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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — We’ve been following closely issues in Leland the past couple of weeks. Today, a town leader has finally come forward to talk about what she thinks needs to be done. Leland Town Council member Martha Currie sat down with us this afternoon to talk about the situation.

Currie was the only council member to speak with us about issues within the Town of Leland and its police department when we approached local leaders a week ago. Today, she said town leaders have waited long enough and need to take action. We asked Currie if she thought town leaders believed by ignoring the issues they would just go away.

“No, I do not,” she said. “Maybe at first I kind of thought, ‘This is just rumors, and it’s gonna go away,’ but it hasn’t gone away, so it’s time we do something.”

Currie says she can only speak for herself and not the whole council, but she says it’s time for action, and she is going to push to get answers for her community so that the good guys can get back to keeping Leland safe.

“I just want an investigation now,” Currie said. “I wanna know the truth. I want to know what’s happened.”

Currie says with all the allegations of corruption and deception in Leland, she thinks the only answer is a private investigation to find out the truth. The process should be simple. Mayor Walter Futch would just need to call a meeting of the council so they could vote on hiring an investigator.

Currie says she is just as shocked by the allegations against the Leland Police Department and Police Chief Tim Jayne as the rest of the community. She hopes to clear the air by finding out what’s true and getting rid of any bad apples.

“I never thought that corruption in the police department would ever, ever come up,” she said. “And I still, like I said, I’m praying these rumors are just rumors, that they’re not true, because I think we’ve got some real good men out there trying to protect us every day and every night.”

District Attorney Jon David says he has alerted the Attorney General’s office, but has recused himself of calling the SBI for an investigation because he is a neighbor and friend of Chief Tim Jayne.

We tried to speak with Futch this afternoon to see if he would call for the meeting needed to discuss a private investigation. So far he has not returned our call.

If you would like to call the Mayor and let him know how you feel, call him at 279-2274 or email him at wfutch@townofleland.com.

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Wanda77
2016 years 2 months ago

First, if an assualt took place in Myrtle Beach, Brunswick County has no jurisdiction. Second, no warrant was ever sworn out against the chief. Third. tempers occasionally flare in occupations where the group is tightly knit and possessing an “us against them” work ethic. I’m sure the officer who was struck considers it no big deal at all.

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2016 years 2 months ago

Which 2 “outstandinng” officers are you referring to? You may find that your “outstanding” officers aren’t so outstanding!!

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Kblue22284
2016 years 2 months ago

Again its easy to tell its one of you two because I know first hand the “things” you do for “our” Community (nothing) Shooting a female in the groin aside your both worthless! Its cute how you beef up the comments on here to make yourselves look like upstanding Officers. I have to laugh though, I can actually see you two sitting next to each other typing your comments. lol!!! But I work with you and know first hand no one on this department likes you. Both your prier agencies didn’t want you. Notice how fast you gained rank When… Read more »

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PublicAvenger
2016 years 2 months ago

You conveniently left out several key factors. Like an assault that took place at Myrtle Beach. Also, two outstanding officers being “let go” for no appearent reason, other then politics. When I see good law enforcement officers getting hacked off, I get mad.

I knew Martha, when she was on the other side of the river, I can see she still is not afraid to take the hard stand, and I have nothing but respect for her.

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PublicAvenger
2016 years 2 months ago

Good. I would like to be proven wrong. But we will never know without a public diclosure of the facts. This is not a “witchhunt”. Two outstanding officers, that I know of, have been hacked off, and had their careers ruined. I agree with you, lets find out why.

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