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Mark Gokavi

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

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Jail pepper-spray criminal case: Plea reached, sentencing Tuesday
 The Montgomery County Jail pepper-spraying of a restrained inmate that sparked a national news story, an internal Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigation, a federal probe, a civil lawsuit and calls for jail oversight could end Tuesday with a misdemeanor plea and sentencing. Judith Sealey — shown on surveillance video...

Posted: 20 hours ago

The Montgomery County Jail pepper-spraying of a restrained inmate that sparked a national news story, an internal Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigation, a federal probe, a civil lawsuit and calls for jail oversight could end Tuesday with a misdemeanor plea and sentencing. Judith Sealey — shown on surveillance video...
Alleged pimp to spend decades in prison on assault, kidnapping charges
 Seven months after he turned down a plea agreement for 10 to 15 years, alleged pimp James Cargle — who called himself an innocent "sacrificial lamb" — was sentenced to 41 years for rape, kidnapping and assault charges involving two women on Thursday morning. In October 2017, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court...

Posted: a day ago

Seven months after he turned down a plea agreement for 10 to 15 years, alleged pimp James Cargle — who called himself an innocent "sacrificial lamb" — was sentenced to 41 years for rape, kidnapping and assault charges involving two women on Thursday morning. In October 2017, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court...
Preble County man sentenced for possessing 4,700 images of child pornography
 A 22-year-old Eaton man was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Matthew R. Perry will serve his sentence consecutively with an upcoming sentence in a state case in Preble County, according to news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. Perry was sentenced...

Posted: a day ago

A 22-year-old Eaton man was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Matthew R. Perry will serve his sentence consecutively with an upcoming sentence in a state case in Preble County, according to news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. Perry was sentenced...
Officer accused of violence against child was on performance improvement plan
 The Clay Twp. police officer accused of domestic violence against an elementary school child was put on a performance improvement plan by his employer earlier this year. Martin D. Stringfellow, 47, had performed below standards in multiple categories and had once been described as not having the respect of junior officers, according to personnel...

Posted: a day ago

The Clay Twp. police officer accused of domestic violence against an elementary school child was put on a performance improvement plan by his employer earlier this year. Martin D. Stringfellow, 47, had performed below standards in multiple categories and had once been described as not having the respect of junior officers, according to personnel...
No leads in fatal drive-by shooting of grandmother; police asking for public’s help
 Ohio authorities have no suspects and few solid leads in their investigation into who shot and killed a 62-year-old grandmother during a drive-by shooting Saturday evening in Dayton. >> Read more trending news  Investigators are asking for the public’s help in what they called a “heinous” and “sad&rdquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Ohio authorities have no suspects and few solid leads in their investigation into who shot and killed a 62-year-old grandmother during a drive-by shooting Saturday evening in Dayton. >> Read more trending news  Investigators are asking for the public’s help in what they called a “heinous” and “sad&rdquo...
Dayton police ask for help in fatal drive-by shooting of grandmother
 Dayton police have no suspects and few solid leads about who shot and killed a 62-year-old grandmother during a drive-by shooting Saturday evening on Euclid Avenue. That’s why they’re asking for the public’s help for what they termed a “heinous” and “sad” crime. Dayton police Lt. Gregg Gaby on Tuesday...

Posted: 2 days ago

Dayton police have no suspects and few solid leads about who shot and killed a 62-year-old grandmother during a drive-by shooting Saturday evening on Euclid Avenue. That’s why they’re asking for the public’s help for what they termed a “heinous” and “sad” crime. Dayton police Lt. Gregg Gaby on Tuesday...
Innocent bystander grandmother killed: ‘Hit by a bullet that has no eyes’
 The Dayton address where police said a 62-year-old grandmother known for her Southern-style cooking died Saturday after a drive-by shooting had 26 shots fired into it last fall, according to police records. Sherrell V. Wheatley, 62, of Dayton, died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office....

Posted: 3 days ago

The Dayton address where police said a 62-year-old grandmother known for her Southern-style cooking died Saturday after a drive-by shooting had 26 shots fired into it last fall, according to police records. Sherrell V. Wheatley, 62, of Dayton, died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office....
Dayton police major gets raise while on administrative leave
 The high-ranking longtime Dayton police commander who has been on administrative leave for a least a month without any explanation from the city received a pay raise during his absence. Maj. Brian Johns was on administrative leave from March 14 through at least April 16, according to Dayton city payroll time sheets obtained by this news organization...

Posted: 6 days ago

The high-ranking longtime Dayton police commander who has been on administrative leave for a least a month without any explanation from the city received a pay raise during his absence. Maj. Brian Johns was on administrative leave from March 14 through at least April 16, according to Dayton city payroll time sheets obtained by this news organization...