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

Matt called the bellevue paper about them stealing news about buttons. What a homo

Anonymous

Hi Matt I hate you

Anonymous

Hi what a horable job you have. hawk the blogs

Anonymous

nope

Anonymous

sexy little news person

Anonymous

EEEEWWWWWW.

Anonymous

Without a personality or morals. I guess that makes him ugly inside and out 'eh?

Anonymous

Maybe Mr. Baxter could get an new office with two doors. One for all the people he thinks he is better than ( a long line) and one for all the women of low moral values he sprends his evenings with ( a longer line)

Anonymous

Matt, How come no one can look you straight in the eye?

Anonymous

It's Snarl. I am thinking you are the type of person who cannot look anyone in the eye. And please quit giving others credit for my comments. I look forward to seeing what Mr. Baxter is made of. Livestream testimony. I love it. The Sandusky REgister is bringing us into a more honest and open society. Too bad so many have so much to hide. Let the sunshine, let the sunshine, let the sunshine in!!! Halleluiah!!!!

Anonymous

Bringing us into more honest and open society. Now that is a laugh. The SR stories are totally biased and full of untruths. The reports that just quit will tell you, Westerhold changed their stories to promote his agenda. How many reporters have quit over the last year? How many subscriptions have been canceled? The answer is a lot!

Taxpayer

I must admit a live feed of the hearings would be great. That way I can determine my own opinion without the help of any reporter. If SR assigns Jason, make sure he gets up on time to get here BEFORE the hearings please.

Gulliver

I gotta say that Matt has a lot of courage to follow this so closely. It's much easier to be friendly and "get along", than it is to challenge people in high places.

To those of you who are unhappy with this column's reporting, you are forgetting one thing... It's a blog. Blogs allow for thoughts and opinons. That's why they are called blogs and not a newspaper articles.

Keep up the good work Matt.

Anonymous

Opinions are great, but crossing the line is not. To poke fun at people and make up stories is irresponsible.

Anonymous

Matt you must think we are all stupid and the fact that there are still people who still consider you an actual journalist, makes me think there are VERY stupid people still out there. You want us to think this isnt personal between you and the SPD?? Well this article had NOTHING to do with Frost or the SPD, yet at the end you have to take a shot at Frost on a subject you have no idea about. You say your "beef" is with SPD upper management, well when you bash one of US you bash ALL of us. You are a joke, you know it, we know it and I would venture to say all the mindless drones who follow you know you are, they just like to also bash the Police Department. This is all over Kim Nuesse, so you have gone so far off the deep end with her that you have sold your sould Matt. I can only guess that it is jealousy...jealousy that we have jobs that actually matter and all you can do is spread lies and propoganda, from the comfort of your office. You live by the phrase, "the pen is mighter than the sword". No one made you be a slime-journalist Matt so dont be mad that you could not succeed in anything else other than printing lies about cops and politicians. Drop this personal attack on the SPD Matt, cause these lies your spreading are bordering on criminal and do you really want to follow Kim out of town?? As for Frost making false allegations against his boss that went no where??? WHAT??? She's gone because of her unethical practices, so how can you say his allegations went no where, careful Matt I think you're starting believing your own lies. You're sad, Matt I feel bad for people like you who crave attention so bad, they dont mind all the negative attention like you are getting. Maybe someday Matt, you will grow up and become a real man, instead of hiding behind your keyboard. The powers that be wont let me reveal who I am, but just know it wont take much if YOU REALLY want to find out who I am.

NineMM

Man Kevin, you look rough..........Up late last nite powdering your nose?

Taxpayer

Matt will you smile for the camera when they are taking your mugshot?

Anonymous

To Snarl, or did I once again mean Kimmie or Mattie of one of their very few friends. Does your nurse know you are on the web and not taking your meds?

Anonymous

Apparently, from you comments, you are a member of the SPD. I think you are missing something. Like, you are a civil servant. You are held to a higher standard. I have followed this story for quite a while and I do not think Westerhold actions are out of jealousy or a crave for attention, I do think he is providing exactly what a responsible journalist would, to the community. I salute him, for his efforts and publicity to this situation. Further, your comments reflect those of a person who is stressed and under pressure. I think that same attitude will be present when you are dealing with the citizens of this community who pay your salary. I suggest you seek counseling to overcome the fear, anger and hostility that your comments reveal. Are you the type of individual who will take this out on the first defenseless drunk you run across. Or, will you lead him to assistance. He like you, may need some help. Think about it.

Anonymous

Westerhold, you are so totally enamored of Kim Nuesse that you make a fool of yourself over her.

Anonymous

To 12/10/08 @ 11:36Pm blog, HI MATT!

Anonymous

I am the one who wrote the original "Mindless Drones" and yes I am a member of the SPD. Your response proves my point. First off, I agree with "Erieman" I believe this was Matt responding, and as usual you are so far off on what you write, it's pathetic. I have absolutely no stress and no where in my post, do I portray that image. So maybe take a reading class or something. Anyone who actually has followed this story knows that this IS personal between you (Matt) and us (SPD). There are SO many other people involved in this Nuesse thing, yet you (Matt) seem to 95% of the time be focusing on the police department. Why? Because you know that you are going to provoke alot of repsonses, thus the need for attention. The things you(Matt) write in your "Columns" half the time are not true or accurate. You got your little feelings hurt, because Phil was patrolling downtown and then feel that he would feel the need to watch you, of all people??? Your posts rarely have anything to do with Nuesse at all anymore, just constant bashing of the PD. Answer me this, WHAT does this mean, "Are you the type of individual who will take this out on the first defenseless drunk you run across. Or, will you lead him to assistance"??? Lead him to assistance??? What are you talking about???? "Lead him to assistance"??? Also, a "defensless drunk", what is going to happen when a friend or relative of yours is injured by one of these "defenseless drunks" when they decide to drive??? As for brining up the citizens of the city who pay my salary, I do respect them and the good ones respect us as well. As you can see by the countless blogs on here that feel that you have gone too far with your(Matt) comments about the Police Department, I am assuming they respect us too....nice try though.

Anonymous

I am glad that you confirmed that you are in fact on the SPD. I also find it odd that a SPD employee has no stress. Sorry, but I need to also confirm that (Matt) as you say, did not write that. You must have this idea, that he is the only one who can see you as you really are. Sorry, there are many more, of which I am just one. Plus, I love the way you twist what I say. Please, if you see someone DUI, arrest them. I just ask that you do not taser or abuse them. If you want to test my theory of how much support the SPD has from the Sandusky Citizens, ask for a tax levy for better wages and equipment. I think that will show how much support you currently have. If Neusse returns that story may change. Here again, get this through your head, I am not Westerhold, just a seasoned observer. So apparently, Neusse has more support than just Westerhold. I look forward to Kevins appearance.

Anonymous

Hey Matt, read up on section 2917.11a2. It appears your noise and uttering are bothering people

cm.sandusky

Matt, what journalism school did you go to? None, I hope...
LOL- I keep getting these free papers on my porch, and letters begging me to renew my subscription...HA- maybe if you start REPORTING the news, instead of trying to be part of the news I might renew. Until then I keep blogging online for free for pure entertainment, certainly not the news.

Taxpayer

You intellectuals from SPD are not helping your cause in attacking Westerhold on these blogs. I always thought the truth will eventually come out or set you free. He has already stated his agenda and it is clear he has an agenda against SPD. I can understand Matt going after one or two officers, but to group all SPD together on his "list" only shows he is incomplete or partial in his reporting. If that is the way he wants to be then ignore him. He is entitled to his opinion. The problem is he is taking full advantage of being a newsprint editor. Yes, I agree it can be infuriating to be constantly attacked literally as an entire group. But, many that read these blogs understand Westerhold is WRONG in delegating blame to all. 95% of you are good cops and try hard everyday to protect and serve. Nothing is going to change except making yourselves feel better by going after him on the blogs. And another thing, the statement of "then don't call" has to go. All that does is cause a "them against us" attitude between residents. I would hope you would be garnering their support, not making the chasm between you larger. I personally appreciate the job and work that you do. It is not easy keeping the peace and trying to be popular. LE cannot please everyone like a newspaper editor. It is your job to lock up the thugs and control deviance. In exchange you make the city safe and get slammed for doing it. It is still an honorable job with good days and bad. I personally like Phil and the command staff. The ones that needed to go have retired. It is your turn now. Never give up.

Anonymous

@ Taxpayer

I agree with your most of your blog, the only thing I have trouble with is when you say to ignore Westerhold and you are probably right. Has he ever written any untruths about any members of your faimly? Not only that but to do it over and over and over again? Well, he has done that to a person in my family for no reason whatsoever other than the fact that my family member had a different opinion than him. And let me tell you, it can surely INFURIATE a person! The things he says, the lies, the name calling, the slander, and so on. It is just not right. For him to be able to lie for the citizens of Sandusky to all see is beyond my imagination, not to mention what people blog in all of his stories when they know nothing of what they are talking about...ignoring is not always easy to do. It can be downright impossible. Besides that people think that most of these comments are from SPD..I tend to disagree..there are people of this city that just can not stand this Westerhold guy for all of the hatred he has caused.

Anonymous

(Matt) Hello Doc ??? the meds aren't working !!!! ugh!

Matt you little pizz ant , you sit on your cushion and peck away bashing the SPD.

As if the SPD is your only interest!! AND for a few schits n giggles you continue to bash THE SPD blog after blog!!

Find something more constructive to do ! I say hook Matt up to a lie detective machine in high voltage and let the dang thing go off everytime he lies ! Watch him zap!

sandumpy

westrhold u are a terd!

Anonymous

This isn't an actual story, that's why it's in the "Between The Lines" section which is an "in my opinion" segment. It looks like it was written while he was on lunch so he was not wasting work time on a personal vendetta. Maybe Matt should change his name to Tom Meyer or Carl Monday & become the SR "Eye Team".

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