Woman charged with latest of 70 Va. shore arsons

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A state trooper stands guard in front of a house on Airport Drive in Melfa, Va. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. One of two people being questioned about a fire at the house  has been charged in the blaze.  Tonya Susan Bundick, of Parksley, Va.,was charged this morning with one count of felony arson and one count of felony conspiracy to commit arson, said state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.  ( Steve Earley / The Virginian-Pilot )  (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Stevve Earley)  MAGS OUT

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) — Court records show that police investigating more than 70 arsons on Virginia's Eastern Shore observed someone torch a residence before they arrested a suspect in the case.

The Associated Press obtained court records related to the arrest of a 40-year-old suspect early Tuesday.

Tonya S. Bundick was arrested after a traffic stop near a vacant residence that had been set on fire in the town of Melfa.

The court records also reveal that a passenger was in the car with Bundick. The passenger was not identified.

Police have not announced any other arrests.

Bundick lives in Parksley, a small community where the first of 77 deliberately set fires was lit. It is not clear whether Bundick has an attorney. She has a Wednesday court appearance.

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