Flashlight tip off
Police saw a man with a flashlight behind a vacant house on East Second Street around midnight Wednesday and stopped to check it out.
They next saw the man, Robert John O’Brien, 48, of Butte, using the flashlight to rummage through the trunk of a car behind the house. When they approached him, he started walking toward the house.
Police told him to stop, he didn’t, so they grabbed him. He kept reaching for one of his pants pockets and resisting, so officers took him to the ground and cuffed him. They found a knife in that pocket and a knife and suspected meth in his sweatshirt pockets.
After taking him to jail, police say they found meth residue where he had been sitting in the back seat of the patrol car. He was booked on felony complaints of possessing dangerous drugs and tampering with evidence and misdemeanor complaints of obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest.
He was still in jail late Thursday morning.
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Someone called police about someone riding a motorcycle where they shouldn’t have been behind the Big M around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. When an officer got there, he couldn’t see or even hear any motorcycle. End of investigation.
Officers responded to a disturbance at a house in the 10 block of West Copper Street late Wednesday afternoon. A woman outside told police that she and Anthony Allen Russell, 36, of Butte, had gotten into an argument and he shoved her head into the floor and kept it there.
She had red marks and swelling above one eye so police arrested Russell for misdemeanor partner-family member assault. He remained jailed late Thursday morning.