COLUMBUS, Ohio - Northeast Ohio law enforcement professionals rank among the two dozen honored by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Wednesday during the state Attorney General's Law Enforcement Conference in Columbus.
A joint effort in the Craigslist serial murder investigation landed several agencies the Distinguished Law Enforcement Group Achievement Award. The winners include representatives from the Akron Police Department, Summit County Prosecutor's Office, Noble County Sheriff's Office, Noble County Prosecutor's Office, Ohio Attorney General's Special Prosecution Section, Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to the news release, the agencies initially discovered an isolated Noble County shooting but instead uncovered a premeditated serial killing spree . Craigslist ads attracted out-of-state job seekers to Ohio looking for farm work, but the men became victims of a serial murder and robbery plot. Three men were shot and buried in shallow graves. Another sustained injuries but lived to share his story with law enforcement.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation organized evidence and assisted prosecutors with the trials. Richard Beasley received a death sentence for leading the killing spree. Brogan Rafferty will spend life in prison.
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Officer Steven D. Davis, of the Solon Police Department, earned the Distinguished Law Enforcement Valor Award. Davis pulled over a suspect for drunk driving March 17, 2013 but the suspect sped away from officers, lost control and disabled his vehicle, the release says. He then left the car and fired shots at officers. Davis returned fire, killing the suspect.
Deputy David S. Fatheree, of the Summit County Sheriff's Office, received the Distinguished Law Enforcement Training Award. He provided over a decade of service to the Summit County Sheriff's Office Training Bureau.
Fatheree develops and presents quality programming that exceeds legal standards, requirements and best practices, according to the news release. He also serves on the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy’s Curriculum Advisory Board, holds teaching credentials for basic law enforcement and corrections courses, and teaches at Kent State University, the University of Akron and Stark State College.
More details on the awards and their recipients are available here .
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