Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 4, 2013

Mingo commission seeks new prosecutor, magistrate

Associated Press

WILLIAMSON — The Mingo County Commission is expected to name a new county prosecutor and magistrate this week.

Former prosecutor Michael Sparks and former Magistrate Dallas Toler resigned in October after they were charged in separate cases stemming from a corruption probe.

WSAZ-TV reports that the commission interviewed candidates to replace Sparks and Toler on Monday. Commissioners plan to name a new prosecutor and magistrate at their meeting on Wednesday.

Sparks is accused in a scheme to protect Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he’d bought drugs. Drum died in April in an unrelated shooting.

Toler is charged with illegally registering a felon to vote in the 2012 primary.

A Nov. 18 plea hearing is set for Sparks, while a Dec. 2 hearing is scheduled for Toler.