Police Blotter


An altercation between North End neighbors resulted in the deaths of two men on June 6. Michael Dillon and Frank Rossiter were next-door neighbors in the 4600 block of North Ferdinand Street. Other neighbors called 911 to report Dillon firing a gun. One of Rossiter’s roommates went to Dillon’s home to confront him about the gunshots. He walked back to his house with Dillon following him. When the roommate saw Dillon had a gun, he ran into his home. Rossiter came outside to investigate. Dillon fatally shot him. Dillon drove to the home of a friend in Gig Harbor and said he was suicidal. The friend called 911. Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded. As they approached the house, Dillon fatally shot himself while standing in the driveway.


A man called 911 on May 29 to announce he planned to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. He was located standing on State Route 509 over Thea Foss Waterway. After speaking with an officer for about 40 minutes, the man stepped back and surrendered. He was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center, where the officer filled out paperwork for an involuntary commitment.


Officers responded to an incident at a hotel in the 6800 block of Tacoma Mall Boulevard on May 27. Two men and two women were in and around a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. Officers received a call that the car had been stolen from a car lot in Lakewood and its plates had come from another stolen car. One woman was detained. A security guard at the hotel told police the woman had been driving the car for several weeks. She was arrested for possession of stolen property. A man at the scene was arrested on a warrant.


Detectives seek the public’s help to identify a suspect in a murder that occurred 15 years ago. In the early morning hours of June 8, 1998, 19-year-old Bryce Cheney and his father had just finished a delivery route for The News Tribune and returned to their home in the 300 block of East North Lane on the East Side. The father went outside to confront a prowler. His son followed and the prowler fatally stabbed him before fleeing. The suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 16 and 25. He was 5’7” and 150 pounds with curly black hair. A pink girl’s Huffy brand bicycle was found in the victim’s backyard. Investigators believe it may have been left there by the suspect. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest and charges filed. Tips can be reported by calling (253) 591-5959.


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