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Cute reporter with gayvoice brings down corrupt Sheriff

A young editor-reporter team had to arm themselves against death threats - with one eventually forced to un-holster his weapon at one point - in the course of their two-year investigation that exposed corruption in a drug-infested, rural Kentucky county. Byron Pitts reports this story about a pair of 20-something reporters whose journalism brought down a corrupt sheriff on 60 Minutes, Sunday, May 6 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

His pen was ultimately mightier than his sword, but Adam Sulfridge, then a 20-year-old cub reporter for the Times-Tribune in Whitley County says showing his pistol may have saved his life. Federal agents had warned Adam that sheriff Lawrence Hodge had made a threat against Adam's life. "The passenger in the vehicle gets out, approaches me without saying a word, puts his hand a little bit into his waistband and I just quickly pulled my that point I didn't go anywhere without being armed," he tells Pitts.

Sulfridge explains that once the man saw his pistol un-holstered, he made an excuse about looking for junk metal on his street and that he would be going. Would he have used the gun? "You never pull a gun unless you are prepared to use it."

His editor, then 27-year-old Samantha Swindler, the Times-Tribune managing editor, also armed herself. "We were reporting on people involved in the drug trade and people all hopped up on oxys," says Swindler. "I don't know what they are going to do I thought if something happened, I'd go down with a fight.

The one who went down was Hodge. Elected sheriff in 2002 on a promise to clean up the drug scourge in Whitley Country, he got caught up in it instead. Says ATF special agent Todd Tremaine, "From about 2004, [Hodge] just went downhill and was corrupt. Involved with drugs, dealers, taking payoffs, extorting money from defendants." Tremaine tells Pitts that Hodge was just too insulated to catch. Dealers and other criminals were too afraid to implicate him. "There was a lot of fear of what Lawrence would do if they cooperated with the federal agents or state police," says Tremaine.

The way Sulfridge and Swindler got to Hodge was a painstaking investigation into all the arrests he had made that uncovered a pattern of cases involving guns and drugs in which suspicious deals were cut and sentences drastically reduced. The defendants' lawyer in nearly all the cases was a friend of the sheriff's. In most of the cases, Hodge was taking cash and or drugs from the criminals in exchange for the deals. The result was an explosive series of stories and eventually, Hodge's arrest by pecial agent Tremaine. Hodge pleaded guilty to extortion, distributing drugs and money laundering and was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

For Sulfridge, a local boy who investigated the story while still a college student, the whole affair had a personal aspect. "My aunt overdosed and the first question I had was 'I wonder if she got her drugs from someone the sheriff was...protecting?' The next year I had a cousin pass away, also drug related," says Sulfridge.

by Anonymousreply 1411/08/2012

[quote]For Sulfridge, a local boy who investigated the story while still a college student, the whole affair had a personal aspect.

You dirty old DL bitches would love to see his 'personal aspect'.

by Anonymousreply 105/06/2012

[quote]eventually forced to un-holster his weapon at one point

[quote]Adam Sulfridge, then a 20-year-old cub reporter for the Times-Tribune in Whitley County says showing his pistol may have saved his life.

You know, I like the sound of all this. In fact, this whole article is kinda sexy.

by Anonymousreply 205/06/2012

I'm watching him on 60 minutes, very cute guy.

by Anonymousreply 305/06/2012

Reporter is totally gay... I want him to do a story on me. Nude.

by Anonymousreply 405/06/2012

Too funny. When I saw the preview on 60 Minutes, I knew one of you would start a thread.

He's cute - until he opens his mouth and reveals the horse teeth.

by Anonymousreply 505/06/2012

what a bunch of bitches

by Anonymousreply 609/10/2012

Well done. Going after someone like that sheriff takes guts.

by Anonymousreply 709/10/2012

HIs accent sounds like Gomer's pile.

by Anonymousreply 809/10/2012

[quote]I want him to do a story on me. Nude.

I didn't see where the reporter wanted to work for National Geographic.

by Anonymousreply 909/10/2012

From one of the comments:

[quote]As a veteran reporter, I admire the work Adam and Samantha did on this story. Adam is currently unemployed. CBS News should do the right thing and hire this young man. He's already proven himself. He might even make a great addition as a researcher for "60 Minutes."

by Anonymousreply 1009/10/2012

I can't wait for the Gay Pron version.

by Anonymousreply 1109/10/2012

I wonder if Elmore Leonard read these years ago. These were perfect for plot lines on Justified

by Anonymousreply 1209/10/2012

Did 60 Minutes just rerun this story? I'm curious why this thread got bumped. I'd also like to know what happened to the gay Kentuckian reporter featured in the story. He was packing...and I'm talking about the gun he was shooting in the piece.

by Anonymousreply 1309/12/2012

You all are pathetic, like a bunch of self-loathing queens sitting in a coffee shop saying the worst things you can say about anybody who walks through the door. Your urge to talk shit about a stranger is more telling than you might imagine. You don't know anything. Adam risked his life to put behind bars a person who was ruining lives. You could just say "Thank you."

by Anonymousreply 1411/08/2012
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