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Former Fire Captain Also Arrested in Accomack Co. Arson Spree

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ACCOMAC, Va. (WBOC/AP) - Virginia State Police make two arrests in connection with more than 70 arsons on Virginia's rural Eastern Shore.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says 40-year-old Tonya S. Bundick and 38-year-old Charles R. Smith, also known as Charlie Applegate, were arrested early Tuesday following a traffic stop near a vacant residence that had been set on fire in the town of Melfa.  Virgina State Police believe the two are responsible for the entire arson spree on the eastern shore of Virgnia.

Bundick was being held Tuesday at the Accomack County Jail without bond on arson and conspiracy charges. Smith is also facing just one charge of both arson and conspiracy.  Virginia State Police say additional charges will be coming soon. An initial court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.

Court records obtained by the Associated Press show that police observed someone torch a residence before they arrested a suspect in the case. 
 
This fire was discovered at 11:40 p.m. Monday night.  The Melfa Volunteer Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire, so there was minimal damage to the building.


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