Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Arson Reward Funds To Be Distributed Among Fire Companies

The Accomack County Board of Supervisors will have their regular monthly meeting tonight. The Board will consider distributing some $25,000 in reward money from the arson fire reward fund plus other monies donated to help defray the costs of responding to the fires.

Tonya Bundick and Charles R. Smith were arrested on April 2 and charged with arson after they were caught in the act of setting a residence on fire outside of Melfa.

Since the arrest was not the result of a public tip,the Board agreed to distribute the money to the volunteer fire companies to help defray the costs of responding to the 76 arson fires over a five month period starting in November. 

The Supervisors are considering distributing the money on a per call basis for each fire company that responded to the arson fires. Parksley, Bloxom, Onancock, Tasley and Onley were the units that responded to the largest number of calls during the string of arsons.

 Both Bundick and Smith remain behind bars in the Accomack County jail awaiting a preliminary hearing on the Melfa arson charge. Numerous other charges are pending against the couple. The Virginia State Police continues its investigation into the case.

 Both Smith and Bundick are scheduled for preliminary hearings on charges of arson and conspiracy to commit arson in Accomack County General District Court at 1:30 PM on June 17.


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