Police arrested a 21-year-old man for allegedly trying to use a counterfeit $50 bill Sunday at the Richest Hill Casino on West Galena Street.
According to police, Alex Osier reportedly handed the bill to a casino clerk and asked for two $20's and two $5's. The clerk noticed the bill was fake right away, as it said “For Motion Picture Use Only” instead of “United States of America” on the back, according to police.
When officers arrived, they talked with the clerk and found Osier at the Town Pump on South Montana Street. Osier reportedly told police he received the bill as payment when he sold his cell phone, but police say officers located Osier’s phone next to one of the casino’s gambling machines.
Osier was arrested and cited for attempting to use the counterfeit bill, a misdemeanor.
On Monday morning, Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement posted information about the fake “For Motion Picture Use Only” money on their Facebook page. They asked people to contact the department if they encounter any of these bills, and posted a photo of a fake $20.
Undersheriff George Skuletich said there have also been issues with people passing counterfeit bills that have Chinese markings in Butte-Silver Bow. He said people trying to use these fake currencies often do so in dark, busy environments, and the counterfeit bills are often printed on thin, poor quality paper.
Partner or family member assault
A 44-year-old man was arrested Monday for allegedly dragging two women across a floor, one by her hair.
Around 10:45 p.m., police said they went to a house in the 1100 block of Nevada Street to speak with a man claiming he’d been assaulted. Officers met Austin Brisbo, who said two women inside the residence were responsible for the assault, police said.
But the two women inside told officers Brisbo had assaulted them. The women, 45 and 19, told police Brisbo grew angry when they confronted him about eating all of the food in the house and proceeded to drag one woman across the floor by her hair and the other by the hood of her sweatshirt. Police said the women had injuries consistent with being dragged.
Brisbo was arrested for two counts of partner or family member assault, a misdemeanor and a felony, as it was his third or subsequent offense, police said. He also had a $435 misdemeanor warrant out of Powell County.
Suspected of stealing electricity
Police spent about an hour at a residence in the 1700 block of Wall Street on Monday attempting to arrest a 33-year-old man who was allegedly stealing electricity from his neighbor.
According to police, they arrived at the neighbor’s house around 6 p.m. The neighbor told police they found an extension cord Joshua Smith allegedly plugged into their house, and that Smith had apparently been stealing electricity from them for “quite some time,” the police report said.
Officers then attempted to speak with Smith. They positioned themselves at the front and back of his residence. When they knocked, a woman answered the door. Officers were invited into the home to look for Smith.
Police said Smith was hiding in the basement and refused to come out. They talked with him for about an hour before he surrendered.
Smith was arrested and transported to the Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center, where police reportedly found a marijuana pipe and syringe in his possession. He was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and escape, because he hid from police. Both citations are misdemeanors.
Police arrested a 39-year-old man on a partner or family member assault warrant, Monday.
Around 10 a.m., police said James McKinley came into the police department to register as a violent offender.
During this process, police discovered McKinley had an arrest warrant dating back to a disturbance on Nov. 10, when he allegedly strangled a woman. He was transported to the detention center on the $5,000 felony warrant.
Police said McKinley has been registered as a violent offender since June 2017.