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    2009.02.23 Today's Current News - ***NO DISCUSSIONS HERE PLEASE ***

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    UPDATED: Amber Alert -- Haleigh's Father Orders Geraldo Rivera To Leave
    Monday, February 23, 2009 4:52:00 PM

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    SATSUMA -- The reward for information on the whereabouts of 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings has been increased to $20,000 as the search for the missing Putnam County girl enters its third week.
    Daily Updates Suspended
    Deputies in Putnam County have suspended their daily news conferences about the search for the 5-year-old.

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    UPDATED: Police Follow 1,600 Leads In Haleigh Case
    Family Says Fake Web Site Created About Girl To Make Money
    POSTED: 8:23 pm EST February 21, 2009
    UPDATED: 6:31 am EST February 23, 2009

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    SATSUMA, Fla. -- Investigators said on Sunday that they're whittling through more than 1,600 leads received since 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings disappeared two weeks ago. About 140 officers searched two areas on Friday, acting on tips, but found nothing pertinent to the investigation. There was no ground search on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, the family said a Web site hoax is putting a wrench in the search for Haleigh.
    Her family said someone created a fake Web site in an effort to collect money.


    Family members said the Web site is not affiliated with them or the police.
    The Web site also has Haleigh's name misspelled.
    "We are sickened by anybody that would take something that is heart-sickening for our family and try to profit off of it and then stamp the family's name on it," said Haleigh's step-great grandmother, Barbie Squires.


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    Police Follow Tips In Day 12 Of Haleigh Investigation: Video
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    Community Support Grows For Haleigh's Family
    Created: 2/22/2009 10:11:17 PM
    Updated: 2/23/2009 12:17:25 AM

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    "You look around and you think people don't care anymore and they don't want to help anymore and you have a tragedy hits you like this and people come out of the woodworks," says Haleigh's grandmother Marie Griffis.
    They bring pillows, blankets, tents and chairs, and every day more hot food.
    And Sunday night Marie Griffis's coworkers, other Baker County school bus drivers, came to the family vigil to show their support.
    Neither Griffis or her daughter, Haleigh's mother Crystal Sheffield, have been able to go home to Baker County now for two weeks.


    Griffis says she isn't discouraged that there have been no new developments in the last few days. And she plans to continue on with the vigils every night, for as long as it takes. "We all feel like Haleigh's okay, I guess you could say it's mom's intuition and because she's my maternal grandchild, my close connection with her, I know she's okay. In the pit of my stomach I know she's find, I just don't know where she's at."

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    Missing girl's family maintains vigil outside her home
    Published: Monday, February 23, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
    Last Modified: Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 11:53 p.m.

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    Haleigh Cummings' immediate and extended family maintained a vigil outside her Satsuma home Sunday although law enforcement have suspended active ground-searches for the missing the 5-year-old.
    A used RV was recently donated for Ronald Cummings, Haleigh's father, to stay in while police continue to treat his mobile home in Satsuma - just south of Palatka - as a crime scene.
    "The rest of the family is staying in a tent," said Teresa Neves, Haleigh's paternal grandmother.
    "The RV gives my son time to play with his son and to be away from the media," she said.


    Capt. Dick Schauland with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said Sunday afternoon that detectives were still working the case but that there were no new developments.
    Law enforcement said they believe Haleigh was abducted from her home sometime on the night of Feb. 9 and were called to the family home at 3 a.m. on Feb. 10.
    After several days of extensive ground searches in the woods behind the Cummings' house and boat searches in the nearby St. John's River, authorities are focusing on tips and leads. "We're hanging in there. It's just exhaustion setting in," Neves said on Sunday.


    IMAGE: Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings
    http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcs...R&Profile=1002

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    Haleigh's Father Questioned On Past Drug Use
    Monday, February 23, 2009

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    PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- During a national television interview on the show Crimetime, featuring Geraldo Rivera, Haleigh Cummings' father, Ronald Cummings, was questioned about allegations of abuse and drug use in the past.

    However, it was questions about alleged drug use that pushed Cummings over the edge.
    "What about allegations of cocaine use, meth use?" asked reported Geraldo Rivera.
    "There's nothing, I do not do drugs," Ronald responded.
    "You don't do drugs? What about all those arrests?" asked Rivera. "Do you work for the police, are you an informant?"
    "No I am not an informant; I do not work for the police," he responded.


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    Daily News Conferences Suspended By PCSO

    The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is suspending daily news conferences about the search for Haleigh Cummings, officials said today.

    "Sheriff Jeff Hardy determined that all information that can presently be disclosed has been reported,'' the sheriff's office said in a statement.
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...,4008121.story

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    2 Weeks Into Hunt For Haleigh, Police Have Nothing To Report
    Putnam Deputies Ban Fox News' Geraldo Rivera From Satsuma Scene
    POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2009
    UPDATED: 1:33 pm EST February 23, 2009

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    PALATKA, Fla. -- One of the rituals that has defined life in Putnam County since 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings disappeared Feb. 10 continues, but another has ended.
    For 13 nights, Haleigh's family and friends hold candlelight vigils praying for her return. Some evenings, the whole family has come together. Sunday, like many other nights, Haleigh's mother and father held separate observances.


    But another ritual -- a daily new briefing by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office -- didn't happen Sunday, and officials said no briefing is planned for Monday.


    Family Prays, Wants To Minimize Distractions In Search For Haleigh: Video
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/18777188/index.html

    Contentious Interview Gets Geraldo Rivera Thrown Out: Video
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    Sheriff's Office: No New Leads In Search For Haleigh
    Investigators Speak With Haleigh's Father Again
    POSTED: 10:13 am EST February 23, 2009
    UPDATED: 4:50 pm EST February 23, 2009

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    Despite the canceled news conference, investigators were still hard at work in Satsuma on Monday.
    Investigators spoke with two people related to the case on Monday -- Haleigh's mother's fiancé, Chad Griffis, and Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings.

    Haleigh's maternal grandmother, Marie Griffis, said Chad Griffis has nothing to hide. Marie Griffis is also Chad Griffis' stepmother.
    "No, no. I know his whereabouts. He lives 500 feet in front of me," Marie Griffis said. Haleigh's paternal grandmother, Teresa Neves, said the focus should be on finding her granddaughter.


    Video: Investigator's Continue Search For Haleigh
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    Investigators: We Are No Closer To Finding Haleigh
    POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2009
    UPDATED: 7:21 pm EST February 23, 2009

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    The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said it has five detectives working on the case around the clock. On Monday, one investigator said they are no closer to finding Haleigh than they were when she first disappeared.
    Over the past 14 days, detectives have questioned and re-questioned Haleigh's family members and anyone else who had contact with the child before she disappeared.

    One person who was questioned on Monday was the fiancé of the missing child's mother. Police questioned Chad Griffis for about 30 minutes but would not say whether the man had been questioned in the past or why they questioned him on Monday.
    Officials said they are not planning on scaling back their investigation.
    The absence of the news briefing caused some concern for Haleigh's family members, who said they want the media attention on the missing 5-year-old.


    Detectives Following 1,600 Leads In Haleigh's Disappearance: Video
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    Investigators Re-interview Haleigh's Relatives
    Created: 2/23/2009 7:39:28 PM
    Updated: 2/23/2009 7:48:17 PM

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    Monday, detectives re-interviewed Haleigh's dad, Ronald Cummings. They also talked to Haleigh's mother's fiance, Chad Griffis, again. Cummings gave police a piece of paper during his interview.
    Detectives told First Coast News the paper was notes of information Cummings had been keeping. Haleigh's family made a plea to the public once again asking anyone with information to call police.


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    Brother: Man in black grabbed Haleigh
    Authorities 'following up on that lead'
    Story updated at 10:23 PM on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009
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    Did a man dressed in black sneak into the room where 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings was sleeping two weeks ago and steal her from her bed? That’s what her brother, Ronald Cummings Jr., then 3, told investigators from a child protection team when they interviewed him in the first few days after his sister disappeared.
    “The Sheriff’s Office is aware of what the little boy said and is following up on that lead,” Capt. Dick Schauland told the Times-Union Monday night, “but we are not commenting on any of the interviews.”


    “Our forces have not scaled back,” he said. Of the county’s 17 detectives, five are solely assigned to the Haleigh investigation, he said, and the other dozen work on it as needed. There also are four investigators from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and an undetermined number of FBI agents working the case, he said.
    “They all are still running down the more than 1,600 leads we have received, but nothing has come up that justifies any type of massive ground or water search,” Schauland said.


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