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Thursday, May 22, 2003

Residents evacuated from complex Some residents of South Forty Senior Housing, 769 Fallow Lane, were evacuated Wednesday evening after a small fire was reported in the building.

Firefighters were called around 8:15 p.m. after one resident let some food sit on her stove for too long, said Billings Battalion Chief Carl Zabrocki.

It took the team about 20 seconds to put out the flames and control the smoke, Zabrocki said. The fire caused no structural damage, and no injuries were reported.

Man in court on 4th DUI A Pryor man who prosecutors said had a blood-alcohol content more than four times the state legal limit when he was stopped while driving a van on Blue Creek Road was charged Wednesday in District Court.

Garrett Dean Door, 47, pleaded not guilty to felony DUI at arraignment. He also pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license, driving without liability insurance and not using a seat belt.

Judge Diane Barz set Door's bond at $25,000. Prosecutors said Door has four previous DUI convictions and a criminal record that includes felony burglary and assault and 14 misdemeanor offenses.

According to court records, on May 17 at 1:13 p.m. Montana Highway Patrol Officer Richard Starks saw a GMC van on Blue Creek Road headed south with traffic backed up behind it. The van pulled over to the right shoulder and started to back up, nearly causing an accident, Starks said.

The van then made an illegal U-turn and started heading north very slowly, Starks said. When the officer stopped the van, the driver initially refused to roll down the window. When the window was rolled down, Starks said he smelled a strong odor of a alcohol, court records said.

Starks said Door was unsteady when he stepped out of the van. When asked to raise his arms to be searched, a pint bottle of whiskey fell from Door's coat, Starks said. A breath test showed Door had a blood-alcohol content of 0.353 percent, more than four times the state legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Man charged with felony burglary A 21-year-old Billings man accused of crawling into a woman's apartment as she called 911 for help was charged Wednesday with felony burglary.

Samuel Davis Comeslast pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in District Court. He also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of resisting. Judge Diane Barz set bond at $2,500.

According to court records, a woman called 911 on Saturday when she found a man trying to get in her apartment on Sunnyside Lane through a window. The woman said she yelled at the man then called 911.

Prosecutors said the man got inside the apartment, then pushed and struck the woman. When police arrived, they found the front door locked and they entered the apartment through the window the intruder had used. The officers found Comeslast hiding in a closet. He scuffled with officers before his arrest, according to court records.