K-9 Officer Buster sits in the back seat of his customized patrol car. His partner Officer Steve Honer will do the driving.
Buster the K-9 made his media debut this morning on the second floor of the Butte-Silver Bow police Headquarters.
Buster’s partner, officer Steve Honer, said that he and Buster would just train this week. If Buster’s on track next week, he’ll be used in the field immediately, Honer said.
When the work day is done, Buster goes home with his partner. There he hangs with Copper, the Honer family dog. Copper and Buster get along just fine, Honer said.
Buster has his own doghouse at the Honer residence. It’s shaped like an old western jail.
Buster and Honer trained together for two and one-half weeks at the Southern Star Ranch in Texas, Honer said. The project was made possible in part by a donation from Betty Whalen and Whalen tire. They contributed a combined $10,000, Lester said.
An image on the KXLF news report that aired Sept. 29, showed a medical report that indicated that the girl has sprained her wrist.
The matter is still under investigation, BSB Sheriff Ed Lester said.
Ronald Kish was charged with arson Thursday.
When he was picked for setting a fire on Tuesday, a warrant for his arrest on a parole violation was also in force.
Kish allegedly started a fire in a garage on South Idaho. When officers arrived on scene, a corner of the garage was burning. An officer was able to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher from his patrol car, an item that all of the units carry, Undersheriff George Skuletich said.
According to the police, Kishis known to them, and he has a history of setting fires.
by Jim Larson
An older portion of the Butte Public Library’s collection that had long been on display behind the circulation desk, is now on display on the second floor of the library, shelved just behind the reference librarian.
Back during the August meeting of the library board, library director Lee Miller noted that a group of old books, sometimes called the Larrabee collection, were being moved to Clark Arts Chateau.
That plan was revised, however, and the volumes that could be identified as actually being part of the library’s collection, were moved to a place on the second floor of the library, just behind the desk of the reference librarian.
by Jim Larson
While Jon Tester labors to get his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act passed, Congressman Steve Daines champions the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act.
Tester’s is a home-grown bill that he and his team researched and authored. The bill that Daines supports is sponsored by Congressman Doc Hastings, a Republican from Washington.
Both bills mandate logging in the national forests, and both bills provide for more local input, Tester’s in an advisory capacity, Hastings’s as management.
Welcome to Butte
Two Missoula men who came to Butte over the weekend will have an extended stay.
Butte police found the men stranded on Highway 2. They told the officers that they had run out of gas.
The men shoplifted two pair of sunglasses and two watches at Wal Mart, police said. As the men exited the store, the stolen items triggered the alarm.
They raced to their car, and in their haste to leave the parking lot, they hit an unoccupied vehicle, police said. When apprehended, they told police that they didn’t think that they had been in an accident, Sheriff Ed Lester said.
Witnesses said that one of the men was tall and thin, the other short and fat.
After the men were picked up, it was learned that the vehicle that they had been driving was stolen in Missoula. It had not been driven for months, the sheriff said.
Randy Varner was charged with theft and possession of stolen property.
Richard Christenson was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia and hit and run of an unattended vehicle as well as theft and possession of stolen property.
The Sheriff said that it was likely that the pair would also be charged for the theft of the car.
Skyler James Reineke overstayed his welcome this weekend.
After being asked to leave a residence near Maryland and Second Street, he pounded on the home’s windows. When the resident came out to confront him, Reinke pounded on him, police said.
The victim had injuries to the left side of his face near his eye, including facial fractures. The victim went to Saint James, Reineke went to jail, police said.