Update: On Wednesday morning, Akron Municipal Court Judge Ann Marie O'Brien denied bond for Stanley Ford, 58, saying she's never seen such a heinous act in her time as a judge. 

Ford is due back in court Thursday morning for an initial appearance with his attorney. He is expected to enter a plea. 


58-year-old Stanley O. Ford of Akron has been charged with one count of aggravated arson, and seven counts of aggravated murder in connection with the deadly fire on May 15th, that claimed the lives of seven family members on Fultz Avenue in Akron. 

He is described as a neighbor who lived on Hillcrest Avenue, close by the home on Fultz Street, that he allegedly set on fire.
Deputy Police Chief, Kenneth Ball, called it "one of the most heinous and costly crimes in the city of Akron's history", and Mayor Dan Horrigan says he will do "everything in his power to see justice is achieved in this case".
The family members who died from smoke inhalation from that deadly blaze are Dennis Huggins,Angela Boggs, and their five children; Cameron Huggins, Alivia Huggins, Kylle Huggins, Daisia Huggins, and Jered Boggs.
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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 12:27

Warrant Issued In Akron Home Explosion

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Rodney Lee Hylton, 49, of Akron, in connection to the home explosion on Courtland Avenue at South Hawkins in Akron last week. 

Hylton, who was renting the home on Courtland, is charged with Aggravated Arson and Arson, both felony counts, in the explosion and fire. Hylton was inside the Courtland home at the time of the explosion and has been in the hospital since. 

The two counts are because the neighboring home on South Hawkins. 

Stay with WAKR.net and 1590 WAKR as more details are revealed. 

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Monday, 18 April 2016 17:55

Couple Dies In Fire Ruled Arson

A fire at a West Akron home earlier this morning is being investigated as a possible arson.

A sign saying ARSON and offering a reward is now posted on the charred home on Fultz Avenue.

The two people found dead in the basement of the home have been identified as a man and a woman, 65-year-old Lindell Lewis and a 66-year-old Gloria Jean Hart.

Both lived at the home.

Autopsies say that they died from smoke inhalation, but the MANNER of their death is still pending.

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The cause of a Northfield house fire and explosion that killed a family of four on Monday night has been determined to be arson.

That's the word from the State Fire Marshal's Office, which along with the Summit County Sheriff's Office has been conducting the investigation of the fatal fire on Skyhaven Road.

43 year-old Jeffrey Mather and 43 year-old Cynthia Mather died in the explosion along with their two children.

The investigation continues, and further details are not yet being released.

(State Fire Marshal's Office, news release) The Division of State Fire Marshal's Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau has ruled a fire that occurred at 7486 Skyhaven Road in Northfield Center as arson. The incident killed two adults and two children on Monday, January 11, 2016 around 8:30 p.m.

While the cause of the fire has been determined, the investigation remains open and ongoing. Therefore, specific details of this incident cannot be released at this time.

The Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau continues to work with the Summit County Sheriff's Office and the Northfield Center-Sagamore Hills Fire District on the investigation.

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