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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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what in the hell are you babbling about k poo!!! I don't write anything I don't sign my name on!!!!! I was born in 1943. You are the perfect example of a child in a man's body! I don't know what prompted you to sling my name around in this mess but as i told you before I will not engage in a battle of wits with you because you are obviously unarmed.And by the way I know who you are....

Oops almost forgot...

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AWE! My jokes are so bad you use them!!! I'm honored! I'm not mad at u Gordie, I clicked on the web site and it had a photo of your boy with a red circle and a line through it. He was quite the salesmen huh? Say's who? Say's Kblue!

You lack...

I am afraid that you lack any real investigative skills, I am not who you think I am moron. However you can call me Gordie if it makes you feel any better Richard. Maybe someday it will all come together for you, I doubt it though.

Take it easy....

Relax, after all I said I wasn't trying to be mean haha. But really this coming from a guy telling third grade knock knock jokes? You have hit rock bottom buttercup. We still await the BBQ you promised so very long ago.


Richard, now are you going to have the cook out?

Oh Yah!

Yes Sir and you are cordially invited. Date to follow "arrest'(s)" Say's who? Say's Kblue!


I would bet that you will be arrested first for impersonating an officer. I think instead of the blue light bandit, we will just call you the Blue Light Buttercup.

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I want to smack the stupid out of you so bad but I'm so scared their won't be anything left!!!! This is a joke people, Kblue doesn't condone violence. Just laughter. Say's who? Say's Kblue!

Now now...

Be honest with yourself....Your sentence should have ended like this, "I want to smack the stupid out of you so bad but I'm so scared" The truth will set you free buttcup. Says who? Say's Richard still don't have a clue!!!


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thats great news. leland has

thats great news. leland has no room for crooked cops, and its about time they start a mass exitous of the ones giving LPD a bad name

The house cleaning continues...

This is probably a really positive sign that the "old boys club" is coming to an end in Leland PD. While we will likely never find out what these cops were suspended - I suspect gonna be fired - for due to NC's "personnel privacy laws", they likely don't do this without thinking it through. I, like many, have never really had any direct dealings with Leland PD other than the frequent roadblocks.
Being that I drive - alot - I run into these roadchecks in many locals. I don't drink and drive, and my car is properly reg'd and insured, so I have zero to be concerned about at them. Overhead light on at night, license and reg in hand, and they are the only ones that consistently have a really nasty attitude.
I did have a conversation with Mike James a little while back, and from what I gathered from the guy, he didn't like what he was seeing in the department, and was "all ears" for the residents concerns.
Really happy to see he's actually following through.
One thing I find interesting in the quote above is that "The level of service required of the police department by the town and the citizens will not be diminished by the actions taken today."
They've suspended five cops, and they can still provide the same level of service. That means that these five were probably not doing anything useful.

not doing anything useful????

Actually I think it means that the Town of Leland was spend too much money out of the town's budget to pay for officers we don't need. ESPECIALLY if the town will not lose any level of service with them gone. If they are not effective or doing the wrong thing or whatever, but we will not lose any level of servise, why don't we save some of the town budget and fix a road or clean up something or just put the excess money to good use (FOR ONCE).

It's about time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Vengeance is mine saith the LORD!
They hurt a lot of individuals and families. Good riddance to bad trash!

A long time coming

This has been needed for a long time.

freedom of speech

freedom of speech is protected in the constitution and I applaud wway tv 3 for furnishing a forum for citizens to express their views.however, I do wish people who comment would be required to use their own names. This would prevent a few cowards from making their slandering and poisonous remarks under the cloak of anonymity.when you are not proud enough of what you say to sign your name to what you say then don't say it.