A joint investigation between the Pennsylvania State Police at the Ridgway barracks and the Ridgway Borough Police Department has resulted in the arrest of Francis "Tony" Milliard, 54, and Anthony Milliard, 28, both of Ridgway.
Francis Milliard was apprehended on felony arrest warrants for multiple counts of arson, criminal mischief, and recklessly endangering another person, charges related to a May 30 fire at the residence of Pauline Smith, 521 West Main St. in Ridgway Township.
Anthony Milliard was also charged as a co-defendant in the matter.
The tandem also were charged with multiple felony arson, criminal mischief, and insurance fraud charges in connection with a Dec. 4, 2008 fire at 115 First Ave., Johnsonburg. The residence, owned by Francis Milliard, went up in flames and was reportedly intentionally set.
All investigations are continuing. There have reportedly been no other arrests made at this time regarding the recent string of arson incidents, which began May 30.
Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, July 25, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.