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Nancy Grace reporter worked with Minnesota police department to cover-up missing child Amber Alert

Fired CNN reporter Art Harris worked with East Grand Forks Police Department to intimidate news reporter that was assisting the Jacksonville FBI

July 21, 2014

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Emails obtained from the Polk County Attorney's office in Minnesota reveal that in July of 2009, Art Harris, the journalist covering the HaLeigh Cummings dissapearance for Nancy Grace, exchanged emails with Lt. Rodney Hajicek, East Grand Forks Police Department (EGFPD) during the national profile search for the missing child HaLeigh Cummings.

Emails show Grace's reporter, Harris, wanted the EGFPD to arrest a local journalist, Timothy Charles Holmseth, who was conducting interviews on the missing child case and providing information to the FBI, which the FBI was acting upon.

Police reports from June, 2009, show Harris and several others began contacting the EGFPD and soliciting Holmseth's arrest, shortly after Holmseth interviewed the legal staff of Crystal Sheffield, mother, HaLeigh Cummings.

Harris was working for pay for the professional legal team assisting Sheffield; while simultaneously going on TV and being presented as a 'reporter' for Nancy Grace and Jane Valez Mitchell.

The Nancy Grace and Jane Valez Mitchell coverage of the missing child case was a scam.

On July 17, 2014, Holmseth filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The Complaint details rights vioaltions that began in 2009, shortly after Holmseth began to assist the FBI; the rights violations never ended.


The introductory section of the Complaint details the circumstances under which Holmseth first became known to local authorities; a situation directly related to the journalism story he was working regarding HaLeigh Cummings and Caylee Anthony.

Police reports and emails between Grace's reporter and the EGFPD show Lt. Hajicek was assisting a company called Xentel.

Holmseth had provided the FBI information about a photoshopped picture of the missing child, which was being used in an online scam. Holmseth received his initial tip about the photo from Teresa Neves, grandmother, HaLeigh Cummings. He then aquired the actual email chain regarding the missing child's photoshopped image, which revealed it had passed through the account of Donna Wagoner, Xentel, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Wagoner, who Harris described as his very close friend, had also been calling Hajicek and asking for special favors, which included a request that Hajicek telephone Holmseth on behalf of Xentel to advise him Xentel did not want Holmseth to write about their company – a favor Hajicek subsequently did for them in violation of Holmseth's rights.

Hajicek's conduct was not that of a true detective.

Xentel is a company that has been sued by state agencies including State’s Attorney Generals in Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, South Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Oregon for defrauding the public.

The ‘special favors’ soon changed from requests for ‘telephone calls’ to 'pressure' Holmseth, to direct request for the EGFPD or Polk County law enforcement to charge Holmseth with a crime and arrest him.

On 07/07/09 Art Harris began calling the local media and frightened a local reporter.

Exhibit C

The following is from Holmseth’s Complaint:

  1. On 07/09/09 Art Harris emailed Lt. Hajicek and asked him to consider “pressing charges” against Plaintiff. There was no stated reason or basis for ‘charges’ because Plaintiff was not breaking any laws whatsoever.


  1. On 07/10/09 Art Harris emailed Lt. Hajicek. “I’m in shock, but just heard the FBI actually paid a visit to the Web design firm in Florida that donated their time to the website for the missing child. Based on [Timothy Holmseth’s] absurd accusations he’s now almost gotten a 23 year employee (Donna Wagoner, Xentel, Inc) fired for sending the child’s photo on her company email to the pro bono web firm,” Harris said.SEE EXHIBIT D
Exhibit D
  1. On 07/18/09 Art Harris sent a follow-up email to Lt. Hajicek and asked, “What did your did DA say?”
  1. On 07/20/09, Lt. Hajicek stated in Case Number 09002015 “I have printed all the emails from my computer and will have the County Attorney’s office review them to see if any other action can be taken”. This statement by Hajicek demonstrates he was seeking to assist those complaining about Plaintiff and was actively helping them anyway he could. SEE EXHIBIT B

~ SUMMARY: During June and July of 2009 the EGFPD is suddenly bombarded with nuisance complaints from a handful of callers against Plaintiff, an award-winning journalist writing about a national profile missing child case involving an active Amber Alert. The callers are all associated with each other, and encouraging the EGFPD to take criminal legal action against Plaintiff for things he is writing, although Plaintiff is not committing any criminal acts. In July of 2009, the EGFPD and Polk County Attorney learn from one of the contacts that the FBI in Florida is acting on information they received from Plaintiff regarding the kidnapped child. The information the FBI is following in Florida, led directly to THREE of the individuals that were calling the EGFPD on Plaintiff. Despite this – the EGFPD DID NOT alert the FBI that their informant was being targeted – but rather - continued and intensified its aggression against Plaintiff – trying to shut Plaintiff up.

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The above referenced email exchange, which was obtained by Holmseth through a document request to the Polk County Attorney’s office, demonstrates the EGFPD and Polk County Attorney were both aware Holmseth was assisting the FBI in July of 2009.

Despite the EGFPD and Polk County Sheriff's Office knowing Holmseth was assisting the FBI; emails and police incident reports show the EGFPD was attempting to assist Art Harris, Wagoner, and Xentel.

Polk County Attoney Greg Widseth was aware the FBI was working with Holmseth's information but did nothing to alert federal authorities that a group was calling the police on Holmseth and trying to have him silenced and/or arrested.

Holmseth pleaded with the EGFPD, Polk County Sheriff's Office, and Polk County Attorney on multiple occassions to please help the little girl.

The Sheriff, County Attorney, and EGF Chief of Police Michael Hedlund refused to help the missing and endangered child for reasons that would not be fully realized by the public until April of 2014, when local officials got caught funneling flood relief money to themeselves through fraudulent loans in what became known as the 'Boardwalk Enterprises' scam - a fraud that local authorities first hatched in 1999.

The following audio of Art Harris and William Staubs (a.k.a. Cobra) was captured in March of 2009. It shows the true nature of Art Harris and his involvement in the staged kidnapping of HaLeigh Cummings.

Art Harris w/ William Staubs
March, 2009
Art Harris w/ William Staubs
March, 2009

The photograph shown below was taken in March of 2009 at the Chili's restaurant in Palatka, Florida. Make special note of the names of the individuals in the photograph and the date it was taken.

Art Harris and the others

In May of 2009 ‘Cobra’ was arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in Florida and charged with ‘felony false imprisonment’ after revoking the bond of an accused child molester, Daniel Snodgrass, while Art Harris filmed him doing it.

The bond revocation of Daniel Snodgrass was a media propaganda stunt. Harris published the video on You Tube in effort to make the public believe that ‘Cobra’ had captured the ‘child molester’ that ‘raped and killed’ HaLeigh Cummings (a child they knew was actually alive and being hidden while they ran their scam).

It was all fake and contrived.

The Chili's photograph shown above was taken the day before the planned 'false arrest' of Daniel Snodgrass. Holmseth interviewed a licensed legal professional that was present at the the 'Chili's' meeting and discussed the entire plan.

William Staubs was working for Rev. Richard Grund (witness - Casey Anthony murder trial) and the group was using their fake kidnapping of HaLeigh to create the apperance HaLeigh was dead and they 'caught' the 'murderer' that had been running around Florida kidnapping and killing little girls.

They were trying to cover up and/or create reasonable doubt and/or influence the jury pool for whoever killed Caylee Anthony.

The reason for the staging of HaLeigh's kidnapping was to cover for Rev. Richard Grund and his suspected involvement in the death of Caylee Anthony.

The caller(s) to the EGFPD in Minnesota had been questioned by law enforcement in Florida per law enforcement’s suspicion that select individuals had been transporting the missing child HaLeigh Cummings across state lines. One of the callers described the police interrogation to Holmseth during a recorded interview. 

One of the suspects questioned by law enforcement is in the Chili's photograph -Jeremiah Regan (son of the Undercover Pervert).

Holmseth has been the perpetual victim of rights violations by the EGFPD and Polk County Sheriff’s Office that have never ended. He has been mercilessly stalked, harassed, threatened, and even assaulted.

In December of 2012, Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman, EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad, and EGF Police Chief Michael Hedlund, collectively sanctioned the illegal (warrant-less) search and destruction of Holmseth’s computer hard-drive as they became increasingly paranoid of Holmseth – an investigative journalist who was investigating local corruption.

In 2014 – only months after Holmseth reported various officials and employees to the FBI and Minnesota State Auditor – the City of EGF was audited and a massive government loan scandal known as ‘Boardwalk Enterprises” was exposed.

HaLeigh Cummings, who is known to have been in the physical custody of a serial child rapist named John Regan (The Undercover Pervert), remains classified as Missing and Endangered, because Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman, EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad, and EGF Police Chief Michael Hedlund chose to protect EDHA Director James Richter, Mayor Lynn Stauss, and a local criminal apparatus that had been stealing government flood relief money since at least 1999; they protected 'Boardwalk Enterprises' instead of contacting the FBI regarding Harris, Wagoner, and the others.


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