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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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  • Guest22

    That incident had nothing to do with this woman.

  • HB

    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.

  • BEEN THERE

    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?

  • Brunswick County Resident

    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

  • Sheri

    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.

  • Sour grapes?

  • WilmMan

    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.

  • Brunswick Resident

    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.

  • Contingency14

    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.

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