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Articles by Neal Putnam

Mike Montana, an El Cajon house painter, was ordered June 3 to stand trial for pre-meditated attempted murder of KFMB-TV (Channel 8) sportscaster Kyle Kraska who was shot six times Feb. 10 following a dispute with Montana over his work.

Kraska, 48, who initially was in a 6-day medically induced coma after the Feb. 10 shootings, was the star witness in the 2-day preliminary hearing of Montana, 54. Kraska is back on the air at CBS.


 U.S. Border Patrol supervisor from El Cajon pleaded guilty May 14 to making a false statement to a federal agent and seven misdemeanor counts of video voyeurism in which he placed a camera in the drain of a women’s bathroom at a building inside the Chula Vista Border Patrol station.

Three executives of a La Mesa real estate company and the firm who pleaded guilty to failure to pay for workers’ compensation insurance and unemployment taxes following the death of a worker in 2013 in a tree-trimming accident were sentenced March 26 to probation.

The owner of Three Frogs Inc. paid $290,000 into a trust for the infant son of the deceased worker, Joshua Pudsey, 42, of Lakeside. Pudsey died accidently when a large eucalyptus tree branch hit him on Nov. 12, 2013, at a La Mesa home.

Jillian Hanson-Cox will start her 30-month federal prison term on Jan. 14 after a judge sentenced the former El Cajon council member Monday for embezzling $3.6 million from her former employer Century Design Inc. (CDI).

Hanson-Cox, 53, was allowed to remain free on a $100,000 bond over the Christmas holiday by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Anello in San Diego. She resigned from the El Cajon City Council on March 5, a week after her home and former office searched by the FBI.