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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

According to Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies, 36-year-old Jon Novak was drunk while sitting in a chair at a bar near The Canyons on New Year’s Eve.

Security officers claimed they contacted Sheriff’s Office dispatch after they were momentarily unable to revive the intoxicated man. "He swung his fist toward [the sergeant]," Summit County sheriff’s Capt. Joe Offret said. "He was very intoxicated." He claims Novak was "gently" wrestled to the ground and placed under arrest by deputies. Paramedics were contacted to treat Novak, Offret added. The Pennsylvania man was released from jail Jan. 1 and charged two days later in Summit County Justice Court with misdemeanor intoxication. "We don’t want this guy in our jail eating our hamburgers for the rest of the week," Offret said when asked why Novak was not charged with attempting to assault a police officer. "The officers have the option."

Meanwhile, Park City has charged Novak with two counts of misdemeanor assault and failure to leave the bar after an incident Dec. 29 at the Monkey Bar.

Novak was allegedly harassing one of the dancers at the establishment.

"They tried to get him to leave the bar," Park City police Lt. Phil Kirk said, adding that dispatchers were contacted around 10:19 p.m. "He was arrested for assaulting two individuals at the club."

Novak "lunged" at a man when he was confronted by security guards at the bar, Kirk said. "We had to restrain him, too," Kirk said about officers’ arrival at the Main Street nightclub.

Novak still has time to contact the Justice Court to schedule appearances. Cops arrest Kamas man after chase After allegedly fleeing from a Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy in his pickup truck early Dec. 31, Kamas resident Peter Staedler, 28, faces a third-degree felony for failure to respond to an officer’s signal to stop, a class B misdemeanor for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and improper lane travel. "There was a vehicle going the wrong way — westbound in the eastbound lane," Summit County sheriff’s Capt. Joe Offret said.

According to investigators, Staedler was swerving in his vehicle before he slowed down on U.S. 40. "He decided to try to get away," Offret said. "This didn’t last long . because he crashed." Speeds reached 60 mph and Staedler almost lost control of his truck during the chase, Offret added.

The suspect reportedly crashed after attempting to make a U-turn in the highway median. "He hit the snow bank, jumping over the turnaround and into the snow," Offret said, adding that Staedler then began "skidding sideways" off the right side of the road. The truck came to rest in a fence about 150 feet from U.S. 40, the captain said.

Court documents show that Staedler failed several field sobriety tests and allegedly had a breath alcohol content of .253 more than three times the legal limit.

"This was the third chase they’ve been in since [Dec 14]," Offret said.

Deputies spiked a man’s tires on westbound Interstate 80 Dec. 14 during a chase that began in Wyoming. Offret said speeds reached 110 mph before the suspect was stopped near Coalville.

"That was really high speed," Offret said.

Another chase that involved deputies on Interstate 80 entered Summit County from Wyoming on Dec. 21. The man was stopped on Interstate 80 in North Summit after speeds exceeded 100 mph, Offret said. Waste hauler could get contract extension

The Summit County Commission is expected to grant its waste hauler, Allied Waste Services, formerly BFI, a six-month contract extension to pick up garbage and recyclable material in the area.

Several residents have recently accused BFI of disposing of recyclables at Summit County’s landfill. With the company’s contract with the county set to expire in 2006 a testy round of negotiations is expected as BFI officials argues for an extension. "They wanted 18 months, originally, but they made an offer for six," said Kevin Callahan, Summit County’s Public Works administrator. "We got BFI to move a bit and that’s good."

Commissioners aren’t required to extend BFI’s contract to dispose of residential and commercial waste and if the extension is granted during their meeting Wednesday Callahan expects the county to conduct a new bid process in 2007. "They’ve taken some hits and it’s going to be harder for them," Callahan said about BFI’s recent publicity. "We clearly have their attention it’s made them more sensitive to what local concerns are." Summit County has also considered hauling its own residential trash, Callahan said, adding that the six-month extension is worth about $570,000. Hatch staffers to visit Kamas

Staffers from the office of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will meet with citizens Jan. 18 in Kamas.

The meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m. at the Kamas Library at 110 N. Main St.

"There are times when some Utahns need assistance navigating through difficulties involving federal agencies, and when this happens I can help in working with these agencies to resolve many of these issues," Hatch said in a prepared statement. "Current congressional debate centers around issues crucial to Utah such as education, the economy, health care and jobs."

Staffers for Hatch, a ranking member on Senate finance and judiciary committees, will also meet with citizens at the Wasatch County Administration Building, 25 N. Main St. in Heber, from 1 to 3 p.m.


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