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Dangerous drugs

On Tuesday morning, police received a report of young children staying in a camper in the vicinity of a casino and entering a nearby hotel alone to eat breakfast. 

Police responded at 10:33 a.m. and conducted a welfare check on the children. 

While the police were speaking with the children, their parents came out of the casino. According to police, the parents claimed they had been checking on the kids throughout the morning. 

After a check revealed a warrant out of Yellowstone County for the children's father, Lucas Michael Parker, 37, of Billings, police arrested him. 

During an inventory search, police allegedly found Parker in possession of .4 grams of methamphetamine. He was subsequently arrested on felony charges related to his outstanding warrant and possession of dangerous drugs.  

Drug paraphernalia 

While in the Thriftway convenience store on the 900 block of Front Street Tuesday afternoon, police noticed Carlos Jesus Martinez, 29, of Butte, who they suspected of having outstanding warrants. 

After Martinez entered a bathroom in the store, police detained Martinez and searched the bathroom, where they reportedly discovered drug paraphernalia but no drugs.  

Martinez was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors and a felony related his outstanding warrants and his alleged possession of drug paraphernalia.

Domestic assault 

Police say a man got into an argument with his girlfriend while having cocktails at a bar then took it to another level when they got home.

Officers responded to the domestic disturbance in the 2900 block of Bartlett Street early Tuesday morning and arrested Robert John Rajala, 37, for felony parter/family member assault resulting in minor injuries.

The victim said Rajala punched her in the left side of her face, bruising her cheek, and pulled her hair before police arrived. He was still behind bars late Tuesday morning.

Domestic assault 

Police were called about a disturbance in the 600 block of Colorado Street shortly after midnight Monday and heard a woman inside a house scream, “Help me! Help me please!”

An officer kicked in the door and arrested Brandon Kenneth Dagen, 27. Furniture had been knocked over and the woman said she feared for her life because Dagen wouldn’t let her call police.

He was booked at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday for misdemeanor partner/family member assault and was still in jail late Tuesday morning with no bond set.

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