Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force expands

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A multi-agency task force focusing on capturing violent fugitives in northern Ohio is expanding.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force will expand to include Ashtabula (ash-tuh-BYOO'-luh), Geauga (jee-AW'-guh) and Lake counties east and northeast of Cleveland.

The task force was created in 2003 by U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott. He announced the expanded affiliations last week in Painesville.

He tells The (Willoughby) News-Herald (bit.ly/YwA4hx) that the task force has arrested more than 30,000 violent fugitives.

The expansion adds to a lengthy list of member agencies including Cleveland, Euclid, Lakewood and Westlake police, Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County sheriff, state police, Coast Guard, housing agency and Social Security.

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Information from: The News-Herald, http://www.news-herald.com/jrc-html/index/index_p33.html

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