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.