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MAN PUNCHES TAXI

William Kindler, 68, of Forsyth, Mo., was arrested late Monday afternoon for misdemeanor criminal mischief after he allegedly punched a taxi, leaving a dent in the vehicle.

According to police, a taxi had gone to the Bert Mooney Airport to pick up Kindler for a ride to Twin Bridges. The taxi driver told officers that when he gave an $80 estimate for the ride, Kindler allegedly became agitated and told the driver that it wasn’t appropriate for him to be in a taxi and that he wanted a town car. At that point, Smith allegedly punched the vehicle.

Kindler had bonded out of the Butte jail by Wednesday.

PARTNER ASSAULT

Police say they arrested Jamie Collin Smith, 32 of Wenatchee, Wash., for misdemeanor partner, family-member assault after he allegedly assaulted his female partner and took her cellphone. Police responded to the 600 block of south Washington Street around 10:30 a.m. Monday, after receiving a call about a disturbance between a female and male, who was later identified as Smith.

Upon their arrival, police said, they came upon the couple inside a vehicle. Officers spoke with the female, who claimed that Smith had assaulted her the night before and early Monday and had taken her cellphone. The female said Smith had hit and kicked her and had thrown her into an elliptical machine. Police arrested Smith and took him to jail, where he remained as of Wednesday morning.

AGGRAVATED DUI

Julie Baumgartner, 55, of Philipsburg, was arrested early Tuesday after she allegedly drove under the influence of alcohol.

Police say they arrived at the intersection of Rowe and Clinton in response to a report of a reckless driver. According to the complainant, police said, Baumgartner had hit road reflectors with her vehicle.

Baumgartner failed a field sobriety test, police said. She was then taken to the Butte jail, where she failed more sobriety maneuvers and refused to take a Breathalyzer test, authorities said. Police said she was then taken to St. James Healthcare, where a blood-alcohol test was administered. Results are pending, police said. She faces an aggravated DUI charge for a second refusal of a Breathalyzer test.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE

A 32-year-old Butte woman was apprehended for a DUI around 5 p.m. Tuesday after she allegedly caused an accident while under the influence of drugs.

Officers were called to the 1100 block of south Main Street after receiving a report that a vehicle had struck a guardrail near that Rosalie Manor residential complex. When officers arrived, the driver and vehicle were no longer at the scene, but officers later spotted the driver, Jeanette Voss, 32, of Butte, walking in the area, based on witness descriptions.

Officers brought Voss back to the scene, police said, where they administered a field sobriety test, which Voss later failed. She was taken to the Butte jail, where she was examined by a drug recognition expert, police said, who determined she was under the influence of a stimulant and anti-depressant. While at the jail, Voss also refused to take a Breathalyzer test, police said.

As of Thursday morning Voss remained in jail. She faces a misdemeanor DUI charge, among other driving-related misdemeanors, along with possession charges for an empty syringe and a syringe containing a white substance that was discovered in her possession at the time of her arrest, police said.

JUVENILES FIGHTING

Police responded Monday afternoon to the Webster Garfield School on the 1000 block of south Montana Street in response to a report of a physical altercation between two male juveniles, 15 and 16. Police cited the juveniles with disorderly conduct and both were given notices to appear in juvenile court.

CRIMINAL CONTEMPT

Police responded late Monday to the Silver Bow Homes residential complex on Curtis Street in response to a call about a disturbance between a man and a woman. When officers arrived, they observed Tara Wilke, 26, sitting on top of the male and hitting him.

Neither Wilke nor the male wished to press charges against each other, police said. However, officers discovered a warrant out for Wilke for failing to appear in Butte city court. She was arrested at the scene and cited with criminal contempt, police said.

DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

Gary Rubusch, 39, of Butte was cited with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia late Tuesday night after he attempted to ditch a syringe from his shirt pocket during a traffic stop, police said. They pulled Rubusch over at Elizabeth Warren and Paxson. Rubusch had been driving with a suspended or revoked license, police said, for which he was also cited.

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