Man's best friend

Anonymous
Mar 3, 2013

The unfortunate incident in which a Sandusky police officer shot an killed a dog in a Sandusky neighborhood last month has certainly stirred many among us. 

At last count, there were more than 1,500 comments from readers at sanduskyregister.com on various stories about the incident posted at the newspaper's website. That comment count dwarfs the number of comments left by readers below stories about the March 2, 2012, killing of 19-year-old Jacob Limberios. The fact that a video of the dog killing was available probably has a lot to do with the enormous response from readers. 

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Click here to read past articles about the killing of Jacob Limberios.
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It seems readily apparent there might have been a better way to respond to the loose dog complaint. It's a good thing when readers express their opinions on any matter, regardless of how uncomfortable that might make city officials, or anyone else. It also seems the Sandusky Police Department is attempting to address the concerns by being pro-active in reviewing what happened and developing better response protocols for loose dog complaints.

But when it comes to the killing of Jacob Limberios, it seems Sandusky County officials, and special prosecutor Dean Henry, only know one way to investigate: Stonewall.

The Limberios family contracted to have an autopsy done after county officials refused to conduct their own. Dr. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist, concluded there was no way Limberios was holding the gun that killed him. In a phone interview with Henry and Sandusky County sheriff Kyle Overmyer during a "Between the Lines" program Feb.7, we asked Henry about Wecht's autopsy. (Click here to watch the program. The interviews with Overmyer and Henry begin at about the 20-minute mark in the program.)

Question: Have you reviewed Dr. Wecht's autopsy?
Henry: I have.
Question: Did you have any thoughts on the autopsy report?
Henry: I have lots of thoughts on his autopsy report.
Question: Could you share any of those with us?
Henry: Do you have a specific question?
Question: Could you share any of your thoughts with us on the autopsy report?
Henry: No.

A year and a day after he was killed, Henry does not appear anywhere close to wrapping up the probe and filing a report. The Limberios family has been asking for 12 months, "Who killed our son?" The best answer from Henry, so far, has been, "We may never know exactly what happened."

But Sandusky County sheriff's investigators seemed to know within two hours after Jacob was killed. They appear to have wrapped up that initial investigation before midnight on March 2, 2012, determining that Jacob committed suicide but it might have been accidental. There was no need for the coroner at the crime scene, and there was no need to preserve evidence, apparently, because the investigators decided an autopsy was not necessary and it was OK, apparently, to throw away clothing and blood-spattered shoes worn by witnesses to the killing.

Family pets are beloved. They're dependable.  It's understandable why the killing of "Lucy" the dog has stirred so much emotion in the community. 

It's more difficult, however, to understand why the killing of Jacob Limberios has not stirred a similar level of concern. 

 

Comments

Bluto

Where do you think he will get his info from ? Guess it's a no win situation . ; )

Swamp Fox

I do agree there is no comparison between the two terrible incidents. That being said the dog story did occur in Sandusky, Erie County the other incident occurred in Sandusky County clearly not the local interest. The Registers interest in the Sandusky County incident, increase circulation in that area which any media outlet might do. I also think there might be another reason that many in the local community have figured out.

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Matt Westerhold

The Limberios family lives in Castalia. Sandusky County, also, is local. Clearly, this is of local interest. 

DickChaney

As interested as the Willard tin foil! Some of your best work!!

Ithink

Jake's story came out as a suicide at first because that is what the idiots in Sandusky County ruled it as. It did not gain any recognition until months later when Mike and Shannon (his parents) began demanding further investigation into the matter. And thank God they did- because look what we found!!!

BEHAPPY

Someone has to speak for the animals~after all they cannot speak for themselves. There is way too much abuse and killing of animals these days. Not comparing human death/animal death, there is no comparing. People are atleast now (about time) speaking up for the helpless.

Bluto

Why aren't you down at Routh packing protesting then , or protesting hunting ? Where is all the outrage for those animals ? Out of sight , out of mind , eh . Fair weather ideologists are funny .

The Hamburglar

So true. We aren't laughing with them, we're laughing at them.

BEHAPPY

Laugh, No one cares, especially me ; ) I don't want to play with you today :)
Going to take me dog outside~much more sensible ;)

Rod Farva

If a loose dog comes after you dont call the police, remember you dont like them

BEHAPPY

Um, People fight for them also. There's only so much you can do. But people are starting to listen

Centauri

How come nobody protests the shooting deaths of raccoons? Raccoons are highly intelligent animals. They are not afraid of humans by their nature.

How come nobody is protesting the deaths of humans covered up as suicides by the powers that be?

How about the police shooting of death of James David, of Bellevue, Ohio who was shot on his own front porch?

The police shooting death of Bryan Jones of Fremont, Ohio has many questions unanswered. Shoot a sleeping man to death in his own house is acceptable?

BEHAPPY

Maybe taking guns is a good idea then?

The Hamburglar

It's sickening that some people can actually BE HAPPY caring more about animals than humans.

BEHAPPY

When did I say that HAMBURGIE? I missed it. Not ALL humans anyway. HUMANS are The ones that are VICIOUS. Living proof right here in the blogs. ; )

Ithink

Have you MET some people these days?!

BEHAPPY

Just for the record, "the helpless" includes all animals. Raccoons included

Centauri

qpbQuestion: Did you have any thoughts on the autopsy report?
Henry: I have lots of thoughts on his autopsy report.
Question: Could you share any of those with us?
Henry: Do you have a specific question?
Question: Could you share any of your thoughts with us on the autopsy report?
Henry: No.

Clearly Henry dodged the questions when he stated "I have lots of thoughts on his autopsy report" by refusing to answer the last question. Fremont, Ohio's newspaper is a tool of the powers that be. I see no problem of the Sandusky Register investigating the stalling tactics of the Sandusky County, Ohio officials. If the Sandusky Register wants to uncover the truth that other newspapers refuse to, so be it. It is one way for a newspaper to expand into other areas. The Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Toledo Blade sell newspapers far beyond their boundaries.

Erie County, Ohio has many skeletons in their closets. A few murders were ruled as so called suicides and no proper investigations were done by the powers that be to show that the murders took place. Simply rule a death a suicide and people soon forget. I still would like to know how police informant Robert Chapman's death in 2010 in Sandusky, Ohio was ruled a suicide as was the death of Darlene Matthes in 1997 or 1998 which happened in Perkins Township, Erie County, Ohio. Evidence left at the scenes would point to murders but the powers that be ignored the evidence.

If the Sandusky Register wants to sell more newspapers, then do some investigating reporting because the powers that be protect the powers that be. Since the powers that be cover up the truth and spread lies, it is up to newspapers to expose the truth and also to expose the powers that be and their lies and stalling tactics. It took a newspaper reporter in Kentucky to expose a corrupt sheriff, something that the FBI and Kentucky state investigators failed to do.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-1856...
"When two small-town newspaper reporters in Kentucky began investigating the corrupt local sheriff, they not only got headline stories. They also got death threats."

"Todd Tremaine, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, says the FBI and State Police tried building a case against Sheriff Hodge, but couldn't penetrate his inner circle of drug dealers, crooked politicians and police officers."

Crooked politicians and crooked police protecting a crooked sheriff. Add to that some crooked FBI agents and US Marshals. Imagine that.

Keep up the heat on the powers that be, Matt Westerhold.

What happened to attorney Buff, the spokesperson of the powers that be?

Patroit1776

Still wonder why so many articles on the dog story compared to the other story.

deertracker

The comments left about the Limberios case were rude and insensitive as they were about LUCY. Some put a whole new meaning to "freedom of speech" and "jerk".

BEHAPPY

Nice comment DEERTRACKER ; )

DGMutley

ditto

Rod Farva

We dont need any name calling here please

The Hamburglar

Thank you Mr Farva for being the voice of reason. Keep up the good work!

Rod Farva

I do what i can, some people are just rude

Eda M. Handly

I believe you are correct Matt, people responded to the dog more so because there is a video showing everything that happened. Can't argue with visual proof. I would add that most people don't like to shake the "powers that be" tree. Most of us like to believe that our system is infallible. I mean, it's fathomable to most to see how one officer can have a lapse of judgment in a situation that would require him to make "speedy judgement call" (if that's how you want to put it) but a number of upstanding county officials make a number radical mistakes in a grave case where there are procedures to be followed, I's to be dotted and T's to be crossed? Nah... No proof here, just a slew of unanswered questions. And who are we all to question?

deertracker

That's because alot of commenters on here are pro police and believe their elected officials can do no harm. I tried to refrain from commenting on the Limberios case because there were just not enough facts presented and lots were contrtadictory. I hope the family gets the truth.

Eda M. Handly

I hope so too...

Common sense is...

An article called "Man's Best Friend" that is just a retelling of another case is, in its very nature, "Off-topic", so I wonder what comments were pulled for the same offense. These "articles" are generally written as blogs, and I wonder if that is to prevent potential lawsuits from the people he pretty much accuses of being acessories to murder. Also intriguing is the continued reluctance of any other worthy news sources to cover the story. Apparently, they don't see the same thing Mr. Westerhold does. Perhaps he hopes to be another Woodward or Bernstein and this is his Watergate. Either way, this "article" has nothing to do with its title.

PaulYall

Right on point! It's only a Lure tactic to keep the controversy going!

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