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Police blotter: Accidents reported in Friday snowstorm; eluding police; aggravated DUI; felony assault in hotel ruckus
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Police blotter: Accidents reported in Friday snowstorm; eluding police; aggravated DUI; felony assault in hotel ruckus


Butte police reports

Nine accidents

The snowstorm that hit Butte late Friday afternoon resulted in nine in-town accidents.

The first occurred just after 5 p.m. at Amherst and Harrison. The other eight took place in Uptown Butte from about 5:30 p.m. until around 7:15 p.m.

According to Butte-Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich, none of the accidents resulted in injuries.

Eluding police

At 7 p.m. Sunday, officers were patrolling the 800 block of South Main Street, when they saw a vehicle that may have been involved in a theft earlier that day.

When an attempt was made to stop the vehicle, the driver sped away at a high rate of speed. The officers decided not to pursue because of the speed but were told the driver was David Sandoval, 39, of Butte.

Sandoval was later located in the 900 block of Placer Street as he was walking away from the vehicle. He was arrested and taken to the Butte Detention Center.

During the investigation, officers located drugs and paraphernalia in the vehicle Sandoval was driving. While at the detention center, he was given a Breathalyzer and tested twice over the legal limit.

He was jailed for misdemeanor aggravated driving under the influence, felony possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor fleeing or eluding, and two counts out of Butte City Court for misdemeanor criminal contempt.

DUI arrest

Nichole Marie Snow, 40, of Butte was in jail late Saturday night for felony aggravated driving under the influence (third or subsequent offense).

Officers were in the area of Second and Arizona and saw a vehicle being driven in a careless manner. When the vehicle was stopped, Snow appeared to be under the influence and failed the field sobriety tests.

On a rampage

Just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday, an officer was dispatched to the Copper King Inn, 4655 Harrison Ave., regarding a disturbance.

According to the complainants, an argument started inside the Montana Rib and Chop House and then continued into the hotel lobby. The complainants reported that Julie Renee Russum, 58, of Idaho Falls, Idaho began to yell at them and then hit them. As an officer was still talking with the complainants, Russum continued to yell at the males and started in on the officer, too.

Although Russum was told to calm down or she would be taken into custody, she apparently decided not to heed that advice and kept screaming at the officer, who then attempted to arrest her, even as she resisted those attempts. The officer was finally able to take Russum to the ground and wait for backup.

When help arrived, Russum was still in the mood to resist and kicked another one of the officers. She was taken to the Butte Detention Center and jailed for felony assault on a peace officer, and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, assault and disorderly conduct

Misdemeanor assault

At 3:45 p.m. Saturday, officers were at a residence in the 500 block of West Daly Street investigating a disturbance.

A woman told officers that Justin Adrien Shadow, 40, of Butte attempted to throw her off her bed, causing minor injuries.

Shadow was jailed for misdemeanor assault.

Felony assault

Officers were investigating a disturbance in the 100 block of North Alabama Street at 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

The victim reported that Jonathan William Robran, 37, of Butte got angry with her, grabbed her by her legs and dragged her off the couch. When she attempted to call 911, he allegedly threw a shovel at her, striking her in the ankle.

Robran was arrested and jailed for felony assault with a weapon.

Vehicle vandalism

  • It was reported at 8 a.m. Friday that someone slashed a tire on a vehicle parked in the 2500 block of Kossuth.
  • An hour later, someone at Propane Services, 28 Dewey Boulevard, reported the rear window of a vehicle stored on their property was broken out.
  • At 5 p.m. Friday, a Butte woman found that both front tires of her vehicle were slashed while parked in the 2100 block of Argyle. The tires were valued at $400 and there are no suspects.

Unit break-in

It was discovered at 1 p.m. Friday that one of the units at American Mini Storage, 3829 Harrison Ave., was broken into. Missing items included a 32-inch TV, a sound system, and personal papers. Police do have video footage and a vehicle description.

Package stolen

Video shows a juvenile female taking a package valued at $150 off a porch Friday in the 2900 block of Phillips Avenue. Later in the afternoon, the parent of the young thief returned the package to police.

Bolt cutter used

Late Friday night, someone using a bolt cutter broke into the storage box located outside of Goodwill, 3703 Harrison Ave., and took donated items. The break-in was discovered Saturday morning.

Cleaned up

Saturday afternoon, a diesel pump at the Town Pump, 3700 Harrison Ave., leaked over. The hazardous materials were quickly cleaned up.

Dumping trash

On Saturday night, a person driving a black and gray truck was seen dumping trash behind the World Museum of Mining. The individual did not get caught.


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