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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Justice now says one of five former Leland Police officers it said had lost their law enforcement certification was not part of the criminal investigation.

"As a correction to what I previously told you, Officer John Blasingame was not part of the criminal investigation and his law enforcement certification remains valid, although he is not currently employed by a law enforcement agency," DOJ spokeswoman Noelle Talley said in an e-mail this afternoon to WWAY.

Talley had previously confirmed to WWAY and other media outlets that Blasingame was among the officers that had lost their certification at the end of a criminal probe by the State Bureau of Investigation.

Today, Talley did reconfirm that former officers Karl Smith, Bill Kozak, Rick Dellapia and Joseph Michael Landen all lost their certifications last month. She said it was all the public information available on the investigation.

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4 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Former Leland cop not among those who lost certifications"

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m glad that the news actually reported the mistake that was made. Now hopefully he can move on and continue his career.

2015 years 10 months ago

Just because the DOJ made a mistake with the release of information does not entitle him to work in law enforcement again. Let’s not forget the mistakes HE made to get him wrapped up in this mess to begin with. Any law enforcement agency foolish enough to let him move on with his “career” should be prepared to take out extra insurance. He’s better suited for amateur wrestling or something of the sort.

As for the news-you’re only as credible as your source. If it wasn’t true, should have been.

2015 years 10 months ago

Sure is quiet in here. You mean no one has a comment or are they reserved for negative remarks? Where’s that deep blue guy?

Polly II
2015 years 10 months ago

Well JC may have not been involved in shooting Sherry but he did point his service weapon at two other officers and said “BANG”! Tell me is that funny and should this person be a real life Police Officer? Of course he also was drunk back on New Years Eve, came out of the back of his house with a full magazine in his service weapon and fired it at the woods behind his house in Leland. All of the administration looked the other way. HMMM… serve and protect… really???? Does anyone really want someone like this roid head to be serving and protecting? The North Carolina Law Enforcement Poster Child for PTSD???? Just sayin!!!!


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