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

goofus

I'm not wading in the shallow end of the gene pool like the baxters.

goofus

Is it me, or does B. Hussein Obama look like curious george

Anonymous

IF MATT WESTERHOLD STAYS ON THIS FOR SURE A POSITIVE CHANGE IS ON THE WAY. WAY TO GO, MATT! WAY TO GO, SR!

Anonymous

This is a little off topic but....If your parent Lasts a while in a nursing home situation the POA has alot of financial things they have to do after the insurance companies will no longer pay for their care. The social security won't cover anything as long as the elderly person has any assets and the situation forces you to either hand it all over to uncle sam so they will cover the care or you slowly give it to the nursing home then care will go to the State when all assets are gone. Folks who have wworked all their lives for the oportunity to die with dignity and to leave a legacy to their family are then robbed by the SS department at the end to ensure that all they have is gone before any help comes into play. Oh and along with that you lose any right to say what does or does not happen in the care of your loved one. All rights of said care now belong to the state. Some try to save their savings for their family by creative investing we will say. After all they paid into the SS fund for many many years and feel it is their earned right to be taken care of in the final days without paying for it again! However, If you move those assets sooner then a 10 year ( I think this is correct time frame) period the State can come back on whomever has those assets and take it away. The whole thing is really a sad mess!

Anonymous

Get a clue about Medicaid and nursing homes. See an attorney that specializes in elder law to preserve your assets. People transfer homes and money into other people's names to protect the assets. It is legal if done within the look back time frame. People transfer or hide assets all of the time to preserve them from Medicaid. Get a clue and use the internet about Medicaid in Ohio.

Anonymous

mistake- should read - It is legal if done ahead of the look back time frame.

Anonymous

I'm sure that Krista Harris could answer all of your questions regarding the abuse she suffered by Kevin Baxter and the corrupt judicial system. She was wrongfully and unlawfully charged with bilking monies from an aunt who legally gave her the monies through a power of attorney. The attorney who drafted the POA was Krista's key witness, and could not appear to testify on Krista's behalf because he was mysteriously found dead with a gun shot wound to the head and the police claim it was a suicide. The attorney's name was Steven L. Howland

Anonymous

WHERE IN THE HECK ARE YOU PEOPLE COMING UP WITH ALL THIS JUNK FROM? AND WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS OUTLANDISH 10 YEAR TIME FRAME?
FIRST, MEDICAID HAS A 3 YEAR LOOK BACK PERIOD. FOR EXAMPLE, IF A PERSON KNOWS HE/SHE IS GOING INTO A NURSING HOME SO THEY HURRY & GIVE ALL THEIR ASSETS AWAY SO THE NURSING HOME DOESN'T GET IT, MEDICAID DOES NOT GO BACK ON WHOMEVER THE ASSETS WERE GIVEN TO. (that would be quite difficult) MEDICAID INSTEAD WILL TIMES THE AMOUNT THAT WAS GIVEN AWAY AND THIS WILL EQUAL THE AMOUNT OF MONTHS THE PERSON WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID.
THIS OF COURSE DOES NOT APPLY TO A PERSON THAT GIVES THEIR ASSETS AWAY AND THEN BECOMES INCOMPETENT AND DOES NOT KNOW THEY ARE GOING INTO A NURSING HOME.
NEITHER DOES THIS APPLY TO AN IRREVOCABLE TRUST THAT MEDICAID CANNOT NOT TOUCH. IT DOESN'T EVEN APPLY TO A REVOCABLE TRUST IF A PERSON BECOMES INCOMPETENT FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THE INCOMPETENT PERSON IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN CHANGE THE TRUST. NEEDLESS TO SAY, AN INCOMPETENT PERSON IS NO LONGER ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS SO THE REVOCABLE TRUST AUTOMATICALLY BECOMES IRREVOCABLE.

Anonymous

You say that people hide and transfer assets all the time from Medicaid. That's called FRAUD. I didn't hide or transfer assets when my father was in a nursing home so please don't say EVERYBODY does this. And I'm certain the internet on Medicaid in Ohio does not tell people how to commit Medicaid Fraud so YOU are the one that better get a clue!

Anonymous

needs to check out the county jail!! There was an LPN working the jail whose license lapsed! Of course it was covered up until she got relicensed! But how long was she practicing without it and how many meds did she pass and how many actual sick people were left untreated or mistreated because of the situation?? So much going on in EERIE County!!

Anonymous

Sorry but my Mom POA for my Grandma Lady in home just went through all this. The local SS office is where my mom got her time frame info. First This is so off topic it stinks. Second have you taken your anti cyber bully pills today? 3rd It is not fraud for a person to place their assets in a position of safty from any organization! IE same thing as a tax shelter isn't it? Would you then presume to say 99.9% of every American with any money at all is defrauding the government?

Anonymous

This isn't off topic because BAXTER was behind this too. BAXTER is behind EVERYTHING ILLEGAL & CRIMINAL in this County.

Bob

RE,RE,Sam,
no sammy i was never convicted of any crime any where in any state or country,but i do know a corrupt system such as kevin baxter and rest of his clowns.And sammy you your self know this county and sandusky is a mess,your friend kevin does not deserve the positin he holds this system just ran off the police chief and everyone knows it,the good ol boys in the deparment and city council are not worth a darn.every thing in this town must change from top to bottom.and no sammy i am not on meds.or need meds.and i do not have a nurse who cares if i am on the net.it sounds like you are the one that needs meds. and help you are a sheep.

Anonymous

You have to wonder why the Erie County Commissioners won't give Sheriff Lyons more money to house these criminals, if anybody is really looking for them.Earmarks and pork-belly projects are all over the news right now.I wonder what the commissioners are into.Beefing up the jail and paying more attention to the people on parole is what is needed.If they break the law,arrest them,house them through their trial or plea agreement,whatever, and send their butts to prison where they belong instead of selling drugs,robbing the law abiding citizens of this county or who knows what else.

Anonymous

How much longer can Baxter continue to hold office if there is so much disrespect for him and his record...

Anonymous

Ejay is a fine young man. You all should leave him alone.

Anonymous

Matt Westerhold seems to have little or no regard for anyone as a self proclaimed character assailant especially when his feathers get ruffled. God forbid that anyone would DARE ignore the "kings" request for information. God forbid that someone would DARE thumb their nose at the "royal" publication called The Sandusky Register. I really get sick and tired of the Register's & Matt's Cavalier attitude toward human beings. Sell papers, sell papers, sell papers...no matter what or who gets hurt in the process. They do it because they CAN, regardless of whether they should or not. Just because they CAN! If the Register is the protector of truth, then we're all in trouble!

Anonymous

Fire Matt Westerhold and rid the city of his poison.

Anonymous

can anyone tell me why Krista Harris was retried twice in the Erie County Common Please Court?

Anonymous

Matt I just personally want to thank you for the lovely article you provided us Sanduskians about our corrupt prosecutor Kevin Baxter. It is about time that someone told the truth.

Anonymous

KEVIN BAXTER seems to have little or no regard for anyone as a self proclaimed character assailant especially when his feathers get ruffled. God forbid that anyone would DARE complain about KING BAXTER AND HIS CORRUPT BULLIES AND THEIR CORRUPT ACTS......no matter what or who gets hurt in the process. If BAXTER is the protector of truth then we're all in trouble. (AND WE ARE) You'll find that out when YOU become an innocent victim of BAXTER. Kim Nuesse is only ONE of many........

Anonymous

if you would pay attention to Kevin's track record e.g., (Ejay, Krista Harris, Shawn Baxter, Elsebeth Baumgartner, Joe Baumgartner, and Chief Kim Nuesse among others you would know that innocent people have been victimized by his actions. If you go against him he will use every public official that he can to ensure that you pay the price one way or another.

Anonymous

Considering how all those CROOKS claimed that everything in the TRUST of an incompetent client, including everything for a grandchild, got cancelled due to lack of payment during the short time the client was in the ECCF, Prudential (and Key Bank) sure has spent a TON of money on those vicous, ugly attorneys of theirs to hide up the skirts of you & the Probate Court.

Anonymous

You say you get sick and tired of the Register & Matt's Cavalier attitude toward human beings......I believe you have this backwards. People are sick and tired of BAXTER & his GOB's Cavalier attitude toward human beings....

citizen

No wonder Baxter got away with stealing from his family. No wonder Baumgartner is sitting in a jail cell. Baxter has the Erie County judges, the Cuyahoga County judges and the retired judges in his back pocket. Kim Nuesse doesn't stand a chance.

Anonymous

Well people don't complain about Baxter then keep voting him in. Vote out the judges and Baxter next time they come up for re-election. If he runs uncontested we need to get a law passed in this state that will not allow this to happen.

Anonymous

disrespct for Baxter comes from the Register and specifically their editor.

Anonymous

What happened to Ejay and Shawn? OMG I can't believe he'd go after Ejay!

Anonymous

No wonder Baumgartner is sitting in a jail cell.

Elsebeth is in jail because Elsebeth disregarded a judge's order. She has no respect for the law. She has no respect for anything. Elsebeth Baumgartner is a criminal and is exactly where she belongs

Anonymous

No wonder people in this County have it in so for Baxter and his gob buds. They have no respect for ANYTHING least of all the LAW. Baxter is a criminal and should be sitting in a jail cell.

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