ST. MARYS - A 25-year-old St. Marys man has been charged with arson and other felony charges related to a fire at the 137 Lynch Rd. home of his father and stepmother that occurred in the early-morning hours of July 14.
Steven Ray Hulings was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Mark Jacob on felony charges of arson-danger of death or bodily injury; arson with intent to destroy unoccupied building; reckless burning or exploding- places property having value that exceeds $5,000 or automobile, place; reckless burning or exploding-places uninhabited or unoccupied structure in danger of damage or destruction; burglary; criminal mischief/damage tangible property of another intentionally, recklessly, or by negligence; criminal trespass breaking into structure; criminal trespass-entering structure.
According to the affidavit of criminal complaint, authorities at the scene of the fire were approached by Mark Brennan of 144 Lynch Rd., who stated that the residence involved in the fire was that of his sister, Laurie Hulings and her husband Blaine Hulings, but added that the couple was away for the weekend, camping in the Lantz Corners area.
Police asked Brennan if anybody else lived in the home, to which Brennan replied that Steven R. Hulings, son to Blaine Hulings and stepson to Laurie Hulings, lives at the home during the week and with his mother when the Hulings leave for the weekend, explaining that in the wake of "past incidents" the couple did not trust Steven to stay at the house alone.