Smile for the camera, Kevin

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

Kevin Baxter will testify this month in the Kim Nuesse civil service hearing, and I expect he will allow the cameras to roll when he does. That would be the best way to assure residents get the best and most complete information on this important topic.

I’m hoping we’ll be able to livestream his testimony at sanduskyregister.com. That coverage gets underway again Dec. 15, when the hearings resume for two days. You have to respect the “justice delayed, justice denied” strategy the city’s crack Cuyahoga County legal team has adopted.  The delay-delay strategy means these hearings could go on for many more months. When the evidence does not favor your agenda, stall, stall, stall.

The county prosecutor already has acknowledged numerous inaccuracies in the statement he gave to Murman investigators, although he has not been specific or explained why he changed information in their $22,000 report. I stopped counting at a dozen inaccuracies when Baxter had that deer in the headlights response to my questions. That probably won’t work so well under cross-examination.

The stories Baxter told the crack investigators about two specific meetings with Nuesse appears intentionally misleading when contrasted to what other participants in those meetings recalled. Of course, that’s just the opinion I reached after reading Baxter’s witness statement and then talking with those other participants after the $22,000 Murman report was released. Those crack investigators never bothered interviewing any of those witnesses who could have provided them more complete and accurate descriptions of those meetings. Did I mention the bill for that report alone was $22,000? The cost to date for Nuesse-gate, including the tab for civil service hearing, is likely approaching $300,000.

HAVE A (GIRLSCOUT) COOKIE, PHIL

And another thing, it’s not personal for me regarding Phil Frost. He might very well be the top cop in the nation. I just don’t think making a false criminal allegation against your boss – that goes nowhere and is disproved at a civil service hearing – is good police work, even for a bad cop. It's also a newsworthy topic. Will there be any followup? Will the city be investigating the false criminal allegation. It would be "super-crazy," to quote Phil, if it did not get reviewed.

 

Comments

Anonymous

Why is Baxter's eyes all glassy and watering?

Anonymous

What was the false criminal accusation?

Anonymous

westerhold is a joke.... I'm cancelling my subsriction to the SR until he is gone!

Anonymous

yeh Matt, why don't you publically state what you are talking about. Is it that you don't want Frost to have any more lawsuit ammo than he already has. Inquiring minds want to know

Anonymous

That the City of Sandusky recently moved that all of Kim Nuesse's witnesses be barred from testifying in the Civil Service Hearing? What are they afraid might be said? Look into it Matt.

Anonymous

Matt says it is not personal with a headline that slams Phil about girl scout cookies. Matt is a liar and this story proves it. Not personal, what do you call it? The headline is a childish attempt to make Phil look bad. Frost made a mistake and has been disciplined. So why do you have to keep brining it up? As for false allegation, do you know something more then anyone else? I thought you were barred from the hearing? Has a ruling come in that hasn't been reported? Nothing has been disproved at this point. Let's wait until the judge rules. What am I thinking, that would be unbiased and we know that is not Westerhold.

Anonymous

I read in the SR that the delays were caused by Nuesse and the City. Here we go again, Matt's spin to make the city look bad. I understand that Kim was out of town so she could not attend several of the dates. Matt tries to blame the city. Do you have any ethics Matt? What am I saying, of course he doesn't. The truth has never gotten in the way of a Westerhold story.

Anonymous

Would you please elaborate on your statement that "Frost made a mistake and has been disciplined."?

Did Frost steal any girl scout cookies?
YES or NO.

Anonymous

No he did not steal any cookies. He did get disciplined along with several others over receiving a free lunch. Only two officers were charged with stealing cookies. One was fired and one still a patrolman at SPD.

Anonymous

Nusse's witnesses have not been barred from the hearing. They simply will not be called. They gave depositions, which will be reviewed by the judge and go on file. Just like those who gave statements to Mr Murman.

As far as I know, Matt Westerhold is the only one who has been barred thus far. It will be real funny when he takes the stand. Squirm Matty, remember perjury is a criminal offense. Maybe, just maybe Lt. Frost will be the one who shows up and slaps the cuffs on you. I'm sure he hopes you resist, so he can slap you like a little whinny B&*ch, you have shown us all you have become.

Anonymous

WHY IS THE COOKIE LINE ALONE AND IN BOLD PRINT FUCKO

Anonymous

SPD wants to slap the S*&$ out of a citizen? Steal cookies? Take free meals?

Anonymous

Mr. Phares, I have a proposition for you and you can answer me on this site. If it can be proven that Matt has lied and falsified stories, will you fire him. His personal attack on Frost for an incident that happened almost twenty years ago is the most disgusting display of journalism. I can't wait until Frost collects on the SR and it's personal defamation of him.

It's already been proven that Nuesse lied under oath on three occasions, can't wait for her indictment. Maybe Matt will be there to bail her out.

I can't wait until this is over so we don't have to keep reading this crap.

Oh Yeah, is it ethical for the Editor of a local newspaper to have a sexual relationship with his reporters. Inquiring minds want to know. By the way, I know of at least one blonde named _ _ _ _ _ that has been with a certain Editor!!!!

Anonymous

Watch out Mr. Baxter. Looks like you are the next one Westerhold and his handful of "buddies" are going to sock it to. How pitiful that Westerhold has nothing better to write about. Maybe we should all start to blog about Westerhold's looks, family, friends, life, his past, his ignorance and so on. Why does the SR keep this guy employed?

Anonymous

Perhaps contacts? Allergies? Any other type of medical problem. DUH. "Matt Fan" alone tells me alot about YOUR character so I would keep my mouth shut if I were you.

curious

How can this type of behavior by Westerhold and SR continue? Can they not be sued? Seems to me there has been plenty of defamation of charater done to way too many decent people. What is going on? Why/how can this continue? And to think it is all because of Kim Nuesse. Westerhold seems to have it bad. This has GOT to stop. A curious Sandusky citizen would like to know.

Taxpayer

Man, that "cookie caper" happened OVER twenty years ago. Let it go. Of all the news in the county why do we keep getting reminded of that? As for Matt, I was relying on him to report the hearing in a fair manner or have it reported fairly. He must have some insight on these hearings, but after reading his post against Phil Frost, I can hardly use him as a resource anymore. Stop Matt Westerhold. Do you need to return to journalism school to be reminded about how to report the news? I guess with the NY Times failing because of biased reporting, I am sure many other news print operations will soon fail. All I want is a fair shake in the reporting at these hearings. This is big news. I know all the cast of characters except Nuesse. How about assigning Jason to the story?

Anonymous

Thanks to Westerhold, there are many citizens of Sandusky that have changed their mind on the Nuesse affair (if they ever were on her side) due to the fact of Westerhold rambling on and on about the city leaders/public servants. It has come to the point of everyone realizing how bias he truly is. If you notice, there are no where near the people commenting on Nuesse's behalf like there used to be (even though it was usually the same few). Hmmm, did everyone finally get the picture? You went overboard Matt.

Anonymous

Well, all I can say is "What a Man!" Matt, you always surpass my 'wildest expectations' of you. Your reporting skills are "par excel lance". The only thing I am unable to figure out is why you’re not writing for the "Washington Post", the "Wall Street Journal", or the "Chicago Tribune". You really MUST start a paper that is worthy of your literary skills. You should be writing blogs regarding world leaders instead of these simple minded Cretans that are no match for your mental prowess. I am sure that if President Elect Obama was somehow made aware of your capabilities he would undoubtedly place you somewhere on his advisory staff.
You are DEFINATELY wasting your gifts on this "SMALL TOWN STUFF" and you really need to move somewhere that your knowledge and capabilities can be appreciated by the world as a whole so that ALL may benefit! (COUGH!!!!!)

Anonymous

Why is westerhold continuing to bash members of SPD? First an editorial making fun of Sams comparing him to Tommy Smothers and now several editorials blasting Phil about stalking and lying. No proof to the allegations, just mocking good people. Why? Because he can. That is a real man, hide behind your pen.

Anonymous

Can we all agree that Phil should lose some weight if he wants to be considered a good cop?

He's setting a bad example for the youngsters. The girlscout cookie thing may have happened long ago, but Phil has clearly stolen a whole lot of other cookies (and brownies and ding dongs) since then.

Lose some weight Phil. We want you to be Sandusky's finest, not Sandusky's fattest!

Anonymous

We finally see something from Phares. Well is he gone again. Do your job Phares and turn this paper around. It's the laughing stock of Sandusky with no credibility. The one thing almost everyone agrees on is that the Register is biased. Wow, great reputation. Westerhold has destroyed the register credibility and will continue to drag it through the mud. Wake up Phares and do your job.

Anonymous

Matt,

Why are you so hell bent on sparring with the City of Sandusky and County folks - so much so that you'll ignore your own professional obligations to make snide and frankly juvenile "editorials" like this - but you give a free pass to the corruption that goes on at the City of Huron?

The abuses of power that go on there - the police chief, the city manager, etc - are equally as egregious to those at Sandusky. Theft in office. Lies. Fraud. Etc. The difference is, you and your paper give them a license to commit these offenses without so much as question from the paper.

It's pretty clear that your "watchdog" status is defined by your friendships with public officials (Nuesse, Glovinsky, etc) rather than by the facts. You growl at the folks you don't like. You wag your tail at the ones you do like. All the while, you are so ignorant that you don't know that they folks you lambaste in your blogs (Baxter, Lyons, Frost, etc) are no different than the ones you hold out as saints.

It's time for you to start being a newspaper with consistent reporting standards - not a tabloid for some and a PR firm for others.

Anonymous

It may be the laughing stock of Sandusky, but every town hates their local paper. (I've lived in six cities, big and small, and this is always true).

I graduated from Northwestern in journalism and in fact, nationally, The Register has a great reputation. Ever year it wins tens of AP awards.

Unlike most community newspapers, The Register actually write about local government, and not just superficial, happy stuff. They press people on tough issues and often interview 8,9,10 different people for one story as far as I can tell.

Westerhold may be bias, yes, but his reporters are good and fair. They always give space for both sides.

Lay off The Register. I think it's evident — based on their statwide honors and national reputation‚ they do a pretty d*amn good job.

- Craig Lofton.

Anonymous

While reading the comments below, I have to try to analyze just what sort of person would make the comment. I think a few come from truly interested citizens. I believe that many come from the same person. I believe that most with a snarl or just flat out hatred in their tone, come directly from the SPD. While law enforcement is a tough job, usually dealing with the dregs of society. It appears that the work has infected the mind of one or more on the City payroll. If they truly have this state of mind, then we surely want to remove these bad apples before the spoil the whole bunch, unless it is too late. I truly believe that Nuesse was set up by one or more in her dept and that it is likely elected or city officials have been intimidated. Intimidation could be as subtle as telling the City Manager that if things did not go the way the SPD wanted, then the City Manager could deal with bike week. I too like others who have commented, have a very strong mistrust of our local law enforcement. There have been too many issues over the recent years and I think what has been exposed is just the tip of a very large problem. We will never know where all the bodies are buried.

Sam

Mattie you seem to be a very confused person, you have a very unhealthy, almost stalking of numerous Sandusky officers. Did you have an unhealthy relatonship with a police officer, either male or female. Please seek professional help. What did you now about the Nusses case and when, what phone calls did ou make, and from who?
Its time to come clean Mattie, but please seek help.

Anonymous

Snarl or is it Kim or Matt?

Anonymous

forgot his meds again this morning. He wrote another dumb a$$ article. The only worse writer at the Register is his buddy Phares as evidenced by his article on Sunday. You two need to go out on the Register's roof and just jump off... Sandusky would be better off for it!!!!

Anonymous

F U Westerdump you live and work in sandusky. Better hope you dont need any protection from the city about the gun permit threats you got.

Also I love the little hot news person from Belleve. Why did you call the paper about the hott little news person taking your storie about buttons. Dude it's buttons, not a whole lot there assfucker

Anonymous

What about the buttons? can you help

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