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Today's News

  • Former sheriff arrives for federal arraignment

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett, together with his wife Julie, and his attorney W. Douglas Parsons, arrived at the federal courthouse in Raleigh just after 8 a.m. today.

    Hewett is scheduled to appear for arraignment before U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt on a federal charge of obstruction of justice.

    Hewett is expected to enter a plea agreement during court proceedings.

    Check back regularly for updates as they happen.

  • Former sheriff pleads guilty to federal charge

    After proclaiming his innocence for just shy of one year, former sheriff Ronald Hewett proclaimed his guilt in federal court Monday morning.

    As part of a plea agreement signed in U.S. District Court, Hewett pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice before U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt.

    Hewett was charged with obstruction of justice on May 8.

  • Hewett's plea agreement scheduled

    A plea agreement will be presented Monday morning at former sheriff Ronald Hewett's arraignment in federal court.

    According to court documents, a plea agreement will be presented regarding Hewett's felony obstruction of justice charge.

    Hewett was charged with one count of felony obstruction of justice May 8, when criminal information was filed in U.S. District Court.

    The charge is directly related to the federal investigation into Hewett.

  • New sheriff, deputies take oath of office

    It looks like any other badge.

    But the badge former sheriff John Carr Davis passed down to Sheriff John Ingram on Friday represents an island of integrity amid a sea of scandal that has plagued the office of sheriff for the past 25 years.

    “I wore this badge for 11 and a half years,” Davis said. “It is untainted.”

    After passing the badge to Ingram, Davis said, “You, John, be the best sheriff we’ve ever had.”

  • Ingram names Miller chief deputy

    A new but familiar face was among the crowd of sheriff’s deputies sworn in by District Judge Marion Warren on Friday morning.

    After taking the oath of office, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram had a brief meeting with his staff where he announced the sheriff’s office new chief deputy, Charlie Miller.

    Miller, 42, who has been serving on the Brunswick County Board of Education since being elected in 2006, previously worked for the sheriff’s office before owning and operating his own business.

  • It's time for the sheriff's office to move forward

    It took several hours Saturday for the Brunswick County Democratic Party Executive Committee to select its nominee for sheriff. After former sheriff Ronald Hewett resigned from the post following local grand jury indictments on four charges, the Party had 30 days to name a successor.

    The field of candidates was diverse. While some had much experience and others less, all candidates vowed they wanted the same thing—to serve and protect the people of Brunswick County.

  • 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.