January 31, 2007
Hot-air balloon, advertising a sports drink, tries to land near the Racquet Club
The Park City Police Department sometimes is called to Park Meadows to observe someone trying to launch or land a hot-air balloon.
But it’s probably rare, maybe only during the Sundance Film Festival, that the balloon is sporting an advertisement.
Police officers on Tuesday, Jan. 23 were called to the intersection of Lucky John Drive and Monitor Drive, near Sundance’s Racquet Club theater, after a balloon was reportedly spotted trying to land.
The police say the balloon advertised a sports drink.
Officers warned the pilot about City Hall laws regulating hot-air balloons.
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The balloon was one of scores of unusual calls the police received during film-festival week. As is typical, they appeared to mostly come from downtown, where huge crowds gathered in the day and late into the night.
The calls were standard Sundance fare, with lots of drunkenness and people reportedly acting disorderly.
On Sunday, Jan. 28 at 10:31 p.m., the police received a complaint that a diamond-link bracelet was lost on the 500 block of Woodside Avenue. The police were told the jewelry is valued at $2,000.
Two men reportedly were vomiting in front of a restaurant on the 400 block of Main Street at 8:25 p.m. The police warned them and asked that they return to their hotel room for the night. The previous night, at 1:38 a.m., the police found a man throwing up from inside his vehicle on the 200 block of Main Street. The person’s father picked him up.
At 1:19 p.m., the police received a complaint that skis were stolen on the 2200 block of Deer Valley Drive. They are valued at more than $200.
On Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10:51 p.m., the police were called to downtown, near Main Street and Park Avenue, where someone reported suspicious activity inside a sport-utility vehicle parked on 5th Street. The person who called told police they were unable to see inside and when the police arrived, an officer discovered the driver waiting to pick someone up.
The police arrested two people after what was reported to the police as a hit-and-run traffic accident at 8:40 p.m. at the intersection of Woodside Avenue and 15th Street. The police say the victim assisted in nabbing the two. According to the department, the victim, using the car, pinned the suspects’ vehicle, stopping them from leaving. When the police arrived, they arrested one person on a drunken-driving charge and the passenger on a charge of public intoxication.
The police were called to Park Meadows, near Little Kate Road and Evening Star Drive, at 4:59 p.m., where four kids were reportedly seen on the ice. The kids, the police were told, had a hammer and screwdriver but when the police arrived officers found nothing suspicious.
Someone called the police at 3:07 p.m. from the 1500 block of Empire Avenue, where someone reported that a condominium had been shot with a paintball gun. An officer found a suspect, who agreed to clean up the paint, the police say.
At 1:34 p.m., the police received a complaint that two snowmobilers were seen driving the machines on the 1900 block of Three Kings Drive. The two were spotted on the cross-country skiing track on the Park City Golf Course, the police say.
The police received a complaint at 11:48 a.m. that skis were stolen from the 1300 block of Lowell Avenue, where Park City Mountain Resort sits. The police say that the skis are valued at more than $200.
The police received a complaint at 1:27 a.m. that a vehicle’s tires were slashed on the 1800 block of Kearns Boulevard. Earlier that evening, at 12:13 a.m., someone else reported slashed tires, on the 1800 block of Sidewinder Drive. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, another tire-slashing case was reported, at 10:33 p.m. on the 2000 block of Park Avenue. The day before, Monday, Jan. 22, tires were reportedly slashed on the 1300 block of Lowell Avenue at 3:26 p.m.
On Friday, Jan. 26 at 11:12 p.m., the police intervened in a dispute about who owned a limousine. The case, at the intersection of Park Avenue and 4th Street, pitted who are described as the vehicle’s former owners against the people who had the car, the police say. The police were told that the previous owners were trying to steal the limousine.
Officers were summoned to the 500 block of Park Avenue at 8:38 p.m., where an accident involving a taxi and a limousine was reported. A third car then hit the first two and left, the police were told.
On Thursday, Jan. 25 at 10:42 p.m., the police received a complaint that a car was broken into on Marsac Avenue. The police were told that someone smashed the car’s windows and burglarized the vehicle. Damage is estimated at more than $200, the police say.
The police arrested a person on a narcotics charge at 7:41 p.m. on Shadow Ridge Road. The department says the person was trying to sell amphetamines.
At 2:12 p.m., the police received a complaint that someone swiped a camera, a wallet and credit cards on the 1700 block of Hawk Court. The police say the person lost more than $200.
At 1:23 p.m., the police received a complaint from the 800 block of Main Street, where an employee was accused of theft. The police were told the person took between $50 and $200.
The police and firefighters were summoned to the 400 block of Main Street at 1:42 a.m., where a bulletin board was reportedly set on fire. A police officer extinguished the fire.
Someone reported a sport-utility vehicle was broken into at 10:34 a.m. on the 1000 block of Park Avenue. The police say the vehicle’s back window was broken and the case involves more than $200.