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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 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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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Deputy Leland Police Chief resigns

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One of the five Leland Police officers suspended last week has quit. Leland Town Manager David Hollis says Deputy Police Chief Karl Smith resigned effective this morning. Smith had been suspended with pay Friday while an internal investigation continues. 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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FIRST ON 3: Leland hires interim chief, upholds Jayne firing

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video The Town of Leland is taking another step forward and putting the past behind it. Town Manager David Hollis announced Monday he has upheld the firing of former Police Chief Tim Jayne after Jayne appealed the termination. Hollis also announced Mike James as the police department's new interim chief. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Man says Leland cop helped ex steal from his home

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video More than a week after Tim Jayne was fired as Leland Police Chief, accusations from his days in office continue to come to light. One Leland resident says the police have been harassing him for months he says they helped his ex break into his home and steal from him. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Interim Leland Police Chief sets goals for department

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video For months, we have been following the developing situation within the Leland Police Department. The many issues came to a head last week when Chief Tim Jayne was fired. Today, we sat down with Interim Police Chief Karl Smith to find out what he has planned for the future of the department. Full story...
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