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Leland town council calls special meeting to discuss "personnel actions"

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Leland Town Councilwomen Brenda Bozeman and Patricia Batleman have called a special meeting of the council for Thursday evening to discuss "personnel actions." The meeting will start at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Town Councilwoman Martha Currie told us Friday she wanted a meeting called so she could propose hiring a private investigator to look into allegations of corruption and misconduct inside the Leland Police Department. She had hoped Mayor Walter Futch would call the meeting.

Currie told Mike Leggett of the Local News Review today that she wasn't aware that Bozeman and Batleman called the meeting. She says she found out about it when a StarNews reporter called her. Currie also told Leggett that Batleman refused to tell her what the meeting was about over the phone.

Talk of issues within LPD started after the town agreed to pay former officer Sherry Lewis $25,000 to settle an EEOC harassment claim. During a training exercise in February, Lewis says she was shot between the legs at least 12 times with simulation ammunition by another officer.

Since then we have done more investigating and exclusively reported that Chief Tim Jayne struck another officer during a bachelor party last year in Myrtle Beach. The chief also took his work vehicle to the party. We've also uncovered that Chief Jayne made officers do work on his and other neighbors' homes during work hours.

District Attorney Jon David alerted the Attorney General's office after seeing our stories, but recused himself from asking the SBI to investigate the police department because he and Chief Jayne are friends.

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