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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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46 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Leland Councilwoman wants police department investigated; Mayor Futch holding up approval"

Waste of Time
2015 years 9 months ago

I have tried on numerous instances to file a complaint on Leland Police Officers. You get nowhere. Since April, I have tried to contact the District Attorney(who states he has not been contacted about any suspected criminal activity regarding the Leland Police Department). I have emails from one of his Assistant DA’s telling me I need to contact the Internal Affairs Department of the Leland Police Department. The problem, one of the officers I am trying to file the complaint against is the officer that handles IA. I have tried contacting every law enforcement agency I can think of or that will listen. None will do anything. The thing is, I was trying to file this complaint as a witness of Leland’s Actions and not actions that were taken against me.

If you have a complaint or have been a victim of a crime by the Leland Police my advice is to just give up and hope they don’t find out you tried to report them. I am retired and do have some free time so I have been able to drive to Bolivia, make calls, etc. I basically decided to give up and just accept it as natural behavior in Leland. If someone were breaking in my house, I just hope they take what they want and move on or hope it isn’t a Leland Police Officer. By no means will anyone take a police report.

It will take physical injury to someone who has tried to complain before anything is done.

Take a look at http://www.townofleland.com/police and look at the blotter section. Review the “crimes” these guys respond to. Missing stop signs, stolen dogs, trespassing, etc. Look at the NHSO or WPD and the crimes they respond to only a daily basis. I wonder what the Leland Officers do all day.

2015 years 9 months ago

These guys have done a lot of good for our community. Who else would work for the small amount of money they make! The Chief, Bill and Rick have done a great job of making our department more professional and having to be critized for it isn’t worth it. I know first hand that Bill has given up his free time to hel kids in our town that don’t have the things that others do. Rick and his family have also made sacrifices that will never be mentioned. Lets moves on so we can all get back to our jobs of protecting the citizens of our town!

2015 years 9 months ago

I got the same thing from the BCSO…Since I wasn’t the victim or involved they didn’t want anything to do with me. I was even told that it was none of my business and to leave the subject alone. My sister and her husband split up and she called for a Deputy so she could go get her stuff and they wouldn’t even come out while her husband was throwing all her of her stuff out in the yard and took everything he wanted and left.

2015 years 9 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.

2015 years 9 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 Mr. Balboa (Chief Jayne) took Office? And because your such good friends and going to parties in SC? You figured you had the run of the department. Demoting almost every Sergeant that was promoted proves that. Smell that??? Smells like change is near!! Ms. Martha Currie? Keep up the GREAT work. Leland loves you!


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