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

Hey Matt...pick up the phone and follow the AG request. They'll never recall me!!

Anonymous

Westerhold leaves Sandusky Register and takes job with City of Sandusky. He will be the new boss at the City's Water Treatment Facility (CRAP factory) on Harrison St. Rumor had it his credentials for stirring the CRAP far outweighed any of the other applicants.

Don't get too close to the storage units Matt, you might fall in and sijply blend in with the spew that you pass off as news.

Maybe that wouldn't be a bad thing though, because you would just be washed into the system and we wouldn't have to hear your "crap" any longer. Terds away...........

Anonymous

I think the investigators from Murman & Associates with their $22,000.00 worth of CRAP at the taxpayers expense would be a lot more qualified to work at the City's Water Treatment Facility then Matt Westerhold.

Anonymous

I think your house could be an alternate site for the wastewater treatment plant. There is so much bull$hit there that it would be almost impossible to clean up. Terds away on that.

Anonymous

This very enlightning comment came straight out of the mouth of a Law Director from another County: "What in the HELL did that $!$!$!$!$!$!$! ERIE COUNTY pull off THIS time????????" Take note this was said PRIOR to Kim Nuesse.............

Anonymous

Sorry, it wasn't a Law Director from another County that made the comment---it was a Prosecutor.

Anonymous

This is going to be GREAT! Westerhold v. Baxter. Why don't people understand that the reason why Baxter WILL NOT call the AG's office is because that man has WAY TOO MUCH TO HIDE! Do you actually think he wants them down here to figure his misdeeds out? Once that happens, that man would spend the rest of his life behind bars! Don't look for HIM to call in the AG- It'll NEVER happen!

Anonymous

is not only hiding, he is thinking of going on vacation for a few weeks hoping this will all die down by the time he gets back.

Anonymous

I SEE THE MURRAT IS POSTING HIS CAMPAIGN SIGNS AROUND TOWN. REMEMBER PEOPLE HOW HE IS RUNNING THE CITY, AS I'M SURE YOU WOULDN'T WANT THE MURRAT AS YOUR STATE REPRESENTIVE. BETTER VOTE ENDERLE.

The Good Doctor

Hi! I am a proctologist and would like for everyone to know that if you come into my Office I want you to look up my butt too!

Anonymous

What happened to the THIS JUST IN article posted early this morning? The article with comments from Kline that he wasn't worried at all about Nuesse's lawsuit because the City of Sandusky has good insurance? He also stated that "having good insurance to cover the lawsuit he knew would be filed was NOT A DECIDING FACTOR in his decision to fire Nuesse---Nuesse's DISHONESTY shown in the Murman Report was.

Anonymous

you can find that in the special Nuesse section on the main page.

Anonymous

The attorney general will come when there's criminal activity not a minor employment problem? Getting FIRED because of that Murman Report was MINOR? How about a CRIME OF ETHICS?

Anonymous

I have nothing to say. I just wanted to be comment No. 100! Thanks!

Anonymous

from Baxter. Darn, I sure am surprised (he said sarcastically).Baxter is still in hiding under his desk with a newspaper covering him.

Anonymous

Time for the voters in Erie Co and Sandusky to realize that the Dumbocrat Party is the GOB club membership committee. Kevin Baxter, a lawyer, is just like Dennis (the menace) Murray, another lawyer, both card carrying Dumbocrats.

Time to stop blindly voting for Dumbocrats because they keep doing stupid things over and over again...

Anonymous

I see no one has thought that some of this $hit the GOBs pulled on Nuesse may be a violation of her civil rights. If so, then Federal Court here she comes.

Anonymous

I SO SCARED OF NUESSE....NOT...SHE IS GONE! GET IT YET????

Anonymous

So is your brain but you aren't celebrating that.

Anonymous

...cant we all just get along?

Anonymous

Since when did Westerhold earn a degree in law? These questions were obviously constructed by an intelligent person, which clearly EXCLUDES Westerhold! baxter will not, nor should NOT answer you. Funny how you Matt thought you were so important that Baxter woud give you an ounce of his time. You and Kim can think of better things to do than to sit around with a back alley lawyer and think of stupid questions to ask a busy man! Grow up!

Anonymous

On the contrary, you in fact are the idiot. Being a tax payer and Baxter is an elected official, he is in fact accountable for his decisions to the public. End of story!!

Anonymous

?????????????? Do ALL of the Anti Nuesse blogs get deleted and all of the (moronic) pro Nuesse stay? Hmmm...does the word biased ring a bell?

Anonymous

KAMAN SHOULD GRAB A CONE
WADDINGTON SHOULD GRAB A MOP
WE STAY MUCH SAFER THAT WAY

Anonymous

Methinks you doth protest too much.

Anonymous

I say there, I say there boy, you are about as sharp as a bowling ball.

Anonymous

Given some of the Nuesse hater comments it is apparent that Matt has been very effective and successful in exposing the biased and unfair treatment of Sandusky's first female police chief.

Anonymous

Gosh, why would anybody have wanted to bother any tyrant in office? Gee, aren't they all so busy?

Saddam
Pol Pot
Stalin
Mao
Hitler
Reagan
Dulles Brothers
Castro
etc....

Anonymous

If you would take 5 minutes to get your lips off Klines hiney, you would realize that Kline was wrong, the GOBS' was wrong and you are wrong.

Anonymous

I read it...

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