Thousands of leads may have been compromised – kidnapping ring leads back to name ‘Lauramore’
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on September 13, 2015 at 11:39 A.M.
Every tip turned in to Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida may have been accessible to organized crime. The shocking revelation could affect hundreds, if not thousands, of leads over the years.
“The Observer” – a newsletter of Crime Stoppers, which is funded in part by the Office of the Florida Attorney General, presents in a very favorable light, several individuals that have been revealed to be involved in the drug community, human trafficking, and/or distribution of child pornography.
Bonnie Warner, the Florida DCF social worker at the center of the HaLeigh Cummings child porn scandal was on the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida in 2013.
Warner was captured on tape in 2009 discussing the HaLeigh Cummings case file on the telephone out of her home with William Staubs – a.k.a. Cobra the Bounty Hunter.
Note: Warner is heard discussing the photos at 17:32 on the video.
At the time, Staubs was facing felony false imprisonment charges brought against him by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).
Staubs told First Coast News a drug dealer from Miami was paying his expenses during his investigations into HaLeigh’s disappearance.
During the taped call, Warner admits to Staubs she received a CD in a gas-station parking lot several months after HaLeigh Cummings was reported missing. The CD, according to Donald Knop, an employee of a South Florida law firm, contained secret naked photographs of HaLeigh.
The photos featured HaLeigh’s private parts, which Knop had told Holmseth during the course of several inteviews, appeared to be sexually assaulted.
The secret photos of HaLeigh were handed to Knop by REDACTED in a motel room, which was occupied by several others including Crystal Sheffield, HaLeigh’s mother.
Warner told Staubs she couldn’t show the pictures to her supervisor. Staubs also told Warner there were other photos on the CD that had been faked using using Photoshop so Sheffield would like a good mother that cared about her daughter HaLeigh and posed with her lovingly.
During the telephone conversation, Staubs told Warner that he called the States Attorney’s office and the “state’s attorney guy” was “madder than cooder fucking brown”.
The man Staubs talked to at the States Attorney office was Chris Middleton, an investigator. Middleton was furious at Staubs because Staubs began suggesting to Middleton that perhaps Middelton’s brother, Robbie Middleton, was actually HaLeigh Cummings’ biological father.
Timothy Holmseth (this writer) conducted many recorded interviews with Staubs and members of HaLeigh’s family, including Johnny Sheffield, HaLeigh’s grandpa, and Ruby Kanger, HaLeigh’s step-grandmother, where the Middleton brothers were discussed.
Johnny Sheffield is closely related to Johnny Jack Lauramore, which creates questions about the missing child Lonzie Barton, whose mother is Lonna Lauramore.
Staubs was suggesting that Chris Middleton was involved, on some level, in HaLeigh’s disappearance, and called the States Attorneys office to lean on Chris Middleton to have the felony charge against him dropped or he would start outing the other conspirators.
Staubs told Timothy Holmseth that he called the States Attorneys office and told Chris Middleton he wanted to talk to State Attorney Joseph Boatwright, which he said, caused Chris Middleton to go crazy.
CONSPIRATORS CONNECTED TO CRIME STOPPERS
Staubs, a licensed bail bondsman, had been charged with felony false imprisonment of Daniel Everett Snodgrass, after going to Snodgrass’ home in March of 2009 and arresting him, while the extremely violent event was filmed by Art Harris and subsequently published on You Tube.
The arrest of Snodgrass was a contrived media event that was planned ahead of time by Staubs, Harris, REDACTED, and others during a meeting at the Chili’s restaurant in Palatka, Florida. It was intended to create the false appearance that Snodgrass, an accused child molester free on bond awaiting trial, had raped and murdered HaLeigh Cummings.
Andrew J. Eilermann, the FBI agent that interviewed Timothy Holmseth, said the reason efforts were made to make HaLeigh Cummings appear dead were so people would stop looking for her.
Staubs told Timothy Holmseth he had “authorization” from law enforcement to revoke Snodgrass’ bond. Staubs possessed a photograph of himself standing in front of a store talking to several law enforcement officers shortly before he went to Snodgrass’ residence to arrest him.
Staubs said all the officers told him he was good to go and he had ‘permission’ from:
- Jeff Hardy, Putnam County Sheriff
- Chris Middleton, Investigator, States Attorneys Office
- John Merchant, Investigator, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office
- Travis Smith, special agent, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
When Timothy Holmseth asked Staubs why he got arrested and charged by the PCSO, if he in fact was supposed to be protected, Staubs said the Arresting Officer on the Snodgrass case, Detective Ken Taylor “went around” Staubs’ guys on the inside – going straight to States Attorney Joseph Boatwright, and got him charged with a felony.
Staubs said his guys on the inside were Sheriff Jeff Hardy and Captain Dominic Piscitello.
CRIME STOPPERS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA INFILTRATED BY ORGANIZED CRIME
The public was/is directed to send their tips regarding the missing child HaLeigh Cummings and other cases to Crime Stoppers.
HaLeigh Cummings’s disappearance involved knowledge of individuals that were on the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors and were/are recognized with awards by the organization.
On January 27, 2009, the annual Crime Stoppers meeting was held. On February 10, 2009, HaLeigh Cummings was reported missing from her Satsuma, Florida home.
In May of 2009, three months after HaLeigh vanished, ‘The Crime Stoppers Observer” newsletter featured HaLeigh’s story and photo along with news from their annual meeting.
According to Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, which is funded by the office of the Florida Attorney General; nominees for ‘Law Enforcement Officer of the Year’ for 2009.
Named on the list was Chris Middleton with the States Attorney office, and John Merchant with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
Chris Middleton was awarded “St. John’s County Officer of the Year – 2009”.
Middleton was a commonly known person between William Staubs and Bonnie Warner during their conversation that involved discussions of photographs of a missing child that included naked pictures exchanged in a gas-station parking lot after hours – off the record – never turned into law enforcement.
The relationships are particularly interesting considering Staubs was from Broward County, Florida and not even from the area.
William Staubs suggested Chris Middleton was involved in the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping per a rescue-mission scenario based upon the pretext that Robbie Middleton, Chris Middelton’s brother, was actually HaLeigh’s father.
Chris Middleton was featured in a photograph in The Observer being made “St. John’s County Officer of the Year – 2009”.
Write Into Action has received other leads involving the Trenton Duckett kidnapping regarding the Middleton’s.
Staubs, REDACTED, and multiple other sources, told Timothy Holmseth that John Merchant, detective, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, had been formally disciplined after being caught with cocaine in the trunk of his car.
Other sources said Merchant was involved in drug trafficking and kept valuable seized property that was never turned in to evidence.
Staubs told Holmseth that Merchant was being blackmailed in the HaLeigh Cummings case because he was cheating on his wife.
Staubs told Holmseth that when he turned himself into the PCSO jail for booking on the felony charge, he deliberately placed a computer hard-drive in his vehicle that contained law enforcement Internal Affairs (IA) files so the police would find it.
It seems impossible that John Merchant could be nominated for an ‘Officer of the Year’ award. Yet, Merchant’s name appears in The Observer as if he is potentially an award-winning officer.
Warner received secret naked photographs of a missing child that was subject to an Amber Alert and did not turn the photographs over to law enforcement. She was an active participant in an underground operation through DCF that made children dissapear.
Warner was on the Crime Stopper Board of Directors in 2013.
Other names and circumstances; including the name “Wheeler” are under investigation by Write Into Action.