Motel 6 to Gray Bar Motel
Three people from Billings were at a room they had not paid for at the Motel 6 in Uptown Butte and ended up in the Butte jail a few blocks away.
Police thought a driver near the motel early Friday morning may have been wanted in a theft so they ran his name. Turns out that Jason Edward Ansart, 46, of Billings, was wanted for car theft so they grabbed him as he was going inside the motel room.
There were others inside the room but they slammed the door on officers. Police found three pills inside a pickup truck Ansart had been driving, all controlled drugs, a syringe and a small amount of meth. He was booked on multiple complaints of felony possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and theft.
Police checked with motel staff and learned the room wasn’t rented, so they got inside and found Dawn Michelle Bell, 39, and Fred Theodore Hunter, 34, also of Billings. They were on probation without permission to be in Butte. Police also found a small amount of meth on Hunter.
Bell was booked for felony parole violation and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and Hunter was arrested for felony drug possession, felony parole violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three were still jailed late Tuesday morning.
Gun goes off
A man stopped at the Thriftway at Harrison and Holmes early Saturday morning before he went hunting and accidentally discharged his rifle in his pickup. The round went through the truck windshield, through the store window and lodged into the ceiling. Nobody was hurt, police say, and nobody was cited or arrested since it was an accident.
Busted for drugs
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Police stopped a 2006 Ford Taurus in a parking lot off of Harrison Avenue early Saturday night after getting a report it was being driven recklessly.
The driver, 27-year-old Colton John Myers of Anaconda, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of amphetamines. At the jail, officers found a small baggie of suspected methamphetamine on him and two pills, both controlled substances.
A vehicle search turned up more drugs, including suspected heroin, so Myers was also booked on several felony drug complaints. He was still behind bars late Tuesday morning.
Help from Colorado
A woman in Fremont County, Colorado called police there on Oct. 30 to say a man from Butte had called her in violation of a protection order. Based on that and talking with the woman, Butte police got an arrest warrant here for 38-year-old Mark Steven Spolar.
On Friday, the victim was in town to retrieve some belongings at a residence Spolar was at so police escorted her there and arrested him for misdemeanor violation of a protection order. He asked the woman to drop any charges so he was also booked for felony tampering with a witness. He remained jailed Tuesday morning.
Not your car
Police pulled over a suspected stolen vehicle on Amherst Avenue late Friday afternoon. They say the driver, 37-year-old Debbie Leann Parr of Butte, had drug paraphernalia and suspected heroin in her purse and a warrant out of Butte City Court. She was booked on felony complaints of possessing dangerous drugs and motor vehicle theft and misdemeanors for having drug paraphernalia and criminal contempt.
A passenger, Kandace Gail Caruthers, 39, of Butte, was arrested for two felony warrants from Butte District Court and a misdemeanor warrant from the Montana Highway Patrol. Both were still in jail late Tuesday morning.