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Originally published: 2012-06-20 10:55:22
Last modified: 2012-06-20 10:58:23

Arrest Report 6.21.12

The following information is provided courtesy of Avery County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
James Ty McCoury, 17, arrested June 12 for driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger.
Timothy Edward Struve, 55, arrested June 12 for possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance.
Christopher Scott Crawford, 34, arrested June 13 for extradition/fugitive to other state.
Charles Robert Ferguson, 35, arrested June 14 on order for arrest for failure to comply/probation violation.
Brandon John Ward, 32, arrested June 14 on order for arrest for failure to comply/non support.
Josephine Amba Hoffman, 17, arrested June 15 for two counts of simple assault.
Eddie Arthur Jones, 45, arrested June 15 for intoxicated and disruptive.
Joseph Lewis Norwood, 31, arrested June 15 for assault on a female.
Cindy Elaine Lee, 47, arrested June 16 for driving while impaired.
Sex offender arrested
Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye this week announced the arrest of Francis Sipala, 57, of Wilmington, Del. Sipala was previously a resident of Avery County and allegedly failed to comply with North Carolina sex offender registration laws on more than one occasion. Sipala was wanted in Avery County on two registration violations. Officers with ACSO worked with United States Marshal’s Service and local police in Wilmington, Delaware to locate Sipala on June 7. Officers also discovered DNA evidence matching Sipala to a 10-year-old sexual assault case in Del. during the course of the investigation. Sipala is currently in custody in Delaware while awaiting extradition to North Carolina. He was placed under a $150,000 bond on charges in Avery County.
DWI checkpoint
ACSO held a DWI checkpoint on Saturday, June 16. ASCO worked in coordination with officers from Beech Mountain Police Department, Banner Elk Police Department, Sugar Mountain Police Department and North Carolina Highway Patrol. The “BATmobile” (Breath Alcohol Testing) from North Carolina Highway Safety Program was also on scene during the checkpoint. The BATmobile serves as a mobile command center during operations such as checkpoints and provides on-site breath analysis.  
Phone scams.
ACSO received information from several citizens reporting phone scams during the past week. One caller reported getting a call from “Cool Cash Giveaway.” The caller was told of winnings from an online entry but didn’t remember entering a contest. Frye reminded citizens to be cautious about releasing personal information to unknown callers. Frye also reminded citizens of the National Do Not Call registry, available by calling (888) 348-3426 or by clicking to