"Oh, that ticket"

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

One of the most interesting portions of the Murman report on Chief Kim Nuesse is the explanation of why she didn't have to pay a fine when she received a parking ticket. (One of her subordinates, Gary Frankowski, voided the ticket. He testifies in the report that Nuesse asked him if she should pay it, and he replied, "No, I will handle it.")

The report is very long, as many people have observed, but you can get up to speed on the ticket by reading pages 57-61 (Patrolman James Ommert), pages 76-78 (Michael Frank) and pages 84-85 (Frankowski).

Ommert, who wrote the ticket without knowing he was ticketing the boss, wound up visiting a city office to try to figure out why the ticket was never paid or turned in. He didn't get a good answer, but when he asked, a city employee responded, "Oh that ticket."

"I more or less see things black and white," Ommert said.

After Frankowski told Nuesse he'd deal with her ticket, he went to see Sandusky's Municipal Court Judge Erich O'Brien.

"Judge O'Brien told Frankowski that Chief Nuesse should come into court, plead to the ticket with an explanation and based upon what he had been told, he would probably dismiss the ticket, or Frankowski could void the ticket. Frankowski advised it was then he decided to void the ticket."

There's a great sentence in Frankowski's testimony explaining why Nuesse never should have gotten a ticket in the first place.

"Frankowski stated that in reality, Chief Nuesse's vehicle was a city vehicle and that there is a rule requiring an officer to contact the Law Director before issuing a ticket on any city vehicle."

Oh really? How long has this rule been in place?

Comments

Anonymous

Oh BRAVO Mr. Jackson! My sentiments exactly! Finally someone at the Sandusky Register questioning something in the Murman Report instead of pretending its all fiction. You are my new hero.

Anonymous

If in fact no city vehicle is to be ticketed, then why did the SPD write the ticket....Hhmmmmmmmmmm Weren't we told that the officer could not determine who owned the vehicle? The chief's lawyer is going to have a field day with this item and the who case against the chief is going to look like a sham if it goes beyond a verbal warning next Monday.

Anonymous

There is no policy about issuing tickets. There was a policy about traffic accident tickets. Frankowski lied, just like his side kick.

Anonymous

I agree with you Tom!! First of all Ommert says he ran the plate and it didnt come back to anyone, it isnt like it came back to a City Vehicle and why should THAT matter, if I am driving a City Vehicle I can park any way I want??? Tom you are a breath of fresh air and I will be reading your posts instead of Westerholds....

Anonymous

The vehicles that are used for law enforcement purposes are not in the Ohio LEADS database. This is standard throughout the country. The officer was doing his job and is above honor, with high morals and ethics. The ticket was issued for a violation and the Chiefs car looks like many in the country. It wasn't a conspiracy, it was Jim Ommert doing his job. Fatkowski is the unethical liar. Every officer at SPD will testify that the Judge is the only person able to dismiss and issued parking ticket. It's been that way for years, so as not to run into these type of problems. Gary isn't judge and jury but he might have been the executioner for Chief Nuesse. Also, Gary, who many will testify to didn't want a woman and was adamant about trying to get Doyle in. Gary has no credibility and is not respected whatsoever by the men and women at SPD.

Anonymous

Forgot also that the issuing ticket is only for vehicles involved in accidents, not any other violation. Sorry, Gary is misleading as usual.

reader

Chief Nuesse never should have asked a subordinate whether or not to pay a parking ticket.

If the car was parked illegally, a ticket was justified and payment should have been made, no question about it.

Maybe she should have called Chief McClung for his input ?

Anonymous

Nice work, Tom. It's nice to see someone at the Register can see through Matt's crap.

Anonymous

The "tickets" that are not to be written that retired officer Frankowski speaks of are violations such as a traffic accident. The city law department is to be consulted in such cases prior to any violations being issued.
Parking tickets on the other hand, are quite another matter. Officers from the SPD themselves have been issued parking tickets. This happens while in Erie County Common Pleas Court when a court case runs longer than expected, although these were issued on their own private vehicles. When they questioned this practice, they have been told many times, "PAY THE TICKET". It seemed that although the department was instructing its officers to enforce traffic and parking ordinances throughout the city, when the 'boss got caught', it became "LETS MAKE A DEAL" .

Anonymous

Thank GOSH!! Someone at the SR is not bamboozled by Matt and Kim. There may be hope for your paper yet.

Anonymous

What a much of B.S. Even you know better Gary. Hey Gary, did you tell the investigators about your NAZI armbands and LIE. Probably not. That would show you for what you really are. Great Liason to the NAACP.

Anonymous

How many Police officer get away with making u turns with out lights going,DuI ,parking were they want.Come on now WAKE UP'''

Anonymous

Come on get real, I personelly wish that was all I'd ever seen the cops do. What is wrong with these people they are afraid that Nuesse is going to clean up the drug trade in town which some of the cops are involved in one way or the other.Come on Ladys stand by her side?Would like to be down graded?

Anonymous

Hey Tom, now you are getting into the real reporting and starting to get away from the fluff you were reporting. Let's dig some more on these allegations and get the true facts. These officers are not fooling anyone. It said in the Murman report, the ticket cop stood around the parked city car for about 15 minutes before he gave the ticket. What took him so long; he was wondering if he should ticket the car and what the consequences would be. The cop was up to no good and he knew it because he investigated as to what happened to the ticket charge. City and county cars should be exempted from tickets just like they fogive the tickets when you are a jury person in court. I would like to see more background done on these allegations. Tom, you would be good at this because you do your research.

Anonymous

I would like to know why Murman didn't pursue Mike Will and Miers as they were Nuesse's superiors. The report said Murman had left word for Mike Will to return the call and he didn't and that was that. The investigation went on long enough that there were other chances to followup with another phone call to Will. I guess if you don't answer the message, you don't have to testify. Wait until the lawsuit hits. Mike Will will have no choice but to answer the beckon call of a subpoena. The lawsuit will bring out the real information people are seeking because there will be documentation prsented and you can't lie under oath.

Anonymous

To d.t. - I am a woman and I will never support Chief Nuesse. SHE gives the word woman a bad name. If you think this is a case of men not wanting to answer to a woman then you are delusional. If you had read the report you would have seen that women were interviewed and gave the same confirmation the men did in regards to COP Nuesse's antics. The very fact that Nuesse bowed down and deferred so much to Perkins COP McClung should have residents of Sandusky up in arms! That is, unless you relish the idea of being annexed into Perkins...perhaps COP McClung has given up his dream of a heliocopter for a new one of battleship on Lake Erie? Seriously though, this has nothing to do with the fact she is a woman, it is about being an effectual leader. About being an upstanding individual in the community...in my opinion she has been neither. Chief Nuesse please do the right thing here, resign and leave with a little dignity.

Anonymous

SPD good ol boy sexually assaulting a minor in the police station is a big deal, not a parking ticket...