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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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WPAFB sex crime victim ‘thanks’ assailant; sentencing Dec. 27
 The victim of a December 2015 sexual assault at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base mockingly thanked Kyle Jordan during Thursday’s sentencing hearing. Jordan, 32, pleaded guilty 11 months ago in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to one count of sexual abuse for having sex with an unconscious woman he supervised at a Temporary Lodging...

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The victim of a December 2015 sexual assault at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base mockingly thanked Kyle Jordan during Thursday’s sentencing hearing. Jordan, 32, pleaded guilty 11 months ago in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to one count of sexual abuse for having sex with an unconscious woman he supervised at a Temporary Lodging...
Man accused of shooting at Trotwood officers withdraws insanity plea
 The man accused of shooting at police during a 2½-hour standoff in Trotwood in October has been ruled competent to stand trial and his attorney withdrew a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins said Wednesday that the forensic evaluations of William D. Gibson’s mental...

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The man accused of shooting at police during a 2½-hour standoff in Trotwood in October has been ruled competent to stand trial and his attorney withdrew a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins said Wednesday that the forensic evaluations of William D. Gibson’s mental...
Substitute teacher accused of sex with 2 students seeks insanity plea
 The Kettering Fairmont High School substitute teacher accused of having sexual contact with two students plans to submit motions to determine her competency and fitness to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Madeline Marx, 23, appeared Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Pending the motions being filed and a doctor...

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The Kettering Fairmont High School substitute teacher accused of having sexual contact with two students plans to submit motions to determine her competency and fitness to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Madeline Marx, 23, appeared Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Pending the motions being filed and a doctor...
Harem strip club defendant sentenced for drug trafficking, sex charges
 A 31-year-old Dayton woman who pleaded guilty to several felonies and two misdemeanors involving drug trafficking and sexual activity after a 9-month investigation of The Harem strip club was sentenced Tuesday to probation. Samantha Childers received up to five years’ community control sanctions after pleading guilty to cocaine and...

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A 31-year-old Dayton woman who pleaded guilty to several felonies and two misdemeanors involving drug trafficking and sexual activity after a 9-month investigation of The Harem strip club was sentenced Tuesday to probation. Samantha Childers received up to five years’ community control sanctions after pleading guilty to cocaine and...
Trotwood man accused of shooting at police in standoff pleads insanity
 The man accused of shooting at police during a 2½-hour standoff in Trotwood in October has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. William D. Gibson, 42, has a hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. The results of a forensic evaluation of Gibson’s mental condition may be revealed...

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The man accused of shooting at police during a 2½-hour standoff in Trotwood in October has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. William D. Gibson, 42, has a hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. The results of a forensic evaluation of Gibson’s mental condition may be revealed...
Dayton homicide rate falling, but not as fast as chief wants
 Dayton’s overall violent crime rate this year declined the most in a decade, but homicides still remain high, the city’s police chief said. “It’s very good news, generally speaking, in terms of increases in public safety,” Chief Richard Biehl said of the overall crime rate drop from 2016 to 2017. “It&rsquo...

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Dayton’s overall violent crime rate this year declined the most in a decade, but homicides still remain high, the city’s police chief said. “It’s very good news, generally speaking, in terms of increases in public safety,” Chief Richard Biehl said of the overall crime rate drop from 2016 to 2017. “It&rsquo...
Former jail sergeant alleges cover-up in interview
 A retired Montgomery County jail sergeant has revealed for the first time how video of a restrained inmate being pepper-sprayed in the jail was obtained by a local attorney, who posted it online and brought national attention to the incident. In an exclusive interview with the Dayton Daily News, Eric Banks said he and a fellow sergeant, Ransley...

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A retired Montgomery County jail sergeant has revealed for the first time how video of a restrained inmate being pepper-sprayed in the jail was obtained by a local attorney, who posted it online and brought national attention to the incident. In an exclusive interview with the Dayton Daily News, Eric Banks said he and a fellow sergeant, Ransley...
Prosecutor: Sex offender should move away from daycare
 Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. filed a civil action to make registered sex offender Christopher M. Hannah move from his Troy Street address because it is within 1,000 feet of a child care facility or school. Heck’s complaint in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court says Hannah’s apartment at 225 Troy St. is too close...

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Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. filed a civil action to make registered sex offender Christopher M. Hannah move from his Troy Street address because it is within 1,000 feet of a child care facility or school. Heck’s complaint in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court says Hannah’s apartment at 225 Troy St. is too close...
Former jail sergeant alleges cover-up of pepper-spray incident
 A retired Montgomery County jail sergeant has revealed for the first time how video of a restrained inmate being pepper-sprayed in the jail was obtained by a local attorney, who posted it online and brought national attention to the incident. In an exclusive interview with the Dayton Daily News, Eric Banks said he and a fellow sergeant...

Posted: 7 days ago

A retired Montgomery County jail sergeant has revealed for the first time how video of a restrained inmate being pepper-sprayed in the jail was obtained by a local attorney, who posted it online and brought national attention to the incident. In an exclusive interview with the Dayton Daily News, Eric Banks said he and a fellow sergeant...
Dayton hung jury foreman: 16 murder conviction votes were all 11-1
 The hung jury that led to a mistrial in the murder case of Dayton’s Deonte D. Snowden voted 16 times, according to the jury foreman. Jury foreman Mark Ewald thought the evidence and testimony made it a “cut-and-dried” case in favor of a guilty verdict, but he said one juror said they could not be “100 percent&rdquo...

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The hung jury that led to a mistrial in the murder case of Dayton’s Deonte D. Snowden voted 16 times, according to the jury foreman. Jury foreman Mark Ewald thought the evidence and testimony made it a “cut-and-dried” case in favor of a guilty verdict, but he said one juror said they could not be “100 percent&rdquo...
2 men arrested with enough drugs to kill 1 million people
 A federal indictment in Dayton alleges two men possessed 4.4 pounds of fentanyl — enough for a million fatal overdoses, according to a government agency website. Jose Alonso Rios, 35, and Jesus Olegario Vidal Portillo, 21, were indicted on conspiracy and possession of fentanyl. If convicted, it could mean prison sentences of 10 years...

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A federal indictment in Dayton alleges two men possessed 4.4 pounds of fentanyl — enough for a million fatal overdoses, according to a government agency website. Jose Alonso Rios, 35, and Jesus Olegario Vidal Portillo, 21, were indicted on conspiracy and possession of fentanyl. If convicted, it could mean prison sentences of 10 years...