Man charged with assaulting NH School Board member Hickey & wife - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

UPDATE: 911 call sheds light on Hickey & wife assault

Wayne Cole (Source: New Hanover County Sheriff's Office) Wayne Cole (Source: New Hanover County Sheriff's Office)

New Hanover County School Board member Derrick Hickey was assaulted Friday night near his home by a man who Hickey says was "cutting up campaign signs."

According to the investigating police officer, Wayne Cole, 68 of Wilmington, is charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of property damage.

Hickey, who is a candidate for New Hanover County Commissioner, says he was returning home from dinner with his family when he saw the man damaging his signs along Greenville Loop Road.

According to Officer P. McDermott of the Wilmington Police Department, the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Friday. Officer McDermott said Hickey confronted Cole and an altercation ensued.

Officer McDermott says Hickey was punched, and Hickey's wife was shoved during the altercation.

Cole was booked into the New Hanover County jail under a $500 secured bond.

The officer also says Cole claimed that another candidate in the commissioners' race, Skip Watkins, had several campaign signs go missing recently and Cole accused "Mr. Hickey's people" of being responsible.

Reached at home after midnight, Watkins said he had met Cole one time, through a mutual friend, and that Cole did help put out some campaign signs.

Watkins said he and many other candidates have had signs disappear during the primary campaign, and he has no idea who was responsible.

"I do not know anything about this incident and I don't know what to say," Watkins said after asking about Hickey's condition. "This is not what this race should be about. This never should have happened."

Copyright 2014 WECT. All rights reserved.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Horton launches campaign to run for Seventh Congressional District seat

    Horton launches campaign to run for Seventh Congressional District seat

    Friday, May 26 2017 12:30 PM EDT2017-05-26 16:30:18 GMT
    Dr. Kyle Horton has launched her campaign to run for a seat in Congress in 2018. (Source: WECT)Dr. Kyle Horton has launched her campaign to run for a seat in Congress in 2018. (Source: WECT)

    Kyle Horton has launched her first political campaign nearly 18 months before the 2018 General Election. She has declared herself a candidate for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District, running for the seat currently held by second-term Republican Rep. David Rouzer. ..

    More >>

    Kyle Horton has launched her first political campaign nearly 18 months before the 2018 General Election. She has declared herself a candidate for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District, running for the seat currently held by second-term Republican Rep. David Rouzer. ..

    More >>
  • Wilmington opioid pilot project included in proposed House budget

    Wilmington opioid pilot project included in proposed House budget

    Thursday, May 25 2017 12:38 PM EDT2017-05-25 16:38:11 GMT

    A pilot project to combat an ongoing opioid abuse problem in Wilmington is getting support from part of the General Assembly. The House released some of its budget proposal Thursday morning in Raleigh. The spending plan includes full funding of up to a half million dollars over the next two years for an initiative in the Port City.

    More >>

    A pilot project to combat an ongoing opioid abuse problem in Wilmington is getting support from part of the General Assembly. The House released some of its budget proposal Thursday morning in Raleigh. The spending plan includes full funding of up to a half million dollars over the next two years for an initiative in the Port City.

    More >>
  • Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts

    Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts

    Monday, May 22 2017 8:36 PM EDT2017-05-23 00:36:20 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 8:36 PM EDT2017-05-23 00:36:20 GMT

    The Supreme Court has struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina because race played too large a role in their creation.

    More >>

    The Supreme Court has struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina because race played too large a role in their creation.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly