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The truth about the Grand Forks Herald ‘Guess the Word’ challenge

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on May 6, 2017, 9:50 A.M. CST

Yesterday the Grand Forks Herald published ‘Getting treatment for problem drinking — without giving up alcohol’.

The article features an easier softer way to address the death spiral caused by addiction using a program called ‘Harm Reduction’.

“…harm reduction” support group for people who want to reduce their alcohol intake, as well as private therapy with the social worker who runs the group, she’s cut her drinking to about half of what it was a before she sought help. She drinks socially and enjoys an occasional drink or two with her partner,” the article said.

“Harm reduction or controlled drinking, in which problem drinkers reduce their alcohol intake but don’t necessarily embrace abstinence, remains rare and controversial in a nation with a strong tradition of alcohol-free 12-step recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. But a growing body of research indicates that harm reduction works,” the article said.

Today the Grand Forks Herald ‘Guess the Word’ challenge has been announced.

Can you guess which word in the 12 steps of Alcoholic Anonymous the Herald hates the most?

Hint: It has three letters and starts with a capitol

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol- that our lives had become unmanageable.
  1. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  1. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  1. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  1. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  1. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  1. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  1. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  1. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  1. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  1. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  1. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Okay, I cheated…sorry

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Timothy Holmseth’s response to Grand Forks Herald publisher Korrie Wenzel

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on May 5, 2017, 7:55 P.M. CST

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W.
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May 5, 2017

Korrie Wenzel
Publisher 
Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Herald Publisher Korrie Wenzel

Mr. Wenzel,

I read the letter you wrote today to the public explaining changes that are taking place at the Grand Forks Herald.

Who are you trying to fool – the public, or yourself?

It’s absurd you could actually believe the community would continue to support your predatory publication when Forum Communications continuously engages in premeditated disinformation against the best interest of the public.

Do you really think the public does not notice that the Herald refuses to cover the fact that convicted felon George Robert Lyons, the man presently facing trial in Polk County, Minnesota for child rape, announced he is engaged to be married to Grand Forks Assistant States Attorney Jodi Bass – and she doesn’t deny it?

Your job as a newspaper and Web publisher is to truthfully inform the public regarding news so people are equipped with all the information and facts they need to make sound decisions.

You purposefully do the opposite.

It was only yesterday day I alerted the public that you (the Herald) failed to report that Melvin Delong, the man that stole a car and subsequently shot and killed Rolette County Deputy Colt Allery, was wearing almost all black and wearing a cap that said “Police”.

It’s IMPOSSIBLE to not report that dynamic. IMPOSSIBLE.

But you know that, don’t you Mr. Wenzel?

By the way… did you ever do any follow up on the second shooting in Rolette County that happened after the Delong/Allery shooting? Did you find out why the courthouse went under lockdown?

You must have just fallen off the turnip cart if you really think your readers and subscribers won’t begin to drop off when your parent company, Forum Communications, and your affiliates (WDAZ), are using your media to cover up crimes?

People who have enough IQ to read news take drug trafficking and sex crimes against children seriously. Your problem is you don’t take those intelligent people seriously.

WDAZ strategically covered up the time-stamps, twice in the same news segment, on the Grand Forks Police body-cams from the police shooting of David James Elliott during their quasi-fake news disinformation segment.

Forum Communications uses fake news to cover up police shooting. There is something mentally wrong with people that do this.

Forum Communications uses fake news to cover up police shooting. There is something mentally wrong with people that do this.

Do you think you’re being cute when you pull crap like that?

Did you know that in 2009 I journalistically infiltrated a child sex and porn trafficking ring that kidnapped a little five year-old girl from Florida named HaLeigh Cummings?

I sure did sharpshooter.

I assisted the FBI, and using information they obtained from me, they were on the way to locating child porn of the little girl’s vagina taken after she was raped.

So guess what happened (that’ a rhetorical question because the Herald already knows)?

The child sex traffickers that the FBI were actively investigating, using leads from me, began calling Lt. Rodney Hajicek at the East Grand Forks Police Department. Hajicek then started secretly emailing members of that group on his Gmail account. They discussed the problem being created by the FBI in Florida acting on information from ‘Timothy Holmseth’ and discussed that I needed to be “stopped”.

They sure did, sharpshooter.

Rod Hajicek (a.k.a. Jerry Sandusky Jr.) printed out all their secret emails that included a 20 page report I prepared for the FBI and personally took it to that weird little goblin Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth to see if there was anything that could be done to me for reporting on the HaLeigh Cummings case.

I was being SECRETLY investigated by Polk County law enforcement for my journalism – that happened in the United States of America.

Hajicek purged all those records from the EGFPD system.

Just one more time so you don’t pretend you didn’t catch it the first time – ‘They RAPED the 5 year-old girl and took pictures of her vagina afterwards’.

I was HELPING the FBI while the East Grand Forks Police simultaneously conspired with the FBI’s suspects to STOP and discredit me.

Your little speech was just narcissistic bullshit.

The reason your publication is in the toilet is because you prey upon your own readers and they are figuring it out.

Everybody hates fake news.

Regards,
Timothy Charles Holmseth
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher 
1st Place North Dakota Newspaper Association (twice)

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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

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on March 20, 2017, 11:48 A.M. CST

Did Grand Forks States Attorney David Jones conspire with Officers of the North Dakota Court to fabricate a court hearing so the George Lyons child rape case could be quietly put to sleep?

Somebody’s lying (and it’s not the media).

George Lyons, Grand Forks, was arrested on January 6, 2016 by East Grand Forks police and charged in Polk County District Court with first and second degree sexual conduct involving a child – both felonies.

On May 15, 2016 a wedding registry published by Bed, Bath, and Beyond announced Jodi Bass and George Lyons are getting married May 15, 2016.

Valley News Live also reported that Lyons announced his marriage plans to Bass on Facebook.

Here’s the problem.

Jodi Bass is an Assistant State Prosecutor for Grand Forks County, North Dakota.

DISSAPEARING FILES

While the ‘marriage registry’ for Bed, Bath, and Beyond is still published – the Register of Actions for Polk County, Minnesota that originally recorded Lyons’ arrest no longer contains the court file number for the case – there is no record of the case ever existing in Minnesota.

It did factually exist at one time because the Grand Forks Herald made references to court files and reports regarding Lyons’ arrest and incarceration after his Wednesday, January 6, 2016 arrest.

After submitting a public records request, Write Into Action was told by the East Grand Forks Police Department on February 28, 2017 that the case is an “ongoing investigation”.

So – although the Minnesota register of actions contains no record of the case ever even existing, police in Minnesota call it “ongoing”.

Okay…

Now watch this…

GRAND FORKS STATES ATTORNEY DAVID JONES

There is evidence that suggests something illegal has transpired that involves Grand Forks States Attorney David Jones and others in the North Dakota Court.

Court records in Grand Forks, North Dakota (across the river from East Grand Forks, Minnesota) reveal an inexplicable anomaly.

The records show a court hearing occurred, that may not have ever taken place.

Here’s why.

Although the court records in Minnesota disappeared from the State’s website, substantial news reports from both the Grand Forks Herald and Valley News live establish that Lyons was arrested by Minnesota police on January 6, 2016.

According to a news report by Valley News Live on January 8, 2016, Lyons posted cash bail and was free on January 8, 2016.

George Lyons is a free man today after posting 15-thousand-dollars cash bail. He was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a juvenile relative in East Grand Forks”.
     – Valley News Live / January 8, 2016

On February 9, 2016 the Herald reported “A Grand Forks man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Polk County (Minnesota) District Court to two counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a minor.”

Everything happened in Minnesota.

It was simple and easy to understand.

But now…

Grand Forks County (North Dakota) court records show an “Extradition” hearing was held for George Lyons on January 4, 2016.

That’s two days before Lyons was arrested.

The attorney for the State of North Dakota was filed by States Attorney David Jones. The court record shows “Extradition” was ordered by the Court on January 4, 2016.

The North Dakota record categorically states Lyons was “in custody”.

How is that possible?

Lyons wasn’t even arrested yet.

Then – after the alleged “Extradition” hearing was conducted – the North Dakota file was unceremoniously closed. 

Poof – the whole thing is over –vanished.

But it was all very real and there is a real victim.

On January 8, 2016 Valley News Live published, “Thirty-five year old George Lyons of Grand Forks has been charged with having sex with a 13-year old girl in East Grand Forks. And it’s an alleged crime, that apparently runs in the family. George Lyons is a free man today after posting 15-thousand-dollars cash bail. He was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a juvenile relative in East Grand Forks”.

The Valley News story continues.

“Meanwhile, East Grand Forks Police say Lyons was also under investigation in Grand Forks County for a similar incident. Assistant States Attorney, Jason McCarthy says he can’t comment on ongoing investigations. But, George Lyons brother, Matthew Lyons was sentenced to life in prison here in 2014, for the continuous sexual abuse of a child.”

“The relationship between all these factors gets even stranger. George Lyons had listed on facebook that he was engaged to marry an Assistant Prosecutor here in Grand Forks this Spring. She has not returned inquires to confirm or deny that relationship, as George Lyons gets ready for his criminal trial, and his brother Matthew continues to serve his life sentence in prison.”

Did Grand Forks States Attorney David Jones conspire with Officers of the North Dakota Court to fabricate a court hearing so the George Lyons child rape case could be quietly put to sleep?

AFTERWARD

Grand Forks Police Department and Grand Forks Sheriff’s Office vehicles have been sitting outside my workplace.

While I was working as a delivery driver a vehicle attempted to ram me and ran me off the road.

Then…

George Lyons, the fiancé of States Attorney Jodi Bass obtained a job where I work.

Think about it, folks.

This article is Exhibit A in any bull-shit charge law enforcement in North Dakota or Minnesota try to fabricate against me.

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KVLY accused of publishing fake news by family of police shooting victim

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on December 15, 2016, 6:05 P.M. CST

“It appears a lawsuit may already be brewing, following the shooting of a man by a UND Police Officer in Grand Forks last weekend”

That was the lead line of a story published by Neil Carlson of KVLY following the shooting of David James Elliott – the unarmed man shot by a rookie University of North Dakota police officer in front of Grand Forks, North Dakota hospital emergency room in 2015.

But Jennifer Elliott – Carlson’s source – said it was not true.

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Carlson, a reporter with KVLY (Valley News Live) allegedly published the fake news story after Jennifer Elliott refused to grant him an interview.

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Interviews conducted by agents of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) with Jennifer Elliott (David Elliott’s wife at the time of the shooting), and her mother, Margaret Dolan, reveal the two family members were greatly affected and distraught by the false reporting of KVLY.

According to Jennifer Elliott and Dolan, Carlson hounded Jennifer Elliott for an interview; promising her the station could use methods to disguise her identity but she declined.

Jennifer Elliott said KVLY then simply fooled their viewers into believing they had interviewed her by stating they had talked to her. Jennifer Elliott said when she heard the news station publish a teaser that they had talked; she was terrified at what they might have made up about the non-existent interview.

Jennifer Elliott said Carlson had other people contact her through Facebook to give her his cell phone number.

Dolan also said she knows the Grand Forks Herald, another publication in North Dakota, can’t be trusted but noted she has just gotten used to it.

“You’ve got to realize they’re all owned by the same people,” said BCI agent Michael Ness.

In a related story from August, 2016, Write Into Action exposed WDAZ, another North Dakota news station, after producers collaborated with presenters to fool their viewers about the same police shooting by hiding time-stamps of police-cam video so the public could not put together that the times of the body-cams did not match the dash-cams.

Write Into Action recently published a video showing BCI agents tried to provide the police shooter with a cover story after his body-cam was found hidden under his squad car.

Write Into Action contacted Neil Carlson earlier today for his side of the story but he did not respond.

The Office of North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was contacted for comment but stated state law does not require them to comment.

Neil Carlson
KVLY
Valley News Live

December 15, 2016

Mr. Carlson,

I am independently conducting a journalistic investigation into the cover up of the true facts surrounding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott on February 28, 2015 in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

I am reviewing BCI interviews that include David Elliott’s wife Jennifer Elliott and her mother, [Margaret Dolan]. During the interview you are mentioned by name and KVLY is accused of publishing fake news.

Nolan and Elliott mentioned an article regarding assertions Jennifer Elliott had obtained a lawyer and was going to sue.

Nolan said, “They manipulate and lie, boy”.

Jennifer Elliott said, “The one day I came home and I just lay down on the couch for a little bit and I’m laying there and you know how they give out the news – the little blip – the advertisement coming up – and I think they said; it was KVLY; well we talked to Jennifer Elliott or something were going to give a update; I sat up off the couch said ‘did they just say…” I’ve never spoken with them. They were calling me wanting to interview – I just said no … I’ve never given them any information whatsoever”.

There was considerable commentary about you.

My research at this point indicates you have done very, very little (if any) investigating in this matter, which would naturally include obtaining police-cams and the 911 call from the pursuit and shooting.

I will likely be publishing content regarding KVLY; feel free to comment on any questions surrounding your journalistic integrity regarding this police shooting story.

I am investigating the far ranging issues of public safety created by this police shooting that involve Altru, University of North Dakota, UNDPD, GFPD, GFSO, NDHP, and other agencies.

Sincerely,
Timothy Charles Holmseth
Investigative Journalist/Author/Publisher

Cc: North Dakota Attorney General

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W. 
Unit# 17
East Grand Forks, MN 
56721
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“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
     – George Orwell

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Severed fingers mystery: East Grand Forks Police Department defers DNA records request to City Attorney

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on October 24, 2016, 4:31 P.M. CST

After declaring the ‘mystery of the severed fingers on the picnic table’ “solved” by “DNA” via statewide publication – the East Grand Forks Police Department (EGFPD) has deferred to the city attorney regarding a records request from a journalist.

Police records that include conclusions of DNA tests performed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) on two human fingers found on a picnic table at Red River Valley campground in May, 2016 cannot be immediately released by the EGFPD.

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Michael Hedlund, chief of police, EGFPD, has deferred Write Into Action’s records request to the EGF City Attorney.

Michael Hedlund

Michael Hedlund

“Your request has been received and is currently being reviewed by the city attorney to determine if this information can be released.  We will respond to your request asap.  Thank you for your patience,” said Chief Hedlund, today.

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Write Into Action is seeking to review the records the EGFPD obtained from the BCA to close the case.

On August 26, 2016 Bruce Gordon, director of communications, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, directed Write Into Action to the EGFPD for the records. “You will need to request that from the lead agency since it is their investigation,” Gordon said.

It is not readily known why the information suddenly became sensitive in October, 2016. EGFPD officials had already issued a major press release regarding the case being “solved”.

On August 25, 2016, Forum News Service reported in the Grand Forks Herald and Twin Cities Pioneer Press that EGFPD Lt. Rodney Hajicek and Det. Tony Hart determined the case had been “solved” using “DNA”.

“Today East Grand Forks police received confirmation that those fingers did belong to a gentleman who severely injured his hand in a fireworks accident,” WDAZ TV reported.

However…

Before the case was solved…

On August 7, 2016 Write Into Action published an article that showed there may be a connection between the two fingers found on the picnic table, and the two fingers blown off David James Elliott when he was shot by a University of North Dakota police officer in February, 2015.

EXCLUSIVE: Grand Forks police shooting victim breaks his silence – UND officer was hunting him – – – Two human fingers found in East Grand Forks campground ominously placed there as a reminder of the Elliott shooting? by Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 7, 2016, 4:09 P.M. CST

‘Elliott said the doctor at Altru re-attached his two fingers. However, the fact that two of Elliott’s fingers were shot off has created questions and public concerns about two human fingers found on a picnic table in the campground in East Grand Forks.’
– Write Into Action / August 7, 2015

The public did not know about Elliott’s fingers being shot off until the exclusive report was published by Write Into Action.

Write Into Action learned through an independent journalistic investigation into the Elliott shooting that UND Police Officer Jerad Braaten tried to shoot Elliott minutes before the actual shooting but his gun jammed; Braaten then hid his body cam under his squad car; “thousands” of pills were seized from Elliott’s vehicle by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation; police body cam video of the shooting was altered; Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson issued a Special Order to destroy the police cam evidence once Write Into Action began investigating; Nelson hired Braaten onto the GFPD after the shooting; narcotics were being trafficked through the University of North Dakota’s athletic department; Narcotics Task Force agent(s) were involved in pursuing Elliott; Caitlin Jenna Erickson, 28, Grand Forks, was being murdered in her apartment in the same time window law enforcement was moving in on Elliott (Erickson’s murder has been covered up).

The drug trafficking connection to the Elliott shooting creates the reasonable possibility the fingers found on the picnic table were placed there as a message.

However – EGFPD and Forum Communications have publically stated there is no possibility of violence or foul play.

Police solve mystery of two severed fingers found in Red River park

By FORUM NEWS SERVICE
PUBLISHED: August 25, 2016 at 5:50 pm | UPDATED: August 25, 2016 at 6:29 pm

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — The mystery that surrounded the discovery of two severed fingers in an East Grand Forks park appears to have been solved.

Police have DNA results linking a 24-year-old local man to the fingers, which were found in May on a picnic table at a Red River State Recreation Area campsite, according to a news release.

The digits came from a Grand Forks, N.D., man who was involved in a fireworks accident in downtown Grand Forks about a month earlier, East Grand Forks police Lt. Rodney Hajicek said in the release Thursday.

“We’re satisfied with the conclusion of it,” East Grand Forks police detective Tony Hart said. “It wasn’t … the result of an act of violence.”

TOO MANY QUESTIONS

Write Into Action cannot close its journalistic investigation into the mystery behind the severed fingers because the EGFPD and media did not use any language to confirm an actual DNA match. Write Into Action recognizes that DNA test results either confirm a match or they don’t. DNA test results never merely “point” to anything such as was reported by the Grand Forks Herald.

VERY QUESTIONABLE NEWS REPORTING – DECEPTIVE DOUBLE SPEAK

News reports regarding the severed fingers case is irresponsible at best. For instance – in the Forums News Service story (seen above) the headline flatly states that “police” ‘solved’ the mystery. However – in the first line of the article it says the mystery “appears” to have been solved.

Deceptive double speak is never an accident.

An article by the Grand Forks Herald has a headline that reads: “DNA results point to owner of severed fingers found in East Grand Forks”. The first line reads, “The mystery of the severed fingers in the East Grand Forks park seems to have been solved.”

Forum Communications is the parent company of both the Herald and WDAZ-TV. Yet, WDAZ reported “Today East Grand Forks police received confirmation that those fingers did belong to a gentleman who severely injured his hand in a fireworks accident.”

The same media company is telling the public two different things – sometimes in the very same article.

Write Into Action seeks to close the investigation or determine if the fingers match a missing person.

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University of North Dakota having all kinds of problems

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on August 28, 2016, 11:42 A.M. CST

Recent headlines in the Grand Forks Herald are lamenting various unresolved problems involving UND athletics and budgeting issues.

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The reporting is lacking.

On April 7, 2016 Write Into Action exclusively reported that a group of UND football players were kicked off the football team for drug trafficking.

“There’s a huge drug trafficking ring at UND and they’re all part of the football team. They sell cocaine, ecstasy, pot – you name it. They bring it in from California,” the UND insider said.

On August 16, 2016 some guy named Tom Miller that reports sports news for the Herald was allowed to run his little mouth on the front page with disrespectful and arrogant commentary about UND President Mark Kennedy.

However – if this Miller kid knows so much about UND athletics, one has to wonder why he doesn’t know about their gangland football team being forced to clean out their lockers due to drug trafficking.

Yet there he is – wagging his little finger at the UND president – acting like Cartman on South Park.

Tom Miller / Intrepid Sports Reporter and Opinion Columnist

Tom Miller / Intrepid Sports Reporter and Opinion Columnist

Of course – the UND drug trafficking issue could really become a public relations disaster if the Grand Forks community and the Valley Region make the connection between the UND narcotics enterprise and the former UND cop, Jerad Braaten, that hunted down and un-armed man and shot him in the head in front of a hospital.

Mafioso type police fraternity guys roving college campuses with loaded guns is not a very attractive image.

Braaten was reprimanded in writing by UND Police Chief Eric Plummer for hiding and/or destroying his police body-cam after the shooting; but he was scooped up for employment in less than a year by GFPD Chief Mark Nelson.

Cute, eh?

Nobody was supposed to catch that.

I have filed a lawsuit in United States District Court in hopes of stopping the planned destruction of the police shooting videos and rampant tampering with evidence by the GFPD, UNDPD, and others.

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Official complaint provides details of police ‘Altering a public record’ in Grand Forks shooting

You, Mr. Nelson, sat alongside Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost and University of North Dakota Police Chief Eric Plummer during a televised joint press conference several days after the shooting and announced the shooting occurred around 12:45 A.M.

That fact alone proves that YOU KNOW the shooting did NOT happen at 12:35 or 12:36 A.M. as shown in the tampered with Body-Cam files.

Nelson Plummer Rost

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on July 26, 2016, 8:07 A.M.. CST

Timothy Charles Holmseth
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In Re: COMPLAINT

July 25, 2016

Mark Nelson
Chief of Police
Grand Forks Police Department
Grand Forks, North Dakota
58201

Chief Nelson,

I am filing this Complaint against your Keeper of Records in regards to open records request I made to the Grand Forks Police Department regarding the pursuit and shooting of David James Elliott, which occurred on February 27-28, 2015.

I am confident you are familiar with this on-going issue because I have notified Grand Forks City Administrator Todd Feland, Grand Forks States Attorney David Jones, Grand Forks City Council, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy (and Ed Schafer), Altru Health Systems, and others.

The City of Grand Forks is also aware I have motioned the United States District Court for an Emergency Injunction against your Department’s professed plans to completely destroy the aforementioned files based upon a ‘Special Order’ you created on June 26, 2016 at the height of my journalistic investigation and review of public records.

You also provided an on-camera sit-down interview to the Grand Forks Herald recently to discuss “body-cams”.

I have produced and published a You Tube video that provides an audio/visual guide to the basics of this Complaint, which you can view at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To6NCQ9npr8

I think were on the same page.

TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE

I have evidence the Grand Forks Police Department violated the law, breached the public trust, and defrauded my publication.

According to North Dakota Code 12.1-11-05 Tampering with public records, it is a felony for a public servant to “Knowingly makes a false entry in or false alteration of a government record.”

I have received Body-Cam evidence from your Department that has clearly been tampered with to create an optical illusion and trick the public into believing the shooting of David James Elliott occurred at a time that it did not.

The illegal alterations may have been motivated in part by an attempt to conceal a ‘first failed attempt’ by a police officer to shoot David Elliott, which makes every single action taken to alter these public records part of a serious conspiracy crime.

In short, the time stamps on multiple Body-Cams I purchased do not even remotely coordinate to the events being observed in corresponding officer squad car Dash-Cams.

The Body-Cam video shows the shooting happening at 12:35 A.M. (and 12:36 A.M.); Dash-Cam shows the shooting happening at 12:47 A.M.

  • AVI file 623117GI (BODY CAM)

This video file begins with a very quick flash of video image that shows David James Elliott sitting atop the Columbia Road Bridge in his vehicle at 12:27 A.M., February 28, 2015.

After the quick flash showing David Elliott at 12:27 A.M., 623117GI is then REDACTED and is completely black. After two minutes and forty nine seconds (2:49) of redaction, audio returns but no image can be seen because it appears the police officer has placed his coat over the camera lens. It remains that way until 7:50 on the file procession in my media player when gun shots can be heard at time-stamp 12:35 A.M.

When seven minutes and fifty seconds are added to the clock time of 12:27 A.M., the shooting appears to occur at around 12:35 A.M.

That orchestrated timing is evidence of the very careful and methodical work put into altering these files to create a false reality in the mind of the public about this shooting.

  • AVI file G23117GK (BODY CAM)

In AVI file G23117GK the same method of editing is used as was in AVI file 623117GI.

At the beginning of the file there is a quick flash that shows police and a deputy’s car sitting behind David Elliott’s vehicle atop the Columbia Road Bridge at 12:27 A.M.

After the quick flash, the file is immediately REDACTED and remains that way for about four minutes and ten seconds (4:10). Body-Cam footage then appears of an officer in his car. The gun-shots can be heard when the time-stamp says 12:36 A.M.

Notably, the shooting does not even happen at the same minute marker on the two Body-Cams – probably because faking cam evidence and time-stamps is difficult to line up.

THE BODY-CAMS DON’T MATCH EACH OTHER OR MATCH SQUAD CAR DASH-CAMS

Dash-Cam video from the squad car of GFPD Chris Brown shows David Elliott rolling along on flat tires in front of Altru hospital’s Emergency Room and shots can be heard at 12:47 A.M.

Dash-Cam video from the squad car of GFPD Dan Harvala also reveals the shooting occurred at 12:47 A.M.

Obviously, that time does not match the shooting times on the Body-Cams – not even close.

Notably, the Harvala squad car Dash-Cam video that is trained onto the shooting scene in the distance has been converted from color to black and white, which obscures the details.

  • AVI file G76117LY (BODY CAM)

AVI file G76117LY is the Body-Cam of GFPD Sgt. Mark Ellingson. It begins at 12:39 A.M. The shooting has already happened.

But – as I have already pointed out – the Dash-Cam shows the shooting took place at 12:47 A.M.

It appears ALL of the Body-Cam files I received have been tampered with and altered.

TRUE TIME OF THE SHOOTING

The true time of the David James Elliott shooting is most likely 12:47 A.M. when the shooting can be heard over Dan Harvala’s Body-Cam microphone as his Dash-Cam reads 12:47:22 A.M.

According to squad car Dash-Cam, David Elliott is sitting atop the Columbia Road Bridge in his vehicle long after 12:35 A.M. – so he was NOT shot at that time.

Dash-Cam shows squad cars following David Elliott slowly down the Columbia Road Bridge and into the Altru parking lot where he is shot at 12:47 A.M.

OFFICIAL TIME OF THE SHOOTING

You, Mr. Nelson, sat alongside Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost and University of North Dakota Police Chief Eric Plummer during a televised joint press conference several days after the shooting and announced the shooting occurred around 12:45 A.M.

That fact alone proves that YOU KNOW the shooting did NOT happen at 12:35 or 12:36 A.M. as shown in the tampered with Body-Cam files.

Strangely, after three days, and access to all the camera evidence, you and your law enforcement colleagues couldn’t/wouldn’t even tell the public the exact time of the shooting. Instead, you provided an approximate time for the shooting, which was two and a half minutes off, when you can actually hear the gunshots begin at 12:47:22.

ATTEMPTED MURDER

I have evidence that UND Police Officer Jerad Braaten attempted to shoot David James Elliott while they were atop the Columbia Road Bridge but Braaten’s gun jammed. It is a matter of ND BCI records that a cartridge from Braaten’s firearm was found on the bridge.

It is also a matter of ND BCI investigative records that Braaten’s Body-Cam was found by investigators underneath his squad car after the shooting where he attempted to hide it; his Dash-Cam disappeared completely; not available at all.

UNDPD records show Braaten was disciplined in writing by Eric Plummer for his actions involving camera evidence.

You, Mr. Nelson, subsequent to all of this, hired Jerad Braaten onto your Department to the exception of other candidates.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE LAW

North Dakota state law guarantees me the right to un-edited/un-altered public records.

Regards,
Timothy Charles Holmseth
Journalist/Author/Publisher

Cc: Todd Feland, University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy, Ed Schafer, Grand Forks States Attorney David Jones, UND Chief Eric Plummer, Altru Health Systems/Safety Commission, ND AG Wayne Stenehjem, PSAP Director Becky Ault, Grand Forks City Council, Steve Wagner/Herald

 

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