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Osceola Sheriff awaiting governor’s decision on prosecution of Nicole Montalvo’s accused murders

in Osceola County News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

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.

“I know that he and his office, his legal staff are doing their due diligence to review that, and to make the best decision that he can fro the residents, not just for Osceola County and not just for the Montalvo family, but for the entire 9th district.”

It’s the first time the sheriff has addressed the case since State Attorney Aramis Ayala called the sheriff out for making the arrest of Montalvo’s estranged husband and father-in-law too soon.

“It is my understanding that as we stand here today the sheriff still does not know who actually killed Nicole Montalvo,” Ayala said at the news conference on Jan. 17.

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Osceola County deputies injured in chain-reaction crash

in Osceola County News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Florida Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a four-vehicle crash Friday involving two Osceola County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars.

The crash happened Friday afternoon at Boggy Creek Road and Boggy Terrace Drive, according to FHP Sgt. Kim Montes.

Two civilian cars were stopped at the intersection when two deputies in separate patrol cars approached the intersection one of the cars hit the other patrol car leading to a chain-reaction crash with the civilian cars, Montes said.

Both deputies were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The civilian drivers and occupants had minor injuries but were not taken to the hospital, according to FHP.

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Attorney General requests reassignment of Osceola murder case

in St. Cloud News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

ORLANDO,Fla. – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has asked Governor Ron DeSantis to reassign the prosecution of a high profile murder case to another state attorney’s office, the state’s top elected prosecutor confirmed Tuesday.

Moody has expressed concern about a dispute between Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson over the investigation into the murder of Nicole Montalvo.

Montalvo’s dismembered body was found on a property near St. Cloud in Orlando.

Two days later, Gibson arrested Montalvo’s husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera, and father-in-law, Angel Rivera, accusing both of murder.

Ayala claims Gibson made the arrests prior to collecting enough evidence for her office to prove the case to a jury.

Under Florida law, criminal defendants can request a jury trial within six months of their arrest.

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Osceola County buys $8.9 million land for affordable housing

in Osceola County News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – This month, the Osceola’s Board of County commissioners approved investing $8.9 million to buy an 82-acre property right that is walking distance to the Poinciana SunRail station.

Previous owners of the land, which is located off Poinciana Boulevard, wanted to make it a development for single-family housing, however when the opportunity came up for county officials to buy it, it went along with their plan to build affordable housing — smaller units for smaller families. It was attractive for county officials also pushing for “transit-oriented development”.

“A lot of times there’s a big disconnect between affordable housing and transportation and so by purchasing this property and being able to control it, we can then say as the county that we want to have a certain percentage of it specifically for affordable housing,” said County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb, who also works as a realtor.

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Celebration murder suspect to appear in court Friday

in Celebration News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A man accused of killing his wife, three children and dog at their Celebration home is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.

Court records didn’t indicate the reason for the hearing, but it will be Anthony Todt’s second time appearing in court since he was taken into custody on Jan. 13.

As of Wednesday evening, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office had not released documents related to Anthony Todt’s arrest or provided information about how 42-year-old Megan Todt, 11-year-old Tyler Todt, 13-year-old Alec Todt, 4-year-old Zoe Todt and Breezy, the dog, were killed.

Deputies said they expect to release more information on the crime later this week.

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It. Is. Cold. Wind-chill temps dip into low-20s in parts of Central Florida

in Central Florida News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

ORLANDO, Fla.- – The coldest morning of our stretch of cold days is upon us. And the steady breeze is throwing salt in the wounds, creating wind chills in the 20s early Wednesday.

Overnight lows dipped into the mid-30s across Central Florida, with wind-chill readings in the low to mid-20s in some areas.

The wind chill in Ocala dropped to 22 degrees, while Palm Coast reached 25 and Orlando dipped to 27.

High temperatures Wednesday will struggle to reach 60 degrees.

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22-year-old man found shot in car in Kissimmee

in Kissimmee News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A 22-year-old man was found shot Monday night in a vehicle at a Kissimmee apartment complex, police said.

Kissimmee police said Daniel Gonzalez was found shot around 9:30 p.m. at the Outrigger Apartments at 1701 W. Mabbette St.

According to police, a caller reported a shooting at the apartments and officers found Gonzalez in a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Gonzalez was in critical but stable condition, police said.

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Vigil held for Celebration family found slain

in Celebration News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

CELEBRATION, Fla. – Monday marked one week since the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office discovered four bodies inside a Celebration home.

Investigators said that Antony Todt, 44, murdered his wife Megan and their three children.

On Monday evening, about 200 people attended the candlelit vigil at Lakeside Park near the family’s home.

Pastor Gregg Heinsch from Celebration Community Church said that he organized the vigil in order to create a place for the community to mourn together.

“It’s been building in our community ever since the news broke and it’s involved the whole community and all different age groups. It’s been especially difficult on the children,” said Heinsch.

“That’s the part that breaks my heart most of all. That they lost their playmates, and in such a horrific, unexpected shocking way.”

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Man shoots at kids he says were ‘spying’ on him from canoes, deputies say

in Volusia County News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A man is facing charges after authorities say he fired shots at children he thought were spying on him from canoes outside his home.

Deputies with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said they were called to the home in the 1500 block of Murphy Road in Pierson after the victims said they were fishing in a lake when 30-year-old Michael Adams fired several shots their way.

Adams told detectives he fired the gun because he thought the kids were spying on him and trespassing but that he shot in a “safe direction,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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Florida’s attorney general weighs in on Nicole Montalvo’s case amid dispute between Ayala, sheriff

in St. Cloud News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

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Florida’s attorney general weighs in on Nicole Montalvo’s case amid dispute between Ayala, sheriff

Neither suspects formally charged with murder

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Florida’s attorney general shared her opinion on the prosecution of a case involving a missing St. Cloud mother who was later found dead, saying that the apparent feud between the Osceola County sheriff and the local state attorney could result in a “miscarriage of justice.”

The letter from Attorney General Ashley Moody comes hours after Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s news conference Friday afternoon during which she said that Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson should have waited to make arrests in connection with 33-year-old Nicole Montalvo’s death until the investigation was complete.

“You and your office can review that press conference in its entirety, but it is safe to say that the dispute between Sheriff Gibson and State Attorney Ayala is now public, personal, and appears to be acrimonious. Such acrimony is not conducive to the administration of fair and effective justice,” Moody wrote in a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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