Message From The Sheriff
NICK WELDEN  ( read )
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Fort Payne, AL 35968
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Two arrested after assault at Sylvania School
19-year-old Wesley Baker

Two males were arrested after assaulting a student at approximately 9:30 am this morning at Sylvania School.

The two individuals walked to the school after allegedly smoking marijuana early that morning. They confronted a 15-year-old male student while he was boarding the bus to the Tech School and assaulted him.

The two individuals fled on foot, and were located by a DeKalb County Deputy on County Road 121.

One of the offenders is identified as 19-year-old Wesley Ray Baker, and the second was a 16-year-old juvenile. Baker was reportedly homeschooled, and the juvenile offender had recently withdrawn from Plainview School.

The two were charged with Criminal Trespassing, Assault Third Degree, and Public Intoxication. Baker was also later charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: It’s unfortunate that these two young folks made the decision to attack a student on school grounds.”

“I really appreciate the cooperation of our Deputies, School Resource Officers, and the Sylvania Police Department,” continued Welden. “They worked together and worked quickly to locate these subjects.”

“The better departments work together, the more efficiently we all work for you,” he said.

“God Bless,” concluded sheriff Welden.