Mark Gokavi

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

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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: 4 hours 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: 9 hours 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: a day 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...
Trial set in case of man who spent 5 days in jail with broken pelvis
 The lawsuit by a man who spent five days with a fractured pelvis without receiving medical care in the Montgomery County Jail is scheduled for trial. The trial in Dayton’s U.S. District Court was continued from Feb. 18 until July 8 after Judge Thomas Rose ruled the case could continue. Jeffrey Day, 40, was a passenger in a vehicle that...

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The lawsuit by a man who spent five days with a fractured pelvis without receiving medical care in the Montgomery County Jail is scheduled for trial. The trial in Dayton’s U.S. District Court was continued from Feb. 18 until July 8 after Judge Thomas Rose ruled the case could continue. Jeffrey Day, 40, was a passenger in a vehicle that...
Woman critically hurt in 2016 crash during Huber police pursuit dies
 A passenger injured in a fatal accident during a police pursuit that sparked a state task force has died, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Loretta Creech, 56, of Beavercreek, died Thursday at Hospice of Dayton, according to the coroner’s office, which said the cause of death was acute respiratory failure along...

Posted: 3 days ago

A passenger injured in a fatal accident during a police pursuit that sparked a state task force has died, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Loretta Creech, 56, of Beavercreek, died Thursday at Hospice of Dayton, according to the coroner’s office, which said the cause of death was acute respiratory failure along...
Dayton rap artist sentenced in drug trafficking case
 Dayton rap artist Clarence “Chaos” Winn Jr. said Thursday he made a mistake and was ashamed of dealing an analogue of fentanyl, especially as his successful career could have been blossoming further. “It was stupid and I apologize,” said Winn, also known as CCSERVA. “I knew better. … This may seem crazy...

Posted: 5 days ago

Dayton rap artist Clarence “Chaos” Winn Jr. said Thursday he made a mistake and was ashamed of dealing an analogue of fentanyl, especially as his successful career could have been blossoming further. “It was stupid and I apologize,” said Winn, also known as CCSERVA. “I knew better. … This may seem crazy...
Judge to rule if Walmart, Beavercreek go to trial in John Crawford’s death
 Nearly 4½ years after a police officer shot and killed a Fairfield man in Beavercreek’s Walmart, a federal judge could soon rule whether the family’s wrongful death civil suit advances to trial next month. The civil trial is currently scheduled for Feb. 4, a day shy of 4½ years since John Crawford III, 22, was killed...

Posted: 5 days ago

Nearly 4½ years after a police officer shot and killed a Fairfield man in Beavercreek’s Walmart, a federal judge could soon rule whether the family’s wrongful death civil suit advances to trial next month. The civil trial is currently scheduled for Feb. 4, a day shy of 4½ years since John Crawford III, 22, was killed...
Federal court in Dayton open during shutdown; some working without pay
 Most of Dayton’s U.S. District Court cases are continuing during the partial government shutdown, albeit with some employees furloughed and others not receiving pay, according to sources. “There are people under financial strain for lots of reasons — they might have a child in college, they might have medical bills, they...

Posted: 6 days ago

Most of Dayton’s U.S. District Court cases are continuing during the partial government shutdown, albeit with some employees furloughed and others not receiving pay, according to sources. “There are people under financial strain for lots of reasons — they might have a child in college, they might have medical bills, they...
Lawyer: $3.5M jail death settlement ‘huge victory for the family’
 Montgomery County and its insurers will pay $3.5 million to the family of a man who died in 2012 while handcuffed face down in the county jail, topping $4.5 million for jail lawsuits settled since 2017. That total doesn’t include hundreds of thousands of dollars more in legal fees for 14 lawsuits filed by inmates alleging mistreatment...

Posted: 7 days ago

Montgomery County and its insurers will pay $3.5 million to the family of a man who died in 2012 while handcuffed face down in the county jail, topping $4.5 million for jail lawsuits settled since 2017. That total doesn’t include hundreds of thousands of dollars more in legal fees for 14 lawsuits filed by inmates alleging mistreatment...
Montgomery County agrees to $3.5 million settlement in jail death
 Montgomery County and its insurers have agreed to pay $3.5 million to the family of a man who died while handcuffed in the county jail in 2012, according to attorneys who negotiated the deal. Robert A. Richardson Sr., 28, suffered a seizure and corrections officers and medical personnel put him in handcuffs and restrained him face down until...

Posted: 8 days ago

Montgomery County and its insurers have agreed to pay $3.5 million to the family of a man who died while handcuffed in the county jail in 2012, according to attorneys who negotiated the deal. Robert A. Richardson Sr., 28, suffered a seizure and corrections officers and medical personnel put him in handcuffs and restrained him face down until...
New details emerge in Rauch illegal dumping case
 Demolition contractor and landfill owner Steve Rauch took steps to hide material he ordered to be dumped illegally at several properties, and when discussing it with an employee said “it was not a big deal,” according to a bill of particulars filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. “I told you this was not a good...

Posted: 11 days ago

Demolition contractor and landfill owner Steve Rauch took steps to hide material he ordered to be dumped illegally at several properties, and when discussing it with an employee said “it was not a big deal,” according to a bill of particulars filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. “I told you this was not a good...