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Josh Sweigart

Josh Sweigart is an investigative reporter at the Dayton Daily News.  His stories have focused on government waste, fraud, abuse and accountability in southwest Ohio, as well as the statehouse and U.S. Capitol. Sweigart has won several awards for investigative reporting, including an Emmy Award and numerous awards from the Associated Press Society of Ohio and Society of Professional Journalists.   He has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, and in addition to writing for the Dayton Daily News has covered Clark County government for the Springfield News-Sun and Butler County government for the Hamilton JournalNews and Middletown Journal. Sweigart is a graduate of Wright State University and Wayne High School in Huber Heights.  Follow Josh on Twitter: @JoshSweigart Follow the Dayton Daily News investigative team on Twitter: @DDNInvestigates on Twitter Follow the Dayton Daily News investigative team on Facebook: @DDNInvestigates

Latest from Josh Sweigart

Pike County murders: Court docs reveal custody battle at heart of killings
 Sophia Wagner was just 2 when prosecutors say her father was part of the group who killed her mother and seven more family members. Little Sophia was not at any of the crime scenes when the execution-style murders happened. Comparing her father’s indictment and custody documents he filed a week after the killings provide new insight...

Posted: 3 days ago

Sophia Wagner was just 2 when prosecutors say her father was part of the group who killed her mother and seven more family members. Little Sophia was not at any of the crime scenes when the execution-style murders happened. Comparing her father’s indictment and custody documents he filed a week after the killings provide new insight...
TIMELINE: Federal investigation into Wright State visa ending
 A federal investigation into happenings at Wright State University may be coming to an end after more than three years. Today, the Wright State board of trustees unanimously agreed to a non-prosecution agreement over possible immigration-related wrongdoing with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and will pay $1 million. The federal government...

Posted: 3 days ago

A federal investigation into happenings at Wright State University may be coming to an end after more than three years. Today, the Wright State board of trustees unanimously agreed to a non-prosecution agreement over possible immigration-related wrongdoing with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and will pay $1 million. The federal government...
How big was the Pike County murders investigation? 
 More than four dozen law enforcement agencies helped investigators nab the family suspected of murdering eight of their friends in Pike County.  Arrested Tuesday were George “Billy” Wagner III, 47; his wife, Angela Wagner, 48; and their sons, George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 27 and 26.  Rita Newcomb...

Posted: 5 days ago

More than four dozen law enforcement agencies helped investigators nab the family suspected of murdering eight of their friends in Pike County.  Arrested Tuesday were George “Billy” Wagner III, 47; his wife, Angela Wagner, 48; and their sons, George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 27 and 26.  Rita Newcomb...
Homemade silencer last piece of evidence in arrest of 4 family members in 8 murders
 After tens of thousands of hours of investigative work over 2-and-a-half years, the final clue in the investigation of the murder of eight people in Pike County came a week ago, according to law enforcement officials. >> Read more trending news  That’s when authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer they...

Posted: 5 days ago

After tens of thousands of hours of investigative work over 2-and-a-half years, the final clue in the investigation of the murder of eight people in Pike County came a week ago, according to law enforcement officials. >> Read more trending news  That’s when authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer they...
At long last, murder charges bring relief, healing to Pike County
 As legal proceedings begin for the six people arrested in connection to the slaying of eight people in Pike County in 2016, a wave of relief spread over this rural community traumatized by 2½ years of not knowing if the case would ever be solved. The first suspect to appear in court was George “Billy” Wagner III, who said...

Posted: 5 days ago

As legal proceedings begin for the six people arrested in connection to the slaying of eight people in Pike County in 2016, a wave of relief spread over this rural community traumatized by 2½ years of not knowing if the case would ever be solved. The first suspect to appear in court was George “Billy” Wagner III, who said...
Pike County murders: Arrests ‘put a Band-Aid on an open wound’
 For more than 2½ years, uncertainty and fear hung over this rural community. Eight people had been gunned down in their homes and it wasn’t clear if detectives even had suspects. Were the killers still in their community? Would it ever be solved? Now state and local law enforcement officials claim they have the murderers in custody...

Posted: 5 days ago

For more than 2½ years, uncertainty and fear hung over this rural community. Eight people had been gunned down in their homes and it wasn’t clear if detectives even had suspects. Were the killers still in their community? Would it ever be solved? Now state and local law enforcement officials claim they have the murderers in custody...
Homemade silencer last piece of evidence in Pike County murder case
 After tens of thousands of hours of investigative work over 2½ years, the final clue in the investigation of the murder of eight people in Pike County came a week ago, according to law enforcement officials. That’s when authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer they say was built by the suspects. “This...

Posted: 5 days ago

After tens of thousands of hours of investigative work over 2½ years, the final clue in the investigation of the murder of eight people in Pike County came a week ago, according to law enforcement officials. That’s when authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer they say was built by the suspects. “This...
Pike County murders: 1 of 6 suspects makes first court appearance
 George “Billy” Wagner III waived extradition on the murder charges filed against him during his initial appearance in a Fayette County, Kentucky, courtroom, according to CNN affiliate LEX18. Extradition is when one law enforcement agency captures a suspect who is wanted in another jurisdiction and returns the suspect to the...

Posted: 5 days ago

George “Billy” Wagner III waived extradition on the murder charges filed against him during his initial appearance in a Fayette County, Kentucky, courtroom, according to CNN affiliate LEX18. Extradition is when one law enforcement agency captures a suspect who is wanted in another jurisdiction and returns the suspect to the...
After 19 months and more than 4,000 miles, focus on Wagner family turns into arrests for Pike County murders
 Ohio investigators probing the Rhoden family murders followed the four arrested suspects in the Wagner family more than 4,000 miles from Pike County to Kenai, Alaska — and then back again. In April 2017, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine had not named any of the Wagners as suspects in the case. But he asked the public to cough up more...

Posted: 5 days ago

Ohio investigators probing the Rhoden family murders followed the four arrested suspects in the Wagner family more than 4,000 miles from Pike County to Kenai, Alaska — and then back again. In April 2017, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine had not named any of the Wagners as suspects in the case. But he asked the public to cough up more...
Pike County murders: 5 questions answered this morning
 WAVERLY — Six members of the Wagner family were arrested Tuesday in the killing of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County in 2016, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced at a news conference. The six were indicted in the deaths of Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; Dana Manley Rhoden, 37; Hanna May Rhoden, 19; Christopher...

Posted: 6 days ago

WAVERLY — Six members of the Wagner family were arrested Tuesday in the killing of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County in 2016, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced at a news conference. The six were indicted in the deaths of Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; Dana Manley Rhoden, 37; Hanna May Rhoden, 19; Christopher...