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Rag mistaken for a rattlesnake in house

The Park City Police Department received a report last week about something that appeared to be a dead rattlesnake inside a house on Rising Star Lane.

But the object was later found to be a rag that had been put on some blinds inside the house, the police said.

Dispatchers received the call at 7:06 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. Rising Star Lane is a sparsely populated street on the edge of Solamere.

State wildlife officials say rattlesnakes are not found in the immediate Park City area.

Dave Swenson, the Division of Wildlife Resources officer assigned to the Park City area, said rattlesnakes do not inhabit higher elevations. The closest they are found is in the Rock Cliff area on the shores of the Jordanelle Reservoir, where the Provo River enters the reservoir.

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Other incidents reported to the Police Department last week included:

On Sunday, July 26 at 11:15 p.m., dispatchers received a complaint about loud noises from someone on Payday Drive. The person described three loud bangs outside, the police said, possibly an explosion or gunshots. An officer investigated but did not find problems.

At 10:56 p.m., several people were reportedly seen in a parking lot on Kearns Boulevard drinking and playing loud music.

Someone went to the police station at 1:59 p.m. reporting damage to their car that they blamed on construction on Park Avenue. Public police logs, though, do not describe details about the damage or the construction that was said to be responsible.

The police received a complaint about a missing wallet at 1:33 p.m. According to the police, the person left the Racquet Club before noticing that the wallet was gone. The police classified the case as a theft.

A baby raccoon reportedly became trapped on a balcony on Captain Molly Drive at 12:44 p.m.

A woman contacted the police at 10:04 a.m. after she and her dog reportedly were bothered by another dog at City Park. The man with the other dog ignored her when she asked him to put the animal on a leash, the police were told.

A drunken-driving case was reported on the 700 block of Main Street at 1:53 a.m. Public police logs do not provide details, including whether the person was arrested.

On Saturday, July 25 at 10 p.m., the police received a complaint about fireworks on Park Avenue. The fireworks might have been of a prohibited style, the police were told.

At 8 p.m., bicyclists were spotted in the skateboard park in City Park. An officer found the bicyclists, the police said, but public police logs do not provide details. Bicycles are prohibited at the park, but complaints about them are common. They are often gone by the time the police arrive, however.

A Rolex watch was reportedly stolen from a residence on Sunny Slopes Drive at 3:11 p.m. A sliding door at the back of the residence had been left open, the police said.

On Friday, July 24 at 11:59 p.m., a vehicle reportedly rolled into a ditch on the 400 block of Silver King Drive. It was not clear from public police logs whether anybody was inside the vehicle.

At 10:03 p.m., the police received a complaint that somebody was playing music past the allowed time on the 100 block of Main Street. It was "inconsiderate," the police were told, and the person who contacted the Police Department said the music had been playing outside of the allowed hours a few nights earlier as well.

On Thursday, July 23 at 9:36 p.m., loud noises that sounded like gunshots or fireworks were reported on Thaynes Canyon Drive.

The police were called to intervene between a crew putting in a tree and a neighbor on Sun Ridge Court, with the neighbor claiming the crew infringed on what he described as "his residential airspace," the Police Department said. The person claimed that a crane the crew was using should not be allowed above his property, according to police logs.

On Wednesday, July 22 at 11:38 p.m., a hit-and-run traffic accident was reported at the Park Avenue-Kearns Boulevard intersection. Someone hit a box linked to a stoplight and left, the police said.

On Tuesday, July 21, the police received a complaint that kids were throwing water balloons at house windows on Thistle Street. They were also ringing doorbells and running away, the police were told.

On Monday, July 20 at 2:32 p.m., a squirrel carcass was found on the Guardsman Connection.

At 10:53 a.m., a man and a woman were reportedly seen hitting a moose sculpture on the 500 block of Main Street with a stick.

At 8:28 a.m., the police received a complaint that a vehicle had been broken into on Woodside Avenue the week before and a prowler was seen close to the car again.

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