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Five Leland police officers suspended, former interim chief included

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Leland is once again in the spotlight. The town has suspended five police officers without pay as a result of ongoing investigations.

Town Manager David Hollis and interim Police Chief Mike James informed the following officers of their suspensions today: Deputy Chief Karl Smith, Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia, Officer Michael Landen and Officer John Blasingame.

“It's been going on for some time and just recently we received some information that led us to this point right here,” Hollis said. "We will continue with the ongoing investigations until we have all the necessary information to make an informed and final decision on these officers and their further employment with the Town of Leland Police Department. We feel strongly that the actions we have taken today are warranted based on the information we have thus far received."

James says there are several allegations of policy violations, but could not give any more details because of the ongoing investigation.

"We want the citizens of the Town of Leland to know and understand that we are dedicated to providing effective and courteous law enforcement," James said. "The level of service required of the police department by the town and the citizens will not be diminished by the actions taken today."

“This is fairly indefinite until we can get the full information from the investigation,” Hollis said. “I’ve asked that the investigation be expedited so that we can come to a conclusion fairly soon.”

Hollis and James say the ultimate goal is to re-establish trust and move forward to changing the perceptions people have of the police department.

“To be able to do that, we have got to check ourselves and make sure that we are following the same rules and laws that we expect everybody else to do,” James said.

Last year, during an audit of documents and training files, state regulators discovered Blasingame had not completed his mandatory in-service training in 2009 due to his military commitment. Training and Standards said then that Blasingame should be relieved of his duty immediately.

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Justice for Leland 5.

Are you kidding me Justice for Leland 5. How about all the others that were recently let go. Where were you for the firing of Bost, Ernest,and the Officer who shot the alligator. My understanding is this is a right to work state and they can fire you for almost anything. Y'all bitch about unions but this would never of happened if the Police Departments were represented by one.

It is for sure that we don't

It is for sure that we don't need the Union in Leland. We have enough trouble as it is, why want more... This way when they do wrong out the door they can go...


anyone know what happen on sat night around 12;30 i counted 18 police cars going sout on rt17 passed wal-mart .. and the bird in the sky ,,, what happen do we have to worrie about some one running ?

Duh the details aren't being

Duh the details aren't being released because that's how silent indictments work. Hold on Justice for Leland 5. wait for the arrests and charges., which are coming soo very soon. All will be revealed then.


If there secrets how do you know??? I have a secret too!!!

Who is in the story picture?

Take a look at the picture of the front door of Leland PD above. Anyone have any idea who the two - probably cops - people are in image? If it's an old pix, are they members of the "gone cops" club?

DA's and Sheriffs Office next.

One department down, now its time to hit the DAs office and Sheriffs office and get rid of all the Good Ol Boys. Bring in the SBI and hit them all hard. Brunswick corruption at its best.


You're watching entirely 2 much television.

Gordon Hobbs??????????????

Quote for the day "THIS TOO IN TIME SHALL PASS". What do you think about that now Gordon? Will Ms. Dellapia survive from this one? Guess not! Will Nosak go to Afghanistan? Will Cry Baby Landen get his wish to become just like his supervisors and will Karl get a neck? Will the steroid King get more drugs? Stay tuned! Same Bad station, same bad timing. Just saying!

Mayor Bozeman

Mayor Bozeman, could you give us a comment now on the Chief and officers you "trusted" so much. Oh wait a second, I know what you'll say, it goes something like this, " Well....(long pause), I can't, I, I, I just can't" Pity you and Walter Futch used up all your energy conspiring with these very officers and others to get rid of your former Chief Sanders but couldnt bring yourself even to comment on this. You're one term and done.

Forget Mrs. Boozeman. Let's

Forget Mrs. Boozeman. Let's hear from Mrs. DellaPia and Mrs. Blasingame!

Mayor B

Hope you don't beleive these stupid people, My self and several other people I know went to you complaining and you did what you do now, you go to the manager and have him check it out just like you did for me back a couple of months ago. Guest whoever you are, what do you expect the officials to do ignore it when someone goes to them with a complaint. Grow up!!!! Oh wait you must be one of those kids that when mom said don't touch it's hot, you endedup at the er with burns. So quick to make a judgement
Keep up the good work Ms B and Council. You're a good team

Don't let up WWAY

So glad you revisited that in the end of the article. WHY didn't Leland do what they were told to do by T & S regarding Officer Blasingame? Kblue said "all he did was lie" about his dates of service. How dare this department trivialize lying and the falsifying of military and service documents! WHO helped him with the creation of those documents? Isn't lying about military service a federal offense? Fix Leland was onto something big. This is just the tip of the iceberg with the level of cover-up that went on regarding this particular officer. The old comments are still available. The lady doth protest too much methinks.

hey Blasingame, i wonder if

hey Blasingame, i wonder if they are going o take you off the 'in serfvice' ttraing film that come out this year about PTDS the state requires us to sit in a look at for 4 hrs.????? sounds like your blaze and game is over. i fel there are charges coming soon!!!!!!!! tarnished badge come to mind?????? watched it last year in in service training. your corrupt good ole chief aint there to save you!!! now2 i guess Leland has the highest unemployment rate in the Brunswick county area now!!!

What did they do?

Some of the comments here appear to know what those guys did? If not why the enthusiasm for their suspension? Could it be they were not aggressive enough on writing tickets and generating revenue for the town? One guy here said he hated road side stops so do I but that comes from the higher ups not the grunts. Anyway just what did they do?

Mike James

Way to go Mike! Keep up the good work. I knew you were the right choice to clean that place up!


Just make sure to finish the job and don't let any of them weasel their way back in. Fire them now.

I hope only the bad ones are

I hope only the bad ones are fired or demoted. If they were wrong, beyond any doubt. If this does bring openings, I hope an effort will be made to invite back Foss, Lewis, Bost, and several others, who were wrongly treated, by the LPD.

Really sad

Isn't it possible to find professional law enforcement officers?

It would seem that after all the bad publicity, that things would tighten up, and work properly.

Leland is changing, and the services of the police need to change with it. Get on the program, there are too many officers looking for work in this country to continue to have these problems.


And like i told them each time i was arrested,,, I will have the last laugh,,so this one is for you hahahah suckers!

Each time you were

Each time you were arrested??? You sound like a great person!!!!

I can't wait to see what

I can't wait to see what Kblue and Boom Boom have to say about this. Kblue seems to know a lot of what is going on and Boom Boom justs wants to run her mouth. Hope that the Police Dept will be straighten out soon and Leland can get back to normal.

Running Mouth

Yep, I will Farris gone, new manager, got a real good feeling about the lack of future abuse by exiting department heads.

Got to hand it to

Got to hand it to them...they were masters at setting up ambushes on US 17 near Magnolia Greens.

I made sure to listen

I made sure to listen closely to the names given tonight and remember when KBlue mentioned them. He might have been nutty in his delivery, but he's been right all along.

Anyone that has a ticket

Anyone that has a ticket that was written by any of the named officers should fight it. You'll win. The ticket will be dismissed.

If I may?

I'll make this short and sweet, No wait!!! I'll make this sweet how's that? I'm going to hit on all my talents tonight as its a good night to do as such right? First? My newest talent, knock knock jokes, ready? "Knock Knock" (20 seconds later), KNOCK KNOCK"!!" (30 seconds later) KNOCK STINKING KNOCK"!!!! Just then a janitor walks by and says, "Knock all you want sunny no ones gonna answer they all got suspended" GET IT????
Now? a poem,
Once in a place called Leland
Lived several Cop demons
Along came a Chief
who in only 2 weeks
Cleaned house and made Leland a GREAT place to live, visit, tour, shop, eat, walk your dog, wash your car, Um, a bit off track I get it. .....Its a work in progress.

Citizens of Leland take great pride in who I am hoping becomes the new Chief. Mr James? I have heard NOTHING negative about you. I'm hard to impress and you have indeed done just that. Great job looking forward to working with you.. ...Say's who? Say's I was right all along Kblue!

I have no doubt...

I have no doubt it was time for an overhaul in Leland. However you seem to have a case of verbal diarrhea and mental constipation. If you were any dumber, we'd have to water you. Really I am not trying to be mean, but you are simply a witless idiot. I don't expect N.W. to have quality officers, the town doesn't pay enough to hire decent employees. But can you at least pretend? I am sorry cupcake, but I just don't think the belt goes through all the loops. You're one peanut short of a snikers!!

I have no doubt either

For kblue, unfortunately, immaturity is an ideal, not a defect.


Oh wow! 1945 jokes! Cool!!!!!!!! okay can I have a turn el stupido persono??? That's Spanish for "Gorden's jokes are Old" Ummmmmmmmmmm you ready for my comeback G.H.? "I know you are but what am I"? Great stuff Gordey.......... Keep up the great work and um here is a link for you., or here's a book you might like "Out dated Joke updater for dummies.......Welcome snookem bear!!!!!!Say's who? Say's Kblue!