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

Please repost what was deleted. Who was the snitch?

Anonymous

I believe the FBI has been investigating a LOT of things for a long time. They didn't stage that raid in Cuyahoga County on one mere complaint.

Anonymous

A fish rots from the head down.

Anonymous

During one of Elsbeth Baumgartner's early conversations with the FBI one of the agents described to her the elements of small town corruption. He explained that in a small town, where the judicial, legal, media, BANKING and professional communities are closely knit and exclusive, a virulent strain of corruption can grow........how very interesting that he included BANKS.

Anonymous

I'm still waiting to hear how a Cuyahoga County judge can have a 3 hour hearing behind closed doors with attorneys to conspire on how to dismiss a case in Cuyahoga County pertaining to an ERIE COUNTY PROBATE ESTATE. Does the Erie County Probate use judges from Cuyahoga County to FIX all their cases?

Anonymous

" BULLETIN...LONGTIME MORNING SHOW HOST OF WLEC & SANDUSKY RESIDENT MARK FOGG HAS BEEN "LET GO" FROM 1450 AM WLEC BY NEW OWNERS BAS BROADCASTING.
ALSO LET GO AFTER GIVEN A PAYCUT WAS THE 3 STATION CLUSTER'S BUSINESS MANAGER NANCY SCHERER. BAS, WHO ALSO OWNS 1600 AM WTTF, TIFFIN...92.1FM "THE WOLF" WNRR, EAGLE 99.9, WFRO, FREMONT, "MIX" 1027, WCPZ & COAST 100.9, WMJK, CLYDE ALSO SAID AFTER THE TAKEOVER LAST FEBRUARY NO MORE STAFF WOULD BE LET GO AFTER FIRING VETERAN ANNOUNCERS NICK VINCENT, ACE CALLAHAN, & A HAND FULL OF OTHER DEMOTIONS & FIRINGS DUE TO "BUDGET CUTS". WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE 12PM NOON LOCAL, AREA & STATE NEWS, EXPECT 23 HOURS A DAY OF CANNED, RECYCLED MUSIC, PRE-RECORDED ANNOUNCERS WHO HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF SANDUSKY & ONE TAPED LOCAL WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT PER HOUR. FOGG RECENTLY PICKED UP A JOB COACHING GIRLS VOLLEYBALL & THROUGH THE YEARS HAS BEEN ACTIVE WITH HIGH SCHOOL AREA SPORTS. CONGRATS TO BAS BROADCASTING FOR AGAIN, LYING TO THE COMMUNITY & TAKING AWAY THE LAST LOCAL AIR TALENT WLEC HAD. SR REALLY SHOULD TRACK DOWN BAS OWNERS SO THE COMMUNITY CAN HEAR THEIR BOGUS PIPE DREAM THEY GIVE AS A PRESS RELEASE LIKE THEY DID WITH THE LAST STAFF MEMBERS FIRED. "

Anonymous

Why are so many employees leaving the SR? Why are so many customers canceling the SR? Write a story about that and don't delete this question.

Anonymous

Matt,

Thank you for trying to bring out the truth. According to Baxter's classmates from SHS class of 1975, Kevin was not very bright. He was also a drug user while in high school.

Could you please check on his grade point average in college and also in law school? Also check on how many times that he had to take the bar exam.
Personally, I don't think that Kevin is all that smart but relies on Rubino, Barylski and others staff attorneys to help him out with his six figure salary.

What is the budget of Baxter's office? It has to be well over $1 Million with 9 or 10 staff attorneys and others. It must be nice to be a parasite to the taxpayers money.

SanduskyGirl28

If Baxter's been on drugs since the 1970's his brain must be FRIED by now. We got some real winners running this county and the scary part of it is they sentence people that are no better than they are---most are probably better.

Anonymous

Rumor has it Kevin was up late last night sniffing coke, and popping ambien to get to sleep. He's a regular partier of coke and pills. When is Kevin going to get drug tested ? It will be a happy day for sandusky. Hair folicle will be the best test.

Anonymous

Considering all the complaints from Ejay Baxter about fraud in the Baxters estate doesn't anybody find it odd that nobody ever runs against Baxter and McGookey? Something sure does smell rotton in Denmark there....I guess it pays to be a prosecutor---you can even get away with stealing from your own family.

Anonymous

should really start writing for the X files. More fiction than a Stephen King novel in this blog.

Hey Matt write something else will you so we can get some different things to laugh about. This topic is about tapped out don't you think????

Anonymous

Why is it that YOU seem to be the only one calling it FICTION? In collution or what?

Anonymous

When people in a county talk about the
clearly unfair, biased and dishonest public servants in a County it drags down the spirit of the community and projects to those who consider making their personal and business home here an undesirable choice. Most people are smart enough to know what's done to one person can easily be done to them too......

Anonymous

Earlier somebody mentioned the FBI raids against a couple of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judges. I have to wonder why one of the judges would lie and say that no such raid took place.

Come on now, what kind of a judge would actually try to lie their way out of it? It has to be some very stupid judge that lacks some good old common sense.

http://www.cleveland.com/editori...

This judge happens to have an Irish surname.

Anonymous

all the stuff that you people say had happened here had really happened the very existence of the County would have been threatened a long time ago. Just like people in jail are innocent just ask them.

Anonymous

"If you think I'm getting any of MY attorney brothers in trouble for all the fraud they committed, Lady, you're crazy. Us attorneys are known to protect one another".......said by an Erie County attorney from a well-known firm.
Ah......you forgot to mention BOY that Baxter and the judges don't get their attorney & judge buds in trouble either because they all wash each others backsides.

Anonymous

It is interesting how one who no longer has influence with the news paper is now on the hook for his behaviors and politically charged mistakes in judgement...

Anonymous

Is on our side now Mr. Baxter and crew! We little fellows wiil jump on board the big band wagon that Does have the money and resources to take you and the rest of your club down. There are strenght in numbers and all good things come to those who wait!
And remember You People pay your salary Sir!

Anonymous

Don't you think you should be informing the citizens of this community and anybody contemplating moving into this community that Erie County does not follow the OHIO LAWS---they make up ludicrous laws of their own?

Anonymous

Judge Binette recused himself from the lawsuit filed against MetroParks stating conflict of interest. Tone & McGookey also have claimed conflicts of interest so a VISITING JUDGE will be brought in.
Binette claims his recusal being: Binette appointed one of the three Erie MetroParks board members Micah Vaters and Vaters' wife is one of Binette's court administrators.
Sherma Vaters is nothing more than the Common Pleas Court transcriber. I believe she also transribes for the Probate Court. I believe Vaters is also know to OMIT (in the transcibed records) some of the illegal and unfair procedures pulled off by the judges.

Anonymous

...AND ANOTHER FIX !!!

Anonymous

Who picks the visiting judge---John Moyer maybe or Baxter? Who pays for all these visiting judges that are constantly brought into this County because of the Erie County Common Pleas Court Judges CONFLICT OF INTEREST BULL----the taypayers? Who are the ATTORNEYS for Erie County in this lawsuit? The same attorney BUDS of Baxter's that made a TON OF MONEY over the last problem with MetroParks? If so, those attorneys aren't even from Erie County. No wonder all these out-of-town attorneys and retired old judges LOVE Erie County and Baxter so. The taxpayers in this county are getting soaked all the way around. BAXTER'S GOTTA GO!

Anonymous

AMAZING HOW EVERYTHING ELSEBETH SAID IS TURNING OUT TO BE THE TRUTH RIGHT DOWN TO THE VISITING AND RETIRED JUDGE SCAMS AT THE TAXPAYERS EXPENSE.

Anonymous

Why does it seem like everybody employed in Erie County got their jobs thru connections? Didn't the Auditor also fire some lady so he could hire Tom Ferrell's wife at a greater rate of pay?

Anonymous

THIS PIECE OF TRASH IS THE MESSENGER. HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON. GRILL HIM AND THE WHOLE HOUSE CAVES IN BECAUSE HE HAS NO LOYALITY EXCEPT FOR HIS ON A**.

Anonymous

Dump this K.Ron hack. He'll sell you out if he hasn't already behind closed doors. With a fix in you don't need a local system-s*cking lawyer. GOOD LUCK

Anonymous

I was doing some checking and found out that Kevin Baxter hired Krista Harris's former lawyer to work for him. Her name is Cheryl Goodrum, she's African-American. And get this, from what I understand she was a low life, piece a crap lawyer before Baxter hired her. I wonder why he did that, it must be to try to get information from her about Krista? This is some interesting news. Baxter hired her almost 6 months after she represented Harris on those sham theft charges. That doesn't make any sense to me. Why would the prosecutor hire the defendant's (Krista Harris)lawyer within months of her false conviction knowing that Harris was going to appeal the case.

Anonymous

Maybe he just likes black women and he is screwing her too.

Anonymous

If you saw what Cheryl looked like you would puke. She is but ugly. I think she wears dread locks or something. And her hair is real nappy looking. Real ugly woman. Now on the other hand, Krista Harris is a very pretty lady. Whatever floats his boat.

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