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Leavitt sons throw noisy bash

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While Gov. Mike Leavitt was away, a couple of his college-age sons apparently played a little too loudly for residents living near the Governor's Mansion.

Taylor and Bud Leavitt posted fliers in the neighborhood stating the Saturday night party would end at midnight, and it reportedly did end shortly thereafter. But police were called several times to quiet the raucous event.

Throughout the evening several hundred teenagers and young adults reveled outside in party lighting and tunes spun by a disc jockey.

"My daughter can't go to sleep because it's Dance Party USA over there," said Brandi Nulph, who lives across the street, on Saturday night. "I mean, there's people coming and going and driving by; it's ridiculous. It's like Woodstock."

Partygoers say they didn't see any drugs or alcohol at the event.

The Leavitts don't live in the mansion but use it for entertaining and official functions. The governor was out of town the past week. First lady Jacalyn S. Leavitt gave permission for the party, Leavitt spokeswoman Natalie Gochnour said.

Salt Lake Police Lt. Robert Linton said his department forwarded "several complaints" about the party to Department of Public Safety officers who work as state security. City officers cleared the lawn after complaints continued.

"Apparently there was more people there than had been anticipated," Linton said. "There were lots of young kids being crazy and loud and things like that. We were told initially that (public safety officers) were shutting it down, but for some reason it wasn't."

Lt. Jim Keath, with the Dignitary Protection Bureau for the Department of Public Safety, said his officers responded to several complaints of loud music and parking problems throughout the evening. The music would be turned down and then gradually turned back up, Keath said.

No tickets for parking or noise pollution were issued, Keath said, and he believed the party was over by 12:30 a.m. Sunday. There were no signs of alcohol at the party, he said.

Earlier, the Leavitts posted fliers around the neighborhood informing neighbors about the party.

"We are having a little social gathering with our friends this Saturday night on the mansion lawn. It is important to us, as your neighbors, that we don't cause any inconveniences for you," the flier read. "Just for the heads up, there will be some music and food, so if you feel like that is something you would like to come check out, feel free to drop by. You've had to put up with the Leavitts for eight years now, so you deserve it."


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