Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 9, 2013

Mingo county vows to continue drug trade crackdown


Associated Press

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — Williamson Police Chief Dave Rockel says the crackdown on Mingo County's drug trade will continue, and the slaying of Sheriff Eugene Crum has only "awakened the sleeping giant."

Rockel commands the county's drug task force. He says dealers should know Operation Zero Tolerance will continue. He tells media outlets investigators will honor Crum's legacy, and no tip will be ignored.

Crum's widow, Rosie, is serving as interim sheriff but won't go on patrol.

She'll perform administrative duties until the county holds an election in May 2014 to fill the remainder of her husband's term.

Shooting suspect Tennis Maynard, meanwhile, remains hospitalized. State Police said Tuesday he's up and moving but considered critical because of a gunshot wound to the liver.

A deputy shot him in a chase after the shooting.