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.

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

2015 years 8 months ago

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
2015 years 8 months ago

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
2015 years 8 months ago

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
2015 years 8 months ago

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
2015 years 8 months ago

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.