ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - Charles Smith III admitted to setting 52 of the 77 fires on the Eastern Shore and was denied bond in court Wednesday.
Smith and his fiance, Tonya Bundick, were arrested last week for setting a fire in Melfa. The two have only been charged in connection with that incident, but State Police say they are responsible for a majority of the 77 fires in Accomack County since mid-November.
According to the Eastern Shore News Virginia editor Ted Shockley, Smith said Bundick set 15 of the fires. These numbers indicate the couple set 67 of the 77 fires.
Smith admitted he and Bundick used her 2008 white Dodge Avenger in some of the crimes.
Smith was allegedly in tears in court. His attorney pointed out no one was injured in the structure fires. He will be back in court May 6 for a preliminary hearing.
Smith has a checkered past, including 31 felony convictions against him. He served as a member of the Tasley Volunteer Fire Department from 2002 through 2011.
A routine traffic stop in Chesapeake resulted in a three-city pursuit Friday morning.
Wet weather is expected to move into the area over the weekend, forcing some areas to cancel or change their holiday events.
Four vehicles were involved in a crash on Route 17 in Gloucester Friday morning.