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JFK Bar smoke shack fire

The Anaconda Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the smoke shack adjacent to the JFK Bar at 8:38 p.m. Tuesday. 

Firefighters discovered heavy smoke coming from the eaves and door of the detached garage structure where bar patrons are allowed to light up, according to Chief R.J. Tocher. 

Tocher said firefighters discovered a small fire inside, knocked it down and had the situation "controlled within a couple of minutes." No one was injured. 

Tocher said fire officials believe the blaze was caused by a cigarette lighting cardboard. 

Wanted man found

Police assisting probation and parole officers with a search of a house on the 1700 block of Wall Street on Tuesday located and arrested a man wanted on a $150,000 felony bench warrant out of district court.

Patrick Leto Ramirez, 42, of Butte, was wanted for failing to appear in court on Feb. 14. That appearance was to face charges for two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs after he was allegedly found with methamphetamine and methadone on April 12, 2018.

Found with syringes

A police officer traveling north on Harrison Avenue on Tuesday reportedly noticed Kelly Wait walking, believed he was wanted on a warrant and stopped to question him. 

Before the officer pulled over, Wait, 40, reportedly entered a gold SUV. When police stopped the vehicle and removed Wait from it, officers allegedly found several syringes beneath the seat where he had been sitting. 

Wait was booked for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, a felony parole violation and a warrant out of Butte City Court. 

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Woman assaulted

Police responded to the 400 row of Silver Bow Homes at about 2 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a woman who had been injured in a fight with her boyfriend. 

When they arrived in the area, officers found Shane McLaughlin, 35, sitting in an SUV and questioned him about the allegations.

McLaughlin reportedly told police he'd been involved in the disturbance, and they found his girlfriend in a nearby apartment.

The woman told officers that McLaughlin had hit her and that she'd fought back before running to a neighbor's house for help, according to police. Police say the woman had a bump on the side of her head, a bloody nose and injuries to her lip. 

McLaughlin was arrested for partner/family member assault that resulted in minor injuries, a misdemeanor.

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