EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCommissioner Denies He's Target Of Mingo Probe
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Reported by: Rick Lord
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Bob Aaron
Reported: Oct. 16, 2013 5:39 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 16, 2013 6:58 PM EDT
Williamson , Mingo County , West Virginia
Another day of heated public comments took place Wednesday at the Mingo County Commission.
Commissioner Dave Baisden recently resigned after pleading guilty to an extortion scheme and the federal investigation continues.
Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith again denied he is the target of the probe that convicted Baisden and Judge Michael Thornsbury of federal crimes and implicated murdered Sheriff Eugene Crum in a criminal plot. .
Commissioners also voted to rehire Sgt. Arthur Farra, a deputy sheriff who was fired in February by Crum. There have been indications the firing was for reasons other than were claimed and may be linked to the federal probe. The commission voted to pay $1,900 for his lawyer fees and the current sheriff ,who recommended rehiring Ferra, will owe him about $34,000 in back pay.
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