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Roanoke Valley law enforcement reported the following:

Roanoke Rapids Police Department

Chief Bobby Martin reported on Tuesday at approximately 8 p.m. Master Officer J. Spragins was in the area of Thirteenth Street and Roanoke Avenue when he noticed a pickup heading his way. 

The driver, identified later as Wesley Johnston, 66, of Roanoke Rapids, was clocked traveling 51 miles per hour in a 20 miles per hour zone.

Once the vehicle was stopped, Spragins reportedly noticed the smell of alcohol coming from the driver and the cab of the truck.

Spragins determined Johnston was reportedly driving under the influence and placed him under arrest.

Johnston was charged with DWI and speeding.

He was released to a responsible person and has a February 22 court date.

Halifax County Sheriff’s Office 

Captain A.M. Harris reported that Paul Thomas Strickland, 28, of Vance Street, is wanted by narcotics agents.

This news outlet had received information from a source in July and passed it onto Harris about possible drug activity at a restaurant on Premier Boulevard reportedly taking place by an employee.

During the follow-up investigation Agent B.J. Murphy obtained warrants on Strickland for maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for a controlled substance, two counts each of sell cocaine, deliver cocaine and possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine.

Strickland frequents the Vance Street area of Roanoke Rapids and the Gardner Drive area of Gaston.

Pictured below: Sesson, left, Strickland

Agents are also seeking Cortez Sesson, 29, of Happy Drive. 

Agent A.D. Cash has obtained warrants on Sesson for sell marijuana, deliver marijuana and possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana.

Sesson frequents the Straight Road and Highway 48 areas in Roanoke Rapids.

Agents encourage Strickland and Sesson to surrender to law enforcement. 

Citizens are encouraged to report possible drug activity by calling the Halifax County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division at 252-535-1257, Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444 or by downloading the P3 Tips app.

Weldon Police Department

Chief Christopher reported the following:

On Sunday shortly before 10 p.m. Corporal S. McKimmey and Officer M. DiPietro responded to a residence on Woodlawn Avenue in Weldon about a report of a man bleeding from injuries he sustained in a fight. 

When arriving both the victim and the alleged offender, Eugino Darnell Bradley, were at the residence. 

During the investigation officers discovered Bradley struck the victim with a baseball bat in the legs. 

Officers reported that the victim’s legs were swollen and bleeding. The victim was taken to Vidant North by Halifax County EMS for treatment.

Bradley was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. 

He received a $10,000 unsecured bond and February 10 court date.

Pictured below: Bradley, left, and Parker

On Tuesday shortly before 10:30 p.m. McKimmey and DiPietro responded to Weldon Supermarket for an alarm call. 

Officers found the front door glass had been damaged and entry had been made into the business. 

McKimmey noticed a person later identified as Vance Jerome Parker in the area before heading to the call.

With assistance of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, they located and identified him.

After reviewing security camera footage from the business, officers confirmed Parker was reportedly the person who broke into the business and recovered the items taken.

DiPietro charged Parker with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony habitual larceny and injury to real property. 

He received a $5,000 secured bond and February 10 court date.