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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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Brother guilty in fatal church shooting sentenced to life in prison
 Daniel Schooler was sentenced to 31 years to life in prison by Judge Steven Dankof. Schooler was sentenced without him being present after the judge said Schooler was “wallowing in his own fecal material” prior to scheduled sentencing this morning. The man convicted of murder in the death of his brother inside a Dayton church...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Daniel Schooler was sentenced to 31 years to life in prison by Judge Steven Dankof. Schooler was sentenced without him being present after the judge said Schooler was “wallowing in his own fecal material” prior to scheduled sentencing this morning. The man convicted of murder in the death of his brother inside a Dayton church...
NEW DETAILS: Harrison Twp. man faces charges of sex acts with teen
 A 64-year-old Harrison Twp. man faces federal charges related to alleged sex crimes against a 14-year-old girl, including taking her across state lines to have sex in his semi truck. William H. Sparks allegedly gave the girl two glasses of Sangria and directed her to perform a sex act on him after she went to a bedroom to watch cartoons,...

Posted: a day ago

A 64-year-old Harrison Twp. man faces federal charges related to alleged sex crimes against a 14-year-old girl, including taking her across state lines to have sex in his semi truck. William H. Sparks allegedly gave the girl two glasses of Sangria and directed her to perform a sex act on him after she went to a bedroom to watch cartoons,...
Drugs in the mail: Dangerous synthetic opioids ‘raised the stakes’
 Fentanyl is mailed to Dayton. Meth is shipped to Trotwood. Cash is sent from Dayton to California. Recent federal court search warrant affidavits filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court detail the continual efforts to move drugs and money through the U.S. Postal Service. But the rise in dangerous synthetic drugs has “raised the...

Posted: 4 days ago

Fentanyl is mailed to Dayton. Meth is shipped to Trotwood. Cash is sent from Dayton to California. Recent federal court search warrant affidavits filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court detail the continual efforts to move drugs and money through the U.S. Postal Service. But the rise in dangerous synthetic drugs has “raised the...
Task force seizes $300K of cocaine and $230K in cash, arrests 2
 The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force seized three kilos of cocaine, more than $230,000 and arrested two Texas men accused of smuggling drugs across several states. A joint press release Friday from Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine estimated the street value of the cocaine at $300,000. MORE...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force seized three kilos of cocaine, more than $230,000 and arrested two Texas men accused of smuggling drugs across several states. A joint press release Friday from Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine estimated the street value of the cocaine at $300,000. MORE...
26 pounds of crystal meth seized by troopers on I-70
 A 39-year-old man and 20-year-old woman face a federal charge of attempting to distribute methamphetamine after they were found Wednesday morning with 26 pounds of crystal meth in their car, according to court documents. Dennis Olinger and Haley Nicole Bigelow were charged in Dayton’s U.S. District Court after a U.S. Drug Enforcement...

Posted: 6 days ago

A 39-year-old man and 20-year-old woman face a federal charge of attempting to distribute methamphetamine after they were found Wednesday morning with 26 pounds of crystal meth in their car, according to court documents. Dennis Olinger and Haley Nicole Bigelow were charged in Dayton’s U.S. District Court after a U.S. Drug Enforcement...
Butler Twp. couple sues neighbors over barking dogs
 Good fences may make good neighbors, but alleged yappy dogs do not. A Butler Twp. couple has sued their neighbors because the neighbors’ dogs “habitually bark and make excessive noise.” Dr. Scott and Paula Wilcher sued Matthew and Nicole Pohl in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court and have asked for more than $125,000 in...

Posted: 7 days ago

Good fences may make good neighbors, but alleged yappy dogs do not. A Butler Twp. couple has sued their neighbors because the neighbors’ dogs “habitually bark and make excessive noise.” Dr. Scott and Paula Wilcher sued Matthew and Nicole Pohl in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court and have asked for more than $125,000 in...
Coroner’s office ID’s woman found shot in Dayton alley
 A 39-year-old Huber Heights woman was found shot to death early Wednesday in an alley behind West Norman Avenue in Dayton, police said.  Jasmine Wadsworth died of multiple gunshot wounds in what was ruled a homicide, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.  Dayton police said they were dispatched to 24 W. Norman Ave...

Posted: 7 days ago

A 39-year-old Huber Heights woman was found shot to death early Wednesday in an alley behind West Norman Avenue in Dayton, police said.  Jasmine Wadsworth died of multiple gunshot wounds in what was ruled a homicide, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.  Dayton police said they were dispatched to 24 W. Norman Ave...
Police: ‘Planned fight’ leads to 7 shot, stabbed 
 Seven people suffered gunshot or stab wounds early Wednesday during a “planned fight” on a basketball court near Kemp Elementary School in Dayton. Officers found three female victims in the 1900 block of Gondert Avenue
One female was shot, one was stabbed; a third was shot and stabbed
Four more victims with gunshot, stab...

Posted: 7 days ago

Seven people suffered gunshot or stab wounds early Wednesday during a “planned fight” on a basketball court near Kemp Elementary School in Dayton. Officers found three female victims in the 1900 block of Gondert Avenue One female was shot, one was stabbed; a third was shot and stabbed Four more victims with gunshot, stab...
Dayton teen overdose victim remembered as protector, organ donor
 Even though 13-year-old Nathan Wylie died April 1 of a suspected drug overdose, according to a new coroner’s report, his aunt on Tuesday still was in shock, grieving and trying to absorb the situation. Penny Jo Bilbrey knows prosecutors are considering criminal charges against her brother, Robert Wylie, who was named by a co-worker...

Posted: 7 days ago

Even though 13-year-old Nathan Wylie died April 1 of a suspected drug overdose, according to a new coroner’s report, his aunt on Tuesday still was in shock, grieving and trying to absorb the situation. Penny Jo Bilbrey knows prosecutors are considering criminal charges against her brother, Robert Wylie, who was named by a co-worker...
Death of 13-year-old who OD’d ruled accidental
 Nathan Wylie died of an “anoxic brain injury” due to suspected drug intoxication and the cause was accidental, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.   The 13-year-old died April 1 of a suspected opioid overdose a few days earlier after his father’s co-worker told police the boy got...

Posted: 8 days ago

Nathan Wylie died of an “anoxic brain injury” due to suspected drug intoxication and the cause was accidental, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.   The 13-year-old died April 1 of a suspected opioid overdose a few days earlier after his father’s co-worker told police the boy got...
Police still plan to present pepper-spray case to Dayton prosecutors
 Nearly seven weeks after a Montgomery County grand jury declined felony assault charges against Sheriff’s Office Capt. Judith Sealey for pepper spraying a restrained female jail inmate, Dayton police still plan to present the case to Dayton city prosecutors for consideration of misdemeanor charges. Sealey, then a sergeant, pepper-sprayed...

Posted: 8 days ago

Nearly seven weeks after a Montgomery County grand jury declined felony assault charges against Sheriff’s Office Capt. Judith Sealey for pepper spraying a restrained female jail inmate, Dayton police still plan to present the case to Dayton city prosecutors for consideration of misdemeanor charges. Sealey, then a sergeant, pepper-sprayed...