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Bill Farris

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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ONLY ON 3: Leland police officer shot in groin with training bullets wins harassment complaint against department

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We have learned that a Leland police officer recently filed a harassment charge against the police department - and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found in her favor late last week. Multiple sources tell us Sherry Lewis was shot in the private area multiple times with training simulation ammunition by fellow officers. Full story...
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