September 22, 2014
ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A former volunteer firefighter and his girlfriend have been charged with setting a majority of the 70 arsons on Virginia's Eastern Shore over the past five months.
Virginia State Police say 40-year-old Tonya S. Bundick and 38-year-old Charles R. Smith III were arrested early Tuesday after another vacant residence was set ablaze. Smith also goes by the alias Charles Applegate. He is a former captain of the Tasley Volunteer Fire Department.
Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says some of the fires do not appear to have been set by the pair.
Bundick and Smith live in Parksley, a small community where the first of 77 deliberately set fires was lit. It is not clear whether they have attorneys. Both are set to appear in court Wednesday.
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