Mark Gokavi

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

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Dayton man who triggered standoff gets prison sentence
 A Dayton man was sentenced on Tuesday to one year in prison for three cases involving domestic violence, resisting arrest — a case that prompted a Dayton police internal affairs review — and for a 10-hour standoff with law enforcement. Devin Washington, 27, received 12 months for the domestic violence charge and six months each...

Posted: 7 hours ago

A Dayton man was sentenced on Tuesday to one year in prison for three cases involving domestic violence, resisting arrest — a case that prompted a Dayton police internal affairs review — and for a 10-hour standoff with law enforcement. Devin Washington, 27, received 12 months for the domestic violence charge and six months each...
Soccer coach convicted of sex crimes seeks to suppress cellphone images
 The Germantown youth soccer coach already serving 12 years in prison for sex crimes against a 14-year-old was in court Tuesday on counts related to his disappearance during trial and for images found on his cellphone. Justin K. Smith’s attorney told a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge that he would be filing a motion to suppress...

Posted: 8 hours ago

The Germantown youth soccer coach already serving 12 years in prison for sex crimes against a 14-year-old was in court Tuesday on counts related to his disappearance during trial and for images found on his cellphone. Justin K. Smith’s attorney told a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge that he would be filing a motion to suppress...
Sergeant who saved jail pepper-spray video gets $225,000 after firing
 The January 2018 firing of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office sergeant who was responsible for making public a video of the November 2015 pepper-spraying of a restrained jail inmate was “arbitrary and discriminatory,” according to an an arbitrator ruling obtained by the Dayton Daily News. Sgt. Ransley Creech was reinstated...

Posted: 12 hours ago

The January 2018 firing of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office sergeant who was responsible for making public a video of the November 2015 pepper-spraying of a restrained jail inmate was “arbitrary and discriminatory,” according to an an arbitrator ruling obtained by the Dayton Daily News. Sgt. Ransley Creech was reinstated...
No bond for Brookville man prosecutors call ‘alcoholic with a death wish’
 The Brookville man accused of shooting at the Clay Twp. administration building before leading police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with him being shot in November was ordered to stay in Montgomery County Jail with no bond, a judge ruled Friday afternoon. Mitchell, 41, had been released Jan. 8 on the electronic home detention program...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Brookville man accused of shooting at the Clay Twp. administration building before leading police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with him being shot in November was ordered to stay in Montgomery County Jail with no bond, a judge ruled Friday afternoon. Mitchell, 41, had been released Jan. 8 on the electronic home detention program...
3 charged in connection with Jacob Caldwell’s disappearance
 Three adults in the home where missing teen Jacob Caldwell was found in August have been charged with interference with custody, according to Miamisburg Municipal Court records. Donald Bell, 48, Jo Anne Henderson, 52, and Zacheriah Henderson, 23, all are charged with one first-degree misdemeanor. All three are scheduled for Jan. 30 arraignments...

Posted: 4 days ago

Three adults in the home where missing teen Jacob Caldwell was found in August have been charged with interference with custody, according to Miamisburg Municipal Court records. Donald Bell, 48, Jo Anne Henderson, 52, and Zacheriah Henderson, 23, all are charged with one first-degree misdemeanor. All three are scheduled for Jan. 30 arraignments...
Accused killer of Beavercreek man sentenced in S.C., heading for Ohio
 The suspect accused of killing a Beavercreek man in front of his children was sentenced for a gun crime in South Carolina and is being returned to Ohio, according to South Carolina federal court sources. Sterling Roberts, 35, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in Greenville, S.C., for unlawful transport of weapons stemming from...

Posted: 5 days ago

The suspect accused of killing a Beavercreek man in front of his children was sentenced for a gun crime in South Carolina and is being returned to Ohio, according to South Carolina federal court sources. Sterling Roberts, 35, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in Greenville, S.C., for unlawful transport of weapons stemming from...
PHOTOS Marty Brennaman through the years
Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman poses for a picture with customers at the new Beavercreek Kroger Marketplace at 3165 Dayton-Xenia Road on Dec. 2. The store opened three weeks before that, but Dec. 2 was the Grand Opening.

Posted: 6 days ago

Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman poses for a picture with customers at the new Beavercreek Kroger Marketplace at 3165 Dayton-Xenia Road on Dec. 2. The store opened three weeks before that, but Dec. 2 was the Grand Opening.
LATEST: Judge orders suspect shot by Clay Twp. police held without bond
 A judge on Friday ordered a man shot by Clay Twp. police after reportedly firing at officers and the township administration building held without bond. Aaron Mitchell, 41, was released Jan. 8 on electronic home detention. The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion requesting a judge deny bond on Jan. 11, a day after this...

Posted: 6 days ago

A judge on Friday ordered a man shot by Clay Twp. police after reportedly firing at officers and the township administration building held without bond. Aaron Mitchell, 41, was released Jan. 8 on electronic home detention. The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion requesting a judge deny bond on Jan. 11, a day after this...
Judge rules most of Crawford suit against Beavercreek can go to trial
 Key counts of the civil rights case brought against Beavercreek for the shooting death of John Crawford III survived summary judgment and will advance to trial, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Most allegations against Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams — who shot twice and killed Crawford, 22, of Fairfield, on Aug. 5, 2014 &mdash...

Posted: 7 days ago

Key counts of the civil rights case brought against Beavercreek for the shooting death of John Crawford III survived summary judgment and will advance to trial, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Most allegations against Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams — who shot twice and killed Crawford, 22, of Fairfield, on Aug. 5, 2014 &mdash...
Trotwood teen rape suspect faces new charges, probable cause hearing
 A probable cause hearing for the Trotwood teen accused of raping two women at gunpoint will be held March 15. Prosecutors on Tuesday added one charge and amended another for the 16-year-old boy, who appeared in front of Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Helen Wallace. The teen will now face aggravated trespass and voyeurism charges....

Posted: 7 days ago

A probable cause hearing for the Trotwood teen accused of raping two women at gunpoint will be held March 15. Prosecutors on Tuesday added one charge and amended another for the 16-year-old boy, who appeared in front of Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Helen Wallace. The teen will now face aggravated trespass and voyeurism charges....
Feds: Man receives 2½-pound block of cocaine delivered in LEGO box
 A local man is scheduled to plead guilty this week to drug charges stemming from the Priority Mail delivery of 2½ pounds of cocaine in a LEGO package. Michael A. Brown, 50, of Dayton has an arraignment and plea agreement hearing set for Friday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Brown is scheduled to plea by bill of information...

Posted: 8 days ago

A local man is scheduled to plead guilty this week to drug charges stemming from the Priority Mail delivery of 2½ pounds of cocaine in a LEGO package. Michael A. Brown, 50, of Dayton has an arraignment and plea agreement hearing set for Friday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Brown is scheduled to plea by bill of information...