- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) - Oregon’s Clackamas County has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a wrongful death claim filed by the widow of a slain county weighmaster.

County commissioners on Tuesday approved the payment. In her original tort claim, Tedra Waxenfelter, widow of Grady Waxenfelter, had asked for $2.75 million in damages.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/EALafE ) the county also must pay a $2,100 fine to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division for violating state safety standards related to the death.

The weighmaster was fatally shot on Feb. 6, 2014, when he pulled over a truck to check its load. The killer fled and is still at large.

The safety and health agency said the victim was at risk because his work vehicle looked too much like a police car.

The county halted all traffic stops as part of the weighmaster program after Waxenfelter’s death. Officials are still considering what to do about the program, which previously allowed the two county weighmasters to pull over trucks on the road.

In a statement, Mrs. Waxenfelter said her family appreciates the county’s actions.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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