Local case to be profiled on "60 Minutes"

It's been some time now since former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge pleaded guilty to those charges. Now, with "60 Minutes" set to air a national piece on the story, people here say they welcome the attention.

Mention of the name "Lawrence Hodge" still strikes a nerve in Whitley County.

"I'd say every other family in this town has been hurt by Hodge," says Donna Wilson.

Today, Hodge is serving a 15-year sentence in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges including extortion and money-laundering. This Sunday, the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" will profile the case, featuring Adam Sulfridge, the young newspaper reporter who they say risked his life to uncover the corruption. Today, Sulfridge talked about the national attention this story is getting.

"I know a lot of people are afraid that this is going to make the town look bad, but I don't think there's anything wrong with confronting a problem and fixing it. I think you'd look worse if you just buried your head and you didn't do anything about it," says Sulfridge.

People who live here in Whitley County say they're glad a national audience will see the story that unfolded right here in their backyards.

"It's about time that the entire country has been aware of the small-town corruption," says Whitley County resident Larry Bryant.

Sulfridge says he hopes the story inspires those who might make a similar difference in their communities.

"A few people can come together and do a great thing to protect their fellow citizens," Sulfridge says.

And he says he's not done pursuing justice in Whitley County.

"There's a lot of people who need to be held accountable still and I'm hoping the state will step in and do that," says Sulfridge.

You can see that "60 Minutes" report Sunday evening at 7:00 on WYMT.


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