Mingo County Drug Dealer at center of Corruption wants out of Prison!


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A drug dealer who was allegedly deprived of his rights by Mingo County officials wants out of prison until a judge decides whether to reconsider his case.

George White’s attorney, Ronald Rumora, filed a motion in Mingo Circuit Court earlier this month asking a judge to release White from Huttonsville Correctional Center until the court hears a habeas corpus petition White plans to file.



Private Investigator to sue Team Mingo Members for Arrest!

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A private investigator who ran for sheriff in Mingo County last year sued several county officials and agencies on Wednesday, claiming county officials cooked up charges against him because they thought he was investigating former circuit judge Michael Thornsbury.

Donald Stevens and his wife, Ruby, filed the lawsuit in Kanawha Circuit Court against Thornsbury; the state Supreme Court, as the former judge’s employer; former county prosecuting attorney Michael Sparks; former Williamson police chief Dave Rockel; and Rockel’s employer, the city of Williamson.


Democrat, Mingo County Judge Thornsbury to be Disbarred

Williamson, W.Va. – Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury consented to disbarment in a letter to the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel and submitted a one-line resignation letter to state Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin ahead of a hearing in which he was expected to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge.

The letter, which was delivered to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, read only, “Please accept this letter as my resignation as Judge of the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit in Mingo County, West Virginia.”

Thornsbury, 57, pleaded guilty of participating in a scheme to protect the reputation of the late Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.


Two More Mingo County Officials Expected to Plead Guilty



Charleston, W.Va. – Two more former Mingo County officials will soon plead guilty as the federal investigation into political corruption in the area continues.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby filed a motion Monday in U.S. District Court to schedule guilty plea hearings for former county prosecutor Michael Sparks and former magistrate Dallas “Big Dal” Toler.



Sheriff Crum was Investigated by Feds!

CHARLESTON — A federal search warrant filed about a month after a West Virginia sheriff was slain shows that the lawman was being investigated by the FBI on suspicion of money laundering in the weeks before his death.

Media outlets report that Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was under investigation for allegedly arranging to buy campaign signs with cash obtained from a doctor convicted of running a pill mill.


Bank of Mingo Officials under Federal investigation

CHARLESTON – An investigation that has been over shadowed by those involving political corruption in Mingo County is now emerging into the spotlight, and involves a local financial chain of banks as well as individuals who are well known in the county and the City of Williamson.


The federal investigation has been ongoing since the first part of this year into what role officials with the Bank of Mingo played in assisting local coal-mining contract companies with illegal withdrawals that enabled them to pay workers in cash, in an attempt to avoid paying workers’ compensation insurance premiums.


More Mingo County Lawyers Being Investigated!!

Charleston, W.Va. – A state disciplinary agency is investigating three Mingo County attorneys, including an assistant prosecutor, who were referenced in federal corruption cases against other officials.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel is investigating Ronald Rumora, Matthew Chandler and Wesley White, representatives of the office confirmed.