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Butte authorities confirm mild St. Patrick's Day weekend

By Donovan Hill, KTVM Reporter, dhill@ktvm.com
Published On: Mar 18 2013 04:47:31 PM MDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2013 08:59:04 AM MDT

Local law enforcement can testify that when there are large crowds expected and drinking is involved, things can get out of hand rather quickly.

BUTTE, Mont. -

It was a semi-busy weekend for Butte Police. Officers were out in force for the city's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Local law enforcement officials can testify that when there are large crowds expected and drinking is involved, things can get out of hand rather quickly.

Police in Butte tell us this year's celebration was pretty laid-back compared to years past.

"We did have a pretty uneventful weekend given that we're talking about St. Patrick's Day," said Silver Bow Sheriff Ed Lester.

Lester tells NBC Montana he thinks the weather was a huge factor.

"I think they looked at the forecast and everyone decided not to make the trip to Butte this year," added Lester.

The county Parking Commission told NBC Montana that they we're writing more tickets this year for people who had left their vehicles behind, instead of choosing to drive home.

"A $5 ticket is much better than the repercussions of a DUI," said Lynne Heinze who works for the County Parking Commission.

Topping the list of this weekend’s crime in Butte is attempted break-ins.

Authorities say the Express Way gas station on Harrison Avenue, right next to the Copper King Hotel, had its front door kicked in early Sunday morning around 1:00 a.m.

Witnesses called 9-1-1 around that same time to report a man with a crowbar attempting to break into the Spud McGee's Bar on South Main St.

A computer was stolen out of the Mining and Geology department at Montana Tech after an individual reportedly used a crowbar to pry open the windows on the building.  The incident happened early Sunday morning around 1:00 a.m.

"From 8 o'clock in the evening until 4 o'clock in the morning is the heaviest time and that's when most of the problems occur," concluded Lester.

No arrests were made in any of the break-ins but Lester tells NBC Montana his detectives are working the cases.