January 21, 2009
Police officers not as busy as usual during opening days of Sundance
The Park City Police Department last weekend, the opening Saturday and Sunday of the Sundance Film Festival, was busy handling numerous calls related to the partying that is part of film-festival week.
Police officers were especially busy on Main Street, where much of the revelry occurs during the festival. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said, though, the crowds during the first weekend were smaller than in previous years.
"Things have been busy, but not as busy as past years," Kirk said.
Officers were seen throughout the weekend patrolling Main Street. Many of the cases the police handled appeared to be minor disturbances. Some people were seen marketing films using outlawed methods and others were spotted partying in public places.
Late Sunday night, meanwhile, a woman reportedly climbed up a tower on the 700 block of Main Street. She sat there, the police said of the case, which was reported at 11:15 p.m.
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In another festival-related call, the police were summoned to a coffee shop where a celebrity was seen on the 1700 block of Park Avenue at 6:37 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17. Public police logs do not indicate who the person was. A person at the coffee shop called the police after someone started taking pictures of the celebrity.
Other incidents reported to the Police Department last week included:
On Sunday, Jan. 18 at 7:37 p.m., the police received a complaint that a driver picked up a person described as a "disgruntled volunteer." The person was not wearing a coat, the police were told. Officers were asked to look for a silver-colored pickup truck.
At 6:03 p.m., a utility line reportedly was on fire at the Woodside Avenue-12th Street intersection. The power company was also contacted.
Someone on Empire Avenue reported their car was broken into sometime before 3:30 p.m. The person lost a backpack, sunglasses and change, the police were told.
Police officers were contacted to intervene in a dispute about a credit card on the 1700 block of Park Avenue at 2:28 p.m. The police said a woman wrongly accused a man of taking her cards.
At 2:04 p.m., a man dressed in a bunny suit was spotted selling something. Public police logs do not provide details about what the person was reportedly selling. Similar gimmicks occur occasionally during film festival week.
Someone complained to the police at 1:50 p.m. about a person who was getting in and out of a monster truck on the 300 block of Main Street.
The police received a complaint of an assault in a parking lot on the 2200 block of Sidewinder Drive at 10:17 a.m.
At 2:49 a.m., a man said he was assaulted at a restaurant on Main Street.
Someone complained of a loud party on the 700 block of Main Street at 2:22 a.m. The partiers were keeping people awake, the police were told.
The police were called to intervene in a dispute between a cab driver and a customer on the 8200 block of Royal Street. The customer refused to pay the fare, the police were told.
A fight was called in at 1:19 a.m. on the 300 block of Main Street, where the wife of one of the victims was reportedly chasing a suspect.
On Saturday, Jan. 17 at 8:23 p.m., the police were called to the 400 block of Main Street, where a corporate recreational vehicle was reportedly parked in front of a business, blocking the view.
At 3:49 p.m., someone on Queen Esther Drive called the police reporting jewelry had been taken the day before. The police said the jewelry is valued at more than $1,000.
Someone called the police at 9 a.m. from Seasons Drive saying they had heard noises that sounded like gunshots the night before.
The police were called to Saddle View Way at 5:39 a.m., when someone complained that techno music was blaring from a neighboring residence.
On Friday, Jan. 16 at 8:01 p.m., someone complained about a trumpeter playing on the 500 block of Main Street. The horn player, though, held the proper City Hall permit to play.
A vehicle was reportedly broken into sometime before 7:54 a.m. on the 1700 block of Kearns Boulevard. A stereo was taken, the police said.
People were reportedly seen throwing snowballs at vehicles and pedestrians from a building on the 200 block of Main Street.
On Thursday, Jan. 15 at 1:11 p.m., someone reported their skis had been stolen from the 1300 block of Lowell Avenue.
On Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 6:26 p.m., someone scratched a car with a key on the 1500 block of Snow Creek Drive.
On Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 11:37 p.m., officials ordered a parking boot be attached to a car parked on the 500 block of Main Street. The police said several hundred dollars in parking fines were owed on the vehicle.
The police received at least six reports of stolen skis throughout the day on Jan. 13, including two cases from the 1300 block of Lowell Avenue.
On Monday, Jan. 12 at 2:27 a.m., a driver hit a deer on S.R. 248. The animal had to be put down.