Questions for Baxter

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

Dear Kevin:

Thank you for agreeing to review and answer our questions about inaccuracies in the Murman statements attributed to you. We talked with a number of participants who were not interviewed by the Murman investigators, and, after reviewing your statement, the Murman report, the Nuesse response, the Darden report and other documentation, we compiled these questions for you.

Baxter statement

• “The U.S. Attorney, unaware of the chief’s failure to coordinate with local officials, cooperated to a point by opening investigations.” Were these DEA, or DEA-related cases? Please detail local cases on file with U.S. attorney since Aug. 1, 2006, and provide case and report numbers and any available documentation.

• Did the U.S. Marshal’s office invite all local law enforcement agencies to participate in Operation Falcon? Is this fugitive roundup a “wasteful and disruptive stunt,” as described in the Murman report? Which agencies chose to participate? Please explain.

• In your statement you say McClung and Nuesse “both wanted to disband the drug task force.” Did other police chiefs express similar thoughts or support for this position, or come to support this position? Please explain.

• Are there corrections to the statement timeline on task force tax initiative, election, support for drug task force, closed-door meetings, when officers were pulled from task force, etc.? Please explain.

• Murman statement indicates you complained that Nuesse “started taking many cases to the U.S. attorney.” Were these DEA-related cases? Please explain and provide details and reports of each case.

• Specifically, about the McGovern “child abuse” case: Were errors discovered in how the arrest warrant was issued, coded or otherwise created or errors with the warrant radius status? Where did these errors, if any, originate? The child’s mother reported the rapes in August. McGovern, a truck driver from California, eluded Huron police when they tried to question him. Federal marshals arrested McGovern in December after requesting the warrant radius be corrected. What, if anything, does this case have to do with the Nuesse probe? Please address concerns about timeline, problems with the warrant, and the sheriff office’s failure to attempt to serve it.

• Please provide information, details and reports of second rape suspect involving a (about) 13-year-old victim where charges were dropped in 2007 when the suspect was located about two years after warrant issued.

• In Murman statement you recall both the (1) U.S. attorney meeting and the (2) meeting with school officials as “educations” for Chief Nuesse. This point, others in your statement, and your general descriptions of these two meetings differ from recollections of the other meeting participants. Please explain.

• In Murman statement you said Nuesse “should have” brought any gang concerns to your attention. Is that required by statute? Please explain. Did she attempt to do this without success or feedback from your office? Was she referred to Barlyski and did Barlyski return her calls? Please explain.

• You describe Barylski as the local “gang expert.” Please provide documents and information on credentials related to her proficiency. Please also provide approximate number of cases, with case numbers, during the past five years that included gang specification charges.

• You state you had not “heard back” from Nuesse about the drug forfeiture fund. Didn’t the police chiefs, through the Firelands chiefs association, resolve this rather quickly with a framework for distribution prior to Nuesse’s suspension? Was it finalized shortly thereafter? Current status of drug forfeiture funds? Was it Chief Nuesse who pushed for distribution of these funds initially? Please explain.

• “Baxter was of the opinion Chief Nuesse, rarely, if ever got input from other city or county government officials before she acted and as a result she has made numerous questionable decisions.” Please provide detailed list of questionable Nuesse decisions, and any impact or potential impact these decisions had. Nuesse, and others, have said the department accomplished several outreach goals in the past two years, including improved relations with schools and school officials, local religious leaders and church members, other police chiefs, and state and federal law enforcement agencies in addition to minority groups. Have there been improvements along these lines, and, if so, how does that square with your statement?

Comments

Anonymous

..who's "WE"??

Anonymous

so many questions... so many different answers... as the stealth bomber and the one who rules 222 meigs st. stated: " it's a matter of interpretation." don c. icsman city law director.

Anonymous

What a bunch of BS.

Anonymous

I have sent several letters complaining about Matt's ethics and have received nothing in return. So to those who think that it will do ANY good to complain, dont waste your time. The ONLY thing the SR cares about, is that Matt is causing people to read the on line stuff. They obviously have no concern for ethics and only are concerned about $$$ it is sad really considering they used to be a great publication, now all they are is a gossip newspaper....

Anonymous

Go get him Matt, and make sure you keep the readers posted if in fact he has the backbone along with that sub human Icsman to respond!!!

Anonymous

Matt's questions seem reasonable to me, particularly in view of the Prosecutor's assertions in the Murman report. If his statements are all true then he should have no difficulty answering these very focused questions.

Anonymous

Good job Mr. Westerhold. I am sure the response to your questions will in fact be deafening.

Anonymous

A manager editor with b@ll's. I support and appreciate your ongoing efforts to expose this bull stuff!!!!! The SPD surely seems like it is corrupt. The issue of the current Officers taking free or discounted merchandise that Nuesse put a stop to, will quickly be common place again. ANYONE BEING PUT IN A POSITION TO GIVE SPD/SFD PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT SHOULD REPORT IT TO MATT WESTERHOLD IMMEDIATELY!!!! Reporting it to Kline may result in him trying for the same. He has shown he does not have the backbone to deal with the SPD.

Anonymous

Man are you obsessed! Give it a rest!
You were duped by one of the best liars
ever to hit Sandusky. Just let it go.
You'll probably drink the Kool-Aid if she asks you to.

Anonymous

You and Kim lost. Move on to something else already.

Anonymous

Westerhold, really need to get the help for your obsession. Who do you think you are. If I was Baxter I would give you an answer to the affect, go f yourself you slime.

Anonymous

What a loser that will not just give up. More and more register's being cancelled by the day due to this loser.

Anonymous

Matt, get a clue. You have been played -- played like the rest of the community. Her lies have caught up to her. You are so enamored that you can't see what the rest of the community can see ... a huge joke! Newsflash, Matt (in case you haven't been reading the constant history ... it's certainly NOT NEWS being written every day) ... SHE GOT FIRED!!!!!!

Here is a question for you, Matt ... what is in this for you? Clearly, she has become an obsession for you.

Anonymous

You are a real dushe bag!

Anonymous

You and your buddy McBOOB's plot didn't work. She got fired! Do a story about the ATF raid at the Perkins Police Department. How about the Girl Scout Cookie thief they have working there? Get off your knees, McBOOB needs to be asked some questions, Mr. Managing Editor!

Anonymous

I have left MANY blogs on here, some have been out of anger and have taken shots at Matt Westerold some have been trying to convince those few followers of his to see the kind of "person" he really is. As I have read through some of the responses to this story I can not help but start to see what is happening here. I truly believe that Matt has a school boy crush on Kim. I mean, we already know that Matt has no soul and no integrity, but to watch him slobber all over himself just to try and stick up for her is disturbing. Why else would you destroy what VERY little reputaion you have left to defend a woman like this, unless you thought you were going to gain her acceptance. I mean we have all read in this joke of a newspaper about Kim's marital problems, so maybe just ,maybe Matt is trying to manipulate that situation. Now I have never had anything good to say about Kim, but I have to believe that she could do better than a two bit hack like Westerhold. Everyone else involved in this has reason to be.....Frankowski has ZERO power now and has decided to try and strike back at the very people who have laughed at him all his life, by stabbing all SPD in the back. Dan Kaman is trying to gain public support for his next campaign which he will lose. Same for Waddington, who probably has no idea what is going on with....well anything. But Westerhold....what is his angle here?? And then you have "Charles Schultz" himself with his lame drawings (Dudley Do Right must have been tough to draw), who must owe Matt some money or something. I mean why else would he leave such stupid cartoons, I would hope he didnt do this intentionally, if so, I am sure he will go no further than the SR. My 11 year old draws better and has a better sense of humor. So that is my opinion, Matt has a lil' crush on Ms. Nuesse, but I hope he hasnt vested too much in that idea, as I said she can do MUCH better!!!

Anonymous

Matt, these are very good questions. Too bad you probably will never get them answered. I give you about another 6 months (odds are 8 to 1 in my poker group)before you are rail-roaded out of town.

Anonymous

Why didn't Baxter want the Ohio Attorney General here to investigate the Nuesse witch hunt?

I am concerned that the DEA issues and the Nuesse witch hunt are both related to a county prosecutor who some have indicated may, or may not, have some reasons to be concerned about drug crimes or any misdeeds that are within the scope of the prosecutor's responsibility to address.

Bravo Matt! You have laid out questions for the EEOC to consider and the motives that should be explored when Kim Nuesse amends her EEOC complaint.

Another reason to seek a documented response, or a documented nonresponse, is the opportunity for a viable candidate to challenge Baxter in the next election if he is found to be in the clear when everything shakes down when the Nuesse witch hunt is unwound...

The GOBs should not relax, because things are likely to heat up as the Nuesse saga moves on to the next level of intensity.

Anonymous

Baxter is not the one who needs to answer questions here. This is about Kim Nuesse. But I forgot, this is your deflection tactic. Take the light off of Kim and put it on someone else. Bottom line, Kim is fired for multiple offenses. She was found guilty. Stop deflecting.

Anonymous

Matt,

These all sound like appropriate questions for Mr. Baxter's deposition in Ms. Nuesse's civil case.

That's why you'll never get him to answer them in this forum.

Grow up.

Anonymous

If you truly want to make Matt Westerhold pay for his unprofessional, immature, and truly poor actions as he pretends to be a journalist—people who actually provide news to the public without slant or bias so they can make decisions base on the facts provided—DO NOT post on these blogs/stories ANY LONGER.

Don’t even look at blogs or any other story. Each time a person does, just think of Westerhold smiling back at you. That’s what he’s doing.

Each time you click on this site, WESTERHOLD WINS.

There is nothing else he or anyone else can do to influence a court of law involving Nuesse.

I am not a supporter or critic of Nuesse. I haven’t worked for her, so I don’t feel educated enough to comment on that. Those who have make it clear which way they stand. Those who haven’t appear to be on the other side. My objective opinion would be that if she were a good leader, it would not have mattered if she were black, white, male, female, American or Canadian (that’s for you Lee). A good leader earns respect, never demands it. I don’t know what kind of environment there was in the SPD, but it appears Westerhold and Nuesse created a pretty hostile one in this community. It can only make one wonder what it was like in the department.

If the former chief does file suit, it will be up to a judge and/or jury, not Westerhold.
The only thing he can do is try to get you to come here, day after day, hour after hour, to see what kind of crap he will spew next to get you to buy into his crap and keep coming back.

I implore you, IGNORE it.

It will be difficult, I know. I’m as addicted as anyone to this story simply because of the outlandish coverage. I’ve avoided posting anything for some time, but I have looked. I’m going to stop now. The only way this “editor” can influence anything is if you continue to come to this site and post.

I would lead any argument with reasons why Westerhold should be removed from his position. It’s obvious his boss supports his approach or Westerold would have been gone long ago. What Phares apparently fails to realize is how quickly Westerhold is following in the footsteps of Elsebeth. She may have had some truth to her theories, but nobody listened any longer because of her history. Matt, now, has that same history and, by acquaintance, so does the Register. It’s almost a shame what he has done to a once respectable newspaper.

So again, make this the last blog you read and reply to. It’s easy to say you will complain to advertisers and tell them about it. It’s difficult to actually do it. If you have the courage to call them, do so. But if you want to make a difference without having to be confrontational, stop reading his rhetoric.

If you think Phares will continue to back Westerhold when the hits on this website (which mean advertising dollars) dry up, you’re crazy.

He’ll drop him in a heartbeat.

To the Nuesse haters: If she is as bad as you say, let’s hope she never works in an authority position again.

To the Nuesse supporters: If she was railroaded, let’s hope she can bounce back from this.

To Westerhold: You’re a used-car salesman. Actually, that would be an insult to those folks.

Anonymous

Are you one of the good ol boys? It seems that you are attempting to convince others to stop reading and responding to the Nuesse railroad job by the GOBs....why? You obviously have a biased and informed opinion about the editor who is doing a fantastic job of managing the SR so that it fulfills its Fourth Estate responsibility to the citizens.

To Matt and the entire SR staff, "Keep up the great work!" You all have earned back my trust and I may consider becoming a regular subscriber once again...

Anonymous

Last poster was Westerhold himself!! Pat yourself on the back again Matt!!

Anonymous

You are either a delusional GOB or you you are so absorbed with Matt that you need to seek professional help! Why can't you stay away and stop reading this blog? Get a life duhdddd.

Anonymous

Go Matt!! Put Baxter on the hot seat. Something is not right when certain people start to bully, intimidate, and come close to threatening other people. When this happens, there is something being covered up or rotten somewhere.

Anonymous

Your blog is by far one of the most persuasive ever on this topic. You're absolutely right - stop giving Westerhold want he wants, AND cancel the paper as well. You clearly hit a nerve with those who have replied to you, but they all sound a little to paranoid or desperate. Again, you're right - stop the blogging, stop the paper and we'll starve the monster.

Anonymous

No way in the hell Nuesse will file in Erie County. She'll file in federal court and the trial will pull from a host of north western Ohio counties (Erie west to the Indiana border). Unless Bailey is insane.

If Nuesse is smart...which is debatable...she'll get herself an actual employment attorney to handle her case. How about that guy from Columbus who is representing the gals who Marc Dann was fooling around with??? He's got balls.

Anonymous

I couldnt agree with you more, I've blogged on here countless times and it is now clear, cant believe it took me this long, that no matter what people are going to believe this woman's lies. Westerhold-Grathwol-Frankowski-Kaman, you are all sad pathetic peoplem, but you have some how managed to gain a following. Regardless of whether the majority of the pro nuesse texts are all from the same people or not, there is no reasoning with them. It is my opinion that you could have Nuesse on video committing all these unethical acts and you would still blame those who have nothing to do with her lies. Fact is we have a corupt City Commissioner in Dan Kaman who has blasted the Police Department, basically calling them a bunch of worthless people, yet no one seems to be calling him on that. He is a joke and somehow is able to sleep at night, which tells me he has no soul. Frankowski, is and always has been and always will be a joke. So if you have people who are going to support and follow corrupt politicians, a has been/never was retired member of that department, a wanna be news reporter and worst of all a lieing deceiptful corupt sexist EX POLICE CHIEF, then do we really expect to reason with poor brain dead people like that. Fact is, the last poster has it right, the more we read and respond to morons like them, the stronger we make their cause. If you want to follow and support a losing cause like Nuesse then it is your right as an American... I wash my hands of the whole thing, I got what I wanted, she is gone and no longer bleeding the PDs budget dry with her "salary". To those of you who get frustrated with these drones, Westerhold being the King, We won!!! She is gone and soon will be just a DISTANT memory, except to Matt......

Matt Kline you did an outstanding job!!!

Anonymous

EXCELLENT POINT! You both spoke the truth! Great idea to ~ "STOP READING"!

Anonymous

As far as that goes, I guess Phares is just as bad. Westerhold must be done with his grieving I assume? This is my last post, you Nuesse supporter's can fight amongst yourselves. I am to the point of nausea over this. She's GONE get over it. For you people to sit on your computer's and slander the people who work (and some who have worked here for a while) for this city and do a Da!! good job at that tend to make one sick, all over some wittle blonde gurl that came here for such a short period just to start trouble! Weseterhold~butt out. People complain that the media got involved when they should not have...well, that was because of you and THE NUESSE herself! What does her husband think of your crush on her?

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