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DEVELOPING STORY: Five Leland police officers suspended

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The town of Leland has suspended five police officers without pay as a result of ongoing investigations, according to a news release.

Town Manager David Hollis and interim Police Chief Mike James informed the following officers of their suspensions today: Deputy Chief Karl Smith, Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia, Officer Michael Landen and Officer John Blasingame.

Hollis says, “We will continue with the ongoing investigations until we have all the necessary information to make an informed and final decision on these officers and their further employment with the Town of Leland Police Department. We feel strongly that the actions we have taken today are warranted based on the information we have thus far received.”

James says, “We want the citizens of the Town of Leland to know and understand that we are dedicated to providing effective and courteous law enforcement. The level of service required of the police department by the town and the citizens will not be diminished by the actions taken today.”

Stay with WWAY for more on this developing story.

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