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Jul 19, 2012 - The Associated Press
Driver sentenced in pedestrian hit
LARAMIE -- A Laramie man who was high on industrial cleaner when he hit a pedestrian at 50 mph earlier this year has been sentenced to a year in prison and 10 years of probation.
Timothy R. Lund received the sentence Wednesday. The 21-year-old pleaded guilty earlier this year to DUI causing serious bodily injury and aggravated assault and battery. Lund was high after inhaling an industrial cleaner and was driving an estimated 50 mph when he hit pedestrian Cale McCormick Feb. 8. McCormick was injured but survived.
McCormick attended the sentencing and said he forgives Lund. McCormick said that while he had recovered the ability to walk, he would continue to cope with physical impairments from Lund's actions for the rest of his life.
$400,000 set for Capitol work
CHEYENNE -- The State Building Commission has approved spending $400,000 on initial design work for renovation of the state Capitol's interior.
The renovation of the building has been estimated to cost up to $50 million. The Legislature would need to approve money for the renovation work, but it has already set aside about $87 million for the project.
State construction manager Rich Cathcart says the renovation is needed to repair and improve the Capitol's wiring, heating, cooling and fire suppression systems.
The commission consists of the state's top five elected officials. Tentative plans are to start the project in 2015.
Capitol employees would be moved temporarily to the Herschler Building next door, and one session of the state Legislature would have to be held elsewhere outside the Capitol because of the project.
No money for former superintendent
CHEYENNE -- A jury has rejected a former Cheyenne school district superintendent's argument that the district owes him nearly $400,000.
Ted Adams contended that Laramie County School District 1 trustees failed to pay him for the final year of his contract. He sued the district for breach of contract and denial of due process.
The jury ruled in favor of the district on both issues Tuesday.
Adams said he agreed to step down from the job in 2010 after board members told him they had lost confidence in him. But Adams maintained he never agreed to forgo the last year of his contract.
Board members said Adams retired voluntarily.
Group challenges land plan
JACKSON -- A new land-use plan in Teton County is under legal challenge from a preservation group that says the public should get to vote on the planning document.
The Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan has been challenged in a lawsuit filed by members of the group Save Historic Jackson Hole.
Plaintiffs claim town officials improperly sidestepped public review by calling the planning document a resolution, not an ordinance. They say their challenge isn't about the content of the planning document.
They said they simply want residents to have the chance to vote on it.
Group members also sued the town over councilors' approval of redevelopment plans for the Painted Buffalo Inn. The developer eventually withdrew the project.