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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — It has been nearly a week since Leland announced the suspension of five police officers. Thursday was the first town council meeting since the suspensions and resignation of officer Karl Smith.

Tonight WWAY sat down with Mayor Brenda Bozeman to hear what she has to say about the troubled police department and the future of Leland.

“I think we’re on the right track,” the mayor says. “We are going to get it settled one way or the other.”

Bozeman says the problems within the police department are being resolved.

“If anyone is guilty, justice will take place,” she says. “If they’re not guilty, we can go on and get over all of this.”

Last week, five officers were suspended with pay. One of those suspended, Karl Smith resigned Tuesday. Smith served as interim police chief after Tim Jayne was fired in February. All this, while the department and town await investigations by the SBI and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

“We want it done,” Bozeman says. “We were hoping that the SBI investigation would have been done before the end of the year. They told me they were hoping to have it done.”

Town manager David Hollis says with the five officers out, the department has to pick up the slack, but all services are functioning as normal. Soon, he says, the issues will be a thing of the past.

“We’re going to get to that point where the police are not the issue in Leland,” Hollis says. “These other things, the good things that we’re doing are going to be the issues.”

WWAY was the first and only local news media that dug for weeks and uncovered personnel and policy issues within the Leland Police Department.

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10 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Bozeman discusses LPD suspensions, SBI investigation"

2015 years 10 months ago

Correct spelling is LIAR…not lier..I am sure the mayor,city manager,town council..all knew of the incident involving Sherry. And I am sure they know more about the whole matter than they let on,but there again,they cannot reveal personnel matters until the proper time. Have not heard much from the sex scandal involving Nat and the CI’s for the dept along with the other women he has been accused of having sex with while on duty…in a town car. Maybe that will be on the next round of investigations. LORDY MERCY…

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 10 months ago

Are you saying that the Mayor is a LIER or LIAR, big difference. Unless she is trying to ambush someone. I think you meant liar, in which case I read the article too and not one time did she claim she was unaware of what was currently happening in Leland. So really what the hell are you being so dramtic about? You used a total of 30 exclamation marks in your post, don’t you think you are being a bit of a drama queen? Well 30 exclamation marks and the number 1. Not sure what all that is about either. How do you know Sgt. N had sex with a CI at a house in Sturgeon Creek? I take it you are that CI? I am guessing he didn’t call you the next morning and you are pissed off at him? These officers were relieved of duty, and I am sure they deserved to be, so at this point you should take your xanax and calm down a little.

Polly II
2015 years 10 months ago

Ms. Bozemand knows all about this whole thing! She knew of the whole shooting of Sherry the moment Sherry was limping away from the training site bleeding from he crotch area. All of the other things she has been privy too as well. From Sergeant N having sex with the CI at the Sturgeon Creek house to Sergeant L cheating on the exam. One year term is all she will see!!!!
Ms. Bozemand you ought to be ashamed of yourself for not helping Sherry like you promised!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

Only the dumbest of the dumb can write a post correcting someones spelling and then misspell something themselves. LMBO!!!! I have to laugh, and then when I’m done laughing I can then thank you very much for once again proving you are truly stupid. If anyone cares the correct spelling is “(!DRAMATIC!)” not dramic. I also want to give a shout out to all my loyal Kblue fans, “sup”. As promised I seen it through, it worked out and Leland is right where it needs to be. Town Council included. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SNAP YO! I FEEL A POEM!!!!!!!

Grand Ole Potty is not really smart
He’s been a BIG dummy right from the start

He’s wishes he had it like your buddy Blue
But he opens his mouth and out comes poo poo

He’ll never be great like the amazing Kid Blue
But he tries and he fails each time right on cue!

So I say with a smile onto you Mr Potty
You’re a true dummy and I’m just a HOTTIE!!!!

Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

Justice For Leland5
2015 years 10 months ago

Justice for Leland5 Facebook page…. Check it out !! Please post any evidence of wrong doings on the site! No gossip, no rumors; just facts!! Please no comments on how all cops are dirty because you were stopped by a Leland police officer. We need information on just these men.

Justice for Leland5
2015 years 10 months ago

Please visit Facebook Page Justice for Leland5!! We are in search of the whole truth.

••••• I sent WWAY an e-mail explaining our page and mission. However, they decided not to post it .. I thought you wanted to uncover the truth, even if it comes from an unnamed source like the information you posted from KBLUE22221984. We have documented evidence… Did he???

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 10 months ago

It is obvious from these comments from Mayor Bozeman that she is shirking the questions and playing dumb. She doesn’t seem to know much of anything, this after months of investigation. Everyone is mum and confidence continues to waver. Could it be the can of worms that has been opened is so large that there is more than enough to catch some really big fish and a lot of them? As the Mayor says, “one way or another” this will all be resolved. To the citizens of Leland, don’t hold your breath, the mayor and council seem to be turning blue from holding theirs.

2015 years 10 months ago

WWAY, we are suspicious that Mayor Bill Saffo persuaded council members to bring Titan Cement to Wilmington from Greece. What do you know about his connection to them in his homeland?

Guest 10101
2015 years 10 months ago

Dude …. What in the world are you talking about ??????????

2015 years 10 months ago

Anyone else feel like they’re not letting us in on the big secret? Investigations, suspensions, firings, and resignations, but statements of no wrongdoing? I feel like I’m watching old Saturday morning tv..which one fo these doesn’t belong here? I think the town council is scared of what the investigations will reveal…..you can hide, but you will be found……


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