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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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Multiple agencies probe jail pepper-spraying, grand juries convene
 Up to four agencies are investigating the 2015 pepper spraying of Amber Swink in a seven-point restraint chair by then Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Judith Sealey, court documents confirmed. Now, attorneys defending against Swink’s federal civil lawsuit told a judge they would face an “impossible decision&rdquo...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Up to four agencies are investigating the 2015 pepper spraying of Amber Swink in a seven-point restraint chair by then Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Judith Sealey, court documents confirmed. Now, attorneys defending against Swink’s federal civil lawsuit told a judge they would face an “impossible decision&rdquo...
Anatomy of a scam: How a crime-fighting office became a crime victim
 For more than four years, David Bruns was regularly stealing from his employer, funneling money into a house-flipping business and spending the rest on guns, hunting gear, a TV set and frequent lunches. He hid it from other employees in the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office where he worked, and even from his wife Julie, who is an...

Posted: 2 days ago

For more than four years, David Bruns was regularly stealing from his employer, funneling money into a house-flipping business and spending the rest on guns, hunting gear, a TV set and frequent lunches. He hid it from other employees in the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office where he worked, and even from his wife Julie, who is an...
Fearing charges, county attorneys want delay in pepper-spray lawsuit
 Montgomery County attorneys have asked a federal judge to push back discovery in the Amber Swink pepper-spraying lawsuit because they would face an “impossible decision” between cooperating with either criminal or civil proceedings. A motion filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court indicates county attorneys fear Montgomery...

Posted: 2 days ago

Montgomery County attorneys have asked a federal judge to push back discovery in the Amber Swink pepper-spraying lawsuit because they would face an “impossible decision” between cooperating with either criminal or civil proceedings. A motion filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court indicates county attorneys fear Montgomery...
Dayton birthday murder trial ends with manslaughter plea
 Nina Davis’ murder trial ended Thursday morning when she plead to lesser charges that will limit her prison sentence to six to 14 years. Davis, 35, pleaded guilty by bill of information to one count of involuntary manslaughter with a three-year gun specification. In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped charges of murder...

Posted: 3 days ago

Nina Davis’ murder trial ended Thursday morning when she plead to lesser charges that will limit her prison sentence to six to 14 years. Davis, 35, pleaded guilty by bill of information to one count of involuntary manslaughter with a three-year gun specification. In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped charges of murder...
Harrison Twp. woman charged with shooting fiancé appears in court
 HARRISON TWP. — A woman charged with reckless homicide for shooting and killing he fiance Tuesday night made her first court appearance Friday.    The victim, 32-year-old Peter Underwood, lived in the home on Claggett Drive where the shooting occurred
Jessica L. Grieco, 33, told a 911 dispatcher she accidentally shot...

Posted: 4 days ago

HARRISON TWP. — A woman charged with reckless homicide for shooting and killing he fiance Tuesday night made her first court appearance Friday.    The victim, 32-year-old Peter Underwood, lived in the home on Claggett Drive where the shooting occurred Jessica L. Grieco, 33, told a 911 dispatcher she accidentally shot...
Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office investigated own employee’s theft
 Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck’s office conducted the investigation into one of his own employees stealing nearly $90,000 from the county, according to investigative records obtained by the I-Team. That employee, David Bruns, is currently serving four months in Montgomery County jail after pleading guilty to theft and tampering...

Posted: 4 days ago

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck’s office conducted the investigation into one of his own employees stealing nearly $90,000 from the county, according to investigative records obtained by the I-Team. That employee, David Bruns, is currently serving four months in Montgomery County jail after pleading guilty to theft and tampering...
Oversight committee picked to monitor Montgomery County Jail
 An independent committee has been selected to oversee and address issues at the Montgomery County Jail, which faces a series of civil lawsuits by former inmates claiming mistreatment. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and local and state elected leaders have picked nine people to serve on the Justice Committee, which is expected to meet...

Posted: 4 days ago

An independent committee has been selected to oversee and address issues at the Montgomery County Jail, which faces a series of civil lawsuits by former inmates claiming mistreatment. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and local and state elected leaders have picked nine people to serve on the Justice Committee, which is expected to meet...
Heroin, $300K in cash seized in Dayton
 A 20-year-old man is being held in Montgomery County Jail on federal charges after task force members found $300,000 and heroin in his car, according to a complaint filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Josue Amaya-Salazar faces charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and aiding and abetting attempted international...

Posted: 4 days ago

A 20-year-old man is being held in Montgomery County Jail on federal charges after task force members found $300,000 and heroin in his car, according to a complaint filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Josue Amaya-Salazar faces charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and aiding and abetting attempted international...
Bond set at $1 million for alleged accomplice in babysitter’s homicide
 The woman accused of allegedly helping Chuckie Lee kill Taylor Brandenburg outside a Huffman Avenue residence in Dayton had her bond set at $1 million on Tuesday. In the same afternoon, Kara Parisi-King’s mother and stepfather were given bonds of $25,000 each. Keith Hankins, 40, and Krista Hankins, 47, were arraigned on charges of obstructing...

Posted: 5 days ago

The woman accused of allegedly helping Chuckie Lee kill Taylor Brandenburg outside a Huffman Avenue residence in Dayton had her bond set at $1 million on Tuesday. In the same afternoon, Kara Parisi-King’s mother and stepfather were given bonds of $25,000 each. Keith Hankins, 40, and Krista Hankins, 47, were arraigned on charges of obstructing...
Woman’s murder trial in Dayton ends with plea deal struck
 UPDATE @ 9:19 a.m. (March 23) Nina Davis’ murder trial ended Thursday morning when her attorney and prosecutors struck a plea deal which will limit her prison time from six to 14 years. Davis, 35, pleaded guilty by bill of information to one count of involuntary manslaughter with a three-year gun specification. In exchange for her guilty...

Posted: 5 days ago

UPDATE @ 9:19 a.m. (March 23) Nina Davis’ murder trial ended Thursday morning when her attorney and prosecutors struck a plea deal which will limit her prison time from six to 14 years. Davis, 35, pleaded guilty by bill of information to one count of involuntary manslaughter with a three-year gun specification. In exchange for her guilty...
Centerville man imported Dutch ecstasy, Homeland Security agent says
 A Centerville man has been criminally accused of importing the drug ecstasy mailed from the Netherlands, according to documents filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. In April 2016, Austin K. Alig signed for vacuum-packed DVDs that contained more than 100 grams of MDMA/Ecstasy, according a complaint written by a special agent from Homeland...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Centerville man has been criminally accused of importing the drug ecstasy mailed from the Netherlands, according to documents filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. In April 2016, Austin K. Alig signed for vacuum-packed DVDs that contained more than 100 grams of MDMA/Ecstasy, according a complaint written by a special agent from Homeland...