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Butte man charged after allegedly intimidating school, media outlet

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BUTTE - A 21-year-old Butte man faces felony charges after police allege he made angry phone calls to a school and a media outlet earlier this week.

Andrew James remained in jail Friday on two counts of privacy in communications. James is accused of using obscenities during the calls and the recipients of the calls felt intimidated, according to charging documents.

Butte police allege James made phone calls to Kennedy Elementary and to the NBC television station in which he was angry about statements in a news report that James appeared in earlier this week about a temporary lockdown at the Kennedy school.

Butte Undersheriff George Skuletich said the Kennedy school was temporarily locked down on March 2 after staff received a report a man was seen in the area walking with a gun.

Police report James often walks in the North Emmett Avenue area with his firearms while on his way to the shooting range near Big Butte.

James did not walk by the school the day of the lockdown, but was at the shooting range, according to Skuletich.

It is legal in Montana to openly carry firearms in public.

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