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Damage leads to arrest, felony drug charges

Police responded Wednesday morning to a residence in the 2200 block of Argyle Street, where a resident reported that a family member had visited and damaged the house's front door.

Police found Melinda Hollow, 38, a few blocks away and arrested her on a charge of criminal mischief. At the time of the arrest, police found a marijuana pipe, a small quantity of marijuana, and a vial containing five white pills and some drug residue. After the pills and residue were analyzed, Hollow was additionally charged with two counts of felony possession of dangerous drugs — fentanyl, a pain-killer, and zolpidem, a powerful sedative — and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Suspicious activity turns into drug arrest

Misty Ann Johnston, 33, of Butte was arrested early Tuesday morning for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia during an incident in which police say the woman was acting suspiciously.

Police say patrol officers observed Johnston get out of a vehicle on the 1700 block of Longfellow Street and pick up a backpack that was on top of a motorcycle and get back in the car, which drove off.

Officers followed the vehicle and discovered the car stopped with Johnston sitting in the passenger seat and a man, Carlos Martinez, 29, of Butte, sitting in the back seat.

Police arrested Johnston for stealing the backpack and also for possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia for two syringes and a baggie containing a crystal substance resembling methamphetamine that they discovered in her purse.

Martinez, who had three warrants out for his arrest for failing to make court appearances, was also arrested.

Stolen car recovered

Police responded to the 100 block of N Parkmont around 8 a.m., Monday, after the owner of a landscaping business called to report that someone had stolen one of the company’s pickup trucks.

Officers later located the truck about a mile away from the business in a field west of Highlands College after a college employee discovered the car and phoned police.


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