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

Crackhead

come on matty. we know you read them. you and i are both too vain, in what we write to not check back to see people's responses.
come on, defend your views. i know you read these.

Anonymous

When you have nothing intelligent to say, you resort to name calling. Just like you calling others crazy because they don't agree with you. Well let's see you made more then one mistake in your posting. Nice try there. How does the 70's incident have anything to do with SPD. And as far as recording, SPD's cruisers already have audio and video on everything they do. As stated before, you don't know what you are talking about!

Crackhead

matty--- by the way, i was also wondering, do you and some of your staff only write some of this to get hits for your website? i have to wonder. i hope that is not it, because that would be a really low thing to do, wouldn't it? you cannot be that morally bankrupt, can you? i sure hope not.

Crackhead

i wrote this on michell pletchers blog matty. do you agree?

Michelle, i defend you on a regular basis. i need to take this opportunity to tell you that this story/ blog entry sounded almost like it was coached by matt westerhold. while i i agree with many things he writes and understand much of where he is coming from in his stories, rarely do i agree with the tactics he uses to get to the end result.

i too don't care what people think of me or what i write. but, let me tell you this, always try to be a free thinker. many will try to brainwash you in the name of education and they will slowly pick apart your core values
never let that happen. you must step back and see what agenda everyone is pushing before you make a decision on any given subject.
you seem like an intelligent girl and i feel sort of bad that you now may have a jaded view of the world. i feel bad for that,in a way but then again maybe you have a better sense of how it really is out here than most kids your age.
i also think that i feel sorry for these people who slam on you all of the time. jealousy is a monster and it has green eyes. the two things in this world that motivate people more than anything else--GREED AND JEALOUSY. sad but true.

Anonymous

THAT...I doubt. Nice try though.

Anonymous

A dedicated police officer doing his fricken job! The SPD has its hands full in this city. The thugs are moving in (if they dont already live here ). If you are a law abiding citizen be GRATEFUL you see a police officer riding around doing his job to protect YOU! I am sure many neighborhoods would love to have more police patrol to detour the thugs and crime dwellers out. Good Job Phil! This city reeks with crime and we need more officer just like you ! Phil , its like water off a duck , dont let these people give you any chit ! We NEED more police officers like Phil to rid the crime from this pathetic city. Good job Phil, tell them to "bite me" !

Anonymous

O Phil btw, looking good baby looking good ! (giggling) Keep up the good work!

Anonymous

Kick that criminal azz.

Anonymous

I hate you Matt. F-ing hate you $hit. I hope you get pulled over. You never know that might be the end of our little friend. Ya know you can .... and get away with it.

Taxpayer

I am in shock at the extreme animosity Matt Westerhold has against the SPD AND Lt. Phil Frost. His open and stated bigotry has stained all his reporting on the Nuesse hearings. There is NO respect for fairness or tolerance of justice here. I relied on Matt Westerhold to report the NEWS, but now I can no longer accept his reporting as neutral. He even let it be known that he has a "list" of people he is after. How can Matt be critical of SPD when he does the exact same thing he accuses SPD of doing? I am truly disappointed in Mr. Westerhold, but I do appreciate him posting his opinion and personal feelings. As much disappointment I have for the SR, this name calling and implied profanity towards Westerhold is infantile. People that post they "hate" and use vexatious language against Westerhold are just adding to his cause of one sided reporting. If you cannot converse intelligently, then go to the comics section or refrain from writing reports.

Anonymous

Until Westerhold is fired!

Anonymous

Thank you for what you do. I have had the pleasure of interacting with Phil and other SPD members in the past and I am GLAD that we have such good people in the SFD.

Anonymous

Oops...typo. I meant SPD. The SFD people are great too but I meant SPD.

Anonymous

Matt Westerhold is a fair news reporter. He reports all of the FACTS and no FICTION. I think his POS on Frost is indiffrent. I agree that Market St needed to be safe. I think cops have the time to stalk people. I think Matt is a spart news person. I am sick of you westerhold bashers.

I have been seeing Matt on the side for years and think he has soft hands. Our homosexual relationship hase been hott.

Anonymous

What about it Matt, why stop with the GOBs messing with Nuesse, we all know those GOBS are some of the same people standing behind the MD mess?

Frost is a victim of opportunity rallied by the likes of certain city commissioners and city employees pulling strings...get your publisher to understand that the SR needs to be more aggressive with all of the GOBs!

Anonymous

There are too many government thugs roaming our streets and too many laws that violate our natural rights for them to enforce. Instead of protecting our natural rights, government thugs are lurching around, spying on us so they can get the thrill of busting us, extorting us for their thug bosses and getting points on their evaluations. Shame on Lt. Frost and all other government thugs and their supporters!

Anonymous

Next time you need a cop call a thug..oh wait.that's why we have cops..they keep bad people at bay.

Crackhead

come on matty. where are you?

Anonymous

CRIME IS WHAT KEEPS SANDUSKY FROM PROSPERING. THERE ARE SOME REALLY NICE AREAS IN SANDUSKY AND OTHER AREAS THAT ARE NOT SO NICE THAT COULD BE! THE MAGGOTS(DRUGS) HAS GOTTEN INTO THE TRASH CAN NEIGHBORHOODS AND WE NEED THE EXTERMINATORS (POLICE DEPT) TO HIRE MORE THUG REMOVERS (COPS). CITY SPEND MORE TAX DOLLARS AND GET THE GRANTS NEEDED FOR MORE POLICE OFFICERS. THE MAGGOTS ARE TAKING OVER, YOU NEED TO NIP THIS IN THE BUTT AS YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE YEARS AGO.

Crackhead

still there are stories we can't comment on. why not?

Anonymous

I think its a good idea, we can report posters abuse, how about the abuse that reports do to their readers?

MATT, MAYBE FROST THOUGHT THAT YOUR WRITTINGS ARE A CRIME and was trying to protect us readers from your weiredness

Matt, your WAY out of line on this one!

Anonymous

Pretty clear you don't like Phil. I'll admit..as a craftsman I think poorly of "educated professionals." You know what the oldest "profession" is?

Anonymous

Give me a break and not my neck. This is little old Sandusky we dont have anything to write about but stupid stuff, because there is nothing going on of importance to write about. city official-not important, NAACP- not important, State Trooper-not important, Phil Frost is a MESS-but not important, Kalahari Fights-not important. What else do they have to write about? NOTHING

Anonymous

I went all through school with Phil Frost. He was a bully back then and it sounds like he still is. Some people become cops to serve and protect,while others do it so they can keep bullying people around.

Anonymous

other half looks like twins

Anonymous

Ithink it is a good idea for us locals to be vigilant with our current PD. The firing of Nuesse has a bad odor to it and the actions of Phil Frost reek of intimidation of the press. Not only in his apparent stalking of Westerhold, but also by his reaction to being photographed at the Nuesse hearing. I have loaded my video camera with new batteries and now keep it in my car. I am not looking for trouble, but, I do want to be prepared to give evidence against them or any other party who offends the law. I am considering buying a small voice recording tape device to keep on me at all times at my business where the often visit. While none have approached me for "breaks" as they call it, It feel that it is on their mind. Our camera system does not pick up voice, so this seems like a good back up. It is odd, Perkins Police Officers also visit frequently and they do not seem to have the same air of intimidation among them. What a difference a 50 foot street can make in attitudes.

Anonymous

December is Frosts favorite month,people bring in cookies so he can get fatter.

Anonymous

This cop looks as if he spent too much
time at the donut shop.

Does Sandusky have any Negro Cops??

Anonymous

RE: DRUGS4THUGS.COM

Your logic ties me up and rapes me. If it is crime that has robbed Sandusky of prosperity, how is it the entire state and nation is struggling. It is government taxes and regulation (including the immoral, unconstitutional and failed "War On Drugs (i.e. people)) and the corruption that goes with it that is chasing producers out of our nation.

Apparently, you think that people who would peacefully use and sell drugs are thugs, but it is the war on drugs and the black market caused by it that has brought the violence into our neighborhoods.

This is but one example of the fact that nearly all the problems attributed to drug use and sales are caused by or exacerbated by the war on drugs.

You're also intent to label those who live lives you don't agree with as maggots and trash. You also label an inanimate object (drugs) with labels that can't apply to it (thug). I'm sure this makes it easier to convince people to send government thugs (police/"exterminator") the people whose lives you don't approve of. Do you always advocate killing ("exterminating"?) of the people you don't like? Seems like something only a trashy thug maggot would do.

RE: Okay libertarian

It would be nice if one could call the police with the sure knowledge that they would never violate one's natural rights and would look upon themselves servant charged with upholding the natural rights of their fellow citizens and neighbors. I always obey the law, but I respect the police and the law only to the extent that they uphold natural rights, which is their only moral purpose.

Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Police are as likely to be thugs, ready to violate one's natural rights, as protectors of natural rights. When they violate a person's natural rights, they (along with judges, prosecutors and lawmakers) are worse thugs than common street thugs.

Besides, I don't depend on anyone to protect me except myself and have taken the necessary steps to do so. Considering the fact that government thugs have no legal obligation to protect us from common thugs, I would advise other people to do the same and consider very carefully under what circumstances they would call a government thug for "assistance". It would also behoove us to know what rights and liberties we still have and strongly assert them when dealing with government thugs.

Anonymous

This story is a JOKE...
What Lt. Phil and the SPD do for this community far out weighs aything that the SR or M. Westerhold will ever contrubute. What has Phil and the other members of the SPD done for us...Saved lives, kept peace, risked their lives and so on and so on. What has M. Westerhold done for Sandusky...Caused strife. Sorry I cant think of anything else.

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