Brunswick County debating how, when to replace Sheriff Hewett
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- Since Ronald Hewett's suspension as the Brunswick County sheriff there has been a lot of debate and even confusion as to when and how to replace him. While county commissioners and the Brunswick County Democratic party try to work out the details is public safety being compromised without a permanent sheriff? Since it's uncommon for a sheriff to be suspended the state laws addressing what to do about a replacement are vague and don't give the decision makers much guidance.

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Just two days ago, Brunswick County attorney Huey Marshall asked the commissioners to request that the Democratic party nominate a replacement sheriff within 30 days. Now he's changed his mind. He feels that the state law's definition of vacancy is too vague and that maybe there isn't an opening for the sheriff's position. He's afraid if the petition to remove Hewett is not passed -- and a new sheriff has been named -- the county could end up with two sheriffs. Marshall said, "Given the vague definition of vacancy there has been no succession of responsibility. The sheriff's office is functioning and our coroner is full capable of seeing that those duties are performed." State law says the coroner will take on the duties of sheriff until the position is filled. And Marshall says so far the duties have been fulfilled and residents shouldn't be concerned. Marshall says on Monday he will ask the commissioners to ignore his request to find a new sheriff quickly, and instead hold off on finding a replacement sheriff for now. There have not been any cases like this in recent history and the law regulating the succession was written in 1919. Everyone is researching and trying to figure things out as they go.

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Nothing worse than a dirty cop unless you have a dirty sheriff. It's sad... you put people in a position where they have authority and they take advantage of it. For some reason, Brunswick County law enforcement seems to be the strongest in our surrounding counties. But it's also the most questionable. Me being a citizen, I've had more incidents and pull overs by a Brunswick County law officer than anyone else. And I live in Columbus County. I hope Hollywood Hewitt gets what is coming to him. How dare he ride around like he's king..
It never ceases to amaze me how many people are still supporting this man and how many will still be stating he got "framed", "someone wanted his job" even after he is sitting in prison with Rep. Wright as his cell mate. I agree, the only thing he has been proven guilty of so far is that this "I'm a nice church going citizen, someone you can trust" routine is a load of garbage and he proved that in his own words. For those who are still stating that he did not do it because they are "friends with him" or "know what kind of man he is or they grew up with him" let me ask you this, If he is guilty of what he is being accused of do you think his objective all these years was to let YOU know?
Your county is doomed. dirty people everywhere. move out.
That's your opinion. I think you should just stay where you are. That's my opinion!
I think it is education that is lacking in Brunswick County more than ANYTHING. Do any of you have spell check? Just curious. BCC has 'Continuing Ed' programs. Just go to http://www.brunswickcc.edu/ and enroll.
One comment below states that the sheriff should be replaced by one of the men that came forward. Why? At this point I think the county needs someone with no ties to anyone. Let us vote and let us hope for canidates that have nothing to do with the current mess. It stinks on ALL sides invloved. I think too many players in this drama have agendas other than upholding and enforcing the law. Let's bring in some fresh meat!
I'm sure the Institute of Government can guide the County through this procedure but Ron should just resign and do the right thing and save us all time and money. That's what he had me do when he set me up to lose my job.
Something disturbs me a great deal about this whole indictment process coming out of Brunswick county itself. Now, I'm neither pro or anti Hewitt but I find it VERY disturbing that the Rex Gore, the D.A. who charged him and the judge who he appeared before, Ola Bray, are mentioned by him as being "helped". Hewitt even goes into it deeper by implicating Davis and Caison himself as "helping" Rex. Hewitt's attorneys need to really investigate the matter. I see a huge conflict of interest here. While it certainly appears there was some wrongdoing going on, Hewitt is beginning to look like a fish on the bottom. That's just my opinion.
Ronald Hewett back in office? I dont think so. These deputies took a stand and stood up for their fellow officers and for the citizens of BC what do you think will happen to them if Ronald is given his position back? If he is allowed to do this then we have no justice in our county. Ronald Hewett had it made and the power went to his head. Now that it is out everyone wants to defend him well instead of defending him, we need to back the officers who had the decency to stand up to this monster. Yes I feel bad for his family, but one has to wonder how much they really knew?
IS ANYONE IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY AWARE THAT NO MATTER WHAT EMERGENCY YOU HAVE, FOR EXAMPLE... YOUR HOUSE COULD BE ACTIVELY BEING BROKEN INTO, YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE COULD BE INVOLVED IN A VIOLENT DOMESTIC SITUATION, OR BETER YET THERE COULD BE A BANK HOLD UP OR WORSE A STABBING,SHOOTING OR RAPE, AND IF THE SHERRIFFS DEPARTMENT DEPUTIES ARE DIRECTING SCHOOL TRAFFIC....OR ESCORTING A FUNERAL PROCESSION IT TAKES PRESIDENCE OVER EVERYTHING!!! IT SEEMS TO TAKE 9 OUT OF THE TEN PATROL OFFICERS WORKING TO ESCORT A FUNERAL, LEAVING ONE OF THEM AT THE SHERRIFFS DEPARTMENT FRONT DESK! I PROMISE YOU IF YOU CALL THE SHERIFFS DEPATMENT THEY WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING! I REALLY HOPE THAT IN THESE CASES(MORE OFTEN THEN YOU WOULD IMAGINE) THAT EVERYTHING WORKS OUT WELL, BUT ONE DAY, YOU CAN BET BECAUSE OF THAT ESCORT OR SCHOOL TRAFFIC THAT SOMEONE IS GOING TO HURT OR SOMETHING BAD IS SURE TO HAPPEN, AND WHEN IT DOES...BRUNSWICK COUNTY WILL GET A NEW NAME....WHOMEVER SUES!!!!
I agree you must not be from the south where respect was born! When I see an officer directing traffic for a funeral it makes me proud to live in North Carolina. Resource Officers are a great asset to the school system. I wish we had more - thanks guys for a job well done!
Have you ever heard of resource officers? That is the deputies that are assigned to a certain school to stay all day and watch the children and make sure nothing happens. They also are assigned to direct school traffic. Those deputies are not on road patrol that is their assigned job. Do your homework before you go and bad mouth the deputies who are just doing their assigned job. And you must not be from the South because here we respect the dead and we always have deputies direct traffic for funerals that just shows respect and helps with traffic. I have been to many funerals where people won't stop and respect the funeral and Sheriff Ronald Hewett made sure they got off the road that's just respect! They do have deputies who could make it to the scene of the crime if one came up so don't talk about not having any deputies who can respond to the scene of the crime because of directing school traffic or funerals.
I can`t believe people think drugs are out of Brunswick county because of Ronald.LOL People drugs and crime are still here and will always be here.It`s a part of life until Jesus comes back.That`s the only time things will get perfect,not because of Ronald.Ronald is not Perfect sometimes people in higher office let things go to their heads.I don`t think that all these people have it in for him.These are people that worked for years with him.GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND BRUNSWICK COUNTY!!!!!
If you are tired of the Ronald Bashing, go to this site and sign the petition, www.ronaldehewett.com ... copy and paste it into your top address bar and hit go. There is no worst justice than dirty justice, Rex I could have sworn I saw you at the last fund raiser you and Ronald had and if my memory serves wasn’t those deputies guarding the entrance of the driveway, I guess that was ok...... and to the stinky three please don’t do us any more favors…..
Listen goober, Ronnie is a wash out. He's done. It's over. Those deputies were ordered to be there and so they were there. Get off the train the tracks are coming to an end. Open your eyes. What good do you think will come of you and your stupid petition? None. Maybe you can take him some smokes on sundays at the big house. But whatever you do you can stop kissing his a@@ he can do nothing for you now.
"Mr Justice" The people that are signing that petition are people that are supporting a family that is well thought of in these parts. Moral support. That's what we do here. Would anyone do that for you where ever it is you came from?
Like you Angie I am from good ol Brunswick. I don't know what part you come from but the part I live do not think well of him nor his family. I don't know if anyone would do it for me, of course I am not a dirty crooked scum bag.
Hi, Is there a website for those of us who do not want this criminal back in office? I cannot believe that anyone who read the indicitment and listen to those tapes would want this man in uniform. Get real...he's going to prison along with gore, wright, his son and maybe a few others of his family. Good bye ronnie, enjoy prison.
Why on earth would his son or any of his family members be going to prison for??? Do you know something everyone else doesn't?? Last I knew it was just Ronnie facing charges. His son or family wasn't involved. Please let us in on any truthful information that you have. And as for Ronnie facing prison time he has not been convicted of anything yet, whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Would you want someone to accuse you of something and disrespect you without having all the facts. People please let the system do its job and stop assuming what happened because you know what happens when you assume, you make an ASS out of U and ME. Get a life and keep your mouths shut until it is all over with for crying out loud.
Your name "Not Southern Born" says it all!!
We, the people of Brunswick County have the right to vote for the next Sheriff!!!!!!!
Maybe someone from Columbus County can help!! Their SO is run the right way!
Yes, maybe that is what you need!! Columbus County officials stink!!!!! I can say that because I know first hand. Brunnswick County should appreicate Ron Hewett for all of the trash he has taken off of the street. It seems that all elected officals are not straight up but one thing about it, Hewett was cleaning up the street and protecting the people unlike COL. County.
The people in columbus county sure can't help you fine a new sheriff because we need a new sheriff our self.Columbus county sure isn't run like it should be.
ronald hewett should be put back in office hes a good man hes done alot of good for our countykeeping the drugs out of our county he takes care of the people in brunswick county people are against him cause does a good job he needs to be back in office its not fair to treat him that way wanda clemmons
Your poor sole. Are you truely being serious when you say the things you said in your post or are you like Mr. Hewett under the influence of an illegal substance. Brunswick County has and still is invested with drugs. My concern however is not so much regarding drugs, but the embarassment that the citizens of Brunswick County must be facing regarding what they have allowed the all mighty Sheriff to "get away with". It's your money though, if you choose to spend it on a looser. This is a man, like every other man, except for he took an oath to not only uphold and respect his position and enforce the law, and choose himself to do anything he damn well pleased, including being under the influence of alcolhol and drugs (as evidence clearly shows in the inditement) and take the lives of not only his fellow deputies, family and the good citizens of Brunswick Counties lives in his hands. Thank God someone has put a stop to this criminal. Hopefully, there won't be any more innocent people tortured, randomly by Mr. Hewett and his good ole' boys or God forbid die from being pepper sprayed so severely. I was absolutely astonished that a man who was jailed due to a Christmas altracation with his mother (God Bless her) which I'm sure she thought she was doing the right thing trusting the Sheriff's department to help her son who had a history of mental problems. Unfortunately she had to find out in the hardest way, that her son, who for fact was in an observation cell which a cell which is equipped the a locked door made especially to protect the deputies, so there is absolutely no way for him to harm them in any way whatsoever, awaiting a psychiatric evaluation by the department evaluators. The facts given directly from the sheriff himself were that the only thing that the man was doing was making excessive noise, and could in no way whatsoever cause any harm to the deputies. The only thing they had to do was to tolerate eratic behavior, which this behavior would be completely understandable because he probably wasn't getting the attention that he deserved to be getting, like food, water, etc. The deputies were so ego pumped up that they knew that they could mess with this man, even though it was completely unnecessary. They choose to show there AUTHORITY and big the bad a**es that they think they are by randomly shooting this man in the face and all over his body through the locked cell with pepper spray until he reached his death. I would like to see the financial records of the BC sheriff's department on the amount of money spent just on pepper spray alone, because they are publically known for using it for absolutely no necessary reason, they must go through it like water. How can anyone explain such a tragedy. I consider that murder and committed right there in the jail in front of anyone who was there. He was in a cell that had video, incase there was a serious problem, I only pray that the video will show how he was killed. Being an kindergarten school teacher, I know that I was also an employee of the count of Brunswick and I have in my years had many children with behavior problems in which they may be noisey or cause disturbance. But we are educated in how to handle these maders and could you imagine even putting my hands on an innocent child, which of course is against the law, but what if I had an unruely student and just pulled a bottle of pepper spray out of my desk and sprayed it into his face until he dropped dead. I would be in prison myself. The point that I am trying to make is, why do the members of the sheriff's department under the watchful eye of the ex-sheriff Hewett feel that they are above the law, himself included and no repercussion whatsoever, for their illegal conduct? Trust me, it is in everyones best interest that they support the removal of Mr. Hewett and his corrrupt "good ole' boys club" and thank God that none of your family has ever had to endure such a dispicable tragedy. Sincerely, ME "Let there be peace on earth".
"hes a good man hes done alot of good for our countykeeping the drugs out of our county" What part of the county do you live in...I grew up in the DC area where crime and drugs are an everyday reality. And when I moved here a few years back at 20 years old I could not believe the percentage of teenagers and adults using drugs, and I am not talking about the “tweeds”. They say it doesn’t snow in Brunswick County often, well that’s a lie there is plenty of powder. Also, if possible please repeat grades 2nd through 12th or have someone proofread your comments before you post.
I would like to know in what state, town/county that there are NO DRUGS??? Face it drugs are not going anywhere just the people that sell/use. But they always get out of jail. Drugs have always been around and will continue to be, no matter who the sheriff is. And as for how you use slang like powder/snow. ...sounds like you know quite a bit about drugs, you must have been one of those teenagers in DC using.
"people are against him cause does a good job" WHAT?? Why would people NOT want him to do a good job in their own community ? The only people that would are CRIMINALS (like Hewett).
The truth is the Hewett and Holden famlies spent lots and lots of their money and now their boy is out. The money would have been better spent at the Casino Boat for a family re-union. Let's get a new sheriff from out of state like the Wilmington Police Department did. New blood not inbreeding. Let's get this right!