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50-year-old Timothy Dayton Spears of Ray Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 7) by authorities in Caldwell County. He was arrested while in court and charged with violation of a house arrest order. Spears was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $120,000 secured bond. No court date was scheduled.

The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office is reporting that three people have been found dead at a residence in Morganton.

At approximately 7:43 this morning (June 8), Burke County 9-1-1 was contacted by a caller who said a person who appeared to be deceased was at a residence at 3439 Enola Road. Upon arrival, Burke County Deputies located one deceased person outside the residence.

Deputies learned there might be a young child in the residence. Upon entry, two additional bodies were found. The child was found unharmed and was taken for a medical examination.

The Burke Co. Criminal Investigation Division and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are conducting an ongoing investigation.

No additional information has been released.

27-year-old Tevin Jerome Gaither of Leonhardt Street in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 a.m. yesterday (June 7) on one felony count each of trafficking in cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Gaither was taken into custody without incident at a residence on South Center Street in Hickory. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released about two-and-a-half hours later under a $50,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Gaither had previously been arrested by Hickory Police on May 28 on cocaine and assault charges. He was also arrested on December 16 of last year on charges involving cocaine and oxycodone.

24-year-old Christian Dale Mounts of Pink Lail Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (June 8) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felon counts of creating a counterfeit controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance. Mounts was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 11).

The Beanstalk Adventure Playground at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton will be closed for maintenance Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 15. Recreation employees close the playground each year for maintenance, in order to re-stain the wood and repair damaged netting and cables.

The playground cannot be used during maintenance because the stain will permanently discolor clothing and shoes. The playground will reopen Saturday, June 16.

A meeting is scheduled for Monday (June 11) for citizens to talk to transportation officials about what highway projects should take priority in the long range plan for Division 11, which includes Caldwell and Watauga Counties. That long range plan is entitled the State Transportation Improvement Program, it's a ten-year plan that identifies funding for projects and schedules them for construction.

The N.C. Department of Transportation combines data and local input to determine which projects will get built, using a formula established in the Strategic Transportation Investments law to focus funding on projects that will reduce congestion, improve safety and promote economic growth.

NCDOT Division 11, which includes Caldwell, Watauga, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties, will hold an informal public meeting on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Division 11 office, 802 Statesville Road in North Wilkesboro.

Citizens are invited to stop in and provide input on how the division plans to rank its project priorities. Please note that these meetings are not for maintenance projects, such as patching potholes, resurfacing roads or improving ditches. In addition, a public comment period is underway now and runs through July 9, during this period, NCDOT is collecting feedback from citizens who express their views at public meetings across the state, online, by phone or in writing.

After the comment period ends on July 9, NCDOT will combine the data scores and local input to produce the total project scores. A draft list of the top-scoring Regional Impact projects is scheduled for release in August. A similar process for local input will take place in the fall for local Division Needs projects. Get more details at

51-year-old David Brian Gross of Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (June 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with fraudulently burning a dwelling and burning personal property. Gross was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 11).

34-year-old Joshua David Adams of Conley Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (June 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Adams was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

The Catawba River Greenway in Morganton has reopened to the public after various portions were shut down due to recent flooding. Morganton Parks and Recreation Director Rob Winkler said while the waters have receded, some silt remains in some places and people should exercise caution while biking, walking and running on the Greenway.

42-year-old Marcus Oneal Michaux of Beall Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Wednesday (June 6), shortly after 6 p.m. the Lenoir Police Department received a call in reference to an altercation in a parking lot at 313 Greenhaven Drive. The caller said that the individuals were potentially armed with baseball bats and guns. Officers arriving on scene located the victim in the parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers used a tourniquet on the victim to render medical aid until first responders arrived.

According to a news release from the Lenoir Police Department, the individuals involved in this incident were known to each other and the altercation stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the two parties involved. The victim was initially transported to Caldwell United Health Care for non-life threatening injuries.

During the beginning stages of the investigation 39-year-old Tammie Marie Michaux of the same Beall Street address as Marcus Michaux, was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of resist, delay, and obstruct an officer and one misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun. Her bond was set at $5,000 secured, no court date was listed.

Michaux has been released on $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 11).

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