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

I know for a FACT that the kids that spent $20,000.00 on Murray & Murray and then had no representation at the Final Hearing in Probate was a CONSPIRACY because their pulling the SAME THING off on me now....

Anonymous

I have gone through the death of three family members and I was the executor to two of their estates. Their wills were filed after their deaths and everything went according to there wishes. So how is all this probate fraud going on. Wasn't the will of Baxter's mother filed after her death? Why did a retired judge have to rule on Ejay's complaints? Why are all the records sealed in probate? My family's records aren't sealed in probate. Something sure sounds fishy there.

Anonymous

Why was this story taken down from the TOP COMMENTS section? Is somebody threatening the Sandusky Register?

Anonymous

Apparently, you did not review Ohio Revised Code Section 2913.61(C)concerning the multiple charge Krista Harris was indicted on in violation of Ohio law. Don't get upset with me because Kevin and his friends are exposed. If the law says the lady could have only legally been charged with one count how on earth does 7+ attorneys sit back and not file any motions to dismiss the multiplicitous indictment against her. Why should a person accused of a crime have to try and defend themselves against additional charges that are truly unwarranted. They tried to make her seem like she was a hard core thief. Clearly, the evidence that the money was given to her via gift seems to the truth. The other family members were jealous that they didn't receive the money so they falsified information against Krista. Court records show that Krista was offered Diversion. So why on earth would she not accept that offer if she did commit a crime. Who goes to trial twice screaming they are innocent if there were offered an easy way out to avoid prison time and a criminal record and doesn't accept. No one that I know except someone who is innocent and being railroaded on sham charges. Now, Lisa Harris who is Krista's accuser has been involved in some unscrupulous dealings involving probate fraud with her deceased mother's estate. Elsebeth's documentation shows that Krista had discovered that a notary listed on 4 quit-claim deeds filed on March 25, 1999 at the Erie County Recorders Office was not a licensed notary the day in which LISA HARRRIS claims that her mother, Emma Harris, which Krista's grandmother allegedly transferred all of her realestate to Lisa. That matter is currently under investigation. So it does it appear that Lisa Harris is guilty of falsifying deeds in our recorders office and committing multiple theft offenses from her relatives. Lisa is also the same individual who claims Krista wrongfully took monies from her aunt. I smell a rat and it smells like the odor is coming from the Probate Court and Kevin Baxter's Office

Anonymous

Dear Plain Dealer,

Please continue serving the public in the honest and above board way in which you are currently doing so! If this blog should be in the top most commented, don't let it slide! We are here for you too and if Mr. Baxter and his bullies start on you we will add that to the growing list of things we take to the justice department in Washington! If you have recieved threats...publish them too! It only solidifies our outrage and voice!

Anonymous

RE: FALSIFIED DEEDS
I've got a false quit claims deed that was filed in the Erie County Recorder's office 5 months BEFORE my mother's death by a Lorain county attorney that's FRAUD with a capital F. It states the POA (with Lorain County Recorder numbers) is on file in the Erie County Recorder's office under my mother's CORRECT NAME. (The property was in a Trust and not even a LEGAL POA can change a Trust)
The FORGED POA I found filed in the Lorain County Recorder's office months AFTER my mother's death doesn't even have her middle initial CORRECT.
A Recorder of a County is liable for all filings. And the RECORDER didn't know when she filed it that there was NO POA on file? The RECORDER didn't know that OHIO LAW states before property can be transferred under a POA the POA has to be on file in the COUNTY where the property is SITUATED? The RECORDER didn't KNOW that the NUMBERS were not Erie County Recorder Numbers? The RECORDER didn't know that this fraudulent transfer was going to cause serious DEFECTS in the title?
BULL!!!! And that's EXACTLY what the Lorain County Recorder said, too. In fact, she even said that the Erie County Recorder was FEIGNING IGNORANCE about the whole thing.
And I don't believe the ERIE COUNTY RECORDER did this on her OWN MERIT, either. I believe BAXTER was behind it.

Anonymous

Would love to talk to EJ.

Anonymous

WHO would threaten the Sandusky Register? That would give Westerhold something else to print......GO MATT!

citizen

First I was infuriated reading about that racist cuyahoga county judge's treatment of the Baumgartner lady. Now I'm infuriated over this Harris lady and all the rest of these allegations about probate fraud. I've lived in this DAM* county all my life and I believe these elected officials have some explaining to do. Who's to say tomorrow members of my family or even myself won't become a victim of these shady dealings that are going on.

Anonymous

You should be infuraited that you are a complete loser with no life.

Anonymous

THE SCUM-BAGS WILL COME DIRECTLY AFTER THE "SR." THEN WE WILL GET THE NATIONAL ATTENTION NEEDED TO GET RID OF THE JUDICAL PUKE THAT PLAGUES THIS COUNTY AND STATE. YOU DO A GREAT JOB MATT, AND SOON IF NOT ALREADY, YOU WILL BECOME THE TARGET OF THE CORRUPT OFFICALS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHEATING, ROBBING, AND DEPRIVING THE TAXPAYERS OF FAIR, HONEST, AND TRUE REPRESENTATION. GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND

Anonymous

#1 - Made for a reason: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof: or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceabley to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Anonymous

Call Dave Waddington and ask him to take up this cause!

Anonymous

All these conspiracy theories. You people are nuts. You should really seek some help.

Anonymous

I don't understand these comments about transfers of property and falsified deeds filed in the recorder's office...
Don't property transfers go through the auditor? So how is the auditor approving transfers of property under the disguise of a power of attorney when there IS no power of attorney? Something is REEKING there and it goes beyond the recorder. It sounds like friends of certain people in this county are being granted illegal favors........

Anonymous

In Erie County its legal to draft up a different power of attorney for an incompetent client and it's also legal to do it without the KNOWLEDGE of all the children. It's also legal to hide the power of attorney in a different county.
It's legal to give TWO of the children unlimited power at the client's bank so the bank can close out a Savings Account in TRUST for a GRANDSON and transfer the money over to a new account in an out-of-state bank under a different name so the beneficiary can be changed over to the TWO fraud power of attorneys. (and that's only a small part of it)
And on the flip side of the coin Krista Harris gets sent to jail for 5 years over alleged white collar crimes involving a power of attorney........

Anonymous

Yes i agree there is alot of favors and cover ups in sandusky. This has all been the case and it wont change. But my problem is why does Kevin push the limit for certain crimes for certain people and not the rest. One female gets assulted and the guy goes to jail while the next guy gets a slap on the wrist. One child molester gets probation and the next guy get years and years. Citizens have to be held to a standard of law but not the police. Look at all the crooks on the force. 3 seperate child abusers all free. the harshest penalty was a couple months in prison for fitzpatrick thats it. Police should be held to a higher standard of law. protect and serve is a joke. more like grab and abuse is proper. Girl scout cookies thieves, the list goes on and on. how many times do i see these cops stop home on one of the many breaks they take. this is such a shame. this county is awful. you dont have this behavior as often in any other county.

Anonymous

WHO TOLD YOU ALL OF THAT WAS LEGAL????

Anonymous

who wrote on Sept. 22, 2008 9:40 a.m.
Was this in the Cleveland Plain Dealer?

Anonymous

For all who defend Krista and Dewitt and Shawn Caston. Well Shawn got out and now look what he has done!

Anonymous

What did he do?

Anonymous

That was tooooooo funny all those FBI guys staging that raid in Cuyahoga County............

Anonymous

I tend to agree with Teddy Roosevelt--"Unless a man is honest we have no right to keep him in public life...no man who is corrupt, no man who condones corruption in others, can possibly do his duty by the community". (That particulary holds true for judges and other players in the judicial system)
SO HIT THE ROAD BAXTER ....AND DON'T FORGET TO TAKE ALL YOUR PLAYERS!

mannie

WHEW!
404 COMMENTS!
WHAT AN UPROAR!
LOTS OF ANGRY AND DISGRUNTLED CITIZENS HERE...
THERE MUST BE SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE SYSTEM...
ITS TIME TO CUT THE CRAP!
YOU CAN'T FIX A PROBLEM IF YOU DENY IT EXISTS...
GOOD NIGHT.

Anonymous

people are amazing. You all need to get together and write a book about this stuff!!!! Of course it would have to be FICTION since you haven't proven ANY of it!!! Call Westerhold he'll help you write it since he practices writing fiction every day in the Enquirer...I mean Register!!!

Anonymous

Of course one can't prove anything because Baxter and the Courts make sure one never gets a chance. That's clearly unfair biased and dishonest. That's called CORRUPTION. And sooner or later Baxter and the Courts are going to meet up with somebody that isn't going to sit back and take their bull. And then you just might see Erie County on FOX NEWS.

Anonymous

YOU must be one of the good OLD boys or maybe one of the good OLD girls that gets sick enjoyment out of the corruption in this county. Does it make you feel big and powerful like maybe you're something special or what?

Anonymous

can EVERYBODY be corrupt?? Like I said you all need to get together and write a fiction book because that's what all this is FICTION!!!!! I'm sure Westerhold can help you!!!

Anonymous

This matter is actually one that will be left for the professionals to decide and better left to be investigated by outside organizations. To the people who vehementaly oppose the theory that corruption does indeed exist in this area, I am inclined to think that you are either extremely closed-minded about this subject or that you are in a state of collusion with one or more of the parties involved.

Anonymous

One corrupt lawyer deserves another, come on you hufftards,koz kids,and screwy democrats elect murrat

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