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2 Mingo County officials say they won’t resign

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 09:33 AM

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — Amid calls for their resignations, Mingo County’s prosecutor and a county commissioner say they won’t step down.

Prosecutor Michael Sparks and Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith also say they are continuing to cooperate with a federal investigation in the county.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the officials’ statements came Wednesday in response to residents’ calls for their resignations during a County Commission meeting.

In August, a federal grand jury charged Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury with trying to frame the husband of his secretary for several crimes. Commissioner Dave Baisden was charged in a separate case with extortion.

There also is a state investigation of alleged election law violations in the county.

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