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Big trouble at Big M

A woman who came across another woman and four young children walking in the rain near the Big M Sunday night took them back to their motel and then called police.

Police went to the Motel 6 in Uptown Butte, got a story of what happened and headed out to the Big M, where they found a Ford Expedition that had slid down a hill near a back parking lot.

They said a man who was passed out in the back seat had been driving the SUV with the woman and four children when the slide-off occurred. The woman and children, ages 2, 6, 8 and 9, were not injured, got out and were walking along Oro Fino Gulch Road when the other lady drove by and stopped.

The man, 27-year-old David Patrick Newbold of Deer Lodge, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and booked on five felony complaints of criminal endangerment and one for violating probation.

Newbold told officers the woman was behind the wheel because she “wanted to go for a drive in the hills,” but that did not match the woman’s story or what people saw at the motel.

Newbold remained jailed late Monday morning with no bond set.

Knock off the 'knocking machine'

Jenny Leigh McIntyre thought someone from the next-door apartment at Silver Bow Homes had “turned on a knocking machine” that was continually knocking on her wall early Sunday night, police say.

They say McIntyre, 43, walked next door, a man answered the door and she slapped him in the face several times. He called police and wanted to press charges, so she was arrested on a misdemeanor simple assault complaint and booked in jail, where she remained Monday morning.

Police did not locate a knocking machine.

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Police say two people were firing a pistol behind the Big M late Sunday afternoon in an area that was an informal shooting range for decades.

That changed a couple of years ago, in part because of new houses in the area, and shooting is no longer allowed there. Officers told the two people that and they left.

Not knowing when to quit

A Butte man who got into a fight with another man at the Party Palace wouldn’t leave after officers arrived so he went to jail.

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Police say they already had Brian Christian Canfield, 26, removed once from outside the bar late Friday night, but he returned. When police arrived after midnight this time, Canfield kept swearing at and trying to fight the other man.

He was arrested on a misdemeanor complaint of failure to disperse and was still behind bars late Monday morning.

Anaconda officers assaulted

In Anaconda, police saw a driver swerving and then almost lost control of his vehicle near the Town Pump on the east side of town.

They took Carl Rustad, 29, of Deer Lodge to jail for drunken driving and say he became combative in his cell when they wanted to do a blood draw. He punched one officer and grabbed another by the neck while they tried to get him under control.

He was booked on additional complaints of assaulting an officer, a felony if charged, and obstructing a peace officer.

Not welcome here

A woman says a man she knew came into her house in Anaconda late Friday night unwelcome while she and her boyfriend were having an argument. She called police and they tracked down 33-year-old Carl Tibbets of Anaconda and arrested him on burglary and simple assault complaints. He remained jailed early Monday afternoon.

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