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Mark Gokavi

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

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Players said they had heads shaved at UD football parties
 Numerous players on the 2014 University of Dayton football team told UD police that some players had their heads partially shaved and drank alcohol to excess at “Mad Caps” parties they were “encouraged” to attend by other team members, campus police records show. The parties on Dec. 7, 2014, are the subject of a civil...

Posted: a day ago

Numerous players on the 2014 University of Dayton football team told UD police that some players had their heads partially shaved and drank alcohol to excess at “Mad Caps” parties they were “encouraged” to attend by other team members, campus police records show. The parties on Dec. 7, 2014, are the subject of a civil...
Judge tosses alleged Ponzi victims’ lawsuit against PNC
 A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by some of William Apostelos’ alleged Ponzi victims against PNC Bank in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose granted the motion of PNC to dismiss the class action suit that alleged PNC Bank missed red flags that Apostelos used his accounts in a suspicious...

Posted: 2 days ago

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by some of William Apostelos’ alleged Ponzi victims against PNC Bank in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose granted the motion of PNC to dismiss the class action suit that alleged PNC Bank missed red flags that Apostelos used his accounts in a suspicious...
Springboro Ponzi scheme defendants could plead
 The Springboro couple accused of bilking investors out of tens of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme is scheduled to be in court Friday, a hearing that could result in a plea deal, according to federal court sources. William and Connie Apostelos are scheduled for a final pretrial hearing in front of U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Springboro couple accused of bilking investors out of tens of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme is scheduled to be in court Friday, a hearing that could result in a plea deal, according to federal court sources. William and Connie Apostelos are scheduled for a final pretrial hearing in front of U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose...
Jury convicts man in 2015 double-shooting that left 1 dead
 UPDATE @ 5:39 p.m. (Jan. 17): A jury convicted George Dewberry Sr. of aggravated murder with gun specifications in the Aug. 20, 2015 killing a 27-year-old West Carrollton man and the wounding of a woman. Sentenced is scheduled for Feb. 1. The Montgomery County Common Pleas jury deliberated for about four hours Tuesday afternoon...

Posted: 7 days ago

UPDATE @ 5:39 p.m. (Jan. 17): A jury convicted George Dewberry Sr. of aggravated murder with gun specifications in the Aug. 20, 2015 killing a 27-year-old West Carrollton man and the wounding of a woman. Sentenced is scheduled for Feb. 1. The Montgomery County Common Pleas jury deliberated for about four hours Tuesday afternoon...
Extortion charge for Montgomery County corrections officer
 A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer accused of providing a jail inmate with a cell phone has been federally charged with attempted extortion under color of official right, according to an unsealed court document. Michael Rose Jr., 29, is charged by bill of information with one count in Dayton’s U.S. District...

Posted: 7 days ago

A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer accused of providing a jail inmate with a cell phone has been federally charged with attempted extortion under color of official right, according to an unsealed court document. Michael Rose Jr., 29, is charged by bill of information with one count in Dayton’s U.S. District...
University of Dayton asks judge to dismiss lawsuit alleging hazing
 Attorneys for the University of Dayton deny hazing took place in answer to a lawsuit filed by a former football player at the school and have asked a judge to dismiss the case. The former athlete, Max Engelhart, filed suit last month in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, claiming he was forced to chug high-alcohol drinks as part of a &ldquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Attorneys for the University of Dayton deny hazing took place in answer to a lawsuit filed by a former football player at the school and have asked a judge to dismiss the case. The former athlete, Max Engelhart, filed suit last month in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, claiming he was forced to chug high-alcohol drinks as part of a &ldquo...
UD asks judge to dismiss football ‘hazing’ lawsuit
 University of Dayton attorneys have asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit brought against the school by a former football player who claims hazing left him with a cognitive brain injury. Max Engelhart filed suit last month in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, claiming he was forced to chug high-alcohol drinks as part of a “Mad Dogs&rdquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

University of Dayton attorneys have asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit brought against the school by a former football player who claims hazing left him with a cognitive brain injury. Max Engelhart filed suit last month in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, claiming he was forced to chug high-alcohol drinks as part of a “Mad Dogs&rdquo...
Dayton man admits guilt in ‘toe-tag’ fentanyl case
 The second of two Dayton men accused of distributing “toe-tag” fentanyl that killed two people in May 2015 pleaded guilty in federal court. Antonio J. Spiva, 25, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the death of Paul McElfresh, 33, and Jason Robinson, 38. Spiva...

Posted: 10 days ago

The second of two Dayton men accused of distributing “toe-tag” fentanyl that killed two people in May 2015 pleaded guilty in federal court. Antonio J. Spiva, 25, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the death of Paul McElfresh, 33, and Jason Robinson, 38. Spiva...
Homeless veteran beaten into coma in jail, lawsuit alleges
 A homeless veteran was beaten in Montgomery County Jail so severely that he was in a coma for two months and is now cognitively disabled, wheelchair bound and lives in a nursing facility, according to a lawsuit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Joseph Guglielmo, 59, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Montgomery County...

Posted: 10 days ago

A homeless veteran was beaten in Montgomery County Jail so severely that he was in a coma for two months and is now cognitively disabled, wheelchair bound and lives in a nursing facility, according to a lawsuit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Joseph Guglielmo, 59, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Montgomery County...
Testimony wraps in Dayton court challenge to Ohio execution protocol

Posted: 11 days ago

Testimony finished Monday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court in the preliminary injunction hearing brought by attorneys representing three Ohio death-row inmates who are challenging Ohio’s new three-drug execution method. Closing arguments in front of U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Michael Merz highlighted the sides’...
WSU opposes ‘John Doe’ status in hazing lawsuit, alleges slurs
 Wright State University objects to a former men’s tennis player continuing as a “John Doe” in a federal lawsuit claiming a lack of due process when the student was expelled. The lawsuit in Dayton’s U.S. District Court is the second in which former tennis players removed from school after an allegation of hazing are...

Posted: 11 days ago

Wright State University objects to a former men’s tennis player continuing as a “John Doe” in a federal lawsuit claiming a lack of due process when the student was expelled. The lawsuit in Dayton’s U.S. District Court is the second in which former tennis players removed from school after an allegation of hazing are...