Larry Everett Hodge
INDIANAPOLIS - Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney, announced today that Larry Everett Hodge, age 47, of Evansville, was sentenced to 115 years in prison this afternoon by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young. This follows Hodge’s December 8, 2011 guilty plea to the following charges: seven counts of production of sexually explicit material involving minors; two counts of conspiracy to produce sexually explicit material involving minors; and two counts of distribution of sexually explicit material involving minors.
“Although these horrible acts can never be undone, today we can at least say with certainty that this man will never walk the streets of Evansville again,” Hogsett said. “In handing down one of the stiffest sentences in this district’s history, I believe the court has made clear how seriously federal criminal justice treats such abhorrent behavior.”
“Federal sentencing rules mandate a minimum of 85 percent of all time must be served, meaning Mr. Hodge will be 145 years old when he becomes eligible for release,” Hogsett added.
In November 2010, the Evansville Police Department responded to a report of child abuse from a concerned individual who had been sent images depicting sexual abuse of a minor on her cell phone. That individual indicated that she had received the images from Hodge. Child abuse detectives were contacted to initiate an investigation.
Detectives went to Larry Everett Hodge’s residence to speak with him, at which point it was immediately apparent that Hodge knew about the abuse of the child, later identified as an 8-year-old female. Hodge admitted in an interview with law enforcement that he had engaged in oral sex with the victim and was arrested on charges of child molestation.
The full extent of the abuse was later established during an examination of a Memorex data storage disc taken during a search of Hodge’s residence. Agents identified at least seven separate digital photography sessions and two videos that were saved on the disc by Hodge, all of which depicted sexual abuse of the minor. Some of the videos depicted sexual abuse by Hodge himself, while others allegedly depicted sexual abuse by Hodge’s wife, co-defendant Emma Dell Hodge.
Further investigation revealed that Hodge had gained access to the child by volunteering to assist the child’s parents by caring for the child after school and at various other times. Hodge has also admitted to distributing the images and videos of the victim to a co-defendant, George K. Jackson.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd S. Shellenbarger, who prosecuted the case for the government, Chief Judge Young also imposed lifetime supervision following Hodge’s release from prison. During the period of supervised release, Hodge must comply with all sex offender registration laws, must not have unsupervised contact with minors, and must submit to an examination of any computer devices he uses. Hodge was also ordered to forfeit the computer equipment he used in the offense to the United States.
A sentencing hearing in the matter of Emma Dell Hodge is currently scheduled before Judge Young June 19, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. A sentencing hearing in the matter of George K. Jackson is currently scheduled before Judge Young June 19, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Evansville Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was brought as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Source: www.fbi.gov press release
The City of Evansville - Department of Transportation & Services has announced that Lower Dress Plaza will be closed to vehicular traffic from 9:00am on Friday, June 1st through 6:00pm on Monday, June 11, 2012. The closure is for the following downtown events: "An Evening on the River" (Friday, June 1st 6:30pm - 10:00pm) and the Hadi Shrinersfest (June 2nd - 10th).
Vanderburgh County - Monday, June 4th: The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is announcing there will be temporary lane restrictions on Interstate 64 (I-64) in Vanderburgh County.
Starting Monday, June 4, crews will begin their milling and paving operations in the west bound lanes of I-64. Restrictions will be from the junction of US 41 to the junction of Interstate 164 (I-164). Once complete, crews will then move their operations to the east bound lanes. Crews will begin work at approximately 5:30 a.m. local time, and complete by 6:00 p.m. each day. All work is scheduled to be complete by December, weather permitting. INDOT encourages motorists to slow down and pay special attention while traveling in work zones throughout Indiana. For the latest news and information about INDOT, please visit www.in.gov/indot and www.trafficwise.in.gov
Owensboro - Monday, June 4th: The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on the KY 2262 Ohio River Bridge in downtown Owensboro starting Monday, June 4, 2012. The daytime lane restriction is to allow a detailed inspection of the bridge structure. Also known as the Blue Bridge and the Glover Cary Bridge, the 4,622 ft. structure connects KY 2262 with Indiana State Route 161 over the Ohio River at Owensboro.
Motorists should be alert for one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers from approximately 8:00 a.m., CDT, to about 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. The inspection work should be completed by about June 15th, weather permitting. Approximately 8,500 vehicles cross the Ohio River on the Blue Bridge between Kentucky and Indiana in an average day. The structure opened to traffic in September 1940 as a toll bridge. All Kentucky bridges get a detailed safety inspection every two years. Long-span river and lake bridges get additional inspections on an annual basis. Timely traffic advisories for the 11 counties of KYTC Highway District 2 are available by going to www.facebook.com/kytcdistrict2. You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.
Daviess County - Wednesday, June 6th: A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans shoulder restrictions with lane restrictions from time to time on the US 231 William Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro starting Wednesday, June 6, 2012. The shoulder and lane restrictions are to allow inspection and maintenance work on the bridge.
For about the first week, only shoulder restrictions will be required with occasional lane restrictions while the contractor is placing rigging along the bridge railings. Starting around Monday, June 11th, lane restrictions will be required in the work zone during daylight hours. All traffic will move to the left-hand or passing lane on the bridge deck. No delays are expected. This lane restriction is expected to be in place on weekdays through the summer months. The William Natcher Bridge is at the 14 mile marker on US 231 in Daviess County, Kentucky. The US 231 Ohio River Bridge opened to traffic in October 2002 and is named for long-time Western Kentucky Congressman William Natcher. The 4,505 ft. long cable-stayed bridge carries approximately 6,000 vehicles across the Ohio River each day between Owensboro, KY, and Rockport, IN.
Hopkins County - Wednesday/Thursday, June 6th & 7th: A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a rolling road block and brief traffic stoppage that will disrupt traffic flow on Interstate 69/The Western Kentucky Parkway near the Caldwell-Hopkins County Line on Wednesday and Thursday, June 6 & 7, 2012. This work zone is between Princeton and Dawson Springs. These rolling road blocks on I-69/the WK Parkway are to allow for reconstruction of the KY 2619 Overpass at mile point 20.8. The rolling road blocks will start about 9:00 a.m., CDT, each day, beginning about 6 miles from the work site. Traffic will be slowed to 10 miles per hour by police, creating about a half-hour break in traffic flow that will allow the contractor to erect portions of the new overpass structure. The contractor expects 4 or 5 rolling road blocks each day with a duration of about a half-hour each to place the bridge support structure. Motorists should be alert for variable messages boards and appropriate signage as they approach this work zone. Travel delays of about 20 to 30 minutes are expected during each rolling road block.
The rolling road blocks and traffic stoppages on the westbound lanes are scheduled for Wednesday, June 6th. Police will assist with slowing and stopping westbound traffic with the first rolling road block to start about 9:00 a.m., CDT. The contractor will use the break in traffic created by the rolling road block to place beams for the new overpass above the westbound lanes. During work along the westbound lanes, the westbound entry ramp at KY 109 Dawson Springs Exit 24 will be closed once each rolling road block starts. Some minor traffic stoppages may also be required to facilitate the work. The rolling road blocks and traffic stoppages on the eastbound lanes are scheduled for Thursday, June 7, 2012. Police will assist with slowing and stopping eastbound traffic with the first rolling road block to start about 9:00 a.m., CDT. The contractor will use the break in traffic created by the rolling road block to place beams for the new overpass above the eastbound lanes.
Motorists who regularly travel this section of I-69/The WK Parkway between Princeton and Dawson Springs should be aware of this planned work and expect delays of about a half-hour during each rolling road block. Motorists may consider a self-detour via US 62 which provides a parallel route.
Join us this summer downtown at the Victory Theatre for the new "Movies on Main Street." The same great free family-friendly films and food specials you enjoyed at Mesker Amphitheatre in the air conditioned comfort of the beautiful Victory Theatre. We are all set for opening night on June 15-16, 2012 with “Big Miracle” on Friday night and “Dr. Suess: The Lorax” on Saturday. Doors will open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7:30pm.
Each night will have a newly released family film and full concessions available with food specials including hot off the grill $1 hot dogs and hamburgers. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7:30 p.m.
To join the fun, pick up a FREE Admission Pass at the following sponsor locations: Wesselman’s Groceries, News4U Magazine, The Centre, WABX, Hot 96, WIKY, 93.5 The Wolf, JackFM, WEVV-CBS44, FOX44, Bunny Bread, Garrett Printing and Graphics and Pepsi Cola Offices. For more information, call 812-435-5770.
Gibson County – Wednesday night, May 30, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Indiana State Police responded to 9665 South C.R. 1075 West near Owensville after a motorcycle rider lost control and crashed.
Preliminary investigation revealed Justin Harris, 27, of Owensville, was riding his 1980 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on C.R. 1075 South at a high rate of speed. Harris lost control, drove into the ditch on the west side of the roadway causing the motorcycle to flip several times. Harris was thrown from the motorcycle and struck a nearby mailbox. Harris was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he is being treated for fractures to his left arm and leg. The motorcycle was totaled.
• Justin Harris, 27, 9664 South C.R. 1075 West, Owensville, IN
Investigating Officer: Trooper Wes Kuykendall, Indiana State Police
Assisting Agency: Owensville Town Marshall’s Office
Source: Indiana State Police news release
From Evansville Police Department Incident Reports - May 29, 2012.
ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.
McKinney, Chevadas Kiwan - Arrest on charge of Criminal Recklessness at 2516 Arbors Drive.....Society - Victim of Criminal Recklessness at 2600 Arbors Drive Evansville, IN between 17:20 05/29/2012 and 18:07 05/29/2012.
Officers were assisting ATF detective on a traffic stop. The suspect fled the sceen in his vehicle. Moment later, the suspect was seen running from his vehicle which he left in gear. The suspect's vehicle collided with a parked EPD patrol car. The suspect was apprehended a short time later by K9 officer and his partner.
City of Evansville - Oak Hill Cemetery - Victim of Meth Lab Incident at 1400 E Virginia St Evansville, IN between 12:30 05/29/2012 and 12:37 05/29/2012.
Workers discovered remnants of the manufacturing of narcotics along the fence line across from 1708 E Willow St on the cemetery property. A member of our narcotics unit came to the scene and collected the items for disposal.
From 14 News www.14news.com: Crews have begun milling and overlay work on First Avenue from Colorado to Mill Road, causing some traffic delays.
Orange cones are up, traffic is down to one lane in certain sections of the busy north side thoroughfare and old, worn pavement is being replaced.
According to the City of Evansville, it's part of a three-tiered project, set to be completed over the next month or so. Ray Becker Parkway and Broadway will also be affected in June. J.H. Rudolph is the contractor for the project.
Story and picture from 14 News - Visit www.14news.com for much more.
Six teams of volunteers will spread out across the city’s Southeast Side on Saturday, June 2, from 8 to 10:00 a.m. picking up trash as part of Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s Clean Evansville initiative. The June clean-up will target areas in Ward Two, which is represented by City Councilwoman Missy Mosby. A team of volunteers also will clean up in the Evansville Arts District near Washington Avenue and S.E. Second Street in preparation for the Sculpt EVV outdoor public sculpture show slated to begin on June 9, 2012.
More than 150 people have volunteered for the June clean-up, according to Jennifer Mason, who coordinates the Clean Evansville volunteers on behalf of Keep Evansville Beautiful. The volunteers will be picking up trash along Washington Avenue, from U.S. Highway 41 east to Green River Road; along Covert Avenue, from U.S. Highway 41 east to Vann Avenue; and along Weinbach Avenue, from Washington Avenue south to Pollack Avenue. A team of volunteers will also pick up trash in the Goosetown Neighborhood area, around Washington Avenue and S.E. Second Street. The trash drop-off point will be on the Bosse High School parking lot near the corner of Washington Avenue and U.S. Highway 41.
Team 1 will be led by Mayor Winnecke, Team 2 by Timothy Weir of Accuride, Team 3 by Councilwoman Mosby, Team 4 by First Lady Carol McClintock, Team 5 by Patricia Jackson of Vectren, and Team 6 by Skyler York from the City’s Department of Metropolitan Development.
Since Clean Evansville’s launch in January, more than 800 volunteers have been involved in the monthly clean-up. They have removed approximately 10,700 pounds of trash, ranging from broken bottles and cigarette butts to discarded furniture. Allied Waste, a major supporter of the clean initiative, has provided volunteers to collect and transport trash to the landfill. Rural King has donated $100 per month for supplies, such as trash bags and gloves.
Keep Evansville Beautiful is recruiting volunteers for the July and August clean-up efforts. In July, volunteers will target the Glenwood Neighborhood Association area. The August clean-up will focus on the area around Wesselman Park.
Groups and individuals interested in joining Clean Evansville should contact Keep Evansville Beautiful at 425-4461.