As we reach early May, Mingo County voters have just one week to consider their options when it comes to law-and-order and justice.
Voters in the Democrat primary next Tuesday can endorse a continuation of the do-nothing policies demonstrated during the Sparks-Maynard administration of they can make a dramatic change. We believe that change is long past due.
Dawson Isom, pictured in his hospital bed above, actually looks dramatically better today than he did 11 months ago when this photo was taken. Still, he has not voluntarily moved or uttered one word in all that time. Though his bright eyes shine with the courage and determination we all expect from him, a family has been without their son since the end of May 2015.
Regardless of made-up excuses, all any caring person has to do is look at this 18-year-old to know someone should be called to the bar of justice. Incredibly, nobody has been. He was senselessly beaten in the broad daylight of a Saturday morning in downtown Williamson. Witnesses saw what happened; there are video tapes of the incident. All the sitting Prosecutor, Teresa Maynard, could suggest to the family was a misdemeanor fine of $500 and probation. A young man’s life has been taken from him and she thinks a $500 fine should cover it!!
Why has she done this, you ask. For one thing, she is a lazy, useless prosecutor to begin with. For another, those who perpetuated the crime are Williamson “bigwigs.” Dawson Isom and his family are “nobodies” to the power elite of Mingo. Maynard places virtually no value on Dawson Isom’s life.
Her disgraced predecessor, who apparently trained her well, likewise did nothing when Sheriff Eugene Crum was gunned down on Second Avenue. Maynard followed suit, preferring to “hush-up” the shooting rather than fight for any justice. To be fair, the case was transferred to the Kanawha County Prosecutor. But Michael Sparks and Teresa Maynard shied from any prosecution and certainly have done nothing to uncover the truth in this case. Let’s make it clear: indications are that Sheriff Crum was getting “too close” some of the Mingo power base. He HAD to be eliminated.
Federal prosecutors outlined numerous violations of the law by local citizens and public officials during their investigation into disgraced Judge Michael Thornsbury. Maynard has apparently never opened a page of the reports. Not one prosecution has she done in the case.
Instead, Maynard, with the help of the house organ Williamson Daily News, publicizes her prosecution of animal abusers and obvious drug dealers. We’re not saying let the druggies go beat the dogs, but the Prosecutor should have bigger fish to fry here. A young man is comatose; a Sheriff is dead. One should be glad she didn’t have the fiddle while Rome burned.
We call upon the decent folks of Mingo County to send a strong message once and for all on May 10. Federal agents can sweep into Mingo over and over and make arrest after arrest. But if the voters keep the same villains and their pals in office, nothing changes. This is not a “Team Mingo” matter. For all intents and purposes, that “Team” is dead. It’s a matter of looking at a public official who absolutely refuses to do her job and tossing her out of office.
Mingo voters, if you have one ounce of compassion; if you had an inch of fairness, make the change you desperately need to make. Nominate Duke Jewell for Prosecutor and send the message that you will not take it any more. Let Teresa Maynard know that you realize that, next time, it could be your child laying lifeless on the sidewalk. Decent people will nominate Duke Jewell. Think of the Isom family; think of the Crum family; think of YOUR family.