Elder Milliard waives preliminary hearing for new charges
JOHNSONBURG - Francis Anthony Milliard, 54, of Ridgway, currently incarcerated on arson and arson-related charges for his alleged role in setting two Elk County house fires, as well as charges of attempted murder and assault stemming from the beating of a Ridgway man, was in District Court in Johnsonburg Wednesday where he waived his preliminary hearing on new charges of felony firearm possession and violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetics Act (CSDDCA). The new charges consist of two counts of felony possession of a firearm by a person prohibited due to conviction, as well as a felony charge of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, and misdemeanors of intent to possess controlled substance by person not registered and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. The new charges against Milliard, filed on Aug. 28, are the result of search warrants executed by authorities at Milliard's 76 Long Level Rd. residence. According to affidavits, on Aug. 10, in the course of executing a search warrant on Milliard's 76 Long Level Rd. residence, law enforcement officials recovered two firearms, a Beretta Tomcat 32 automatic pistol, a Stevens Model 820 B Shotgun, and approximately 1,135 rounds of assorted ammunition.