FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Three suspended Leland cops fired, another resigns

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Submitted: Sat, 04/21/2012 - 3:34am
Updated: Fri, 08/17/2012 - 3:15pm

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — All five officers suspended last week are now gone from the Leland Police Department. The town fired three of the officers today, and one more quit. A fifth officer quit earlier this week.

The town fired Lt. Rick Dellapia, Lt. Bill Kozak and Ofc. John Blasingame for cause. A news release from Town Manager David Hollis said the details of the dismissals will not be released until each man goes through an appeals process.

Ofc. Michael Landen quit today, joining former Deputy Chief Karl Smith, who quit Tuesday.

“The internal investigation regarding these individuals has concluded, and a summary of the details was delivered this morning,” Interim Police Chief Mike James said in a statement. “We received the resignation letter from Michael Landen this morning prior to being briefed on the findings of the investigation. We will allow the process of appeal outlined in the personnel handbook to run its course before any further information of the investigation is released.”

Earlier this month Chief James asked the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to help conduct an internal review of every member of the Leland Police Department. The results of that investigation have not been made public.

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35 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Three suspended Leland cops fired, another resigns"

2015 years 8 months ago

These five are far from what you are saying they are. I know that Phylicia DellaPia and her mother have sung the praises of Rick (and have also created this Justice for 5 Group) but lets lay out what they have done: They coordinated and targeted Sherry Lewis and assaulted her in an exercise with paint-balls, they forced out one of the only “professional” lieutenants they had there, they targeted officers they didn’t like to force them out and protected those that are now suspended – I mean FIRED – fixing promotion tests, covering their drug use and sex they had with other peoples wives and informants in police buildings and police vehicles on duty, and shot off their weapons while drunk at a new years eve party and tried to cover it up – the same guy who drew his weapon on at least two fellow officers – and lets not forget the bachelor party where the former chief assaulted an officer, where two of the other “5” assaulted a civilian in a parking lot, used their patrol cars to go to Myrtle Beach – these are the “family oriented gentleman that love their wives and children very much”? There is so much more to these “family oriented gentleman” that will never come out but just know who you are trying to defend!! Give it up – these “5” are thugs with long histories of questionable ethics and bending the law to benefit them. This is the Justice for 5; better yet, the justice for Leland – FINALLY! If only Jayne and Farris could be held accountable for allowing these people to almost destroy Leland – that would be TRUE JUSTICE!

you never know
2015 years 8 months ago

Your clever callin me caps lock very intuitive…you can call me caps lock…ypur daddy….or whatever you like…perhaps one day when you get a spine you would stick up for good ppl too or are you a typical bandwagon kinda guy or girl

2015 years 8 months ago

Kblue facebook page???? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmSay’s who? Say’s Kblue!

deputy 25
2015 years 8 months ago

hey Blasingame hard headed Delapia, maybe this year coming up 2013, there might be an in-service training for how not to act like butt heads, you got that beavis and butthead? new tarnished badge class coming to you for 2013. by the way , i hear your bonds will be set kind of high!! better get a bondsman on standby. you 2 were so crooked, when you pass away from the earth , you will have to be screwed in the ground. Delapia, next time someone tries to pass on info to you about some crimes, dont act like a jerk with a chip on your shoulder and complain, oh , i forgot your career is over, the info is now about you, see ya in the news beavis and butthead!

Old Guy!
2015 years 8 months ago

Dear JFL5(gang),
You need to do just a little more research. North Carolina is an “At Will” state. Which means the Leland Police Department or the Town Of Leland can basically do whatever they want too. Since there is only 5 Law Enforcement Departments within the state of North Carolina that actually has Civil Service protection there is absolutely nothing these individuals can do about what has happened to them and Leland doesn’t have to do a “Damn” thing. The only Law Enforcement organization that has Civil Service around here is the Department that Dellapia came from, Wilmington Police Department.(Of course No sak couldn’t pass the civil service exam in NY so that knocks him out anyway) As of today’s date the ones that caused the proplems caused them for themselves! They will go through the motions of appeal but there again just like their leader will be appealing the decision to the ones that gave it out. How smart is that? Well no one ever excused them of having any smarts at all!
They started it and now it is finished. Watch out to the rest of their little rats that did the dirty work they supposedly were ordered to do.