Mark Gokavi

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

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Lawsuit: Woman used escort service funds to pay for Beavercreek man’s murder
 The homicide of a Beavercreek man in front of his three sons was funded with proceeds of high-dollar escort work by one of his ex-wife’s relatives, a lawsuit claims. Lisa R. Thomas used money from her escort work and from owning and operating an animal grooming business in Centerville to bankroll a conspiracy that led to two attempts...

Posted: 2 days ago

The homicide of a Beavercreek man in front of his three sons was funded with proceeds of high-dollar escort work by one of his ex-wife’s relatives, a lawsuit claims. Lisa R. Thomas used money from her escort work and from owning and operating an animal grooming business in Centerville to bankroll a conspiracy that led to two attempts...
Lawsuit: Woman used escort service funds to pay for murder of Beavercreek man
 The murder of a Beavercreek man in front of his three sons was funded with proceeds of high-dollar escort work by one of his ex-wife’s relatives, a lawsuit claims. Lisa R. Thomas used money from her escort work and from owning and operating an animal grooming business in Centerville to bankroll a conspiracy that led to two attempts...

Posted: 2 days ago

The murder of a Beavercreek man in front of his three sons was funded with proceeds of high-dollar escort work by one of his ex-wife’s relatives, a lawsuit claims. Lisa R. Thomas used money from her escort work and from owning and operating an animal grooming business in Centerville to bankroll a conspiracy that led to two attempts...
Ex-cop sentenced to 43 years in prison for raping women while on duty
 A former Phillipsburg cop convicted of raping four women while on duty was sentenced to 43 years in prison. The first 33 years of Justin Sanderson’s sentencing are mandatory, according Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Dankof, and he will not be eligible for early release until the last 10 years. Sanderson will have...

Posted: 9 days ago

A former Phillipsburg cop convicted of raping four women while on duty was sentenced to 43 years in prison. The first 33 years of Justin Sanderson’s sentencing are mandatory, according Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Dankof, and he will not be eligible for early release until the last 10 years. Sanderson will have...
Ex-wife indicted in Robert Caldwell murder conspiracy has trial delayed
 The ex-wife of a Beavercreek man killed in front of their children had her trial delayed Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Tawnney (Thomas) Caldwell, 34, had a scheduling conference set for Nov. 1, at which time her attorneys and federal prosecutors may have a trial calendar, including a new trial date. Tawnney Caldwell could...

Posted: 9 days ago

The ex-wife of a Beavercreek man killed in front of their children had her trial delayed Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Tawnney (Thomas) Caldwell, 34, had a scheduling conference set for Nov. 1, at which time her attorneys and federal prosecutors may have a trial calendar, including a new trial date. Tawnney Caldwell could...
Dayton man pleads not guilty in charges after fatal dog mauling
 The Dayton man who allegedly owned the dog that mauled Maurice Brown to death in April 2017 pleaded not guilty on Monday. Anthony Austin, 28, pleaded not guilty in Dayton Municipal Court to one count of control of dogs, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Austin had a pretrial hearing set for...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Dayton man who allegedly owned the dog that mauled Maurice Brown to death in April 2017 pleaded not guilty on Monday. Anthony Austin, 28, pleaded not guilty in Dayton Municipal Court to one count of control of dogs, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Austin had a pretrial hearing set for...
Bengals/Browns by the numbers: 2018 kickoff edition
 The Cleveland Browns are trying to stop so many Hard Knocks (1-31 the past two seasons) and the Cincinnati Bengals are hoping to climb back into the playoffs as the 2018 NFL season kicks off its first Sunday action. Here are some numbers about Ohio’s NFL teams: 0-17, 0-17: The Browns have two 17-game regular season losing streaks...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Cleveland Browns are trying to stop so many Hard Knocks (1-31 the past two seasons) and the Cincinnati Bengals are hoping to climb back into the playoffs as the 2018 NFL season kicks off its first Sunday action. Here are some numbers about Ohio’s NFL teams: 0-17, 0-17: The Browns have two 17-game regular season losing streaks...
Local man sentenced for importing Dutch ecstasy drug, dealing meth
 A Washington Twp. man will spend six months in federal prison after being sentenced for importing the drug “ecstasy” from the Netherlands and for dealing methamphetamine. Austin K. Alig, 24, was sentenced Friday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court on two counts related to drug dealing. U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice said...

Posted: 12 days ago

A Washington Twp. man will spend six months in federal prison after being sentenced for importing the drug “ecstasy” from the Netherlands and for dealing methamphetamine. Austin K. Alig, 24, was sentenced Friday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court on two counts related to drug dealing. U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice said...
Ground searches at two homes lead to human remains in 1 case and continuing mystery in another
 Local and federal officials located human remains in Moraine on Friday that may belong to a Middletown woman while a likely unrelated search for another missing woman continued in Miamisburg. Moraine police officials said the remains were located on the ground behind a house on Hemple Road and it wasn’t known how long they’d been...

Posted: 13 days ago

Local and federal officials located human remains in Moraine on Friday that may belong to a Middletown woman while a likely unrelated search for another missing woman continued in Miamisburg. Moraine police officials said the remains were located on the ground behind a house on Hemple Road and it wasn’t known how long they’d been...
Missing teen found a year after witnessing his father’s death had run away before, records show
 Jacob Caldwell ran away from home more than once before he witnessed his father’s murder in August 2017, and recently released court and police records indicate Caldwell did not want to live with his father or his paternal grandparents. Jacob Caldwell was found last week living in the basement of a Miami Twp. home. The 15-year-old hadn&rsquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

Jacob Caldwell ran away from home more than once before he witnessed his father’s murder in August 2017, and recently released court and police records indicate Caldwell did not want to live with his father or his paternal grandparents. Jacob Caldwell was found last week living in the basement of a Miami Twp. home. The 15-year-old hadn&rsquo...
Father murder and missing child case: 5 things we’ve learned recently
 Jacob Caldwell was missing for about a year after he and two of his brothers saw the Aug. 15, 2017 shooting death of his father, Robert “Bobby” Caldwell. Since Jacob’s disappearance, six people were federally indicted related to the shooting. Those indicted include alleged shooter Sterling Roberts, Tawnney Thomas (Robert...

Posted: 15 days ago

Jacob Caldwell was missing for about a year after he and two of his brothers saw the Aug. 15, 2017 shooting death of his father, Robert “Bobby” Caldwell. Since Jacob’s disappearance, six people were federally indicted related to the shooting. Those indicted include alleged shooter Sterling Roberts, Tawnney Thomas (Robert...