Keeping Market Street safe

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

A few months ago I mentioned Sandusky police Lt. Phil Frost in a column after Sandusky city commission candidate, the Rev. Pervis Brown, told me Frost was not well-liked in the black community.

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The day after that column published I was crossing Market and Jackson streets with three colleagues for lunch at Yesteryears. As I stepped from the curb I saw Frost stopped at the intersection. I was just about to say hello as we made eye contact when he turned north onto Jackson Street and drove away.

"Hey, there's Phil Frost," I said to my group.

We walked to the restaurant and were seated on the patio out front. Sweet beautiful sunny day. Moments later, again, I said, "Hey, there's Phil Frost," as the elite Sandusky police commander drove past again in his nifty Crown Vic cruiser.

We ordered and got our iced teas and coffee, and again, I looked out onto Market Street and watched as big-barrel Phil drove past again. "Hey, there's Phil Frost," I said.

Sandwiches served and one of our group glances toward Market Street, and this time she says, "Hey, there's Phil Frost," as he drives past again.

We finish lunch and walk back to the Register building, standing for a moment to chat. I look over, and one more time, there's Phil Frost -- stopped -- at the four-way stop. He drives away.

I told that story to the thoughtfully opinionated Darwitt Garrett, and without missing a beat he delivered a perfect line back at me.

"Now you got a better idea what it's like to be a black man," said the former head of the Sandusky NAACP.

And there, you have it.

Comments

Anonymous

Why do you always answer/re-blog yourself every time you comment?

Anonymous

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Anonymous

~cough~ cough~
~gag~gag~
~barf~barf~

~get over it already~

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Anonymous

the reason that Matt is still on the payroll of SR. Look at all the comments, not only on this article, but all of them that he writes. If so many people didn't give him the time of day, then the paper may do something. But why get rid of someone who apparently gets so much attention and comments from the community.

Anonymous

Thats right Matt eat me

Anonymous

The apparent attitude of the Sandusky PD is the same as any gang or thugs who try to intimidate law abiding Citizens with their potential to make life dangerous ar difficult at best. It reflects a situation of Cops Gone Wild. This is not a recent problem, it has been going on for years. The attitude of the Sandusky PD was reflected in the cop who got in trouble on the islands and is reflected in their attitude with the Police Bike Gang know as Wart Hogs. It is the responsibility of the City Manager to address this problem now. I fear that the City Manager has already been intimidated by the Sandusky PD and his inaction is due to that. This would not be an uncommon occurence. If so, the City Manager has to take action and request help. This is rotting Sandusky to the core. Firing of Nuessue was a complete mistake and the City of Sandusky has been suffering every since. Every day it appears to be a gang related firing more and more.

Anonymous

Why are you telling the rest of us not to look at this blog or comment on it when you obviously came here yourself to check things out! Sheesh!

Anonymous

Anyone for U.S. Justice Department oversite of the SPD?

Anonymous

LOL!!!! What are you talking about?? If this is not written by Matt, it is hard to believe there is someone out there who is as dillusional as he is. So, you're comparing the Police Department to a group of thugs?? LOL!! You are a perfect example of how drugs affect your brain. If you commit a crime, then yes youre going to get arrested. As for the thing on Put-N-Bay with Mel Burns....you people need to move on. So ok, you dont like Mel, so is that a reason to say that the entire department is corrupt??? Isnt that KINDA like saying because one person from a PARTICULAR race is bad that the ENTIRE race is bad, dont they call that racism?? Hmmm...people like you make me so happy that we have cops, because God knows without them that morons like you would be allowed to run freely, with no fear of being held accountable.

Anonymous

Ok, Matt you have spent the past few months bashing the SPD. You specifically point out Sams, Frost and other command staff officers. So after all that, do you expect us to believe this.... "I was just about to say hello as we made eye contact when he turned north onto Jackson Street and drove away."??????

Matt, if you have such a problem with the man, why are you saying hello to him?? You are such a liar Matt!!! You articles make NO sense and I can not even stomach thinking about how you actually make money doing this. There are so many people who are out of work now adays. Hard working, talented people....then there is you...you are such a nerd, LOL, who MUST have something on someone at the SR, to where they allow you to run loose without anything being said. So what is it Matt? What do you have hanging over your boss' head?

Just start writing columns that are not filled with lies Matt, that is all we are asking. No one says you have to like cops, I mean most people like you dont, but dont expect us to believe things like you were actually going to say "hi" to Phil and then he hurt your wittle' feewings by not saying hi....lol....GOD you are such a JOKE Matt!!!

Anonymous

Im not telling people not to look at this blog or comment. Quite the contrary. Look all you want, write all you want, read all you want. That is what this country was made great for, the freedom to do whatever, read whatever and say whatever we want. However, you missed the point completely.

Anonymous

It's obvious that you don't like SPD but your facts are off. They are far from out of control. Everything down there looks good from where I sit. The officers are working hard and they seem to be happy. If you have some facts, please share them. If you want to bring up Put in Bay, that was under Guesser's command.

Anonymous

Sorry, I meant Nuesse's command.

Anonymous

Sorry. But I do not know Matt, nor does he do any writing for me. Fact is, I served in City Government and while in a Police Cruiser I was told by a Sergeant that if I interfered with the Police Department, I would be killed and they would get away with it. He was not joking. So, my assumption that the City Manager has been threatened has credibility. I am hardly a moron, nor do I have a Police record and I am accountable for my actions. From my past experiences, I would say that the Sandusky PD uses intimidation on a daily basis and they do not even recognize what they are doing anymore.

Anonymous

If this is true, name the sergeant. But you won't because you made it up. Name the sergeant and the date and time. Lets confirm your story. It's easy to come on and spew lies. This is a serious accusation, back it up with facts. But you won't, because you made it up.

Anonymous

Maybe I should clarify. This was not Sandusky PD. It happened in the late 70's. I wish I did make it up, because it has slanted my view of Law Enforcement ever since. I simply do not, nor will I, trust anyone with a badge. Evidence of Police wrong doings are in the papers everyday. For me it is water over the bridge and the Officer has retired. As you said, it is a serious accusation, but it is true. You can believe this:It has made me a serious observer of Law Enforcement and I do not like what I see. Challenging me or calling me names will change nothing. It is as true as the actions of your Mel Smith and other Sandusky PD officers who abused young girls and now an acting Chief who clearly is trying to intimidate the press. Denial is not a river in Egypt.

Anonymous

This is exactly what I'm talking about. You accused SPD based on some 1970 experience with another PD. I doubt it really happened, but even if it did, what does that have to do with SPD? And who is Mel Smith? When did Acting Chief Sams try to intimidate the press? Are you referring to Lt. Frost? You don't know what you are talking about and have your facts all messed up. You are spreading rumors and lies by posting things that you know nothing about.

Anonymous

Your comment is so weird it is almost comical. I worry more about people like you running loose than I will EVER worry about our police department. With so many nutty people out and about these days, I am thankful for them all and pray that GOD will keep them all safe from people like you.

It's a sad world anymore.

Anonymous

If you want my opinion your whole dam@ Sandusky Police Department and the jerks that are posting shi@ on here about this guy Westerhold are the looney ones!

Taxpayer

So this "threat" of being "killed" if you interfered with the PD happened in the late 70's? You want to clarify, but you will not name the department or the exact year? I have been around a while and not very many LE officers have been "killed" in the line of duty. I am sorry, but I will have to call BS on this one. You may have been in LE and you decided to leave the profession for what ever reasons. That is your business. But, to make up stories in your mind is not a good attribute. If you have NO facts and only contribute to "stories" then do everyone a favor and mind your own chronic business.

Anonymous

So this incident happened in the 70's you say huh? Well you know what was really popular in the 70's.....DRUGS. Me thinks you may have gotten ahold of some bad weed there Cheech. Maybe you were on a bad "trip" from this stuff that you mixed it up with an episode of Hawaii 5-0 you were watching. So, youre saying that sometime in the 70s some mysterious Police Sgt. told you that if you messed with the Police you would be killed and no one would do anything? Hmmm..and of course now you want us to think that the SPD is most likely still practicing this form of Police work over 30 years later? Then you tell us that youre NOT a moron and have no Police record of your own??? WOW, I have to say, I have read some "FAR OUT" blogs in my time, but yours may be the most......idiotic!!! LOL!!! So what your saying, lol, is that Matt should be careful in his dealings with Frost, who IS a Lientenant (wow, is that just a coincidence??? Hmmmmm, I think not!!!!), because Sgt. "So & So" over 30 years ago told you cops can kill people and get away with it??? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That sound about right??? I am not even sure why myself or all the other Westerhold HATERS need to respond to any of these, just reading these deliriously moronic thoughts that pop into the tiny minds of Matt and his "Friends", proves our points like nothing WE have EVER written. You DOLTS make this way too easy!!!!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!

Anonymous

What????

Anonymous

How about this? You & Phil trade jobs for a couple of days or a week. I mean everybody always knows every bodies elses business. Hell Matt get my IP# & trade jobs with me while you are at it. Like the old Joe North song - "before you accuse, criticize, or abuse, walk a mile in my shoes."

Anonymous

See? Already I made a mistake. It should be Joe South - not North.

Crackhead

matt? i'm not a big fan of the tactics some cops use to intimidate (first hand and behind the scenes knowledge included). i am also not a big fan of the s.p.d. because the way i view them. are my opinions jaded too because i read the register who seems so quick to judge and condemn them? i don't know.

the question i will ask you, matt is this: are you p.o.'d at frost and the s.p.d. because of the way they treated Kim? i think the answer is yes, but i'd really like to hear your answer.
come on matt, jason answers his bloggers. answer me.

i like the fact that you keep after things that you feel are wrong with the system. that is good journalism. my fear is that the register and most mainstream media is #1 becoming too jaded to do their jobs. #2 too biased to help the community. #3 making many who cannot decipher opinion from facts believe that your opinions are the news.#4 having soooo many opinions in your paper in the first place.

answer me/us. if jason can answer his, then you can answer yours.

Anonymous

I have a policy of not arguing with crazy people, but in this case I will make an exception. 1. I have no idea what an LE is. My role in City Government at that time was as an elected official. 2. The account as I wrote it is accurate. 3. True drugs were plentiful in those days, but my line of work prevented that sort of experimentation. 4. The incident was a complete surprise, but changed my outlook on those with a badge for a lifetime. 5. As an observer over the last thirty years of law enforcement. I trust none of you. The reference to Mel Smith was my only error. I guess the fellow who got in trouble on the islands was named Burns. Sorry, as you know, we all do make mistakes. Mine was truly an error, I do not think the actions I have been reading about have been errors. 6. I am done with my public argument with you. I propose that the responsible citizens of Sandusky turn the tables on those who coming under the definition of COPS GONE WILD and start photographing, video taping and recording their every action. It is best not to be obvious, or better yet, conceal any equipment. Lets have a contest and see what we can find over the next year. Should be interesting. For now goodbye. No future online arguments. But, be sure, we are watching you boys in blue. Yes, and I am sure you are watching too. And, so is the press the only one to face intimidation, or have elected officials, like me, been intimidated too? That was the question.

Richard Cranium

What's up with the SPD command officer sporting the 70's p*rn 'staches? Is that a macho cop thing? My god, do they not look in the mirror everday? Is that his Ron Jeremy imitation?

Crackhead

hey matt--- why can't we make comments on the naacp story? what kind of ship are we running here?

Anonymous

I agree with crackhead. Actually I've argued with crackhead before but that is a valid point. Agree or dis-agree keep everything open. DO NOT SHUT DOWN SITES. Man up! That truly is the beauty of free speech, yet many hate it badly when they dis-agree with other's opinions. Matt are you like that?

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