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Man approaches teen on city bus

A Butte police detective has been tasked with investigating a recent incident in which a man allegedly approached a 14-year-old girl on the city bus Saturday.

According to police, the girl’s grandfather filed a report of an unknown man talking to the teen about the weather on the bus, then giving her a piece of paper with his number on it and saying to her, “If you need a place to stay, you can stay with me."

Officers plan to look through bus surveillance footage to see if they can identify the man, but he hasn’t committed a crime at this point, police said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, police said they had identified a person of interest and the investigation is ongoing. 

Wrong man, still wanted

Police arrested a 31-year-old man on a criminal contempt warrant while they were looking for someone else.

On Monday night, officers were looking for a man who left the scene of an accident near Holmes and Harrison avenues. During their search, they came into contact with Steven McDonald, who looked similar to their suspect.

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Officers soon discovered McDonald had nothing to do with the accident but that he did have a criminal contempt warrant out of Butte City Court for failure to appear. McDonald was arrested and transferred to the Butte-Silver Bow Detention Center.

Allergic reaction

A county jail inmate had an allergic reaction to bananas on Monday afternoon.

At 1:45 p.m., an ambulance arrived at the detention center to take the 36-year-old woman to the hospital after she reportedly ate some bananas in a trail mix bag.

The woman was returned to the county jail around 3 p.m.

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