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There could be more arrests in the Onley arson case.

That’s the word from the town’s Volunteer Fire and Rescue company.

Brandon Haynes was arrested for the February 2nd arson of a tractor trailer.

It belonged to Antonio Logan.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Fire Chief Chris Davis said there could be additional arrests of junior members of the company connected to a series of fire-related incidents over the last winter.

The paper says that the Virginia State Police have been called into investigate.

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Brandon Haynes a 20 year-old firefighter in Onley is facing arson charges.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was seen being taken out of the fire station in handcuffs yesterday.

He has since been released on his own personal recognizance.

The arrest arises from a 1993 Freightliner that was set ablaze on February 2nd.

The paper reports that initially Haynes denied any knowledge of the fire but admitted to it after being told by authorities that they knew he was the person who made the 911 call about the blaze.

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A fire at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is being called arson.

There was no one inside the centuries old church in Tyaskin where an accelerant was used on the outside of the building.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the damage is estimated at around $12-hundred.

Someone passing by spotted the damage and called authorities.

Reverend Dennis Morgan at St.Mary’s told the paper that the damage was minimal and limited to the outside of the building.

The church was established in 1798.

 

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STANTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are investigating three fires that destroyed a mobile home and damaged two others as arson.

The Wilmington News Journal reports three separate blazes broke out just after 2 a.m. Sunday in Stanton.

No injuries were reported.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says the fires left 12 people without a home.

One mobile home occupied by nine people was destroyed. The other homes sustained moderate damage.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two men have been sentenced to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to a trio of arsons at rural Delaware churches.

The Delaware State News reported Thursday that co-defendants Joseph T. Skochelak, of Felton, and Alex J. Harrington Jr., of Harrington have been sentenced in Kent County Superior Court. The two men pleaded guilty in April to three counts each of second-degree arson, third-degree burglary and second-degree conspiracy.

The men were arrested after a police investigation into overnight fires on Dec. 2, 2014 at three Felton-area churches.

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - A Delaware City man has been found guilty of reckless manslaughter in the fire-related deaths of his girlfriend and two children in 2010.

The Wilmington News Journal reports 29-year-old Travis Jones was found guilty Monday, although not on the murder and arson counts he was originally charged with. Nineteen-year-old Teyonna Watts and the couple's two daughters, 3-year-old Breyonna Watts and 7-month-old Jordan Watts, all died of smoke inhalation Oct. 4, 2010 after a fire in their home.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Board of Pardons has rejected a commutation request from a man serving a 46-year sentence for manslaughter after initially being sentenced to life in prison for three counts of murder.

The board on Thursday denied a commutation request from 53-year-old Mark A. Kirk.

Kirk was convicted of murder, assault and arson after a 1996 fire at a New Castle-area apartment complex killed a neighbor and his two children.

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Charles Smith has been sentenced to 15 year in prison for string of arson fires that hit Accomack County in 2012 and 2013.

He had pled guilty to 65 counts of arson late last year and had testified against his ex-fiance Tonya Bundick.

She has entered an Alford plea to 61 counts for the string of blazes.

Bundick will be serving 17 and a-half years in prison for the crime.

The vast majority of the fires were set in Accomack County but there were no injuries from the blazes.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two Delaware men have pleaded guilty to arson charges after fires at three churches in the Felton area in December.
 
The Delaware State News reports that 27-year-old Alex Harrington Jr. of Frederica and 26-year-old Joseph Skochelak of Felton entered the pleas Monday in Kent County Superior Court. They pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree arson, second-degree conspiracy and third-degree burglary.
 

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A woman faces 17 years in prison for participating in a string of fires set on the Eastern Shore.

Media outlets report that Tonya Bundick entered Alford pleas on Monday to all 61 arson counts remaining against her. She previously was convicted of setting two fires on the Eastern Shore.

An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt but an acknowledgement the state has enough evidence to convict.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two Delaware men have been arrested on arson charges in fires at three churches in the Felton area, all in a four-hour period.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office says the first fire happened around 2 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Healing Hands Christian Church, which was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

As crews battled that blaze, another fire was reported at the Manship Chapel. The last fire came at 5:30 a.m. at the Laws Mennonite Church. 

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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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FELTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities are investigating three arsons at Delaware churches all in one morning.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says someone started the fires in the Felton area Tuesday morning. The first fire happened just before 2 a.m. at the Healing Hands Christian Church, which was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

As crews were battling that blaze, another fire was reported at the Manship Chapel. Crews were able to contain that fire.

The last fire came at 5:30 a.m. at the Laws Mennonite Church.

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Tonya Bundick got a ten and a half year sentence for two arsons carried out in Accomack County last year.

She declined to say anything before she was sentenced for the fires.

She was sentenced to 3 and a-half years for a fire in Accomack County that occurred in March of 2013 after being convicted by a jury.

She was sentenced to seven years in prison for an Alford plea in the fire that took place on April 1st of last year in Melfa.

Circuit Judge Glen Tyler also denied two defense motions.

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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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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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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A woman charged in an Eastern Shore arson spree has been found guilty in her second trial

A jury convicted Tonya Bundick on Tuesday of setting a fire March 3, 2013, in Accomack County. The jury recommended a sentence of 3.5 years and $10,000 fine. She will be sentenced in September.

In April a judge ruled Bundick can have separate trials on each of the 62 arson charges.

Bundick awaits sentencing after entering an Alford plea in January to arson and conspiracy stemming from an April 2013 fire in Melfa. 

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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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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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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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May 16th has been set as a court date for Tonya Bundick who faces 62 arson charges in connection with the blazes that struck Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.

She will be arraigned at 9 a.m. in Circuit Court in Accomack County.

Bundick has already entered an Alford plea to two other charges admitting there was enough evidence to convict.

Her fiancé Charles Smith has entered guilty pleas to 67 arson charges involving 68 fires.

Earlier a substitute judge denied a motion by prosecutors that the counts be tried together as part of a common plan.

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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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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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Tonya Bundick entered an Alfred guilty plea to one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit dramatically ending her two day trial.

The plea means that she recognizes there is enough evidence for a conviction.

She could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to a $5-thousand.

Bundick has also been indicted on 64 counts of arson.

Her fiancé Charles Smith has pleaded guilty to over 60 counts of arson for the fires set in abandoned buildings in Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.

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The first trial of Tonya Bundick in the series of arsons at abandon buildings in Accomack County got underway in Virginia Beach yesterday.

her fiancé Charles Smith told the jury in the afternoon that after his unsuccessful attempt to set the first blaze Bundick started the fire herself.

Smith told the court there was no plan or scheme to set the fires.

There were around 70 fires in all between late 2012 and early 2013.

Bundick faces one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson in this trial.

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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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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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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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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A woman accused of setting a string of abandoned structure fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore wants the location of her trial moved a second time.

WAVY-TV reports Tonya Bundick's new attorney asked Wednesday that her trial take place in Emporia in Greensville County, citing heavy media coverage in Hampton Roads.

A judge earlier granted her first attorney a change-of-venue request from Accomack County to Virginia Beach. That attorney then quit representing her.

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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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