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ONLY ON 3: Leland Police Chief Jayne witholds info on bank robbery; Town manager apologizes

LELAND, NC (WWAY) – Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne’s beef with WWAY apparently runs so deep, he withheld information from the public about an armed man who robbed a credit union Friday to prove his point.

Just hours after the robbery, Jayne sent out a news release to inform local media and alert the citizens of Leland. But we discovered he deleted our email address from his distribution list. There were even names of journalists on the list who hadn’t worked in Wilmington media for months, some for years.

We emailed the chief letting him know that not emailing us the information only put the people of Leland at risk. All he did was forward us his relaese.

We also alerted Town Manager Bill Farris, who personally dropped off an apology note to the station this morning. In it he writes, “I was out of town Friday. When I returned last night I read your email regarding the handling of the armed robbery press release. How anyone at the Town feels about your reporting or your station’s reporting of events and operations at the Town of Leland is immaterial. All media outlets need to be “fed from the same spoon.” I am making sure WWAY is included on any future press releases from the Town. Please accept my apology.”

This comes after reporting a number of stories alleging misconduct within the police department and a lack of information on if anyone has been held accountable or disciplined.

See what Kevin Wuzzardo thinks about the whole thing in tonight’s “Rant” coming up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30 p.m.

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