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Alleged shoplifting 

A power outage of about two hours Christmas Day in Uptown Butte affected about 2,800 customers of NorthWestern Energy.

It’s not clear whether Butte resident Zachery Q. Hoffman, 20, was among them.

But the following night, according to police, Hoffman allegedly attempted to shoplift items from Walmart that included batteries, a surge protector and a micro-cable for electronics.

Police responded around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to Walmart. Their report alleges that Hoffman had attempted to shoplift the items, had been confronted by a loss prevention officer at the store, had shoved her to the ground and then attempted to flee to his vehicle.

Police said two store patrons grabbed Hoffman and held him until officers arrived.

He was arrested and charged with felony robbery, a charge resulting from his allegedly shoving the loss prevention officer and the attempted shoplifting.

The total value of the items Hoffman allegedly tried to steal was about $32, police said.

Felony DUI charge

Police responded around 5:30 p.m. Friday to Grizzly Trail after a report that a gray passenger vehicle had struck a fence and a garage door and kept going. Police said they found the vehicle, and driver, at the corner of Grizzly Trail and Bobcat Trail.

Police said they suspected that Beverly R. Lunceford, 67, of Corvallis, was driving under the influence of alcohol. Lunceford failed a field sobriety test and a subsequent blood test led to her being charged with DUI, fourth or subsequent offense, a felony, police said. She also faces misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run, failure to immediately report an accident, careless driving and failure to provide identification, all misdemeanors, according to police.


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