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The Weldon Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Christopher Davis:

Friday around 10 p.m., Officer M. DiPietro responded to 51 Sycamore on a trespassing call. 

The officer identified the trespasser as Cora Lee Edwards, 59, of Weldon. 

The owner of the establishment advised that Edwards was banned from the establishment. 

DiPietro attempted to talk to the woman and get her to leave but Edwards refused, became irate and began pushing and shoving the officer.  

DiPietro arrested Edwards after a brief struggle and took her to a magistrate where she was charged with second-degree trespass and assault on a government official. 

She received a $3,000 unsecured bond and February 16 court date.

Corporal S. McKimmey and the Garysburg Police Department assisted.


On Saturday around 1 a.m. McKimmey conducted an investigation on a vehicle partially in the roadway on Country Club near County Road. 

McKimmey observed a male driver passed out behind the wheel while the vehicle was running and in drive. The driver was identified as Eric Lamont Branch, 32, of Weldon.

A weapon was found on Branch which was reported stolen out of South Carolina. 

McKimmey conducted a DUI investigation and discovered Branch was intoxicated and driving under the influence. It was also discovered that he was a convicted felon out of Delaware. 

Branch was arrested and taken before a magistrate. He was charged with driving while license revoked, open spirituous liquor in the passenger compartment, carrying a concealed gun and possession of a stolen firearm. 

He received a $1,000 unsecured bond for the DWI and driving after consuming with a court date of February 18 and a $5,000 unsecured bond for the weapons violations with a court date of January 14. 

DiPietro assisted.