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Former BCSO deputy arrested on drug charges

A former Brunswick County deputy is behind bars after being arrested on multiple drug and embezzlement charges.

Former Leland police officer charged with assault, responds to allegations

One of the former Leland police officers embroiled in a shakeup of the department that resulted in five officers either quitting or being fired in 2012 faces a new charge.

Leland continues work to dismiss fired officer’s lawsuit

The Town of Leland is moving forward with dismissing claims of a former police officer who says leaders fired him improperly.

FIRST ON 3: Fired Leland cop Blasingame sues town

videoA former Leland police officer has sued the town claiming it fired him improperly. John Blasingame was fired in 2012. Two years later, he filed a lawsuit against the town first in state court, then in federal court.

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

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.

Former Leland police officers stripped of certification

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.

FIRST ON 3: Leland upholds officer firings

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

Fired Leland officers make appeal

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.

Leland set to hear appeals for fired officers

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

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