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We interrupt this weekly column for a special news bulletin. There have been unconfirmed sightings of fall foliage viewing on South Whidbey. We have our cracked team of reporters working on this autumnal development and will keep you posted as this story unfolds.

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10/23 6 p.m.

A task force seeks two people for questioning in a fall foliage viewing in Langley, sources tell The South Whidbey Record.

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10/23 8:35 p.m.

Police want to talk with two South Whidbey residents about their recent fall foliage viewing of a large maple tree at Second and Park in Langley, and are searching for a 1974 Ford pick-up truck with Washington plates and an Island County Fair sticker.

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10/24 2:09 p.m.

Police on South Whidbey say they have detained Autumn Leaf, who investigators say may have information about the recent fall foliage viewing on South Whidbey. Leaf's stepdaughter, Autumn Leaflet, has also been detained.

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10/24 5:03 a.m.

Sources tell The South Whidbey Record that the two women detained in connection with fall foliage viewing on South Whidbey are now considered suspects.

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10/24 6:52 a.m.

The South Whidbey Record has confirmed that police found a Pentax camera in the Ford pick-up truck where two women were arrested in connection with the fall foliage viewing.

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10/24 8:08 a.m.

Police schedule news conference on fall-foliage related arrests for 3 p.m. ET. Watch it live on SOUTHWHIDBEYRECORD.COM.

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10/24 8:46 a.m.

A camera, easel and artists' brushes are found in fall foliage suspects' Ford pickup truck, Oak Harbor radio station YNOT reports.

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10/24 10:21 a.m.

Law enforcement sources say that the fall foliage suspects' Ford pickup truck had lawn chairs installed in the back to allow for better viewing of fall foliage.

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10/24 11:22 a.m.

Police tentatively reschedule news conference on fall-foliage related arrests for 6 p.m. ET. Watch it live on southwhidbeyrecord.com.

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10/24 4:01 p.m.

Film cannister found in suspects' pickup truck is identical match for Fuji film used in South Whidbey fall foliage viewing, junior administration official says.

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10/25 7:12 a.m.

Leavenworth, Wash., officials pursuing fall foliage viewing charges and leaf raking penalties against Autumn Leaf and Autumn Leaflet in September 2002 fall foliage viewing in Eastern Washington.

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10/25 1:14 p.m.

Island County to charge fall foliage viewing suspects with six counts each of first-degree fall foliage viewing.

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10/28 6 p.m.

Neighbors of Autumn Leaf and Autumn Leaflet say they are shocked and appalled over the viewing charges against their friends. "Well, we've actually never met them, but they seemed nice enough," said the couple, who requested not to be identified.

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10/30/01

Autumn Leaf and Autumn Leaflet speak out for the first time since being charged with six counts each of first-degree fall foliage viewing. "Leaf us alone!" they cried.

Case Closed.

Sue Frause can be reached by e-mail at skfrause@whidbey.com.

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