THE RANT: Leland Police Chief Jayne calls media coverage "witch hunt"

LELAND, NC (WWAY'S 'THE RANT') -- Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne did his first interview this week with the 'Local News Review' since allegations surfaced of misconduct within his department. Jayne did the interview against specific orders from Town Manager Bill Farris for city department heads and council members not to talk to the media.

In the interview, Jayne tells LNR co-owner Mike Leggett that the stories reported here and in the Wilmington 'StarNews' are a "witch hunt." "Long after I'm gone and long after I have completed my task here," he said, "what the other news media have done will remain here and I'm sick about that."

"If you look at what the 'StarNews' did, "What's Wrong with LA Law?," that's an insult to the town of Leland, to go back to that old LA moniker," he said. "People should be standing up and defending the fine police department we have here."

Jayne also contends the media coverage is an attack on the Town of Leland and blames former Assistant Town Manager Michelle Cox for trying to destroy him personally. Farris fired Cox back in July after she claimed the office had become a hostile work environment and she stopped coming to work. Cox says she offered to work from home until the issue was settled.

During the investigation into the shooting of former Officer Sherry Lewis, Cox also recommended that Jayne be terminated for misconduct and sent the recommendation in writing to Farris.

Chief Jayne, if these allegations are not truthful, why did you literally run away from our cameras after a recent town council meeting and have your officers try to keep us from asking you any questions? Why do you refuse to sit down with us to answer these allegations?

Because Chief Jayne, I'm having a hard time equating your "fine department" with your lieutenants encouraging the shooting of Officer Lewis in the crotch 12 times. I have a hard time believing you have a "fine department" after you hit one of your officers in the gut last year at a bachelor party. Why does a "fine department" continue to employ an officer who shot his revolver in the air on New Year's Day? Or an officer who repeatedly pulls his pistol on other officers? Do other "fine departments" have the high turnover rate that yours does? Do the officers at other "fine departments" live in fear for their lives if one of their fellow officers decide to snap that day? Do other "fine departments" order their officers to take lie detector tests so you can find out what they told an SBI investigator? Is it the mark of a "fine department" for its officers to have sex in a house donated to the town or sex with each other at the station house? Does a "fine department" need to be investigated by the SBI?

Chief, if this truly is an attack on the Town of Leland, then I would encourage you to stand up for its residents and defend these allegations. So far, not ONE person has come forward to say that ANY of our reporting is false or incorrect. Why is that Chief Jayne? Could it be that everything we've reported so far is accurate and you're just trying to deflect the blame and say it's the media's fault, or that we're out to get "the town?" No Chief, we're out to expose and report on what's happening in YOUR department. If any of it is not true, you have an open invitation to sit down with us anytime, anywhere, with any reporter or anchor of your choosing, to be the leader your profess to be and defend your and your department's actions. Feel free to call anytime.

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This Leland Police problem has nothing to do with being Southern in any way. This is purely about bad behavior and evil that has become endemic in this organization. Before retiring, I had to move away from NC and live all up and down the Eastern U.S., and I can tell you from my own experience that I have never seen such evil and unprofessional behavior in a group of police officers as I have in the Village of Leland's police.

The only permanent solution to this will be to remove all of them and start completely fresh. Make sure the search for hires is national, too, or we'll end up with another set of good ol' boys and dirty backroom deals. You see, we have thousands of people retiring to this county from all over the U.S., and too many of them are too well-educated and have seen professional police departments in service elsewhere to allow what happened here to go on anymore. If you don't 'clean house' and start all over fresh, this is going to go national to the general public, and we will get to be a laughingstock of a place for years to come. No one will ever get re-elected for office in Leland, because no one will have the public's confidence. It will end up affecting the reputations of everybody within 50 miles of Leland. You know how these things pan out in the media and on the internet. I don't care who did what and how much of it, just start over and play it safe.

Do the right thing this time. Rebuild from the ground up. What a total shame and disgrace this has been for all of us.

How screwed up can that place be. How is this nut back on duty, pulled his service weapon on other officers, states he has mental health issues, PTSD, come on man, is this for real? Look being a veteran myself, usually a guy like this is a flase hero, love to see his DD214. But after the facts about him, how is he on duty, a weapon pulled as a joke? How would he do with a citizen, come on this guy is unstable, how does he still have a gun, Oh yea, the Cheif and LT's are unstable. What is the city council doing? Lets keep harrassing the good officers and lets keep the liars and nuts working. Really, come on star news and wway, this is like hitting softballs, finish this off before one of us gets hurt.

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You have took a sad situation "The Leland Police Department" and poked fun at how stupid they have become and still act. Thank "You" Kblue, it ought to be embarrassing for them, as it is embarrassing for us living here in Leland to have such bad leadership in our Police Department. Remember there's many of us citizens out here reading this that never speaks out. Anyone with a brain in there head knows who's telling the truth. Its obvious who are the Guilty. There's so many different people calling them out, for so many different things. Everyone knows its not a mistake or disgruntled employees. Its bad when your only defense is to say being a officer is hard go take a BLET classes and see.

Thanks again,
Kblue Fan

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Kblue for Leland Chief

Thank you SOOOOOOOOO Much!!! I do want to add something before I sponsor this message. Their are some really great Officer's in Leland. Most have been treated unfairly at the hands of a monster. It's the Timillicky trio whom should be set free. My name is Kblue and I with all my heart sponsor this message!!! Say's who? Say's Kblue!

Keep it up Blue! Mr. Balboa is sending some Officers home because he thinks they are you! Which means he reads your post's.

Kblue 4 President!

Yeah, I am back. I see all the "whiney" people who feel they are entitled to render an opinion because they pay taxes enlightened me on how many more morons really live in the world. I really thought it was an act here in the Wilmington Metro/LA area on how people pride themselves on ingorance and try to pass it off as the gospel.

Again, go take a BLET class, sign an application, work some shifts and collar a few criminals to really get an idea. Otherwise, just shut your mouth and not question the manner in which the Leland Police Department provides law enforcement. Any one who has a problem with the "brotherhood" of the job, good. Perks of the job I say. Remember "fellow cop", whistle blowers think they are doing the right thing but only find themselves "out." Tread carefully, might be a long night when you are calling for help over the radio.

However, we as a soceity do have the responsibility to not rush to judgement or in laymans terms, maintain the presumption of innocence per se. Give the chief a chance to figure out if the alleged accusations are true and let the department follow its' policies and procedures if they are. No further character assassination is necessary.

Last but certainly not least, if you do not like something, you have every ability to change something, including using I-40 westbound. A hearty thank you to the Leland Police Department for being Lelands Finest and Happy Holidays.

THREE CHEERS FOR JOHN EVANS AND FRANCIS WELLER!!!

I have gone through BLET and I have arrested more than my fair share of perps. What has not gone without notice is that I was hired to uphold the laws of this state and this country and be held accountable by the people I serve. I don't know if you have ever held a position in law enforcement, it doesn't sound like it. If you are in law enforcement...PLEASE...quit now! Your attitude is why we have such a crappy reputation. Your attitude is everything that is wrong in law enforcement today. People don't have to go through BLET before they are allowed to call something out for being wrong. Get over yourself! Use I-40 to head west? How about you freaking leave? I am so sick of this ignorant redneck comment. It seems to come up anytime someone is outdone and has lost the debate. How about, since you can't handle the issues...YOU LEAVE? Maybe a slow dinghy to China?

Why would they want to start following policy now? Truth is not character assassinations but I do believe calling something a witch hunt is. Ignorance is seeing what is going on right in front of you and not being willing to see it. Taking a BLET class doesn't teach anyone the innate human ability of leadership or compassion. That comes from within and when all you are concerned with is going on your boat and dreaming of retirement you don't have it. An honorable man would have looked into the allegations long before he was forced to. When anyone who is supposed to be so upstanding can honestly say "Remember "fellow cop", whistle blowers think they are doing the right thing but only find themselves "out." Tread carefully, might be a long night when you are calling for help over the radio" they have indeed showed their true nature. True brotherhood requires looking out for your fellow man and being ethical. Society also has an obligation to care for those who can not care for themselves and when anyone is being harassed, degraded and being treated little then everyone should speak up.

I certainly agreed with you. The public and resident of Leland are venting. First and foremost we are to give everyone of those officers credit for putting their lives on the line everyday for a measly $35,000 plus annually. Let be real, all those who are saying those negative and disrespectful things about the chief, Let me asked you all this. How come for all those years when Sheriff Hewitt was committing all those crimes i did not hear you all writing anything about him.

I have known Chief Jayne from his first day here. He was faced with a big task from get go. Leland do have some officer who need to move on. So the house cleaning is creating a big buzz right now. Things will be back to normal. All he needs to do is stay focus and get some new officer on his team and move forward.

"Tread carefully, might be a long night when you are calling for help over the radio."

If this is representative of any department's "finest" then we are all in a heap of trouble. In one sentence you make a threat and in the next sentence you tell us not to rush to judgement. When you make statements like that, you completely ruin any credibility you may have.

And once again, any American citizen is entitled to render an opinion on any matter. It's called the First Amendment Right to Free Speech. Any police officer who disagrees, should read the Constitution that he/she has sworn to uphold.

Hey "Guest of the Police".... are you sure that's powdered sugar on those donuts you've been inhaling? I am not a poet like "Kblue" so I'll cut to the chase.... Leland's chief is a liability along with a large part of his farce's upper echelon leadership. He needs to be removed at the earliest time for the benefit of all.

Is there a real reason for the recordkeeping deficiencies aside that LPD failed to maintain compliance with training and standards requirements. I was in the fifth grade when the "dog ate my homework" excuse worked the last time. That was almost 50 years ago. I remember as a kid that we respected our police. Back then, most of our police lived exemplary decent lives well deserving of respect. Where have the good leaders gone??

I mean, honestly, you must be joking with this comment. This can't be a serious comment, right?

You get on here and spout off so you joined the "whiney" people group.

hey whiney guesty nothing better to do-see you've joined us too. Your name is all over the place.Ain't it grand.........when you think about it.............you're just like me............bet you think you look great in a mirror too..............

Ok. If you say so. Just a hint of advice, stay away from the lead paint chips and stop licking windows.

I believe it is very odd that Chief Jayne decided to sit down with Mike Leggett to discuss allegations within the police department. Just a month ago, Mike Leggett called the Chief a liar and everyone in his department thugs. If you are not familiar with the Local News Review, it is a locally owned Newspaper published in Leland (which I'm using "Newspaper" very loosely). The owner of this paper is Jane Crowder, who just so happens to be Leland's new Councilwoman and is co-owned by.... guess who.. Mike Leggett. They also, sponsor the Leland Christmas Parade, which I believe the Chief and his children ride in every year. One more interesting fact, this newspaper also employs..... no other than ex-officer Sherry Lewis. (Per her Facebook page) It seems odd that Chief Jayne, who has not one time taken up for his officers or town, is now going to speak up. Maybe it is because Mayor Elect Brenda Boseman has wised up to Chief Jayne's lies and now he seeking a new alliance. I'm seems very odd that he would speak only to a local newspaper who has did nothing but shown his department in a negative light. Why not give the interview to WWAY?? That would have satisfied you. Why not give it to WECT or the StarNews, they both have conducted themselves very professionally and shown both sides of the story. I agree with you on this Scott. However, your Rant appears to have quite a few incorrect statements. The statements in your Rant contradict past stories reported by you, Mike Leggett and your sources. The post on this story has again moved from the focus, the Chief not taking responsible for anything, to again baseless attacks on officers working for him. Scott... have you not been in contact with the investigating agent at the SBI, like Mike Leggett... Do you not have the same connections??? Find out if they are still looking into the allegations of officers doing work at his house on the town's dime... In his letter he only requested the SBI look into the "Training Incident" and the "theft of personnel records".... He didn't ask them to look into any other allegations, like the ones made against him. I'm guessing he had a good attorney to dictate to him exactly the right wordage to use, so they would only investigate just the things that wouldn't include him. Jayne is looking for a someone to bear the blame for his mistakes and lies. I hope Leland, the new Town Manager and Town Council are not drinking the kool-aide. Mayor Elect Brenda Boseman.. I hope he is not wanting you to suffer in his place, please watch your back and talk to your people. Don't believe everything he tells you.... I'm sure he is working overtime covering his backside.

The Unity Group is the one that does the N C Christmas Parade and the programs that follow after the Parade. The N C Christmas Parade is 19 years old this year, The Crowders have not been members for 19 years, They both came to help after watching and enjoying the parade one year. The Local News and Review only prints stories about the upcoming Parade each year since the paper has come out. Leland is lucky that we have a paper that will print stories about our local programs and sporting events. And let me tell that no paper is perfect, there is errors in all that we write or tell.

Still smells... Lelandgal you wrote on a 11/3/11 post the following: " I would like to ask everyone to write in Sherry Lewis for Mayor, Brenda seems to be hiding and not answering questions right now, She looks to other for answers that should be her own answers. Brenda needs to know that if she can hang with us then we can write her out. I know that alot of you were going to vote for Franky Thomas as a wrtie in, but lets write Sherry's name in there instead. Thanks" Mayor Elect Brenda Boseman search all the post by Lelandgal.. It will be easy to figure out who is for you and who is against you. One more thing Jane, you may want to inform ex-officer Sherry Lewis that she wasn't employed with LNR because two weeks after her settlement with the town she posted on her "open to the public" facebook page that she changed her employed status to read LNR. You didn't ask her to resign too, did you??? I'm so disappointed in you Jane Crowder and the LNR... all this for what... so you could be "Only on WWAY"???

Nope. So she could get elected and continue with the "old Leland ways"

Sherry Lewis has never been employed by the Local News Review.

Local News Review

Witches aren't real. Police corruption is real. I'm sick of this Leland Police story; it's time to level this place.

I have lived in a couple different places in North Carolina and I have never seen anything like Brunswick County. I wish it was just this department, but apparently this is the norm down here. Brunswick County is a complete joke. A punchline of "Yankee" jokes. But guess what? The Yankee jokes are REAL when it come to this place.

Time for Raleigh to do something about this (they have got to be sick of you half-wit bumpkins embarrassing the rest of the state).

Not all LPD officers are Southern born and bred. Actually, few are even originally from the South, NC, the coastal plain, or even a county close to Brunswick. As a native of this area, I am well aware of the stigma that is attached to Leland. It was well-known for being backwoodsy and redneck (even amoung natives), and I've always laughed at how Leland has sold itself to incomers (mostly Yanks, since you brought it up) as being "big time" now. But don't fault the LPD's screw-ups on the fact that they are located in Brunswick County. Theses "bumpkins" are not natives. They have no ties to the South other than the fact that they bought property and settled their families here. Tired of some implying that the shenanigans are due to this being a Southern department, playing on the sterotype that Southerners are less educated, rednecky, and country bumpkins. No, what we have are a bunch of transplant Yankees who brought their bad attitudes and guido bravados with them. I can just picture them at the gym with that stupid song "I'm sexy and I know it" playing in the background. And then going out all pumped to issue tickets. As it turns out, quite a few of the LPD officers are not educated, the ones who AREN'T from here. Stop with the sterotypes. Being Southern and the dept. being located in BC has nothing to do with this. Where these officers came from has more to do with this.

Being a resident of Brunswick County, and Leland in particular, the alleged conduct of Chief Tim Jayne and some of his officers is disturbing.
The SBI is investigating these charges and hopefully will put this to rest. If indeed the allegations are true, there should be a major housecleaning of the department.
I have always had a high regard for these officers, but i'm a realist.
Things can go on, unnoticed and unseen behind closed doors, or in another town.
I hope this is the first step in making the town of Leland a better place to live and work.
Next, start on the elected officials and see what pops up.

I am in agreement with Mr. Pickey on this issue. If this station has reported anything that is inaccurate or an out and out lie, then Chief Jayne and his cronies should dispute it instead of simply attacking WWAY for reporting it. The fact that no one has disputed the allegations speaks volumes.

General Jayne sees WWAY as a joke they are not his equals, they provide no real threat to his day to day activities. He taunts you he has cleaned the floor washed all the sheets and rid the department of anyone he cannot trust.

"Nanny Nanny BOO BOO" Come and get me. but dont feel bad he has suckered punched others as well, he has masterly orchestrated documents for trainig, he has reorganised Dare programs to help with the kids. you are not his match he knows everything you know. Cox is the beginning, so WWAY make her the End.

start asking questions. Here is one who was on the hiring team? who did the background check?
When was she fired?
What happened between her and General Jayne?
Look at the personel policy and see if cox was fired before here time ran out?
see if she was investigated before or after she supplied Farris with the report.
Its all there just investigate. its not illegal its just dirty Farris management.

Lets not forget Sheery Lewis, are they saying she was a bad employee.

See she did what she was told and paid for it with her job.

Also there are employees who left that had perfect evaluations and good positions why not contact them so as to shut up the its only disgruntled employees,

Hit the payment continue on you can do it dont let him make a fool out of WWAY he is saying yaw are just a RAG and his but is where he will use you.

Ahhh....once again, WWAY has nothing to report.

So lets fabricated a story...call a few ex employees who didn't get their way and try to assassinate everyone we can by trying to exploit them on TV.

Good job WWAY...

Think I will go back to WECT.

I think people who are not the police, trying to tell the police how to police should just shut their mouths and mind their business. Otherwise, go take a BLET class, sign a application and go do the job. Then, and only then, you are entitled to an opinion.

Thank you Leland Police for being Lelands finest and doing a job that most people are too coward to do or to weak to deal with.

I think people who are not involved in the situation and have not worked in the most horrible place of employment, known as the Town of Leland , trying to tell those who have, how to act should just shut their mouths and mind their business. Otherwise, go work for the Town, be mishandled, discriminated against and treated like dirt and then, and only then, you are entitled to an opinion.

We are entitled to an opinion as long as you, the police, serve us. You would be well served to remember that.

"Thank you Leland Police for being Lelands finest and doing a job that most people are too coward to do or to weak to deal with."

>>>>Ummm...it took a lot of COURAGE for Landen to take out his female partner's crotch during a training exercise. Whew. Where's his medal for eliminating that threat? The world is a safer place.

>>>>Ummm...it also takes a person with great mental STRENGTH to pull a pistol on his partner when HE can't take the pressures of his job.

Any idiot can pass BLET, OK? OBVIOUSLY. The job IS demanding. Training can only help so much when personality flaws stand in the way. Some people are cut out for it, and some aren't. It's their fault for feeding into the shenanigans. The end.

Definition of 'Coward'
A man who teams up with 3 other men, to bully a woman, by shooting her with training bullets.
A man who kisses up to a chief, while he pulls the rug out from under her and a good captain for political reasons.

It will be funny watching the cowards jump ship, to save their hide, when the "House Of Cards" starts to fall. They will quickly reverse themselves and pretend they were like K-Blue all along.