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Wayne Cole
Wayne Cole

A Wilmington man charged with assaulting a former New Hanover County school board member and damaging campaign signs was convicted last week in New Hanover County District Court.

Wayne Curlton Cole, 69, was found guilty of two counts of simple assault, assault on a female and property damage in connection with an incident involving Dr. Derrick Hickey and his wife on May 2, 2014, according to court records.

Hickey, who unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners in the 2014 election, reportedly saw someone damaging one of his campaign signs on Greenville Loop Road, Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley said. Hickey approached Cole and an argument occurred. Hickey was then “struck in the face and his wife was pushed,” Rawley said.

Following a trial in district court, District Judge Robin Robinson sentenced Cole to a 75 days in jail, which was suspended, and ordered him to serve one year of unsupervised probation. Robinson ordered that Cole cannot contact with Hickey or Hickey’s wife.

Christina Haley is a crime and courts reporter for Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or