ONLY ON 3: Leland Police Chief Jayne withholds info on bank robbery; Councilwoman, town manager apologize

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Submitted: Tue, 10/25/2011 - 3:58am
Updated: Thu, 02/02/2012 - 4:21pm

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne’s beef with WWAY apparently runs so deep, he withheld information from the public about an armed man who robbed a credit union Friday to prove his point.

Just hours after the robbery, Jayne sent out a news release to inform local media and alert the citizens of Leland. We discovered, though, he deleted our e-mail address from his distribution list. There were even names of journalists on the list who hadn’t worked in Wilmington media for months, some for years.

We e-mailed the chief letting him know that not e-mailing us the information only put the people of Leland at risk. All he did was forward us his release.

We also alerted the Town Council Town Manager Bill Farris. Councilwoman Brenda Bozeman sent an e-mail Saturday apologizing and promising to make sure Farris took care of the situation. This morning, Farris personally dropped off an apology letter to the station.

“I was out of town Friday,” Farris wrote. “When I returned last night I read your email regarding the handling of the armed robbery press release. How anyone at the Town feels about your reporting or your station’s reporting of events and operations at the Town of Leland is immaterial. All media outlets need to be ‘fed from the same spoon.’ I am making sure WWAY is included on any future press releases from the Town. Please accept my apology.”

This comes after reporting a number of stories alleging misconduct within the police department and a lack of information on if anyone has been held accountable or disciplined.


  • NewsHound says:

    Kevin Wuzzardo is a true professional. Well done, sir. The apologies confirmed that Jayne did something wrong. Now that WWAY can begin reporting on the facts (as in specific names), you police officers and their supporters really need to pipe down with your UNFOUNDED criticisms. Do you think that they don’t know how to hold their hand? They’re not going to report on anything they don’t already have proof of, and some of you need a quick lesson on the difference between an article or news story, an editorial piece, and a public forum. Keep the pressure on. It’s working. We’re patient. They’re sweating.

  • fellow cop says:

    is the behavior this police chief is showing. You can tell a lot about one’s leadership ability or the lack thereof when things don’t go their way. This is a blatant neglect of duty and malfeasance to exclude a media outlet from vital community safety informaton out of spite towards a particular media outlet. This man is writing his own obituary as a police chief. And he is verifying my point – big city police commanders and/or middle managers usually DO NOT make good small town police chiefs. Someone please explain the trappings of this allure to me.

  • Polly II says:

    What a great quote! Of course another great qoute is “lying is another form of mangement”, by Chief Timothy J. Jayne!
    Keep digging! There are a lot of people looking & Listening!

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    It’s time for the Leland PD, and the town, to come clean and open up.

    I personally believe that Leland residents have lost confidence in the Chief Tim Jayne, and to a lesser degree the department.

    Settling the lawsuit brought by the female officer was possibly the smartest thing they have done so far.

    If I had been on a jury hearing that case, $18,000 would have been a drop in the bucket of damages that would have been awarded to her.

    That incident alone, shows lack of leadership of a department that desperately needs to revamp itself, and Officers that still have a fraternity attitude.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s department has transformed itself under the leadership of Sheriff Ingram. He offered to lend his Internal Investigations officer to assist the town of Leland, and at least that would have been an impartial professional to help clear up all the clouds that have been hanging over Leland. And he offered his services for FREE. Why was his help refused?

    The SBI has been summoned by the Chief, so it’s possible that we will see some changes made.

    However, Leland officials need to learn that departments do not run on autopilot. Many of the allegations made could have been avoided with a little oversight.

    The town needs to keep it’s Chief on a short leash, and demand professionalism and accountability.
    That is the job of elected Town officials.

    Taking a marked patrol car to another state, without official business
    is a serious matter.

    To the town leaders of Leland…..”Snap out of it”. Wake up.

  • From the Outside says:

    I have followed the stories coming out of Leland and I have to say that this WWAY sounds a lot like the National Inquirer. It seems they are looking to find things that simply aren’t there and are “creating” news stories when there isn’t anything.

    Sad “news” for journalists everywhere….making you guys look bad.

  • From the Outside says:

    It should if it is fiction!

  • anne says:

    Glad I don’t live in Leland. I feel sorry for the residents. They are stuck with a police chief that they need to get rid of NOW, and maybe a few police officers as well. They are giving law enforcement a bad name and make it hard on those who do the right thing and perform excellent service.

    It wouldn’t hurt to get rid of their mayor and some other higher ups. The folks of Leland need to step up NOW and get this situation fixed. Your only hope now is that the FBI will find enough to put many of them in the pokey!!!

  • anne says:

    Just thought of something. Let’s get a producer in Wilmington to produe a new show – “As the Stomach Turns – Brunswick/Columbus County. It could be a reality show with all the law enforcement of Leland and Tabor City and all the yahoos involved in the situations in Leland and with Mr. Soles and his boys. They could play themselves – wouldn’t take too much writing. Over the past couple of years, they have been given enough material to last awhile. It would be a kind of Dukes of Hazard meet Cops. What you think? Could we sell it?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Guest2012 says:

    Freedom of the Press should NEVER be suppressed!

  • Brian says:

    I hope that he sues you for libel after you can’t prove that he deleted your email address from his distribution list.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    another coverup coming again, sounds like something Leland PD would try to do….

  • Boom Boom says:

    Every property owners association should hold a special meeting and vote on a resolution to erase General Jayne from the line item from which he came. Then email a signed copy to Bil Farris & Council Members. There are approximately 16 associations with 60 percent of the vote.

    If the majority of the voting population, shows how they feel before the election, then I bet we will get action.

    Please do not hesitate to remove General Jayne..The reputation of every person in Leland is at stake.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    but some of his henchmen also need to pound the bricks to the employment office..cops never cease to amaze me…idiots.

  • Leland Boy says:

    It has been over two weeks now since Chief Jayne requested the SBI to investigate the Leland Police Department. Is there any word on if they actually have started their investigation? All seems to be quiet on that front. I guess we may not even know until the investigation is complete.

  • deputy 25 says:

    dude, where have you been? the SBI would not investigate because the FBI had already been investigating the police dept or i mean the kangaroo dept.

  • Guest4678 says:

    Have you been practicing your simple addition?????? I see you still on here taking up for these dirty cops!! Don’t write anything back calling me cupcake like you do everybody else. That’s getting old.

  • Boom Boom says:

    Or Bull Farris to release the report that was gathered by the then Assistant Manager, who was terminated shortly after.

    Oh come on right.. Bull Farris hires an assitant managers and then fires her cause he said she lied on her application. He could have verified the information with a string and two cans. she came from Burgaw.

    So he is either incompetant or unable to determine good talent when he sees it.

  • Guestrstsrnmjsrmtn says:

    Dont listen to him Blue!! Keep up the good work. YOU’RE MY BOY BLUE!!!!


  • Guestofferson says:

    But instead of “boy blue”, it’s more like “boy Coward”. It’s amazing the kahunas people have when they don’t have to show their face or give their real name. Cyber warriors = faceless, human “yellow-bellies” without a spine. A new sub-species of jellyfish that doesn’t have the ability to sting…

  • kblue2221984 says:

    Whats the matter Grand? Am I getting to you sweetheart? You mad cause my post’s are funny? Just for that last comment? Your not invited to my cook out! Its better that way Grand…We were gonna have Dumb Dumb dumplings and I didn’t want you to feel bad and think we named them after you!!!<——–OH SNAP!!!KBlue made another funny!!!! Say’s who? Say’s the always funny Kblue!

  • Guest55555 says:

    Waiting for Kblue to say something intelligent is like putting a candle in the window for Jimmy Hoffa.

  • Guestrstsrnmjsrmtn says:

    Good morning officer. Have you started looking for a new line of work yet? Your days are numbered.

  • Guest3 says:

    You think your posts are funny? Only to you. You’re boring the rest of us to tears.

    They say Will Rogers never met a man he didn’t like, obviously he never met you.

  • kblue2221984 says:

    Okay everyone take a seat and listen up… KBlue is about to say something not only “intelligent” But funny to boot! On 3 ready? 1….2<—-I got further than you Timillicky!!!!……..3!!!!!!!!TIMILLICKY WILL SOON BE FIRED!!!I tell ya its not easy being intelligent AND funny! I lied it is easy!! Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • kblue2221984 says:

    Everyone knows who I am. Had you been keeping up you too would know this. People??? I want to Quote “Guestofferson” “Cyber warriors = faceless, human “yellow-bellies” without a spine”<——–This is what “Guestofferson” wrote. “Guestofferson” wrote that! Not Dave, not Frank, not Adam. But a Faceless yellow bellied big jerk face without a spine!! Guestofferson!!! That was cute in one paragraph you described yourself in perfect harmony! Everyone is losing track of the issues and paying attention to my humor. Most agree there is a problem. Fix it! Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • Guest55555 says:

    I rest my case.

  • Guest3 says:

    Do you still love nature, despite what it did to you?

  • Guestofferson says:

    …and frankly don’t give a damn. Evidently unbeknownst to you, people can read and people can see your spite and they realize your cowardice. Your silly child-like conclusions to your posts are no more than additional displays of your ignorance and show your lack of education.

    Sorry boy coward, but if people out there really know who you are, you should be more careful about what you brag about and who you wish all of those undesireable circumstances on. Karma is really bad about showing its face! And unlike you, Karma doesn’t mind showing it!

    Says who? ME to you!

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Listen buttercup, no one will show up to your cook out. I doubt you will have room for many in your single wide anyways. Let’s get real…You’re a wanna be cop, and a never will be. You know it and so does everyone else. You work in Leland because you can’t hack it anywhere else. This is the most drama you have ever been involved in and you can’t handle it like an adult. Your posts sound like they were written by a three year old, not even close to being funny. I’m thinking you should get your application in at Hardees while the getting is good. You will be gone with the rest of them. I know you are not aware of that yet, but that is why you are called Can’t buy a clue blue. Now get off of pappy’s laptop before you get caught again.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The thing is that you are not funny. You’re just someone who comes off as a bumbling fool.

  • Guest4416 says:

    There are really no want to be cops they are cops because that was all they could do buttercup!

  • Gmoney says:

    I’ll be at the cookout!!!!! I may set up a poker run to raise a little money for the three that is about to lose their job!!! We can ride up to Grands trailer and take him some cupcakes and buttercups because I know he will be up there crying!!!!! Grand ole what nursing home are you in????

  • Das Weibstück says:

    “Everyone knows who I am”…. really? You have been registered on here for a little over a week.

    “Kblue” sounds like a toilet bowl cleaner.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    I have been practicing, and you still add up to a cupcake, but if that is getting old and under your skin I will stop calling you that. Have a good day buttercup.

  • NO2LPD says:

    For a Police Chief to withold information from the media concerning an armed, masked, bank robber running loose is completely irresponsible. It shows a lack of concern for the people he swore to protect. I have reserved judgement up til this point but he has proven to me that he can no longer be trusted.

  • E Williams says:

    I am actually not in the city limits of Leland…but I am a long time citizen of this community since 1969. It is very dishonorable and disappointing that our town is getting such a corrupt name due to our Polic Department. I do not know who the Police Department is suppose to answer to, but I assume it is our Mayor and Town Council. It is time we as citizens stand up and strip Jaynes’ of any duties to the Town of Leland. He is dangerous to be in such a position to protect my neighbors and business partners. It is time the politicians we have put into positions stand up and do the right thing for the people that have put them in their political seats!

  • kblue2221984 says:

    Dear Chief “Balboa” Jayne, Bill “Tic Tac Head” Kozak, And “The Shadow” Slick Rick Delapea,

    As you read these comments as we all know you do or you wouldn’t have done what you did to “WWAY” Why do you not comment? Defend yourself if your innocent!! I’m certain I would. Anyone of you could defend yourself on air if you wanted to. Man Up<—–LOL! Get it? its a joke! I said man up to Timillicky! Oh never mind!!! everyone else gets it!!!Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    While I agree it is time for Leland to make some changes, don’t you think you are a bit of a drama queen? Not the brightest in the bunch either. Do you really think anyone cares about your ignorant cook out? Say’s who? Can’t buy a clue blue.

  • Guest11221 says:

    Yes, they need to go but you are ridiculas!! You need to grow up. I am assuming that you are old enough to know that two wrongs do not make a right. You are making yourself look like a fool with your rants. I am not affiliated with Leland PD what so ever and I thank the need a complete overhaul, but you have some serious issues mam!! I would love to know what role or agenda you have in this mess

  • Wellwell says:

    By intentionally deleting WWAY from their press release pool, that would seem to break the law somehow. It sure seems underhanded and spiteful and I would think, requires some disciplinary action. Thats the big problem with some people in government, they act as rulers and not public servants.

  • Guest81 says:

    Jayne needs to be removed from his position as Chief of Police. No one trusts him, he appears to be a real punk, far worse than some he has probably arrested, and has discredited the uniform. He needs to go, along with his certification….both for good.

  • guesty says:

    I don’t like how the game is going so I’m going to take my ball and go home. Wow, Leland residents deserve much better.

  • Guest fmgxxfgmfmh says:

    The end is near………

    Thank you WWAY, thank you with everything in my heart. It is almost over. Thank you thank you thank you.

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