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Bill Farris

THE RANT: A look at Chief Jayne's "action plan," Leland's personnel policy & state law for "misuse of property"

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Best I can tell, Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne has a free ticket to ride. The man has broken a multitude of policies and laws, yet he skates by with not a slap-on-the-wrist, but more like a light tap. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Leland Town Council reveals Chief Jayne placed on probation in Sept., forced to pay restitution

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video During a meeting Thursday night, the Leland Town Council announced that Police Chief Tim Jayne has been on probation for months and ordered to pay restitution for use of a town vehicle. Full story...
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THE RANT: Leland should take a lesson from East Spencer

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Have you heard yet about the two firefighters in East Spencer who shocked a junior firefighter nine times with a stun gun during a department Christmas party? Sounds familiar doesn't it? Sort of like when Leland Police Officer Sherry Lewis was shot between the legs with simulated ammunition during a training exercise last February. Full story...
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THE RANT: It's official: Leland is out of control

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And I don't mean that in the "cool, funny, you're out of control, dude!" sense. I mean it in the classic "there is no one at the helm of this ship" way. That was blatantly apparent at last night's special closed session meeting. Full story...
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THE RANT: Leland Police Chief Jayne calls media coverage "witch hunt"

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Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne did his first interview this week with the 'Local News Review' since allegations surfaced of misconduct within his department and says the stories reported here and in the Wilmington 'StarNews' are a "witch hunt." Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 & THE LNR: Leland leaders set for big pay hike

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video Voters in Leland will go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new mayor and two new members of town council. When those three people take office, the town's elected leaders will be getting a significant pay raise. Full story...
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New Leland Town Manager gets to work

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video Today is day one for Leland's new Town Manager. With the controversy surrounding the town, we wanted to know how David Hollis plans to hit the ground running in his new position. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Leland Police Chief Jayne withholds info on bank robbery; Councilwoman, town manager apologize

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video Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne's beef with WWAY apparently runs so deep, he withheld information from the public about an armed man who robbed a credit union Friday to prove his point. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 INVESTIGATION UPDATE: New details on allegations of misconduct inside Leland Police Department

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video We are learning more about issues within the Leland Police Department. We've told you about the alleged fight between Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne and one of his officers last year during a bachelor party in myrtle beach. Now a witness has come forward. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: DA asks AG to help with Leland; AG has different story

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video Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David told us he has asked the Attorney General to appoint another attorney to be the point person for anyone who wants to come forward with allegations against the town or the police department, but the AG's office says that's not exactly the case. Full story...
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StarNews Editorial: Make Leland Police investigation thorough, timely and public

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The Leland Police Department is under suspicion, and whether or not that suspicion is justified, town officials owe it to residents and the officers to complete an ongoing investigation as soon as possible. And when it’s completed, the results – for better or for worse – should be made public. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Officers did work at Leland chief's house on town time

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video We are still uncovering more details of alleged corruption within the Leland Police Department. We've told you all week about issues with the department and Police Chief Tim Jayne. We've learned today that Jayne has had officers do work on his home and around his neighborhood for other homeowners. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Leland's top cop recommended for termination

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video We've been telling you since last week about all the issues with the Leland Police Department and specifically Police Chief Tim Jayne. We've now learned there was a recommendation that Jayne be fired earlier this year. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Leland Town Council doesn't have to hide behind "personnel issues"

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State law says Leland town leaders don't have be afraid about talking about personnel issues in public, if the problems at hand are damaging the credibility of the police department. North Carolina General Statute § 162A-6.1 (7) states that Farris, with the approval of council, can talk with anyone, including the media, about someone's personnel file if it means maintaining public confidence in the Leland Police Department. Full story...
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Town of Leland settles with police officer shot in groin; Mayor says he is "out of touch"

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video The Town of Leland agreed to settle with a Leland Police Officer who was shot in the groin multiple times with training ammunition during an exercise. But town leaders claimed to know little if anything about what happened. The town's insurance company will pay Sherry Lewis $18,750 and her attorney $6,250. Lewis also agrees to resign her position and neither party will admit fault or liability. Full story...
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