For Baxter, truth is inconvenient

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

Good Old Kevin Baxter can sure spin things away from truth whenever he wants, and a recent letter to the editor is a perfect example. Old Kevin made serious objection to a recent Register editorial critical of his office for issuing a flawed warrant that delayed the arrest of a child rapist.

The man was arrested "just 37 days" after an indictment was returned by a grand jury, Baxter says. I don't know about you, but even 37 days is too long for a child rapist to be free and on the loose. The man was accused in August 2006 and arrested by U.S. Marshals in late December that same year, so the actual delays were much longer than Baxter's spin. And local officials never lifted a finger to make an arrest after the flawed warrant was finally issued.

Baxter ignored repeated requests for documentation on the case and, when questioned directly about it on two seperate occasions, he stared back with a glassy-eyed look and feigned ignorance on the entire topic. How convenient. Play dumb when it serves you, Kevin, and then be filled with righteous indignation when you get called on your shortcomings.

Baxter also ignored written requests for the information, and for information on other flawed warrants that might have resulted in at least one other child rapist getting a free pass in Erie County. There are plenty of examples, but Baxter's abnormal need for secrecy keeps most under the radar.

And Baxter is quick to dump on his best buds whenever he gets put on the hot seat, including pointing the finger at the sheriff or deputies, or old best old bud county commissioner Tom Ferrell Jr. Kevin also will blame city officials for their shortcomings if that helps Kevin's cause. Kevin covers Kevin's butt -- and every other good old boy's behind -- as long as it serves Kevin.

It's time to cut the crap. You cannot fix a problem if you deny it exists, and when the sheriff's office has more than 800 outstanding warrants -- with serious felony crimes getting lost in bureaucracy -- there must be something wrong with the system.

If anyone is misrepresenting the facts, Kevin, it's you.

Comments

Anonymous

ELSE HAS GUTS. BRYAN IS A WIMP AND A WEASEL WITHOUT A BACKBONE WITH AN EMPTY SACK.

Anonymous

You people see conspiracy everywhere. Get real. Westerhold is just reporting tabloid trash to sell papers. Baxter has worked in this community for along time and has done an excellent job. Is he prefect? Far from it, he is human. But he works hard at doing a good job. The question is why doesn't anyone run against him? The answer, no one would want to take the crap you all dish out.

Anonymous

WORKED FOR THE COUNTY IN 2005 BECAUSE I WIPPED HER IN COURT. ANOTHER CASE SHE BLEW, NO PUN INTENDED.

Anonymous

How come crook Cuyahoga County attorneys are allowed to come into this County and file Motions on behalf of a NON-CLIENT? I mean, gee, filing a Partition Action on behalf of a NON-CLIENT was bad enough, filing a fraud Preliminary Judicial Report was even worse, but a crook attorney then filing a Motion on behalf of a NON-CLIENT requesting his attorney fees be taken out of property???????? Do these CROOKS get away with this in ALL COUNTIES or does this only go on in Erie County?

Anonymous

You all bash Baxter because he is successful and you all still live in your parents basement. Get a life.

Anonymous

HADN'T STOLE HIS MOTHER'S MONEY WHERE DO YOU THINK HE'D BE LIVING. BAXTER AND THE CORRUPT JUDGES WORK FOR THE COUNTY BECAUSE THEY CAN'T MAKE IT IN PRIVATE PRACTICE. IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR THEY WOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THEY HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO LIE, STEAL, AND MAKE SHADY DEALS WITH JUDGES OF THE SAME CHARACTER. WHERE ARE THE FEDS?

Anonymous

This sounds like a personal vendetta against Kevin too me? It also sounds to me that Mr.Westerhold is just trying to get his name in the paper for some dumb reason?

joe baumgartner

Matt, Just want to let you know what a wonderful/professional/tough job that you are doing. This is just the tip if the iceburg that has been going on in Erie, Ottawa, and Cuyahoga Counties over the last 10 years or so. It is obvious to most that the justice system in broken and corrupt. It takes people like you in prominent possitions to shine a light on what has been happening to the good people of this area. Thanks for all that you have brought forward, and keep up the great writing. THE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE. God Bless, Joe Baumgartner

Anonymous

TO MR. BAUMGARTNER, WHO KNOWS ALL TO WELL WHAT THIS CORRUPT SYSTEM IS ABOUT.

Anonymous

terry griffin had that hitskip accident just before she retired.she never reported for a court appearance at sandusky municipal court.the entire case was swept under the carpet by the prosecutor.let the SR check into it. she was cited by a deputy sheriff and there is a report on it

Anonymous

The register had covered the story and Baxter had replied she was not working at the time when the accident occurred. That was BS because she reported to the Erie County Board of Elections delivering papers. Baxter replied no disciplinary action would be issued due to she was not working at the time. This was another BS excuse from Baxter because she was working and at the Erie County Board of Elections conducting county business. Wonder who fixed the charge of leaving the scene of the accident. This is much more serious than that parking ticket issued to Nuesse.

Anonymous

How come Lorain County attorneys are allowed to come into this County and pull off illegal transfers of property that cause defects in the title and cheat people out of their rights? According to the Lorain County Recorder they sure don't get away with it in HER County office. Should we give credit to the LORAIN COUNTY PROSECUTOR who MAYBE is not in the habit of doing favors for his friends.... Isn't that the same LORAIN COUNTY PROSECUTOR that called that racist Judge in Cuyahoga County CORRUPT?

Anonymous

and these blogs are correct that the whole charge was swept! She would have been out of county employment years ago if she had no threatened to file age discrimination if anyone in the county tried to get rid of her....

And, Matt and the Sandusky Register for the first time are not in the pocket of the County. They now ask questions and want answers and proof...but, those who run the County don't want anyone questioning what they do. For a first in a long time, voters have a forum here and a voice in the SR! KEEP IT UP MATT....GREAT JOB. Don't let them threaten you. You're speaking for many county employees who can't or risk their entire future and current job!!

Anonymous

Are we really supposed to believe some of these felons,probably most residents of Erie county,can't be found by the prosecutors office or law enforcement? This is unbelieveable. It does sound like someone is dropping the ball. Maybe they should put R.I.T.A.on the case.I'll bet if I was late paying my taxes they would find me lol. Keep up the good work Matt. I always look forward to your editorials.

Anonymous

WHY DON'T YOU AND YOUR CORRUPT BUDS GET THE HELL OUT!!!!! CUYAHOGA COUNTY IS CALLING. I'M SURE THEY WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ALL OF YOU---INCLUDING SOME OF THE CORRUPT JUDGES WHO WEAR THE SAME PERPETUAL GLASSY-EYED FEIGNING IGNORANCE LOOK AS YOU DO.

Anonymous

Mr. Westerhold, you're comments on Mr Baxter seem vindictive and like Rusfus Sanders you are only there to creat choas or prejudices/ is it possible to have another side viewed instead of oyu two allthe time. Is poor press

Anonymous

Mr. Westerhold, you're comments on Mr Baxter seem vindictive and like Rusfus Sanders you are only there to creat choas or prejudices/ is it possible to have another side viewed instead of you two all the time. Is poor press

Anonymous

Have Matt dig into that Griffith story how it swept under the carpet. now that's story

Anonymous

Once again all you Nuesse lovers try to rewrite history. The parking ticket was one of MANY things she was fired for. Don't forget the falsifying a federal grant, lying to the city manager, paying a employee to attend a court ordered DUI school and much more.

Anonymous

This ticket was swept away by the prosecutor. Let's not compare it to Nuesse but still they hid it away and now it is surfacing.They thought they could keep this hush hush for ever.if it's to hot in the oven get out kid

Anonymous

Westerhold isn't the one that made all these accusations here...

Anonymous

Thanks Matt, at least one person in Sandusky has bravado to stand up and take a stance against corrupt politicians and lawyers.

Anonymous

Keep putting on the pressure Matt. Sonner or later the whole corrupt people running the city will be exposed. From commissioners right on through Baxter, Icsman, and the rest of the crooks that have taken Sandusky as their own little playground!!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MATT!!!

Anonymous

Erie County needs a good prosecutor like the one from Lorain County that called the racist Cuyahoga County judge corrupt because she is. All Erie County has is a prosecutor that looks out for own best interest first and then the best interest of his gob buds. It's why the Sandusky police chief got fired over a parking ticket and EB is sitting in a jail cell.

Anonymous

you forgot to mention the big SALARIES the CORRUPT BULLIES on Sandusky's little playground are getting.....

Anonymous

After reading the Sunday newspaper and Matt's commentary on page D6, I took an interest in this story and have formulated a lot of questions. I also went to the Erie County Prosecutor's website and found this.

"Although the investigation and prosecution of serious criminal offenses is viewed as the primary function of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the office serves another important role through its civil division. The civil division provides legal advice and representation to its statutory clients. In other words, the Prosecuting Attorney is the lawyer for many of the other public offices and officials in Erie County. All told there are about 173 different clients to which the Prosecuting Attorney provides legal opinions or represents in legal proceedings. For example, the Prosecuting Attorney represents all the elected officials in Erie County such as the County Commissioners, the Sheriff, the Judges, and represents each of the nine townships located in Erie County just to name a few of its clients."

Now if Baxter is supposed to represent the 9 townships, why does Perkins Township have to pay a private lawyer for legal advice? I believe that Mr. Baxter has a staff of 8 or 9 attorneys besides himself.

Why doesn't Mr. Baxter call in the Ohio Attorney General to investigate the Nuesse case for FREE? Instead, Why turn to Cuyahoga County for Murman's report and also that old judge and pay thousands when again, the State Attorney General would do all of the investigating for FREE?????

Why was Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason and Dan Kasaris used to shut down Erie Voices? And why was a search warrant from Cuyahoga County used to conduct a raid on the Baumgartner home in Ottawa County?

If Elsebeth did slander anyone, why didn't the people just sue her in civil court instead of sending her to prison?

According to Matt, "Baxter ignored repeated requests for documentation on the case and, when questioned directly about it on two separate occasions, he stared back with a glassy-eyed look and feigned ignorance on the entire topic......Baxter also ignored written requests for the information, and for information on other flawed warrants that might have resulted in at least one other child rapist getting a free pass in Erie County. There are plenty of examples, but Baxter's abnormal need for secrecy keeps most under the radar."

So why doesn't Mr. Baxter provide the information to Matt? Why all of the secrecy?

And let us not forget about Ottawa County Prosecutor Mulligan and his selective prosecution. How does a pharmacist get charged with possession of old drugs in his home? I have old prescription drugs in my home too as do others. And why did the former Safety Service Director of Port Clinton get diversion? Instead of Port Clinton paying thousands to a Toledo law firm to investigate the scrap copper theft, why didn't Mulligan just call in the State Attorney General to investigate for FREE? WHY ALL THESE PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS USING PRIVATE LAWYERS WHEN THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL INVESTIGATE FOR FREE?????????????

I still question why Mr. Baumgartner, a pharmacist, was charged with possession of drugs in his home. I have a collection of old prescription drugs in my home too. Area hospitals have special drug collection days to bring in old prescription drugs for proper disposal. Are all of these people who will partake in this collection event be guilty of possession of prescription drugs in the home? I am sure almost all of us have old expired prescription drugs in our home including those that once belonged to people who have died.

Why was the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office used to stage a raid on an Ottawa County home?

Can any of you anti-Matt people provide me with some intelligent answers????

Anonymous

Ejay Baxter is HOT! st

Anonymous

EXCELLENT!!! So come on all you anti-Matt people----let's hear some intelligent answers!!!

Anonymous

heads up. asst. pros. m barylinski son just got arrested for drunk driving by sheriff deputies. see if the prosecutors cover this one up

Anonymous

all corrupt politicians ARE lawyers

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