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Archive for April, 2012

Tuesday update – Fire cause under investigation

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The cause of a 60-acre woods fire is under investigation

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Controlled burn to cut out fuel to Pine Valley fire, heavy smoke expected

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department and NC Forestry will do a controlled burn around 11:00 a.m. to help cut down fuel to the wildfire in Pine Valley.

Crews will burn about a half acre of unburned area inside the containment lines from yesterday’s fire. WFD says the area continues to ignite, and the best solution is to burn this fuel while adequate resources are on scene.

It will produce a large amount of smoke for a short period.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Deputy Leland Police Chief resigns

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — One of the five Leland Police officers suspended last week has quit. Leland Town Manager David Hollis says Deputy Police Chief Karl Smith resigned effective this morning. Smith had been suspended with pay Friday while an internal investigation continues.

WWAY was the first and only media outlet for weeks to report on ongoing personnel and policy issues within the department. Those issues eventually led to the firing of Police Chief Tim Jayne 90 days after Hollis took over for as town manager for Bill Farris, who retired.

Smith served briefly as interim chief after Jayne was fired and before Mike James was hired as interim chief.

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UNCW enrollment, financial aid numbers up

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

An increase in overall applications wasn’t the only jump the school saw this spring.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Leland Assistant Police Chief resigns

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

UPDATE: Leland Town Manager David Hollis says Assistant Police Chief Karl Smith resigned affecting this morning. Smith had been suspended with pay Friday while an internal investigation is continuing.


LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The five Leland police officers suspended Friday will receive pay during their suspension.

Interim Chief of Police Mike James says after he spoke with the suspended officers Deputy Chief Karl Smith, Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia, Officer Michael Landen and Officer John Blasingame he reinstated pay for the days off and any pay the officers would have earned since Friday.

James says he hopes to have the matter completely resolved soon and asks that the community refrain from judgement until all the facts are released from the on-going SBI investigation.

For months, many Leland town leaders said they believe the issues they were hearing about the police department were just rumors, and they are sticking to their story until the sbi investigation comes back.

Mayor Brenda Bozeman said she could not talk about the situation because it involved personnel.

Councilwoman Martha Currie says she believes those conducting the investigation have uncovered enough evidence to move forward with suspensions or the five officers would still be on duty. She says she thinks if the five officers were truly involved in wrongdoing then they deserve to lose their jobs. She says if you do the crime, you have to do the time.

Meanwhile, we’ve also learned that James asked the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to help investigate his department as well. In a letter to Sheriff John Ingram April 4, James asked that two of Ingram’s Internal Affairs Division “perform an investigation of all personnel within the Leland Police Department.” The letter asked for Capt. Gene Caison and Sgt. Mark Francisco “to administer all interviews and any other investigative functions needed to perform a full and thorough investigation.”

Sheriff Ingram had offered the same service to then Chief Tim Jayne and the town last fall, but the town declined. Jayne was fired back in February.

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