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UPDATE_ Assult suspect had ammonium nitrate

By DEUCE NIVEN

    UPDATE, May 28:     Under arrest in a family assault case in Columbus County, a Brunswick County resident pointed law enforcement to a cache of explosive ammonium nitrate stashed at his home, Capt. David Nobles of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
    James Lavorne Hewitt, 46, of Baker’s Drive in Supply, was placed under arrest upon his discharge from New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Friday, charged with pushing his mother down stair steps, attacking sheriff’s deputies who initially thought he was a victim, and possession of rifles as weapons of mass destruction.
    Hewitt told the deputies who arrested him that he had a supply of ammonium nitrate and other bomb making materials at his home, Nobles said. Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) joined deputies from Brunswick and Columbus counties at the home, and removed bags of the material, Nobles said.
    An ATF spokesman from Charlotte did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday afternoon. Nobles said the investigation involving the explosive material, fertilizer well known for its use in the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, was solely in the hands of the ATF.
    “What was found came out in bags and was taken by ATF,” Nobles said.
    Hewitt remained at the Columbus County Detention Center late Tuesday under bonds that total $225,000. He is charged with assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, resisting police, two counts of assault on an officer, and three counts of possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

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    A violent confrontation at the Columbus County home of his parents ended with the arrest of a Brunswick County man who later attacked sheriff’s deputies, Capt. David Nobles of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
    James Lavorne Hewitt, 46, of Baker’s Drive in Supply, was charged with assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, resisting police, two counts of assault on an officer, and three counts of possession of a weapon of mass destruction, Nobles said.
    Three automatic rifles were taken from Hewitt and his vehicle, Nobles said, two with barrels that had been shortened.
    Hewitt was charged Friday, two days after he was injured in the incident which took place at the Ervin T. Richardson Road, Nakina home of his parents, Nobles said.
    Deputies initially considered Hewitt a victim, a report by Deputy Josh McPherson. That changed, in an emergency department treatment room at Columbus Regional Healthcare in Whiteville, when Hewitt allegedly punched McPherson in the face, twice.
    Neither McPherson nor a second deputy in the room were hurt, Nobles said, and they quickly took Hewitt into custody.
    Hewitt was transferred to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for treatment of a gunshot wound to his left hand and other minor injuries, Nobles said. Hewitt was shot as his brother attempted to disarm him, Nobles said.
    Hewitt was arrested upon his discharge from the hospital on Friday, and held at the Columbus County Detention Center under bonds that totaled $225,000.
    Hewitt’s grandmother, identified in the report as Hilda Pierce, 72, was treated for a head injury at the hospital in Whiteville after being pushed down the doorsteps by Hewitt, Nobles said. She was admitted to the hospital Wednesday night, and released on Thursday.
    An initial court appearance for Hewitt was scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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