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Pizza box fire

A 39-year-old Butte man was arrested Sunday for attempting to light his mother’s house on fire with a pizza box.

According to police, they responded to a house in the 1200 block of Farrell Street after a woman smelled smoke and found a pizza box on fire beneath her gas meter. The woman told police her son, Nathan Eggleston, lit the box on fire after they had a disagreement. Officers located Eggleston at the bus transit center near the Civic Center and informed him that he was under arrest. Eggleston sat on the ground and would not comply with officers.

He was eventually arrested and transported to the detention center for negligent arson and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

Shot fired near Safeway

A 46-year-old man was arrested after allegedly firing a Ruger 380 caliber pistol into the air near the Harrison Avenue Safeway on Saturday night.

Witnesses told police they saw Sean Boroni pull a gun out of his back pocket and load a magazine into it near the Hanging Five at about 9:30 p.m. Boroni then walked into Safeway, though in a non-threatening way, according to reports. Officers received several calls about a gunshot on their way to the area. When they arrived, witnesses told police that Boroni had been walking near Harvard Avenue, talking to himself and swearing, when he shot his gun into the air.

When police confronted Boroni near Harvard and Harrison avenues, he reportedly dropped his gun and complied without further incident. Boroni did not have a carry permit. He was arrested for criminal endangerment and carrying concealed firearms, both misdemeanors.

At the detention center, officers found an empty bottle of medication that he did not have a prescription for, so he was also booked for possession of dangerous drugs, a felony.

DUI, endangerment

Officers arrested a 31-year-old man for two felonies and a misdemeanor after he caused a truck to roll on Sunday morning.

At about 3 a.m., police responded to a two-vehicle accident near Kaw Avenue and Cobban Street. Witnesses said Matthew Schrapps had been driving in the wrong lane when he hit a 1997 Dodge pickup, which rolled over. The man and woman in the truck that rolled were not transported to the hospital, but the man did complain of minor neck and leg injuries. Schrapps wasn’t injured and admitted to officers that he had been drinking. Schrapps failed the detention center sobriety test and refused the breath test. He was arrested for driving under the influence with refusal, and two felony counts of criminal endangerment.

Partner assault with injury

A 37-year-old Butte man was arrested after he assaulted a woman and accidentally hit a 3-month-old baby with a plastic pop cup.

According to police, they responded to a disturbance call in the 100 block of Rampart Road. The woman at the residence said Nathan Chelini had thrown his pop at her, which bounced and hit a young baby. He then allegedly threw the woman to the ground and kicked her in the face. When the woman attempted to call police and leave the residence, Chelini took her phone and pulled her away from the door. Officers called a medical emergency team to check the baby, who was unharmed. They also noticed the woman had broken glasses and minor injuries to her face.

Chelini was not at the residence when officers arrived, but when he later returned he was arrested for partner or family member assault with minor injury, unlawful restraint and tampering with a communication device, all misdemeanors.

Aggravated burglary

Police arrested a 21-year-old man for getting into a fight with a stranger after wandering uninvited into a home.

At about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of Utah Avenue to find a man holding Brandon Waananen on the ground and a woman with a shotgun right beside them.

According to the couple, they were sleeping until they heard Waananen and others walk into their home. They got out of bed to investigate. When the man confronted Waananen, the men began to fight, breaking a television and entertainment center. When Waananen reportedly tried to go after the woman, her partner told her to grab a gun. The man was able to hold Waananen down until officers arrived.

Police said Waananen was extremely intoxicated and was trying to get to a house party when he mistakenly wandered into the couple’s home. He was arrested for aggravated burglary, a felony. Police could not confirm whether there were other people with Waananen in the home. 

Indecent exposure

Police arrested a 23-year-old man for exposing his genitals near Montana Tech early Sunday morning.

Around midnight, college students allegedly caught Benjamin O’Connor on video strutting around a parking lot in the 1300 block of West Granite Street with his pants around his thighs and a knife in his hand. Police said the college students in the area also witnessed him take off his sweatshirt, wipe his butt and yell at them.

Officers arrested the man near the West Park Street and North Emmett Avenue intersection for indecent exposure, a misdemeanor.

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