Light Sabres and PS4 Ultimate Fighting – drug trafficking and murder is fun until somebody loses a baby
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on February 4, 2017, 10:41 A.M. CST
Will the ‘baby caught in the stolen car’ case be the event that wakes up North Dakotans and Minnesotans to the public safety issue being created by drug trafficking within the ranks of their own law enforcement agencies?
Let’s break it down.
The Associated Press is reporting the manhunt for Daniel Michael Two Hearts has ended. Two Hearts was reportedly airlifted to the hospital after he shot himself during a hostage situation in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota – resulting in a non-fatal wound.
Two Hearts, 23, reportedly became involved in an extended pursuit that began around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday when a North Dakota State Trooper attempted to stop him on Interstate 29 near Grand Forks for a ‘loud muffler’.
Two Hearts reportedly fled and eventually fired shots at police with a 9mm in what became a multi-county pursuit that involved Two Hearts stealing several different vehicles – one with a baby in it.
Two other individuals that were with Two Hearts were arrested and methamphetamine was reportedly found in the vehicle.
North Dakota court records show Two Hearts is charged with ‘Attempted Murder’.
Two Hearts has an extensive criminal record that involves offenses such as theft, burglary, minor drug charges, and traffic violations.
WAS TWO HEARTS WORKING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT?
But there is one particular case that stands out.
In March, 2015, Two Hearts was charged in Burleigh County with three counts including a Class C felony drug charge.
On April 17, 2015, less than a month later, the charges were completely dismissed.
What is relevant about that?
I’ll tell you.
Two Hearts certainly reached some kind of a deal with the government to have his criminal charges dropped. That makes it very likely Two Hearts was working for/with law enforcement.
Why was Two Hearts so terrified and determined to get away Thursday when a State Trooper attempted to pull him over?
Let’s get some perspective using another very recent case in Grand Forks.
On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Dean Allen Vondal-Rinde, 34, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, a Class AA felony. Court records show the Affidavit for his arrest that was filed Tuesday was the first activity ever on the case.
Vondal-Rinde’s charges are based upon a ‘controlled buy’ arranged by the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force agents that took place near the Ralph Engelstad arena on September 20, 2016.
Here’s the question, folks.
Why did law enforcement wait until February, 2017, to charge Vondal-Rinde with a crime he committed in September, 2016?
Persons charged with a Class AA felony in North Dakota may be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.
Law enforcement claims to have electronic data/evidence that proves Vondal-Rinde committed the crime.
Here’s what that really means.
Drug task-force cops had evidence on a man that could put him away for the rest of his life and there was NO RECORD OF IT for five months.
Here’s the question that creates…
What was Vondal-Rinde doing between September and February while shadowy people secretly held his life in their hands?
Probably anything they told him to do – wouldn’t you?
Vondal-Rinde was ripe for blackmail and extortion by faceless and nameless shadow people that call themselves ‘Task Force Agents’.
The facts and circumstnaces surrounding Two Hearts also indicate he may have been involved on some level with law enforcement.
DRUGS, FLEEING THE POLICE, AND PEOPLE GETTING SHOT IN NORTH DAKOTA
The Daniel Two Hearts situation, which involves Two-Hearts fleeing a traffic stop, closely mimics the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott in February, 2015.
Much like Two Hearts, Elliott inexplicably fled when a police officer attempted to pull him over for a minor traffic offense. Elliott told police he had taken enough pills to kill himself, which he claimed was his intention. However, he did not die from the drugs he ingested, which may mean he over-stated his consumption.
Two Hearts, too, also unsuccessfully attempted suicide.
Something clearly had both men scared to death.
Elliott, who was unarmed, was shot in the head by a UND police officer in the Emergency Room parking lot of Altru hospital in Grand Forks where he had arranged to meet a GFPD officer that he had been talking to during a two hour 911 call.
Thousands of pills were found in Elliott’s pick-up truck.
Methamphetamine was reportedly found in Two Heart’s vehcile.
But watch this.
911 call records reveal Elliott told police during the two hour pursuit, which went up and down Interstate 29, that he believed Lauren Wild, the former Sheriff of Walsh County was following him (Wild is the disgraced former Sheriff that was sued by a deputy in federal court and was not even the Sheriff at the time) and would surely harm him if he pulled over.
But there is even a bigger problem here that may require the FBI to sort out.
Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens told Write Into Action that Walsh County played no role whatsoever in the Elliott pursuit. “Walsh County had no involvement with the chase or anything involving that case,” Jurgens said.
However, according to BCI investigative files a Walsh County “deputy” was involved.
So which is it?
The public was never even supposed to know about Wild’s involvement and only learned about it after Write Into Action exclusively obtained BCI interviews with David Elliott’s wife, Jennifer Elliott, and the 911 call recording from the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office (Grand Forks County PSAP deleted their copy).
BCI interviews reveal Jennifer Elliott and her mother-in-law, Margaret Dolan, said their family was friends with Wild. Jennifer Elliott and Dolan further told BCI agents that Wild claimed, after the shooting, that Jerad Braaten, the UND police officer that shot David Elliott, had been kicked out of the Grafton Police Department.
But Grafton Police Chief Anthony Dumas told Write Into Action that Braaten was never employed there.
Indeed – a former North Dakota disgraced county sheriff had involved himself on some level in a midnight pursuit and shooting that involved drugs.
Write Into Action recently obtained never before seen video of the David Elliott shooting and there is no doubt whatsoever the shooting was an attempted murder that was covered up by Grand Forks County States Attorney David Jones and other law enforcement Department heads.
Write Into Action will be showing the public the video in the near future.
The integrity of the BCI investigation into the David Elliott shooting is such a complete and absurd joke that a BCI agent, Michael Ness, is his heard telling Braaten that his body-cam was found underneath his squad car – noting to Braaten it must have fallen under the car. Write Into Action obtained the body-cam file, which seemed tampered-with, unresponsive, and partially disabled. While the camera captured no meaningful video – the camera lens briefly captures the ‘sky’ amidst a swirling motion as the camera unit is clearly being thrown under the UND squad car well after the shooting.
Not a chance, folks.
In June, 2016, Clifford Edward Monteith IIII, was shot by Brad Bowman, a Pembina County deputy. The shooting occurred on a deserted highway late at night where Bowman and Monteith allegedly fought until Monteith was tazed and shot and then escaped in a vehicle.
The meeting/interaction between Monteith and Bowman was not even the result of a traffic stop. Bowman told the BCI he followed Monteith’s vehicle and then got out to talk to Monteith during a “walk and talk”.
During his interview with BCI agents, Bowman describes a fight that took place; how he escaped Monteith’s grasp; and a knife that he thinks he might have seen.
THE LIGHT SABRE AND VIDEO GAME FIGHTING
“I thought that I saw a large object omitting from his right hand,” Bowman said. When asked by a BCI agent to explain what he meant by something omitting from Monteith’s hand, Bowman giggled and said, “Just, like a light sabre coming out [laughing] you know what I mean. You know coming from his hand.”
Bowman’s careful words indicated he did not want to flat out lie about seeing a knife.
Bowman said Monteith had a hold of his carrier vest during their physical fight and explained how he escaped. “I play this UFC game on PS4 you know. And one of the moves to get out of the bottom – you put your foot on the guy’s leg – I obviously wasn’t thinking of this but it must’ve been like from memory. But I put my left foot on his right leg and I started pushing myself like up away…” Bowman said, explaining how he escaped by slipping from his carrier vest – leaving the carrier vest on the road.
Now watch this.
Sara Ramos Letexier, who lived right near where the shooting occurred, was the only objectively independent and credible witness to the Bowman/Monteith shooting scene.
Letexier told Write Into Action she pulled up on the scene on her way home from work and that the version of events presented to the public by law enforcement was absolutely NOT what she saw.
Letexier told WDAZ and Write Into Action that she observed Monteith laying “crumpled’ on the highway when she pulled up in her car (although the official version was that Monteith had already fled in a vehicle by that time).
Letexier said she went home – and then she then heard a gunshot after she got home.
Letexier said Pembina County State’s Attorney Ryan Bialis did not even talk to her.
Bialis told Write Into Action the BCI questioned Letexier on his behalf. He suggested the BCI told him that Letexier was mistaken in her observations. Bialis said Letexier mistook Bowman’s ‘carrier vest’ as Monteith’s body.
Write Into Action has reviewed the BCI interview with Letexier, as well as the file on the case, and no such opinion is stated by the BCI.
But – we sure got a nice full explanation from Bowman about how he used a video game move to escape from his carrier vest, which was then left lying on the highway, after he was attacked by a guy with a light sabre.
Is there more?
Yeah – this is North Dakota.
In January, 2017, Colt Allery, a Rolette County deputy, and Melvin DeLong, a car thief suspect (sound familiar?), were both shot and killed in a wild gun fight that involved three other deputies out in the middle of nowhere (sound familiar?).
DeLong, of course, too, had an extensive criminal history.
Even before authorities could officially confirm there had been a fatal shooting in Rolette County on Wednesday, January 18, KFRY-TV reported authorities said “the public is not in danger”.
But guess what.
Two days later the Rolette County Courthouse was locked down for “security reasons”.
On Sunday, January 23, an ‘intruder’ was shot and killed in a home in Rolette County.
Write Into Action has contacted Rolette County Sheriff Gerald Medrud several times to learn why the courthouse was shut down but he does not reply.
In North Dakota and Minnesota, drug trafficking and murder is always fun until somebody loses a baby.
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