Mark Gokavi

Mark Gokavi is a reporter for the Dayton Daily News covering Courts and public safety.

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Jury sides with Montgomery County in jail mattress civil rights case
 UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: A federal jury decided Tuesday that Montgomery County did not violate David O. Cooper’s 14th amendment rights when it didn’t provide a mattress for parts of his 2012 stay in the county jail. The jury of six men and two women deliberated for about an hour before reaching its verdict in Dayton’s U.S. District...

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UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: A federal jury decided Tuesday that Montgomery County did not violate David O. Cooper’s 14th amendment rights when it didn’t provide a mattress for parts of his 2012 stay in the county jail. The jury of six men and two women deliberated for about an hour before reaching its verdict in Dayton’s U.S. District...
Closing arguments Tuesday in Montgomery County Jail mattress lawsuit
 The civil lawsuit of a former Montgomery County Jail inmate who was denied a mattress could reach a federal jury Tuesday. Testimony wrapped up just after noon in David O. Cooper’s lawsuit against Montgomery County in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. RELATED: Inmate slept on toilet; jail staff hoped to protect him from himself U.S...

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The civil lawsuit of a former Montgomery County Jail inmate who was denied a mattress could reach a federal jury Tuesday. Testimony wrapped up just after noon in David O. Cooper’s lawsuit against Montgomery County in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. RELATED: Inmate slept on toilet; jail staff hoped to protect him from himself U.S...
Judge: Trench death lawsuit can move forward
 UPDATE 1 p.m. Jan. 23: The wrongful death lawsuit of a man who died in a Washington Twp. trench during construction of a home has been reactivated. Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Erik Blaine ruled Monday that the case involving the death of James Rogers can go forward without defendant Timothy Scott Dickey, who has filed for Chapter...

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UPDATE 1 p.m. Jan. 23: The wrongful death lawsuit of a man who died in a Washington Twp. trench during construction of a home has been reactivated. Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Erik Blaine ruled Monday that the case involving the death of James Rogers can go forward without defendant Timothy Scott Dickey, who has filed for Chapter...
Aggressive tactics from local drug agents are raising privacy concerns
 Some Montgomery County hotels where opioid trafficking is known to occur voluntarily provide guest lists to law enforcement agencies — tactics that have raised privacy concerns in other states. Court testimony obtained by this news organization reveals that some hotels voluntarily turn over guest registries that law enforcement use...

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Some Montgomery County hotels where opioid trafficking is known to occur voluntarily provide guest lists to law enforcement agencies — tactics that have raised privacy concerns in other states. Court testimony obtained by this news organization reveals that some hotels voluntarily turn over guest registries that law enforcement use...
Clark Co. lawsuit for jail death moves to federal court
 Mother of Springfield woman who died in Clark County Jail refiles lawsuit The mother of a Springfield woman who died of an overdose in the Clark County Jail has refiled her lawsuit against the county in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Kristy Marie Parker, 32, died Jan. 20, 2016 from an overdose of drugs brought into the facility by another...

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Mother of Springfield woman who died in Clark County Jail refiles lawsuit The mother of a Springfield woman who died of an overdose in the Clark County Jail has refiled her lawsuit against the county in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Kristy Marie Parker, 32, died Jan. 20, 2016 from an overdose of drugs brought into the facility by another...
Lawsuit against Clark County for jail death moves to federal court
 The mother of a Springfield woman who died of an overdose in the Clark County Jail has refiled her lawsuit against the county in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Kristy Marie Parker, 32, died Jan. 20, 2016 from an overdose of drugs brought into the facility by another inmate. In March 2017, Marcia Galvan-Thompson was sentenced to five...

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The mother of a Springfield woman who died of an overdose in the Clark County Jail has refiled her lawsuit against the county in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Kristy Marie Parker, 32, died Jan. 20, 2016 from an overdose of drugs brought into the facility by another inmate. In March 2017, Marcia Galvan-Thompson was sentenced to five...
Judges: Good Samaritan closing adds to shortage of mental health care
 The closing of Dayton’s Good Samaritan Hospital will impact already under-served mental health patients, according to county judges who on Thursday celebrated the launch of a mental health specialty docket. RELATED: Good Samaritan final decision made night before announcement “It seems inescapable to me that when you close a major...

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The closing of Dayton’s Good Samaritan Hospital will impact already under-served mental health patients, according to county judges who on Thursday celebrated the launch of a mental health specialty docket. RELATED: Good Samaritan final decision made night before announcement “It seems inescapable to me that when you close a major...
Ohio Chief Justice helps kick off county’s mental health court docket
 County jails were never meant to be de facto mental institutions, but they have become them, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor said Thursday. O’Connor was the keynote speaker as the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court inaugurated its mental health docket — the fourth specialty court after drug treatment, veteran&rsquo...

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County jails were never meant to be de facto mental institutions, but they have become them, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor said Thursday. O’Connor was the keynote speaker as the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court inaugurated its mental health docket — the fourth specialty court after drug treatment, veteran&rsquo...
Trial date scheduled for alleged Trotwood shooter
 The trial for alleged Trotwood “active shooter” William D. Gibson has been tentatively scheduled for March 5. Gibson, 42, faces 10 counts of felonious assault on peace officers and 11 other counts for allegedly firing at police after calling 911 on Oct. 13, 2017 to say his wife accidentally shot herself. RELATED: Alleged Trotwood...

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The trial for alleged Trotwood “active shooter” William D. Gibson has been tentatively scheduled for March 5. Gibson, 42, faces 10 counts of felonious assault on peace officers and 11 other counts for allegedly firing at police after calling 911 on Oct. 13, 2017 to say his wife accidentally shot herself. RELATED: Alleged Trotwood...
Inmate slept on toilet; jail staff hoped to protect him from himself
 David Cooper wore only a gown as he slept sitting up on a toilet in a Montgomery County Jail cell visible from an area lighted and air conditioned 24 hours per day, according to statements made in court Wednesday. Cooper, 35, who was determined to be a suicide risk by jail personnel, slept without a blanket in that condition — or on...

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David Cooper wore only a gown as he slept sitting up on a toilet in a Montgomery County Jail cell visible from an area lighted and air conditioned 24 hours per day, according to statements made in court Wednesday. Cooper, 35, who was determined to be a suicide risk by jail personnel, slept without a blanket in that condition — or on...
Jury picked in federal jail mattress case; openings Wednesday
 An 8-person jury was selected Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to hear the civil rights trial of a former Montgomery County Jail inmate who was forced to sleep without a mattress or blanket for parts of his four-month stay. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday morning. Court documents show that both plaintiffs&rsquo...

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An 8-person jury was selected Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to hear the civil rights trial of a former Montgomery County Jail inmate who was forced to sleep without a mattress or blanket for parts of his four-month stay. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday morning. Court documents show that both plaintiffs&rsquo...