Police News: Man arrested in house fire

Police News: Man arrested in house fire

February 10th, 2013 by Staff Reports in Local Regional News

Richard Lee Dillon

Richard Lee Dillon

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Man arrested in house fire

A man seen walking around a burning house in Apison with a gas can has been charged with arson and aggravated assault, authorities said.

Richard Lee Dillon, 55, had argued with his girlfriend before the blaze Friday night, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Janice Atkinson said in a news release.

Deputies were called to 5104 Wesleyan Road about 9 p.m. along with the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department. Witnesses saw smoke and fire coming from the house, Atkinson said.

Police arrested Dillon on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated arson, felony reckless endangerment false imprisonment and interference with emergency calls. He was booked into the Hamilton County Jail on $105,000 bond pending a March 4 court appearance.

The homeowner estimated the fire damage at $100,000, Atkinson said.

Man shoots home intruder

An East Ridge resident shot and wounded a man who was breaking into his home early Saturday, police said.

The victim said the intruder, George N. Miles, 34, of Rossville, was his ex-boyfriend, East Ridge police spokesman Erik Hopkins said in a news release.

The victim said the two earlier had been involved in a disorder at the Walmart on Brainerd Road, and that Miles hat threatened to come to his home and kill him.

Police were called at 4:32 a.m. to the home on Greenbriar Road and found Miles with a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

The victim said Miles had broken the bedroom window and was crawling through, yelling, "I'm going to kill you!" The victim said he fired one shot.

Miles was taken to Erlanger hospital, where his condition wasn't available Saturday evening.