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For Immediate Release

March 15, 2010 Brian Babtist – Deputy U.S. Marshal (614) 469-5540
Hocking County Teams with U.S. Marshals to Bust Violent Criminals

Logan, OH -- Following a tradition of excellence in its fugitive efforts, the U.S. Marshals Service’s Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) is partnering locally with the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office and the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit today to target the area’s most violent criminals. Multiple arrest teams working throughout the region will be seeking those with warrants for theft offenses such as Burglary and Narcotics offenses, among others.

The goal of the day long dragnet is simple, to make the community safer. To help achieve that goal, the partnering agencies will be combining resources and personnel to go after dangerous fugitives. “In my 35 years of law enforcement experience, it’s gratifying to still know agencies from different levels of government can unify and collectively stand together to operate in concert when the need arises,” said Lanny North, Sheriff of Hocking County about the collaborative effort.

Law enforcement officials from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit will be holding a press conference today at 2:00 PM to discuss the success of the operation. Today’s press conference will be held at the Hocking County Emergency Management Agency (EMA)/911 Call Center, 52 E. 2nd Street, Logan, Ohio 43138. All media outlets are invited to attend.

Columbus SOFAST is a fugitive focused, United States Marshals Service led task force consisting of local, state, and federal authorities including the Franklin County Sheriffs, Delaware County Sheriffs, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Columbus Police Department, Columbus Division of Fire, Worthington Police Department, Reynoldsburg Police Department, South Bloomfield Police Department, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Grove City Police Department, United States Department of Agriculture, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the United States Attorney’s Office.

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