But restaurant owner Peirce Whitt said the charges against his friend the judge were about a person, not a place.
"It has nothing to do with Mingo County or the people in Mingo County," he said. "We're still the good people that we are.
"I'm sure if you go anyplace, you could find a bad person," Whitt said. "And that's not to say Judge Thornsbury is a bad person, because he hasn't been proven guilty yet."
Meanwhile, Baisden, the county commissioner, was accused of trying to buy tires for his personal vehicle at a government discount, then terminating the county's contract with Appalachian Tire when it refused to cooperate. Baisden, 66, was released on $10,000 bond and ordered not to discuss the case with any witnesses, including his fellow commissioners.
In April, Mingo County's sheriff was shot twice in the head while parked in his cruiser, in a spot in downtown Williamson where Crum frequently had lunch.
The suspect, Tennis Melvin Maynard, is facing first-degree murder charges. The motive for the slaying has not been revealed.
Smith reported from Morgantown, W.Va. Associated Press writer Pam Ramsey contributed to this report from Charleston, W.Va.