Mark Gokavi

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

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Meth conspiracy indictments began with 2017 local traffic stop
 The first indictment in what federal prosecutors called a southwest Ohio-based, Mexican cartel-linked methamphetamine trafficking ring stemmed from a June 2017 traffic stop on Interstate 70 in Preble County. Dennis Olinger and Hayley Bigelow’s stories didn’t match when an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped the blue Volkswagen...

Posted: 9 hours ago

The first indictment in what federal prosecutors called a southwest Ohio-based, Mexican cartel-linked methamphetamine trafficking ring stemmed from a June 2017 traffic stop on Interstate 70 in Preble County. Dennis Olinger and Hayley Bigelow’s stories didn’t match when an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped the blue Volkswagen...
Dayton-area attorney will continue practicing after suspension stayed by Ohio Supreme Court
 The Ohio Supreme Court delivered a six-month stayed suspension to attorney C. Ralph Wilcoxson II for allegations he didn’t do enough to represent a client in a racial discrimination lawsuit. The decision echoed the recommendation of the Board of Professional Conduct, which found mitigating factors including “no prior discipline...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Ohio Supreme Court delivered a six-month stayed suspension to attorney C. Ralph Wilcoxson II for allegations he didn’t do enough to represent a client in a racial discrimination lawsuit. The decision echoed the recommendation of the Board of Professional Conduct, which found mitigating factors including “no prior discipline...
What is Ohio law on strip clubs? Charge that led to Stormy Daniels’ Ohio arrest explained
 The misdemeanor charge that was dismissed against porn star Stormy Daniels after a performance at a Columbus strip club Wednesday night was the same allegation made against several dancers after an investigation and raid at The Harem last year. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, had been scheduled to appear in Franklin County...

Posted: 3 days ago

The misdemeanor charge that was dismissed against porn star Stormy Daniels after a performance at a Columbus strip club Wednesday night was the same allegation made against several dancers after an investigation and raid at The Harem last year. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, had been scheduled to appear in Franklin County...
Standoff ends with ‘armed and dangerous’ meth conspiracy fugitive behind bars
 A fugitive considered “armed and dangerous” is now behind bars. Joshua Leach, 34, of Plain City, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. following a two-hour standoff in Chillicothe and booked into the Ross County Jail. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency sought Leach in connection to a methamphetamine trafficking operation, and the U...

Posted: 4 days ago

A fugitive considered “armed and dangerous” is now behind bars. Joshua Leach, 34, of Plain City, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. following a two-hour standoff in Chillicothe and booked into the Ross County Jail. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency sought Leach in connection to a methamphetamine trafficking operation, and the U...
140 pounds of meth seized from local drug operation
 A press conference held at Dayton’s Federal Building has revealed more details about a drug seizure that involved 140 pounds of methamphetamine and other drugs.  Local, state and federal officials said all defendants face at least 10 years to life in prison if convicted. A chemist from a Mexican drug cartel was invoked, according...

Posted: 5 days ago

A press conference held at Dayton’s Federal Building has revealed more details about a drug seizure that involved 140 pounds of methamphetamine and other drugs.  Local, state and federal officials said all defendants face at least 10 years to life in prison if convicted. A chemist from a Mexican drug cartel was invoked, according...
6 pounds of meth in mail, jail call nets long sentence in drug case
 A Dayton man who received methamphetamine delivered via mail to a Centerville residence — and later had charges added after a jail phone call — reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Damaad S. Gardner, 28, pleaded guilty Monday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to meth trafficking. The agreed-upon sentence in the written...

Posted: 6 days ago

A Dayton man who received methamphetamine delivered via mail to a Centerville residence — and later had charges added after a jail phone call — reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Damaad S. Gardner, 28, pleaded guilty Monday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to meth trafficking. The agreed-upon sentence in the written...
Loaded AR-15 found at home of suspected fentanyl dealer
 A local man was arrested by federal law enforcement after agents found more than 400 grams of fentanyl, a loaded AR-15 with extended magazine, cash and suspected drug trafficking equipment in a Huber Heights residence. Terry L. Thomas, 40, is in custody and named as a defendant in a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) criminal complaint filed...

Posted: 6 days ago

A local man was arrested by federal law enforcement after agents found more than 400 grams of fentanyl, a loaded AR-15 with extended magazine, cash and suspected drug trafficking equipment in a Huber Heights residence. Terry L. Thomas, 40, is in custody and named as a defendant in a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) criminal complaint filed...
Son of former crime lab director pleads guilty in large marijuana case
 Two local men accused of cultivating and trafficking more than 44 pounds of marijuana have pleaded guilty to some charges in exchange for others being dismissed. Thomas J. Betz, 38, of Springboro the son of former Miami Valley Crime Lab director Ken Betz, pleaded guilty to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, illegal cultivation of...

Posted: 7 days ago

Two local men accused of cultivating and trafficking more than 44 pounds of marijuana have pleaded guilty to some charges in exchange for others being dismissed. Thomas J. Betz, 38, of Springboro the son of former Miami Valley Crime Lab director Ken Betz, pleaded guilty to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, illegal cultivation of...