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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It seems like Leland does not want any more help from outsiders in solving its problems.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram offered his internal affairs investigator, free of charge, to look into a slew of allegations within Leland’s Police Department. The charges included sex at the station house, an officer pulling his gun on a colleague and an alcohol-fueled fight involving the police chief. However, at last night’s town meeting, council members voted against the plan.

Today Sheriff Ingram spoke out.

“When the citizens have concerns or questions or allegations are made that could compromise public trust, it is my duty and responsibility to use every resource available to me,” Ingram said.

Councilwoman Martha Currie presented the idea Thursday night and got support from Councilman Herbert Barnes, but Mayor Walter Futch, Mayor Pro Tem Brenda Bozeman and Councilwoman Pat Batleman voted against it.

“I feel like it’s the only way we are going to get to the truth,” said Currie. “If the SBI can investigate, they investigate the criminal part, then get this internal affairs man to come in and let him investigate anything else that may have occurred.”

Sources tell us some leaders privately suggested that the only reason Ingram offered his help was to get publicity.

“I think being in office for three years now, my record speaks for itself regarding the media,” Ingram said. “I’ve never been accused of someone who loves to jump in front of a camera.”

Bozeman, who refused to talk on camera, told us she wants to see what the SBI investigation uncovers first, then take any other steps if necessary.

In the meantime Ingram says he hopes someone finds the truth, whatever it may be.

“I know that eventually the facts will come out, and at that time the town officials and citizens in Leland can make good decisions as to what needs to be done and move forward,” he said.

Sheriff Ingram stressed that if in the future Leland would like more help with the investigation, he says the Sheriff’s Office will be glad to help.

Two weeks ago Police Chief Tim Jayne sent a letter to the SBI asking for assistance investigating criminal allegations within his department. We asked a SBI spokeswoman today if that investigation started. She has not answered our request.


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  • Just another Guest

    We probably do, we just don’t overreact and try to throw everyone out, degrade them or their families, or skip due process. Guilty or not, they have a chance just like everyone else, including you.

  • Guest11221

    With all the shady stuff that goes on in the city and the coo coos you have running the county, you have room to talk about living on this side of the river. I am sure you are perfect with no skeletons in the closet. Yeah right!!

  • Guest 32

    This all seems pretty typical for Leland and the people of leland. Glad Im on this side of the river.

  • Guest11221

    Please do not put the folks that have made posts in the same category as all of the citizens in Leland. This is a VERY small percentage of people and I do not think all of them said they lived in Leland. Kind os sounds like we have some scorned people here.

  • Guest- Just another

    Seriously? It seems all posts here want action based on hearsay and rumors – which is what all this is until that person or people who saw or experienced these issues are brave enough to actually speak up.

    You bunch of witch hunters want to see someone burn without the same fair process that you’re guaranteed? Really? Thats just pathetic. Using peoples names, bringing innocent family members into the mess, again, pathetic.

    It sounds as if Leland has more problems than just what is said about the PD and city govt, it sounds like the citizens are just as nasty and low class as the rumors and stories going around. Thats something that the SBI, DA, or FBI can never fix.

  • Guest10764

    Just when I thought people couldn’t possibly sink any lower, I am proven wrong yet again. What in the hell does the car someone drives have to do with anything? It seems to me like you are either a jealous individual, or someone who has entirely too much time on their hands, or perhaps a little bit of both? Unless you are God himself, EVERYONE is going to have a skeleton or two in their closet. Noone is perfect and to attack the families of these Officers and to go as far as depicting physical traits is just plain ignorant. Incase you haven’t noticed, Leland isn’t known for its beauty queens and looks have nothing to do with the quality of a person. I feel terrible for these families and Officers. As if it wasn’t hard enough of an occupation to deal with, now all of this crap has been stirred up all because of a select few individuals who have nothing better to do than run their mouths. How about growing up and showing a little respect? Am I saying that no wrong was done within the Department at some point in time? The answer is no, I have no way of justifying this either way. But letting one or two bad apples ruin the whole bunch is less than fair.

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