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Just 'following the birds'

A Butte man who was reportedly wandering in and out of people’s yards Saturday morning told police he didn’t have anywhere to go and “was just following the birds.”

When police questioned Damon Allen Heath, 30, and discovered he was wanted on outstanding warrants, Sheriff Ed Lester said Monday, “We gave him a place to go — to be with the jailbirds. So it worked out.”

Someone called police shortly before 9:30 a.m. Saturday and said a man was walking in and out of yards in the area of Walnut Street and Stuart Avenue on the Flat and appeared to be lost.

Officers say he had outstanding warrants for misdemeanor partner/family member assault and criminal mischief, so he was arrested. He was still in jail late Monday morning.

Man arrested for assault

Sean Gerard Dunville admitted to breaking things inside his girlfriend’s house in the 1800 block of Sherman Avenue late Friday night, police say, but said he did not get physical with her.

But when she came to the police station that night, she told police that Dunville, 28, had broken her phone and other things and then headbutted and bit her and squeezed her neck. She refused medical attention.

Police went to the house and found the front porch covered in glass from a broken window. They arrested Dunville for felony partner/family member assault involving strangulation and also for having a $2,500 warrant out of Butte City Court. He was still in jail Monday with no bond set.

What are you doing here?

When police responded to a reported smell of natural gas inside an apartment in the 400 block of West Silver Street and a man inside who was not responding, they didn’t find a gas leak but did find a man.

When they woke up Mark Thomas Hockaday, 49, of Butte, he said he was fine, but there was still a problem. It wasn’t his apartment and he had no business being there, police say.

He was cuffed and booked for misdemeanor trespassing and was still behind bars Monday morning with bond set at $370.

Using dead woman's credit cards

Police say a Butte man on probation had opened up accounts using a deceased woman’s credit cards.

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They assisted probation and parole officers in conducting a check of Kent Terrill Rabe’s residence in the 5000 block of Wynne Avenue and found several credit cards that belonged to the woman.

Rabe, 58, was arrested for a felony parole violation and for identity theft and deceptive practices, both misdemeanors. He was still being held Monday with bond set at $1,670.

Running from Walmart

A man who had reportedly stolen some items from Walmart fled on foot when confronted, but police caught him at the nearby car wash on Harrison Avenue.

Alexander Joseph Montoya, 32, of Butte, kept running after he was told to stop but an officer grabbed onto his coat and took him down. He continued to struggle before he was finally cuffed, police say.

They found numerous store items in his coat, including coaxial cable, adapters, a splitter and a cell phone cover. He also had three outstanding, no-bond warrants from City Court.

He was booked for contempt and for misdemeanor complaints of shoplifting, fleeing from police, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer. He was still in jail late Monday morning.

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