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Home search yields more in Milliard case

August 17, 2012

Photo submitted - Eyewitness accounts report that on Aug. 10, at least one Ridgway Borough Police cruiser was on property reportedly owned by Francis "Tony" Milliard, 54, who with his son, Anthony Milliard, has been arrested on multiple counts of arson and numerous criminal charges. A tow truck left the property at approximately 3:45 p.m. that day with what appeared to be a large safe strapped to the bed of the truck.

On Aug. 9, law enforcement officers executing a search warrant descended on the 76 Long Level home belonging to Francis Anthony Milliard, 54, of Ridgway, combing the property for physical evidence that would bolster ongoing investigations and possibly lead to new cases against Milliard, who is currently incarcerated and charged with two area arsons as well as attempted homicide.
Milliard is charged along with his son, Anthony Karl Milliard, 28, of Ridgway, in arsons committed at 115 First Ave. in Johnsonburg on Dec. 4, 2008 and one at 521 West Main St. in Ridgway on May 30, 2012.
Francis Milliard was arrested on July 24 for the 521 West St. fire and is currently incarcerated in the Jefferson County Jail.

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