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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A North Carolina Department of Justice spokeswoman says five former Leland police officers are no longer sworn law enforcement officers. Former Deputy Chief Karl Smith, Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia, Ofc. Michael Landen and Ofc. John Blasingame all either quit or were fired last spring as the SBI investigated allegations of problems within the Leland Police Department.

WWAY was the first media outlet to report the issues beginning in September 2011. The allegations stemmed from a LPD training exercise conducted earlier that year, during which former Ofc. Sherry Lewis claims other officers targeted her because she is a woman. Lewis says during training with simulated ammunition, she was shot multiple times in the crotch injuring her. Lewis later left the department and reached a $25,000 settlement with the town in September 2011.

During a special meeting in October 2011, the Leland Town Council ordered Chief Tim Jayne to request a SBI investigation into his department. The probe wrapped up last summer, and has since been reviewed by the Attorney General’s Special Prosecution Unit. DOJ spokesman Noelle Talley says the criminal case against the officers involved “has been resolved.” It is still unclear what other information from the DOJ may be a matter of public record.

Town Manager David Hollis fired Jayne Feb. 1, 2012. He was replaced by Mike James. Talley says “there was no indication of wrongdoing by the chief in this case.”

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  • Bye Bye Bad Guys

    The Leland 5 got off very easy. What a shame!!!

    Why was Former Chief Tim Jayne not included in the criminal investigation? Let’s see, Chief of Police was fired, then Deputy Chief, the next two in line, FORMER Lt. Kozak and FORMER Lt. Dellapia, Sgt. Landen, and a patrol officer, were removed. So, basically the top ranking police department managers all the way to the non-ranking police officers – THERE WAS NOT ONE RANKING OFFICER LEFT!!!

    Did the SBI miss the fact, or the multitude of facts, that fully implicated Chief Tim Jayne in criminal wrongdoings? Is he being protected to not implicate the other equally guilty politicians? Perhaps individuals that were Jayne’s neighbors that officers worked on their personal residences? You know, Jayne lived in a very small neighborhood, with only 5 neighbors, with one being DA Jon David, who got caught not being factually correct (even had to back track on his statements to the media) (Thanks WWAY!) and self admitting to the fact that “Tim Jayne and him are too close to do his job!”

    So, here’s the question that many need answered – When a Chief of Police is guilty, by their own admission (paying restitution), of criminal statutory laws, how do they get investigated?

    Tim Jayne may be serving time as a used car salesman (apparently, where bad cops go after being terminated). Which, yes, I find great satisfaction knowing the man who once used the public tax dollar as his own, now must get up everyday and sell cars. However, there’s been too many wrongs, not to make it right. So, please SBI spokesperson, enlighten us on how the SBI completely ignored the ring leader and conveniently did not include him in their investigation.

    Oh, one more thing: Attention One-Term Mayor Brenda Boozeman, I just need clarification, is this still just “Gossip and rumors from former disgruntled employees?”

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