String of charges
A Helena man was arrested early Sunday morning after driving under the influence, stealing from two homeless men, and possessing a stolen vehicle out of Jefferson County. At about 11:18 p.m. on Sunday, Charles Armstrong gave two homeless men a ride to the Richest Hill Casino and Lounge on West Galena Street. Armstrong asked the men to cash a few checks for him inside then took off before they returned, leaving with both of their backpacks. The men called police, who described Armstrong’s car as a blue Chrysler PT Cruiser. Police knew a vehicle matching that description was stolen out of Jefferson County. About an hour later, officers located Armstrong driving the cruiser and stopped him. They determined the vehicle was stolen and believed Armstrong was under the influence. Officers also located what they thought was cocaine on Armstrong’s person. He was arrested with two felonies for possessing the stolen car and dangerous drugs and four misdemeanors for theft, driving under the influence, and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Driving lesson gone wrong
An 18-year-old man was arrested for criminal contempt after the person he was teaching to drive flipped a truck. According to police, they responded to a one-vehicle accident on Moulton Reservoir Road at 4 p.m. on Sunday. When officers arrived, they discovered a truck on its side in the middle of the road with no driver or passengers. Witnesses told police they saw two young males in the truck. As a part of their investigation, officers pulled over another vehicle in the area to ask about the accident. The driver told officers his younger brother, Colton Spindler, had taken another man out to teach him how to drive in the truck in question, which wasn’t his, and the man flipped it. Spindler was in the vehicle with his older brother, and after running his name through dispatch, police discovered he had a criminal contempt warrant. Spindler was arrested. The driver that flipped the truck is unidentified at this time.
Shoplift from Walmart
Police arrested a Butte woman at Walmart after she attempted to leave with items she didn’t pay for in her purse. At about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Shannon Shannon, 58, checked out of Walmart. Before she left the store, the security officer found a pair of Bluetooth headphones and a set of fake fingernails in her purse that she hadn’t paid for. The officer called police, and Shannon was taken to the detention center for shoplifting, a misdemeanor.
A head-butt to the face
A 19-year-old Butte woman was arrested Sunday after she head-butted her ex-boyfriend in the face. Around 4 p.m., police responded to a disturbance call on the 3300 block of Paxson Street. The man who answered the door for officers had a bloody nose and told police his ex, Audrey Messinger, was responsible. Messinger came over to the residence and got into an argument with the man, scratching and head-butting him in the face. The man said after she assaulted him, she walked off down the alley with four cats from his residence. Officers were able to locate Messinger. After running her name through dispatch, they discovered she had a partner assault warrant from a previous argument with the same man and a protection order violation. Police also discovered what they believed to be a marijuana pipe on Messinger. She was arrested for the four misdemeanors and transported to the detention center.
Drugs with intent to sell
Officers arrested a Butte man for possessing what they believed to be meth with the intent to sell. At about 3 a.m. on Sunday, police investigated a car that was parked in the driving lane near East Second Street and South Arizona Avenue. Jonathon Cady, 49, was sleeping in the driver’s seat. Officers asked Cady to pull his car off to the side of the road and ran him through a field sobriety test, which he passed. They offered to give Cady a ride home, when they discovered what they thought to be a meth pipe, a plastic medication bottle with meth inside, and eight small plastic baggies filled with meth in the vehicle. Cady was charged with possessing dangerous drugs, including intent to sell and paraphernalia; two felonies; and a misdemeanor.
Partner assault with reasonable apprehension
A 29-year-old man was arrested for pushing his girlfriend to the ground and jumping on top of her at an apartment on Sunday. Police met a woman, who was extremely upset, in the Atherton Apartments parking lot on Trinity Loop around 2 p.m. The woman said her boyfriend, Alexander Skoglund of Butte, had assaulted her inside of an apartment. Police said she was very afraid of him. Officers located Skoglund near the apartment complex and arrested him for partner assault with reasonable apprehension.
Copper King Mansion assault
A Washington man was arrested at the Copper King Mansion after assaulting his wife in the bedroom they were staying in. At about 11 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to the mansion on 200 West Granite Street on a disturbance call. The wife of Matevz Babnik, 34, told police he threw her to the ground while they were arguing in their bedroom and held her there by her throat. Babnik admitted to assaulting his wife and was charged with partner assault with minor injury or physical contact, a misdemeanor.
Punch and run
Police arrested a 26-year-old Butte man for punching another man to the ground outside of The Times bar early Saturday. At about 1 a.m., Jameson Schafer punched a man so hard he fell to the ground, then took off running, witnesses told police. Officers were able to locate Schafer and arrested him for simple assault, a misdemeanor. The punch victim was transported to St. James Healthcare with minor injury.
A 26-year-old woman was arrested Friday night after punching her sister in the face. At 8 p.m., a woman in the police station lobby said she had been punched by her sister, Amelia Bagnell of Butte, during an argument and wanted to press charges. Officers located Bagnell at a residence on the 2400 block of Placer Street and arrested her for family member assault with minor injury or physical contact.
Steaks on the ground
At about 2:45 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the Party Palace on a disturbance call. An employee was cooking steaks outside of the bar for his coworkers when Nathaniel Brooks, 32, took the steaks and threw them on the ground. Officers advised the Big Timber man to leave the area, which he refused to do. Brooks was arrested for failure to disperse, a misdemeanor.
Aggravated driving under the influence
Police arrested a 31-year-old Butte man for driving under the influence Friday night after he ran a stop sign and blew three times the legal limit. At about 11:15 p.m., officers pulled over Jesse Buffington for driving through a stop sign at the Farrell and Texas Avenue intersection. When speaking with Buffington, police believed he was under the influence. Buffington failed both the field and detention center sobriety tests and blew three times the legal limit. He was arrested for aggravated driving under the influence, a misdemeanor.
Baseball bat to the front door
A 37-year-old Butte woman was arrested after she hit the front door of a residence with a baseball bat on Friday afternoon. According to police, Erika McGrath was angry at a man inside the residence near Cobban Street. He refused to come outside, so she hit the front door with a baseball bat, breaking off a few pieces. Police were able to locate McGrath, who told them she had only tapped the front door with the bat. McGrath was arrested for criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia after officers located what they thought to be a meth pipe on her person. Both charges are misdemeanors.
Driving erratically down Harrison
Officers arrested a 50-year-old man for driving under the influence on Friday morning. At about 10 a.m., police received a call about a man driving erratically down Harrison Avenue. Witnesses told police the man, David Holman of Butte, hit a stop sign near Wells Fargo bank and a pole outside of Walgreens before parking and heading inside of the pharmacy. Police located Holman in the store and believed he was under the influence of drugs or narcotics. They took Holman to St. James Healthcare for a blood draw, which he consented to. He was charged with driving under the influence and failure to identify himself or his vehicle, two misdemeanors.