WILLIAMSON – Local law enforcement agencies were notified early Monday evening after the Mingo County Chief Public Defender and candidate for Mingo Circuit Judge, Teresa McCune, reported that the rear window of her vehicle was smashed while parked on Second Avenue in downtown Williamson.
McCune, notified local officials of the incident after discovering that the rear window of her car had been smashed. The Williamson Police Department and the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) responded to the incident.
Chief Barry Blair with the Williamson Police Department (WPD) explained that a call was received by his department around 5:00 p.m. “We got the call a little after 5:00 p.m. and Officer Joshua Tincher responded to the call.”
At this time, the case is still pending and no suspects have been named. “We don’t know who did it or why they did it. Nothing was taken from the vehicle,” Blair explained.
Blair also explained that video footage was reviewed from the 7-11 convenience store on the corner of Second Avenue. The store is located near where the vehicle was parked when the vandalism occurred. “We reviewed footage from the 7-11 but it didn’t reveal anything because the car was parked out of view of the store’s cameras,” Blair stated.
“We are trying to obtain surveillance video from the Track’s End restaurant and the Tug Valley Pharmacy to see if we can identify the person from their videos,” Blair continued.
With the May Primary Election a month away, McCune feels that the typical campaign mudslinging has turned more serious and that the vandalism was political in nature.
A statement was issued from McCune which stated:
“Yesterday afternoon (Monday), in broad daylight, cowards smashed the rear window of my car, where my campaign signs were displayed. This was the second time this week my car has been vandalized.
I want to be clear that I don’t think either of my opponents in the upcoming election played any direct role in this crime. But the toxic political environment in Mingo County has gone too far.”