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

Mr. Jackson, I think you cover story's very well but you may need to dig a little deeper. The county continues to cut the working people on the front lines. It appears you aren't being told that no upper management has been touched. I believe you may want to start investigating people on payroll that don't put in a full working week. Then questions some of the administrative money that is being spent on unnecessary items. I think the public tax payers would love to hear about that. Specially the ones that have lost their jobs and try to get help when Erie County JFS is short staffed and can not even make a dent in their work in a 40 hour work week. Check it out Tom, and maybe you need to go and seat in the buildings lobby and evaluate. A word to the wise, sometimes the top only tells you what they want you to hear. Trust others as they have the truth. The CEO'S have killed our country.

Winston Smith

Yea I saw this earlier.

I read 'tons' of SF when I was younger. I believe I read the first installment of Riverworld as a serial in either the long defunct 'Galaxy' or 'If' magazines.

Enjoyed the idea of different historical ages thrown together. Who could've imagined Samuel Clemens and Vikings???

Sue Daugherty

Erie Huron Community Action Commission received $70,000 from Columbia Gas to be used for Columbia Gas customers that are above 175% of the Fed. Poverty and at or below 200% A DISCONNET NOTICE IS NOT REQUIRED the max benefit is $250.00 it is additional Fuel Fund Monies. ($18,200/year for one person; $24,500/year for two people;$20,800/year for a household of one; $28,000/year for a household of two)

So if you know of someone who could use a 250.00 discount on their heating bill -- and falls in this income bracket -- tell them to cal the Erie-Huron CAC at 419-626-4320. Adults of any age are eligible.

A Sovereign American

A new documentary will be out on Sunday, "The Obama Deception" will probably be on Youtube in a few days as well. You should watch it.

Anonymous

Obama is going to drag this country even lower into the depths of recession and will soon be an all out depression. This Robin Hood approach he is taking, buy taking from the rich to give to the poor will destroy us. My insurance rates will go up to help pay for those who dont have insurance. I have worked hard to get what I have and I already have WAY too much of my money coming out of my check to help people who refuse to work and just sit around having babies. If you are someone who worked hard, who HAD a great job but got fired, you deserve help. But lets face it, a lot of these people just dont have the ambition to do for themselves, especially when we now have a president who is more than willing to take more of my money to give to those who are "less fortunate". God help us all!!

kURT

Why did the people speak so loudly last election? Because after 8years of failure (Bush), we the people were tired of it.

ibd1

Mr. Westerhold, I commend you for your reporting on this and other similar issues. Kind of reminds me of the old Watergate days. I hope you keep up the good work and I hope that Justice comes to the good Citizens of Sandusky. This has to be some of the darker days in the history of this fine town. By the way, we have never met, but I am a frequent reader of your newspaper, which I think is the best in Northern Ohio.

Sue Daugherty

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NOTJUSTABYSTANDER

This still cheats the SENIORS IN ERIE COUNTY!! They who are lower incomed have to pay $1.50 per ride or $3 round trip to go to the Dr or the store or anywhere! Instead of giving all that money to SPARC they should have invested in helping the SENIORS who need rides and paying their drivers a decent wage! Erie County is the only county transportation that pays their drivers by the client instead of by the hour!

Anonymous

To arrive at a definitive figure would require city,county and township to open its financial books and that just won't happen.Keep up the good work,Matt.

Anonymous

Matt, your editorials keep getting more and more boring. Why do you think you deserve taped interviews with suspected drug dealers? I mean why do you think you're entitled to this information? You are a newspaper editor and a BAD one at that. What would all of this do? You have personal vendettas against so many people in this town, all in the name of Kim Nuesse. Its really only a matter of time, before the Lorain Journal causes the SR to go belly up. See they have REAL journalists, who report the truth and dont use their paper as a platform to try and destroy good strong people in the community. Matt Kline, Charlie Sams, Brett Fuqua, Phil Frost have all been the victims of your unprovoked attacks and accusations, if one or all of them were wise, they would sue you for slander. I just would like to know why you would do this for a woman who, up until 2 years ago, was no where near to being a member of this community. So she comes in here, trys to run the Police Department into the ground, gets canned for several reasons and because of that you slander all these men?? I understand when you have a "crush" on a woman, you try to make yourself appear more important than you are, but I mean C'mon Matt, LOL.....you dont think she sees through YOUR "Transparencies"??? LMAO!!!! Youre SO pathetic Matt!!!

firelands411.bl...

Nick said: "But wouldn't it be cool if a story could weave text, audio, and video together? Not just supplementing with video, but making the text and the video actually dependent on each other...?"

You mean like this:

http://411firelands.blogspot.com...

And this:

http://sanduskyregurgitator.blog...

I predict digital news delivery will move toward this style. It's engaging. It's interesting. It requires a little more skill because you're transitioning between chunks of information and combines the art of editing with reporting - but at some point aren't all reporters editors too?

Julie R.

Keep dogging 'em, Matt. Concealment of documents is illegal......

Julie R.

William Lang, ANOTHER Cleveland attorney that will be paid with Erie County tax dollars, claims a secret document is any document that an attorney handles......Considering how lawyers think everybody should just naturally take their word for everything, maybe the SR should call his bluff and ask him for the number of this joke law.

timlavigne

jOE CITIZEN, not that I want to defend Matt but we all should have a right to these documents. We pay for these out of our taxpayer money and no document unless it is in the interest of national security should be a secreat document. WE as citizens need to demand more from our goverment and start throwing any and all bums out of office that forget that they answer to us.

This is what the newspaper should be doing, getting information on what our goverment is doing with our tax dollars. Not protecting anyone in office and holding all of them to the same measuring stick.

timlavigne

QUESTION Joe, why does that fact that up to 2 years ago she was not part of the communtiy affect anything here. So youR telling me that fact makes her disqualified becasue she is not one of the good old boys. To me that makes her more disqualified because she has no one to give a pay back.

BiggieA

hmmm...sounds like a waste of money to me. Don't we have a rather large deficit right now? And public transportation is at the top of our list? Sounds like a liberal agenda if I've ever saw one!

Rick Studer

The SPARC is a great idea. I’ve recently spoke with multiple people who plan to use this service. The affordable $1 per ride will allow people of limited means to use the transportation service multiple times a week. This should allow people who are normally confined or limited to the downtown area the ability to branch out. Now they can seek employment and spend their money in a greater number of places.

It’s easy for people who have transportation to consider this program a waste of money. For a poor person who has a low paying job $5 to $10 extra in their pocket a week is the difference between eating lunch and working all day hungry.

It occurs to me that “conservative, right wing thinkers” who blog in this area are in actuality suffering from low self-esteem. They always make the assumption that if they can do something, then anybody else can do it too. They never give themselves credit for being able to get a better job, completing an education, being smarter or able to physically work harder than someone else is.

They always blame the person in need for being lazy, or a Socialist who wants everything handed to them or someone who just doesn’t care and is a freeloader. I say you “Rush Babies” be upfront with your feelings of superiority. I suppose I could be wrong and the real answer is you just don’t give squat about your fellow man…

To the bus driver, look in your pocket. Is there a union card? That’s why you get paid by a$$es in the seat. A Teamster wouldn’t have this complaint.

underthebridge

The SR destroyed Matt Kline? You're kidding me right?

Gulliver

Thank you Mr. Studer! You took the words right out of my mouth. Well, sorta. I think you said it better than I could have.

NOTJUSTABYSTANDER

HEY MR STUDER, THESE GUYS DO NOT DARE EVEN TALK UNION OR THEY WILL BE "LET GO!" DO U THINK THEY ENJOY PUTTING IN 10-12 HOURS A DAY GETTING PAID FOR 5! AND FOR THE PEOPLE THAT NEED (SAY ELDERLY WHO HAVE NO VEHICLES AT ALL TO GET AROUND OR CAN'T WALK THAT FAR TO A BUS STOP) THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! THESE OLD PEOPLE AND MENTALLY CHALLENGED HAVE TO PAY $1.50 TO $2.00 ONE WAY FOR A RIDE TO THE GROCERY STORE, DRUG STORE OR DOCTOR! THERE IS AN ELDERLY LADY THAT I DRIVE TO SOME OF THESE PLACES WHEN I CAN BECAUSE SHE CAN'T ALWAYS AFFORD HER MEDICINE LET ALONE PAY FOR A RIDE TO THE DRUG STORE! SO TAKE YOUR UNION BUTT AND THANK GOD U R NOT IN THE POSITION OF NEEDING A RIDE TO THE DOCTOR, DRUG STORE OR GROCERY STORE AND CAN'T GO BECAUSE U DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY! I'M SAYING THESE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BEG SHARE A RIDE TO TAKE THEM ANYWHERE! THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO GO THESE PLACES FOR FREE!!

Winston Smith

It's a simple case of supply and demand. Govt. can only keep the true costs hidden for so long. Market prices will prevail eventually.

Tip of the iceberg; in the future, expect to pay more for less when it comes to govt. regulated or provided health and welfare services.

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LAnnSmith

Ken,
I know it is a lot of hard work, but you are doing great! Keep up the great weight loss!

CM

I asked one of the commissioners (democrat) why the water prices are going up in these districts...he explained that it wasn't fair for others to pay.........hmmmm, I asked him, isn't that what the goverment is trying to do on a federal level? He didn't answer...

outsider

With people having access to all the big box stores along Rt. 250 aren't we helping the closing of Cardinal Market and Gallaghers?

RHammons

This is a very interesting topic of discussion, and I don't think I have a cut and dry solution to offer, but I know for certain interweaving and more importantly dependency on multimedia is probably not the best solution. I think news should still be included as text, for universal accessibility, probably provided in a short (headline and snippet) and long form (article in entirety), and it should be supplemented with rich information graphics/applications, and video/audio. I appreciate a well thought out diagram, or chart, interactive or not. And video's great, but it's much more difficult to note, bookmark, or cite than text. As long as a written article is the basis for all these things, one over the other could easily be successful as the focus of the news piece, but the text has to be there.

I think the Regurgitator example provided below is absolutely messy and I hope news delivery doesn't go in that direction. That site reminds me of something from the movie Idiocracy...

Anonymous

Ken,
There are two ideas I can share that might help you fight of procrastination in your quest.

First, when I did my grocery shopping, I would try to find frozen foods (a box of marinated salmon, a bag of raw vegetables) that didn't need much effort to prepare.

Second, it was easier if I got my food for the following day ready the night before. Planning ahead always made it easier for me to stay with the diet. If I was rushed, I got stuck having to eat out or picking up whatever and that made it difficult to follow what I should have eaten. Also, it helped to cook two days of food at a time.

Good luck. I'm anxious to see how you've done since we met at the state swim meet.

firelands411.bl...

Rhammons, in other words you're advocating exactly the way the news is presented now.

What did you think of the other presentation:

http://411firelands.blogspot.com...

Winston Smith

Gotta luv the pompousness of the political ruling class.

Reminds me of a Soviet joke:

'Brezhenev is showing his aged mother around the Kremlin. He shows her his ornate office, the state rooms, the banqueting suite and the garage full of limos. 'Well mother has your boy done well?'

Mother looks aghast......'Son I'm very worried. What if the Bolsheviks come back?'

The New World Czar

Our elected officials are only as good as the quality of the voters who elected them.

With that being said...WHAT WERE WE THINKING ???

Check the backgrounds of your candidates before you vote.

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