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Monday, 17 November 2014 11:42

Missing Stanley Man Found Safe in Key West

55-year-old Jeffery Odis Hoyle of Cabin Lane in Stanley has been found in Key West, Florida. According to a release from the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Hoyle is safe, but tired.

The Lincoln County Communications Center was notified by the Key West Police Department at about 3:15 Sunday afternoon that they had found Mr. Hoyle. He had been reported missing by a family member on November 6.

Police said Hoyle was tired from the long drive to Key West. The man had contacted family members who lived about five hours from Key West and they were coming to pick him up.

He told Officers in Key West that he left Lincoln County on his own to clear his head.

22-year-old Adrian Francisco Ramirez and 44-year-old Wanda Ann Sukeforth, both of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after noon Friday (November 14) on one felony count each of possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

They were arrested in connection to a residential break-in on the 400 block of 11th Street S.W. that occurred on July 14. Investigators were led to the suspects’ address as the result of an I.P. address associated with one of the stolen devices. Investigators obtained and exectuted a search warrant at the residence, leading to the discovery of stolen property.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Ramirez was set at $35,000, secured, while Sukeforth was given a $25,000 secured bond. She has since been released. The two were both due in District Court today (November 17) in Newton.

17-year-old Daniel Anthony Avalos of U.S. Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory and 24-year-old Stephen Phillip Williams of Stones Throw Court in Lenoir were both arrested at about nine o’clock Saturday evening on separate, outstanding fugitive warrants. Avalos was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

They were arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory saw a subject exit room number 109 and then re-enter quickly after he saw Police. Officers went to the room where both subjects initially gave false information regarding their identities, with Avalos twice providing fictitious information.

Once Police obtained the correct information, they determined that Avalos was wanted on a warrant from Bexar County, Texas for petty theft, while Williams had an outstanding warrant from Polk County, Florida for grand theft auto.

Avalos was also charged for allegedly possessing a pipe and half a gram of marijuana.

Both subjects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Avalos set at $52,000, secured, while Williams was given a $50,750 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Newton.

Catawba County libraries are hosting free learning sessions about the Affordable Health Care act starting this month through the end of December.

A representative of Catawba Family Care of Hickory will show participants how to access the Affordable Care website, www.healthcare.gov, and how to understand what is being offered.

Sessions are planned as follows:

Newton - Mondays starting November 17 from noon to 8 p.m.

St. Stephens - Mondays starting November 17 from noon to 8 p.m.

Sherrills Ford - Tuesdays starting November 18 from noon to 8 p.m.

Conover - Tuesdays starting November 18 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Claremont - Tuesdays starting November 18 from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Maiden - Wednesdays starting November 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Southwest - Fridays starting November 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To enroll for Affordable Care Act insurance, participants must provide their Social Security Numbers, W-2 forms or paycheck stubs, health insurance policy numbers and employer contact information. The data should be gathered before attempting to sign up for Affordable Health Care coverage.

Librarians are available at any library location to help customers find information and navigate the Affordable Care website. Those who do not have an email account may set one up for free at the library.

Dr. Walter Hart, superintendent of Hickory Public Schools will head to the White House to the attend the “Connected Superintendents’ Summit” later this month. Dr. Hart recently received notification that he has been selected as one of only 150 superintendents from across the nation to attend the summit.

The U.S. Department of Education commended Dr. Hart for what he has done at Hickory Public Schools in providing valuable and inspiring learning opportunities for all students.

The Summit, hosted by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education, will be the largest gathering of district leaders committed to technological integration. Superintendents attending the event have been selected for the progress made in their districts.

Dr. Hart has led Hickory Public Schools since November 2011, building significant momentum with regard to technology upgrades and integration since that time. Hart, with support and collaboration from teachers, staff members, the community and the HPS Board of Education, developed a new strategic plan and vision for the system. A technology plan with challenging and specific progress measures was developed. Funding was redirected to support technology integration and quality professional development was implemented.

28-year-old Crystal Diamanta Linebarger of 12th Street Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (November 17) on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Events leading to her arrest unfolded at 12:07 this morning when Police were called to the Save-More store on 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory. Long View Police were there with Linebarger, who reportedly assaulted two Hispanic males with a box cutter.

She told Police she accepted a ride home from a relative’s house with the two men. She then became frightened because they didn’t take her straight home. Linebarger allegedly attacked the victims in the drive-through lane at the store.

The victims, a 38-year-old man from Hickory and a 30-year-old Claremont man, were both taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of lacerations to the head area. Their injuries were not life threatening.

Linebarger was arrested without incident and then confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today.

39-year-old Michael Joseph Trinka has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering, felony larceny after breaking & entering, safecracking, possession of stolen firearms and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Events leading to his arrest began on June 9 when a B&E and larceny was reported at the Captain’s Galley on the Turnersburg Highway in Statesville. Evidence was collected and video footage from a nearby business showed a white male suspect. The victim reported stolen items and property damage totaling approximately $11,000.

On November 7, a citizen contacted Statesville Police and gave them information regarding a possible suspect. Statesville Police shared the information with the Sheriff’s Office. The suspect, Michael Trinka, had recently been arrested by Statesville Police for allegedly stealing and selling cigars. He was also a suspect in another business break-in and larceny.  

Detectives spoke to the citizen who provided the initial tip and obtained further information including text messages and pictures of Trinka in possession of various weapons. Detectives learned that an Uzi shown in one of the pictures was stolen from New York several years ago.

On November 12, Det. Sgt. Cameron Jones obtained a warrant for Trinka’s arrest in connection to the Captain’s Galley break-in. When Deputies went to Trinka’s home on Hyde Lane, they found the house unlocked and a door standing open. Deputies searched the home for the suspect and to be sure that there had been no break-in there. In the process, they found the Uzi in a bedroom.

A search warrant for the house was obtained. That search turned up two assault rifles, an Uzi and a pistol, along with various types of ammunition and magazines. Also located in the home were various other types of property and evidence that linked Trinka to the cigar theft and possibly to a B&E and larceny under investigation by Statesville Police. A backpack was found containing various burglary tools, gloves, a police scanner and other items. Two of the guns were stolen from Folton County, New York during a 2005 residential break-in where Trinka was listed as a suspect at that time.

Trinka was arrested yesterday (November 13) and jailed under a $500,000 secured bond. He was due in District Court today. Trinka also has various court dates pending on a long list of charges in District and Superior court in Statesville.

The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Statesville Police Department and the Folton County Sheriff’s Office all continue to investigate. The agencies are working together and it is likely that Trinka will face more charges. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) has also been contacted and they will review the cases.

17-year-old Kristyn Carson, a senior trumpet player at Hickory High School, has been selected to perform in the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Carson will join 245 musicians and dancers representing all 50 states as they perform in the Great American Marching Band. Each performer was selected through a rigorous application process and recommendations. She was nominated by Carson Williams, a band teacher at Hickory High.

A trumpet player since the sixth grade, Carson will fly to New York for three days of rehearsal just prior to Thanksgiving Day. The band will be provided with new uniforms. On the day of the parade, band members will leave the hotel at 2 a.m. for a final rehearsal that will take place on the streets from 77th and Central Park West on the way to Sixth Avenue and Macy’s Herald Square.

In addition, Western Carolina University’s band will perform in the parade, including three Hickory High alumni. They are Christopher Leeper, Terence Hector and J.R. Brodie.

The live NBC broadcast will begin at 9 a.m.

36-year-old Amanda Michelle Watts and 40-year-old Alfred Wayne Watts, Jr. of Springfield Drive in Lincolnton have both been cited by criminal summons as overage persons aiding & abetting possession of alcohol by underage persons.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lt. Jon Propst served the summons yesterday (November 13) in connection to a party at the Watts’ residence on November 1 that involved underage drinking. The couple allegedly allowed the consumption and possession of alcohol by underage persons. The summons states that alcohol was made readily available to underage persons with the Watts’ knowledge and consent. Amanda Watts is a substitute teacher in the Lincoln County School System.

The parents of some of the underage persons reported the incident to Lt. Propst on November 10. Interviews revealed that the party was attended by a mixed group of adults and teenagers.

The Watts will appear in Lincoln Co. District Court on December 5.

29-year-old Shannon Renae Hodge of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:35 yesterday afternoon (November 13) for felony larceny by servant or other employee.

Hodge was an employee at the McDonald’s restaurant on Highway 70 N.E. in Hickory. Management at McDonald’s called H.P.D. after they suspected Hodge of taking cash from the register.

McDonald’s was able to provide video surveillance footage implicating Hodge. She allegedly took about $1,800 on several occasions, possibly starting in early October of this year.

Hodge was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.