Mark Gokavi

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

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‘He showed us a gun:’ Robbery victims testify in teen’s carjacking case
 Armed robbery victims testified in juvenile court Friday about a Dayton teen alleged to have taken money from a Miamisburg Shell Station, attempting to carjack a motorist and being shot by an off-duty police officer. The 17-year-old juvenile was accused of carjacking a man Feb. 4 and then pointing a weapon at cashiers at the Shell at Ohio...

Posted: 2 days ago

Armed robbery victims testified in juvenile court Friday about a Dayton teen alleged to have taken money from a Miamisburg Shell Station, attempting to carjack a motorist and being shot by an off-duty police officer. The 17-year-old juvenile was accused of carjacking a man Feb. 4 and then pointing a weapon at cashiers at the Shell at Ohio...
Man sentenced after claiming he trafficked fentanyl because his mother was kidnapped
 The man federal prosecutors say trafficked enough fentanyl to kill one million people was sentenced this week to more than five years in prison after claiming he received a videotape showing his mother had been kidnapped. Jose Alonso Rios, 35, was sentenced in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to 63 months in federal prison for distributing...

Posted: 3 days ago

The man federal prosecutors say trafficked enough fentanyl to kill one million people was sentenced this week to more than five years in prison after claiming he received a videotape showing his mother had been kidnapped. Jose Alonso Rios, 35, was sentenced in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to 63 months in federal prison for distributing...
Warrant had been issued for man jailed in double shooting that has left 1 dead
 UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m.: Willie James Henry Jr.,  in custody stemming from the double shooting that has left one dead and one wounded, was being sought on an arrest warrant, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records.   The warrant, for a probation violation, reportedly was issued May 22. Henry pleaded guilty...

Posted: 3 days ago

UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m.: Willie James Henry Jr., in custody stemming from the double shooting that has left one dead and one wounded, was being sought on an arrest warrant, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records.   The warrant, for a probation violation, reportedly was issued May 22. Henry pleaded guilty...
Years after his death, lawsuit over Montgomery County Jail inmate could go to U.S. Supreme Court
 A federal wrongful death lawsuit involving a man who died in the Montgomery County Jail in 2012 would go to the United States Supreme Court if county attorneys are successful in a planned appeal. A conference in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to possibly set a trial date was scheduled for Thursday after an appellate court struck down...

Posted: 4 days ago

A federal wrongful death lawsuit involving a man who died in the Montgomery County Jail in 2012 would go to the United States Supreme Court if county attorneys are successful in a planned appeal. A conference in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to possibly set a trial date was scheduled for Thursday after an appellate court struck down...
Montgomery County attorneys indicate they will seek Supreme Court review of jail inmate death lawsuit
 Attorneys for Montgomery County have indicated they will seek a review by the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to get a wrongful death lawsuit dismissed. Robert A. Richardson Sr., 28, died in the Montgomery County Jail on May 19, 2012 after suffering a seizure before corrections officers and medical personnel put him in handcuffs and restrained...

Posted: 4 days ago

Attorneys for Montgomery County have indicated they will seek a review by the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to get a wrongful death lawsuit dismissed. Robert A. Richardson Sr., 28, died in the Montgomery County Jail on May 19, 2012 after suffering a seizure before corrections officers and medical personnel put him in handcuffs and restrained...
Late paperwork means no discipline for Dayton cops in fatal dog mauling
 An investigation by this news organization discovered that three internal affairs investigations conducted by the Dayton police department into questionable actions by their own officers were mishandled, making it impossible for the department to discipline employees. One investigation involved a case of two officers who responded to a dog-mauling...

Posted: 7 days ago

An investigation by this news organization discovered that three internal affairs investigations conducted by the Dayton police department into questionable actions by their own officers were mishandled, making it impossible for the department to discipline employees. One investigation involved a case of two officers who responded to a dog-mauling...
Investigation: Late paperwork means no discipline for Dayton cops in fatal dog mauling
 A Dayton Daily News investigation discovered that three internal affairs investigations conducted by the Dayton police department into questionable actions by their own officers were mishandled, making it impossible for the department to discipline employees. One investigation involved a case of two officers who responded to a dog-mauling...

Posted: 7 days ago

A Dayton Daily News investigation discovered that three internal affairs investigations conducted by the Dayton police department into questionable actions by their own officers were mishandled, making it impossible for the department to discipline employees. One investigation involved a case of two officers who responded to a dog-mauling...
5 big Dayton-area drug busts that have seized large amounts of heroin, pot and cash
 A major drug bust last week resulted in a seizure of $3.6 million worth of fentanyl in Clark County, which officials said continues the important work of the task force that was involved. Following the surveillance of a Butler Twp. hotel, four men were arrested and face conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of...

Posted: 8 days ago

A major drug bust last week resulted in a seizure of $3.6 million worth of fentanyl in Clark County, which officials said continues the important work of the task force that was involved. Following the surveillance of a Butler Twp. hotel, four men were arrested and face conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of...
Labor trafficking victim hidden ‘in plain sight’ in Ohio restaurant
 On a typical day, Kendra Ross said she would work as many as 17 unpaid hours in a Dayton restaurant while under the control of what she later claimed in federal court was a cult, according to Dayton Daily News. >> Read more trending news  That didn’t include the hours Ross said she spent taking care of the house...

Posted: 8 days ago

On a typical day, Kendra Ross said she would work as many as 17 unpaid hours in a Dayton restaurant while under the control of what she later claimed in federal court was a cult, according to Dayton Daily News. >> Read more trending news  That didn’t include the hours Ross said she spent taking care of the house...
Forced labor trafficking victim in Dayton hidden ‘in plain sight’
 On a typical day, Kendra Ross said she would work as many as 17 unpaid hours in a Dayton restaurant while under the control of what she later claimed in federal court was a cult. That didn’t include the hours Ross said she spent taking care of the house of the group’s leader. She said she had to cook, clean and care for children...

Posted: 8 days ago

On a typical day, Kendra Ross said she would work as many as 17 unpaid hours in a Dayton restaurant while under the control of what she later claimed in federal court was a cult. That didn’t include the hours Ross said she spent taking care of the house of the group’s leader. She said she had to cook, clean and care for children...