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Additional subpoenas issued in sheriff case

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

At least seven Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office employees have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury. The subpeonas were issued last Thursday, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

When contacted at his office Tuesday, Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett referred questions about receiving a subpoena to his attorney, W. Douglas Parsons.

But Hewett said he was, and would continue to be at work.

“I continue to rely on that umbrella that [Beacon editorial cartoonist] Keith White put over my head to shield me from the storm—faith in God, family and true friends,” Hewett said.

Twenty-eight people were listed on the grand jury subpoena as “relevant parties,” according to the subpoena released by Marshall’s office Monday afternoon.

This is the second such subpoena served to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office since June.

The subpoena, served on the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, is public record because it was served on a public office.

But subpoenas served to individuals were not public record, Marshall said.

On June 7, the first wave of subpoenas flooded the sheriff’s office, naming 36 “relevant parties,” and requesting documents relating to finances, payroll and bank accounts of the sheriff’s office and Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett.

Hewett, listed among the most recent subpoena’s “relevant parties,” has not testified before the federal grand jury. Hewett has not been subpoenaed to testify, but documents have been subpoenaed.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Robin Zier said at press time Tuesday no charges have been filed against Hewett or the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office does not comment on investigations unless charges have been filed, she said.

The following documents were requested on the subpoena:

•All personnel records related to the relevant parties during the period in question (June 1, 2007-present), including any records or documentation about reprimands, disciplinary actions, reassignment of duties, changes in assigned equipment, demotions, promotions and office changes.

•All documents pertaining to the relevant parties, including records and documents reflecting payments made to any such relevant parties.

•All documents pertaining to disciplinary investigations of any of the relevant parties, including investigations conducted in-house or through outside agencies retained by your office.

•All documents pertaining to rules for utilizing Brunswick County Jail inmate work crews on projects located outside the confines of the Brunswick County Jail.

•All documents pertaining to compensation and benefits, of any type, received by members of the Brunswick County Jail inmate work crews working on projects outside the confines of the Brunswick County Jail.

•All documents pertaining to work performed by Brunswick County Jail inmate work crews on projects outside the confines of the Brunswick county Jail during the period of Oct. 8-24, 2007.

•All documents pertaining to work performed by Brunswick County Jail inmate work crews on property owned by, or property within the immediate vicinity of property owned by, any of the relevant parties during the period from Jan. 1, 2002, through the present.

•All documents reflecting compensation paid to Jessica Hewett, Julie Hewett, Justin Hewett and Ronald Emery Hewett during the period from Jan. 1, 2000-through present.

•All documents reflecting equipment assigned for the use of Jessica Hewett, Julie Hewett, Justin Hewett and Ronald Emery Hewett during the period from Jan. 1, 2000, through the present, including the current location of the equipment.

•All documents pertaining to calls made on telephones used by any of the relevant parties during the period from June 1, 2007, through the present.