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ONLY ON 3: County leaders react to Hewett's email

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A former sheriff is speaking out. After serving about a year in prison for obstruction of justice and embezzlement, Ron Hewett is taking aim at people who helped put him there. Hewett also has harsh words for a Brunswick County Commissioner.

Hewett finished serving his sentence for embezzlement and obstruction of justice in January. Since then, hewett has declined multiple interview requests from WWAY. But Monday night he sent us an open letter claiming District Attorney Rex Gore threatened his family.

In the message Hewett wrote: "The obvious question must be 'Why did you plead guilty?' The answer is because our soon to be ex-district attorney threatened my family with imprisonment and I did the only honorable thing to protect my family."

Gore would not comment on the letter.

Hewett went on to criticize Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke and former Capt. Kevin Holden, who was one of several deputies who issued sworn statements against the former sheriff.

"Furthermore, I must also state that I read with amazement, that County Commissioner Marty Cooke actually charged our counties (sic) citizens for a cup of coffee on his way to Raleigh," Hewett wrote. "You know, I find it very funny, that I not only bought my own food with money from my own pocket, to feed "then" Captain Kevin Holden. Holden later had no problem telling by writing an affidavit that I had asked him 'What in the world I was under investigation for?'"

We were unable to reach Holden for comment, but Cooke responded to the criticism.

"I've always known Sheriff Hewett through the years. I've known him for probably 30 years, and we've been friends through the years," Cooke said. "And the only thing I did was I ate breakfast by going through a drive-thru at Port City Java, and I did that or McDonald's whenever I was going to a meeting in Raleigh or, say, Atlantic Beach or something like that either dealing with terminal groins or wind and hail or taxation or something like that."

After sending us his e-mail, Hewett again declined our request for an on-camera interview. He wrote he has almost reached "the light at the end of the tunnel" as his probation comes to an end.

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It doesn't take a rocket

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that all of the public safety, the courts, judges, SBI, and ex-district attorney and ex-gov Mike Easley were all in the kickbacks business from new million dollar court houses,jails,tax office,getting your oyster harbor development boat access approved, (why do you think Mark Saunders hired Hewett when he got out and real estate sucks?)and is the top county in the state for foreclosure. You really believe the drug business left when Sheriff Varnum was let off the hook and just fired back in the 80 . That's why they plea was made so that the public is kept in the dark about the real crimes and we have our elected officials and public safety covering there ass and make Ronald Hewett get a slap on the wrist having to do a year at the Federal Prison Butner where they don't even have fences and it's summer camp for all of the connected officials and rich fokes like Berny Maddoff. Ask any local who's lived there why the drugs are so available in that county? Because all of your goverment officals are on the take. Check out the 17yr the state crime lab was fixing evidence for the DA and where was the outcry. Face it North Carolina has one of the most corrupt systems in all of the states and until the public wake up and realize that we are the only state that lets the DA Judge shop and pick witch judge you see you will only receive as much justice as you can pay for and that's not guaranteed. If they can cover up a cops death on BHI they can surely get away with fooling people who are paying inflated property taxes on there over priced real estate.

Submitted by guest (not verified) on Wed, 09/29/2010 - 11:12am.

I said it before and will say it again and again. If Ronnie really wants the trust of the public back, he needs to tell all he knows. Starting with the Davina Jones Murder and cover up on Bald Head Island. BTW everyone ,please use your spell check before posting, you Ron Hewett supporters are looking very ignorant with your post!

Davina Jones

I could not agree more-the MURDER of Officer Jones, going on 12 years now) needs to be reopened, stated as a Homicide, and find out why the cover up. We all have our own ideas, but the spin should be interesting. In addition, I am of the opinion that the Hewett supporters come across, as you say, for the content of their posts, not necessarily the spell check and poor grammar. Thanks-keep pushing for Davina, someone might hear. Her father is still holding on to hope.

IMAM Baaaiack

well, well, Ronald writes letter people start commenting and word gets on the street and before you know it every Deputy sheriff with access to a computer starts commenting, Here is how I see it,

1. Ronald has served his time.
2. He is entitled to free speech and his opinion
3. He still pays taxes even if he is a convicted felon.
4. why has Rex not brought charges against the county commissioners?
5. why did Rex not bring Charges against the Deputies that took our money so they could help Mr. Hewett campaign, only to scream he brow beat them to get then to lay down their morality.
6. How many crimes went unsolved while they were taping and investigating Ronald Hewett.

So personally I find more disgust in the fact that we elected a democratic sheriff, ended up with a liar that switched parties and know represents the party that lost the last election, if that doesn't seem violently criminal against the very democracy we represent then I had rather have a honest Convict, Than a Leering Bible thumping, county jumping, party switching, wife beating opportunist any day, thats just my Brunswick county tax paying opinion.

Pleading guilty

Oh yes I know of many many people have plead guilty because they were threatened!!!Ronald is not lying.If you have never been charged and been before brunswick county DA REX GORE then u r blessed!!!It is soley up to him where or not you go to court and be tried as a felon.My GOD you should see what goes on in the detention center.One day I am going to tell you what I saw, but you all will think I am lying!!!!!!I disagree with what anybody says about MARTY COOK!!!!!HE ONLY WANTS TO SEE THIS COUNTY NAMED THE DRUG COUNTY Of N.C.BECOME A DESCENT COUNTY LIKE IN THE GOOD OLE DAY'S this COUNTY IS RUNNING OVER WITH_______________________PEOPLE!!!!!!!!


Whoop...whoop...holler...clap...clap...clap...stomp...stomp...pass SB a cigar. Well said!



Ron Hewitt

Ron was the best sheriff BRunswick County could want and ever had. He got more drugs out of BC than anybody else. Kinda makes me wonder, that he's telling the truth about taking the guilty plea, because Gore and the DA's office did make threats too charge his family with some trumped up charges. They knew if it went to trial, he'd be found not guilty. I am not a friend of Hewitts, but met him several times and am proud to say voted for him every year.As for our county leader Marty Cooke, if you can't afford to buy yourself a cup of coffee, make some at home before you leave, or better yet give up your seat and get a real job that you can afford to eat out on your own money. I am a struggling citican and can't afford to eat out ever. Yet I'm paying too high taxes so you can go out to eat. All you have to claim, it's acounty business meeting and we pay

Ron Hewitt

Maybe Ron is telling us the truth. I wouldn't put it past our DA and his office make threats so Ron would plead guilty without a fight. They knew if there was a trial, he would have been found not guilty, and how would that have looked on their record for the las election. Marty Cooke, if you can't afford to buy a lousy cup of coffee, maybe you should give up your position and get aREAL JOB. i'm struggling to make ends meet, paying too high taxes and I'm buying your meals out. If you can't afford it,stay at home

season opens sat

RON, Muzzleloading season opens sat,got stands ready,you know how to get in touch. you also know you are always welcome,you are a true friend and they are hard find,come by the FARM sometime

Can't make it

Dear henrytown,
Thanks for the invite henrytown but you know there is that pesky law about FELONS possessing firearms.
Ex law of this county.

The bottom line is, you

The bottom line is, you don't PLEAD GUILTY to something you "didn't do". You wouldn't need to "protect your family" from something if there was nothing to protect them from. Nobody "does" anything to you, don't get mad cause you got caught. You can't just sentence people to jail for the heck of it, if that was the case there would be a lot more people in there then what there is. I do not feel sorry for him or for anyone else in his family. They all just need to let it go.


some people just dont know what went on, and what is still going on in the sheriffs department.


I said it before and will say it again and again. If Ronnie really wants the trust of the public back, he needs to tell all he knows. Starting with the Davina Jones Murder and cover up on Bald Head Island. BTW everyone ,please use your spell check before posting, you Ron Hewett supporters are looking very ignorant with your post!

Let's hear it all

More people need to be made aware of the debacle that was the investigation into Officer Jones murder,I mean, suicide, yeah that's it suicide. It looks like the Jinga tower of cover-up is falling. I hope the Buff family can finally find out the truth!

Davina Jones

My question is will the new DA take a look at this case and see how it was either a show of the worst ineptitude by a group of law enforcers or a cover-up or both. How, How, does someone shoot themselves dead center in the back of the head (I guess she must have been lying down-Hewett gave three different scenarious to see which one sounded most likely). Two Industrial Commission findings found this determination ridiculous as did the U.S. Justice Dept. Yet, Gore refused to hear any of it.

Hewett and McMahon

Maybe Ed McMahon will hire Hewett. Seems to be a forgiving nature in New Hanover County so maybe he will fit right in.

You go Ron!!! I believe in

You go Ron!!! I believe in you!!! your mental state is fine!!!!
Get them crooked people!!! You were a great sheriff!!! Bring rex, marty, and that pansy kevin holden down!!!!!!!!!! they brought you down and sold you out!

keep the faith

The ramblings

and support, on here, for a convicted felon who's job it was to uphold the law, help to reiterate why NC and the country is in the state of distress and why brunswick county still has that podunk reputation. What makes it even worse is trying to decipher what some of you are trying to say with the poor use of the english language. are/our their/there It is as pathetic as Hewett criticizing others through emails rather then opening stating his griefs and defending them openly.

this is just sour grapes

Ron, I read your letter, and it sounds as though you are nothing more than bitter. Bitter against those who taped your conversations of 'proof' that you were irrational in your thinking and otherwise. Several of your own deputies stated that you would show up to calls with the smell of alcohol on your breath. You're right, no one had a chemical or blood analysis to determine as such, but then again DO NOT attempt to exonerate yourself in an open letter forum. How incredulous you are to attempt that. My God man, you were, at that time, the Sheriff of Brunswick County. You have already admitted you had a prescription problem and evidently an alcohol problem as well.

I read your letter as nothing more than a whiny baby reaching out to whatever is left of your 'friends' to further attempt to extort your 'side of the story' as the 'innocent convicted'.

Ronald, it's sad your life became what it did. You started off well, as Sheriff, you did many great things for the county, no denying that, but, as a human, you stumbled, it's ok, we're all human and we all take stumbling blocks along life's path. However, your letter clearly indicates you're still stumbling and have not yet realized the error of your ways. Your attempt to use that letter to gain sympathy only further shows you have a very long way to go.

My suggestion, should you read this is stay out of the limelight and the camera's spotlight. NO ONE is interested in Ronald Hewitt, Retired Sheriff of Brunswick County anymore.

so set it straight..don't

so set it straight..don't care about coffee or food...let us not forget the davina buff jones case (and others like it).....remember ron, the truth will set you free --- and possibliy give rest to davina's family! it is amazing what politics and power can do to a community!

Will the truths all be told?

All of these people with Brunswick County are falling. Why can't one of them tell the truth about officer Davina Jones? The Buff family deserves the truth and justice for their daughter!

Ron Hewett

So glad to finally hear him say what really went on. I knew there was more to it.

i still believe in him.....

i still believe in him.....

Ron Hewett's stability?

Ron Hewett's stability? Sound like he is very stable after what he's went through. He took he fall for all of the other corrupt government officials in Brunswick County. Just look how Rex Gore has run his office.... incompetent employees not properly prepared for their cases. Cases getting dismissed due to being unprepared. Ron Hewett did a great service to Brunswick County. It is ashamed what happened to him.

All I have to say is that we

All I have to say is that we have had a 2nd home in Brunswick County for over 20 yrs....we never had a crime problem until Hewett left office. Since then our 2nd home has been burglarized and have actually had squatters use it twice....and continue to have problems with trespassers using our deck overlooking the ICCW for cookouts and parties when we are not there. We never had these issues before and have gotten no help from the local law enforcement addressing these issues.

Hey all you have to say

Why don't you call Super Ronnie who cleaned up all the crime by himself. He has plenty of time to watch your house for you. Get a grip loser. He didn't do anything. You need to thank the men and women who weren't constantly on the tv. The brave men and women who put their lives on the line for you and the other losers who still love this ex-con. Oh by the way he didn't leave he was SENT TO PRISON FOR BEING A CROOKED COP. GET THE HELL OVER IT.

Indeed, it's always a

Indeed, it's always a paltry, feeble, tiny mind that takes pleasure in revenge. It's no surprise that he chose to release this mumbo jumbo in the midst of a breaking news event (local flooding).

It's time for you to go away, Ronnie. Brunswick County has a TRUE leader now. Who cares if he swore in your enemies? He knows they would spill the beans if he did anything corrupt and he still employs them. That tells me he is doing his job right.

Ron Hewett

Ron Hewett was set up--clear as day. There are other corrupt officials still in office that have committed more severe "crimes", but Ron had to be the scapegoat because he was a strong, no-nonsense leader.


We do not know a lot about the inner workings of such a large Department, however, Ron Hewett was a great lawman. He loved his job. As far as I can tell, he was very loyal to the citizens of Brunswick County and this State. I hope he runs for Sheriff again....


Was Hewett's family "threatened" with prosecution because they committed unlawful acts that were prosecutable?

I cannot speak to the allegation he made against Holden. As for the stuff he brought up about Cooke, it's ridiculous. Like other governmental agencies, as well as private businesses, county employees are allotted a certain amount of travel expenses for going out of town on county business. If he was getting a coffee at our expense, so be it. It is one of the costs of doing county business. It's not like he was stopping to eat lobster or prime rib on our dime. He wasn't breaking the rules.