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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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County settles suit brought by heroin addict, father who died in jail
 Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody...

Posted: a day ago

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody...
Jail cameras capture some drama, few details
 *** Montgomery County jail corrections officers are required to document every time they use force on an inmate, such as pepper spraying or forcing them to the ground. Montgomery County records say from mid-2015 to mid-2016 such incidents averaged 15 times per month. “The Sheriff’s Office policy is that its personnel will use...

Posted: a day ago

*** Montgomery County jail corrections officers are required to document every time they use force on an inmate, such as pepper spraying or forcing them to the ground. Montgomery County records say from mid-2015 to mid-2016 such incidents averaged 15 times per month. “The Sheriff’s Office policy is that its personnel will use...
Officer who sheriff tried to charge for jail assault claims unfairness
 *** As Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer faces mounting lawsuits alleging mistreatment of inmates at the county jail — spurring county commissioners to request a federal review — he said his office has presented criminal charges to the prosecutors against one of his own. That Sept. 28, 2015, incident — which is captured...

Posted: a day ago

*** As Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer faces mounting lawsuits alleging mistreatment of inmates at the county jail — spurring county commissioners to request a federal review — he said his office has presented criminal charges to the prosecutors against one of his own. That Sept. 28, 2015, incident — which is captured...
More oversight sought for area jails
 Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody...

Posted: a day ago

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody...
Officers spit on, attacked in jails bursting with mentally ill
 *** As his department faces criticism over mounting lawsuits alleging mistreatment of inmates at the county jail, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer says he needs more resources to deal with drug addicts and the mentally ill. Plummer says the eight lawsuits his department faces, some of them years old, is a small number considering the...

Posted: a day ago

*** As his department faces criticism over mounting lawsuits alleging mistreatment of inmates at the county jail, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer says he needs more resources to deal with drug addicts and the mentally ill. Plummer says the eight lawsuits his department faces, some of them years old, is a small number considering the...
Lawsuits allege deadly neglect of inmates in Butler, Warren counties
 Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody...

Posted: a day ago

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody...
15 lawsuits allege mistreatment of inmates at area jails
 Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody...

Posted: a day ago

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody...
Attorney: ‘No rationalization’ for not watching suicidal inmate in jail
 Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody...

Posted: a day ago

Editor’s note: An I-Team investigation found more than a dozen lawsuits against area jails claiming inmates were beaten, raped, medically neglected or killed in jail. In addition to possibly costing taxpayers dearly, advocates for inmates say these cases suggest a failure of the system to protect vulnerable people in public custody...
Lawsuit: Man hospitalized after Butler County Jail failed to provide diabetes meds
 *** A Fairfield Twp. man is suing the Butler County Sheriff’s Office alleging he suffered hallucinations and went into intensive care after corrections officers failed to provide his diabetes medication while he was at the county jail. Arthur Freimuth was arrested March 24, 2015 on domestic violence charges. His lawsuit alleges he and...

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*** A Fairfield Twp. man is suing the Butler County Sheriff’s Office alleging he suffered hallucinations and went into intensive care after corrections officers failed to provide his diabetes medication while he was at the county jail. Arthur Freimuth was arrested March 24, 2015 on domestic violence charges. His lawsuit alleges he and...
Deputy’s wife lost 3 teeth in domestic violence incident
 A Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy was allegedly intoxicated Tuesday evening when he fought with his step-daughters and wife, who lost three teeth during the incident. Deputy Douglas C. Gearhart, 43, was arrested by Warren County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with two counts of domestic violence. A charge of felonious assault...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy was allegedly intoxicated Tuesday evening when he fought with his step-daughters and wife, who lost three teeth during the incident. Deputy Douglas C. Gearhart, 43, was arrested by Warren County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with two counts of domestic violence. A charge of felonious assault...
Tension grows between Montgomery Co. commissioners, sheriff
 The Montgomery County commission and the county sheriff have clashed in past years over his budget, but the friction has escalated since commissioners requested a federal investigation into potential misconduct and civil rights violations at the county jail. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer accused commissioners of political chicanery...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Montgomery County commission and the county sheriff have clashed in past years over his budget, but the friction has escalated since commissioners requested a federal investigation into potential misconduct and civil rights violations at the county jail. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer accused commissioners of political chicanery...