WESTERHOLD: My, oh my, Myosky.

By MATT WESTERHOLD, Managing Editor My, oh my, Myosky. The au
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

By MATT WESTERHOLD, Managing Editor

My, oh my, Myosky.

The audiotape of Perkins Fire Chief Rick Myosky's confrontation with police Lt. Al Matthews at the Perkins Police Station is enlightening, and Matthews was smart to keep his digital recorder within reach when the two argued.

If he hadn't had the tape, he might have been run out of town because it sure looks as if Myosky was gunning for Matthews. And Myosky is not the most adept person at handling a gun.

The tape makes it pretty apparent Myosky does not let the facts get in his way when it comes to a good rumor.

My, oh my, Myosky.

"I understand there was a meeting for an hour, an hour-and-a-half ... about that shooting," Myosky whines on the tape, saying he's heard rumors that Matthews and police Chief Tim McClung had extensive meetings with the Register to discuss the March 3 incident when Myosky accidentally fired a sniper rifle in his Campbell Street home.

Ooops.

Myosky's rifle was loaded and the bullet went through a wall in his home, in and out of his neighbor's home and into the outside wall of a second neighbor's home.

My, oh my, Myosky.

"There is nothing about you, Rick, that I would talk to anyone about for an hour-and-a-half," Matthews responds on the tape.

You go Al.

Myosky's "rumor" is complete spittle.

He told Matthews he was angry with the way the Register covered the story. We got it wrong, he told Matthews, and he seems to blame the officer and McClung for that.

Trouble is Myosky never called the Register to set the record straight.

My, oh my, Myosky.

The coverage Myosky's shooting accident received from the Register was standard. Generally, when anyone shoots a sniper rifle through three homes, that's news. That's front-page news.

Myosky can't blame Matthews for his accidental shooting, and he shouldn't blame McClung either.

What did he expect after he shot up his neighborhood? That it would all just go away and nobody would be ever the wiser.

Maybe, in Dwelle-World.

Police had an obligation to investigate the shooting and make a report of it. They also had an obligation to make that report available when a Register reporter asked for it.

Matthews and McClung, from this vantage point, maintained professionalism throughout Myosky's ordeal, and they made no special effort to make sure the Register knew about it.

Myosky, on the other hand, was lacking professionalism.

This newsroom, like many news organizations, relies on "scanner addicts" for news tips. These people listen to the fire and police radio scanner traffic all the time, and some of them call the Register when they think they hear something that might be news.

That's how the Register first got wind of the accident; from a known and reliable tipster whose radio scanner is on 24/7.

The fire chief said he heard the "rumors" from someone but refused to identify that person. "I've already called my attorney," and "Have a nice day," he told Matthews.

My, oh my, Myosky.

If the fire chief wanted to know whether there was any truth to the "rumors" all he had to do was return any one of the more than a dozen phone calls made to him from Register reporters.

Myosky was factually wrong and snarky when he confronted Matthews with his "rumors" rumor. The police officer might not have shown the fire chief due deference as a township department head, but Myosky surely did not show Matthews any deference or respect.

"I've already called my attorney," and "Have a nice day." Boy, what a snappy guy.

My, oh my, Myosky.

As a department head, Myosky should have learned a long time ago how to separate fact from fiction. It's pretty obvious he missed that lesson.

Myosky compounded his bad behavior by filing a formal complaint against Matthews.

Enter "Hear No Evil," "See No Evil" and "All Are Evil Except Me" -- township trustees Tim Coleman, Tom Pascoe and Bill Dwelle.

You couldn't make this stuff up.

Trustees, behind closed doors in an executive session, talked with Myosky to hear him tell his sad tale about being picked on. At some point, they learned of the audiotape but decided they didn't want to hear it and asked township Fiscal Officer Pam Hartung-Kellam to listen to it.

A document was prepared that states: We the board have decided (Myosky's) allegations are without merit. Therefore, we are closing the case.

There was a space on the document for signatures from all three trustees. Hear no Evil declined to sign it; See No Evil signed it; and All Are Evil signed but then crossed out his signature.

Dwelle said he signed it accidentally. Coleman said the investigation was still open ... oops, no it was closed, and signatures were not required.

All three should sign the document clearing Matthews.

And all three should carefully review the allegation made by Myosky and determine whether he should be written up for bad behavior.

My, oh my, Myosky.

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