Summary The Oregon Department of Administrative Services said Monday that Sharon Sweet got $310,000. Flaherty fired Sweet in October 2011, saying the investigator's work was not "consistently above expectations" and she violated personnel rules by not disclosing her involvement in a romantic relationship with another investigator. The Bend Bulletin reports that since 2005 the department has paid about $1.7 million in claims on employment-related lawsuits filed against all Oregon district attorneys.
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Summary These are the fourth and fifth employment-related lawsuits involving Flaherty, and the final outstanding suit to be settled by the state on Flaherty's behalf. The terms of the settlement release the county and Flaherty without admission of liability.
Summary But the fine probably won't take effect until this summer. The county had hoped to speed up the implementation, setting the fine in county code in time for the spring growing season. But the county forester, who tracks the weeds, doesn't have the authority to impose fines.
Summary Republican voters in Deschutes County must choose between Tony DeBone and Richard Esterman as their nominee for County Commission in May. Other issues facing the county in the coming years include the increasing number of requests for non-farm use of farm property for such things as weddings.
Summary With an estimated population increase of 2.51 percent from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013, Deschutes County ranked 97th out of nearly 3,200 counties for which the Census Bureau released annual population estimates. The county's natural increase -- a calculation of births over deaths -- increased by 21 from 2012 to 2013, increasing from 392 to 413, according to the estimates.
Summary The county's Road Department hopes a major redevelopment project will lower the crash rate there by installing a roundabout or taking some other step. The county's share for the work on the two bridges totals $370,000, according to the Road Department capital improvement documents.
Summary "You elected me back in 2010 because you wanted politics removed from the District Attorney's Office,' he said. "You wanted your DA focused on the constitutional function of the District Attorney's Office. The questions asked in the debate, which was held at the Highland Baptist Church in Redmond, drew several gasps from audience members.
Summary MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- A student opened fire Friday in a high school cafeteria north of Seattle, killing at least one person and shooting several others in the head before killing himself, officials said. Students in the cafeteria said the gunman stared at the students as he shot them.
Summary A Wharton man faces attempted Capitol Murder charges in the stabbings of his girlfriend and employer who he suspected of having an affair. "He was under the assumption that his boss who was the victim in Danevang were having an affair and having stabbed the girlfriend he was going to take care of business with the second subject involved" said Lt. Raymond Jansky of the Wharton County Sheriff's Department.
Summary Tea partier Chris McDaniel 's long-shot bid to challenge the results of his Mississippi runoff against incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran was dealt a potentially fatal blow by the Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday. In a 4-2 vote, the court upheld an earlier decision to dismiss McDaniel's challenge to the June 24 runoff , in which Cochran prevailed by roughly 7,500 votes after a bitterly fought campaign, which brought allegations of race-baiting and ugly accusations about the personal lives of the candidates.
Summary A separate investigation, meanwhile, has found that a state police officer was on duty while participating in the video shoot earlier this year and that the models brandished three state-owned guns. The video is a promotional "behind the scenes" look at the making of this year's "Hot Shots Calendar."