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Walter Futch

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: 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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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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ONLY ON 3: Leland Mayor Futch asks feds to investigate Barfield, Thompson, Sue & Saffo

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video While he has no interest finding out if allegations of misconduct and corruption within his police department are true, Leland Mayor Walter Futch has found time to ask the Department of Transportation to investigate allegations of conspiracy against area political leaders. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Sheriff responds after Leland rejects offer to help

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video Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram offered his internal affairs investigator for free to look into a slew of allegations within Leland's police department, including sex at the station house, an officer pulling his gun on a colleague and an alcohol-fueled fight involving the police chief. But at last night's town meeting, council members voted against the plan. Full story...
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Leland Town Council votes to hire new manager, shoots down another investigation

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video There has been a cloud of allegations surrounding the town of Leland's police department for quite some time now. Two of the most recent include officers using the police station for sexual liaisons and an incident where one officer pointed a gun at another. The town has asked the S.B.I. to help investigate the allegations. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Leland Council directs police chief to ask SBI for investigation; Updated with SBI letter

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video The Leland Town Council used a special meeting Thursday night to instruct Police Chief Tim Jayne to send a letter to the SBI requesting an investigation into allegations of criminal activity within the Leland Police Department and the possible release of personnel records by a former town employee. READ LETTER TO SBI INSIDE. Full story...
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Leland Town Council meets tonight to discuss "personnel actions"

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video After an ongoing WWAY NewsChannel 3 Investigation into allegations of misconduct and corruption within the Leland Police Department, the Leland Town Council has called a special meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss what Mayor Pro Tem Brenda Bozeman calls "personnel actions." Leland residents are encouraged to be at the meeting. 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: 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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ONLY ON 3: Leland Mayor Futch reneges on interview

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Leland Mayor Walter Futch joins a growing list of politicians who apparently don't want to answer tough questions and then cancels interview appointments. Last night after the town council meeting, Futch agreed to come to the TV station today to do a live interview at 5:30 p.m. 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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Boil advisory continues as part of Leland waits lab tests

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On the hottest day of the day of the year so far, a water problem is leaving some Leland residents out to dry. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Commissioner Barfield threatens to remove Mayor Futch from Transportation Advisory Committee

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"Walter, the games have got to stop, if you cannot control yourself, I request that the Leland Town Council appoint another member to take your place and then you can follow up all of your unfounded accusations as a citizen seeking answers." Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Thompson berates Futch about Skyway comments

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video If there's anything you can say about New Hanover County Commissioner Jason Thompson it's you know where he stands. This week Thompson challenged the mayor of Leland to set the record straight after the mayor falsely accused Thompson of having a conflict of interest in the proposed Cape Fear Skyway project. Full story...
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