Friend Tries to Pay Hewett's Debt

BRUNSWICK COUNTY --  Someone has paid the debt the state said Sheriff Ron Hewett owes to the county.

Tuesday, Bob McHenry, a friend of Hewett's, said he walked into the county manager's office and paid more than $1,400 in cash towards Hewett's debt.

McHenry said he did it because he thinks Hewett is innocent, and he's sure the case against the sheriff is a misunderstanding.

"He's a good man, and a good sheriff and we want him to stay," said McHenry.

County officials said they took the money as a donation, but they wouldn't comment if it would be used to pay off Hewett's debt.