Assault, Theft Reported At School Board Members Home

Two people have been arrested following unrelated incidents at the home address of a member of the Johnston County Board of Education.

A former tenant of school board member Teresa Grant was arrested Monday on more than a dozen charges.  In a second incident, Grant’s live-in cousin is facing assault charges.

Johnston County School Board Member Teresa Grant

Grant reported in March, Betty Jo Hayworth a tenant on her property had been evicted. During the eviction process Grant said she learned tools had been stolen from her home on Crestwood Court in the Cleveland community. Deputies said the tools had been sold to a pawnshop by Hayworth.

Hayworth, 53, was arrested Monday on 12 counts of misdemeanor larceny, 1 felony count of larceny, and 1 felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses.

In an unrelated incident at Grant’s home, deputies were called to a dispute between Hayworth and Grants cousin, Helen Waddell on March 26th.

Hayworth reportedly sustained injuries in the altercation and was taken to the hospital. A warrant was obtained against Ms. Waddell for assault by strangulation.

The report indicated Hayworth lived in a camper on Grant’s property and Waddell lived inside the residence. Grant was not involved in the physical altercation. The report did not indicate if Grant was even present when it occurred.

In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Grant told WTSB News that Waddell is her cousin who lives with her and Hayworth lived in a trailer on the same property.

“Those two had gotten into a dispute and that has been resolved,” Grant said. “During the process I discovered the individual living in a trailer on my property had stolen about $2,000 in items from me. That has since been resolved.”

Grant was sworn in to her first term on the Johnston County school board last December.