Here Undersheriff George Skuletich updates the media on an unsubstantiated rumor of a shooting threat to Butte High. A Butte HIgh student tweeted that he had heard that there was a threat, but no credible threat could be identified.
Crime and Punishment
by Jim Larson
Final trip to Wal Mart
A middle-aged Billings man took his last trip to Wal Mart last week. His body was found in a car in the parking lot of the Butte store, police reported.
A truck driver found the man dead in a 1993 Mercury at about 3:30 pm. The man’s driver’s license indicated that he was 53, Undersheriff George Skuletich told reporters today.
There was no sign of foul play. The man’s driver’s license said that he was from Billings, but the coroner will make the official identification, the undersheriff said.
Car stayed borrowed
A man with residences in both Butte and Jefferson County lent his car to a man at a local bar. The man who borrowed the car dropped the lender off at his home in Jefferson County, police reported
The borrower was to bring it back to the lender’s home in Butte the next day. That did not happen.
Remarkably, the man who lent the car did not know the name of the man who borrowed car, the undersheriff said.
The stolen car is a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. It was stolen sometime after Sept. 3. It was reported stolen on Sept. 10, police said.
There was a theft from a garage on the 800 block of Granite last week. A band saw and table saw were taken. No one saw who did it.
The saws had a combined value of $300, police said.
Arrested then robbed
A man arrested at the Town Pump for partner-family assault on Sept. 10, returned to pick up his car at the convenience store only to find that it had been stolen.
He believes that his car was taken by the person who was with him at the time of his arrest, police reported.
The suspect in the August 17 robbery of the Safeway on Harrison has been found, Sheriff Ed Lester reported Sept. 5.
William Monopoli , who is suspected of robbing a store on Massachusetts Street in Butte, was arrested in Westboro, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, police said. Officers from the Westboro Police Department nabbed the suspect on a warrant from Silver Bow County.
The warrant charges Monopoli with robbery and the possession with the intent to distribute dangerous drugs, Lester said.
Butte-Silver Bow officers worked with agents from Homeland Security, the FBI, Boston PD, Westboro PD and the Massachusetts State police . Upon Monopoli’s arrest, Lester wrote, “When you choose to commit a crime like this in our community, we will use every resource we have, and we will find you.”
BUTTE, MT—Montana Tech has named Nick Bowsher as interim Athletic Director. Bowsher has been at the university since August 2011 serving most recently as the Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities and Communications. Currently, he directs sports information, marketing, communications, facilities, and game day management in the Athletic Department.
He will bring his experience with corporate sales and fundraising to his new interim role. Prior to coming to Montana Tech, he served as the Assistant General Manager of the Helena Brewers Baseball Club, minor league affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
“Nick has been at Montana Tech for the past 3 years and has done an outstanding job in supporting students and student-athletes,” noted Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter. “I have great confidence in Nick during this transition period.”
The university will begin the search for a permanent Athletic Director shortly.
by Jim Larson
Headframe Spirits in Butte is packed with Amanda Curtis supporters, but a lone clean-cut figure stands on the sidewalk on the south side of the building.
It’s Monday, early evening.
The clean cut figure is Brian O’Leary, the GOP tracker assigned to the Curtis campaign.
Curtis is on her way there to meet and greet. O’Leary is there to watch and catch, catch any damaging mistakes Curtis might make.
Curtis is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. She’s recently been selected by her party to run against Republican Steve Daines. She replaces John Walsh as the Democratic candidate. Walsh dropped out of the campaign in the face of plagiarism charges. Walsh is the sitting senator.