Sheriff Tim Bailey and Marion Township Fire Department Chief Ben Meddles are pleased to report the arrest this morning of a male suspect for setting a fire last night in the 1300 block of State Route 309 East. Since September 21th, 2016 the Marion Township Fire Department has responded to four reported fires in the same area that were set under suspicious circumstances. Today, Detectives were investigating last night’s fire. They viewed video surveillance from area businesses and were canvassing the area when they located a male subject walking that they had observed in the video. Detectives observed and collected evidence on the suspect that corroborated their suspicions. “This is a case of good detective work and being in the right place at the right time. I’m pleased an arrest was made so future fires won’t be set.” Sheriff Bailey stated
Arrested was 63 year old, Charles William Akers (150 Sara Avenue, Marion) for last night’s arson. This case will continue to be investigated and it and the other incidents will be sent to the prosecutor’s office for formal charges once the investigations are complete.