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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The five Leland police officers suspended Friday will receive pay during their suspension.

Interim Chief of Police Mike James says after he spoke with the suspended officers Deputy Chief Karl Smith, Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia, Officer Michael Landen and Officer John Blasingame he reinstated pay for the days off and any pay the officers would have earned since Friday.

James says he hopes to have the matter completely resolved soon and asks that the community refrain from judgement until all the facts are released from the on-going SBI investigation.

For months, many Leland town leaders said they believe the issues they were hearing about the police department were just rumors, and they are sticking to their story until the sbi investigation comes back.

Mayor Brenda Bozeman said she could not talk about the situation because it involved personnel.

Councilwoman Martha Currie says she believes those conducting the investigation have uncovered enough evidence to move forward with suspensions or the five officers would still be on duty. She says she thinks if the five officers were truly involved in wrongdoing then they deserve to lose their jobs. She says if you do the crime, you have to do the time.

Meanwhile, we’ve also learned that James asked the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to help investigate his department as well. In a letter to Sheriff John Ingram April 4, James asked that two of Ingram’s Internal Affairs Division “perform an investigation of all personnel within the Leland Police Department.” The letter asked for Capt. Gene Caison and Sgt. Mark Francisco “to administer all interviews and any other investigative functions needed to perform a full and thorough investigation.”

Sheriff Ingram had offered the same service to then Chief Tim Jayne and the town last fall, but the town declined. Jayne was fired back in February.

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you never know
2016 years 2 months ago

polly thank you for your assumption i dont know or have a clue or that i dont know first hand whats going or gone on…i didnt realize you were involved with it all too…perhaps you would run in fear if domeone was being hurt as i saw first hand one of the ” dirtu coppps” as you say aprehend a thief while off duty…again very sad your such a bitter and angry…yet outstanding and with no skeletons in your closet…. or do you??? time will tell

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Polly II
2016 years 2 months ago

U are exactly right “YOU WILL NEVER KNOW” or get a clue. Do you actually think they are going to put their deeds in the Police Blotter? DUH! These indivduals would stand there and laugh if you were getting beaten and robbed. They are a source of good military drugs that they shared on an everyday basis with each other. So not only did they get drugs off of the streets of Leland they also put them back on the streets too. YOU need to wish the citizens of Leland good luck because they are going to need it… Read more »

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glass house
2016 years 2 months ago

hey kblue if you want then you should email me directly have some backbone no one else stands up for ppl. Two sides to every story but since you have such great riddles im sure you have a magical poem to share now…its funny the town manager is recanting their first decision…dont be so quick to jump to conclusions your an intellectual and intelligent person ive seen the masterpieces youve wrote you too seem to have this all figured out. i wonder what role you played in it

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kblue2221984
2016 years 2 months ago

Dear “glass house” and “you never know”…..Its truly a sad day when you make a double post about yourself and use the same e-amil address……. It’s cute that your the only one talking positive about yourself though. Next time? Mix it up a bit! Yah!! Maybe um use capital letters in one post then use all lower case in another? Say’s who? Say’s the always right Kblue!

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glasshouse
2016 years 2 months ago

looking from a distance all cast judgment on happenings in which you think you all know you sit there claiming “praise the lord” in which you probably are a spineless follower. you think that for one second any news source is credible in this entire country. yet the moment something is released you give your praises to someone not knowing if there is any accuracy at all. if when all the smoke clears the five are cleared. will you praise the Lord that they were just rumors or will you then say they must have “weaseled” their… Read more »

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