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Jun 3, 2014 - The Associated Press
Hotel roof blows off during storm
JACKSON -- A storm that blew through Jackson Hole on Saturday ripped a newly installed metal roof off of a hotel. No one was hurt.
The roof on the 49er Inn and Suites blew off the building and into the parking lot and street below. It blocked the eastbound lane of Pearl Avenue before it was removed.
Steve Meadows is a co-owner of the hotel. He says a roofing contractor hadn't secured the western corner of the eaves yet. The new roof was part of a larger $4 million remodel and expansion of the hotel.
Teton County Emergency Management had issued a severe storm warning Saturday afternoon.
Jackson Police Lt. Cole Nethercott says no one was injured.
Bicycle rider killed in wreck
CASPER -- The investigation continues into a crash that killed a bicyclist in Casper.
Authorities haven't yet identified the driver of an SUV that was involved in the crash last Thursday morning.
Thirty-nine-year-old bicyclist Matthew Harker was hit by the SUV on First Street while riding his bicycle in downtown Casper. Harker died of brain trauma at Swedish Medical Center in Denver on Friday.
Casper Police Chief Jim Wetzel says police took the SUV driver from the scene of the crash to Wyoming Medical Center.
Wetzel says blood and urine samples were collected from the driver to determine whether alcohol or other controlled substances were present in his system. Police don't yet have the results of those tests.
Pilot injured in park crash
LIVINGSTON, Mont. -- A single-engine airplane crashed in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park on Monday morning, seriously injuring the 54-year-old pilot, park officials said.
Gardiner resident Bill Hill said he heard a plane's engine struggling at about 8:30 a.m.
"I heard a really loud propeller noise," Hill said. "I looked out and saw a plane headed toward the ground at a weird angle, and I knew it must have crashed."
Hill and his daughter drove to the crash site while she called 911.
Hill said that as he approached the damaged plane, he saw pilot Mark Nardin, of Pray, Mont., crawl out of the wreckage. Nardin was conscious, "had his wits about him," complained of pain in his ribs, and appeared to have a broken leg, Hill said.
"I kept him from moving and kept him awake and talked to him" until emergency responders arrived, Hill said.
The agricultural plane crashed less than 2 miles east of Gardiner, and the pilot was taken to the hospital in Bozeman, said Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Aero Commander agricultural and pest control airplane is registered to Nardin & Nardin Co., of Pray.