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9:16 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Solar Farm Could Be Coming to Accomack County

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Eastern Shore Solar LLC is hoping to build a solar power farm on nearly a thousand acres near Oak Hall in Accomack County.

The company has applied for a permit from County Planning Development.

If approved the project would generate around 80 megawatts of electricity using ground-mounted solar panels.

This would be the equivalent of a small power plant.

A hearing on the facility is set for December 10th at the Metompkin Elementary School in Parksley.

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8:36 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Bundick Faces Third Trial for Accomack County Fires

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - Another trial has been scheduled for a woman charged in an arson spree on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

WAVY-TV reports that Tonya Bundick's third trial will be held Dec. 15 in Virginia Beach. The trial was moved from Accomack County because of difficulty finding impartial jurors in the county.

A judge ruled in April Bundick can have separate trials on each of 62 arson charges.

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8:15 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Arrest in Killing of Beloved Accomack County School Bus Driver

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46-year old Michael Press has been arrested and charged with the murder of 61-year old Accomack County school bus driver Leon Harmon.  

Harmon was found dead  outside his home with wounds to his body after the sheriff’s office got word of an assault and possible death on Cold Kall Lane in Horntown.

The bus driver was much beloved among local residents.

Harmon had been returned to the northern Accomack County bus route he had driven for nearly four decades after a brief suspension in 2012.

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7:37 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Second Man Killed by Gunshot in Accomack County

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Accomack County Sheriffs are investigating the killing of a man by a shotgun.

It’s the second shooting in five weeks.

The body of 53-year old Roland Reid was found in the yard of his home on Friday.  

In late September another Accomack County man was found dead from gunshot wounds at a home near Atlantic.

That victim was 35 year old Duvual Flauntleroy.

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8:30 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Enterovirus 68 Shows Up in Accomack County

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The Enterovirus 68 has shown up on Delmarva.

Roberta Webb with the Accomack County public Schools says there has been one confirmed case among its 5-thousand students.

And Superintendent Kregg Cuellar has sent a letter to staff members and families about the efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports no other cases have shown up so far on Delmarva.

The Wicomico County Health Department says they have not encountered any documented cases yet.

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7:55 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Bundick to be Sentenced in Eastern Shore Arson Spree

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A woman accused of participating in an Eastern Shore arson spree is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on charges stemming from two of the fires.

A jury convicted 41-year-old Tonya Bundick in August of setting a fire March 3, 2013, in Accomack County. In January, Bundick entered an Alford plea to arson and conspiracy stemming from an April 2013 fire in Melfa.

Thursday's sentencing will be held in Accomack County Circuit Court.

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7:59 am
Fri August 22, 2014

No New Court Appointed Attorney for Tonya Bundick

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A woman accused of setting a series of fires along Virginia's Eastern Shore has been denied a request for a new court-appointed attorney.

Media outlets report a judge in Accomack County denied Tonya S. Bundick's request Thursday.

A jury last month convicted Bundick of setting a fire March 3, 2013, in Accomack County. In January, Bundick entered an Alford plea to arson and conspiracy stemming from an April 2013 fire in Melfa. 

She'll be sentenced in both cases Sept. 4.

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10:28 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Bundick Trial Begins, Has New Relationship

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Tonya Bundick’s former fiancé testified that she drove him to the scene of a March 3rd fire last year at an empty house in Keller.

On the first day of her trial on one count of arson Charles Smith III told the court yesterday that as soon as "the coast was clear", he got dropped off by Bundick, entered the house and set the attic on fire. 

Smith has pleaded guilty to 68 counts – 67 of which are for arson in Accomack County -- in late 2012 and early 2013.

In one twist in the trial came when Smith said he still loved her.

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8:02 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Arson Trial for Bundick Begins Today

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The trial for Tonya Bundick on one count of arson is set to get underway in a Virginia Beach courtroom today.

It’s just one out of 62 counts the 42-year old from Hopeton faces.

She has already entered an Alford plea to two counts related to a fire in April in of last year.

She is set to be sentence on those counts in September.

Her fiancé, Charles Smith III, pleaded guilty in October to 68 counts – 67 of those for arson in Accomack county in late 2012 and early 2013.

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8:27 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Other Fires Could Be Mentioned in Bundick Arson Trial

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With the opening statements in the trial of Tonya Bundick who faces one count of arson the judge told the attorneys he could not yet grant or deny a motion that would allow evidence of other fires.

The charge is being referred to by law enforcement as count 52 which refers to a fire that took place on March 3rd of last year.

That blaze destroyed a labor camp near Keller owned by Richard Hall III and was one of more than 70 arson reported in Accomack County between November of 2012 and April of last year.

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9:52 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Bundick Could Get 62 Separate Arson Trials

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Tonya Bundick could get separate trials on 62 counts of arson.

A judge signed the order on Friday saying that the offenses are not based on the same act or transaction and therefore do not constitute a common scheme. 

But that does not mean that there will be 62 separate trials since the prosecutors and defense attorneys have not agreed on whether any might be tried together.

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11:58 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Arson Trial for Tonya Bundick Will Be Moved to Virginia Beach

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Tonya Bundick will get a change of venue for her trial on 62 counts of arson for a series of blazes that struck Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.

If she goes to trial the judge said her case would be moved to Virginia Beach.

But the judge did not make a decision on Bundick’s request for separate trials on each of the 62 counts.

The judge said that he wanted to reread testimony by her fiance' Charles Smith, a co-defendant during her last trial.

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12:50 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Virginia Eastern Shore Food Pantry Gets Grant from Perdue

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A mobile food pantry serving Virginia's Eastern Shore has received a $10,000 grant from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.

The gift to the Mobile Pantry Program run by the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore was announced Tuesday. Perdue Farms is also generating 20,000 pounds of products.

The combined contribution will enable the food bank to distribute nearly 40,000 meals to children, seniors and families in Northampton and Accomack counties.

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12:10 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Tonya Bundick Trial Delayed

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The April 10th trial date for accused arsonist Tonya Bundick has been continued.

She waived her right to a speedy trial on 62 counts of arson.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports a date has Not been set.

She did enter an Alford plea in January on two other counts related to an April 1st arson in 2013 in Melfa which means she did not admit guilt but accepted there was enough evidence to convict.

That was the last of the arsons in a string of more than 70 in Accomack County.

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8:27 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Bundick Arson Trial To Begin This Week

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A two day trial is set to begin today for Tonya Bundick who faces two counts involving arson for the fires set at abandoned buildings in Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.

In addition, Bundick will also face another 64 counts at a second trial.

Her fiancé Charles Smith has already pleaded guilty to 67 arson charges and potentially faces 500 years in prison.

Smith says in a videotaped confession to police that he set the fires for Bundick because he was in love with her.

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8:14 am
Thu December 5, 2013

New Details From Indictment in Accomack County Arsons

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There are new details about the fires among the 62 new arson charges handed down by a grand jury against Tonya Bundick in Accomack County.

The indictment said she played a role in setting the very first fire on November 12th in Parksley.

WBOC reports that other fires included the blaze at the Leatherbury United Methodist Church and the Whispering Pines Motel.

During an interrogation by police her fiancé Charles Smith said that the fires were originally Bundick’s idea.

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8:56 am
Tue December 3, 2013

62 More Arson Counts Against Tonya Bundick in Accomack County Fires

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A woman accused of setting fires to abandoned structures on Virginia's Eastern Shore is facing new arson charges.

Media outlets report that an Accomack County grand jury indicted Tonya Bundick of Parksley on 62 arson counts on Monday.

Bundick was indicted earlier this year on one arson count and one conspiracy count.

Her boyfriend, former volunteer firefighter Charles Smith III, pleaded guilty in October to 67 arson counts and one conspiracy count.

The charges stem from a string of fires in 2012 and 2013.

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1:36 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Charles Smith: Set Accomack County Fires for Love

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Charles Smith says he set the fires in a series of arsons in Accomack County from November of last year to April of this year out of love for his fiancé.

Smith and Tonya Bundick were arrested April 2nd .

Since then Smith has pleaded guilty to 67 arson counts and one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

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9:01 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Tonya Bundick Attorneys to Withdraw from Arson Case

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The judge in the trial of Tonya Bundick charged in connection with the string of arson fires in Accomack County earlier this year has allowed her attorneys to withdraw from the case.

The lawyers will remain as counsel until the court can appoint a new attorney.

WBOC reports that this will mean a delay in the trial.

Bundick was indicted back in August on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy.

Her fiancé Charles Smith faces 67 counts of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

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12:06 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Attorney Denied Removal From Virginia Arson Case

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A judge has denied a request by an attorney to quit representing a woman accused of setting a string of abandoned structure fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

WAVY-TV reports Accomack County Circuit Judge Glen Tyler on Tuesday denied motions by attorney Shannon Dunham to remove herself from the case and to have the trial pushed to a later date.

Tonya Bundick of Parksley was indicted in August on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy. Her trial, set for Nov. 6, was previously moved to Virginia Beach.

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9:19 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Charles Smith Pleads Not Guilty in Accomack County Arsons

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Not Guilty.

That’s the plea entered by 38-year old Charles Smith III in an Accomack County Court this week after being charged with 67 counts of arson in the string of fires that struck the county beginning last November and ending earlier this year.

He is also facing one count of conspiracy to commit arson along with the second suspect 40-year old Tonya Bundick who is also facing one count of arson.

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10:32 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Defendant in Accomack County Arsons Gets Bond

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Tonya Bundick charged in the string of 70 arsons in Accomack County is being released on $30-thousand secured bond after being incarcerated for almost five months.

But she is not to leave Accomack and Northampton counties except for a medical necessity.

Her attorney Shannon Dunham told the court that her client wanted to return to being a mother and visit her two sons who are currently in foster care.

Originally, she had been denied bond by a retired County Circuit Judge because he believed she would most likely face multiple additional charges in the near future.

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11:52 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Arrest in Tasley Virginia Shooting

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The Accomack County Sheriff’s office has arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of 32-year old James Wyatt of Tasley.

24 year old Jamar Hickman was taken into custody by the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office in Salisbury yesterday.

The Accomack County Sheriff’s office says that an investigation into the shooting found that there was dispute between several people at the same address where shots were fired that caused Wyatt’s death.

Hickman is being held in the Wicomico County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Virginia.

 

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8:29 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Accomack County Officials Object to New Storm Water Regulations

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The Accomack County Board of Supervisors says the new state changes in the storm water regulations would doom the county and other localities with too much regulation.  

The Board is sending out a letter in which the local officials say that the definition of a measurable storm event is not appropriate for the Eastern Shore. 

The new regulations define it as a ¼ inch of rain within a 24 hour period which the Supervisors say disappears quickly into the ground because of the region’s lack of elevation and highly permeable soils among other factors. 

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9:43 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Virginia Reacts to High Court Decision on Voting Rights Act

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The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act will allow the Virginia Counties of Accomack and Northampton on the Eastern Shore to make electoral changes without getting pre-clearance of the federal government.

Before the ruling any such change such as redrawing electoral districts to the choice of voting machines had to wait 60 day for a decision from the U.S. Justice Department.

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8:54 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Suspects in Accomack County Arsons Appear in Court

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Charles Smith III and Tonya Bundick appeared in a Virginia Court yesterday…facing arson charges as a result of a series of some 70 fires that hit Accomack County late last year and earlier this year.

Judge Gordon Vincent certified the charges against the two Hopeton residents who face, for the moment, one count each of arson and conspiracy to commit arson in connection with the fire at an abandoned building in Melfa last April.

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11:47 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Possible Motive in Accomack County Arsons

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The search warrants in the case of some 70 arsons in Accomack County earlier this year appear to contain information about the motive for the fires.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that one of those charges in the string of fires 38 year old Charles Smith allegedly told investigators that he and her girlfriend 40 year old friend Tonya Bundick picked out one house because of comments made on Facebook about her.

The warrant said there was probably cause for searching two Facebook accounts belonging to Bundick.

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9:44 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Another Fire in Accomack County (Update)

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Virginia State Police are investigating another fire in Accomack County.   

It occurred last night at 9:15 pm when emergency workers responded to a blaze at the intersection of Drummondtown Road and Folly Farm Road near the town of Accomac.

Authorities say the fire took out an abandoned two-story wooden structure that was located off the roadway in the woods.

No injuries were reported.

WBOC reports that officials have not yet confirmed if this fire is part of a series of more than 70 arsons since mid-November.

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9:21 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Arson Fire in Somerset County

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There has been a suspected arson fire in Somerset County.

It is the second such fire in the last two weeks.

But, the Maryland State Fire Marshall Office says the blaze in Eden does not appear to be connected to the more than 70 arson fires that have struck neighboring Accomack County since mid-November.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that no one was injured in the fire which only affected a small portion of the porch.

Authorities said that there was an odor from some kind of accelerant such as diesel or kerosene.

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8:46 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Fire Over the Weekend in Accomack County

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There was another fire in Accomack County.

Virginia State Police said units responded to a blaze early Sunday morning at 1 a.m. at a single structure on Bullbegger Road in Withams.

Police say the building was not occupied and there were no injuries.

So far, police say they do not know if it is related to the recent series of more than 70 arson fires since last November on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

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