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THE RANT: It's official: Leland is out of control

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LELAND, NC (WWAY'S 'THE RANT') -- And I don't mean that in the "cool, funny, you're out of control, dude!" sense. I mean it in the classic "there is no one at the helm of this ship" way. That was blatantly apparent at last night's special closed session meeting.

It ended with another settlement with another Leland cop who apparently wasn't enjoying working under Chief Tim Jayne. Kevin Foss filed a complaint with the state labor board just a few weeks back. We're told it was soon after he was forced to take a lie detector test, either in regards to his testimony to an SBI investigator or to figure out if he is KBlue2221984, a regular "insider" commenter here on our website. When asked if Foss was forced to take a lie detector test, incoming Town Manager David Hollis says the town never "forces" anyone to do anything. But when we asked if Foss was "asked" to take the test, Hollis said he couldn't comment because it was a personnel issue.

While Foss didn't get a settlement other than getting paid out for his remaining vacation time, this is the second settlement the town has had to deal with in the last three months. Former Leland Officer Sherry Lewis got $25,000 in September to settle an EEOC claim she made after being shot in the crotch 12 times with simulation ammunition during a training exercise.

When we asked Hollis if having to settle with two officers in 90 days bothered him, he said it did. He said he's also concerned that seven officers out of department of a little more than 30 have resigned this year.

Several allegations of misconduct have been levied against Chief Jayne and his department. We've been told he assaulted another officer by hitting him in the gut during a bachelor party last year. Officers allege he's made them work on his house and other homes in his neighborhood while on the clock. He's also allowed an officer who shot his service revolver into the air on New Year's Day to keep his job. An officer who's pulled his gun on fellow officers is also still employed. Plus, Officer Michael Landen, the officer that Lewis says shot her those 12 times, has never been disciplined. When we asked Hollis if he could deny ANY of those allegations, he looked away, looked back, grinned and said, "That's a good question." You're right Mr. Hollis, and it's a question a lot of people in Leland expect you to step up and answer, soon.

And if Mayor-Elect Brenda Bozeman runs her realty office like she's helping run the town she was elected to work for and lead, I'm not sure I'd even buy a "For Sale" sign from her, much less let her try to sell my house. We asked her at last night's meeting if she trusted Chief Jayne. After a long pause, she said so far she didn't have a reason not to. But then I asked if she trusted a police chief who slugged another cop at a party. She was quick to say that she'd asked about that, but kept getting different answers. So we went with the natural follow-up, "Have you talked to the officer who he punched?" Here's where it gets good. She said policy kept her from talking to him. What policy? "Well," she said, "I think he's filed an EEOC complaint, so we can't talk to him. I think it's state law that we can't talk with people who have filed complaints." You THINK Brenda? You THINK one of your officers has filed a complaint against the Town of Leland with a federal office? You don't KNOW? Did you know we've confirmed others have, too? When you were asked point-blank if your police department was broken, you paused and said, "I don't know." Brenda, is it possible that this television station knows more about what's going on personnel-wise in your town than YOU, the MAYOR-ELECT?

Then you gotta love her shuck-and-jive yesterday when we talked with her before the meeting. Earlier in the week she had told a reporter at the StarNews that the meeting would be about police department personnel. But when we called her to confirm that, she told us the newspaper had gotten that wrong; that she never said that. She said they would be talking about personnel issues from many departments plus other issues. Then lo and behold, after a 40-minute private meeting, what do you know - the meeting was about a POLICE PERSONNEL ISSUE!

Brenda, are we really going to start a relationship like this a week before you even get sworn in? You apparently don't know what's going on in the world around you, and then you lie to the media about things you're on the record with?

So I think it's fair to say, that with an outgoing mayor who confessed he's literally out of the loop on many of the personnel issues in his town, an incoming mayor who appears to be just as much out of the loop and is already covering her tracks, an outgoing town manager who refuses to do anything about those personnel issues on his watch, an incoming town manager who's only been on the job a couple of weeks and has absolutely no experience in town administration, that Chief Tim Jayne is running Leland. That must be what the four stars on his shirt collar stand for: he's the General of Leland.

I realize that many are waiting to see what the SBI investigation turns up first, but I hope they're not so naive to think that if people will lie to them, they won't also lie to the SBI. And I hope that they're not so naive to think that in this atmosphere, with a police chief running the town, people are scared. And when people are scared, they do stupid things. I just hope someone steps up before someone gets hurt. Because if they do, it's on the hands of everyone in that super-secret meeting Wednesday night - incoming AND outgoing.

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Blasingame's

You need to research before you post, Blasingames's realtor was a man (the same one that sold me mine). He sold him both of his houses and he STILL OWNS BOTH of them

Boze/Blass

They are Facebook friends too while state and federal investigations are pending. How is that not a conflict of interest?

facebook

Whose not friends on facebook. Good God people why do you continue to trash people.
BLAH BLAH BLAH

You're right!

Leland is the modern day Mayberry, complete with Andy, Barney, Aunt Bea et al.
What planet do you live on?

"Proud Leland Resident??"

Probably more like Proud Leland Thug Dept member. Please your fooling nobody. You're either one of the cops whos got there nose up Head Thug Jayne or one of cops wives (I suspect the former).. Do you really think most of us in the town are that stupid. Do you not think we know there was intimidation against some of those who were considering town council runs while in other cases they dropped out because they knew darn well it wouldnt make a hill of beans of difference sadly because the town council is nothing but a bunch of inept nicompoops that lack any brass tacks to take any real action. Our illustrious soon to be former town manager either was in cahoots with Jayne or Jayne has soo much dirt on him he was forced to keep his mouth shut. Futch who I used to have respect, especially when he stood up to that fat blowhard former head of the NH County Board over the Skyway issue, Ive lose all respect for as well because in the end they've done nothing to correct the situation as they leave office (if there was any dirt to level the power Jayne had over them ceased when they were now leaving office). Im gonna laugh when somebody finally tags that PD Paddywagon Van down at Walmart and change it to Leland Thug Dept because believe me its gonna happen eventually I suspect (wouldnt be hard at 3am to do either, to be stupid enough to leave that thing parked out there shows how stupid the Leland PD is). Again my inside sources (which include people with intimate knowledge of the situation with the LPD as well as Chief Jayne himself) confirmed that the allegations are very much true that Jayne is beyond a Type X Manager he in fact has run roughshod over the department hence the large turnover. And believe me the SBI investigation is one thing but the FBI is something different and as somebody with ties to the area beyond SE NC I can assure you the likelyhood is Chief Jaynes future isnt looking too bright. Feds dont play nice with crooked cops especially when potential civil rights violations are involved.

In a way I feel sorry for this town because it could be so much but the impotent council and soon to be mayor and town manager act like the 3 blind mice and company the sad truth is they likely will continue to turn a blind eye to the misdeeds in this town until Jayne is forced out under criminal circumstances by the Feds and the very distinct possibility that the NC Dept of Crime Control and Public Safety yanks the police authority of the LPD rendering them out of business pending complete overall and retraining, until then and probably for the best the citizens would relay on BCSO and possible a mutual aide agreement with Navassa PD in Emergency Situations.

So glad I live elsewhere

Where there is smoke, there is fire. If the Chief is so innocent and everything is peachy keen in that department, where are the town officials who dispute what WWAY is saying. If there was nothing wrong going on, then they would be in front of the cameras vehemently denying the charges. If nothing wrong is going on, then why is the FBI investigating. We know that the SBI was brought in only after pressure was placed upon the council by this station's refusal to let up. If not for this news station, all of these issues would be swept under the rug, the "personnel" issues would continue to go unchecked and there is no telling what havoc the corrupt officers of this department would be wreaking on the citizens of Leland.

Kblue gave out HER identity

Kblue gave out HER identity at the very beginning. Jesus, this Leland Police Dept. is full of a bunch of MORONS. Congrats on running off another good officer! Sounds like Jayne is the one conducting a witch hunt!

Will someone explain to the idiot below what an editorial piece is? The difference between slander and libel? Why sources are protected? That the REAL garbage is the corrupt cops who remain protected by their chief and town?

Take out the trash, Pickey. It reeks!

missed it

I, along with everyone else missed the comment where KBLUE gave out HER identity. Ok Freaking Idiot. . enlighten us. .

The original name was Kelly

The original name was Kelly Blue and was shortened when things heated up. Figure it out from there, smarty. I don't think any of you want to toss around any "idiot" monikers. Especially YOU. I know who you are just by your word choices.

You know who I am?

That's so funny. I live no where near ILM.

Just so everyone knows this

Just so everyone knows this was written by one of the so called leaders of the Police Dept. They can make excuses all they want but it doesn't make the things that happened there untrue. They all know who they are and what they have done. That is all...

Wow!

I am so thankful that you are bringing this into the spotlight. I have lived in Leland for many years. I have been watching this situation "come to a head". I am absolutly apalled at the conduct of several officers and the clique that runs this town. Losing good officers, like Foss and Lewis, in this way is ridiculous. Officer Lewis was very respected and liked by the the teens in this area. It isn't easy for the police to develop that kind of relationship with teenagers, and I haven't seen any officers step up to try and do that since Lewis left. Believe me, I would know. I am a parent of an "at risk" youth. Officers say they'll do one thing and then do another, or they forget that the child exists. It's sad. I hope they get it together soon, before we all lose trust and respect in the Leland Police Dept. And "our" Town Counsel.

Meeting

well well you sound just like me, except its a TOP SECRET, SUPER SECRET, HUSH-HUSH, SAY NO MORE MEETING... Ha, HA, HA, call the Legend. Hire the Legend. they know who he is, pay the man he will straighten the whole thing out in a month.

1st off, half of the bad apples will resign when he walks through the door the other half, will serve whats left up on a platter.

Bill Farris where are your PERFORMANCE MEASURES NOW?

It's a how to not manage a town (101). Every employee at Leland has been forced to take the class from old its Not MY Fault Farris for 5 years. Tim Jayne Graduated with Honors.

Meeting?

Boom Boom, you need to lay of the sauce sauce. You're rambling pretty bad, making no sense. If you want to post inside jokes, you're wasting space, like the one between your ears.

HARDY HAR HARDY HEADACHE AND FOOT PROBLEM

I quess all that sitting around on tax payers dime, due to your phony ailments has given you enough time to come up up with those witty Strickland qoutes.
Why dont you go kiss MR Bs butt some mores he is leaving soon...

Team Work

when I was a young man we use to carry tobacco to the warehouses in Whiteville, it was quite an event walking with the auctioneer's as the graders would call out the quality and the buyers would bid. The cadence was astounding and the flow was beautiful like a symphony of professional knowledge and matured wisdom.

As child it was clearly a display of both a Quality Dimension and a professional meeting managed by a competent individual. I wonder if the new Leland council and Town manager feel they can create a professional atmosphere within the Leland PD with the current Leader.

Or are they going to end up with lugs and trash from the left over sheets.

old school

you got to be from around here and be old school to even understand what you are saying. You are so right.