Jun 11, 2014 The Associated Press

Tree kills park hiker

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- A Taiwanese man is dead after being hit by a falling tree while hiking off an established trail in Yellowstone National Park.

Park officials aren't releasing the 36-year-old man's name pending notification of his family. A statement from park officials says the man was hiking on the Fairy Falls trail, north of the Old Faithful area and west of the Grand Loop Road.

The man had left the trail and was climbing a slope Monday afternoon when a dead pine tree fell and struck him on the head. The man was declared dead at the scene.

Yellowstone rangers who responded reported windy weather conditions in the area at the time. The tree that fell was among those killed during the park's 1988 fires.

Gillette's lake overflows

GILLETTE -- Gillette city officials are warning the public to stay out of Fishing Lake because of high water that occasionally spills over onto a street.

The reservoir is in a city park in south Gillette. Officials say it's not uncommon for the lake to overflow during rainy weather. The city plans to dredge the lake next year, removing sediment that has made the reservoir shallower.

A city spokesman says shallow water is more prone to warming up, which is hard on fish and can encourage bacteria.

Break-in investigated

SHERIDAN -- Police are investigating a costly break-in at the Boys & Girls Club in Buffalo.

The break-in happened sometime between May 31 and June 2. Club director Lisa Mueller said the burglars broke 10 windows and stole an Xbox 360 game console. She estimates the damage at $3,000.

Mueller said glass shards have made couches and bean bag chairs unsafe to sit on. She says club members recently purchased the damaged and stolen items with money earned from fundraising.

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