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Alleged strangulation 

Police arrested a 36-year-old man for allegedly strangling a woman and causing her to be in fear of him.

At 5 a.m. on Saturday, police went to the 1900 block of C Street to speak with a woman who claimed Leroy Hopke had strangled her.

The woman told officers Hopke allegedly threw her to the ground, straddled her and squeezed her neck after an argument, police said. Officers reported seeing redness on the woman’s neck.

Hopke was not in the area when police met with the victim. As officers were in the process of filing a report and requesting a warrant, they reportedly received a dropped 911 call from the same C Street residence.

While officers were on their way back to the home around 6:30 a.m., they were informed the woman they spoke with earlier had made the 911 call as Hopke had returned to the home. She then reportedly fled to the Starbucks coffee shop on Harrison Avenue because she was in fear of Hopke, police said.

Officers were able to locate Hopke at the C Street residence and arrest him for felony partner or family member assault by strangulation. He was booked in the county jail at 7:28 a.m.

Suitcase of beer at farmers market

Police arrested a 31-year-old man after he yelled at Butte Farmers Market shoppers Saturday morning.

Police responded to the Uptown Farmers Market on West Park Street at 10:40 a.m. to speak with Rubin Runsabove, who was allegedly yelling and screaming at market-goers.

When officers arrived, Runsabove was standing outside the Party Palace. Police said Runsabove refused to leave the area and was carrying a suitcase full of beer.

Officers arrested Runsabove for misdemeanor failure to disperse and transported him to the county jail. The suitcase full of beer was left at the Party Palace, police said.

Assault in Silver Bow Homes 

A 29-year-old woman was arrested for strangling another woman on Sunday night.

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Officers responded at 7 p.m. to a disturbance between Jewel Thomas and another woman in the 700 row of Silver Bow Homes.

Police said Thomas had reportedly gotten into an argument with the woman, and as she was leaving the residence with her 3-year-old child, Thomas allegedly came up from behind and strangled her.

Thomas also had a Montana Highway Patrol warrant for her arrest out of Gallatin County, police said. She was arrested on that warrant and cited for misdemeanor assault.

Shoplifting cat food, fake nails, clothes 

A 67-year-old woman was arrested for reportedly attempting to steal cat food, fake nails and clothing from Walmart on Friday night.

Police were called to the Harrison Avenue store at 9:15 p.m. to speak with Nancy Podgorski, who had allegedly stuffed $47 worth of items, including cat food and fake nails, in her purse and attempted to leave the store.

Police said Podgorski was arrested for shoplifting, her sixth theft-related offense, and booked in the county jail.

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