Murman report: A mile wide and an inch deep

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

 

When he first began his $20,000 integrity probe of police Chief Kim Nuesse, attorney Michael Murman sent out a press release.

Anyone with “first-hand knowledge of accusations” against Nuesse should contact him. He also wanted to hear from anyone with “counter-accusations against other city officials.”

But Murman used different words to describe that invitation in the summary report of his investigation:

“(Despite) the almost constant presence of the investigators in the community over the past 10 weeks and a press release inviting those with information favorable to the chief to come forward, their silence has been deafening.”

Congratulations to city commissioners Dennis Murray Jr. and Craig Stahl, and city manger Matt Kline and law director Don Icsman.

You got exactly what you wanted: An investigation all boxed up that says exactly what you wanted it to say.

Comments

Anonymous

Well, you got me. At least I did call people idiots while making my mistake.

Matt Damon

maybe someone will bring a new newspaper here when the register goes bankrupt and shuts down.

Pat

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained personal attacks.

Julie R.

Matt Damon: I don't think the Register will go bankrupt but Sandusky and Erie County sure is on the verge. That's what they get for all the years they got away with their corrupt activities!

NineMM

Wonder why the two brothers aren't named as defendants as well...........Shawn was seen dropping off a bunch of paperwork to the Register several months ago, and didn't a suit that E.Jay filed get dismissed a few months back? As far as Else being called as a witness, I don't know if she would be deemed "credible".

Julie R.

All lawsuits in Erie County begin with the number of the year they are filed. Baxter's lawsuit is time-stamped April 2, 2009 but the case number begins with 2008.........looks to me like this was already to be filed four months ago. ( or maybe it's a minor mistake by the Clerk of Courts who is VERY GOOD at "minor mistakes"----like sending Judgment Entries to incorrect addresses per the instruction of a certain magistrate of Binette's Court and then not resending it until almost 30 days later )

Sam

Why is this newspaper blocing the blog on the Baxter lawsuit vs this newspaper?

Sam

Why is this newspaper blocking the blog on the Baxter lawsuit vs this newspaper?

SCHLICK

LET'S GET JUDGE CIRIGLIANO TO HEAR THIS CASE. HE'S A VERY EXPERIENCED JUDGE AND HE'S COMFORTABLE IN ERIE COUNTY!!! HE WOULD BE A GREAT CHOICE CHIEF JUSTICE MOYER.

Sue Daugherty

DEAR kURT, That's my point! Own your age... and those characteristics you just described are what will become valued instead of the superficial characteristics we value today.

Thanks for commmenting!! -- Sue

Sue Daugherty

I'm one of those "over 35 year old's you are blogging about. I am amazed at how willing the teens and young adults are about posting unflattering information about their private lives on line.

And for those things that aren't "unflattering", what assures the person that their information won't be obtained by someone else and misused?

jasonsinger

You are correct, Mr. Sandusky: "Gold Lion" is the name of the song; thanks for keeping me accurate. I'm out of town, but I'll change it when I return Monday.

I agree with you. I think it's silly when people get upset that a band makes an album that doesn't sound like their previous album. Bands, like all things, evolve. It's a Catch 22 for musicians: If they don't change, critics may say they've run out of ideas and become stale. If they do change, people act surprised and often complain. It's tough to please everyone...

Winston Smith

One of my favorite aphorisms:

When you're green you grow; when you're ripe you rot.

And a ponderous one from Satchel Page that kinda gets to the heart of your blog entry Ms. Daugherty:

'How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?'

sandumpy

SORRY SANDUSKY LOSES AGAIN. WAIT TILL THE big upset this fall.

Anonymous

I forgot one thing:

Ever notice that the drummer for the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's looks like a live version of Milhouse from the Simpsons? Watch the "Gold Lion" video and you will see what I mean.

Pat

How much is he suing for? Does anybody know the answer to that question.

And, who is representing that jerk, and is the county paying for his representation?

Brett The Hitma...

If you mean in football i doubt the pirates come out with a win, Sandusky might not be a great football program, but they still will win this fall. BTW perkins has anything but a average baseball team, they are state caliber.

CM

Do they also teach you to report the "facts" on BOTH sides of the issues?

Anonymous

To: Pat & Julie R.

(Pat) Why is he a jerk???? Matt Westerhold has done nothing but try and destroy everyone who opposes Kim Nuesse and he finally went too far. Westerhold has NO defense here, you CAN NOT do what he did over the months and not have to answer for it. He did this all in the name of "defending" Kim Nuesse.

(Julie R.) You seem to have a lot knowledge, but never really say anything. You people are so quick to defend this guy who has a habit of sticking his foot in his mouth and someone finally called him on it. I am guessing Brian Baxter could care less if he gets one penny from this case, he just wants Westerhold to answer for attempting to destroy the reputations of several city officials. This is gonna be a GREAT trial, well for SOME....

hancrack me up

If this trial ever even gets off the ground it will drain city taxpayers dry because that's where Bax will dip into to pay for it. As soon as the Neusse thing ends we can all be tired of seeing this on the front page every day.

Erie Countian

CM, I agree with you wholeheartedly. I feel there has been a lot of very unprofessional journalism going on in the pages of the Register. Might be a good idea if Mr. Jackson (and others) enrolled in a session regarding fair and unbiased reporting while at this conference. I am not on either side of the Nuesse issue, nor am I a fan of many of our elected officials, but I would like to be able to read just the facts regarding both sides of an issue and make up my own mind about things. I do not believe the Register is currently reporting on local issues in an unbiased manner. I also found it very telling that no comments were allowed on Friday's article regarding the Baxter/Register lawsuit, but the comment section was open for Sunday's Nuesse article. Why the blockage on selected articles on a related topic?

outsider

Had this discussion with my wife and she recalls her first experience with "the importance of a female based on looks" at 8 years old.

Women have accepted this marketing allusion for over a hundred years. No one to blame but yourselves. Stop drinking the kool-aid.

skinny

The reason the newspaper is blocking the blog of Kevin Baxter's suit is they have been WARNED under Kevie's advisement. All matt did was open up comments unde his article. We all know that Kevin is a piece of crap and his reputation was detroyed way before Matt was on to him. You'd think this stupid freak would step down and resign all he's doing is opening a can of worms to destroy himslef. its obvious he's operating on on a thin string right with this riduclous suit :)..... lol A law suit over the truth is saying hes on some serious drugs. maybe the coke has made himslef a believer of him being an honest man you think . Did he forget the lives he's destroyed as a vicious act or is he suffereing from some sort of amnesia ? Kevie get off the coke and get help you slime ball. You will never be respected in Erie County as a prosecutor it's too late ~ You've ruined your own reputation.

outsider

What happened to that kid from Huron that transfer to Perkins to play baseball? He was supposed to be a great pitcher. Did he get hurt? Don't see his name mentioned in any article about Perkins.His name was Krumluf or something like that.

Anonymous

HI ALL:

The unholy attorneys are now in charge of the "Free Press."
Here is what they do:
1. Tell Matt to halt any further opinions Re; Baxter. (and he's probably not permitted to say that).
2. They want copies of eveything written at The Register regarding Baxter.
3. They will want copies of EVERY blog PRINTED by The Register.
4. Hopefully, a legal EXPERT in libel, slander and defamation will meet and explain why The Register has nothing to worry about.
-------------
Kevin Baxter is a "Public Person." All elected officials live in glass houses. Look up the definitions in an online law dictionary
of "Private Persons" and Public Persons."

My legal opinion: Baxter has no law firm representing him. They would not take it on a contingency basis. He has filed the legal action as a smoke screen, attempting to cloud what appears to be the end of his career.

Just what Erie County court will hear this case? All local judges will excuse themselves. Baxter may ask this case be transferred to another county. Where, East? He will probably offer that because of The Register, he cannot get a fair deal in Erie County --- IF there's an eventual jury situation.

The Register's expert legal team in Cleveland (the best in the country regarding defamation -- I know 'em), will drag this out because they know Baxter will have to foot their legal expenses.

So, Matt's hands are tied up at this time, and I suspect he is boiling. Folks, be patient. He will bounce back! I have been sued for defamation a dozen times---never lost a case. All Vs. Public Persons.
Have a good day Cobb

Jackie White

Kevin you should say your sorry to the McDonald fmaily for printing in the newspaper that Dewitt was an terrible person. You posed in the register with a 9mm convicing the readers that your officers confiscated the gun that killed Vivivan Johnson. You listed everything that you could think of about Dewitt that was bad press even when you knew he was never charged with a crime that you stated in your register. Maybe we should sue the Register also ? Kevin you were on this witch hunt to get a conviction for the murder of Vivian Johnson so wants wrong with the editors to be on one against you. You had the newspaper wrapped around your finger from the early 80's to up until now. Whatever Kevin wanted Kevin got it. You know Kevin, what you did back when is considered a volation of the 8th Ammendment...... How dare you sue the news paper now. Its fun when when you were having your way controlling Sandusky and the Press. it was game to you wasn't it Kevin. It was never an issue then so why is it now. Oh I know, the truth hurts right kevin the truth hurts. Now that the truth is being printed about you and people see you for who you are its a hard pill to swallow, right. So Kevin are you saying that the public should disregard, Krista Harris affidavidt stating that she witnesssed our dearest prosecutor sniffing cocaine at his home ? Don't forget we have a case pending in federal court against you Kevin. What goes around comes around. Your day is here, so face it and be ready to make yourself accountable Kevin. Good Luck Matt ~ You have nothing to worry about. Kevin's reputation has been detroyed way before you came on the scene. Once a snake always a snake.

curious

Sorry Streaks, but the Pirates will kick tail on the gridiron this fall as well. The football program just don't have it. They haven't since the late 70's and as far as I can tell, they never will again!

Anonymous

"We know where you live…"

Great motto.

Enjoyed this blog post.

Looking forward to seeing what you thought about "Dancing With The Stars." Come dancing...

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/...

Jackie White

Wow, Kevin's making headlines......

She mentions in her story that Kevin Baxter's used cocaine in the presence of Krista Harris as well as mentioning how Krista cahnged her story for Kevin to get a conviction against Dewitt.

Kevin are you going to sue June as well ?

http://www.northcountrygazette.o...

skinny

Hey jackie, any updates as to when Dewitt's case will be heard ? Dewitt sure did get a bum deal by being railroaded byr Kevin. It's one thing to do time for something you did, and another to do time for something you didn't do. Doing 15 years in prison is not a walk in the park. Kevin gave Dewitt a life sentence for a piece of tale and a sniff of coke. I'd say he sold his soul to the Devil.....

I surely hope the Federal Courts will see through this and it turns out be favorable for Dewitt. if I were Dewitt when he can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I'd stripp kevin of everything including breaking erie county and go after the head of Moyer for allowing Kevin to be a corrupt prosecutor. Not only is Kevin in the spotlight with Dewitt's case Kevin should be shaking in his boots with Shawn Caston hit and run case. I hear Shawn is ready to let Kevin have it so hopefully this will help Dewitt along the way. According to Shawn's folks shawn has cooperated with Dewitt's attorney giving a tape confession of how he was threatened by Kevin. So as you can see Dewitt is not alone. Elsebeth Baumgartner will be next, and the list goes on.

God Bless You and your family.

skinny

Oklahoma is finding Dewitt's case interesting. Perhaps the light at the end of the tunnel is closer than you think. I think the Feds are believing McDonald was framed by yours truly.....

In re: Dewitt McDonald, Jr., No. 06-4120 (6th Cir., January 10, 2008): Habeas Corpus; Second/Successive: McDonald is granted permission from the Circuit to file a second habeas petition based on newly discovered facts(!) This is a rarity in habeas corpus praxis but the facts alleged by McDonald fit the bill. McDonald was convicted of multiple counts, including murder, primarily on the strength of the State's star witness, Krista Harris. However, Harris has since alleged by affidavit that the prosecutor in the case threatened her with false criminal charges to not only deliver perjured testimony against McDonald, but also to engage in non-consensual sex with the prosecutor; and, the allegations were corroborated by an affidavit from the prosecutor's brother.

skinny

The question that should have been asked of Moyer " Is why is it that complaints filed against Kevin Baxter are never investigated ? Citizens that have filed complaints against Kevin have a wealth of information and evidence. What does it take to get a corrupted lawyer investigated ? Is it that you're just as corrupt Mr. Moyer ?

Boy does he look bad ~ A face lift would do him justice.

sandumpy

hey know itall - the streaks record from 88- 89- 90- was 31-3! I would say that is better than any 3 year run jerkins ever had .

Gyro Cart Guy

Based on school size and geography, this makes the most sense for Edison and Huron.

This could get interesting.

ModernDayBootlegger

It makes NO sense for Huron, who is a very small D4 in football, and soon to be D5.

They would also be increasing overall travel time and expense, as would Edison.

Anonymous

I would not wait to start weeping in shame.

Winston Smith

Mr. Jackson wrote:

'...we covered our own food, lodging, bar tab, etc.'

The cheap SOB's didn't even give you a stipend of an allowance?

Non-reimbursable business expenses! Keep good records of mileage, receipts, etc.

I've been self-employed for yrs. It’s amazing how the accretion of those little almost inconsequential expenses add up to some big deductions at tax time.

Rick Studer

Thus proving the idiom “It takes one to know one”. Idiom-it.

curious

Girl, you will not be single long at all. You are beautiful!!
The guys will be beating your door down!!
Stay on track. You can do this! Sheila

curious

RE: sandumpy
Memories..........cherish them! That's all the Streaks football program will ever have. Sad but true!

reader

Lately you have posted fewer breaking news stories from the current newspaper, sometimes posting them a day later. Did you decide you were giving away too much for free?

Also, its a bit insane to splash a teaser headline like the one this evening about the stimulus money for local projects without telling us which projects are being funded. You'll drive readers to other news souces and make your web site irrelevant.

Leslie524

I love ya girl..ur just fine with out him. You and ur kids deserve sooo much better. U deserve someone who will love you for YOU, not what what u can do for him or give him.

Anonymous

I noticed Matt hasnt written a new article in a while, wonder what he's doing??? LMAO!!!!!

Julie R.

RE joecitizen: I noticed you and the other Nuesse haters never responded to the good points that were brought up by firelands411. Any reason why?

jasonsinger

LOL. My two Cy Young predictions, Josh Beckett and Josh Johnson, got off to great starts!

skinny

matt, keep them wondering what you're doing.

jackie

skinny

jackie you never answered me about dewitt

Anonymous

~ This reporter doesn't have a clue. Cleveland Reporter states to Kevin defesne.

by MERRIMANLGM, 4/6/09 20:45 ET
Prosecutor Sues Sandusky Register for Defamation Newspaper Invented Testimony to Ignite Cocaine Controversy
For the past ten months, the Sandusky Register has spun a salacious and sensational tale of scandal: A cocaine-abusing county prosecutor who lies to government investigators and abuses his power to falsify public records. In reality, the Register’s storyline is a complete fabrication.

Driven by the actual malice of Managing Editor Matt Westerhold, the newspaper has perpetrated an unlawful campaign of defamation intended to destroy the career and reputation of Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter. Westerhold has made no secret of his contempt for Baxter and has falsely accused him of criminal activity ranging from drug abuse to falsification.

“The reporting has been disgraceful,” said Tom Merriman, a former investigative journalist and one of Baxter’s attorneys. “There is a clear public record which proves the Register knows its stories are false.”

The lawsuit, filed today in Erie County Common Pleas Court by the law firm of Landskroner Grieco Madden, alleges the newspaper manufactured a storyline “built upon invented testimony, the distortion of innocuous facts, and the knowing re-publication of long discredited defamatory statements.”

“I respect the role of the press,” Baxter said, “but journalism is supposed to be driven by the truth.”

The Register’s attacks on Baxter grew out of Managing Editor Westerhold’s public crusade to save the job of former Sandusky Police Chief Kim Nuesse. City Manager Matt Kline recently fired Nuesse following an independent investigation by attorney Michael Murman. Although Baxter did not initiate the investigation, Westerhold claimed in his column, “Nuesse-gate is all about comfort for Baxter.”

In his blog on SanduskyRegister.com, reporter Jason Singer details his boss’ “rage” towards Baxter. Singer writes of Westerhold, “He believes Baxter dodges hard questions, hides from the truth, participates in shady dealings and is basically the Lord Voldemort of Erie County.” The article even provides readers with a link to a description of Voldemort (and presumably Baxter) as “a raging psychopath, devoid of normal human responses.”

“While I don’t normally recommend suing people who buy their ink by the barrel,” added attorney Jack Landskroner, “ Westerhold’s extreme bias has distorted the newspapers’ coverage well beyond the realm of constitutionally protected speech.” Landskroner is leading Baxter’s legal team which also filed a demand for records detailing Westerhold’s role in editing the Baxter stories.

Westerhold not only wrote columns falsely accusing Baxter of lying to Murman’s investigators and falsifying a public record, he also oversaw a series of defamatory articles, written by reporter Jason Singer. Singer’s reports attempted to dredge up and bolster a long-discredited allegation that Kevin Baxter had abused cocaine. Specifically, Singer made up testimony and attributed it to an agent from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification. Singer wrote, “A high-ranking undercover narcotics agent...testified there was a ‘credible witness’ who could substantiate the accusations.”

The cocaine rumor was originally circulated by Baxter’s estranged brother Edward J. (“Ejay”) Baxter following a dispute over their parents estate. In 2002, a grand jury indicted him on 81 felony counts for sending out letters accusing his brother of drug abuse, case fixing, and various criminal acts. Ejay Baxter ultimately pled guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice, admitting in open court and again in a written statement that he had lied about his brother. The Sandusky Register covered the entire case.

Six years later, the Sandusky Register resurrected the bogus accusations to defame and discredit Kevin Baxter. In his March 3 article, reporter Jason Singer wrote, “Baxter’s brother, Ejay Baxter, contends his brother regularly abused cocaine.” The article conspicuously omits Ejay Baxter’s confession and conviction.

“I’ve never used cocaine and Matt Westerhold knows Ejay made it up,” said Kevin Baxter. “He’s given me no choice but to pursue this case.”

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ THE COMPLAINT, LOG ONTO WWW.TEAMLGM.COM, CLICK ON "FILED COMPLAINTS"

SHERI

It's time to worry about yourself and everything else will fall into place.......you're doing a great job, keep it up!!

Julie R.

Baxter said he's never used cocaine......so why not take a drug test and end all rumors then? Why create half a dozen other issues to cover up the REAL ONE?

Baxter's Cleveland attorney, Tom Merriman, said "the reporting has been disgraceful"....

All I've got to say to that MISTER MERRIMAN is-----it's disgraceful what attorneys from the Lorain-Cuyahoga County area are getting away with in Erie County. It's disgraceful how Erie County is helping these crooks BENEFIT from their own FRAUD in this County. It's disgraceful how the sitting judges in corrupt Cuyahoga County are covering up cases of fraud for ERIE COUNTY.

And last but not least----it's DISGRACEFUL how the taxpayers in Erie County are getting RIPPED OFF because of the GOBs dirty agendas using the well worn-out retired visiting Cuyahoga County judge SCAM and you Cleveland attorneys! Stay in your own dam* corrupt County! (and while you're at it take the GOBs from Erie County with you)

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KGleis

I would just like to give everyone an update as of Today April 8th, I am down a total of 24.2 lbs ..... Only 76 pounds to goal !!! I'm taking it 1 day at a time .... Kristin

Julie R.

A prosecutor alleged to be on drugs is probably the LEAST of the serious issues in this county. Like retiree said......this county needs to be investigated from the top to the bottom!

kjr71513

The Indians made a huge second half push last year and to give up on them after two games is just dumb...There are high hopes for this team and there is no reason they can not win the division.

SHERI

CONGRATS on your 24lb loss...........you are doing awesome!!!!!!

edithann

Take the test Baxter. If you're as pure as the driven snow, a test will show it and let's see that investigatory file, or did someone get paid off to bury it?

Retiree

Is "I" short for "idiot"?

Julie R.

Had the situation been reversed---had it been Nuesse alleged to be a drug user---I'm sure the city law director and/or the city's Cleveland attorneys would have demanded a drug test be taken immediately.

As per usual the city is showing how corrupt they are when it comes to illegal double standards.

SCHLICK

I stands for lack of IQ. You're in the minus.

SCHLICK

HMMM, I'M "INPRESSED" TOO.

Retiree

Come on "I", don't get mad. The average person can not afford to buy drugs. The people in high positions that make lucrative wages can afford them. I witnessed certain people the way they act and you don't need to be a rocket scientist to know their on something. With everything that has transpired recently, there is justification for this county to be investigated from top to bottom. It would stop all the negative talk.

Julie R.

RE: "I" If my comments are "bizarre" that's only because the crap Erie County pulls off is more than bizarre. As for me being on drugs.....sorry, but I had to laugh at that one. That's even more comical then the "keep drinking the Nuesse Kool-Aid" crap........

Gulliver

Nobody knows what it is like for the person caring for a family member with Alzheimer's Disease. I wish this was around 5 years ago. My grandfather cared for my grandmother at home. We all said he was a saint. He told us, that if we knew how angry and frustrated he became sometimes while caring for my grandmother, we wouldn't say that about him. I say he did the best he could with what he knew to do.

I could never care for someone in her condition 7 days a week. I still think he was amazing.

John Doe

Hey Jason -

How about posting a picture of your dog?

A question my dog would ask: "Where did that darn cat go now?"

Gulliver

and when the city builds me this dog park can they stock it with lots of squirrels?

Oliver Hardy

I for one am all for an open and transparent government. And by government, I refer to all branches of government including any entity funded by tax dollars such as the Police and courts. Those in government seem to have forgotten that they must answer to the people, not the other way around. To ignore the people with "no comment" or refusal to release public records is something that would happen in Nazi Germany or the USSR. Lack of open government and lack of transparency in government tells me that the government is hiding something.

skinny

If I were the Register, I'd call Krista Harris and pull her affidavidt that STATES she witnessed Kevin Baxter sniff cocaine....
Don't forget Kevin's never been investigated , instead he draws up an affidavidt for his defense. Something tells me Krista Harris is not lying.............

Baxter says Register made up cocaine story
County prosecutor files suit against newspaper

From Staff and Wire Reports

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- A county prosecutor in northern Ohio has sued a newspaper, accusing it of trying to destroy his reputation.

Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter says The Sandusky Register made up a story saying a narcotics agent had testified that Baxter had used cocaine. Baxter said in the lawsuit filed Thursday the testimony never took place and the newspaper knew its stories were wrong.

Register Publisher Doug Phares said the newspaper stands behind its reporting. Matt Westerhold, managing editor of the Register, was also named in the lawsuit. He declined to comment.

Baxter is seeking more than $50,000 in the lawsuit.

Baxter's attorney, Tom Merriman sent out a news release to several newspapers throughout the northern part of the state Thursday.

"For the past ten months, the Sandusky Register has spun a salacious and sensational tale of scandal: A cocaine-abusing county prosecutor who lies to government investigators and abuses his power to falsify public records. In reality, the Register's storyline is a complete fabrication," the release alleges.

"Driven by the actual malice of Managing Editor Matt Westerhold, the newspaper has perpetrated an unlawful campaign of defamation intended to destroy the career and reputation of Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter. Westerhold has made no secret of his contempt for Baxter and has falsely accused him of criminal activity ranging from drug abuse to falsification," the release goes on to allege.

"The reporting has been disgraceful," said Merriman in the release. "There is a clear public record which proves the Register knows its stories are false."

Baxter is being represented by the law firm of Landskroner Grieco Madden. Merriman said the lawsuit alleges the newspaper manufactured a storyline "built upon invented testimony, the distortion of innocuous facts, and the knowing re-publication of long discredited defamatory statements."

"I respect the role of the press," Baxter is quoted in Merriman's news release, "but journalism is supposed to be driven by the truth."

Merriman alleges in the news release, "the Register's attacks on Baxter grew out of Managing Editor Westerhold's public crusade to save the job of former Sandusky Police Chief Kim Nuesse. City Manager Matt Kline recently fired Nuesse following an independent investigation by attorney Michael Murman. Although Baxter did not initiate the investigation, Westerhold claimed in his column, 'Nuesse-gate is all about comfort for Baxter.'"

"While I don't normally recommend suing people who buy their ink by the barrel," added attorney Jack Landskroner in the news release, "Westerhold's extreme bias has distorted the newspapers' coverage well beyond the realm of constitutionally protected speech."

Merriman also alleges in the news release Westerhold "oversaw a series of defamatory articles, written by reporter Jason Singer. Singer's reports attempted to dredge up and bolster a long-discredited allegation that Kevin Baxter had abused cocaine. Specifically, Singer made up testimony and attributed it to an agent from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification. Singer wrote, 'A high-ranking undercover narcotics agent...testified there was a 'credible witness' who could substantiate the accusations.'"

Merriman said the cocaine rumor was originally circulated by Baxter's estranged brother Edward J. "Ejay" Baxter following a dispute over their parents' estate. Merriman said a grand jury indicted Edward in 2002 on 81 felony counts for sending out letters accusing his brother of drug abuse, case fixing, and various criminal acts. Merriman added Ejay Baxter pled guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice, "admitting in open court and again in a written statement that he had lied about his brother. The Sandusky Register covered the entire case."

"Six years later, the Sandusky Register resurrected the bogus accusations to defame and discredit Kevin Baxter. In his March 3 article, reporter Jason Singer wrote, 'Baxter's brother, Ejay Baxter, contends his brother regularly abused cocaine.' The article conspicuously omits Ejay Baxter's confession and conviction," wrote Merriman in the news release.

"I've never used cocaine and Matt Westerhold knows Ejay made it up," Kevin Baxter is quoted as saying in the news release. "He's given me no choice but to pursue this case."

Matt Westerhold did not return a phone call from The Gazette.

Pat

It's rather apparent that he needs to take a drug test and submit to a polygraph. He claims that he's never used cocaine. Okay, well no one that I know believes that. How about: crack, heroin, LSD, marijuana, and your favorite (Ambien).

What, is he know claiming to have never used any illicit drugs in his life.

Everyone knows the truth and truth will come out.

Oliver Hardy

Mr. White,
While I do appreciate having to register with a unique username on these news blogs, I myself like the forums as they are now. I am currently not registered on the forums due to lack of interesting topics started by others. My questions to you are the following. I am registered now on these news blogs. What will happen to my chosen username if somebody else decides to use the same username on the forums? If only one username is needed to sign onto all of the newspaper's online content, what will happen to the username currently used on the news blogs? For example, what if somebody else decides to use "Oliver Hardy" on the forums, will I still be able to sign in as Oliver Hardy on the news blogs? Would the person using the name Oliver Hardy on the forums take away my access as Oliver Hardy on these news blogs? It sounds complicated to me, that is why I like the forums as they are and keep things simple. Maybe the Sandusky Register should start up some interesting topics on the forums to get more people to participate on the forums.

Pat

According to Elsebeth Baumgartner, Krista Harris was set up on sham theft charges and wrongfully and unlawfully convicted due to case fixing in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

Documents filed in the court reveal that the State of Ohio violated Harris' rights in violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 2913.61(C)(1) and the Double Jeopardy Clause of the United States of America.

Harris has filed a number of affidavits against Kevin Baxter and yet none of them have been addressed by law enforcement. However, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judges in Cincinnati believe that Ms. Harris was victimized by a corrupt judicial system in Erie County and therefore considered Harris' affidavit along with the affidavit of Baxter's brother, (Ejay Baxter) as evidence that prosecutorial misconduct was a factor in the conviction of 3 defendants in a murder trial.

One thing is for sure, Krista Harris conviction was fabricated and there is no way in He$$ that she will not be exonerated because the court documents exposes' all of their crimes.

Several high profile attorneys are currently investigating Baumgartner's and Harris' cases. It won't be long before the real truth is exposed.

Julie R.

Curious about "I's" comment that a "couple of loser brothers didn't get enough out of mommy's Will"......why didn't they? Because of criminal acts committed by attorneys and/or judges and a couple of Eeeeerie County financial institutions maybe?

skinny

Hey "I" the convicted felons weren't felons until (KB) went after them. I agree with "Pat" The federal Court sees it differently. If I were KB I'd be concerned that my stradegy was back-firing ?

Kelly

Can I sue my human if he keeps letting me get loose and I get hit by a car?

Julie R.

If Ejay Baxter in 2002 "admitted in open court and in a written statement that he lied about Kevin Baxter" then how did he file another complaint against Kevin several months ago requesting that Tygh Tone handle it? Even better, why wasn't "his admittance that he lied" mentioned by BINETTE and then the Appeals Court when they turned down his Complaint? Something sure doesn't smell right there----not that it surprises me. I know how the dirty legal system in Erie County works. I'm also willing to bet there was a lot of FRAUD and CRIMINAL acts in the Baxter probate estate involving attorneys and others........

Winston Smith

'My weight loss for March was a paltry 4 pounds.'

A lb. a week is good. Don't sell your accomplishment short. It's better than gaining a lb. a wk. isn't it?

Julie R.

Curious as to why the new forum has several of MY comments stated to be "submitted by Matt Westerhold (not verified)". Matt didn't make those comments----I did. Don't like the comments? Then PROVE they aren't the TRUTH!

SCHLICK

HAS EJ REFILED, AND WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE ARSON OF HIS MISSOURI HOME?

Winston Smith

Mr. Westerhold wrote:

'It’s reminiscent of that sweet line from the movie, Angels in the Outfield: "It could happen."'

Our nation's H*ll bent rush toward a planned green economy and the millions of jobs it supposedly will create, reminds me of the sense of faith expressed in the fantasy movie, "Field of Dreams."

"If you build it, they will come?" In the world of reality, the main character would more than likely have gone bankrupt.

ottonut44

Are they still using an hourglass to time the Huron sprinters?? They be slow!!

streak

She is only a sophmore register, so thinks are looking good for the streaks the next couple of years.

streak

She is only a sophmore register, so things are looking good for the streaks the next couple of years.

hancrack me up

mmmmm....Cabana hot garlic parm wings...

Grape Vine

3 dead, 2 hurt in Ga. shooting; professor sought 13 min ago

debdeb

hey kristen ~

glad to know you're still hanging in there! you're doing great! enjoy reading your blogs.

Just Saying

"Perkinsn" -- It's not a surprise to see misspellings on the blogs, but the headlines ??!!! Come on !

Hyman Schwartz

yeah... they are going to combine all their septic thanks and have a community hot tub..

NineMM

Good hunch Sue..................Sure hope the governor finds a job for this 58 year old soon. I'm on tier 2 federal extension now.

NoJobs

There are no jobs for old people in our country and there never will be. Ask people who didn't get a job no matter what they did through senior organizations, decade after decade. What a farce!

Anonymous

Sound advise. I maintain my own website and revisit my keyword selection monthly. When I find a page that has been blaced third or fourth I update my keyword placement and wait a couple of weeks. I then check the page placement.

Chuck Kaman

Mr. Westerhold,

Is there any chance the Sandusky Register could place a copy of this study on-line so that there can be an informed discussion? Especially since you are suggesting it be a template for the rest of the county.

The problem with most studies is that they tend to come to whatever conclusion the study buyer wants. The City of Huron asked for a study to consider combining the police and fire departments and, low and behold, the study finds that to be a good idea! Maybe this is the next great thing in safety services. If that is the case, it should hold up to public scrutiny. If it is simply the latest management fad, we in Huron can’t afford another costly sideshow at taxpayer expense.

Huron also needs more help from you and the Sandusky Register in scrutinizing these studies and investigations. Take Huron’s Insurance/Nitroglycerine incident and resulting investigation as one example. The Register gave Huron a pat on the back on March 20th, when it promptly disciplined two young employees for their involvement:

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

The investigator’s report, however, showed that this practice was well known among upper level leadership in the Huron Fire Division the year before. I documented this on your online forums beginning March 29th:

http://forums.sanduskyregister.c...

By April 21st, the City Manager announced he was “assessing” the fire department, but it wasn’t an “investigation”. The City Manger then suspended the Fire Chief Berlin for 3 days in June, but refused to discuss any details or reasons with the press.

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

Did your reporters and editors even read the investigator’s report? Did it not occur to anyone that a government official might want to sweep something under the rug? Have you read this latest study?

Huron needs to finds a way to restore honesty and self-discipline to its local government. If that isn’t done, no amount of management reorganization is going to result in improved cost or service.

Sue Daugherty

JOB OPPORTUNITIES:
I have had 3 employers contact me seeking to hire reliable, mature employees THAT THEY CAN DEPEND ON.
1. Janice Warner, Exec. Director of Erie-Huron CAC is seeking bus drivers for "Head Start". They will pay for the new hire to get their CDL license. Possible full-time position might exist. Call Janice or her secretary at 419-625-2214 for more information.
2. Sales - Office furniture company
Clair David Office Furniture & Design
419-843-2300
419-843-2323f
Ask for Kim Marion for more information
www.ClairDavid.com
3. Tim Skelton is seeking to employ some reliable people who have a work ethic at his pizza shop - Moma B's Call 419-625-9999 or
419-624-0849 for more information.

Crackhead

hey matt--- where is that idiot sanders column for me to comment on? that racist piece of trash. he wonders why there is such a divide among the colors in this country and yet his ilk continue to perpetuate it on aregular basis. he makes me sick. "the slave becomes the master" he is by far the biggest idiot i can think of. does he go to reverend wrights church?
people want to put that junk behind us. people want to live without color. the racism he always speaks of is behind most of us. and yet people like him continue to throw it in our faces. they continue to blame us just because we happen to be white.
i had nothing to do with any of this past he speaks constantly of. NOT MY FAULT. he looks as though he has done well for himself. how is that possible in a society supposedly geared to keep him down?
i am sick and tired of his kind of trash. pull his plug and people like him and eventually just maybe we can all be on color-- RED, WHITE, AND BLUE...

00SEVEN

I agree 100% with you crackhead. The register has coddled Rufus and his anti-white rants for as long as I can remember. The only thing is the most important catalyst in this formula is Rufus has the NAACP backing him and as we have seen here locally with the corruptness within their very own local organization we all have seen WHO the real racists are!!!

Winston Smith

The econ. stimulus bill? That’s so yesterday.

What about the ADDITIONAL $410 billion in the 2009 omnibus spending bill that the Dems released on Mon. that has received very little coverage?

The Dems are increasing Federal spending by 8% for the balance of 2009.

See: http://news.yahoo.com/s/cq/20090...

Thank goodness that veto maniac Bush is outa there so America can spend its way to prosperity.

shf

Keep up the great work Kristin! I would be happy to take some of those Caramel delites out of your house for you :). Just wanted you to know that we are praying for you.

Anonymous

I Googled my personal name and the only thing that came up was my name in the listing of CCW holders that was published by the Register. Therefore my business does not advertise in the Register.

CM

Pray a little more, work a little harder, save, wait, be patient and, most of all, live within our means. That's the American way. It's not spending ourselves into prosperity or taxing ourselves into prosperity.

CM

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Anonymous

Ok Matt, enough is enough!!! You are such a little weasil. It is obvious that the three commissioners you oppose here are all anti-nuesse. The two commissioners who you continue to stroke, are all for her coming back. Dan Kaman could tell you that the sky is purple and you would believe him, all because he is on the Nuesse bandwagon. You are so transparent and sad and pathetic and I can not believe people pay you to write this crap. So save us all the time in reading what you have to say, we all get it, ANYTHING Kaman or Waddington say you agree with and ANYTHING Fuqua, Farrar or Craig Stahl say, u disagree with. That about right Matt??? LOL youre such a joke!

Winston Smith

‘ O brave new world, That has such people in't!’

- ‘The Tempest,’ Wm. Shakespear

The 8% increase in spending for the remainder of the yr. in the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act includes:

· $6.9 billion for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program, a $1.2 billion increase over FY 2008

· $3.2 billion for state and local law enforcement and crime prevention, $495 million above FY 2008

· $2 billion to study global climate change, a $262 million increase over last fiscal year

· $5.1 billion, $337 million above 2008, for IRS enforcement

· $30.3 billion for the National Institutes of Health to research diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, and diabetes, a $938 million increase over FY 2008

· $17.3 billion for college education grants, $3 billion more than in FY 2008

See: http://www.ombwatch.org/node/9730

CM

Just remember in a socialist/communist society…everybody has a job, but nobody has a good job…except those in political power!

“Socialists cry “Power to the people”, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean—power over people, power to the State.”
Margaret Thatcher

Sue Daugherty

For people who are concerned about a foreclosure action or anticipate missing a housepayment or will be experiencing thier mortgage payment increasing there will be a FORECLOSURE PREVENTION CALL IN" on March 10th from 6pm - 8pm. Attorneys, bankers, realtors, and HUD Counselors will be taking your calls AND ASNSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS. 419/626-5623

Crackhead

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reader

I was disappointed the commissioners didn't wait 2 weeks to clean up the G and C Foundry site. When the city solicitor cautioned them about going ahead with the cleanup before having the site declared a safety hazard and thereby improving the priority of the lien to recoup the cleanup expense, there was no logic in going ahead immediately.

I sympathize with the residents living near that eyesore, but the commissioners have a duty to safeguard the city treasury for all the citizens.

Why pay for legal advice if you're going to ignore it?

Why couldn't the cleanup wait 2 weeks?

reader

Larry Gerold should look into setting up a site to webcast the camera view of the eagles' nest. I bet it could make the Old Dutch known around the world and real popular with bird watchers near and far. I know I would enjoy watching the nest. I think there have been similar webcams airing peregrine falcons nesting on tall city buildings.

iamrevolutionary

I would like to be able to "click" on my screen name and that would access my user profile, articles commented on, user message, etc...It is available on Mansfield News Journal and associated sites. It is very helpful, and makes the online experience more personal.

Winston Smith

'Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.'

- John Maynard Keynes

With future catastrophic results, the era of Reagan and the influence of free mkt. economist Milton Friedman are waning in the U.S.

The new 'dead' economic philosophy du jour is from James Tobin, the man who brought Keynes' ideas to the U.S.

Get to know your minds of your new masters:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/ne...

Govt. spending will not produce prosperity, but obviously the fairytales are being resurrected and re-told once again.

Anonymous

@iamrevolutionary I would really like to see a similar feature myself. Actually, the fact that the comment registration on our current platform does not offer that and some other, similar functionality was the primary reason I, personally, was reluctant to turn on the comment registration at this time. (Obviously, at a certain point the problems of the comments sections were greater than the problems of the registration system.) We have something similar right now on Funcoast and Fandy, which are both operating on a more advanced, but more experimental platform. As we continue upgrading this system, what you're referencing will certainly be a priority...

Crackhead

hey matt--- where is that sanders column for me to comment on? that racist piece of trash. he wonders why there is such a divide among the colors in this country and yet his ilk continue to perpetuate it on aregular basis. he makes me sick. "the slave becomes the master" he is by far the biggest idiot i can think of. does he go to reverend wrights church?
people want to put that junk behind us. people want to live without color. the racism he always speaks of is behind most of us. and yet people like him continue to throw it in our faces. they continue to blame us just because we happen to be white.
i had nothing to do with any of this past he speaks constantly of. NOT MY FAULT. he looks as though he has done well for himself. how is that possible in a society supposedly geared to keep him down?
i am sick and tired of his kind of trash. pull his plug and people like him and eventually just maybe we can all be on color-- RED, WHITE, AND BLUE...

CM

Great idea reader, I second that!

CM

Hmmmm...seems like the States that collect the least amount of taxes and small goverment spending do much better.

So, why "change" that?

Winston Smith

Good reporting Mr. Jackson!

Unfortunately, it's probably wasted on the economic dunderheads.

Also take a look at The Tax Foundation's latest States' Rankings on 38 Different Tax and Fiscal Measures:

http://www.taxfoundation.org/fil...

A sampling:

Ohio ranked 47th in State Business Tax Climate

Ohio ranked 33rd in Corporate Tax Index

Ohio ranked 47th in Individual Income Tax

Ohio ranked 46th in Property Tax

Based on the above, it would appear that a lot of Ohio's economic pain is self inflicted.

Why would any profit seeking private enterprise want to open shop in Ohio?

A Sovereign American

Yes, excellent story!

Winston Smith

Also worth a gander regarding Ohio from The Tax Foundation website:

http://www.taxfoundation.org/res...

Additionally:

http://www.alec.org/AM/Template....

In a nutshell, the most sensible game plan for young Ohioans is:

Get educated and get out!

Winston Smith

A blast from the past.

Here's The Guv and The Lt. Guv writing to the world in Sept. '08 that Ohio's just doin' fine:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB...

I kept this in my Favorites just for special occasions. Glad to share.

00SEVEN

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SCHLICK

THE BEST PRICES CAN BE FROM THE SPD. THEN AGAIN, LOOK AT THE FAT COPS, THE COOKIES HAVE DISAPPEARED AGAIN.

00SEVEN

What a profound short little paragraph.....

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by
legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931

This is the kind of nonsense that our great commander in chief wants to do. Why don't we all just quit our jobs and let ole bag of broccoli take care of us !!!

RHammons

Thanks for reviewing and responding so thoroughly to my input Nick. I appreciate/respect the level of interaction you're having with us readers in these blogs, and the technical improvements as they continue to roll out as well. Keep up the good work!

Crackhead

great job rufus. now you can get off of your soapbox. is it not a great country or what? now we are all equal. now you can stop playing the race card every time we turn around. "the slave has become the master" right rufus? i am always impressed with your rants. it appears to me that you have done pretty well for yourself over the years, huh? not too much holdin' old rufus down? it sure is easy to point the finger though, huh?
see it is people like you and the chosen few in your community that keep driving that wedge between all of us. see rufus, i am not a racist. that is the truth. i do not see color. i do not treat people the way you seem to claim we all do. you keep bringing it up and it keeps it all fresh in these young peoples minds. you act as though because of the color of your skin we all owe you for the hardships your ancestors suffered.
wrong answer. i had nothing to do with any of that. neither did my family. they were poor dirt farmers from germany and italy. they had no money and were treated as second rate citizens. even my grandfather could not get water to his property because his last name was not a popular one. you think you were the only people to see discrimination? please.
go read some of the idiocies that are being written about on the "three charged in sandusky home invasion" story. tell these uneducated thugs that the only way to a better life is to get an education like you did, and pull up your pants, get some good clothes and some manners, stop desecrating the english language and persue your dreams. stop looking to jay-z and puffy and the drug lords for your survival. for crying out loud a black man is president. i am sure he was not a thug or drug dealer.

i guess what it boils down to for me is the simple fact, you keep your race down by giving all these excuses why society has failed them. why they are entitled to all of the preferential treatment. what kind of environment does it create when someone gets a job based on the color of their skin and not whether they deserve it or not?

"the slave has become the master" right on brother. now the playing field is nice and level. you won't need to stand on your soapbox to see over me...

Anonymous

What??? I demand a recount!!

NOTJUSTABYSTANDER

My mother has been on this program for years and we thank GOD. She has had to have numerous surgeries and has yet to pay $1 out of pocket thanks to the QMB! It also puts more money in her pocket every month because it pays her Medicare payment and co-pays! For all you seniors out there having a hard time making ends meet this is a very smart GREAT program.

Anonymous

Do you realize that the Flaming Lips...one of the best bands of the 90's and maybe today...is from Okalahoma? Oklahoma City to be exact.

joe baumgartner

Excuse me Mr Cordray, Elected public official, but explain to John Q public why this is not a public record. I am not an attorney, and would not want to be in this state. The Public deserves an explanation, your interpretation of the law. Please explain, we are all waiting to hear. You should be the expert, let's see what you have got to say.

Anonymous

Wow Matt, you better hope these accusations you speak of are true and are public record, if not you could looking to get sued for Defamation of Character. THAT is a trial, I would definately attend!!!

Winston Smith

90s? That's so yesterday.

Those are typical politicians for ya, no imagination.

Shoulda picked some good hard workin’ Red Dirt music by the likes of Cross Canadian Ragweed or Jason Boland.

------------

Should it give one pause while flying into Okie City to realize that it named its airport in honor of an airplane passenger casualty?

underthebridge

Matt, the Register should sue the City of Sandusky and the State of Ohio for these records.

ibd1

At first I was thinking the Nuesse - Baxter - Kline saga would be the makings for a great movie, but then I realized, no one would ever believe it.

00SEVEN

I'm all for Matt and the Register exposing BAXTER, KLINE, CORDRAY, STAHL, MURRAY and the rest of the good ole boy network. The one issue that bothers me the most is when a blogger does the very same thing you are doing here, your commando cowboys remove it and state it is a personal attack.
You did it to Crackhead and myself on the Rufas Sanders article.
You talk the talk, but you don't walk the walk. How are you supposed to debate on an article without mentioning the persons name? Inquiring minds want to know!!! ~ º ¿ º ~

Anonymous

Mr. Westerhold,

Maybe you should fight for copies of those reports with the same vigor you used to fight for the list of CCW holder names.

00SEVEN

to mr. sandusky

WELL SAID, FANTASTIC IDEA!!!

Westerdump

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contained profanity.

Conspiracy Theorist

You put out some nice commentaries, Matt. You would be surprised by some of the players involved in Ohio, even the ones that EB mentioned. Take for example the visiting judge Richard Markus who was mainly responsible for the imprisonment of EB. His son Kent Markus is chief legal counsel to Governor Ted Strickland.
http://blog.cleveland.com/opener...

Kent Markus and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason were considered as replacements for Marc Dann. There are a lot of players in Ohio who will only protect each other. That is why only an investigation by the USDOJ will be needed to uncover the truth. The FBI used out of state agents when they raided the Cuyahoga County offices because some of the OHIO federal agents would have tipped off the crooks in Cleveland.

Keep up the good work, Matt. Former Illinois Governor Blagojevich tried to have some members of the Chicago Tribune editorial staff fired because they criticized Blogo in the newspaper. Blogo's attempt to have the editorial staff fired is contained here on page 8, paragraph 15. http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/iln/pr...

If it were not for the Chicago Tribune's commentaries and reporting critically of Blogo, I doubt that nobody would have paid attention to Blogo and there would not have been a federal investigation. Newspapers can be a very powerful tool to expose corruption in government. Remember that it was The Washington Post that was responsible for uncovering Watergate and bringing Nixon down.

TILIS

Truthfully, I think the people of Sandusky are sick and tired of all of this mess. Obviously, a double standard applied and I could not find ANYTHING in he ORC of Sandusky that allows that.

From the beginning this entire situatio with council and Nussee and all those involved smacks of intimidation, cover-ups and misconduct by specific council members.

I did a LOT of reseach today and the meeting with Nussee at the Fire Station and its resulting suit is a violation of the Sunshine law.

I think those involved knew full well what they were doing hoping no one would legally take this matter to task.

Brian Crandall ran for the hills, (I think all started with him), Murray had bigger ambitions and took his course, leaving Sandusky in his past. That leaves Stahl, who seems lost and uncomfortable and literally holding the bag on this.

We need a recall of those involved and each concerned citizen should take part. Its necessary because it involves the character of those involved and obviously they have none

lilsmomma

Way to go Ken!! Keep up the good work!

crazymom

Matt, I respectfully understand your obsession with the corruption in our city politics. Maybe your next soapbox could be why our politicians aren't pursuing any businesses but seasonal. Bring that out in the front. Families can't live on seasonal jobs.

Julie R.

After the unfair way they fired Kim Nuesse, I don't know how the city of Sandusky can get away with concealing the city's investigation into Kline. I don't think they can----the snakes are pulling off another fast one, probably on the advice of Cirigliano and the Cleveland attorneys. If they get away with it, you can bet the report will "disappear" in due time. The Attorney General is pulling off a fast one, too........but I don't think it's BAXTER that they are worried about.

underthebridge

I've been thinking. KB isn't going to sue the Register. Why? Because if he sues the Register then it opens HIM up to discovery. Unless of course, he charges an entire newspaper with "falsification."

Sam

When this entire Nuesse mess is completed Matt Westerhold will be history and the Sandusky Registerag will be owned by Kevin Baxter. This entire coverage by the Registerag has been a witch hunt to distract the truth away from the facts concerning Nuesse. It has been a well planned attack with bias, unfair coverage and total fabrication on the part of the management of the Registerag. We can only ask why?

ERNesbitt

Is that a red Ford Swingline... er Focus? Who else got the "Office Space" reference?

curious

Great job Kristin....keep up the good work! Sheila

Julie R.

Sam: I think you have it backwards. It was a witch hunt against Nuesse. The attack was biased, unfair and a total fabrication of flat-out lies.......but it sure wasn't well-planned!

Winston Smith

Ooops. I almost forgot another Okie musician that those dopey bureaucrats undoubtedly missed:

Watermelon Slim.

http://www.watermelonslim.com/in...

Mr. Willie Dixon said it best:

'The Blues is the truth; if it’s not the truth, it’s not the Blues.'

Anonymous

Hi guys,
In fairness to the bureaucrats, the selection of the official state rock song in Oklahoma was made by ordinary folks, who voted on the Internet. They had slim pickings -- Oklahoma just hasn't produced many really big rock stars, compared for example to Ohio. Oklahoma has done better growing country and western singers such as Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and many others.

Yes, it is pretty ironic Oklahoma City welcomes visitors to Will Rogers Airport.

Winston Smith

Mr. Jackson you make an excellent point.

When local newspapers fold, who's to give the citizenry potentially important information regarding the doings of their elected and nonelected officials?

The web may be handy for big picture news items, but it tends to be inadequate in regards to reporting local news.

Locally, citizens can often make a difference; nationally we tend to have little-to-no control.

Good to know that you're on the job.

Reminds me of Tip O'Neill's famous quote: 'All politics is local.'

Winston Smith

Mr. Jackson:

Yes, of course I read and understood that the citizenry made the selection.

But I sometimes just can't help myself from casting aspersions on the blood-s*cking flea on the body politic - the bureaucrat.

reader

Keep up the good work, Tom. An informed citizenry is important.

00SEVEN

Hey Matt, what happened to your newest blog ( WAKE UP AND SNORT THE COCAINE). Did you get your a$$ spanked by Baxter and the boys?

BLACKJACK

justchickingmyrigister

Keep Focused

Tom,

I see you alot at community events and at various govermental meeting. I observe what happens at the meetings and then see how that plays out in the printed word.

I feel you do a great job in reporting the news. I know that you watch what takes place and then dig for additional information to make you written story more informative than the actual event.

You are plesent and hard working all at the same time.

Good Job!

Anonymous

For those that believe everything that they read and do very little independent thought and research the answer is that it is making them less intelegent....or maybe more miss-informed.

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