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Felony assault

A 28-year-old Butte woman faces a felony assault charge after allegedly stabbing a close acquaintance twice in his left biceps, apparently with a steak knife, after an argument Sunday morning on Hamilton Street, police said.

The wounded male reported the alleged assault around noon Sunday after coming to the police department. He declined transport to the hospital and was treated instead for two puncture wounds at the police station by emergency responders, police said.

Marybeth Buckles is charged with felony partner or family member assault, records show.

Burglary charges

Around 12:20 a.m. Friday, patrons of Dano’s Bar on Harrison Avenue reported seeing two men acting suspiciously in a nearby alley. Police said that when they responded, two men fled on foot. Officers pursued and apprehended the men on nearby Roberts Avenue, police said.

An initial investigation found footprints that matched the men’s shoes in the vicinity of three medical marijuana businesses in that area, police said. At one shop, the line to a security camera had been cut. At another, a window had been broken. There was no sign that entry had been gained to either business.

Police also discovered a parked vehicle with a broken window and said the men had a backpack with items whose origins officers are trying to determine.

Records show police arrested Daniel J. LaMere, 18, and Matthew C. Fotsch, 25, both of Butte, and charged each with felony burglary.

The case is under investigation.


  • Police on patrol Saturday night observed a vehicle fail to stop for a stop sign around 11:30 p.m. at Texas and Farrell. When officers interviewed the driver, Cordel J.L. Ogan, 30, of Butte, they suspected he was under the influence of alcohol, police said. Ogan failed a field sobriety test but refused to participate in a Breathalyzer test, police said. Because of previous DUI convictions, officers obtained a search warrant for a blood test, whose results are pending, police said. Ogan was charged with DUI, third offense.
  • Around 3:15 a.m. Sunday, police observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the street with its hatchback up in the vicinity of Burlington Street. Officers suspected that the driver, Nathan R. Tamblyn, 42, of Missoula, was under the influence of alcohol, police said. Tamblyn failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a Breathalyzer exam, police said. He was charged with misdemeanor DUI, refusal.
  • Police patrolling along the 2700 block of Harrison Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Sunday observed a parked vehicle whose driver was slumped over the steering wheel and apparently sleeping, according to a police report. Police suspected that the driver, Lonny L. Koernen, 38, of Newman Lake, Washington, was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and said he failed a field sobriety exam. He was later evaluated by a “drug recognition expert” and blood was drawn for testing, police said. Koernen was charged with misdemeanor DUI, drugs or alcohol.

Criminal mischief

Police responded around 9:30 a.m. Sunday to the 200 block of Clark Street to the report that a man had kicked in the back door of a residence and entered. The resident told police the man was not wanted at the scene and officers arrested Kristopher G. Lehto, 26, of Butte, and charged him with misdemeanor criminal mischief for allegedly breaking down the door, records show.

Obstructing justice

Officers patrolling Saturday in the vicinity of Montana and Second observed a parked vehicle around 11 p.m. whose hazard lights were flashing. Police said that when they approached the Lexus sedan a woman exited the car and fled. Officers pursued and apprehended Butte resident Stephanie D. Houston, 39, who allegedly resisted when officers attempted to arrest her for obstructing justice by fleeing. Houston was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing justice, both misdemeanors, records show.

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