The Joker:

When we first meet Mr. William Patton Hodge of Cumming Georgia he is arrested by the Kentucky State Police on July 30th 2010 for being a “Fugitive From Another State” and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. 10 Days later he is released. Don’t ask me why.

Next time Mr. Hodge drops in for a visit, is only 20 days later on August 30th 2010. Detective Holder of the M.P.D. arrests Mr. Hodge and charges him with “Trafficking in a controlled substance 2nd degree first offense”. He was released less than 3 hours later. Again, don’t ask me why.

On New Years Day 1/1/13 Mr. Hodge is arrested by MPD for “Alcohol intoxication in a public place 1st and 2nd offenses”. He is booked in at 7:27 A.M. and released at 8:33 A.M. One hour later.

On 10/25/17 Officer Michael Bradley arrests Mr. Hodge for : Operating a motor vehicle under the influence, Criminal Mischief, Possession of Meth, Possession of a hand gun by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana. He was placed under a 2k “cash” bond. On November 3rd he was released having served 8 1/2 days.

Mr. Hodge has now appeared in all his glory. On (9/18/18) about noon, he led officers on a high speed chase through the boro which, “caused a substantial risk of serious injury or death to all involved including the public”.

Mr. Hodge is riding a 2008 Yamaha Motorcycle with no tags, no registration and no insurance but decides to kick it up to 50 mph in a 25 mph zone on 30th street. Our man J.J. (Officer Jeremiah Johnson) throws the blue lights on and attempts to make a stop. Mr. “To Hell With The Law” decides to run, and fires up the Yamaha and turns down Winchester Avenue. J.J. is in pursuit in his oil leaking cruiser. The Yamaha is a lot faster than the cruiser but J.J. has already alerted Lt. David Buis (Big D.) as well as Sgt. Floyd (Motown) Patterson to what is happening.

The Yamaha now turns North on 27th street trying to lose J.J. and keep the rest of the swarm from hemming him in. It don’t work because the Yamaha chokes out and dies. J.J. whose left a line of oil leak from 30th street jumps out of the cruiser. At the same time Sgt. Floyd (Motown) Patterson pulls up. Mr. Hodge, who don’t give a shit about the law, takes off running. Sgt. Patterson is for sure about to put the Motown in Mr. Hodge’s Downtown.

Floyd takes off after the suspect thinking: “Boy, when I run you down I’m gonna”… wait!!!, At this point J.J. who runs far better than Floyd passes “Motown” and is right behind the suspect. J.J. makes the tackle and has the cuffs on Mr. “screw the law” Hodge by the time Motown arrives huffing and puffing. There is a brief scuffle until Lt. Buis (Big D.) shows up and naturally, the criminal submits (Big D. has that look about him.) Floyd is mad as hell. Big D. needs a Tums. J.J. is pumped.

It ain’t over, we got a long way to go, hang in there.

When the boys get Mr. Hodge (The Georgia Peach) back to the station and put him into the holding cell, the shit starts again. Mr. Hodge bends the cuffs he’s wearing and almost gets them off before it’s noticed. Apparently he was going to make an escape attempt. More on this later.

The Criminal from Georgia was taken to the Bell County Detention Center charged with:
Fleeing or Evading Police On Foot 2nd degree with bond set at 10K “Cash”
Resisting Arrest
Disorderly Conduct 2nd degree
Possession of Marijuana
Disregarding Stop Sign
Improper registration plate
No Insurance
Speeding
Fleeing or Evading Police Motor Vehicle
Failure to give a signal X2
Possession of Meth
No operators licence
Criminal Mischief
Escape 2nd Degree
2 Bench Warrants for FTA (Imagine that. One was jury trial. )
Carrying a concealed deadly weapon
Possession of a firearm by a convicted Criminal

Yes, Mr. Hodge had a 45 caliber hand gun in his possession. Should we wonder why? At this point Mr. Hodge is still residing at Ferguson Arms down in Pineville. Let us all pray they can hold him.

Now, back to the cuffs. According to the police report the cuffs belonged to Officer Johnson and they were ruined by Mr. Hodge. The value of the cuffs is listed at “50 dollars”. As Meatloaf would sing: “STOP RIGHT THERE…I GOTTA KNOW RIGHT NOW !!!”. Do our boys in blue have to buy their own cuffs? Does the city not supply cuffs to those it expects to catch and hold criminals? What kind of shit is that ? Also, is 50 bucks enough to get a set of cuffs that can hold a grizzly bear? Do we expect young officers with families to support to spend hundreds of dollars of their meager pay on equipment? I can’t answer these questions, but I’m going to find out.

Back to the criminal for a moment. Last week we had 2 drug dealers walk out of the jail in less than 24 hours even though no bond was listed. They had enough meth on them to kill off half of Middlesboro High School. What’s going on here? As you can see from this article Mr. Hodge also has a way of just getting out without anyone noticing. Maybe, someone will notice now. Something has to be done. My bet is that if Mr. Hodge is released, it won’t be long before we see him again.

Well for the 2nd or 3rd or 4th time this week J.J. has taken down a much larger opponent. Mr. Hodge is 6 foot 3 and weights in at 190 pounds. Sure J.J. had some back up on this one, but when you’re a foot shorter and 40 pounds lighter…it ain’t no picnic. Great Job J.J.

Humor is one thing, reality is another. Mr. Hodge could have used that weapon and caused great harm to J.J., Motown, and Big D. or even an innocent citizen. Let us thank God that didn’t happen. The Police have a really rough job in the Boro. They are the ones that have to look at the likes of Mr. Hodge on a daily basis. The boys stopped the terror for now. Thanks Boys.

Go Team Middlesboro !!!

P.S. I hope J.J. didn’t rip his pants in all that melee. God forbid, he’s out another 50 bucks.

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