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

A DISINTERESTED PARTY WHO IS GREAT AT INVESTAGATIVE JOURNALISM. (DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO CARL MONDAY IS)

Anonymous

WITH LOCALS: THEY HAVE TOO MANY TIES TO FAMILY, NEIGHBORHOODS, AND OTHER SOCIAL/ECONOMIC ISSUES. A DISINTERESTED MODERATOR WITHOUT LOCAL INTERESTS IS WHAT WE NEED TO SERVE THIS MEETING OBJECTIVELY AND FAIRLY. WE CAN'T TARNISH THIS EFFORT WITH LOCAL PREJUDICE AND EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. IF NOT CARL, WHO? I'M GOING TO CONTACT CARL JUST AS A BRAIN-STORMING IDEA. HELL, HE MAY WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS MESS. LET'S SEE

Anonymous

Thank you for your insight. Please move forward and contact Carl asap, as stated any suggestions or comments are welcomed.

We all need to work together.

God Bless You

Anonymous

Hey the american people voted for Barack Obama, and made history. Lets make history together by having a Town Hall Meeting with all of our local public officials.

We can do it. Lets come together adn make a change. For once and for all, lets stand united, black, white, asian, hispanic, native american, gay, and straight.

This is not about belonging to a party we all belong to the human race people. These public officials are getting away with destroying our civil rights.

People all across the United States could come together to vote on a cause whether they were dem, rep, or independent they voted one way or the other.

So lets come together to address our public officials in a civilized manner at a town hall meeting.

We need change!!!!!

Anonymous

REFILE AND DO IT RIGHT. I'M WITH YA BUDDY. DON'T GIVE THE PUKE ANY TECHNICAL LOOP HOLES TO TURN YOU AWAY.

Anonymous

...I SPOKE ON THE INTEGRITY OF THE PEOPLE AND WAS DELETED. SO, YOU TELL ME WHO'S IN JAIL, ON THEIR WAY, OR JUST RELEASED. OR, WILL I BE DELETED AGAIN?

Anonymous

HASN'T RETURNED MY CALLS. I'LL KEEP TRYING!!!

Anonymous

All I can say is TG.

Anonymous

I am so sorry to hear this EJ!
What will you do?

Anonymous

AND IT WAS DONE WITH THE BLESSINGS OF CROOKED TOM MOYER.

Anonymous

N DOUBLE A FOR K'S SPRUNG HIM. HOW FAR WILL HE GET, BECAUSE YOU KNOW HE'LL RUN.

Anonymous

why don't you run for office? Why just hate on this blog, or don't you want to have all these nasty things said about you as you are saying about Kevin and the others you hate on. Either do something or shut up

Anonymous

Your right, I don't know what it takes to pay a parking ticket. You see, I have never had one. I make sure I park in the correct places. Nor have I ever had a speeding ticket, again, I don't speed. It is called doing the right thing. I guess you don't know what that is. Well, it is parking in the places where it is legal. It is not going past the posted speeding limit, etc. Also, I do know what it takes to run for office, so you are again very wrong. Like stated, if you don't like it, run against someone. Put your money where your mouth (and what a big one it is) is.

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