Mark Gokavi

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

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Woman indicted for allegedly packing fentanyl in bag for Dayton trip
 A homeless California woman was indicted in Dayton’s U.S. District Court for allegedly packing fentanyl in a false bottom of her luggage on a trip to Dayton. Asia R. Hunt, 27, was indicted this week for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl and traveling in interstate commerce to facilitate...

Posted: 4 days ago

A homeless California woman was indicted in Dayton’s U.S. District Court for allegedly packing fentanyl in a false bottom of her luggage on a trip to Dayton. Asia R. Hunt, 27, was indicted this week for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl and traveling in interstate commerce to facilitate...
A Fairfield man was shot and killed in Walmart. That city’s legal bill is now up to $600,000.
 Beavercreek has spent nearly $600,000 in legal costs related to the shooting of Fairfield’s John Crawford III, and the officer who fired the deadly shots is getting good reviews as a detective. Beavercreek city law director Stephen McHugh confirmed that all of the $590,575 paid through early 2019 to multiple law firms has been paid...

Posted: 8 days ago

Beavercreek has spent nearly $600,000 in legal costs related to the shooting of Fairfield’s John Crawford III, and the officer who fired the deadly shots is getting good reviews as a detective. Beavercreek city law director Stephen McHugh confirmed that all of the $590,575 paid through early 2019 to multiple law firms has been paid...
Dayton man convicted on terrorism counts asks for ‘mercy and leniency’
 A Dayton man convicted of conspiracy and attempting to fly overseas to join ISIS said a federal judge would “never regret” giving him a sentencing break. Laith W. Alebbini, 28, told U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice on Friday afternoon what motivated him to try to get to Syria was to see if ISIS was the right group to join...

Posted: 10 days ago

A Dayton man convicted of conspiracy and attempting to fly overseas to join ISIS said a federal judge would “never regret” giving him a sentencing break. Laith W. Alebbini, 28, told U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice on Friday afternoon what motivated him to try to get to Syria was to see if ISIS was the right group to join...
Feds: Dayton man caught trafficking newer Chinese fentanyl drug
 A Dayton man is alleged to have trafficked valeryl fentanyl, a relatively new Chinese analogue of the opioid that has ravaged the area in recent years. A criminal complaint filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court alleges Raven E. Bean III, 28, of Dayton, trafficked more than 10 grams of the drug. A conviction could mean a prison sentence...

Posted: 10 days ago

A Dayton man is alleged to have trafficked valeryl fentanyl, a relatively new Chinese analogue of the opioid that has ravaged the area in recent years. A criminal complaint filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court alleges Raven E. Bean III, 28, of Dayton, trafficked more than 10 grams of the drug. A conviction could mean a prison sentence...
Attorney opposes 40-year sentence for Dayton ‘thought crime’ terrorism suspect
 Federal prosecutors want to imprison a Dayton man found guilty of two terrorism-related charges for 40 years for what essentially was a “thought crime,” according to his attorney. Laith W. Alebbini, 28, was found guilty in December of conspiracy and attempting to provide material support for ISIS. His bench trial was last year...

Posted: 11 days ago

Federal prosecutors want to imprison a Dayton man found guilty of two terrorism-related charges for 40 years for what essentially was a “thought crime,” according to his attorney. Laith W. Alebbini, 28, was found guilty in December of conspiracy and attempting to provide material support for ISIS. His bench trial was last year...
Feds: Woman flying into Dayton hid fentanyl in false bottom of checked luggage
 A 27-year-old California resident packed fentanyl in her navy blue roller-bag suitcase for a Feb. 28 flight from Long Beach to Dayton, according to a federal criminal complaint filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Asia R. Hunt was charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl, a Homeland Security...

Posted: 12 days ago

A 27-year-old California resident packed fentanyl in her navy blue roller-bag suitcase for a Feb. 28 flight from Long Beach to Dayton, according to a federal criminal complaint filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Asia R. Hunt was charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl, a Homeland Security...
Springfield man convicted of assaulting Secret Service agent, deputy
 A Springfield man has been convicted of assaulting a Secret Service agent and a Clark County Sheriff’s deputy after he reportedly threatened former President Barack Obama and other politicians. Ronald E. Skelton II, 23, pleaded guilty to the charges in January 2016, but later withdrew his plea and claimed he was insane at the time of...

Posted: 14 days ago

A Springfield man has been convicted of assaulting a Secret Service agent and a Clark County Sheriff’s deputy after he reportedly threatened former President Barack Obama and other politicians. Ronald E. Skelton II, 23, pleaded guilty to the charges in January 2016, but later withdrew his plea and claimed he was insane at the time of...
Judge denies motion of jail officer accused sex assault against inmate
 Possible “incriminating statements” made by a former Montgomery County Jail corrections officer accused of sexually assaulting an inmate in a bathroom will not be suppressed from any trial, a judge ruled. Franco Villella, 23, faces two felony counts of sexual battery for allegedly leading a woman into a seldom-used jail bathroom...

Posted: 16 days ago

Possible “incriminating statements” made by a former Montgomery County Jail corrections officer accused of sexually assaulting an inmate in a bathroom will not be suppressed from any trial, a judge ruled. Franco Villella, 23, faces two felony counts of sexual battery for allegedly leading a woman into a seldom-used jail bathroom...
Wife testifies during hearing for former Germantown soccer coach Justin Smith
 Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office detectives did not have a search warrant when they asked for a cell phone belonging a Germantown soccer coach alleged to have had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. But detectives testified Tuesday during a suppression hearing that they already had probable cause to arrest Justin K. Smith...

Posted: 21 days ago

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office detectives did not have a search warrant when they asked for a cell phone belonging a Germantown soccer coach alleged to have had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. But detectives testified Tuesday during a suppression hearing that they already had probable cause to arrest Justin K. Smith...
Cash bail unfair and unproductive, local reform advocates say
 Detaining people in jail for low-level, non-violent charges because they cannot pay bond raises constitutional questions and unintended consequences, local and state proponents of bail reform say. “There are numerous people who have ended up taking a plea to get, basically, out of jail or people who … just sit on misdemeanor...

Posted: 21 days ago

Detaining people in jail for low-level, non-violent charges because they cannot pay bond raises constitutional questions and unintended consequences, local and state proponents of bail reform say. “There are numerous people who have ended up taking a plea to get, basically, out of jail or people who … just sit on misdemeanor...
Beavercreek legal bill $600,000 for deadly Walmart shooting
 Beavercreek has spent nearly $600,000 in legal costs related to the John Crawford III shooting, and the officer who fired the deadly shots is getting good reviews as a detective. Beavercreek city law director Stephen McHugh confirmed that all of the $590,575 paid through early 2019 to multiple law firms has been paid by the city, not insurance...

Posted: 22 days ago

Beavercreek has spent nearly $600,000 in legal costs related to the John Crawford III shooting, and the officer who fired the deadly shots is getting good reviews as a detective. Beavercreek city law director Stephen McHugh confirmed that all of the $590,575 paid through early 2019 to multiple law firms has been paid by the city, not insurance...