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Posted: Sunday, May 1, 2011 2:23 pm

The following summary was compiled from information provided by the West Yellowstone Police Department.

April 19

-- Dispatchers reported communication equipment problems with the police frequency bleeding over to the gold channel frequency.

-- Hebgen Basin Fire District was advised of a planned burn in a timber project by Fir Ridge over the next couple of days.

-- Three bull buffalo walked into town the north end of town on Canyon Street. 

-- Police were advised of an assault/battery involving a boyfriend beating on his girlfriend.

-- Police were asked to check that the fire was completely out in the fireplace of the Dining Lodge.

-- A fender-bender accident was reported in a hotel parking lot.

-- A gas station employee reported possible illegal campers in its parking lot.

April 20

-- Odors were reported in the police building. Prisoners are getting headaches from the sewer gas odor. Hebgen Basin Fire Department crews responded.

-- A local hotel advised that fire alarm system testing would be conducted throughout the day.

-- Sewer gas odor was again reported in the police department building. Fire and public works crews are responding.

-- Mutual aid was requested by Yellowstone National Park of a Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy to check on a ranger that is on a traffic stop on Highway 191 near mile marker 31. The Mammoth Communications Center is unable to contact the ranger. 

-- The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office asked for mutual aid assistance from the West Yellowstone Police Department to check into a possible assault.

-- A 911 hang-up call was received from the Elk Creek area.

April 21

-- Police conducted a VIN inspection on a snowmobile.

-- Someone reported a lost dog, a red and white female border collie/Australian mix.

-- Police were advised of a report of an abused dog.

-- Montana Highway Patrol asked for West Yellowstone police to assist with a four-door Kia vehicle in the middle of the road but with no one in it.

-- A white SUV slid off into the ditch across from a campground. No injuries were reported.

-- A vehicle reportedly struck the guardrail near mile marker 31.2 on Highway 191.

-- A hotel employee called police to advise that there is a vehicle parked nearby with two dogs in it that are barking continuously.

April 22

-- Police were advised of a possible truant student.

-- A driver called in to complain about a semi-truck parked on the highway. With the truck and a large snow berm, the driver is unable to see to make a safe turn.

-- Someone reported credit card fraud.

-- Two bison are in town. They are not being aggressive or blocking traffic. Tourists are taking a look but not too close. Another caller said the buffalo were involved in the APHIS sperm testing and could be more aggressive than usual.

-- Police took fingerprints for a poker dealer.

-- Police issued a citation related to harassing phone calls.

-- Police were advised to be on the lookout for a stolen red/white 1989 Ford F250 pickup.

-- A person called to report a bison was chasing them and they cannot get in their house.

-- Someone called in a report of a forest fire, but the U.S. Forest Service confirmed that it was a controlled burn.

April 23

-- A person reported being threatened by someone. They were going to come over, drag them out and beat them up.

-- Police were asked to assist a ranger on a traffic stop. The ranger discovered an open container in the vehicle.

April 24

-- Police assistance was requested in delivering an emergency message.

-- Someone called in that a disabled vehicle was located somewhere between West Yellowstone and Big Sky.

April 25

-- A man called police to report a reckless driver. His wife went off the road into an embankment to avoid a vehicle that suddenly made a u-turn.

-- Hebgen Basin Fire District crews, Montana Highway Patrol and West Yellowstone Police responded to a multi-vehicle wreck on Highway 20 near Targhee Pass. A semi-truck and vehicle collided. No injuries were reported, but an ambulance was requested to check on occupants. Traffic was blocked and a second collision occurred at the top of the pass when an eastbound vehicle struck a tow truck.

-- The night dispatcher reported the dishwasher backed up into the sink seven hours ago and there is still about four inches of water in the sink.

-- Someone reported losing their debit card on April 18.

-- Dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call. When they called the number back, no one answered.

-- Department of Transportation crews were advised that trucks are spinning out on the road and can't make it up the hill.

-- Fremont County (Idaho) Sheriff's Office was advised of a trailer with hay rolled over a half-mile into Idaho on Highway 20. It was being pulled by a pickup.

-- An ambulance and police were requested to respond to a wreck.

-- A semi-truck was reported stuck at the top of Targhee Pass. 

-- A person said their daughter heard a large crack outside. Now they don't have power.

-- A person called to report illegal camping. A vehicle is in a parking lot with people in it. The reporting party is concerned because of how bad it is storming.

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