Another critical record vanished! Explosive development in child rape cover-up!

Did North Dakota Judge and Grand Forks States Attorney fake a court hearing to protect a pedophile ring?

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 2, 2017, 6:35 P.M. CST

There is an explosive development in the George Robert Lyons child sex assault cover-up story!

On March 20, 2017, Write Into Action published Did North Dakota court officers completely fake a hearing to protect a child rapist? – – – It’s Grand Forks Herald/Valley News Live v. The North Dakota Court.

There is now evidence the hearing in question may have indeed been fake.

Because…

The entry of the hearing, which was once in the Register of Actions, is now gone.

The March 20, 2017 story focused on a suspicious and strange ‘Extradition’ hearing that was recorded in the Register of Actions on the North Dakota State website for George Robert Lyons.

GEORGE ROBERT LYONS

George Robert Lyons was arrested by the East Grand Forks Police Department (EGFPD) on January 6, 2016, and charged with 1st and 2nd degree sexual assault involving a child victim.

The reason the ‘Extradition’ hearing appeared suspicious was because, according to the court record, it took place on January 4, 2016.

That didn’t make sense because it was two days BEFORE Lyons was even arrested.

On February 9, 2016, the Grand Fork Herald reported, “A Grand Forks man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Polk County District Court to two counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a minor. George Robert Lyons, 35, was arrested Jan. 6 and charged with first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct, both felonies.”

There is no known record of Lyons being arrested, or in police custody, before January 6, 2016. It was also reported he bailed out of jail in “Polk County” so the entire ‘Extradition’ hearing appears fake.

The supposed ‘Extradition’ hearing was held; and then the case was “Closed”.

Today, Write Into Action discovered the record of the ‘Extradition’ hearing is no longer on the North Dakota website’s Register of Actions for George Robert Lyons.

It’s gone!

This latest development comes only days after I (Timothy Charles Holmseth) submitted a letter of concern to Minnesota State District Judge Tamara Yon regarding the unavailability of court records regarding George Robert Lyons.

The letter to Judge Yon was received by Polk County Court Administration because I received a reply.

So here’s the question…

Why is the entry for the ‘Extradition’ hearing now gone?

It’s time to ask questions.

Was the ‘Extradition’ hearing actually no more than a fake entry placed into the Register of Actions, to create the false appearance that North Dakota also had jurisdiction on the George Roberts Lyons case?

It’s possible.

If it was – here are the facts and the involved parties.

NORTH DAKOTA JUDGE AND GRAND FORKS STATES ATTORNEY

The original record of the ‘Extradition’ hearing reflected the State of North Dakota was represented by Chief States Attorney David Jones.

It states George Lyons was “In Custody” in “Polk County”.

It states the hearing was heard by Judge Lolita G Hartl Romanick.

Judge Lolita G Hartl Romanick

Did they fake it?

I will explain why it’s possible; and then I will explain what the cynical motivation behind it would be.

THE OLD RAZZLE-DAZZLE

On January 7, 2016, Valley News Live reported, “Lt. Hajicek says Lyons is also being investigated on the North Dakota side of the river for a possible, similar crime. That one involves another woman Lyons had been living with and her daughter.”

However…

On March 23, 2017 Write Into Action contacted the Grand Forks Police Department (GFPD) to request records and inquire about any investigations going on in Grand Forks at the time mentioned by Hajicek.

“I have no record of George Lyons being the subject of any active GFPD investigation at that time,” said Lt. Derik Zimmel, GFPD.

So…

Why did Hajicek bring up some obscure supposed investigation in North Dakota?

Well…

Possibly…

To strategically lay the ground work (i.e. – make sense of) for the plan (that Hajicek is involved in) that would eventually involve a back-dated ‘Extradition’ hearing, which would create the appearance (on paper) that North Dakota had taken over the case.

Then…

The plan would be…

North Dakota would close the case and everybody would eventually forget about it because the local pathetic media would be reminded – as they so often are – of who butters their bread – and the weasels they really are.

It’s called ‘the old razzle-dazzle’.

They do it all the time.

MOTIVE OF GEORGE ROBERT LYONS’ ARREST EXPLAINED

Why would the EGFPD arrest George Robert Lyons if they only planned to cover it up down the road?

Here’s why.

This child sexual assault case was initially discovered by attentive school employees in East Grand Forks and diligent social workers in Polk County, Minnesota.

The kids started talking, folks. Sources tell Write Into Action that a young guest in the home walked in on George Lyons abusing the girl – he saw it with his own two eyes.

“In 2012 and 2013, an East Grand Forks high school social worker and Polk County social worker became concerned over the minor’s welfare who spent time with Lyons at the residence, according to a criminal complaint,” the Herald reported.

The procession of the case involves mandated reporters and diligent employees who were monitoring something and did their jobs well.

Lt. Rodney Hajicek (a.k.a. Jerry Sandusky Jr.) had no choice but to arrest George Lyons.

EGFPD Lt. Rodney Hajicek (a.k.a. Jerry Sandusky Jr.)

GEORGE ROBERT LYONS ANNOUNCES HE IS ENGAGED TO A GRAND FORKS ASSISTANT STATE PROSECUTOR

After being arrested for sexual assault of a child, George Lyons promptly announced he was engaged to be married to Grand Forks Assistant State’s Attorney Jodi Bass.

The announcement was made on Facebook and the Bed, Bath, and Beyond wedding registry.

Bass has never denied it.

That was George Lyons’ message to the pedophile gang that they better do something about the situation because he’s not going down alone.

GEORGE LYONS’ BROTHER, MATTHEW LYONS IS DOING LIFE FOR HORRENDOUS CHILD SEX ABUSE

Is this a witch hunt?

Not a chance.

George Lyons’ brother, Matthew Lyons, is serving a life a sentence after pleading guilty to ‘Ongoing Sexual Abuse of a Child’ in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The abuse in that case began when a little girl was six years-old and it continued for six years. It involved Matthew Lyons tying her to a bed and raping her with objects.

So…

Anybody who attempts to cover this up is a demonically possessed scum-bag.

JUDGE JASON MCCARTHY

Matthew Lyons was prosecuted by former Grand Forks States Attorney Jason McCarthy.

That means McCarthy knew the horrific details of the Matthew Lyons case and knew pedophilia ran in the Lyons family.

After Lt. Rod Hajicek told the media there was a parallel investigation going on in Grand Forks County, a reporter contacted McCarthy. However, McCarthy said he could not comment on the ongoing investigation regarding George Lyons.

McCarthy never got around to prosecuting George Lyons, because in October, 2016, he was taken off the case when he was made a Judge by former North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple.

See how that works, folks?

Dalrymple might be hanging out with Jerry Sandusky Jr. and the rest of the gang – doing their little secret hand-shakes down at the Lodge.

Write Into Action has only gotten started so return often.

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East Grand Forks Police destroy journalists hard drive – refuse to compensate

Police Chief and City Attorney using taxpayer money to defend personal misconduct?

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

On December 14, 2012 the East Grand Forks Police Department  persuaded a Ninth Minnesota District Judge they needed to enter my (Timothy Charles Holmseth) home-office  and seize my computer and hard-drive.

The Affidavit for the Warrant did not allege a crime had  been committed. Rather – it stated the hard-drive needed to be ‘secured’ to  prevent me from ‘destroying evidence’.

In reality – it was the City that would soon attempt to ‘destroy evidence’.

The District Judge granted the City Police a limited Warrant  that allowed them to seize and hold items. When the police entered the premises,  the computer was turned on and functioning. The Administrator’s activity log shows the  computer was highly functional and used on a daily basis.

Attorney Bruce Ringstrom, Sr., Ringstrom Law Office, Detroit Lakes, negotiated on my behalf with East  Grand Forks City Attorney Ronald Galstad. I agreed to withdraw my request to  the District Judge for an investigation into official misconduct by Galstad and threats made to have  police officers lie on the witness stand if I insisted on a jury trial. The threats were passed to me by  Attorney Michael LaCouirsiere on behalf of Galstad.

In return for the withdrawal of my complaint, my hard-drive  and property was to be given back. Of course – I was not charged with any crime  because I had not committed one.

On April 26, 2013 the equipment was returned to me per the  order of Honorable Tamara Yon. The equipment was returned by Detective Aeisso  Schrage, EGFPD.  

Wires had been moved around inside the computer and the hard-drive  would not function. The damaged property was chronicled in real time through  emails from me to Attorney Ringstrom; as well as photographs. The equipment has been analuyzed and assessed by specialists.

On August 12, 2013 Police Chief Michael Hedlund responded to  a complaint I filed on the matter. He advised me the City Police Department  would not make me whole. Hedlund stated the City wasn’t responsible. His letter  was copied to City Attorney Ronald Galstad.

This latest action by City officials creates even more questions about the shady behavior and underworld attitudes of some big fish in a shrinking pond.

Would Attorney Ronald Galstad and Police Chief Michael  Hedlund really be foolish enough to underestimate  an experienced investigative journalist, and try to destroy evidence linking them  to criminal activity?

Have local officials been in communication with organized crime from out of state? Did Lt. Deteceive Rodney Hajicek commit a crime by using his official position to assist a charity fraud  from Fort Lauderdale called Xentel, Inc.

Are Police Chief Michael Hedlund and City Attorney Ronald Galstad drawing the City of East Grand Forks deeper and deeper into a legal quagmire that is actually comprised of their own personal troubles?

Is the local taxpayer flipping the bill to keep a few local officials out of trouble, which they created on their own?

It appears time will tell.

Several important matters are presently before a District Judge, and recent developments indicate the court system and State of Minnesota is really no longer amused.

Ronald Galstad and Michael LaCoursiere, public defender,  presently face judicial review by the Office of Lawyers Professional  Responsibility after a detailed complaint and affidavit was forwarded to the  Director of OLPR by Honorable Yon.

Public officials in Northern Minnesota involved with factions of organized crime in Florida?

Public officials in Northern Minnesota involved with factions of organized crime in Florida?

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

In 2009 I learned that that a picture of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings that was scrolling on a website called http://www.haleighbug.com was a Photoshopped fake.

Teresa Neves, HaLeigh’s paternal grandmother had instructed her family advocate, Rebecca Thomas, to call me. The situation was serious because there was an Amber Alert for HaLeigh and somebody was chopping photos of her with editing software to create false images, situations, and scenarios.

I interviewed a Photoshop expert named Elvin Thomas and he explained in detail how the photo was a complete fake.

I contacted ibi Designs, Boca Raton, Florida – they were the company that developed the website that was featuring the fake photo. I spoke with Ed Butera. I explained to Butera that the picture of HaLeigh Cummings published at http://www.haleighbug.com was fraudulent.

Butera assured me that his company was not responsible for altering the photo. He forwarded me the original emails he had received that contained the pictures as attachments.

The emails Butera received had come from Donna Wagoner (Florida) through a business email account at a company called Xentel. I contacted Wagoner at the email address that I received from Butera and asked her the same questions I asked Butera.

Wagoner called the police in East Grand Forks, Minnesota and spoke with Lt. Detective Rodney Hajicek.

The following is an excerpt from the police report.

“On 6/18/09 I Det. Rodney Hajicek I [sic] spoke with Donna Wagoner from Ft. Lauderdale Fl and she stated that she had been receiving emails from Tim Holmseth in East Grand Forks. Tim states that he is an investigative reporter and is bothering Donna Wagoner and the company that she works for about modifying a picture…”

“She asked that I call Tim and explain to him that they want nothing to do with him and inform him that they (the company) does not want him using there [sic] name and attaching it to items on the internet.”

Hajicek further notes in his Report that he called me on the telephone and advised me he had received several complaints about me and would be advising callers to seek harassment orders against me.

I am college educated; an expereinced and award-winning newspaper reporter. I understand enough about the First Amendment to know local police departments do not telephone reporters and jounalists and wave them off stories.

During this same time-window, I submitted the Photoshopped picture of HaLeigh to the Minneapolis FBI.

Now, let’s take a look at the company Lt. Hajicek is assisting under Color of Law.

It should be pointed out that the following are just samples because every complaint filed against Xentel across the United States would fill a small book.

STATE OF MISSOURI VS. XENTEL, INC.
The Missouri Attorney General’s Office sued this company in August of 2003 for violating Missouri consumer protection laws by using manipulative, high-pressure techniques to solicit donations and by making repeated solicitation calls to Missourians on the state No Call List. In May of 2004 the Missouri Attorney General’s Office obtained a court order against Xentel requiring them to pay $75,000 to the state and to implement and maintain procedures to ensure future compliance with state consumer protection and telemarketing laws. On February 4, 2008, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office obtained another court order requiring Xentel to adopt very stringent policies to ensure compliance with the law, as well as payment of $80,0000.

STATE OF COLORADO VS. XENTEL, INC.
Through the unlawful practices of their business, vocation, or occupation, Defendants have deceived, misled, and financially injured consumers in Colorado. Specifically, Defendants have solicited money from Coloradans through the use of illegal and unregistered solicitation campaigns and have repeatedly violated the Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act and other consumer protection statutes. Therefore, the Colorado Attorney General believes these legal proceedings are in the public interest and are necessary to safeguard citizens from Defendants’ charitable fraud and unlawful business activities.

STATE OF IOWA VS XENTEL, INC.
Professional Fundraiser “Xentel” Ordered Not to Make Deceptive Calls in Iowa
“Iowans should see an end to this operation’s deceptive telemarketing for the Iowa Professional Fire Fighters Association and others,” Miller said.
DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller announced today that an Iowa District Court judge has entered a consent judgment and order against Xentel, Inc., requiring the Ft. Lauderdale-based company to stop abusive and misleading practices in its professional fundraising calls and solicitations to Iowans.
Xentel makes tens of thousands of telemarketing calls each year into Iowa on behalf of the “Iowa Professional Fire Fighters Association.”
“Xentel is prohibited from implying their telemarketers are fire fighters or misrepresenting that money will be used locally,” Miller said. “There are many restrictions to prevent deception.”

The consent judgment also provides that local law enforcement or fire departments that experience citizen complaints or other problems with Xentel’s fundraising can ask the company to terminate fundraising in that community, and Xentel must honor the request.

Lt. Hajicek was also in communication with Art Harris, blogger. Harris had been fired from CNN and was running with a band of gypsies in Florida that associate themselves with missing child cases.

Email communications between Lt. Hajicek and Art Harris show that Harris was furious that the FBI had gone to Xentel to question Wagoner. Harris wanted Hajicek to arrest me and the two were clearly discussing the hopes of that happening.

Hajicek told Harris there was nothing he could do to help him, but assured him he would forward his information to Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth to see if anything could be done there.

That means Lt. Hajicek had become aware the FBI was interested in the information I had given them about the photo. With that in mind, continue to observe Hajicek. Despite the FBI investigating information I sent them, and Hajicek having DIRECT EVIDENCE regarding the matter, he continues to pursue me for arrest. He DOES NOTHING to alert the FBI.

When I submitted a document request to Chief Michael Hedlund for the emails between Harris and Hajicek, I was told Hajicek destroyed them. I was subsequently able to obtain copies from Attorney Widseth.

In 2012, Maria Burgun, a wealthy business person from Broward County, Florida met with the Southern District FBI and gave them information she had about the missing child HaLeigh Cummings.

Burgun advised the FBI she had invested several hundred thousand dollars into a biofuels operation. The money subsequently vanished and she believes it was used to fund a fraudulent operation that surrounded the kidnapping of HaLeigh Cummings.

Burgun told the FBI the name of the person that admitted to helping Donna Wagoner Photoshop the picture of HaLeigh Cummings.

In 2011, Lt. Hajicek was still communicating with the South Florida organization. The police department was still receiving out-of-state requests for me to be arrested. Files were still being created by honest officers, and then deleted and destroyed by Hajicek.

In 2011, East Grand Forks City Attorney Ronald Galstad, Sgt. Detective Chris Olson, and Lt. Rodney Hajicek became involved in an illegal out-of-state scheme, carefully orchestrated and deployed to circumvent the Minnesota Court System in the Ninth Judicial District because it would not act adversely against a publisher that was not breaking the law (me).

In 2011, Ronald Galstad signed my arrest warrant.

I refused to plead guilty to his illegal trumped up bogus crap.

In 2012, Michael LaCoursiere, State Public Defender’s Office, told me if I didn’t accept a no-contest plea, Ronald Galstad would have Sgt. Detective Chris Olson and Polk County Deputy Jesse Haugen lie on the witness stand to convict me.

When that plan didn’t work, I reported the two attorneys to the Minnesota Bar, FBI, and a District Judge.

In response, the EGFPD obtained a Search and Seizure Warrant for my home-office and seized my hard-drive.

They deliberately ruined it.

Why are select public officials assisting and protecting an organization like Xentel?

East Grand Forks police detective Rod Hajicek enforcer for organized fraud operation?

East Grand Forks police detective Rod Hajicek enforcer for organized fraud operation?

Has FBI Task Force been assigned?

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

In the summer of 2009 Teresa Neves, the paternal grandmother of HaLeigh Cummings contacted me through her family advocate, Rebecca Thomas, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Neves wanted me to know that a photograph of her granddaughter, which was scrolling on a website called http://www.haleighbug.com, where donations were being solicited, was a Photoshopped fake.

The picture showed HaLeigh’s mother holding her lovingly, but it was a composite created by somebody using high tech editing software.

I contacted the web developer that published the picture and he assured me that it was not his company that created the fake photo. To prove it, he emailed me the photos that had been sent to him, and I began tracing backward to see where the photo originated.

He had received the photos from an email account registered to Donna Wagoner, an employee of Xentel, Inc. I contacted Wagoner using the email address I was provided, and asked her about the photos. She became very upset.

Wagoner was moonlighting on a team that was working for HaLeigh Cummings’ mother, Crystal Sheffield.

Wagoner called the East Grand Forks Police Department and talked to Lt. Rodney Hajicek. The report filed by Hajicek declares the report is unfounded – it was not a criminal complaint – it was a civil matter.

But then Hajicek does something else.

He telephones me and lets me know that Donna Wagoner doesn’t want me to write anything about her. Hajicek is using the authority entrusted to him as a police officer, and taxpayer dollars, to make courtesy calls on behalf of Xentel, Inc.

But – it’s going to get better folks – way better.

Hajicek also came into communication with the missing child’s media consultant, Art Harris. He had long since been fired by CNN and was running a sleazy Web blog.

Harris had been calling my friends, relatives, and former employers ever since I had interviewed Crystal Sheffield’s media team and learned the truth about the missing child.

Police records show Harris telephoned the East Grand Forks Exponent about me, and whatever he said, it concerned them enough to call the police.

Several years later, when I attempted to obtain the pile of email communications exchanged between Hajicek and Harris, I was advised by Police Chief Michael Hedlund the records had been destroyed. I subsequently contacted Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth and requested a copy of the emails, which he promptly provided.

The emails reveal that Harris and Wagoner and others that had been calling the police on me, were all working on the same team.

But – there is something even more important.

The emails (the EGFPD tried to keep from me) reveal that Harris was furious the FBI visited Xentel, Inc. to question his good friend (Donna Wagoner). He was furious, because the FBI had acted on information they had received from me.

Harris wanted Hajicek and/or Widseth to have me arrested.

Now let’s look examples of what Xentel, Inc. represents.

STATE OF MISSOURI VS. XENTEL, INC.

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office sued this company in August of 2003 for violating Missouri consumer protection laws by using manipulative, high-pressure techniques to solicit donations and by making repeated solicitation calls to Missourians on the state No Call List. In May of 2004 the Missouri Attorney General’s Office obtained a court order against Xentel requiring them to pay $75,000 to the state and to implement and maintain procedures to ensure future compliance with state consumer protection and telemarketing laws. On February 4, 2008, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office obtained another court order requiring Xentel to adopt very stringent policies to ensure compliance with the law, as well as payment of $80,0000.

STATE OF COLORADO VS. XENTEL, INC.

Through the unlawful practices of their business, vocation, or occupation, Defendants have deceived, misled, and financially injured consumers in Colorado. Specifically, Defendants have solicited money from Coloradans through the use of illegal and unregistered solicitation campaigns and have repeatedly violated the Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act and other consumer protection statutes. Therefore, the Colorado Attorney General believes these legal proceedings are in the public interest and are necessary to safeguard citizens from Defendants’ charitable fraud and unlawful business activities.

STATE OF IOWA VS XENTEL, INC.

Professional Fundraiser “Xentel” Ordered Not to Make Deceptive Calls in Iowa
“Iowans should see an end to this operation’s deceptive telemarketing for the Iowa Professional Fire Fighters Association and others,” Miller said.
DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller announced today that an Iowa District Court judge has entered a consent judgment and order against Xentel, Inc., requiring the Ft. Lauderdale-based company to stop abusive and misleading practices in its professional fundraising calls and solicitations to Iowans.

Xentel makes tens of thousands of telemarketing calls each year into Iowa on behalf of the “Iowa Professional Fire Fighters Association.”

“Xentel is prohibited from implying their telemarketers are fire fighters or misrepresenting that money will be used locally,” Miller said. “There are many restrictions to prevent deception.”

The consent judgment also provides that local law enforcement or fire departments that experience citizen complaints or other problems with Xentel’s fundraising can ask the company to terminate fundraising in that community, and Xentel must honor the request.

Cont’d…

Records in the files of the East Grand Forks Police Department show Hajicek remained in contact and communications with these out of state charlatans and fraudsters.

Public records tell the story.

In 2011, Lt. Rod Hajicek, Sgt. Detective Chris Olson, and City Attorney Ronald Galstad had become of the mind they needed to charge me, arrest me, and put me in jail.

The before-mentioned officials played a significant role in a scheme to circumvent the Minnesota Courts (the Minnesota Courts [e.g. Greg Widseth] would not touch a journalist that was not breaking the law) and have me subjected to ‘domestic violence laws’ in a court on the other side of the country, assuring a win by default.

Then – they arrested me – put me in jail – seized my hard-drive and destroyed it.

In 2012, Maria Burgun, Broward County, Florida, met with the Southern District FBI in Florida and shared knowledge and information she had about the disappearance of HaLeigh Cummings.

Burgun told the FBI that the person that assissted Wagoner in Photoshopping the the picture of HaLeigh Cummings for a donations scam, admitted it to her.

Timothy Charles Holmseth had it right the whole time.

East Grand Forks hiding seedy underbelly?

East Grand Forks hiding seedy underbelly?

Hajicek and Olson named in federal civil rights lawsuit in 2009

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Court records show allegations by Timothy Charles Holmseth that his civil rights were violated by the East Grand Forks Police Department (EGFPD) have been brought against the same officers in the past.

In 2009 Rose Mary Delgado sued Lt. Rodney Hajicek and Officer Chris Olson of the EGFPD for violating her civil rights.

Records from the United States Court of Appeals with the Eighth Circuit allege in part: “Hajicek violated her fourth amendment rights because he materially misled the Polk County Court, leading to the issuance of a warrant for her arrest”.

In 2013 the same officers were reported to the FBI, as well as being material participants in a Complaint submitted to the Minnesota Lawyer’s Board.

The propensity for misconduct by the EGFPD is detailed in an extensive Affidavit that was reviewed by a District Judge of the Ninth Minnesota District.

On July 9, 2013 Honorable Tamara Yon granted a request by Timothy Charles Holmseth, to forward a detailed complaint to the Office of Lawyer’s Professional Responsibility; in accordance with an official rule.

Rule 8(b), Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility, states,
No investigation shall commence on a complaint by or on behalf of a party represented by court appointed counsel, insofar as the court appointed attorney alleges incompetent representation by the attorney in the pending matter. Any such complaint shall be summarily dismissed with without prejudice. The Director’s dismissal shall inform the complainant that the complaint may be sent to the chief district judge or trial court judge involved in the pending matter. The Judge may, at any time, refer the matter to the Director for investigation.

Although the Delgado lawsuit claimed only the violation of her Fourth Amendment rights, the violations against Holmseth piled up over several years of blatant and gross misconduct and included infringement of the following:
◾First Amendment – Freedom of Speech / Press
◾Second Amendment – Right to Bear Arms
◾Fourth Amendment – Search and Seizure / Search Warrants
◾Fifth Amendment – Right to Due Process
◾Seventh Amendment – Trial by Jury

View Delgado Court Document

Second investigation underway regarding official misconduct in Polk County, Minnesota

Second investigation underway regarding official misconduct in Polk County, Minnesota

July 14, 2013; East Grand Forks, MN: East Grand Forks Police Chief Michael Hedlund notified Timothy Charles Holmseth that he is looking into Holmseth’s allegation that his hard-drive was destroyed while in police custody. “We will be looking into this matter. I will contact you again after we have had a chance to review this situation,” Hedlund said, in a July 10 letter to Holmseth.

The destruction of Holmseth’s property is a very small part of an ongoing problem.

On July 9, a judge with the 9th Judicial District forwarded a detailed Affidavit of misconduct allegations to the Minnesota Lawyer Board submitted by Holmseth regarding the East Grand Forks City Attorney, and a State Public Defender. According to Holmseth, Attorney Michael Lacoursiere, state public defenders office, told him EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad would call Sgt. Detective Chris Olson, EGFPD, and Polk County Deputy Jesse Haugen to lie on the witness stand if he insisted on going to jury trial.

Holmseth has also asked Hedlund why his Department would not identify the source of harassing and threatening phone calls he received.

The phone calls can be heard at – – – http://writeintoaction.com/Threats%20and%20Harassment%20of%20HaLeigh%20Author.html

“She’s their Dru Sjodin”

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

“Who is this little girl” the woman asked, as she gently flipped through the pages of my book, which was sitting on the counter of Fine Print Inc. in Grand Forks.

She was really just kind of talking to herself.

“HaLeigh Cummings,” see said inquisitively, turning some pages, as she read the title to herself, noting aloud with interest the child was from “Florida”.

The secretary at Fine Print, who had many chats with me during the development of the book, overheard her, and kindly sought to offer some insight.

“She’s a little girl from Florida that … she … she … well … she’s their Dru Sjodin,” she said.

I don’t remember the names of either of those two lovely ladies, but I have never forgotten that brief exchange. It reminded me of how important HaLeigh is to so many people, far away, and I felt a sense of humility at that moment that I have never been able to articulate.

Of course…there is not a heart in North Dakota or Northern Minnesota that does not still ache and stir with pain when Dru Sjodin’s name is spoken, or her photograph is seen.

Thankfully…on the justice side of that tragic story, we find our system spoke loud and clear to the value we still put on human life, and on August 30, 2006, Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. was convicted in federal court of murdering Dru Sjodin. On September 22, 2006, he was sentenced to death.

Thank the Lord that justice was served.

But I’d like to invite you to ponder a thought.

Try to imagine the public outrage that would have ensued if the Rodriquez case had been tainted, lost, or thrown out because law enforcement officers were caught engaging in misconduct.

The worst thing the public can do is turn their collective heads when police officers and government officials hijack the system, view themselves as above the law, start acting cute, and manipulate the law for their own selfish purposes.

Growing up in a small town in southern Minnesota, I recall a Faribault County criminal case where a young punk broke into an un-occupied home, stole a car from the garage, and seeking to cover all his tracks, he burned the house to the ground.

All the felony charges were subsequently dropped because the Prosecutor went on vacation and missed specific filing dates. The family stood in the proverbial, and literal, ashes, of their entire life, devastated that the guilty man was allowed to simply walk away.

I remember reading the letter to the editor the homeowner wrote to the newspaper as she talked about keepsakes and baby pictures they would never get back; she called for the Prosecutor’s resignation.

Indeed, public officials all too often develop a grossly exaggerated sense of themselves, and if it goes unchecked, it can literally become a public safety issue.

I’ll tell you why I say that.

In October, 2012 Attorney Michael LaCoursiere, public defender, 9th Minnesota District, casually told me he hoped East Grand Forks City Attorney Ronald Galstad wouldn’t have Detective Sgt. Chris Olson, EGFPD, lie on the witness stand against me.

He was half smiling when he said it.

LaCoursiere talked about Sgt. Olson lying on the witness stand like some people might chat about the weather. The moment he spoke those words to me I knew something was wrong – and I was trapped in a lion’s den. He had planted a seed – knowing it would take root and grow so he could exploit it later.

I wasn’t particularly worried at the time because the State did not have a case against me and I knew it. But I guess they didn’t need one.

On the day of my scheduled jury trial, LaCoursiere used coercion and high pressure techniques to force me into accepting an Alford plea. He told me Ronald Galstad had a couple of cops that would lie on the stand if I insisted on having a jury trial.

We all knew, however, that the true issue between me and the police department was information I had uncovered about Lt. Rod Hajicek. Sgt. Olson and others while working on my book.

When I submitted an Affidavit to the Minnesota Bar Association and FBI about the threat to use perjured testimony from police, the City of East Grand Forks obtained a Search and Seizure Warrant, violently entered my home-office and took my computer. As I recall, Sgt. Olson was the first one through the door.

Nothing illegal was found on my computer, I was subsequently charged with no crime, and the City agreed to give me my property back if I withdrew my formal complaint against them. When they returned the hard-drive to me it was ruined.

Why did they want a conviction so bad?

I’ll tell you.

Police incident reports at the East Grand Forks Police Department show the police received calls about me from out of state from people I had interviewed for my book. Some of the callers, at that very time, were under active investigation by the FBI and had been questioned by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for their suspected involvement in the kidnapping of HaLeigh Cummings.

Yep.

Kidnapping suspects were actually calling the East Grand Forks Police up on the phone and starting relationships – some that lasted years.

Of course we always hope an event at the level of Dru Sjodin will never happen again; and God knows we would be in serious trouble if it does. The stories of incompetence and blatant corruption in East Grand Forks and Polk County are many and ongoing.

It’s hard to imagine what a skilled defense attorney could do to police officers that think and act in criminal patterns and lie with great pride.

My outrage expressed for now, I’ll leave you with a small piece of irony that occurred to me today.

Local officials went to an extraordinary amount of effort to gain access to my home-office, so they could seize my hard-drive and ruin it.

Yet, everything I wrote here came from memory, except what came out of an envelope buried in a pile of documents from long ago.

It was something I had scribbled down in pencil on a Burger King napkin in my car in 2010 after someone said something about HaLeigh I thought was important.

“She’s their Dru Sjodin”