Mark Gokavi

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

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Second murder trial begins in October 2016 shooting
 The murder trial of Curtis McShann began today in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. McShann, 30, faces 24 counts — including four for murder — for the Oct. 25, 2016, shooting death of Brandon Lanier, 27, on Riverside Drive in Dayton. RELATED: McShann arraigned in fatal shooting Jamarko Walker, 22, was sentenced in late July...

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The murder trial of Curtis McShann began today in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. McShann, 30, faces 24 counts — including four for murder — for the Oct. 25, 2016, shooting death of Brandon Lanier, 27, on Riverside Drive in Dayton. RELATED: McShann arraigned in fatal shooting Jamarko Walker, 22, was sentenced in late July...
Kettering man must pay child porn victim $5,000 and serve 11 years
 A 71-year-old Kettering man was sentenced Friday to 11 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to one of the victims shown in his child pornography collection of tens of thousands of pictures and videos. RELATED: Two area men convicted on child pornography charges James Gaver also was ordered to get sex offender treatment...

Posted: 3 days ago

A 71-year-old Kettering man was sentenced Friday to 11 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to one of the victims shown in his child pornography collection of tens of thousands of pictures and videos. RELATED: Two area men convicted on child pornography charges James Gaver also was ordered to get sex offender treatment...
Federal judge dismisses antitrust case against Premier Health
 A federal judge recently dismissed a 5½-year-old antitrust lawsuit against Premier Health brought by the Medical Center at Elizabeth Place. The suit filed in February 2012 in Dayton’s U.S. District Court claimed that southwest Ohio’s largest hospital network and others colluded by “coercing, compelling or co-opting...

Posted: 3 days ago

A federal judge recently dismissed a 5½-year-old antitrust lawsuit against Premier Health brought by the Medical Center at Elizabeth Place. The suit filed in February 2012 in Dayton’s U.S. District Court claimed that southwest Ohio’s largest hospital network and others colluded by “coercing, compelling or co-opting...
Panzeca Home
There was no activity Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, around Amy Panzeca's home in the first block of Christman Drive in the Settlers Walk neighborhood of Springboro. The home was raided May 19, 2017, by the Warren County Drug Task Force.

Posted: 4 days ago

There was no activity Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, around Amy Panzeca's home in the first block of Christman Drive in the Settlers Walk neighborhood of Springboro. The home was raided May 19, 2017, by the Warren County Drug Task Force.
County to pay $375k in jail pepper-spray lawsuit
 Montgomery County officials have agreed to pay $375,000 to settle a federal civil lawsuit brought by a woman who was pepper-sprayed by a corrections officer while strapped into a restraint chair at the Montgomery County jail, according to Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck. Heck disclosed the dollar amount of the settlement, but said other...

Posted: 4 days ago

Montgomery County officials have agreed to pay $375,000 to settle a federal civil lawsuit brought by a woman who was pepper-sprayed by a corrections officer while strapped into a restraint chair at the Montgomery County jail, according to Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck. Heck disclosed the dollar amount of the settlement, but said other...
Signature issue: Attorney questions legality of grand juror’s autograph
 The defense attorney of a woman indicted for involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend is challenging the validity of the grand jury foreman’s signature, according to a motion filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Judge Dennis Langer ruled Thursday that a hearing on defense’s motion to dismiss the indictment...

Posted: 4 days ago

The defense attorney of a woman indicted for involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend is challenging the validity of the grand jury foreman’s signature, according to a motion filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Judge Dennis Langer ruled Thursday that a hearing on defense’s motion to dismiss the indictment...
County reaches $375K settlement with pepper-sprayed inmate
 UPDATED@3:19 p.m.: The settlement in the Amber Swink civil lawsuit against Montgomery County was settled for $375,000, according to Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. EARLIER: A woman who was pepper sprayed by a corrections officer while strapped into a restraint chair at the Montgomery County jail has settled her lawsuit against the...

Posted: 4 days ago

UPDATED@3:19 p.m.: The settlement in the Amber Swink civil lawsuit against Montgomery County was settled for $375,000, according to Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. EARLIER: A woman who was pepper sprayed by a corrections officer while strapped into a restraint chair at the Montgomery County jail has settled her lawsuit against the...
DEA used GPS tracker to arrest local suspected drug trafficker
 A Drug Enforcement Agency sting led to the arrest of a local man suspected of being part of a large drug trafficking organization for nearly 20 years. The man — who was once sentenced to six years for conspiracy to commit murder in Greene County — faces up to life in prison if he’s convicted of the crimes he’s indicted...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Drug Enforcement Agency sting led to the arrest of a local man suspected of being part of a large drug trafficking organization for nearly 20 years. The man — who was once sentenced to six years for conspiracy to commit murder in Greene County — faces up to life in prison if he’s convicted of the crimes he’s indicted...
Court records show Riverside homicide suspect has history of mental, criminal problems
 The man police are searching for in the shooting death of Robert Caldwell in Riverside has a history of mental illness and addictions and was subject to an arrest warrant issued Aug. 3 for a probation violation, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court documents. The suspect in the Aug. 15 shooting is Sterling H. Roberts, according...

Posted: 5 days ago

The man police are searching for in the shooting death of Robert Caldwell in Riverside has a history of mental illness and addictions and was subject to an arrest warrant issued Aug. 3 for a probation violation, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court documents. The suspect in the Aug. 15 shooting is Sterling H. Roberts, according...
NEW DETAILS: Springboro teacher drug case built on info from traffic stops
 The case against Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca and her 15-year-old son was built by police stopping cars that had been to their Settlers Walk home, according to court documents. The earliest such stop mentioned in the search warrant affidavit was an April 1, 2017 incident in which a driver of a vehicle admitted buying 10 hits of suspected...

Posted: 5 days ago

The case against Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca and her 15-year-old son was built by police stopping cars that had been to their Settlers Walk home, according to court documents. The earliest such stop mentioned in the search warrant affidavit was an April 1, 2017 incident in which a driver of a vehicle admitted buying 10 hits of suspected...
Springboro elementary teacher, 15-year-old son face drug charges
 For months, residents in Springboro’s Settlers Walk neighborhood complained about high school-age children stopping by a residence in the first block of Christman Dr. Those complaints led to a May search warrant and seizure in which marijuana, LSD and other items were taken from the home of Springboro fifth-grade teacher Amy Panzeca...

Posted: 6 days ago

For months, residents in Springboro’s Settlers Walk neighborhood complained about high school-age children stopping by a residence in the first block of Christman Dr. Those complaints led to a May search warrant and seizure in which marijuana, LSD and other items were taken from the home of Springboro fifth-grade teacher Amy Panzeca...