Short-lived pickup theft
Around 5:20 a.m. Monday police received a report that a pickup had been stolen from the 600 block of South Washington Street.
Just minutes later, officers on patrol spotted the vehicle, a black 2012 Dodge Ram, in the vicinity of Holmes Avenue and Rowe Road. Police followed the pickup onto Hansen Road and a brief pursuit followed, reaching speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.
The pickup skidded off Beef Trail Road and got stuck and two men fled the vehicle, police said. Both were quickly apprehended and arrested, they said.
Jeremy Houser, 35, who police said was driving the pickup, and Alex Osier, 20, were each charged with felony possession of stolen property, records show. Police said the two men said they are homeless.
Houser was charged also with felony motor vehicle theft, fleeing or eluding police, a misdemeanor, and a probation violation.
Employees halt assault
Police said Butte resident Nathan K. Schneider, 40, entered a business in the 100 block of East Galena Street around 10:45 a.m. Friday and attempted to assault an employee there before being subdued by workers and held until police arrived. Police said the employees told them that Schneider was yelling and screaming nonsensically when he entered the shop.
He was charged with misdemeanor assault and with possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. The latter charges resulted after police found a syringe and a baggie of what appeared to be marijuana on Schneider’s person after his arrest, police said.
The initial report suggested a vehicle had slid off Interstate 15 near the Sheridan Avenue bridge in Butte around 3:30 a.m. Monday. When police arrived they determined that Lee T. Stillwagon, 23, of Butte, had likely been driving his Hyundai Elantra north on Gladstone Avenue, had crossed Evans Avenue and then traveled through a fence along the interstate.
Police said they suspected at the scene that Stillwagon was under the influence of alcohol and said he subsequently failed field sobriety tests and then blew twice the legal limit for alcohol on a breathalyzer test. He was charged with aggravated DUI and reckless driving, both misdemeanors.
Police said Butte resident Herbert P. Shannon Jr., 56, was a passenger in a vehicle around 8:45 p.m. Saturday when he struck the driver, a woman, after they began to argue after leaving a bar. Police said officers responded to the 800 block of East Second Street and found the two continuing to argue on the sidewalk.
Shannon was subsequently charged with partner or family member assault, a misdemeanor, and violation of a protective order, also a misdemeanor.
Not their room
Police were alerted around 8:45 a.m. Sunday that staff at the Super 8 motel on Harrison Avenue had found two people in a room who were not paying guests.
Police said Erik R. Hunt, 38, and Emily J. Keyser, 37, both described as homeless, fled the scene but were apprehended at a nearby convenience store. Each was charged with criminal trespass to property and theft of services, misdemeanors.
Search yields arrests
Police accompanied the Probation and Parole Division around 5:30 p.m. Friday for a search of a residence in the 900 block of South Utah Street. Police said the search discovered some marijuana, along with a substance believed to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Police arrested resident Rose J. Mascarenas, 26, and charged her with felony possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said they also arrested Matthew Scholler, 21, of Butte, at the scene after determining there was a warrant for his arrest for a sentence revocation.
A Butte woman’s alleged attempt to shoplift a package of lighters from Walmart led to her arrest Friday around 3:15 p.m. Police said Kimberly F. Knaub, 49, who they said had been told to stay away from the store, was charged with misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor trespass to property.
Bar fight investigation
Police are investigating a fight that occurred early Sunday at Sam’s Place on North Excelsior Avenue. The fight was described as “a mutual altercation” that left one of the two men involved with facial injuries that required medical treatment. Police said they are reviewing video from the bar to try to determine what happened and who else was involved.