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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Former Leland cop not among those who lost certifications

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video 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. Full story...
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Former Leland police officers stripped of certification

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video 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. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Leland upholds officer firings

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video Leland Town Manager David Hollis says he is upholding the terminations of three police officers fired earlier this year. Full story...
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Fired Leland officers make appeal

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video The town fired Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia and officer John Blasingame back in April after an internal investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office. Today, the three men made one last attempt to clear their names. Full story...
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Leland set to hear appeals for fired officers

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Leland Town Manager David Hollis says he will hear the appeals of three fired police officers next week. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Still no timeline on appeal for fired Leland cops

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The fate of three fired Leland Police officers still hangs in the balance. The officers appealed their dismissal in May, but there's still no final decision. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Fired Leland cops appeal dismissals

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Three fired Leland Police officers have appealed their dismissal. Today was the last day to file those appeals. Town Manager David Hollis says he received appeals from Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia and Ofc. John Blasingame. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Three suspended Leland cops fired, another resigns

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All five officers suspended last week are now gone from the Leland Police Department. The town fired three of the officers today, and one more quit. A fifth officer quit earlier this week. Full story...
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Five Leland police officers suspended, former interim chief included

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video The town of Leland has suspended five police officers without pay as a result of ongoing investigations. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Audit leads to Leland police officer relieved of duty, questions about accountability

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video Missing documents. Officers not up to date on their training. In one case, it was so severe, an officer was relieved of his duties. That's some of what state regulators uncovered during a recent audit of documents and training files at the Leland Police Department. Full story...
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