Kids face arson charge
Officers responded to the Hamblin Heights trailer court on Neversweat Street around noon Friday after a resident phoned police to say that a pile of pallets and tires were on fire. According to the report, three male juveniles were seen running from the area, police said.
When officers arrived, they caught up with one of the juveniles on Iron Street. Officers determined that the juvenile was one among the three involved in the fire, and they also observed that he appeared to be intoxicated.
Police later located the other two juveniles walking in the area, one of whom also appeared to be intoxicated. All three males, each 14, face charges of negligent arson, and two face the charge of possession of alcohol.
Booze in burglary
Also at the Hamblin Heights trailer court, police responded around 2 p.m. Friday after a resident discovered that someone had broken into her home. Police said bottles of alcohol and beer and prescription drugs were taken. The break-in occurred sometime between 8:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday. Police said they don’t know whether the break-in is related to the pallet and tire fire that occurred earlier in the day, and the matter is under investigation.
Teens damage field
Two 16-year-old male juveniles are facing felony criminal mischief charges after they spun doughnuts with their trucks on an athletic field in Copper Mountain Park, causing more than $1,500 in damage. Police were dispatched to the park off Beef Trail Road around 2:30 Friday after they received a report that two vehicles were spinning doughnuts — driving in circles and tearing up sod with the tires — in the field. Officers stopped two pickup trucks in the area and determined that the males driving them were the same juveniles in the report.
• Anthony Mazzola, 29, of Butte faces an aggravated DUI charge after he allegedly blew over twice the legal limit on a Breathalyzer test late Friday. Police say they were patrolling the area of First and Utah when they pulled over Mazzola for driving 44 mph in a 25 mph zone. He appeared to be intoxicated, police said, so officers administered a roadside sobriety test, which Mazzola allegedly failed. He was taken to the Butte jail, where he failed another sobriety test and blew twice the legal limit, police said.
• Police responded early Saturday to the area of the Butte KOA campground on Kaw Avenue in response to a report of a vehicle that had crashed into a guardrail. When officers arrived, no one was in the car, police said, but officers later caught up with the driver, Christine Stephens, 19, of Butte, whom they saw walking on the street. She was returned to the scene, where she failed a field sobriety test, police said. She was then taken to jail, where she allegedly failed more sobriety maneuvers and blew over twice the legal limit on a Breathalyzer. She faces charges of aggravated DUI, careless driving, and failure to show proof of insurance, all of which are misdemeanors.
Police said they responded to a disturbance call around 4 a.m. Sunday to a housing complex on the 100 block of Trinity Loop. They were met in the parking lot by a 15-year-old female who said that her stepfather had hit a man inside her apartment and was tearing up the residence. Inside, officers observed that a man, a guest of the home, was bleeding from the nose. Police said the stepfather, Willie Erickson, 36, of Butte, wrestled with officers as they attempted to subdue him. He was later taken to jail, where he now faces misdemeanor charges of simple assault and resisting arrest. He was also cited with misdemeanor partner/family-member assault because the girl was in fear of Erickson, police said.
Police say Alexander Hardcastle, 24, of Butte is facing a misdemeanor DUI charge after he failed a field sobriety test and blew over the legal limit on a Breathalyzer. Police pulled the man over early Monday after responding to a disturbance call at his residence on the 500 block of south Idaho. Police knocked on the door of his residence and received no answer but later saw Hardcastle driving his vehicle in the neighborhood.
Police arrested James Kelly, 30, of Whitehall Friday about 10 p.m. after he allegedly assaulted a man inside a residence at the Silver Bow Homes on Curtis Street. When officers arrived, police said, they spoke with a man who said he had gotten into a disagreement with his girlfriend at a bar. The man left the bar, police said, and went to the residence in the housing complex. At some point during the night, police said, his girlfriend returned home with an unnamed male and Kelly then allegedly assaulted the victim.
Lucinda Lopez, 43, of Butte was cited twice over the weekend for trespassing for lingering around two residences where she had been asked to leave, police said.
The first arrest occurred around 9 p.m. Friday, when the residents of a home on the 400 block of Silver Street called to report that Lopez was at the property despite being told to stay away by law enforcement earlier in the day. After returning to the home, Lopez was apprehended by police and cited with trespassing.
Lopez bonded out of jail around 10 p.m. The next day around 4 p.m., she was cited again for criminal trespassing after she entered a residence on the 1000 block of Dakota Street.