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Two suspected of most Eastern Shore (VA) arsons
The Virginian-Pilot ^ | April 3, 2013 | Margaret Matray & Sarah Hutchins

Posted on 04/03/2013 3:53:12 AM PDT by fredhead

ACCOMACK COUNTY

Five months. A total of 77 arsons, with two more attempted. More than 1,200 hotline tips. An investigation that involved 12 volunteer fire departments, Virginia State Police, the Accomack County Sheriff's Office, and state and federal agencies.

After all of it, police charged a couple Tuesday in an overnight blaze and said additional charges are expected soon. Police said they are confident the two are responsible for a majority of the fires set since November.

Tonya Susan Bundick, 40, and Charles R. Smith III, 38, also known as Charles Applegate, both of Parksley, are charged with one count each of felony arson and one count of felony conspiracy to commit arson in connection with a Monday night fire on Airport Drive in Melfa.

They were being held without bond in the Accomack County Jail and were due in court for arraignment today. The motive is still under investigation, police said.

(Excerpt) Read more at hamptonroads.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: arson
This has been going on in the rural Eastern Shore of VA since November.
1 posted on 04/03/2013 3:53:12 AM PDT by fredhead
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To: fredhead

Great area for hunting lodges and goose hunting.


2 posted on 04/03/2013 4:14:22 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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I hadn’t heard about this before yesterday. That’s a LOT of fires in a short period of time.


3 posted on 04/03/2013 4:16:52 AM PDT by Nickname
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Wish I’d have caught them. $25,000 reward.


4 posted on 04/03/2013 4:30:00 AM PDT by fredhead (I'm not losing my hair, it's just retired and relocating further south.)
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I live on the Eastern Shore..this was big and all are glad it is over. 77 fires in one county was allot


5 posted on 04/03/2013 4:48:49 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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