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Thanks for the fodder, residents
Aug 23, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
Residents rely on law enforcement to respond to any request for help within Fremont County. And dispatchers receive all kinds of calls - including some that are good for a chuckle.
For example, one industrious woman became distraught this spring after she climbed onto her sink to clean her curtains.
Once the job was done, she realized she couldn't get down from the counter. She was apparently able to reach her phone, however, and she called police for help. I wonder if those curtains will ever get a good cleaning again...
Another Riverton woman didn't seem to like the phone calls she was getting from a man she knew. She told dispatchers he was calling her and "playing the harmonica."
He must not have been a very good musician.
A confused man was the subject of another call from the Riverton area in July. He apparently had told a woman he was going to break out the windows of her vehicle. When she called police, the woman noted that the vehicle actually belongs to the man in question. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
One report demonstrated the toughness of young people who grow up in Dubois. A man called dispatchers in June to report a 2-year-old boy was "playing chicken" with cars on North First Street in the mountain town. I'll bet the little boy won the game every time.
Sometimes it's hard to understand why a person chose to call officials for help.
One woman contacted police at about 2:15 a.m. one July morning to say she was scared and wanted to go to sleep. She said no one was in her house, but she was afraid of being at home - yet she said she didn't know where she was.
Officials were unsure whether the incident involved a medical problem, but they later noted that it turned out to be an "intoxication problem."
Dogs are the cause of a lot of conflict in Fremont County, some of it very serious. But one report to police seemed downright natural: A man called dispatchers in June to say a dog had injured a cat. Aren't they mortal enemies after all?
In July, a woman north of Riverton said there were two dogs running around her neighborhood "chasing people and teasing (her) dogs."
I hope her pooches' feelings weren't hurt...
It's not only dogs that create problems, however.
A Pavillion resident was perplexed in May when she came home to find five peacocks in her yard.
She told dispatchers she was not sure "what to do with them or where they came from."
The Lander family reporting a possible snake nest at their house this summer seemed to have the right idea: They told dispatchers where the nest may be and said no one would be home when officials arrived. I'd get out of there too...
Another animal issue was created by the person who called to report the situation.
In June a Riverton man said he had put out a raccoon trap to catch "the critter eating his cat food."
The trick was successful, he said, but now he "has a raccoon in the trap and doesn't know what to do with it." Maybe he should have thought of that before he set the trap!
I ought to note that people should never hesitate to call 911 when they're in need of help. But, don't be surprised if your unusual report ends up in a newspaper column.
As one co-worker says, "it's the piece that writes itself." Thanks for the fodder.