Police reports:

Ritual goes awry

A woman walked into the lobby of the Kia car dealership in Butte with burning grass and tried to “smudge” a man in an apparent Native American ritual, but he didn’t approve and it landed her in jail.

Police say they responded to a reported disturbance at the dealership on Harrison Avenue around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and found 22-year-old Athena Lynn Smith of Butte in the car lot. She said a man inside the dealership had grabbed her by the hair, but officers were skeptical.

They talked with a man inside who knew Smith and said she had been acting strange for several days. He said she came in with burning grass in her hands Saturday afternoon and he had to follow her and stamp out small flames and ashes that landed on the carpet.

Smith was arrested on a complaint of partner-family member assault. If prosecutors file formal charges, it could be a felony because she has two previous convictions for the offense, police say. She was still in jail as of late Monday.

Smudging is a common Native American ritual in which smoke is used to cleanse the mind, body and spirit.

Hey, you can't sleep here

Police had to wake up at least two people over the weekend who were sleeping where they shouldn’t have been.

They were called to a house in the 600 block of South Idaho Street around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and found Jason Harold Mack, 43, of Lakewood, Colorado asleep in the back yard. They woke him up and told him to leave, but he was agitated and refused so he went to jail on a misdemeanor complaint of criminal trespass. He bonded out several hours later.

Around 8 p.m. Sunday, police were called to a house in the 600 block of South Montana. Residents there said a woman had walked in, claimed she was being chased and laid down on a bed and passed out.

Police said it was hard to wake up 18-year-old Kassey Marie Trump of Deer Lodge because they believe she was under the influence of drugs. She was booked for misdemeanor criminal trespass. She posted bail a short time later.

Damage at Big M

Someone drove over a portion of wooden, jack-leg fence behind Big Butte, or the Big M, near Montana Tech. It was reported early Thursday morning and damage was estimated at $1,500, police say.

Police found a small piece of plastic from a bumper at the scene but it wasn’t big enough to match to a particular vehicle, so they have no idea who might have done it.

Busted at mom's 

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Isiah Michael Otherbull, 26, of Butte, was arrested at his mom’s house Sunday afternoon after a relative called police saying he shouldn’t be there. The mother wasn’t at home and when an officer asked Otherbull to leave, he said police couldn’t tell him what to do. He was arrested on a misdemeanor complaint of failure to disperse, police say, and posted bail an hour later.

Threatening a lady

A man pulled up to a house in the 5100 block of Warren Avenue late Sunday night, went to a residence and got into an argument with another man outside over the sale of a vehicle, police say.

While that was going on, a woman passenger in the man’s car got out, came up to the fence and threatened to beat up a lady who was present. Police arrived and thought they had everything under control, but say the female passenger, Ami Rochelle Ferda, 25, of Butte, threatened the other woman again.

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Ferda was arrested for misdemeanor simple assault and was released within the hour.

Threatening geese

Police were called to Clark Park around 6 a.m. Friday on a report of kids chasing geese with sticks. An officer told the kids they had to leave because the park didn’t open until 8 a.m. So they did and that was that.

Alleged assault

A 22-year-old Butte man was still behind bars late Monday morning after his arrest for partner-family member assault.

Police were called to a house in the 1200 block of East Second Street early Sunday morning. A woman who had run outside said her boyfriend, Kain Justin Kenmille, had come home after drinking all day, “snapped” and began kicking her.

She had bruises on her arms and legs so Kenmille was arrested for misdemeanor partner-family member assault and for a felony parole violation. He was still in jail late Monday morning.

I'm my sister!

A woman who had been banned from Walmart went back to the store around 3 a.m. Saturday and had $300 worth of items in a bag she was concealing, police say.

Kristen Michelle Williams, 22, at first identified herself as her twin sister, who has also been banned from the store. But police already knew her true identity and when they tried to cuff her, she laid on the floor and refused to cooperate.

Police say she also had suspected heroin in some tin foil, so she was arrested for felony drug possession and misdemeanor complaints of shoplifting, criminal trespass and resisting arrest. She was still in jail Friday morning.

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Mike Smith is a reporter at the Montana Standard with an emphasis on government and politics.

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