Sheriff’s office seeks fugitive


By Frank Lewis

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Local law enforcement is looking for a man who failed to report for his prison sentence. Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his department is searching for Eric Winters, 29, whose last known address was 1365 15th St., in West Portsmouth.

Donini said his office is currently looking for Winters who had been sentenced to prison and failed to appear for his prison sentence earlier this month. Donini said Winters is currently at large being sought by his department. His original charges included burglary, breaking and entering and aggravated robbery.

When Winters was arrested in March of this year, the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office said they believed they had solved a rash of burglaries.

Donini said detectives had been actively working several burglary and breaking & entering cases in the West Portsmouth area that started during November of 2014. Donini said his office had been looking for the suspect who had been making threats toward law enforcement officers around the West Portsmouth area.

After an ongoing investigation charges were filed through Portsmouth Municipal Court for Winters and on Dec. 15, 2014, at approximately 7 a.m. a West Portsmouth resident called in and stated that the suspect had just attempted to break into their garage and fled the area on foot around Pershing Avenue.

Deputies and detectives, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, responded to that area along with a Highway Patrol K-9 unit which resulted in a four hour search of the area. Detectives, along with the Washington Township community policing deputy, were able to locate the suspect in a back yard on 16th Street and take him into custody without incident.

He was subsequently indicted by a Scioto County grand jury.

Anyone with any information concerning the theft is being requested to contact Detective Daniel Malone at 740-351-1099 All calls will remain anonymous.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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