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Former Leland police officers stripped of certification
Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 1:40pm.

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.

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FIRST ON 3: Leland upholds officer firings
Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 9:58am.

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

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Fired Leland officers make appeal
Submitted by Katie Harden on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 3:05pm.

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.

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Leland set to hear appeals for fired officers
Submitted by WWAY on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 1:34pm.

Leland Town Manager David Hollis says he will hear the appeals of three fired police officers next week.

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ONLY ON 3: Still no timeline on appeal for fired Leland cops
Submitted by Katie Harden on Mon, 06/04/2012 - 3:56pm.

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.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Fired Leland cops appeal dismissals
Submitted by Marissa Jasek on Fri, 05/04/2012 - 10:58pm.

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.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Three suspended Leland cops fired, another resigns
Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 10:34pm.

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.

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Five Leland police officers suspended, former interim chief included
Submitted by Marissa Jasek on Fri, 04/13/2012 - 9:41pm.

video The town of Leland has suspended five police officers without pay as a result of ongoing investigations.

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