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Articles by Neal Putnam

The drunk driver who caused the death of a Spring Valley man was sentenced May 17 to six years in state prison.

David Armando Olvera, 30, said nothing in court before he was sentenced for causing the death of Gregory Scott, 40, who was killed June 17, 2017. 

 A Spring Valley man who smuggled multiple narcotics while driving his truck through a border checkpoint has been sentenced to 50 months in federal prison.

Oscar Vasquez-Alamilla, 36, will receive credits of eight months spent in jail since his Sept. 26, 2017 arrest at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed some anomalies in a spare tire in his Ford F-150 and found five packages inside it, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

A Lakeside man was ordered May 1 to stand trial for second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the death of a man crossing an El Cajon street.

Joshua Colby Ness, 32, will stand trial Oct. 23 in the Oct. 10, 2017, death of Michael O’Rourke, 60, who was struck in the 300 block of North Second Street near Madison Avenue around 10 p.m.

Ness pleaded not guilty immediately after the preliminary hearing, which was heard by El Cajon Superior Court Judge Evan Kirvin. He was also ordered to stand trial for hit and run and DUI.

An El Cajon Superior Court jury convicted a man on April 26 of first-degree murder in the 2007 slaying of an acquaintance in Spring Valley.

Deputy District Attorney Kristie Nikoletich said Marlin Lattereal Royal, 44, faces a state prison term of 50 years to life in prison for killing Idris “Rashad” Jones, 29.

The sheriff’s department received a 911 call at 10:28 p.m. on May 7, 2007 of a body on the side of the road in the 2300 block of Millar Rancho Road in Spring Valley.

A Lakeside man was indicted April 11 by a federal grand jury for selling fentanyl to a La Mesa woman who died in an overdose.

Uriah Odish, 28, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court for knowingly distributing fentanyl, which resulted in the death of a 25-year-old woman who was only identified in court documents as T.H.

“There is a raging opioid epidemic in this country, and we want dealers to be on note: every time we have an overdose death, we are going to come looking for you,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman.

Bail of $2 million has been set for a Dulzura man who is accused of putting a deadly chemical in his wife’s food in order to kill her.

Extremely high levels of thallium were found in the system of Brigida Uto, 28, when she was hospitalized in March. Thallium is a heavy metal similar to mercury and lead, and has been used in rat poison before it was banned in the U.S.

An Alpine mother who pleaded guilty to child endangerment in the death of her 18-month-old daughter was sentenced, Mar. 27, to four years in state prison.

The sentence for Lillie Golden Brown, 22, was a bit of a surprise, considering she earlier had a plea agreement that called for up to a 1-year jail term with probation.

An El Cajon drunk driver pleaded guilty Mar. 20 to gross vehicular manslaughter in the death of her passenger, David Sarabia-Lopez, who was also her boyfriend.

Tania Molinar, 22, also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury to another driver, James Dodson, whose pick-up was torn in half in the horrific crash in El Cajon.

An April 4 preliminary hearing has been set for two people who are charged with murder and accessory in the Dec. 28, 2017, slaying of Candido D. Aragon, Jr., 21, of Spring Valley.

Aragon was found mortally wounded Dec. 27 at the intersection of Concepcion Avenue and San Francisco Street in Spring Valley at 6:52 p.m., according to the sheriff’s department.

A La Mesa man was ordered March 7 to stand trial for murder in the cold case homicide of a 19-year-old man who was stabbed to death in 2005.

Police witnesses identified Anthony Raymond Rivers, 31, as a gang member in the April 10, 2005 slaying of Luis Vasquez in National City.