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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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  • Guest45679098

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

  • Leland Gal

    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…

  • Guest3278

    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.

  • chris

    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 ?

  • SecretIndicment

    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.

  • Grand Ole Party

    You’re watching entirely 2 much television.

  • Guest34534

    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?

  • Jerry Jerry

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

  • I know

    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

  • agentman

    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.

  • Guest10111213

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

  • Polly II

    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!

  • Guest 987

    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.

  • Keep Asking!

    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.

  • deputy 25

    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!!!

  • Ten Can

    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?

  • John Carpenter

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

  • guesty

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

  • PublicAvenger

    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.

  • Citizen of the Republic

    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.

  • david white

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

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