WILLIAMSON, W.Va. -- Still coping with the death of her husband just four months ago, Mingo County Sheriff Rosie Crum called the indictment of County Commissioner David Baisden "a mess."
"It's really worried me," Crum said. "It's added a lot of stress on my life. It's making us look really bad."
A federal grand jury indicted Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden for attempted extortion. Crum, who said she's known the commissioner for 30 years, said she finds it difficult to believe he would do something that would get him in trouble.
She said she's never known of any wrongdoing by the commissioner.
"David's been good to me. He's been good to the people of Mingo County. He'd give you the shirt off his back," Crum said. "He's got a lot of supporters and a lot of good friends behind him."
Baisden is accused of using his office as county commissioner and county purchasing agent to try to get a discount on tires for his personal vehicle. According to the indictment, Baisden instructed an employee to ask Appalachian Tire in Williamson to give him a special government price on the tires.
When the company refused, the employee threatened the county commission might take its business elsewhere. Appalachian Tire still refused, and Baisden began buying tires for county vehicles at another retailer.
Crum said she had a difficult time believing the charges.