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11:27 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Virginia Gun Sales Hit Record High on Black Friday

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is on pace to break its annual gun sales record following record transactions on Black Friday.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Virginia State Police statistics show 3,902 gun transactions in the state on Black Friday. That broke the previous record of 3,856 transactions on the same day in 2012.

As of Monday, gun transactions totaled 431,693. The record is 432,387 set in 2012.

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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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9:44 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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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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9:31 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Community Aids Firefighters in Accomack County

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The firefighters struggling with more than 70 arson fires in Accomack County are getting some help from community groups and even those outside the state.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that local residents have stepped up by gathering items that fire companies need to restock their rehab unit as they  find their resources strained by the string of blazes.

The offering range from things like hot chocolate and water to sports drinks and snacks that are coming through local businesses across the Eastern Shore.

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9:05 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Weekend Brushfire in Accomack County

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Virginia State Police are looking into whether a brush fire in Parksley early Saturday morning is connected to the recent spate of arsons that have hit Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

They say the blaze on Dennis Drive and County appears to be the result of arson.

Police are urging the public to come forward with any leads on the fires with a $25-thousand reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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9:09 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Fire Reported in Accomack County

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Another fire in Accomack County.

This time Virginia State Police say it occurred around 10 pm last night at the intersection of Paige Fisher Road and Nocks Landing Road in Oak Hall.

Police say they suspect arson caused the blaze, if so it would be the 65th such fire in the region since last November.

Authorities have set up checkpoints and are handing out flyers with information about a tip line and the $25-thosuand reward leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the arsons.

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9:12 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Virginia State Police Set Up Check Point in Accomack Arson Fires

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The Virginia State Police have set up a checkpoint in Accomack County hoping to catch those responsible for 64 arson fires in the region.

On Saturday the police say that they had divided the county in half creating only one way in and out.

Officers are handing out flyers with the tip hotline and an explanation of the reward for those who help lead to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

There have been no arson fires since the stepped up surveillance.

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8:43 am
Tue February 26, 2013

New Blaze in Accomack County

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In Accomack County another fire broke out.

Just after 9 p.m. last night firefighters were on the scene of an abandoned building fire at the intersection of Saxis and Wessells Farm Roads in Temperanceville.

WBOC reports that when fire companies arrived on the scene the building was fully engulfed in flames.

It is still under investigation by Virginia State Police, and has not yet been confirmed as arson.

There have been upwards of 50 arson fires set in Accomack County since November of last year.

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12:29 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Another Fire in Accomack County

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HALLWOOD, Va. (AP) - The authorities are investigating another fire on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The Virginian Pilot reports that the fire was reported Thursday night in Hallwood. No one was injured in the structure fire, which was described as minor.

Investigators have not said whether the fire is linked to the nearly 50 that have been set since November.

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9:15 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Two More Fires in Accomack

There were two more fires in Accomack County.


The blazes by an apparent arsonist resurfaced Sunday night after being quiet for several weeks.


The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities were called to a fire at a storage shed in Nelsonia and brush and a tire pile fire at F&G Automotive on coastal Boulevard in Onley.


Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya said these fires have been included in the investigation into a string of more than 40 arson fires that started November 12th at an abandoned house.

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9:13 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend Takes Toll on Highways

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say 13 people were killed on Virginia's roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.


That's an increase over the past two years, when 11 died in 2011 and 10 in 2010.


The holiday ran from Wednesday through Sunday.


Three of those killed were pedestrians, while one was on a motorcycle. A crash in Fairfax County killed two. It was the only fatal crash on an interstate.


State police say alcohol was a factor in at least three of the crashes. Five of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

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