Mingo County Officials Refuse to Resign
Some are calling for it, but two Mingo County officials say they won't resign. The County's prosecutor, Michael Sparks, and County Commissioner, Greg "Hootie" Smith say they won't step down, and both say they are continuing to cooperate with a federal investigation in the county. 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.