For the second time in nearly as many days, the life of an Evansville Police officer is threatened. However, this time, police say a whole neighborhood could have been at risk.
Officers arrested Franz Corvette Costello, 48, outside his home Wednesday on a series of charges including possession of a deadly device with intent and meth-related offenses. Costello has been investigated by the Meth Suppression Unit three times in the last year, according to police. Police said Costello also threatened to kill a Meth Suppression Unit detective and had the homemade bombs to do just that.
"I saw the lights and looked out and saw the cop cars there," said Linda Blair, a neighbor. "I thought, well, they busted another [meth lab]."
Blair said she had her suspicions about the alleged activity at Costello's house on North Governor St.
"I said 'Lord, I'm not trying to be nosy but I know what's going on over there,'" Blair said.
Evansville Police knew of the alleged activity too, thanks to a tip from a concerned citizen. The SWAT team arrested Costello without incident. After he was in custody, the Bomb Squad entered his home and found three homemade bombs. One of the bombs, police said, was under Costello's pillow, ready for detonation. The other two were in the process of being built, police said.
"It's definitely a wake up call not only for our officers but also for the community," said Evansville Police Sergeant Jason Cullum. "Evansville has enjoyed a very safe reputation for decades - and it's still safe - but there are people in community that are evil."
"You hear [officers] make comments about how we want to be safe and we want to make it home to our families. This is what we're talking about."
Standing on her front porch with her seven dogs barking the background, Blair thinks back to the ten years that she has lived on North Governor. Unfortunately, she said, she can also think back to the number of meth-related incidents in the neighborhood as well.
"I miss the days when we were kids and we didn't even think about stuff like this," Blair said. "All we were worried about was if we could pass the next test at school.."
Costello remains in the Vanderburgh County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.