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.


Julie R.

It's not only judges that should be forced to retire at the age of 70, so should attorneys. That way they won't be able to do anymore criminal favors for their friends, like draft up new POA's and different Wills for their incompetent clients without the knowledge of certain family members. But then on the other hand, the other signatures on the forged documents weren't from people well over the age of 70 so I would have to say these criminal acts are commonplace in Eeeeerie County.

Winston Smith

Mr. Jackson,

Regarding Tommy James:

A couple of yrs. ago I was speaking with a chamber of commerce exec. who had booked him for event. She said that he was a real prima donna. He performed a truncated show and complained about everything - never again.

Sad, as I enjoyed his pop tunes in my youth. Maybe he’s gotten cranky in his old age? Perhaps it’s due to a lack of “Mony, Mony”?

The rule of 250:

If one person has a bad experience with a product or service they will tell their friends and acquaintances and those people in turn will tell others; hence the number 250.

Unfortunately, when most people have a good experience, they only tell two or three.

Winston Smith

Mr. Jackson:

It might be time for a Ken Mayland update. I’d enjoy reading his thoughts regarding this massive deficit Federal spending in support of the Brave New Deal. Perhaps some other readers would too.

Maybe he has some ideas on how to solve Ohio's unemployment situation?

I looked at his website and he's posted nothing new since the beginning of the year. Looks like ya gotta be a paid subscriber to get the 'good stuff.'

But, as an influential member of the media, you can cut to the head of the line.


I came across the following Soviet joke:

A Hungarian is sent to the Gulag.

One of his fellow prisoners asks him, ‘How long is your sentence?’

He replies, ‘Ten years.’

The prisoner then asks, ‘What was your crime?’

He replies, ‘Nothing.’

The prisoner responds angrily, ‘Nothing? You lucky b*stard! You must have connections. Everyone knows that the sentence for ‘Nothing’ is twenty years!’


There is a web site where you can register your phone numbers..or by phone 1-888-382-1222. This eliminates most of the unwanted calls.
Never give out any personal information on the phone.

Sue Daugherty

I just received a call from Walt Matthews Insurance Agency telling me of another scam. It's a "Jackpot Payment Notice". It comes in the form of a realistic check for $3,500.00 and it tells you to cash it so it can cover the cost of administering the jackpot. Then they ask for the "winners" checking account number and routing number so they can deposit the winnings.

here's what happens. The "Winner" cashes the check and the check bounces. The "Winner" has to pay the overdraft fees and pay back the bank for any of the spent $3,500.00. (assuming the "Winner" actually spent this money)

Now that this scam-business has the "Winners" checking account # and routing #, they are able to clean the "Winners" checking account out and run off with the "Winners" money.

The old saying still applies -- "If it sounds too good to be probably is".

If this is happening to you report it to your local police department and to the Ohio Attorney General's office Division of Consumer Protection Diviion. The phone number is 800-282-0515


I look forward to reading your blogs every week.....Oh how we LOVE the Little Debbie snacks, every time we went to Moms she would have several different boxes of them, thats what she lived on, Little Debbie snacks and Pepsi. Your right McDonalds is easy, drive thru here we come, but NOT ANY MORE!!! You have been at this for 3 months now, you know you CAN do this. I had those jeans I was keeping for you, well forget them, I will go buy you an outfit when the time is right.
Keep up the good work!! I am so proud of you!!

Love Aunt Sheri

Winston Smith

Yep! I’m not surprised to learn that I'm really out of the Sci-Fi genre loop anymore.

The only name I recognized was Turtledove. I read ‘Guns of The South’ years ago. Fun book.

I’ve been studying Soviet economics, that’s ‘kinda’ like Sci-Fi isn’t it?

veggie girl

Congratulations, Kristin! I've been following your progress and you are doing great! It's tough when you have kids at home, but you CAN do meals that taste as good--or better!--than a restaurant. It just takes planning. the crock pot can be your best friend...or, on the nights you have the patience for it, let the kids help! The best part of this (besides the healthy eating) is the memories of both the time spent together and the recipes that become "yours" The down side is...going out to eat means you don't have to clean up the kitchen!


Harry Turtledove is probably the best known author on this list, Opening atlantis is a great read, as are most of his other books, In the series begining with "How Few Remain" and ending with "In at the Death" He tells of a confederate victory in the Civil war, and looks at other conflicts between the two nations, Including in one of the later books of the series, the Battle of Norwalk and the Battle of Sandusky. Glad to see he's made the list again at least on the Prometheus awards. Thanks for posting this Tom

Kottage Kat

Excellent suggestions. Thank you


Hmmmm wait a minute....I seem to remember this being in the Sandusky Regurgitator this summer.....almost word for word.


Thanks for your comments. Harry Turtledove won the Prometheus last year for The Gladiator, a fine book about two Italian teenagers in a world in which the Communists won the Cold War. (He won in a tie with Jo Walton's "Ha'Penny," an exciting thriller about a plot to kill Hitler in a world in which England makes a separate peace with the Nazis.)

Winston Smith

Darn shame. Looks like mostly advice on 'hunkering down' tips.

It would appear that the great unleveraging of the U.S. economy is in full swing. We've been living and spending beyond our means for decades with much of our over consumption financed by foreigners. We’ve been spending and they’ve been saving.

Decades worth of bad decisions by simple-minded, self-serving politicians have brought Ohio and our nation to having its citizens pondering on how to do more with less.

Will the so-called ‘bold’ plans coming out of Washington do the trick to turn things around?

This morning I heard a comment by a news anchor who likened Obama’s massive spending plans to a doctor, who when diagnosing a patient as having diabetes gave him a prescription to eat more sugar.


Assuming that the artist titled the sculpture, his choice of words tells exactly what he intended.


Yep Yep, all of the cross time books, though written for a younger audience, are fine books, though i must admit reading the Gladiator reminded me a bit of the hero zone, which isn't a bad thing

Winston Smith

br wrote:

'...the Battle of Norwalk and the Battle of Sandusky.'

Interesting, I may have to check that out. Thanks.

Had the Copperheads been a potent force in 1860s Ohio, the state may have possibly seceded, the Union would have split in the Midwest and Lincoln's ability to wage war could have been potentially been greatly diminished.

Of course, during the First Battle of Manassas, had Lee allowed Jackson to pursue fleeing Federalists back into Washington, the War of Secession would possibly have ended almost before it began.


YES,the title is what people read and interpet as sexual.with out the title in place,what would one think it to be depicting. The time has come to think both left and right on this display. I myself deplore child abuse,physical,sexual,mental,as I have said open your eye's expand the closed way of thinking. Could this possibly be an artists social commentary of a terrible problem in the U.S,which is on the increase,the student-teacher illicit affair.


matt, matt, matt. what happened to you? where are the stories about all of the corruption? i wondered when they would get to you and it appears that they have. what gives, dude?i have razzed you over the last couple of years, but i stand behind you. this corruption disgusts me and so much has been brought to light. i hope you are still here and just lying in wait to pounce. they are in need of keeping the checks and balances. i hope you are still here. i know you are watching. just a matter of time now. why is no one from a much higher level looking into this though? more than state level. this is a scary situation and even more so if they have indeed silenced you. i hope not. good luck Matt...


I agree with you Crackhead, obviously after Matt wrote the article (WAKE UP AND SNORT THE COCAINE)it appears Baxter must have whined to Phares about Matt and the Nuesse scandal. It would appear with Matt's aggressive behavior, which I commend, the GOOD OLE BOYS were starting to feel a lil exposed to the general public. I hope in the near future when the lid blows completely off the GOOD OLE BOYS lil club that runs Sandusky that Matt indeed gets credit for it as he has done 90% of the ground work exposing these cancer's of the city. Go get em Matt!!!

Winston Smith

Read Turtledove’s 'Settling Accounts: Return Engagement' online for free:

I read what I wanted about Norwalk and Sandusky. Thanks again br.

To each his own; I enjoy reading plain old history more. For me there’s enough weird and bizarre stuff that actually occurred.


Good luck in whatever your future holds. You have been a great ambassador for Clyde and SBC athletics. Thank you.

Winston Smith

An abbreviated exchange from POTUS Obama’s Thurs., March 26, 2009 Internet Town Hall Meeting

Harriet in Georgia:

‘When can we expect that jobs that have been outsourced to other countries to come back and be made available to the unemployed workers here in the United States?’

POTUS Obama:

‘...I guess the answer to the question is, not all of these jobs are going to come back. And it probably wouldn't be good for our economy for a bunch of these jobs to come back because, frankly, there's no way that people could be getting paid a living wage on some of these jobs -- at least in order to be competitive in an international setting.’

A short-winded, one-word answer to Harriet’s question: NEVER.

true story

There is more to all this than most of you know. I suggest you read the letter from the Provost and then make an informed decision with all the facts and not just the one sided ones that have been given out by certain individuals. You also have to remember that all new students and families are provided a tour of the facilities so it isn't just about children also although you pay fees the buildings are paid for with taxes by all the people so the buildings must serve all the people so when the University makes a decision it has to think of everybody not just a select few. Once again I urge you to read the letter before getting involved with a few bullies that have an agenda.

Truth or Dare

PEDOPHELIA, one less scourge our Nation should have to be concerned with! Harsher sentencing will keep these individuals off the streets, out of our neighborhoods, schools, churches, activity centers, daycare centers.....get my drift? If the SR is interested, contact the Southern Poverty Law Center, they'll be able to provide you with the kind of CIVIL RIGHT PROTECTION they fight for, on behalf of CHILD VICTIMS. The stats regarding this rather TABOO TOPIC are staggering. The only stats higher, are those regarding NEGLECT of the children in this country. Hence, the door flies open for the opportunistic PEDOPHILE!



Tracy, I'll give you some insight. For $25 an hour. :)


Baxter's credibility in this county is a big fat zero. All the negative things that were said about him and the Erie County Court system shows no one trusts them.


I know you are right on with the planning part Ken, and that is your next step! I know you are committed to your goal and are willing to do what works to get there! Keep up the great work!

Winston Smith

Fiscally, where is our country potentially headed?

A must see for every 'thinking' person:


Well I think common sense tells you that banner ads, or any ad on the internet has a pretty good chance of being a scam or bringing some sort of harm to the person that clicks on it.

By the way, you are the expert, why do you keep asking us how to do your job?

I will be waiting with 411 for my $25, thank you.