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Summit County Attorney charges Park City Councilman with disorderly conduct

Park City Councilman Jeremy Rubell
Jeremy Rubell
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Park City Councilman Jeremy Rubell

The class C misdemeanor charge carries possible jail time of 90 days and a fine of up to $750.

The charge follows a complaint from White Pine Touring on Dec. 29.

Rubell lives near the White Pine Nordic Center, which operates out of the Park City Golf Club in the winter. He was snow blowing his back deck at the time of the incident.

A White Pine instructor, Marcel Vifian, reported to his employer that he and Rubell exchanged middle fingers, after which Rubell went into a lengthy, profanity-ridden tirade.

Rubell referred KPCW to a statement he made last week that contradicts Vifian's account. In that, he said Vifian lobbed slurs at him and said the instructor has a long history of disrespect towards his family.

The county attorney reported that the three skiers with the instructor all said Rubell was cursing and yelling. One student called the incident “a little uncomfortable” and “unfortunate.”

The class C misdemeanor charge carries possible jail time of 90 days and a fine of up to $750.

Rubell and White Pine Touring have been mired in conflict regarding the Nordic Center’s parking plan. Rubell has urged White Pine to more strictly manage overflow parking on Thaynes Canyon Dr., saying it has negative impacts on neighbors.

In response, some residents called for Rubell to recuse himself from a city council vote on White Pine’s parking plan in December.

Rubell is scheduled to appear in Summit County Justice Court on Feb. 27.

Parker Malatesta covers Park City for KPCW. Before coming to NPR, he spent one year as a general assignment reporter for TownLift in Park City. He previously was the news editor at The News Record, the student paper at the University of Cincinnati. He loves running, reading, and urban planning.
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