WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Suspects Charged In Accomack County Arson Case

Play associated audio
Tonya Bundick, pictured, and fiance Charles Smith III are being charged in connection with several of the arsons.
NBC Washington
Tonya Bundick, pictured, and fiance Charles Smith III are being charged in connection with several of the arsons.

Court documents say the man who confessed to setting the latest arson in Accomack County used a rag from his auto shop to light the abandoned home on fire, reports the Associated Press.

Charles R. Smith and his girlfriend Tonya Bundick have been charged with arson and conspiracy to commit arson in the case. State police say the couple is responsible for all but a handful of the 77 arsons set on the Eastern Shore since November. Additional charges are expected.

Smith is a former volunteer firefighter who owns an auto body shop in the Tasley community. According to search warrants released Thursday, Smith told authorities he tore a piece from a towel in his shop to light the fire. The warrants say police watched him set the fire.

WAMU 88.5

Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.
NPR

Me-Tea-Morphosis: Tea Bags Get Second Life As Works Of Art

Artists are reinventing the humble tea bag, letting its contents and simple shape and color shine in beautiful, fragile art. Some are even farming out the tea drinking to get to the used bags.
NPR

President Obama Addresses African Union In Ethiopia

President Obama addressed the African Union in Ethiopia on Tuesday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to do so. He encouraged African leaders to end political corruption.
NPR

Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.