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

On the advice of a well-known Sandusky attorney (who wouldn't take my case--the old conflict of interest story) I wrote a letter to the Probate Court Judge removing myself as the Executor to my mother's Estate under a forged Will that was filed by a Lorain County attorney two years after her death. The Sandusky attorney even delivered the letter to Probate for me. (Take note that it was on the advice of the real CROOK Cuyahoga County attorney that I had that I made myself the Executor to begin with)
To my surprise a Hearing was scheduled. At the Hearing I informed Judge McGookey (and so did my one sister) that the Will was FRAUD but she ignored us. Instead, McGookey and the Lorain County attorney (that filed the Will and stated there were no ASSETS left in my mother's name) OBJECTED to my removal and I was forced to stay on as the Executor!
On the other hand, as the Executor I then responded to a Complaint of CONCEALMENT OF ASSETS & FRAUD filed by my one sister against: my other sister, the Lorain County attorney, TWO financial institutions and myself. (criminally changing a Trust during the year my mother was in the ECCF).
In my RESPONSE I admitted that I took part in the illegal transfer of my mother's property but I was DECEIVED by the Lorain County attorney who said it was necessary for Medicaid eligibility. I informed the judge that the attorney knew the property (owned one-half undivided) was in a Trust with 4 beneficiaries and he also knew that my one sister and the 4th beneficiary had no knowledge of the transfer. I also informed the judge that I was aware (as a result of the transfer) that the attorney intentionally defrauded ONE of the beneficiaries. (my mother's adult grandson) I also informed her that the POA that was used (and hidden in Lorain County by the Lorain County attorney) was FRAUD--drafted up when my mother was totally incompetent. I then informed the Court that THIS was the ONLY fraudulent act I took part in---everything else that was done by my other sister, the two financial institutions and the attorney was done without my knowledge, also.
To my surprise, Judge McGookey would not ACCEPT my RESPONSE. She claimed it was because I addressed it to HER. (ah....there were no complaints when I addressed the Removal of Executor letter to her....) When I asked WHO was I suppose to address it to I was told the Erie County Probate Court CLERK. (ah...McGookey is not only the Judge she's also the Probate Court Clerk....)
I have since stated the same RESPONSE in an Affidavit signed under Oath and addressed it to the Erie County Probate CLERK but haven't heard a thing.....Go figure.

Anonymous

TO: I knew them when..wrote on September 17, 2008 11:16 PM
This case that your talking about in which Murray & Murray bilked $20,000.00 out of these people and then never even represented them at the final hearing at the Erie County Common Pleas Court Probate Division--------who was the Judge? Also, did this case by some chance involve a resident of a nursing home? If so, what nursing home was it? Thank you.

Anonymous

A little advise to all readers and businesses that advertise on this so called newspaper their subscriptions are going down and it is because of a lunatic like Westerhold his time will come and he'll be looking for a job sooner than later.

Anonymous

what ever happened to Murray's ethics issues?

Anonymous

This is what I find absolutely ironic. I read the initial article written by Matt Westerdhold and at the time thought, WOW, he is using his power and position at the paper to the best of his personal ability (I wish I could do that in my job), but not only that, he is keeping this pi$$ing match alive by doing so. THEN comes along the same sort of idiot, Kevin Baxter, and instead of leaving it, you know, NOT RESPONDING to the comments at all, which is EXACTLY what keeps this pi$$ing match alive, he responds to it! You two little boys need to go behind a fence, duke it out and LEAVE the tax payers, Register readers, and all others, OUT OF YOUR pi$$ing match! Frankly, you are both morons, who need to leave your positions, because obviously you both do NOT get along with others, and deal with situations effectively!

Anonymous

3 calls were made on 3 days in a row about Murray's conflict of interest. Each time we were told they cannot find the paper work. Imagine that!
Remember people once a crook always a crook. We see how covert Murray is as a city commissioner, do you really want him as our state representative?
It doesn't matter if you are republican or democrat, we must not allow this snake in the grass to be elected for state representative's job.
Just the ethics ruling alone not being exposed shows what kind of person he is. Did you ever wonder why Kaman's ruling was swift, yet Murray's is still lost in the paper pile, obviously until after election. Then it will be too late. We need to stop him in his tracks NOW before he bestows anymore of his behind the scenes antics.
VOTE ENDERLE !!

Anonymous

The Judge in the case was Tygh M. Tone
Magistrate Patrick Quinn.

No the person died of cancer at hospice center. Stayed at home in Huron until placed in facillaty 2 days prior to death. Will was signed 2 weeks prior to death.

Care giver live in girl friend of 1 year, was convicted of and on probation for taking pain medications from people in her care.

Will left Gallaway as the trustee of trust. And this care giver as executor of estate will full reign and control of the deceased home and all personal properity for 10 years and allowed care giver to dispose of any and all of personal property. IE motercycles, cars, boats, antiques, famly herlooms, ect ect.

I have allways felt so bad for these kids! they were done wrong by this woman before by keeping them away from their loved one then finished off anything they had of "family".

Anonymous

I was reading about a court case in Erie County. I see where there were prosecutors and a judge from Cuyahoga County involved. It seems to me that a lot of players from Cuyahoga County are involved in the Erie County court system.

In that particular court case, the following Cuyahoga County people were involved.
Judge John T. Patton (now deceased), James A. Gutierrez (Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor) and William D. Mason (Cuyahoga County Prosecutor).

Now when the FBI raided Cuyahoga County, Mason was never notified of the raid for a good reason. The reason being that he would tip off officials in Cleveland. With Cuyahoga County having so much influence in Erie County and Erie County turning to Cuyahoga County to fix court cases, I sure hope that the FBI comes to Sandusky to do a thorough investigation of the Erie County court system, including the judges, former judges, the prosecutor and his staff, lawyers and elected officials in all of Erie County. Something really stinks in Sandusky and Erie County.

Matt, keep up the good work.

Anonymous

.....Boys will be boys?! Keep in mind though, it isn't who can pee the farthest, but who can HIT THE TARGET! I do believe that we as readers and taxpayers do have a choice. When election time comes, I either choose to cast a courtesy vote for Mr. Baxter or not. When my next Register invoice comes, I can either pay it, or cancel. Is this truely nothing more than just a PI#*ING match, or, could there be some legitimate substance to the issues here, that does EFFECT us as TAXPAYERS? If Mr. Westerhold is using his postion and power to write what he writes, from the sounds of some of these posts and the goings on over the last quite-a-few years, so to are quite a few of our local politicians, lawyers and even Judges, along with Judges, lawyers and Prosecutors from other counties, to get the results they're hoping for or need, good, bad or in-different, and at the TAXPAYERS EXPENSE! To me, if there is nothing to hide, THROW OPEN THE DOORS and EXPOSE YOURSELF FOR YOUR EMPLOYER/THE PUBLIC to see! Remember that whole TRANSPARENCY OF GOVT. thing you all promised? Well, a good start would be to invite the AG'S OFFICE to town! For the record, if I must choose sides, I choose the MIDDLE, cause that seems to be where the TAXPAYERS are stuck!

Anonymous

How would a person go about insuring that could happen and protect themselves from " The Club" at the same time? Whom or what offices would you contact?

Alot of "money" from surrounding areas play in the Erie county sunshine area.
Boats and Islands and all being more readily accesable from here.

Anonymous

The Honest & Respectable Murray & Murray bilked these people out of $20,000.00 and then they never even represented them at the FINAL hearing in Probate??? Wow! Talk about a FIXED case! This sure does sound real FAMILIAR!!! And who did the Probate Court judge Beverly McGookey use to FIX THE CASE? Sounds like she used Judge Tygh Tone. She's been KNOWN to use ROGER BINETTE, too.
THESE PEOPLE GOT WRONGED ALL RIGHT----by this CORRUPT LEGAL SYSTEM and you better believe BAXTER was behind the scenes.

citizen

I would vote for Donald Duck before I would vote for a crook Murray. The Murrays are in the good old boy network---you wash my behind on this one and I'll wash your behind on the next one.

Anonymous

You say this person lived in HURON and the Will was signed two weeks prior to his death.... Who was the Attorney who drafted up the Will?

Anonymous

THIS ISN'T A PI$$ING MATCH BETWEEN WESTERHOLD AND BAXTER---THIS IS A PI$$ING MATCH FOR THE PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY THAT HAVE BEEN WRONGED BY BAXTER AND HIS CORRUPT BUDS!!!!! TOMORROW IT COULD BE YOU OR EVEN WORSE IT COULD BE ME.......

Anonymous

The MURRAYS sure did show their ETHICS in that case. Bilk people out of $20,000.00 and run them out of money so the other side can win. Ater all, if there's no attorney for the clients the Judge can do any UNLAWFUL and ILLEGAL thing he wants---and Tone sure must have when he didn't allow any of the EVIDENCE to be presented. In reference to the MURRAYS----I believe in the OHIO RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT FOR ATTORNEYS that's called "TANTAMOUNT TO THE THEFT OF THE CLIENTS' FEES". I'm POSITIVE there's a LAW in reference to TYGH TONE, too.

Anonymous

about Barry "curious george" Obama on how he is ridiculing John Mcain for the basic structure of our economy is sound, when in L.A. Last night he hosted a 30,000 dollar a plate fund raiser and brought in 9 million dollars, looks like his boosters economy is strong

goofus

if the curious george refernce sounds racist well according to that one anchor on cnn and the governor of kansas, I am a racist for not going to vote for B. hussein obama, his skin is not the problem ,it's his liberal socialist views of every thing

Anonymous

Just a curious question to Mr. Baxter. Why are there so many cases of sexual abuse against children that have been brought to your attention been swept under a carpet?

Anonymous

because he's a DAD, dumb a** democrat and a trial lawer, the kids ask for it

Anonymous

We really need to trim the herd of lawyers and especially trial lawyers

Anonymous

I need to dialogue with some hufftards like yourself

Anonymous

c'mon kevin

Anonymous

That's why you refuse to repost that Obama (curious george) story, being a full blodded liberal, you can't afford to let an informed conservative(not republican) ruin you annoiting of the saviorB.Hussein Obama

Anonymous

Thank you for shedding some light upon the acts of corruption in Erie County. There are many strange things going on around here. The F.B.I. and the Attorney General's Office need to do some serious investigating. To all of the players who think that they are getting away with it...the truth will set you free!

Anonymous

They weren't just done WRONG by this evil woman they were done WRONG by the CORRUPT ERIE COUNTY LEGAL SYSTEM. And Galloway became the trustee of the trust? Wow! how convenient! These stinking low-life lawyers got it made in the shade when it comes to Erie County, don't they...............

Anonymous

Maybe they should start having attorneys from the State Bar or something do a thorough examination of all cases in this county and others every year or so to see if there's any illegal shenanigans going on. Threat of disbarrment might straighten them all up.

Anonymous

I thought Kevin was married with kids. I hope his wife and kids don't get taunted because of all the gossip.

Anonymous

I'll bet ole Doc Baxter and his wife are turning over in their graves.

Anonymous

I have just read Kevin's letter to the editor from Wednesday's paper. I had to reread the letter several times because of the contradictions. In the second paragraph, Kevin wrote "Matt Westerhold, through the Sandusky Register, can take after me all he wants" but in the last paragraph, Kevin is asking Doug Phares "to step in and take control."

Kevin, you have to remember that you are a public figure and elected official. Criticism is part of being a public official. If you cannot take criticism, then resign.

From my point of view, your letter seemed to be very adolescent. So what if Matt is an Elsebeth sympathizer. I have news for you. There are many Elsebeth sympathizers and feel that she was railroaded as was Kim. Your lack of openness is your problem.

You yourself wrote that letter for all to see. By writing "Matt Westerhold, through the Sandusky Register, can take after me all he wants" is an invitation for more commentaries from Matt about you. Deal with it or get out of office. You may want to call on your friend "Buff" to help you out.

Anonymous

Sandusky will always be a dump. With the hate that is spewed, there is no hope.

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