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CANTON – U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott and Stark County Sheriff Maier have announce the conclusion of Operation Summer Sweep which was conducted in the Canton area last week.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, along with its partner agencies arrested 30 individuals during last week’s operation. The operation took place right after Labor Day in response to a spike in violence over the summer months in the Canton area.

Task force divisions from the Akron and Mansfield areas assisted in the operation.

“Operations such as this are important to keeping our communities safe," U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated. "Although our task force operates 365 days a year doing targeted operations such as this works to net dozens of criminals who otherwise may remain free.”

Members of the task force targeted individuals wanted in and around the Canton area for violent crimes and specifically domestic violence. During the operation a stolen firearm was recovered and the person in possession of that firearm was charged with a new crime. Also, a stolen vehicle was also located in the possession of one of the wanted fugitives. Investigation into that case has been turned over to the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.

“Removing violent fugitives from our community in cooperation with our partner agencies is a testament to our commitment for a safer Stark County,” Stark County Sheriff George Maier said.

Participating Agencies for the Summer Sweep Operation:

Akron Police Department

Bath Police Department

Canton Police Department

Carrollton Police Department

Copley Police Department

Crestline Police Department

Cuyahoga Falls Police Department

Hudson Police Department

Huron County Sheriff’s Office

Galion Police Department

Kent Police Department

Mansfield Police Department

New Franklin Police Department

New Philadelphia Police Department

North Canton Police Department

Norton Police Department

Ohio Adult Parole Authority

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Reminderville Police Department

Richland County Probation

Richland County Sheriff’s Office

Stark County Probation

Stark County Juvenile Probation

Stark County Parks Department

Stark County Sheriff’s Office

Summit County Sheriff’s Office

Tallmadge Police Department

United States Marshals Service

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a known fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at: 1-866-4-WANTED or text keyword WANTED and the tip to TIP411 (847411).

Tipsters may remain anonymous and a cash reward may be available. The Task Force’s “Dangerous Dozen” fugitives can be viewed at, which is updated monthly.

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