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  • Ingram nominated for sheriff

    The fourth time was the charm Saturday for John Ingram.

    The 100 or so members of the Brunswick County Democratic Party Executive Committee cast their votes in four ballots before Ingram secured the necessary 89 votes to be named the party’s nominee for sheriff.

    Before voting, Phil Perry, a retired captain with the sheriff’s office, told voting committee members Ingram was the most qualified of all the candidates to take the reins of the sheriff’s office.

  • Former sheriff faces federal criminal charge

     

    The other shoe has dropped. Eleven months, almost to the day, after the first surge of subpoenas swept through the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, former sheriff Ronald Hewett has been charged in federal court.

    Hewett’s charge was filed in U.S. District Court on May 8. The first subpoenas served on the sheriff’s office were on June 7, 2007.

    Hewett has been charged with one felony count of obstruction of justice and will be arraigned before U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt at 9 a.m. June 2 at the Federal Courthouse in Raleigh.

  • Ronald Hewett's federal charges

     

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  • Hewett to be arraigned June 2

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett is scheduled for arraignment in federal court June 2. Hewett is set to appear before Judge W. Earl Britt in Raleigh.

    Eleven months, almost to the day, after federal agents first subpoenaed the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Hewett is facing a criminal charge in federal court. Hewett has been charged with one felony count of obstruction of justice, according to court records.

    Hewett’s criminal information was filed in U.S. District Court on May 8.

  • Sheriff's office changes

    BOLIVIA—Acting Sheriff Greg White has been busy since being named acting sheriff two weeks ago.

    White, the county coroner, assumed all duties of sheriff when Ronald Hewett was suspended March 27 following district attorney Rex Gore’s petition to remove Hewett from office.

    A May 5 hearing is slated to determine whether Hewett will be permanently removed.

  • Operation N.C. Gateway stings Brunswick's former sheriff in early 80s

    Ronald Hewett’s suspension as Brunswick County Sheriff is not a first for Brunswick County.

    More than 20 years ago, former Brunswick County Sheriff Herman Strong was ousted, opening the door for an eager young law enforcement officer named Ronald Hewett.

    In July 1983, the walls surrounding a drug-smuggling operation in Brunswick County came crumbling down as more than a dozen people were convicted or pleaded guilty for their roles in the smuggling operation.

  • Federal investigation into Hewett has spanned 10 months

    Since first being subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on June 7, 2007, Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett has maintained he did not know the scope or nature of the federal investigation surrounding him. He always asserted his innocence.

    Hewett indicated through it all he would fully comply with the investigation. Deputies, family members and seemingly unrelated individuals traveled to Raleigh during the past nine months to testify before the federal grand jury; all the while Hewett remained steadfast at the helm of his office.

  • One sheriff candidate indicted for embezzlement; case dismissed

    Willie Sloan, a candidate for sheriff, was indicted in U.S. District Court in 1993 for embezzlement, mail fraud and a Taft Hartley Act violation.

    Sloan was never convicted on any of the counts, according to court documents.

    In 1993, Sloan was indicted in U.S. District Court on eight counts of embezzlement of union funds, one count of mail fraud and one count of a Taft Hartley Act violation.

  • Race for sheriff: Four drop out of race; two others jump right in

    Editor's note: This is the second installment in a series of stories about sheriff candidates.

    Four candidates have withdrawn their bids for sheriff, and two more have thrown their hats in the ring—bringing the number of people who want to be sheriff to 10.

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy Ken Messer and retired U.S. Marshal Carlton Ebhardt have expressed interest in the sheriff’s post, Brunswick County Democratic Party Chairman Vernon Ward said.

  • Sheriff's deputies allege political coercion

    They say Ronald Hewett forced them to campaign for him, participate in fundraisers and do physical labor to benefit his bid for sheriff.

    But Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies have had enough.

    Amid allegations of political coercion, intoxication at crime scenes, extortion and other charges, Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett has been suspended. He was temporarily relieved of his responsibilities as sheriff last Thursday. A hearing to permanently remove Hewett from office was continued until May 5.