BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- Back in November NewsChannel 3 got a tip that Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett ordered inmates to do yardwork in preparation for his son's wedding. Some newly released documents appear to add truth to that rumor. The documents were released Wednesday. The documents are records of the work inmates did in Shallotte, on October 18, 2007. The crews cleaned roads leading up to a house off Riverbend Drive, where Hewett's son had his wedding on October 20. Sheriff's records were subpoenaed a couple of weeks ago; they indicate that federal investigators are aware of the work order. According to Brunswick County rules, inmates can be ordered to clean roads only if it benefits the public. There's still no word on exactly what federal investigators are looking for in their investigation of the sheriff. Hewett has not commented on the investigation since it began in June.
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