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Ex-Brunswick County Sheriffs' Dept. employee talks

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- It's been one week since Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett was suspended from his post following allegations of extortion, embezzlement and intoxication. This begs the question: what's it really like to work for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department? A women who spent five years working under Ron Hewett told NewsChannel 3 about the good, the bad and the ugly of what was really going on behind the scenes. Former Brunswick County Sheriff's Department employee Linda Thompson said, "Life at the Brunswick County sheriff's department for the five years that I worked there was between a living hell and a nightmare." Thompson worked as a jail supervisor for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department from 1999 to 2004. She says she was used as a scapegoat for the department and was fired. "I was wrongfully terminated, having been accused of stealing," she said. "I was almost locked up. I was interrogated for almost two hours." She has always denied stealing a necklace from an inmate and believes department leaders used her as an easy way out. "They tried to make me confess to doing a crime that I didn't do," Thompson said. "Some of them just didn't want to do any more work." Thompson is upset she lost her job but says the worst part was losing her friends at work. "Everyone was told, by my understanding, that they couldn't have any more contact with me or they'd lose their job -- by the sheriff," Thompson said. She hopes people realize now that things aren't always what they seem. "Everyone knows there's a certain amount of corruption that goes on in any and all law enforcement," Thompson said. Thompson believes more evidence of corruption could come out as secrets are revealed, and that the problems will take years to resolve.

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Why Now?

My question is why now is she coming forward? If she felt she was wronged by the Sheriff's office and unjustly fired, and if she had so many friends at the Sheriff’s office then why didn't she come forward before now? IMO I think she is just trying to have the public now have a pity party for her. If she was wrongfully fired, which given the recent history of the Sheriff's Department it is possible that she was, then why on earth wait 3 years before even mentioning it to the public. I, like many citizens am unsure what to think about our county's current situation. I feel that if the allegations presented are true and from what I've read it appears that they are, that Sheriff Hewett is a very sick man that needs treatment, and I also believe he should be held accountable for his actions. This county has changed so much over the past 10 years and in my opinion very little of the change has been positive. I pray that as a community we start to see real changes in all aspects, including the schools and with the local officials.

Why Now

you must not have listened to or even know the news which was printed in the star news and aired on channel 3 approximately september of 2005. so you need to get your information straight. u r all wrong. IT DID HIT THE NEWS AND SHERIFF HEWETT WAS ACTUALLY CONFRONTED ABOUT IT ON TV, NEWS CHANNEL 3 WHEN THE REAL THIEF GOT CAUGNT BUYING HIMSELF A $200 PRESSURE WASHER IN LOWES IN SHALLOTTE WITH A LADY'S STOLEN LOWES GIFT CARD. SO NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Excuse Me

That incident had nothing to do with this woman.

Questions for Linda Thompson Regarding Sheriff Hewett

I have just a couple of questions regarding your termination: 1) Did you have a lawyer during questioning? 2) Did you fight this termination 3) Who did the interrogation? 4) Why did they single you out? was there other problems? Just curious

Sheriff Ron Hewett

I myself support Sheriff Ron Hewett----I just read what was stated by deputies in the Star News 4/5 against Ron---What bothers me the most if Ron has done so wrong over the past few years, why didn't these deputies come forward then---scary to have deputies that are to potect and serve the county not stepping forward, they say Ron showed up drunk and hey let him drive away, if thats the case I do hope the deputies are being charged as well. From what I have readed and listen to on the news these deputies did not up hold the law. I am not judge and jury, but I am a citizen and I support Sheriff Ron Hewett.

It is about time for his happy ass doing so time in jail

Good for Ron getting his happy ass getting in Hot water! That is what he get being on the wrong side of the law. Someone need to pulled down his pants and his underwear and bend him over and paddled his butt until FIRE sets in his butt. Continued paddled his butt until black and blue every day while he is being in prison! I think he should get time for a very long time and having his butt torn up every day while he is serving time behind bars! Oh yes, the same for his Son also! Let both of them doing some hard labor and only earn 5 cent a day.

Sheri - About Ronald Hewett

Sheri, Why do you support Ronald? just curious. Did you read the indiciment? Did you listen to the tapes? did you read the complaints? What if someone was treating your daughter that way? would you support them? Sorry, but you must know something the rest of us dont.

Ex-Brunswick Sheriff Employee

Sour grapes?

Disgruntled???

She sounds like a disgruntled former employee. Her allegations may be the truth, but why is it that we always hear from people that have been fired from a job or forced to leave? Why can't we ever hear from former employees that quite on their own? I can't ever remember hearing a person that has been fired from a job say anything nice about that job.

Why?

Why is this a story? This happened a long time ago, and by any evaluation sounds like sour grapes. This certainly adds nothing to the issue with Sheriff Hewett, and the problems in the county. Quit whining, and either sue for wrongful termination, or get on with your life.

Ex-brunswick county jailer LINDA THOMPSON

Could someone from the news dept. find out what this Linda Thompson meant when she said,"Everyone knows there's a certain amount of corruption that goes on in any and all law enforcement". She works with NEW HANOVER COUNTY 911,so are we to believe her by what she has implied that our Sheriff in New Hanover is corrupt? We citizens need to know if she is lying or if she really knows something.

That's how

the gestapo worked. Only the most un-informed and willfully ignorant don't KNOW about the corruption. If only LEOs would focus on violent crime and illegals. They should only be allowed to lock each other up.

Bless her heart. I hope she

Bless her heart. I hope she has a nicer place to work now.

Hewett

That was a shamefull story you did on the news 4/3/08 at 5:33 PM about Linda Thompsons feelings. She was either not guilty and sad she lost her job or guilty and has a axe to grind because she got caught. In either case she is not going to say anything nice about Ronald Hewett. Romans 8:28 All things work together for good to them that love God.

Hewett

GOD REIGNS AND HE IS REIGNING OVER BRUNSWICK COUNTY AND RONALD HEWETT. WHAT IS A SHAME IS THAT THE PUBLIC HAS HAD NO KNOWLEDGE WHAT A TRUE MONSTER HE CAN BE AND HAS BEEN. REIGN ON MY GOD, BECAUSE MY GOD HAS ACTED AND THOSE WHO CLAIM HIM,LOVE HIM AND CALL ON HIS NAME ARE HEARD. I AM A CHILD OF GOD, ARE YOU? STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, READ, BELIEVE WHAT IS BEFORE YOUR EYES AND EARS, BECAUSE IT HAS ALL BEEN PUT ON PAPER,TESTIFIED TO AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET US ALL FREE.