PIQUA — The Piqua Police Department served a narcotics-related search warrant at a High Street residence on Friday morning following a police investigation, as well as a number of neighborhood complaints and drug-related incidents at the residence.
The search warrant was served at 1001 W. High St. in Piqua on Friday. Deputy Chief Marty Grove of the Piqua Police Department said this residence “has been an ongoing problem for an extended period of time.”
“We’ve had numerous overdoses reported at this residence,” Grove said. Grove said investigators collected several types of suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia.
David Wintrow, 54, a resident of the home, was charged with fifth-degree felony possession of drugs and fourth-degree misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with this investigation. Wintrow was home at the time the search warrant was served, along with four other people, including an 82-year-old woman related to Wintrow.
The investigation is ongoing and additional chargeds are possible, Grove said. The other subjects present at the time the search warrant was served have not been charged.
“We’ve been concentrating on it for quite some time,” Grove said about the residence. He said officers are familiar with the residence and have been called there “countless” times to respond to various incidents.
“We’re going to continue to do what is neccesary to get the activities at this house to cease,” Grove said.
Wintrow is currently being held in the Miami County Jail.
Piqua police pursue suspect on foot
In an unrelated incident on Friday, Piqua police also pursued a suspect wanted on a felony warrant on a foot chase through Piqua that afternoon.
Officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of South Main Street in Piqua a little past noon on a domestic dispute complaint. Grove said a male subject reportedly involved in the incident fled the scene prior to officer arrival. It was then discovered the suspect was wanted on a felony warrant out of Texas and a misdemeanor warrant out of Champaign County.
“Our officers then began to check the area,” Grove said. He explained the officers would momentarily lose sight of the suspect and then see him again while pursuing him on foot. A passerby then saw the suspect in the area of Hartzell Hardwoods and Hartzell Air Movement. The passerby notified police and even helped transport some of the officers in the bed of his truck to the suspect, Grove said. Police then apprehended the suspect near an abandoned railroad in the area of Roosevelt Avenue and South Main Street.
“He was discovered hiding in the weeds,” Grove said.
Michael Leger, 27, was picked up on those warrants, as well as charged with obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.
Leger is currently being held in the Miami County Jail.
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