadway near the 300 block of Salina Drive just after 7 p.m.READ: ‘A very disturbing trend’: 5 children hit by cars while riding bikes to school in Seminole County>>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <
New affordable housing project to rise south of downtown Orlando
Housing In this file photo, work is done on an apartment building under construction. (Rich Pedroncelli)ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. A pair of properties along Orange Blossom Trail south of downtown Orlando soon may transform into affordable housing, which is in big demand in fast-growing Orlando. Read: ‘Tiger King 2’: Netflix announces new season of hit true crime documentaryOrlando-based applicant Avcon Inc. wants to rezone two properties totaling 10 acres at 4893 S. Orange Blossom Trail to build affordable housing units, according to Orange County records. Click here to read Jack Witthaus’ story on the Orlando Business Journal’s website.wftv.com
Man dies after being pulled from ocean near Daytona Beach Bandshell
Volusia County lifeguard A man died after lifeguards pulled him from the ocean near the Daytona Beach Bandshell on Thursday. (WFTV.com News Staff)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A man died after lifeguards pulled him from the ocean near the Daytona Beach Bandshell on Thursday. Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officials said lifeguards pulled the 58-year-old man from the water around 10:45 a.m.READ: Father-in-law convicted of killing St. Cloud mother Nicole Montalvo dies in prisonThey said the man, who is from the Daytona Beach area, was unresponsive and life-saving measures were performed. Officials said the man was taken to a local hospital where he died just before noon.wftv.com
Detectives investigating suspicious death of woman found in Ormond Beach home
VOLUSIA COUNTY , Fla. — Detectives are investigating after a woman was found dead inside a home during a “well-being check” Thursday morning. Cloud mother Nicole Montalvo dies in prisonAfter getting no answer at the door, a relative let deputies into the home. Once inside, deputies say they found Crisanti dead on the floor of a bedroom with obvious injuries. Detectives investigating suspicious death of woman found in Ormond Beach home Detectives were called to the home on Orange Grove Dr. for a well being check (wftv)Investigators say they also found Crisanti’s boyfriend, 61-year-old Nelson Rivera, unresponsive. Detectives have not said how Crisanti died, only that they are investigating her death as suspicious.wftv.com
Father-in-law convicted of killing Nicole Montalvo dies in prison
Angel Rivera One of the men convicted of killing Osceola County woman Nicole Montalvo died in prison this week, according to inmate records. (Florida Department of Corrections)OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — One of the men convicted of killing Osceola County woman Nicole Montalvo died in prison this week, according to inmate records. READ: 2 men sentenced to life in prison for killing Osceola County mother Nicole MontalvoRivera and his son, Christopher Otero-Rivera, were both sentenced to life in prison in July after they were convicted of second-degree murder for the death of Otero-Rivera’s estranged wife, Nicole Montalvo. “I cannot ignore the brutality of your efforts to cover up that crime and the pain that brought the family as they desperately searched for Nicole Montalvo,” circuit court judge Keith Carsten said during the sentencing. READ: Father-in-law sent text message posing as Nicole Montalvo to cover her death, prosecutors sayThis is a breaking news story.wftv.com
Some parents and teachers want stricter mask requirements as students prepare to head back to school
ORLANDO, Fla. — As Central Florida school districts prepare for the first day back to school, the debate over mask-wearing in schools is intensifyin while COVID-19 cases climb. The AAP is recommending that children ages 2 and up should mask up in school, whether vaccinated or not. Currently, Orange County students will return to the classroom with no masks required. “They must revisit this before pre planning, before teachers have to return to school,” said Orange County Teachers Association President Wendy Doromal. Orange County Public Schools said the superintendent has the authority to implement stricter face-covering requirements based on any guidance from the CDC or other governmental entities.wftv.com
Daytona Beach PD looking for a person of interest in a possible attempted kidnapping
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla — The Daytona Beach Police Department released a surveillance photo of a man they would like to speak to regarding a possible attempted kidnapping. The victim told officers while she was inside a 7-Eleven Monday afternoon along South Peninsula Drive in Daytona Beach, she became suspicious of a man that was watching her as she was purchasing a Slurpee. The victim took off running to find help and called the Daytona Beach Police Department. pic.twitter.com/QOKQUfniyl — Daytona Beach Police (@DaytonaBchPD) July 21, 2021Authorities believe the man is in his 30′s or 40′s, stands around 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs around 160 pounds. Daytona Beach Police ask, if you know who he is, to please contact the Daytona Beach Police Department at (386) 671-5207.wftv.com
2 men found guilty of murdering Osceola County mother Nicole Montalvo to be sentenced
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A sentencing hearing is set to begin Wednesday morning for the two men who killed a St. In April, a jury found Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, guilty of killing Nicole Montalvo. READ: 2 men found guilty in murdering Osceola County mother Nicole MontalvoThe father and son were convicted of killing Otero-Rivera’s estranged wife in what started out as a missing person case in 2019. READ: Father-in-law sent text message posing as Nicole Montalvo to cover her death, prosecutors sayOtero-Rivera and Rivera will learn their fate at a sentencing hearing at the Osceola County Courthouse at 11 a.m. Prosecutors said they want the men to spend life in prison.wftv.com
Charges dropped against mother-in-law in connection to Nicole Montalvo’s death
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – State prosecutors have dropped charges against Nicole Montalvo’s mother-in-law, Wanda Rivera, in connection to the St. According to a request from the state, prosecutors have received new evidence creating reasonable doubt as to the charges against Wanda Rivera. State prosecutors say a new cellphone analysis shows Otero-Rivera and Angel Rivera moved Nicole Montalvo’s vehicle from their property on Oct. 22. Wanda Rivera was arrested and posted $20,000 bail on May 28, 2020, according to the Osceola County Jail. Otero-Rivera and Angel Rivera are awaiting trial, which has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Family members accused in St. Cloud woman’s murder face new charges
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Osceola County prosecutors have filed new charges against two men accused of killing and dismembering a St. Prosecutors say Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, killed Nicole Montalvo in October 2019. Rivera’s wife, Wanda Rivera, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and tampering with physical evidence. [TRENDING: Deputies: Girl abused by children’s book author | Deputy investigated for slamming student | How to get vaccine in Fla.]AdDocuments filed Jan. 12 show that prosecutors filed new charges against Otero-Rivera and Angel Rivera. Prosecutors said her body was dismembered and buried on property belonging to the Rivera family.
Hearing resumes for 3 charged in St. Cloud woman’s death, dismemberment
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Three suspects charged in connection with the murder of a St. Cloud woman were due in court Wednesday in an effort to get evidence tossed from the case. Prosecutors say Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, killed Christopher’s estranged wife, Nicole Montalvo, last year. [RELATED: Crime scene photos, evidence released in Montalvo case]Rivera’s wife, Wanda Rivera, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and tampering with physical evidence. The judge in the case first heard arguments over the evidence in October, but the hearing will resume Wednesday morning.
Brother of St. Cloud murder suspect will plea guilty to child porn possession
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – The brother of a man accused of killing his estranged wife in St. Cloud plans to plead guilty to 35 counts of possession of child pornography, court records show. Under the plea deal, which Nicholas Rivera has accepted, he will plead guilty to 32 counts of possession of child pornography, one count of transmission of child pornography, unlawful use of a communication device, lewd and lascivious battery and traveling to meet a minor. Once he’s released, he will be on sexual offender probation for 15 years. Nicholas Rivera’s brother and father remain in jail.
Nicole Montalvo’s accused killers offered man money to ‘discredit,’ ‘make her disappear’
Otero-Rivera’s father, Angel Rivera, 64, was also arrested and charged in connection with Montalvo’s death. “He wanted to discredit her, for I guess, her testimony,” the man told detectives, adding Otero-Rivera wanted the mother of his child to be “looked at like a junkie.”The man told Otero-Rivera he would plant drugs in Montalvo’s car and then alert authorities in an attempt to discredit her. Upon posting bail, he also told Angel Rivera of his plan, according to the interview. He told me where she lived at and asked if I knew the color of her car,” the man told detectives of Rivera. Both Angel Rivera and Otero-Rivera are in the Osceola County Jail awaiting trial set to begin in September.
Trial in murder of Osceola County mother Nicole Montalvo postponed
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – The trial of three family members charged in connection with the murder of an Osceola County mother has been postponed. According to court records, the trial of Christopher Otero-Rivera, his father, Angel Rivera, and his mother, Wanda Rivera, has been delayed until September 29. The trial was originally scheduled to begin August 24 in Osceola County. Otero-Rivera and Angel Rivera have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Nicole Montalvo. Wanda Rivera has been charged with being an accessory, evidence tampering and lying to law enforcement.
Brother of man accused of killing St. Cloud mother accepts plea deal on child porn charges
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – The brother-in-law of a 33-year-old woman who was killed and dismembered on her in-laws’ property in St. In the early days of the investigation, Nicholas Rivera, 28, the son of Angel and Wanda Rivera, was arrested on unrelated charges in Georgia. At the time, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office called him a person of interest in his sister-in-law’s death. In a November interview with Osceola County detectives, Nicholas Rivera described seeing Montalvo’s lifeless body in his parent’s garage the night she went missing. If the plea deal is finalized, Nicholas Rivera will serve 10 years in prison followed by 15 years of sex offender probation concurrent with another case.
Surveillance video shows murder suspects truck near location slain St. Cloud mothers car was found
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. Recently released evidence shows someone driving a murder suspects truck in the area near the location a missing St. Her husband, Angel Rivera, and her son, Christopher Otero-Rivera, remain behind bars on murder and other related charges. Montalvos vehicle could only be located in footage from 4:20 p.m. on Oct. 21 that showed her Honda heading toward the Rivera property on Hixon Avenue. Deputies say Nicole Montalvo's car was seen heading toward the Rivera residence shortly before she went missing. I believe Angel used this learned information during the murder of Nicole Montalvo.
Nicole Montalvo’s mother-in-law faces new charge of accessory to murder
Nicole Montalvo’s mother-in-law faces new charge of accessory to murderPublished: May 26, 2020, 7:08 pmThe mother-in-law of a slain St. Cloud woman now faces charges of accessory after the fact to murder and tampering with physical evidence.
Nicole Montalvos mother-in-law faces new charge of accessory to murder
CLOUD, Fla. The mother-in-law of a slain St. Cloud woman now faces charges of accessory after the fact to murder and tampering with physical evidence. Wanda Rivera, 60, was previously charged with providing false information to law enforcement in connection with the death of Nicole Montalvo. Rivera has not yet been arrested on the new charges, according to officials. Riveras son, Christopher Otero-Rivera, 32; and her husband, Angel Rivera, 63, have both been charged with second-degree murder and abuse of a body in Montalvos death.
Man charged with killing estranged wife asks for trial to be moved
An Osceola County man accused of murdering his estranged wife is fighting to have his upcoming trial moved out of Central Florida. According to court documents, one motion asks for Rivera’s upcoming trial to be moved from Osceola County to either Hillsborough, Broward or Palm Beach county. The second motion requests that crime scene photos showing the dismembered body of Nicole Montalvo be kept away from the jury. Montalvo’s remains were found in October 2019 on the St. Rivera’s father, Angel, and his mother Wanda, have also been charged in connection with Montalvo’s murder.
Estranged husband enters not guilty plea in murder of Nicole Montalvo
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The estranged husband of Nicole Montalvo, a St. Cloud woman found slain last year in Osceola County, formally entered a plea Tuesday morning in court. Christopher Otero-Rivera, indicted by a grand jury last week, pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, abuse of a body and tampering with evidence. He pleaded not guilty to second degree murder, abuse of a dead body and tampering with evidence. Cloud woman | Sheriff pushes for murder charges to be filed in Osceola mother’s death]Montalvo’s remains were found in October on the property of the family’s home.
Estranged husband indicted on murder charges in Nicole Montalvo’s death
Cloud man has been indicted on second-degree murder charges in connection with his estranged wife’s death, court records show. Christopher Otero-Rivera has been in custody since Nicole Montalvo’s remains were found on the Rivera family’s yard in late October, according to Osceola County deputies. An Osceola County clerk said Otero-Rivera has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a dead body while Rivera was indicted on abuse of a dead body, accessory after the fact and tampering with evidence charges. Rivera was previously charged with abuse of a dead body and failure to report a death. He was indicted on new charges of accessory after the fact, abuse of a dead body and tampering with evidence.
Brief hearing held for man charged in slaying of estranged wife in St. Cloud
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A court hearing was held Tuesday morning for a man linked to the slaying of his estranged wife in St. A status hearing was conducted for Christopher Otero-Rivera, who’s charged with failing to report the death of Nicole Montalvo. Osceola County sheriff’s officials say Otero-Rivera killed Montalvo, 32, in October and buried her remains at his family’s home. Otero-Rivera remains jailed for violating probation. The state, however, filed a response saying the clock started on Dec. 16, when the charge for failure to report a death was filed.
Estranged husband of slain St. Cloud mother wants charge dropped
Cloud man accused of killing his estranged wife is asking a judge to throw out one of the criminal charges against him. According to the motion, prosecutors missed a 90-day deadline to bring him to trial on the misdemeanor charge. Cloud mom’s death incriminated son in jailhouse letter | Murder suspects’ family member told detectives he saw St. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order removing the murder case from Ayala’s office and reassigning it to neighboring State Attorney Brad King. Under Florida law, prosecutors must be ready to bring a murder case to trial withing 175 days of a suspect’s arrest.
Murder suspects’ family member told detectives he saw St. Cloud mother’s motionless body
Cloud woman told detectives he saw the victim’s lifeless body in his parent’s garage the night she went missing, according to a video of the interview with Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives. Otero-Rivera and his father, Angel Rivera, 63, were arrested in late October in connection with Montalvo’s murder but have not been charged with first-degree murder. In the early days of the investigation, Nicholas Rivera, 28, the son of Angel Rivera, was arrested on unrelated charges in Georgia. In the video, detectives describe a scene in the Otero-Rivera garage, they said Nicholas Rivera told them about in another interview. Angel Rivera and Nicholas Rivera both made statements in jailhouse phone calls and to detectives implicating Christopher Otero-Rivera.
Crime scene photos, evidence released in case of slain St. Cloud mother Nicole Montalvo
Cloud mother Nicole Montalvo were released Wednesday, including crime scene photos showing the locations where her dismembered body was found. [RELATED: Suspect in missing St. Cloud mom’s death incriminated son in jailhouse letter | Deputies ‘won’t leave any stone unturned’ in search for missing St. In that case, Montalvo, Otero-Rivera and Angel Rivera could not be ruled out as contributors. “Chris is definitely going to be found guilty somehow,” Angel Rivera said.
Osceola sheriff says state attorney’s death penalty stance led to ‘inaction’ in Nicole Montalvo case
He asked during a news conference that death penalty be sought against whomever was responsible for the 33-year-old woman’s death. [RELATED: ‘Blame and lies:’ State attorney calls out Osceola sheriff amid Nicole Montalvo’s death investigation | Gov. DeSantis removes Nicole Montalvo murder case from State Attorney Ayala amid fallout]“During that meeting it became painfully obvious that the State Attorney was unhappy with my comments regarding the death penalty and she asked me to stop making comments regarding the death penalty. There is no statute of limitations in this case.”Ultimately, DeSantis made the decision to reassign the Montalvo case to neighboring State Attorney Brad King. “Prosecutors all over the state have secured convictions for murder without knowing the manner of death,” Gibson said.
Gov. Ron DeSantis removes State Attorney Aramis Ayala from murder case
click to enlarge Photo via Office of State Attorney Aramis D. Ayala/FacebookState Attorney Aramis AyalaGov. Ron DeSantis on Friday pulled Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala from a high-profile murder case, issuing an executive order that cited her objections to the death penalty.Ayala has been caught up in a dispute with Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson over her decision to not file criminal charges against two suspects in the October murder of Nicole Montalvo. DeSantis said in the executive order that Gibson believed Ayalas opposition to the death penalty has interfered with the appropriate pursuit of homicide charges.Gibson asked DeSantis to reassign the case to a different state attorney to ensure that justice is pursued, the executive order said. The governor reassigned the case to Ocala-area State Attorney Brad King.This is not the first time Ayala has been yanked from a murder case. Rick Scott removed her from handling capital cases, which were reassigned to King.orlandoweekly.com
Gov. Ron DeSantis comments on Montalvo case during news conference
Ron DeSantis made brief remarks on Nicole Montalvo’s murder case after Attorney General Ashley Moody wrote a letter to him, asking that her office take over the prosecution in the case. DeSantis said his office was reviewing the case and that he has been in contact with Montalvo’s brothers. “We have a lot of focus on the criminal but don’t always have a focus on the victims,” DeSantis said. The questions come amid a dispute between Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson. After that news conference, Moody stepped in and asked DeSantis to reassign the case to a new state attorney altogether.
Osceola Sheriff awaiting governor’s decision on prosecution of Nicole Montalvo’s accused murders
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – At an unveiling of a new domestic violence vehicle, Sheriff Russ Gibson says he is waiting on Florida’s governor to make a decision in how Nicole Montalvo’s murder case will be prosecuted and by who. Ron DeSantis to reassign the case to a new state attorney altogether. "It is safe to say that the dispute between Sheriff Gibson and state attorney Ayala is now public, personal and appears to acrimonious," Moody wrote in a letter last week. Montalvo’s brother earlier this week issued a statement on behalf of the family that they are terrified by how this played out. The family has started a change.org petition to fight to get the law changed to make domestic violence charges a felony.
Osceola Sheriff awaiting governor's decision on Nicole Montalvo case
Osceola Sheriff awaiting governor's decision on Nicole Montalvo casePublished: January 24, 2020, 6:12 pmAt an unveiling of a new domestic violence vehicle within his fleet, Sheriff Russ Gibson says he is waiting on Governor Ron DeSantis to make a decision in the domestic violence case of Nicole Montalvo.
‘Blame and lies:’ State attorney calls out Osceola sheriff amid Nicole Montalvo’s death investigation
Angel Rivera and his son, Christoper Otero-Rivera, were arrested in October in connection with Nicole Montalvo’s death, but neither has been formally charged with murder. [Watch the state attorney’s full remarks at the top of this story]She said she received a call Thursday from the state office to ask if she needed help prosecuting this case. “My heart goes out to those who have been impacted by Nicole’s death," Ayala said. “From the beginning our goal is to bring justice to Nicole Montalvo, her family and the citizens of Osceola County. My office will continue to work to ensure justice for Nicole Montalvo, her family, and the citizens of Osceola County,” Gibson said.
Judge finds that Angel Rivera violated his conditions, revokes bond
Prosecutors asked a judge to revoke bond for Rivera who is accused of playing a role in his daughter-in-law’s death. He told the court Angel Rivera pulled into the driveway of his home after being released on bond earlier this week. One of the conditions of his release was that Rivera is not allowed to return to the property where Nicole Montalvo’s remains were found. Judge says that, by his own admission, Rivera intended to return to his property and was seen directly adjacent to his property. Angel Rivera, his wife, Wanda Rivera, Otero-Rivera and Nicholas Rivera are all facing charges in the case.
Sheriff pushes for murder charges to be filed in Osceola mother’s death
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Osceola County deputies said they still believe Nicole Montalvo’s estranged husband and father-in-law are responsible for her October death, but the state hasn’t filed formal murder charges yet. Sheriff Russ Gibson said Thursday that the lack of formal murder charges is disappointing. Angel Rivera (News 6)[PREVIOUS: Attorney for man accused in Osceola mother’s murder says investigators ‘don’t have the evidence’ | Murder suspects’ family member calls Osceola mother’s death inhumane, barbaric]Earlier this week, new charges were filed against Otero Rivera for failing to report a death. The sheriff suggested, at the minimum, the state attorney’s office should put the proposed murder charges before a grand jury. A spokesperson for the state attorney’s office sent the following statement in response to News 6′s request for comment:“The State Attorney’s Office is responsible for the prosecution of criminal matters and is consistently mindful of statutory deadlines triggered upon the arrest of a suspect.
New charge filed against estranged husband of slain St. Cloud woman
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The estranged husband of a slain Osceola County woman faced a judge Tuesday after sheriff’s officials filed a new charge against him. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has charged Christopher Otero-Rivera with failing to report the death of Nicole Montalvo. During that hearing, a judge set his bond at $3,000. Later on Tuesday, Otero-Rivera appeared before a different judge regarding his violation of probation charge. The trial for Otero-Rivera’s violation of probation charges is set for January 21.
Attorney for man accused in Osceola mother’s murder says investigators ‘don’t have the evidence’
ORLANDO, Fla. – One of the suspect’s in an Osceola County mother’s slaying is still in jail with a $350,000 bail. Attorney Frank Bankowitz says the judge set Rivera’s bond high to purposely keep him in jail because he believes prosecutors and Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson rushed to arrest him for his daughter-in-law’s murder. Rivera was first arrested on Oct. 29 on a murder charge in connection with Montalvo’s death. Judge Morgan couldn’t on the murder charge by law and since Judge Wooten has discretion quote-unquote, he set an unreasonable bond," Bankowitz said. Instead, he said the judge set his bail at $350,000.
Second suspect in St. Cloud mother’s murder could be released from jail
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A man who was arrested along with his son in connection with the death of his daughter-in-law might be released from jail. Angel Luis Rivera and his son, Christopher Otero-Rivera, were arrested in October in connection with the death of Otero-Rivera’s estranged wife, Nicole Montalvo. The state said it didn’t have any legal basis to object, so Rivera can be released on the first-degree murder charge. He won’t be released from jail unless that charge is dropped or a judge issues a bond. Wanda Nereida Rivera and Nicholas Rivera are facing charges as well, but they have bonded out of jail.
Judge: State failed to file murder charge against man accused of killing estranged wife
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A man accused of killing his estranged wife could be released from jail in that case after a judge ruled Tuesday that the state missed the deadline to file an affidavit on the murder charge. Christopher Otero-Rivera was arrested on murder charges in October in connection with the death of Nicole Montalvo. Rivera remains in custody on probation violation charges. A spokeswoman for the Office of the State Attorney said prosecutors have 21 days to file charges, and if none are filed, prosecutors are afforded a maximum of 180 days. The Office of the State Attorney released a statement after Tuesday’s ruling.
Prosecutors to argue why husband of murdered mother should stay in jail
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. -- A court date has been set in the showdown over whether the estranged husband of a woman found murdered should be allowed to walk out of jail. Investigators arrested Christopher Otero Rivera for the murder of his wife, Nicole Montalvo, in October. A spokeswoman for the Office of the State Attorney said prosecutors do have 21 days to file charges, and if none are filed, prosecutors are afforded a maximum of 180 days. An Osceola County judge has now ordered a hearing to be held on Dec. 3. Rivera's father, Angel, and his mother, Wanda, have both been charged in connection with her murder, as well.
Murder suspects’ family member calls Osceola mother’s death inhumane, barbaric
Osceola County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they found the remains of 33-year-old Montalvo in late October near the home her estranged husband shared with his family. Montalvo’s estranged husband Christopher Otero Rivera and his father Angel Rivera are both charged with her murder. Giulio Rivera is the son of Angel Rivera and Christopher Otero Rivera is his half brother. He said he ran away after suffering years of abuse at the hands of his father, Angel Rivera. He discussed many things that News 6 brought to the attention of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office to see if they were including them in their investigation.
Mother-in-law of murdered Osceola woman facing charges
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - A third arrest has been made in connection with the death of a missing woman in Osceola County. Deputies with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office said Wanda Nereida Rivera, 59, the mother-in-law of Nicole Montalvo, was arrested Friday. Rivera's arrest comes one week after deputies said Montalvo's remains were found on a property in St. Cloud woman's slaying | Missing St. Cloud mother's remains identified; estranged husband charged, deputies say]After the remains were identified, Montalvo's estranged husband and Rivera's son, 31-year-old Christopher Otero-Rivera, was charged with first-degree murder.
Osceola deputies give update on investigation into missing mom's death
Authorities are expected to give an update on the investigation into the death of a St. Days after she was reported missing, Nicole Montalvo's remains were found on property belonging to her estranged husband's parents, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. Christopher Otero-Rivera, 31, who lived with his parents at their home on Hixon Avenue, has been charged with her murder. Otero-Rivera's father, Angel Luis Rivera, 63, is also facing murder charges. The circumstances of Montalvo's death have not been released.
Suspect in missing mom's death admitted to violating injunction, deputies say
Cloud mother went missing and was later found dead, her estranged husband violated a domestic violence injunction, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. Montalvo was last seen alive on Oct. 21 when she dropped her son off at the home where Otero-Rivera lives with his parents, deputies said. Records show deputies found a plastic Powerade bottle with 75 rounds of ammunition and three Winchester shotguns inside the home. That was enough to charge Rivera with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, investigators said. Victims of domestic violence can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, available 24 hours a day, at 1-800-799-7233, or in Central Florida, the Harbor House 24-hour confidential crisis hotline at 407-886-2856.
Hundreds turn out for vigil for slain St. Cloud woman
CLOUD, Fla. - More than 200 people dressed in purple and black filled Lakefront Park's beach area in St. Cloud, Osceola County Sheriff's Office officials said. Montalvo's estranged husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera, 31, and his father, Angel Luis Rivera, 63, were charged Sunday with premeditated murder in Montalvo's death. "She's always a part of me, and I know she's here right now seeing everyone and she's ecstatic," Montalvo's twin brother, Eddie, said. At the end of the vigil, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said that the Sheriff's Office isn't ruling out more arrests in this case.
Vigil planned for slain St. Cloud woman; estranged husband held without bail
Cloud woman killed last week with a vigil to honor domestic abuse victims, her estranged husband was denied bail on premeditated murder charges. Cloud, Osceola County Sheriff's Office officials said. Nicole Montalvo. According to court records, Otero-Rivera has a history of domestic violence-related charges involving his estranged wife dating back to 2016. October 27, 2019: A "missing" poster for Nicole Montalvo, 33, and a sign on the door of Broadway Pizza.
Court records show history of domestic abuse before St. Cloud woman's slaying
On Sunday, Montalvo's estranged husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera, 31, and his father, Angel Luis Rivera, 63, were charged with premeditated murder in Montalvo's death. Court and arrest records show Otero-Rivera has a history of domestic violence-related charges involving the mother of his child dating back to 2016. On the same day she filed an emergency affidavit seeking a domestic violence injunction. One in three women who are killed by their abusive partners are killed after they leave the relationship, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Victims of domestic violence can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, available 24 hours a day, at 1-800-799-7233, or in Central Florida, the Harbor House 24-hour confidential crisis hotline at 407-886-2856.
Missing St. Cloud mother's remains identified; estranged husband charged, deputies say
CLOUD, Fla. - Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson confirmed Sunday that deputies have found the remains of Nicole Montalvo, a mother who went missing near St Cloud earlier this week. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said Montalvo's estranged husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera, 31, and his father, Angel Luis Rivera, 63, have now been charged with premeditated murder in Montalvo's death. Montalvo's cellphone has been turned off and she hadn't had a "trace of communication with anybody" since Monday, according to Osceola County sheriff's Maj. Jacob Ruiz. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office originally named Otero-Rivera and Luis Rivera persons of interest in Montalvo's disappearance. His father, Luis Rivera, was also arrested on suspicion of violation of another felony charge.
Estranged husband of missing St. Cloud mother arrested
CLOUD, Fla - The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said Christopher Otero-Rivera, ,31, and Angel Luis Rivera, 63, have been named persons of interest in disappearance of a missing St. Montalvos estranged husband Otero-Rivera was arrested Friday. Otero-Rivera faced a judge for the first time on Saturday morning, charged with violation of a domestic violence injunction. According to court records, Otero-Rivera has a history of domestic violence-related charges involving his estranged wife dating back to 2016. The search continued Saturday at Angel Riveras home, which sits on a five-acre property on Hixon Avenue in St.
Estranged husband named person of interest in St. Cloud woman's disappearance
Cloud is now in custody on unrelated charges, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. Cloud, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said. At sunrise, more than a dozen investigators with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office arrived at the Hixon Avenue home of Montalvo's estranged husband and his parents. "This is totally unlike her," said Maj. Jacob Ruiz, of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. Anyone with information about Montalvo is asked to contact the Osceola County Sheriff's Office at 407-348-1100.
Deputies 'won't leave any stone unturned' in search for missing St. Cloud woman
CLOUD, Fla. - Osceola County Sheriff's Office teams are searching a property in St. Montalvo was supposed to pick up her son at Harmony School on Tuesday, but she never showed up, according to deputies. Ruiz also said that a rumor about a body being found on Hixon Avenue is not true. Neighbor Gary Paul lives near the Hixon Avenue home and said he has seen people digging using a bulldozer on the property. A search is conducted at a Hixon Avenue home in connection with a missing woman case.