Criminal Justice News

Friday, May 27, 2016

SOFAST Arrests Indianapolis Murder Suspect

Dayton, OH - The U.S. Marshals’ Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) from the Cincinnati Office, Dayton Office and the Miamisburg Police Department arrested fugitive Robert L. Curry on May 25, 2016 on an outstanding arrest warrant from Hendricks County, Indiana.

Curry, 27, was wanted by the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana on a charge of battery by means of deadly weapon and felony carrying of a handgun with a prior felony conviction. The Indianapolis Metro Police Department identified Curry as a possible suspect in a recent homicide in the Indianapolis metro area. The U.S. Marshals’ Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force and Indianapolis Metro Police Department received information Curry was in the Dayton, Ohio area. SOFAST Cincinnati Office, SOFAST Dayton Office and the Miamisburg Police Department were notified and quickly located Curry at a motel in the 200 block of Byers Road in Miamisburg, Ohio and arrested him on the outstanding charges. A firearm was located on Curry during the incident. Alexis C. Cole, 19, was also arrested at the 200 block of Byers Road in Miamisburg for carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property.

Curry and Cole are currently in the custody of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Dayton, Ohio and will soon be extradited back to Indiana.

Cincinnati’s SOFAST is a fugitive focused, U.S. Marshals Service-led task force consisting of local, state, and federal authorities including the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Colerain Township Police Department, Newtown Police Department, Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, Harrison Police Department, and the St. Bernard Police Department.

Dayton’s SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the Dayton Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Grandview Hospital Police Department, Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Springboro Police Department and the Wright State University Police.

U.S. Marshals are the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement agencies combined

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Medal of Valor Nomination Period Opens May 31

The nomination period for the 2015-2016 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor opens May 31, 2016 at 8 a.m. This medal is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, and is awarded by either the President or Vice President along with the Attorney General of the United States to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. To receive the medal, public safety officers must be nominated by the chief executive officer of their employing agencies.

For information, go to Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 31, 2016.

Visit to Read About Award-Winning Youth Crime Watch Program

Stop by, the school safety site produced by the Justice Technology Information Center, to read "Youth Crime Watch Turns Students into Peer Educators," a profile of the longstanding, award-winning Youth Crime Watch program in Miami-Dade County. While you're there, check out the site's other success stories and resources, including information on School Safe - JTIC's Security and Safety Assessment App for Schools.