Officer fired over posts — An arbitrator ruled that the city of West Linn was justified in firing a police officer accused of making racially biased comments on social media but must pay lost wages because supervisors did nothing to address the problem until it was reported by the media. The arbitrator, attorney Eric Lindauer, concluded that Tom Newberry’s posts were common knowledge among several high-ranking officers before he was placed on leave in July 2016. But the arbitrator also found that some of Newberry’s superiors “liked” or replied to some of the posts. “Therefore, the department must bear some economic responsibility for its failure to follow its own policies,” the arbiter’s opinion said.
Woman charged in crash — Authorities charged a Klamath Falls woman with manslaughter after a fiery crash that killed one motorcyclist and injured three others. Klamath Falls police say 46-year-old Brenda Tobin was driving a pickup late Thursday when she turned directly into the path of two motorcycles. One of the motorcycles collided with the pickup and caught fire, killing 37-year-old Terry Maxwell of Bonanza.