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

Please do cancel your subscription, which you probably do not have anyway, and leave these blogs. Nothing would please the intelligent bloggers more. You obviously have no ability to think for yourself, you just follow both the Nuesse haters. You spout the same rhetoric both of the Nuesse haters like to spout, but do not present any proof of anything. With idiotic responses from people like you it is no wonder this city can never get cleaned up. Keep spouting and the GOB's will maintain the same poor service from the PD and the same disrespect for the citizens. The only lies that have been shown came from the command staff of the PD and ,of course, Baxter himself. It is you who needs to open your eyes to what is going on in this corrupt town. We had a chief who was starting to clean it up and she stepped on some toes and they had to do whatever it took, including lying, to make it happen. Matt you are doing a wonderful job of asking the right questions, the ones the Murman report should have asked. Bye Bye Klinee

Anonymous

That's right, everyone else is wrong and Kim is a Saint!!! No question about it! With that little angelic face, why, there's no possible way she could do ANYTHING WRONG ! Everyone else is DEFINITELY lying! She and Timmie were just planning to 'bring our two governments together for the BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY!!! ANYONE with an once of brains can see this! And Matt, what a WONDERFUL Caring Human Being!!! He of all people shouldn't be questioned as he is a PILLAR in the community! Why that man wouldn't even THINK of doing anything unethical or immoral now would he? GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!! Lets find something else to talk about, OK?

Anonymous

The "we" he's referring to is a small mouse...I mean RAT that he keeps in his pocket.

Anonymous

?? BYE BYE NIGHTSTALKER! All we can do anymore is laugh at you Nuesse supporters that's why it really isn't worth reading the SR. The horrible things you say and all of the name calling you do is out of this world. Fight with yourselves. Bye Bye Kimmie

Anonymous

Re: Why did you quit using your name everytime.
Sorry to tell you this, but I never change my handle like you obviously do. I think it just gets to you that there are many out there that think the way I do. What's the matter thin skin. Just like the horrible, as you put it, things you say about Nuesse? Truths are not horrible, only when you are on the wrong side of a debate. Oh yeah, Bye Bye Klinee

Anonymous

I think Matt Westerhold should be re-named "The Farmer" because he sure is milking this story for all it's worth. Heck, maybe PETA should investigate him FOR BEATING A DEAD HORSE!!!!!!! As far as Matt being railroaded out of town, it'll never happen. He is selling too many newspapers. I'm starting to think this whole ordeal is more fit for the Jerry Springer show, rather than an Ohio AG investigation.

Anonymous

Like the cockroaches,the Nuesse haters scurry whenever the light is cast on them and then they bolt for the cracks and crevices leaving only their droppings....

Anonymous

Yep, I have to agree with the cockroach remark and their left behind droppings.
My only gripe with Westerhold is that he is not doing enough to bring out the
TRUTH. If Baxter and his cronies have nothing to hide, then why not call in the AG to do a thorough investigation. But some of Matt's buddies will be exposed if the AG comes in. ALL of the cockroaches must be exposed for the truth to come out.

Anonymous

I love how you moronic Nuesse supporters call your blogs, "Intelligent" LOL!!!! Also to the ones like you who claim she was starting to clean the city up.....it's funny you cant come up with ONE thing she DID.....all you can say is the Nuesse Haters are lying.....Well, what are all the wonderful things she did???? I agree with the blogger you just blasted, there are no intelligent Nuesse supporters, just stupid little drones......you're all so pathetic, you need to jump ship already, ITS SINKING!!!

Anonymous

You really are dillusional arent you....she is gone and she is never coming back nor will she ever get a dime more from this city. She has railroaded all of you into thinking that SHE was railroaded by the mean "GOB" what a joke you all are making of yourselves. And what is this "NightStalker" handle??? Are you a great big mean person??? Is that suppose to envoke fear among us all??? LOL LOL LOL!!!!!!! Whats even more funny is that I doubt most of you have even ever met her....

Anonymous

Why is the city afraid of calling in the AG's office to investigate further as recommended by the commissioners? Shouldn't be any problem if everything is on the up and up. Why is there so much resistance to calling them in? No one wants to disturb the status quo? The more resistance you get about the AG being called in and the situation at hand, the more I wonder just what is going on. The more haterd that is spewed against this woman makes you wonder what she has uncovered for eleven supervisors to take such a hatred stand and for Baxter to stick his hand in the city's business. Why has the commission dropped the ball on the AG recommendation they made?

Anonymous

The AG should be called in and should have been in the first place. The investigation by the AG would be free and not cost thousands of dollars like that poorly written and BIASED Murman report. Only Baxter can call in the AG. I really have to wonder why Baxter will not. What is he trying to hide?
The IMA should get everyone involved and demand that the AG be called in.
Let's clear this up once and for all.
Call in the AG, do an investigation and then let's move on. These anti-Neusse bloggers must be trying to hide something. I think that Nuesse uncovered corruption and the GOB wanted her gone.

Anonymous

Give it a rest she is gone and won't be back. BYE BYE KIMMIE!!!!! TEE-HEE

Anonymous

You are correct in wondering why the AG has not been called in. Baxter knows why. He knows if this ever happens he will be lucky if he is not disbarred. The city commission knows that if they are called in the GOB network will be permanatly distroyed and Kline will be gone along with most of these command staff people. This question needs to be asked at the next commission meeting and if it is not brought up by a commissioner then a citizen will ask it. If Kline is serious about buying a house in this town, I would advise against it. His time here is going to be short lived and when he tries to sell the house there will not be any takers. BYE, BYE, Klinee

Anonymous

To Re: Nightstalker
Knowing when someone is dillusional would only be known by someone who is dillusional, which you seem to fit the bill to a tee. Remember, nothing is forever, she could easily get her job back, through the courts, through settlement, through a vote of the commissioners, so you might want to hold your rejoicing for much later. My handle is my handle, just as yours is yours, however, you never use a handle you keep using different ones to make people think more then one person is anti Nuesse. Not very smart. Have you ever met Nuesse? I have and this is why I back her. I have also met most of the command staff and this is why I am against them. Now please let's hear more from your dillusional mind.

Anonymous

Have I met nuesse??? HAHAHAHA....uh yea I have and that is why I know you people are fighting a losing battle! You want me to start using a "Handle"??? What are you a truck driver?? LOL I could care less how many people think I leave multiple blogs...I do...who cares? The fact that you have met Nuesse and still support her leads me to believe you are one of a few people.....but I understand the idea of keeping your identity secret, but trust me 'Stalker, unless you are one of the people I am thinking of, you have to have some sense. She is everything the report says she is, and then some. As I have said many times, you need not look any further than the people who are backing her....Gary Frankowski is probably the most disliked, maybe HATED people who ever wore an SPD uniform and this is not JUST by other officers, ask some of the people who he has arrested in his career. As a child Gary was a nerd and was beaten up everyday, they say that is a major reason why nerds get into Law Enforcement, is revenge....that is what half of you who respond to this will accuse all SPD officers of being, but Gary TRULY is that person. Dan Kaman has waivered more times on issues than I care to remember. When he ran for Commissioner, he was so PRO SPD, now he says the place is a mess??? Which is it Dan? You never complained before when you have been given break after break on traffic stops, now all of a sudden they are Bad Cops.....Then Matt Westerhold, who is probably more unethical than Kim and if they werent enough....TIM MCCLUNG??????? He should be enough incentive for everyone to jump off her bandwagon, unless you can honestly say he is a man of high integrity, if you can then you have to be one of the people I just mentioned.....

Anonymous

Why so much animosity towards Nuesse? Well at least that you admit to "I leave multiple blogs...I do...who cares?" Well, you use multiple names to try to confuse the readers that there are many people against Neusse when if fact, there are very few. Why do I get the feeling that you are a past or current member of the SPD or the GOB? You should welcome an investigation by the AG unless you are afraid of the truth which I think that you are.

Anonymous

Hey westerhold nice story you wrote about yourself in the opinion section
in Sundays Paper,it fits you to a tee.
Contrary to professional standards it
was a bad story from the word go.

Anonymous

I don't see Darden and the IMA looking into why Warner was picked over three good black men by the commissioners.

Anonymous

Bet you a dollar Westerhold wrote, helped write, or edited the IMA report. Then in today's paper he pats himself on the head about how great it was.

Sam

Time for Matt to leave, I'll pay for the moving van. Matt how mch have you lost in revenue for the Register with your biased views. Take Kimmie with you!

Anonymous

THE REASON YOU CAN TELL THAT MOST OF THE BLOGS ARE YOURS IS BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS SAY BYE BYE KLINE AT THE END ALWAYS WITH 2 E's. YEP YOU R BUSTED haha. I know you are going to say...........everyone is doing that...WRONG!

Anonymous

!! RE: NIGHTSTALKER! I believe that you hit the nail right on the head in your comment! Believe me, that person is not the only anti Nuesse there is, its just most refuse to come on these blogs to listen to you supporter's and Westerhold now that she is G-O-N-E. Well, I take that back, most quit even before then they got so tired of reading your crap. Ya know I think they just might have a good point there...this is getting kinda sickening. Like Dr. Evil said...you all are just BEATING A DEAD HORSE! Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.

Anonymous

Now "ED" wants to make it a race issue. When will the Nuesse clan take a break???!!!! If it isn't one thing/person to blame it's another! AAAAHHHHGGGGGG!

Anonymous

Nightstalker, I am a CURRENT member of SPD, however, have very little say in anyhthing. I am not a member of this GOB network u you people talk about. Now that Kim is gone, I would welcome an outside investigation. She is everything that report, regardless of how badly written, says she is. Trust me, I work so I dont have time to leave all these blogs, I may leave one or two a day and if you read through here, you will see MANY MANY Anti-Nuesse blogs. As for some of you blasting the "No Respect" Officer at SPD, do you think officers really care about that? Cause trust me...we dont. We are called worse everyday to our faces so a few blogs by people who dont leave their name really doesnt bother us. We cant leave our name because we really arent suppose to be giving our opinion, but the way I see it, is when I am not working I am allowed to have an opinion. I have never threatened anyone on here or used obscene language. But all the officers know of this woman is the FEW times she talked to us, we were not able to go into her office and just talk to her if we have a concern. It also has nothing to do with her being female, most of us down there believe that SOME changes were needed, but she did nothing but take advice from McClung and we see where that got her. So yes, I have first hand knowledge of this woman and she is exactly where SHE put herself, on the unemployment line and she can sue all she wants, she should consider herself lucky she was not brought up on charges. Again, Officers are used to no one wanting us around, UNLESS you need one of us, then we are ALWAYS there.....

Anonymous

GOD bless you and thank you for being there.

Anonymous

To the current member of SPD, too many re's gets confusing.

If you are not a member of the GOB then you have to be a patrol officer. If so then I do respect the patrol officers as do many people, however, it is the command staff that does not deserve any respect. They use backstabbing methods to further their agendas. How many of them put in writing their complaints and sent it to the city manager, who just happens to be their boss. Why did they do an end around and go to Icsman? If they would have followed the chain of command this situation could have been fixed before it got out of hand. Did any of them put in writing and forward it to Kline their concerns about the dispatch system? Did anyone put in writing and forward to Kline their concerns about her parking ticket? Ditto about her supposedly lying? Why did these great leaders wait until it got to this point before confronting the situation with Kline? Just what charges do you think she could be brought up on?

Anonymous

RE; Hey Nightstalker
Good try, however, I know this person who is doing that blogging and he is using the double e in response to the anti Nuesse clan using the Kimmie at the end of their blogs. I will give you credit for trying, but that is like pulling the pin on a hand granade and tossing the pin, nice try but not effective.

Anonymous

Just like I thought you would say...About that double E....If you would like to scroll back to some of your blogs you will see the good 'ol double E. Besides, you can always tell one of your blogs...no big deal....carry on.

Anonymous

Went back to other stories, there were alot of the double E thing going on in them too. Hmm. Ooops, some had triple E's.

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