Names and players in 1991 abuse case surface in police shooting of unarmed man in front of emergency room in 2015
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on February 26, 2016 at 12:19 P.M.
Jon Osowski, Grafton, North Dakota, was beaten so savagely in the East Grand Forks Police Department that his soul left his body.
Osowski has permanent physical scars on his neck and back from the torture that involved multiple officers and included his head being smashed into the wall and floor, chest suppression and suffocation, eye gauging, kicking, punching, and being drug around by his hair – all while handcuffed.
The case is now being examined for violations of Jon Osowski’s constitutional rights.
The disturbing events surrounding the Osowski case sparked a journalistic investigation in the 90’s by Neil Carlson, Channel 11, which featured interviews with a host of other abuse victims in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
“It was about two days later the back window was shot out of my car when we were on Columbia Road and I thought maybe these guys were going come after me again, so I was scared,” Osowski told Write Into Action.
Documents obtained by Write Into Action reveal a police officer that witnessed the event and sought to obtain medical help for Oswoski, captured Rodney Hajicek, now the ranking officer at the EGFPD, stating he witnessed the event, but noting he would lie to state and federal investigators if asked about what he witnessed.
The blatant indifference to honesty, integrity, the law, and human life by Hajicek appears symbolic of everyone involved.
Documents reveal one officer asked if an ambulance had been called for Osowski and was told, “Don’t fucking worry about it.”
Jon Osowski recalled the experience.
“I blacked out and just remember feeling myself – total silence – I thought I was dead for sure. And I did see a bright light and a – it was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen,” Jon Osowski said.
Jon Osowski’s fiance’ and girlfriend of 15 years, Jody, said Jon is troubled by the event. “Jon said himself that he felt his body – or if you want to put it ‘his soul’ leaving his body and he seen a bright light and the tunnel – and just – all he said was he didn’t want to die so his soul went back into his body,” she said.
Disturbing events on the other side of the Red River in Grand Forks, North Dakota, appear to show a connection between officers involved in the East Grand Forks abuse cases, and an officer involved shooting in 2015.
In February, 2015, David James Elliott was targeted and hunted for hours before being shot three times in the head in the Altru Hospital parking lot.
Jon Osowski said he believes East Grand Forks, Minnesota is a very dangerous place to live or visit.
Write Into Action is beginning an investigation.
Return for updates.
Why Steven Avery deserves a new trial
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on January 10, 2016 at 12:14 A.M.
My name is Timothy Charles Holmseth.
I am only one of thousands across the United States that was almost “Steven Avery”.
I survived a plot by a ‘Shadow Government’ that attempted to frame me for rape and murder of a missing child named HaLeigh Ann-Marie Cummings.
I would later learn the operatives that attempted to frame me were associated with a man from Colorado named Rev. Bob Enyart.
Enyart is described as a “shot caller” of organized criminal activities by Special Agent Kimberly Milka, Denver FBI.
Enyart authored a written Manifesto describing the “Shadow Government” he erected, which he plans to use to subvert the laws of the United States.
Enyart’s is alleged by former church members to be a satanic cult leader that is responsible for murders and elaborate frame-ups all over the world.
Curtis and Danielle Kekoa, defectors of Enyart’s cult claim he murdered JonBenet Ramsey in 1996.
Enyart’s fake church is presently under investigation by the FBI for his possible involvement in the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs in November of 2015.
In December, 2015, my publication was contacted and told Enyart was involved in framing a man named Steven Avery, Wisconsin.
After watching the Netflix documentary ‘Making a Murderer’ I realized I was observing what appeared to be a textbook ‘Shadow Government’ operation.
Therefore – I am writing this in support of a new trial for Steven Avery.
FRAMING AN INNCOMENT MAN
At 47, I am an award-winning (former) newspaper reporter and media specialist. I have been awarded first place awards for my reporting and writing by the North Dakota Newspaper Association.
I have been interviewed by the FBI and deemed a credible witness. I have passed a federal background check and received clearance from the Department of Commerce to enter secure areas of a locked federal facility.
I was awarded sole-physical custody of my daughter when she was five years-old and raised her, alone, to adulthood. She now studies at the University of Minnesota and has made me a very proud grandfather. I also share legal custody of my minor son.
THE MISSING CHILD HALEIGH CUMMINGS
HaLeigh Cummings, 5, was reported missing from her Satsuma, Florida home on February 10, 2009.
In the spring of 2009, I began conducting recorded interviews with key figures in HaLeigh’s mysterious disappearance.
I have interviewed, or obtained information, including documents, recordings, and media from approximately 100 different individuals including law enforcement officers, lawyers, family members, witnesses, and others regarding the Cummings case.
In the spring of 2009, I interviewed William Staubs (a.k.a. Cobra), a Florida bail-bondsman with a private investigator’s license for the first time.
I subsequently interviewed his entire team of associates.
Staubs claimed to be working (at any given time) for at least five different entities on the Cummings case.
I also know that Staubs has worked for the federal government and been paid as an informant.
During the course of the national profile search for HaLeigh Cummings, Staubs was arrested for felony false imprisonment of a man. I later learned Staubs was trying to frame the man for HaLeigh’s disappearance.
I possess faxed items from a South Florida law office sent to Staubs regarding the targted man, which shows who all was behind the attempted frame-up.
At that time in 2009, Staubs told Jessica Clark, a news reporter for First Coast News that he had been sent into the HaLeigh Cummings case by Rev. Richard Grund (Casey Anthony murder trial witness) and said he was being paid by a “drug dealer from Miami”.
Staubs told me HaLeigh’s kidnapping was a “family thing” and she was alive.
Staubs directly named a licensed member of the Florida legal community, who he said solicited his assistance to frame two people for the murder of HaLeigh Cummings; a black man named Gregory Lewis Page, and (a white girl) Misty Jeanette Croslin.
Croslin is the teenage girl that law enforcement says was with HaLeigh the night she was kidnapped. Staubs said he was asked to frame Croslin and Page for the murder of HaLeigh Cummings.
But, HaLeigh Cummings wasn’t dead, and I would soon learn that she was not in good hands.
During my initial interviews, I captured Staubs on audio talking to a Florida DCF child protection social worker, Bonnie Warner, who he called at her home after business hours. Staubs talked to Warner about a CD she received that contained photographs of HaLeigh that had been Photoshopped.
During the conversation between Warner and Staubs, Warner admits to receiving the CD and says it is the CD she couldn’t show to her supervisor.
Why is a Florida DCF social worker receiving a CD she can’t show to her supervisor, I wondered?
In time I would learn why.
The (recorded) conversation between Staubs and Warner was extremely concerning because it involved another participant in what I would soon realize was a child sex-trafficking ring. The other participant discussed was Chris Middleton, an investigator for the State’s Attorney’s office.
Staubs would also go on to tell me that Capt. Dominic Piscitello, PCSO, was his inside man at the Sheriff’s Office. He also told me about law enforcement officers and agencies in South Florida he was assisting with what he called “black ops”.
Staubs further boasted a deep relationship with Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy and said Hardy was going to write a letter on his behalf to get the felony charges against him dropped.
Pay very close attention to the facts Staubs is connected to federal and state law enforcement (and don’t doubt it because I have it on tape).
What I did not know at the time; but learned as I continued to conduct recorded interviews with Donald Knop, an employee of a South Florida law office, was that he (Knop) was the one that handed the CD to Warner per instructions from his employer.
I also learned this…
The CD contained secret naked photographs of HaLeigh that featured the five year-old child’s sexually assaulted private parts.
Yes – she’d been raped.
HaLeigh had been raped, but Warner (a child protection social worker) couldn’t show the photos to her DCF supervisor.
I also learned Knop gave Warner the CD in a gas station parking lot after DCF hours. It was secret and was never entered into evidence with DCF or law enforcement.
As the picture emerged – I realized HaLeigh Cummings had mysteriously vanished; Staubs and others (some were police and FDLE) were discussing how to frame innocent people; and, they possessed naked photos of the little girl after she had been raped.
But there’s more.
I learned from Crystal Sheffield’s (HaLeigh’s mother) high profile victim’s advocate and author, Wayanne Kruger, a man named John Regan and his son, Jeremiah Regan, told her the “FBI” already had HaLeigh in their possession, but wanted to keep it quiet for the time being.
John and Jeremiah Regan were in regular contact with Staubs, Grund, and Crystal Sheffield’s entire legal team.
They all knew HaLeigh was alive and child porn of her was being circulated.
Kruger told me she wanted to tell the police about HaLeigh being alive, but, she said, the Regan’s wouldn’t let her out of the car. She said she was subsequently intimidated by Staubs with a gun, and then poisoned by Staubs and Jeremiah Regan in a motel room, which almost killed her.
The poisoning and gun incident was reported to the police when it happened. They showed up and talked to Kruger. She was drugged and had suffered a mild heart-attack.
No arrests were made.
Kruger also said that John Regan told her law enforcement officers, public officials, and community leaders throughout Palatka, and Putnam County, Florida, were running a child sex trafficking operation. She told me John Regan drove her to one of the houses used to keep the children as they were trafficked through the hub.
Kruger told me John Regan was a pastor, and that he said he was an “undercover pedophile” that goes undercover for the FBI to catch other pedophiles.
I was also told by a local resident that John Regan impersonated an FBI agent during a fake family search for HaLeigh, where multiple items were found; the items created the appearance HaLeigh had been murdered.
I asked Special Agent A. J. Eilermann, Minneapolis FBI, during my FBI interview, why they would have planted that fake evidence. Eilermann said, “So people will stop looking for her”.
I was told by multiple witnesses that John Regan claimed to be a “FBI agent” “CIA agent” and “Chaplain” for the police department with his own “badge” that he was brandishing.
According to Rev. Richard Grund, John Regan impersonated law enforcement and brandished a badge to Airport Security in an international airport (federal offense).
During a recorded conversation with Major Gary Bowling, Director of Law Enforcement, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Bowling told me the Sheriff’s Office knew the items of (fake) evidence found by Staubs, Regan, and the others were planted.
I contacted the Florida Attorney General, FBI, FDLE, Polk County Sheriff’s Office (Minnesota) East Grand Forks Police Department (Minnesota), Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and several other agencies.
Here’s what happened.
I came under full attack by what I have since learned is best described by Bob Enyart – ‘Shadow Government’.
The attacks continue to this day.
The attacks involve death threats, extortion, harassment, institutional harassment (i.e. – false police reports, false CPS complaints, gang-stalking, etc.)
Despite the attacks, I continued to record interviews and obtain evidence regarding HaLeigh’s disappearance.
In 2011, the ‘Shadow Government’ developed a plan to frame me for the rape and murder of HaLeigh Cummings.
Spoiler Alert – they erroneously believed I possessed the secret naked photos of HaLeigh Cummings. They believed I possessed the photos because I was able to describe the pictures in expositive articles as I continued to expose the kidnappers and traffickers.
Believing I possessed those photos – here’s how they tried to frame me.
I was telephoned by a deranged psychopath law enforcement impersonator named Levi Page, and an equally-as-demented woman, Tina Church, who proceeded to ask me bizarre sexual questions about a person I had never met.
However, I, enjoying a legal contract with the person being referenced by Page and Church, had journalistically interviewed the person. During those interviews I captured incriminating statements on audio; the person would later be alleged to have handled the secret naked photographs of HaLeigh Cummings.
So, why was Page and Church asking me the sexually charged questions?
Because, there was a plan underway to fraudulently obtain a domestic violence protection order against me in a Florida divorce court using Florida dating (relationship) law, which would order I retroactively remove information I had obtained and published about the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping, from my website.
Forcing a reporter and publisher to retroactively remove content is clearly a violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The court filing was ultimately made by a person I had never personally met in my entire life.
Page and Church attempted to solicit statements from me (hoping I would respond to sex based questions) that could be weaved into a protection order petition (I refused to answer their sick questions so they obtained nothing).
Immediately after we got off the telephone, Church telephoned the East Grand Forks Police Department (EGFPD) and falsely stated that I had just told her on the telephone I had HaLeigh Cummings in my apartment. EGFPD officers were dispatched to my home to clear the call and make sure the missing child was not with me.
The false police report by Church (strategically) generated a police incident report, which was part of the overall plan to frame me for rape and murder.
Here’s how they tried to do it.
Following the visit by the EGFPD, a corrupt EGFPD officer, Aeisso Schrage, began a steady campaign against me that involved randomly knocking on my door and asking me if I was smoking pot (I do not use drugs or alcohol – sober 20 years today – January 10, 2016).
Schrage is the Commander of the Minnesota Pine to Prairie Gang and Drug Task Force. He was knocking on my door to ask me about ‘drugs’ so he could generate police incident reports that made it look like I was a ‘drug dealer’.
Schrage was setting up future corrupt acts.
As you will see, the police incident reports would later be used to obtain a Search Warrant so the EGFPD could seize my hard-drive.
The before-mentioned domestic violence protection order was granted against me (a Minnesota resident that had never been to Florida) by a Florida judge. I did not travel to Florida for the court hearing because I had been telephoned (recorded) and emailed in advance, and warned I would be murdered by the Mob if came to Florida for the hearing.
I reported the death threats (recorded) to Lt. Rodney Hajicek, EGFPD, who took no action whatsoever and generated no report to memorialize it.
That’s strange, eh? No report kept by Lt. Hajicek.
Well, no, not so much – keep reading.
On December 14, 2013, the Minnesota Pine to Prairie Gang and Drug Task Force raided my home-office with guns wearing bullet proof vests. The Task Force had a Search Warrant signed by a Minnesota judge that had been requested by Schrage and ordered the seizure of my computer, hard-drive, storage devices, and other items.
The police took my computer and property to an undisclosed location (the EGFPD kept absolutely no evidence log of the whereabouts of my property for three months) and searched the hell out of it.
Because, they were hoping they would find the naked pictures of HaLeigh Cummings on my hard-drive, which would be possession of child pornography.
Why did they think I had those pictures?
Because, THE PEOPLE THAT TOOK THE NAKED PICTURES AND RAPED HALEIGH CUMMINGS CALLD THE EGFPD AND TOLD THEM TO LOOK ON MY COMPUTER.
Yes, the EGFPD was assisting child sex traffickers and baby-rapers; against a Christian journalist-single-father that was trying to help the FBI locate a five year-old that was being raped.
Those are facts and the EGFPD cannot dispute them.
I subsequently filed a Motion to the Minnesota Court because Schrage and the EGFPD deliberately destroyed my hard-drive before giving it back.
During the court hearing before Judge Tamara Yon, Sgt. Investigator Michael Norland, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, testified on the stand he had searched my hard-drive but found ‘no sign of criminal activity’.
Now – think about it, folks.
If the police would have found copies of the naked photographs of HaLeigh Cummings on my computer; in addition to the police incident report that recorded I claimed to have HaLeigh Cummings in my apartment; it would have appeared I raped and murdered the child and disposed of her body.
I am an intelligent seasoned journalist that scores high in legal aptitude – and they just about got me.
Don’t even think twice that Steven Avery couldn’t have been set up by ‘Shadow Government’ operatives.
Steven Avery deserves a new trial.
by Timothy Charles Holmseth
Pine to Prairie Task Force commander’s involvement in child rape porn scandal reported to FBI and Minnesota State Auditor
The involvement of East Grand Forks police Sgt. Aeisso Schrage, Minnesota Pine to Prairie Task Force, in matters involving child rape porn have been reported to the Office of the Minnesota State Auditor and Minnesota FBI.
Write Into Action will release more information in the future.
Polk County officials involved in child porn sex scandal! Write Into Action releasing details soon
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on May 10, 2015 at 3:12 P.M.
Write Into Action will be releasing details regarding this soon.
Pine to Prairie Task Force allowing CI’s to rape targeted females
by Timothy Charles Holmseth
Dangerous serial rapists – no different than Alfonso Rodriquez – are presently on the loose and raping mentally ill drug addicts and alcoholics in Northwest Minnesota and Northeast North Dakota.
But they’re not being arrested or prosecuted.
According to a source, (hereby referred to as Michelle) sex offenders are being protected by the Minnesota Pine to Prairie Gang and Drug Task Force (Task Force).
Michelle said it is only a matter of time before another Dru Sjodin style rape and murder happens, because law enforcement had the same attitude toward the first victim of Alfonso Rodriquez; the man that murdered Dru Sjodin.
“They knew back in the day when [Alfonso Rodriquez] originally first did his first rape – and I remember because I was in Crookston when that girl got raped – they knew how violent he was because the way he had raped her,” Michelle said.
Michelle said they didn’t prosecute Rodriquez to the fullest extent because his victim wasn’t important enough. “This girl that he had raped had problems – she had drug addiction – she was an alcoholic,” Michelle said.
Michelle said a man named Robert Smith has been working for the Task Force doing controlled buys. She said he is a serial rapist and has been accused of rape at least nine times.
“Because he’s working for the Task Force he’s free. He’s raped all these women. But he’s free because this task force has got him out there working,” Michelle said.
“There is five victims that I know in Crookston and East Grand alone that he has raped,” she said.
Michelle said law enforcement is covering up acts of dangerous criminals, such as Smith, because they are needed to testify at trial. “He’s been in three different drug cases that have just recently been brought to trial,” she said.
Write Into Action previously reported the Task Forces’ reckless indifference to a violent offender, Robert Guzman, who is now absconded and cannot be found.
DANGEROUS COUNTY / DANGEROUS OFFICIALS
Stalking and unnatural behavior toward a minor female has been previously reported regarding Aeisso Schrage, EGFPD/Task Force; Sgt. Chris Olson, EGFPD; and EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad.
Write Into Action has received information from students from the East Grand Forks High School that claim to have been harassed by Schrage.
Write Into Action is investigating claims from a Polk County insider that Scott A. Buhler, Assistant Polk County Attorney, was investigated by law enforcement in the Twin Cities for luring a minor on the Web, before coming to work for Polk County.
According to a Polk County insider, Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth is playing a role in the targeting of the females. The source says Widseth is/was not receiving the pay rate he desires and is allowing certain females that have become financial drags on the County to be terrorized.
Warren Strandell, Polk County Commission, refuses to explain where he and Aeisso Schrage obtained the Task Force statistics published in the Polk County Newsletter.
Greg Widseth was contacted for comment but had not responded by the time of this publication.
Pine to Prairie Gang and Drug Task Force publishing fraudulent statistics in county newsletter as secret society across region rampages against the innocent
by Timothy Charles Holmseth
The Minnesota Pine to Prairie Gang and Drug Task Force (Task Force) is publishing fraudulent statistics and baseless claims in a county newsletter that is mailed out to mislead the public.
“Investigative work done by the Pine to Prairie Task Force in Polk County in 2013 initiated 171 cases against local drug kingpins and dealers,” said the spring 2014 edition of the Polk County Newsletter.
The assertions are simply not true.
Facts and evidence shows the statistics and assertions, compiled by an unknown person and published in the Polk County Newsletter, is propaganda and misinformation published with the express intent of deceiving the public regarding the true activities of the Task Force.
Evidence shows the Task Force is grossly inflating numbers to justify its existence and on-going funding. It is also fabricating and embellishing to create the false impression of a ‘war on drugs’.
In yet another layer of deception, there is a true concern for public safety connected to the bizarre and reprehensible conduct of prosecutors across Northwest Minnesota and North Dakota.
The diabolical campaign appears evil and ritualistic.
On April 25, 2015, Write Into Action filed the following report: Rape victim terrorized by Polk County Attorney and task force agents – Agents strategically target PTSD time windows to incite drug sales from mentally ill woman
The report details how the Task Force is gathering intelligence from addicts that were in drug and alcohol rehabilitation therapy together, to better exploit any weakness a targeted addict may have, including mental illness and rape trauma PTSD.
Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth has been specifically named as an active participant in a prosecutorial rampage brought against Christina Schmiedt, a rape survivor from Polk County, Minnesota.
According to a source, Task Force agents made eight unsuccessful attempts to cause Schmiedt to sell drugs. Frustrated, they then specifically targeted the time-window surrounding the anniversary of her rape because she has PTSD and suffers mental illness. Agent knew she would vulnerable during that time window. They obtained the information from their confidential informant (CI) that had been in treatment with Schmiedt.
According to a source, the Task Force’s agent was high on drugs. The agents were either providing the CI drugs and/or situations where she could purchase and do drugs with government money.
“The Pine to Prairie team has one of the highest arrest rates in the state. It works extensively with drug task forces in adjacent counties and throughout Minnesota and in North Dakota, too,” the Newsletter said.
Widseth and his team are boasting arrest numbers that include rape victims that are stalked by agents that target time-windows of PTSD episodes to conduct their undercover ‘operations’.
Widseth, the chief prosecutor in Polk County, is an advisor to the Task Force advisory board.
Widseth’s associations, activities, and sick sentiments may cross over into North Dakota.
On October 31, 2014, Valley News Live filed: Justice Is Fleeting For 2 Grand Forks Women Who Claim Rape
The Valley News story reveals former Grand Forks County States Attorney Peter Welte refused to prosecute a man that appears to be a serial rapist.
Suspicion surrounds Welte.
Welte abruptly and inexplicably withdrew his application for a judgeship and resigned in late 2014 to go into private practice.
But he stayed busy.
He was quickly brought in by the Fraternal Order of Police to represent UND police officer Jared Braaten, the rookie cop that shot David Elliott, an unarmed man, in front of the Emergency Room at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
That mysterious pursuit and shooting remains under investigation by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal of Investigation (BCI).
However, while the BCI investigates what actually appears to be an attempted ‘hit’ (murder) on David Elliott, Welte’s replacement, State’s Attorney David Jones, issued an undated ‘opinion letter’ stating he believed Braaten acted within the law when he shot Elliott.
In January, 2015, Pennington County Prosecutor Alan Rogalla came under intense public scrutiny and outrage after he got caught extending favors to a friend, Sally Mumm, who stole money from the government and abused mentally handicapped clients.
Reports from the Minnesota Department of Human Services show Mumm’s license to provide adult foster care was revoked after an investigation.
Descriptions of Mumm’s abuse against innocent mentally handicapped adults are hard to imagine and absorb – but not for Rogalla.
Mumm abused completely helpless people, doing things such as forcing a mentally handicapped client to literally freeze in a porch.
Write Into Action learned from a whistleblower that Mumm starved a client for months; giving her only yogurt because she was “too fat”; and locked the client in the basement of her house while she went out for supper.
Rogalla had not brought any criminal charges against Mumm and was confronted by the angry public. He then claimed there was ‘on-going’ investigation in the Mumm case.
Responding to public outrage, which was featured in a Valley News Live story regarding a petition to have Rogalla removed from office, Rogalla announced he would have his prosecutorial decision regarding Mumm reviewed by Red Lake County Prosecutor Michael LaCoursiere.
LaCoursiere is a defendant in a deprivation of rights case filed in U.S. District Court (Holmseth v. City of East Grand Forks et al).
LaCoursiere is accused of assisting police and prosecutors in a scheme that involved passing a message to a journalist (Timothy Charles Holmseth) that the police were going to lie on the witness stand, as well as execute a long term plot to have him placed in state prison if he insisted on a jury trial.
The prosecutor LaCoursiere is accused of assisting is his long time friend, East Grand Forks City Attorney Ronald Galstad.
Galstad is named as a defendant in Holmseth v. City of East Grand Forks et al.
Galstad remains under intense public scrutiny regarding his involvement in the Boardwalk Enterprises loan-fraud money-laundering scheme, which involves over one half of a million dollars that disappeared on Galstad’s watch.
The formal Complaint in Holmseth’s federal lawsuit shows both Galstad and LaCoursiere interacting directly with Lt. Detective Rodney Hajicek, East Grand Forks Police Department in conspiratorial activities.
Emerging evidence now shows Hajicek blatantly lied to the Grand Forks Herald when he said missing person Jenna Stai was not an informant for the Task Force.
On April 25, 2015, Write Into Action filed: Drug Task Force blackmailed Jenna Stai with cell phone numbers – Missing girl was forced to work as confidential informant against her will
Evidence shows the Task Force is being illegally used to support a criminal operation that involves money-laundering, theft of public funds, and organized crime.
According to a federal whistleblower, there is major drug trafficking operation being run from Minneapolis, through the Grand Forks area into Canada. Law enforcement and public officials in both Northwest Minnesota and North Dakota are involved, the source said.
Evidence shows local officials used the Task Force in an effort to cover up their illegal activities.
In December, 2012, Aeisso Schrage, Task Force, requested a search warrant for an investigative journalist’s (Holmseth’s) computer.
Holmseth had conducted interviews with law enforcement’s suspects in the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping and was also investigating local corruption.
Holmseth is an award-winning news reporter; has official clearance to work in secure areas of a federal facility; was deemed a credible witness by the FBI in the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping case; and there was no legitimate reason for a ‘gang and drug task force’ to request a warrant for his computer.
Holmseth’s computer completely disappeared for over three months while his journalistic and legal work-product, which included interviews regarding a kidnapping, murder, and money laundering, was secretly illegally searched.
The case is presently being heard by the Honorable Donovan W. Frank.