As Dave reports in today’s Daily Mail, the West Virginia Office of Disciplinary Counsel is investigating three more Mingo County attorneys — former Mingo prosecutor Ronald Rumora, as well as assistant prosecuting attorneys Matthew Chandler and Wesley White — in relation to federal corruption cases filed against other county officials.
From the story:
Rumora is a private defense attorney who previously served as a Mingo County prosecutor. Until last week, both Chandler and White worked as assistant prosecuting attorneys on a part-time basis. Chandler resigned Thursday, new Mingo County Prosecutor Teresa Maynard said.
He resigned before an emergency meeting of the Mingo County Commission where Maynard was appointed to take over as prosecutor for Michael Sparks, Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith said in an email.
Chandler and Smith work together at Smith’s private law firm, and Smith said that played a role in Chandler’s decision to leave the prosecutor’s office.
As with everything else in this Mingo corruption stuff, the details are a little confusing, but Dave’s story does a fine job laying it all out there. Click here to read the whole thing.
In other news…
- After nearly five years and $888,000, the new master plan for the West Virginia State Capitol is now available to the public. The plan doesn’t require any construction at the Capitol, but rather lays out a plan in case leaders wish to expand sometime in the future. As Daily Mail business editor Jared Hunt reports, the plan calls for construction of six new office buildings (including new space for House of Delegates members), three standalone parking garages and a daycare.
- Rock Cliff Lake in Hardy County will not be stocked with fish because of the ongoing federal government shutdown.
- Frank Kennedy, a training coordinator for the state Division of Homeland Security, was shot in the torso Sunday afternoon at his Charleston home. The nature of the shooting is unclear at this point.