Local leaders embrace blackmail, extortion, and threats over Amber Alert leads
by Timothy Charles Holmseth
In 2009 the East Grand Forks Police Department and Polk County Social Services were in contact with out-of-state individuals involved in a federal kidnapping. Some had been questioned by law enforcement per suspicion they were involved in the interstate transportation of a missing child from Florida named HaLeigh Cummings.
The individuals were making contact with authorities in such a fashion it can not be described as anything less than a disturbing spectacle of embarrassing proportions.
Every single caller was complaining and filing reports about me – a journalist virtually unknown to police.
As you will see, it is almost impossible to believe law enforcement and social services could not have noticed something was amiss and linked to the missing little girl from Florida.
On June 4, 2012 I sent a letter to United State Attorney B. Todd Jones.
“I am contacting you today with information I have about human trafficking, public safety, police corruption, organized crime and a federal kidnapping.
I am an investigative author, and over the past three years, I have been stalked and victimized by a group that operates a human trafficking operation. They have targeted me and my children because I obtained information about their network while conducting interviews regarding the kidnapping of HaLeigh Cummings in Florida.
The group is organized, includes a REDACTED BY TIMOTHY HOLMSETH Florida, and systematically uses state agencies to advance and protect their criminal enterprises.
The group has used the Minnesota Department of Human Services, North Dakota Department of Human Services, and Florida Department of Children and Families as a tool to harass and intimidate witnesses. …”
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There is very good reason I contacted the U.S. Attorney and Minneapolis FBI. The Ninth Minnesota Judicial District is hopelessly crippled by police corruption and misconduct by officials.
05/2009 – After being contacted by the licensed private investigator working for the family of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings, Timothy Charles Holmseth, a career writer and award-winning newspaper reporter, conducted many telephonic (recorded) interviews with the family and their legal team.
05/26/2009 – Timothy Holmseth received a call from an individual that sounded very nervous and wanted to know what Private Investigator William Staubs had told him about certain events regarding specific dates and the missing child HaLeigh Cummings.
05/26/2009 – CPS report made to Polk County Social Services (PCSS) by REDACTED BY CPS. Caller reports child maltreatment and says Holmseth is obsessed with missing children.
06/02/2009 – Telephone call made to East Grand Forks Police Department (EGFPD) by REDACTED BY TIMOTHY HOLMSETH complaining about Timothy Holmseth.
06/18/2009 – Telephone call made to EGFPD by Donna Wagoner, Davie, Florida. Wagoner works for a company called Xentel, Inc. She complains about Timothy Holmseth and a story he is writing about a Photoshopped picture of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings, which has been used to support online donations. Wagoner wants the police to telephone Holmseth and tell him not to write about their Company.
06/23/2009 – CPS report made to PCSS by REDACTED BY CPS. Caller reports child maltreatment and says Holmseth is obsessed with a missing child from Florida.
07/07/2009 – Police Incident Report generated by call from REDACTED BY POLICE requesting an officer. Caller concerned over telephone call received by The Exponent (Rollin and Julie Bergman) from Art Harris, who identified himself as a CNN reporter.
07/09/2009 – Art Harris, formerly of CNN, emails Lt. Rodney Hajicek, EGFPD. He complains about Timothy Holmseth. He wants Lt. Hajicek to charge Holmseth with a crime.
07/10/2009 – Art Harris, formerly of CNN, emails Lt. Rodney Hajicek, EGFPD, and complains to Hajicek the FBI went to the workplace of his colleague [Donna Wagoner] with information about a Photograph of HaLeigh Cummings, which they (the FBI) received from Timothy Holmseth.
Harris provides files to Lt. Hajicek for him to review, which were originally obtained by Michael Callahan, Manvel, North Dakota (Callahan is the husband of Rhonda Callahan, mother of Timothy Holmseth’s son).
07/13/2009 – CPS report made to PCSS by REDACTED BY CPS. Caller reports child maltreatment and says Holmseth is obsessed with a missing child from Florida.
07/14/2009 – Cindy Travis contacts Lt. Rodney Hajicek, EGFPD and complains about Timothy Holmseth.
07/18/2009 – Art Harris, formerly of CNN, emails Lt. Rodney Hajicek and complains about Holmseth. He wants Holmseth arrested and notes Holmseth owns a “gun”.
07/20/2009 – CPS report to PCSS by REDACTED BY CPS. Caller reports child maltreatment by Holmseth.
08/14/2009 – CPS report made to PCSS by REDACTED BY CPS. Caller reports Timothy Holmseth told a bounty hunter from Florida (William Staubs) that he sleeps with a loaded gun [not true].
Sgt. Detective Chris Olson, EGFPD, and Polk County CPS Agent Miranda Cassetta go to Holmseth’s home. The call is unfounded.
Polk County CPS Agent Miranda Cassetta records in her CPS report that she spoke with Play Therapist Kathy Colley, MSW, LICSW.
Therapist Colley advises Cassetta that there are no concerns regarding Timothy Holmseth and his son. Cassetta records the child appears to truly love his father, is not afraid of his father, and enjoys being at his father’s home.
02/20/2010 – Timothy Holmseth is interviewed by a Special Agent of the FBI. Holmseth is asked to turn over various audio recordings he made during his journalistic interviews regarding the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping. The FBI was interested in interviews Holmseth conducted with William Staubs, REDACTED BY TIMOTHY HOLMSETH, Rev. Richard Grund, and others working for Crystal Sheffield.
Holmseth is relentlessly and increasingly harassed, blackmailed, threatened, and warned to shut up about HaLeigh. Various individuals telephoned Holmseth. Some used their true identity and some used a voice changer. Many different callers said they were going to have Holmseth’s children taken away.
The callers seemed obsessed with Holmseth’s children.
Holmseth reported the blackmail and extortion and threats to the East Grand Forks Police Department, which absolutely refused to investigate. Many of Holmseth’s police reports were never documented by an officer.
01/2011 – Timothy Holmseth publishes book about missing child HaLeigh Cummings.
02/2011 – Rhonda Callahan files Motion to Roseau County Family Court alleging child maltreatment against Timothy Holmseth. She requests the Judge place restrictions on his journalism activity. She tells the Judge that Holmseth’s work on the HaLeigh Cummings matter is bad for their child.
04/2011 – Holmseth receives an email thread from Private Investigator William Staubs that reveals Rhonda Callahan was communicating by email with Art Harris, REDACTED BY TIMOTHY HOLMSETH, and Staubs in 2009.
The email thread reveals Callahan discussed CPS reports with the Group from Florida and held planning sessions. The Group discussed making a report that Holmseth sleeps with a loaded gun. In one email Callahan requests the Group all send her affidavits to be used in court against Holmseth.
Spring/Summer, 2011 – Timothy Holmseth is bombarded with threats and harassing phone calls. He is warned that his children are going to be taken away by CPS and State’s Attorneys. Holmseth’s name and photo is featured on Web radio program where he is declared a psychopath and child abuser. He is cyber-stalked mercilessly with photos and videos and commentary published about him and his family – including his children and parents.
Holmseth receives telephone calls from Levi Page, Tina Church, and REDACTED BY TIMOTHY HOLMSETH, all declaring he will have his children taken away. Church professes to know attorneys in Minnesota and declares she is going to file an Amicus brief to the court regarding Holmseth’s children. REDACTED BY TIMOTHY HOLMSETH claims a relationship with Rhonda Callahan.
08/18/2011 – Order for Protection Against Domestic Violence is granted to a person from Florida that Holmseth has never met in his life. It is granted in a Florida Family Court. Holmseth was not allowed to appear by telephone.
08/22/2011 – Timothy Holmseth is struck by an automobile at a school picnic. The automobile is driven by Rhonda Callahan. Callahan flees the scene. 911 is called. Police and paramedics arrive. Holmseth is seen by a doctor at Altru and diagnosed with ‘Contusion of Thigh’.
EGFPD and Polk County Attorney do not charge Callahan with any crime whatsoever.
08/29/2011 – CPS complaint filed to Grand Forks County Child Protective Services (GFCCPS) by REDACTED BY GFCCPS against Timothy Holmseth and his minor daughter. No action taken.
09/08/2011 – Petition for Temporary Injunction Against Domestic Violence is granted to a Party from Florida that Holmseth has never met in his life.
09/2011 – Private Investigator William Staubs telephones Timothy Holmseth several times and warns him that if he travels to Florida for court hearing in Broward County he will be killed. Staubs produces a sworn Affidavit of these facts to Timothy Holmseth. The Affidavit describes the gun to be used to kill Timothy Holmseth as a Mini-14 assault carbine rifle.
Maria Burgun, Broward County, Florida, attests she was told by REDACTED BY TIMOTHY HOLMSETH that REDACTED BY TIMOTHY HOLMSETH was going to shoot Timothy Holmseth.
Timothy Holmseth reports the death threats to Lt. Hajicek, EGFPD who takes no action and generates no reports whatsoever.
09/19/2011 – Florida Judge in Broward County grants Order for Protection Against Domestic Violence against Timothy Holmseth. He has never personally met the Petitioner. Holmseth is not allowed to appear by telephone.
09/21/2011 – Rhonda Callahan, Manvel, North Dakota goes to Dr. April Bradley, Family Institute, Grand Forks, North Dakota and makes allegations of child abuse against Timothy Holmseth that are so serious his parenting-time is suspended by a Judge until an investigation can be completed. Callahan buttresses her claims about Holmseth by referencing the two Petitioners from Florida that obtained domestic violence protection orders by default. Callahan told Dr. Bradley that Holmseth isn’t mentally stable and wrote a strange book about a missing child.
09/22/2011 – The letter generated by Dr. April Bradley containing Rhonda Callahan’s allegations is published on an x-rated website called http://www.radionewz.net. The website is frequently used to harass Holmseth.
09/23/11 – Timothy Holmseth makes Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for Police Reports from the EGFPD. He personally hands the FOI form to Officer Hart, EGFPD.
10/20/2011 – Timothy Holmseth contacts Lt. Hajicek by email regarding his Freedom of Information request.
10/21/2011 – Timothy Holmseth contacts Lt. Hajicek by email regarding his Freedom of Information request. The police reports are needed by Holmseth for legal reasons. The EGFPD will not acknowledge Holmseth’s request or turn over the public records.
11/07/2011 – Attorney Michael Jorgenson, Thief River Falls, sends a letter to Honorable Donna Dixon at the Roseau County Courts regarding the publication of the document generated by Dr. April Bradley, after receiving a telephone call of concern from Dr. Bradley. Dr. Bradley had been alerted by a former police officer from North Carolina that the names of minors were being published on a dangerous website.
11/21/2011 – Timothy Holmseth is arrested by the EGFPD for publishing information on the Web in violation of the Broward County, Florida court order.
11/22/2011 – Timothy Holmseth is released from jail.
11/28/11 – GFCCPS issues an Affidavit to Timothy Holmseth that reads “Notification of No Services Required or Recommended with No Risk Factors for Abuse or Neglect”.
04/02/12 – Timothy Holmseth files Internal Affairs complaint to EGFPD Chief Michael Hedlund. Holmseth protests the Department’s actions of deliberately withholding records so he could not defend legally himself with the facts on record.
04/10/12 – Timothy Holmseth receives response to Internal Affairs complaint from Chief Hedlund. Hedlund apologizes and asks Holmseth to fill out the FOI form again and says to submit it directly to him.
04/17/12 – Timothy Holmseth submits his fourth request for (the same) records. The records are turned over by Chief Hedlund shortly thereafter.
06/04/2012 – Timothy Holmseth writes a letter to the United States Attorney and reports the corrupt circumstances and on-goings to the FBI.
Between November 22 and October 29, 2012 Timothy Holmseth obeys all the terms of his release and does not publish anything on the Web whatsoever.
Attempt to Frame Innocent Man
10/29/2012 – Timothy Holmseth arrives at Polk County Justice Center prepared for jury trial. Holmseth meets with his public defender, Michael LaCoursiere. LaCoursiere previously told Holmseth he had little to worry about because the EGFPD had no legal Venue to arrest and charge him in the first place.
LaCoursiere enters small conference room with Holmseth and Holmseth’s daughter. He tells Holmseth he has a big problem, but assures him he can help make it go away. LaCoursiere tells Holmseth the police have a plan to have him (Holmseth) put in St. Cloud State Prison. LaCoursiere tells Holmseth he needs to accept an Alford plea to avoid the trap.
Holmseth insists he wants a jury trial. LaCoursiere tells Holmseth that City Attorney Ronald Galstad is prepared to call EGFPD Sgt. Detective Chris Olson and Polk County Deputy Jesse Haugen to the witness stand to lie and obtain a conviction.
Holmseth realizes his lawyer is in on it, and would likely throw the trial anyway. Holmseth agrees to the Alford plea.
During the hearing, Ronald Galstad proactively asks the Judge if LaCoursiere can be kept on as Holmseth’s attorney until the Compliance Review hearing is held on December 12, 2012. By state policy, LaCoursiere’s representation of Holmseth should have ended that day, but Galstad successfully kept LaCoursiere on as Holmseth’s lawyer.
Holmseth had until December 12, 2012 to remove items from the Web.
12/10/2012 – Lt. Detective Rodney Hajicek, EGFPD, (quietly) hand delivers a Motion filed by Ronald Galstad to Michael LaCoursiere. The Motion is a request for the Court to adjudicate Timothy Holmseth guilty for non-compliance. LaCoursiere does not notify Holmseth (his client) of this Motion. At this point, Holmseth still has two days to remove items from the Web.
12/11/2012 – Timothy Holmseth receives a copy of the Motion in the U.S. Mail from the Polk County Court Administrator, per procedure. Holmseth receives it in the late afternoon. Holmseth is shocked. Holmseth does not know what he has done to violate the terms of the Alford plea. He sends an email to LaCoursiere and confronts him aggressively.
12/12/12 – During the Compliance Review hearing, Ronald Galstad attempts to push an Evidentiary Hearing (mini trial) through without having provided any Discovery to Holmseth. It was an ambush. (Galstad purposely kept Holmseth from knowing about videos published on the Web that Holmseth had not removed; the videos had been missed per an innocent glitch).
Holmseth arrives in Court with a copy of the email he sent to LaCoursiere the night before, confronting him, and is prepared to stand up in court and show it to the Judge. LaCoursiere cannot play his role in the plan to frame Holmseth, and is forced to ask for a continuance. Ronald Galstad begins to raise his voice and pound his finger on the table. He is denied. The plan failed.
12/13/12 – The EGFPD submits and Affidavit to a District Judge requesting a Search and Seizure Warrant for all of Timothy Holmseth’s journalistic equipment, telephones, mail, discs, cameras, video cameras, recorders, computer and hard drive.
12/14/12 – Timothy Holmseth receives a telephone call from his attorney, Michael LaCoursiere. Holmseth is suspicious of LaCoursiere and records the call. LaCoursiere asks him some questions about his legal case. The call is odd. LaCoursiere abruptly terminates the call and quickly hangs up.
Approximately 90 seconds after Holmseth hangs up with LaCoursiere, there is a loud rap on his door and a voice yells “POLICE!” Holmseth opens the door and an officer hits Holmseth in the chest several times with a paper as he yells “WARRANT WARRANT WARRANT!”
Misconduct / Evidence Tampering
After entering, Sgt. Detective Chris Olson, EGFPD, advises Holmseth there is an envelope with his name on it down at the police station. Holmseth retrieves the envelope and finds it contains the Records he requested in September of 2011. The documents have a ‘printed’ date on the bottom of each sheet that says October 24, 2011.
Holmseth compares the records he received on December 14, 2012 from the police station at the direction of Sgt. Olson (hereby referred to as the ‘Sgt. Olson’ version), to the exact same records he received in April of 2012 from Chief Hedlund (hereby referred to as the ‘Chief Hedlund’ version).
Holmseth compares the ‘Sgt. Olson’ version of a police report that was called in to the EGFPD in the summer of 2011 from REDACTED BY TIMOTHY HOLMSETH, to the ‘Chief Hedlund’ version and finds the ‘Sgt. Olson’ version has been altered. The ‘Sgt. Olson’ version is missing sentences that refer to an audio recording of the call itself, and two people; those two people being Lt. Detective Rodney Hajicek and REDACTED BY TIMOTHY HOLMSETH.
Extortion / Destruction of Property and Evidence
04/26/2013 – The EGFPD used Holmseth’s equipment as a bargaining chip. Holmseth agreed to withdraw a request for investigation, which he had he filed to the District Judge. In return, Galstad agreed to give Holmseth his equipment and property back. When Holmseth retrieved his equipment, his hard drive didn’t work anymore.
Misconduct / Violation of Attorney Client Privilege
05/21/2013 – Holmseth receives police records generated by officers present during the raid of his home-office. The Police Incident Report generated by Officer Aeisso Schrage, EGFPD reveals all four police officers were quietly standing outside Holmseth’s door listening to him talk to his lawyer on the telephone.
False Police Report
Officer Schrage quotes Holmseth in his Report as saying the words “MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN SOME” while talking about videos to someone of the telephone. This was an attempt by Schrage to manufacture evidence against Holmseth for any future court hearing regarding the State’s case against Holmseth. Because Timothy Holmseth recorded the entire telephone call between himself and his lawyer, Holmseth possesses a recording that proves he never said those words, or, any variation of those words. Schrage filed a false police report.
06/24/2013 – Timothy Holmseth re-submits his complaint to Honorable Yon. The Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility cannot investigate the alleged misconduct unless he (the Director) receives the documents from the presiding Judge.
07/03/2013 – Michael Callahan travels to the residence of Timothy Holmseth and threatens to kill him. Callahan repeatedly tells Holmseth he will break his neck. He describes Holmseth’s tentative death as an unsolved murder. Callahan is only charged with Disorderly Contact by the EGFPD.
07/09/2013 – Honorable Tamara Yon forwards Holmseth’s complaint and Affidavit to the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (OLPR) to be brought on for investigation.
08/24/2013 – Holmseth continues to be extorted and harassed by out of state individuals.