Mark Gokavi

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

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Jury picked in federal jail mattress case; openings Wednesday
 An 8-person jury was selected Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to hear the civil rights trial of a former Montgomery County Jail inmate who was forced to sleep without a mattress or blanket for parts of his four-month stay. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday morning. Court documents show that both plaintiffs&rsquo...

Posted: 4 hours ago

An 8-person jury was selected Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to hear the civil rights trial of a former Montgomery County Jail inmate who was forced to sleep without a mattress or blanket for parts of his four-month stay. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday morning. Court documents show that both plaintiffs&rsquo...
Trial to start of inmate suing for not getting mattress in jail
 The civil rights trial of a former Montgomery County Jail inmate forced to sleep for four months without a mattress or blanket is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. The civil lawsuit is the first of several filed against jail staff in recent years for alleged abuse and/or neglect to go to trial. Four...

Posted: a day ago

The civil rights trial of a former Montgomery County Jail inmate forced to sleep for four months without a mattress or blanket is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. The civil lawsuit is the first of several filed against jail staff in recent years for alleged abuse and/or neglect to go to trial. Four...
Accused driver in officer-involved shooting found not guilty
 Antwaun Brown, 32, was found not guilty of felonious assault by a jury today. Brown’s attorney spoke with this news organization following the verdict. “In the absence of the video, God knows how this would have turned out. Because each of the police got up there and said something to the effect that he was accelerating, I heard...

Posted: 4 days ago

Antwaun Brown, 32, was found not guilty of felonious assault by a jury today. Brown’s attorney spoke with this news organization following the verdict. “In the absence of the video, God knows how this would have turned out. Because each of the police got up there and said something to the effect that he was accelerating, I heard...
Alleged Trotwood shooter’s cruiser statements will be allowed in court
 Unrecorded statements in the back of a cruiser made by alleged Trotwood shooter William D. Gibson after police say he shot at officers will be allowed in court, a Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge ruled Thursday. Gibson, 42, was transported to Montgomery County Jail on Oct. 13, 2017, after a standoff with police following his 911 call...

Posted: 5 days ago

Unrecorded statements in the back of a cruiser made by alleged Trotwood shooter William D. Gibson after police say he shot at officers will be allowed in court, a Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge ruled Thursday. Gibson, 42, was transported to Montgomery County Jail on Oct. 13, 2017, after a standoff with police following his 911 call...
Officer: Shooting Crawford without giving him time to respond was OK
 Beavercreek police Sgt. David Darkow didn’t pull his trigger when he and officer Sean Williams confronted John Crawford III in Walmart on Aug. 5, 2014. But Darkow testified that, given the information from lone 911 caller Ronald Ritchie, he or Williams could have shot Crawford on site without any instructions to drop the weapon or identifying...

Posted: 11 days ago

Beavercreek police Sgt. David Darkow didn’t pull his trigger when he and officer Sean Williams confronted John Crawford III in Walmart on Aug. 5, 2014. But Darkow testified that, given the information from lone 911 caller Ronald Ritchie, he or Williams could have shot Crawford on site without any instructions to drop the weapon or identifying...
Prosecutor: Dayton’s ‘El Chapo Jr.’ an ‘absolute menace to society’
 A judge and prosecutor both labeled Daniel “El Chapo Jr.” Jones a danger to society before the convicted drug dealer was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Thursday. Jones, who once bragged about being Dayton’s biggest drug dealer, tried to burn fentanyl during a Facebook live video while in an hours-long standoff with...

Posted: 12 days ago

A judge and prosecutor both labeled Daniel “El Chapo Jr.” Jones a danger to society before the convicted drug dealer was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Thursday. Jones, who once bragged about being Dayton’s biggest drug dealer, tried to burn fentanyl during a Facebook live video while in an hours-long standoff with...
Dayton’s ‘El Chapo Jr.’ sentenced to lengthy prison term
 Daniel “El Chapo Jr.” Jones, who bragged about being Dayton’s biggest drug dealer and tried to burn fentanyl during a Facebook live video while in an hours-long standoff with law enforcement, was sentenced Thursday in federal court. Jones, who turns 30 on Sunday, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Walter Rice to 12 years...

Posted: 12 days ago

Daniel “El Chapo Jr.” Jones, who bragged about being Dayton’s biggest drug dealer and tried to burn fentanyl during a Facebook live video while in an hours-long standoff with law enforcement, was sentenced Thursday in federal court. Jones, who turns 30 on Sunday, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Walter Rice to 12 years...
Officer in Walmart shooting says he never saw Crawford threaten anyone
 Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams said he never saw John Crawford III point a gun at or threaten anyone at Walmart, according to depositions in a federal wrongful death civil lawsuit. But Williams testified that he shot Crawford because the 22-year-old Fairfield resident “was about to” point a weapon at him while holding...

Posted: 13 days ago

Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams said he never saw John Crawford III point a gun at or threaten anyone at Walmart, according to depositions in a federal wrongful death civil lawsuit. But Williams testified that he shot Crawford because the 22-year-old Fairfield resident “was about to” point a weapon at him while holding...
Dayton teen attacked by pit bulls recovering, but his dog has died
 The Dayton teenager who was attacked by two pit bulls Friday night is expected to recover, but his dog Loki was found deceased because of its injuries, Dayton police said Tuesday. William Talbott, 18, is still at Miami Valley Hospital but is “expected to make a full recovery,” according to Dayton police Sgt. Michael Godsey. Godsey...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Dayton teenager who was attacked by two pit bulls Friday night is expected to recover, but his dog Loki was found deceased because of its injuries, Dayton police said Tuesday. William Talbott, 18, is still at Miami Valley Hospital but is “expected to make a full recovery,” according to Dayton police Sgt. Michael Godsey. Godsey...
Incident at jail leads to $375K settlement, disability retirement
 The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain at the center of a highly publicized pepper-spraying incident has taken a medical disability retirement. Capt. Judith Sealey’s pepper-spraying of harnessed inmate Amber Swink on Nov. 15, 2015, spurred a grand jury investigation, a misdemeanor assault charge, a lawsuit settled for...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain at the center of a highly publicized pepper-spraying incident has taken a medical disability retirement. Capt. Judith Sealey’s pepper-spraying of harnessed inmate Amber Swink on Nov. 15, 2015, spurred a grand jury investigation, a misdemeanor assault charge, a lawsuit settled for...