Back to jail
A Butte woman landed in jail for a second time in less than 28 hours, this time for allegedly coming at her boyfriend with a knife.
Ami Rochelle Ferda, 25, was arrested late Sunday night for threatening to beat up another woman outside a residence in the 5100 block of Warren Avenue. She was booked for misdemeanor simple assault and bonded out early Monday morning.
Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, police were called about a disturbance at an apartment in the 1000 block of East Front Street. A man there said he and Ferda had come home and got into an argument about her drug use, police said.
He told police that when he threatened to leave her over it, she began striking herself with a bottle and gave herself a black eye. She then came at the man with a knife, he got behind a door and she stabbed it several times. There were marks showing that, police said.
Police, believing his story credible, arrested Ferda on a felony complaint of assault with a weapon. She was still in jail late Tuesday morning with no bond set yet.
Tire change first, jail second
Police made 48-year-old Billy Gene Fields III of Butte change out a set of stolen wheels and tires Monday night before arresting him for car theft.
According to police, a man assigned to the pre-release center in Great Falls believed a friend was driving his 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo when it broke down in Butte. The man put a notice on Facebook asking if anyone in Butte knew its whereabouts.
Someone answered saying they believed Fields had it. The man in Great Falls called police, who are familiar with Fields, so they went to his residence in the 700 block of East Second Street.
Fields acknowledged the car was across the street, but he had taken its wheels and tires off and put them on his own Monte Carlo. Police made him change out the wheels and tires again then arrested him for felony motor vehicle theft. He was still in jail late Tuesday morning.
Police responded to a report of a man and woman fighting in the street at Front and Montana around 9 p.m. Monday, but the physical fracas was actually between two brothers who live in Butte.
Witnesses said they saw Alonzo Dean Otherbull dragging someone by the hair into the street. Otherbull, 27, said he was dragging his brother out of the street to help him, but police didn’t buy it. They thought Alonzo was the aggressor, based on witness accounts, so they arrested him for misdemeanor partner-family assault. He remained in jail Tuesday morning.
A Butte man who was reportedly yelling and screaming inside Maloney’s Bar on North Main Street in Butte Monday night continued the rants just outside the Party Palace at Park and Main. Police arrested the man, 61-year-old Robert Wayne Watt, for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He remained jailed Tuesday morning.
A homeless man who has kept police and hospital employees busy for 10 days was arrested early Tuesday morning for the second time in three days.
Jason Harold Mack, 43, was arrested late Saturday night for refusing to leave someone’s back yard, where he had been sleeping. He was later released from jail. Mack lists his hometown as Lakewood, Colorado, but police say he is homeless now.
Late Monday night, according to police, he was passed out on a sidewalk outside the Town Pump at 531 S. Montana St. When someone woke him up, he complained of being sick so an ambulance was called and he was taken to nearby St. James Healthcare.
They cleared him to leave but he wouldn’t, so police took him to jail shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday on a misdemeanor complaint of failure to disperse. He was still behind bars late Tuesday morning.
Police say they have been called 13 times to make welfare checks on Mack since July 25 and he has been transported to St. James seven times.
— Montana Standard staff