Richard Lee Dillon Arrested After Setting House On Wesleyan Road On Fire Friday Night

Saturday, February 9, 2013
Richard Lee Dillon
Richard Lee Dillon

One man has been arrested on multiple charges, after the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was called to 5104 Wesleyan Road at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday in reference to a residential structure fire. 

Witnesses reported seeing smoke and fire coming from the residence and seeing a man later identified as Richard Lee Dillon, 55, walking around the residence with what appeared to be a gas can. The Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and they worked to get the fire under control.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and determined from witness statements and other evidence that this incident stems from a disorder that took place earlier between Dillon and a girlfriend.

The homeowner advised the loss value due to the fire is estimated at $100,000.

Dillon was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated arson, felony reckless endangerment, false imprisonment and interference with emergency calls. He was transported to the Hamilton County Jail for processing and given a bond of $105,000 bond and a court date of March 4.


Alexander Says Washington Should “Adopt Some Tennessee Common Sense” And Repeal Federal Death Tax

Senator Lamar Alexander on Tuesday, cosponsored legislation by Senator John Thune to permanently repeal the federal death tax saying it would “reduce Washington’s involvement in our everyday lives” and demonstrate “Tennessee common sense.” “Nobody should be put into the position of having to sell the family farm or small business they’ve just inherited in order to pay the ... (click for more)

Senator Perdue Approves Jump Starting Keystone And American Energy Projects

U.S. Senator David Perdue Tuesday released the following statement regarding reports that President Donald J. Trump will take action to advance the Keystone Pipeline and American energy projects:  “We finally have a president who has the guts to choose American workers over special interests. Energy projects like the Keystone Pipeline will generate jobs and inject new life ... (click for more)

City Officials Should Tour Our Roads - And Response (2)

As we near the election in March, now would be a good time for our city officials who are up for re-election to spend a little time exploring their realm.   I would invite them to take a scenic tour starting at Lake Resort Drive paying attention to the portion of the road which was recently repaired which now appears to be sliding back towards the lake again.  Follow ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Puzzling Women

After Rhonda Thurman left the “Enlightment” meeting of the Hamilton Country School Board Saturday afternoon, she must have been catching up on the news when she posted this message on her Facebook page: “I am really trying to understand. I am a woman and I cannot think of one "RIGHT" I do not have. Can someone enlighten me?” Not one person enlightened Rhonda because nobody could ... (click for more)

Big McClendon Curtis Leads Central Past Hixson

Central coach Rick Rogers knew this would be a long season for his Purple Pounder basketball team after his top seven players graduated last year. He’s exactly right, but things are headed in the right direction for Rogers as his team improved to 5-10 overall and 3-6 in District 6-AA with a heart-stopping one-point win at Hixson Monday night. That’s two wins in a row and the ... (click for more)

Cleveland, Bradley Central No. 1 And No. 2 In State Wrestling Poll

Now in its 25th year, The Poll is primarily a measure of  dual meet strength  with some consideration to individual tournament strength.   Votes are cast by a state-wide panel of high school wrestling coaches and are based on a maximum Power Ranking of 100%.   STATE POLL:   RANK ... (click for more)