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Fired Oregon Police Chief Sues City Over Military Service

The recently fired police chief of a central Oregon town says he was undone by an ambitious deputy who had eyes for his job and a city government that resented the leave he took for military service. Former Prineville Police …

Winds Setback Firefighters Battling Massive Washington Blaze

Firefighters doing battle with the massive Carlton Complex fires in north-central Washington are having to to deal with wind-driven sparks that can travel as far as a half-a-mile, as one town small town was put on evacuation notice late Monday. …

Better Weather May Help Firefighters Fight Massive Washington Blaze

Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters Monday against a destructive wildfire that has burned hundreds of square miles in Washington State. The Carlton Complex of fires in north-central Washington had burned about 379 square miles, and the fire was …

Vits Joins Burnham Benefits as Senior Account Executive in California

Burnham Benefits Insurance Services named Helen Vits a senior account executive in its Irvine, Calif. office. Vits will consult with Burnham clients as they structure their employee benefit packages. Vits’ career in employee benefits began at Baker, Thomsen Associates, which …

Insurer Says OK to Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit Against Hawaii Driver

A $1.1 million settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit involving the death of a 26-year-old pedestrian. The settlement came in a civil lawsuit against Robert Wayne Yount, 83, and the civil case will be dismissed, The Garden …

AP Finds That Wildfire Citations in California Applied Unevenly

A review by The Associated Press of California government data has found a wide discrepancy in how state and local fire officials apply fines and citations for failing to clear vegetation in areas prone to wildland blazes. Property owners in southern …

EPIC Purchases Jenkins Insurance Services in California

The shareholders of Jenkins Insurance Services have sold 100 percent of their shares to Edgewood Partners Insurance Center. Terms of the deal, which closed on July 17, were not disclosed. Jenkins has California offices in Concord, Sacramento, San Jose, Orange County, and offices in Reno, Nev. …

Washington Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Insurance Fraud

Jeremy B. Jeske, 43, a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy, has been charged with two counts of insurance fraud in connection with a case that was investigated by Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit. According to the investigators, Jeske …

Woodruff-Sawyer Names Delaney Vice President in Southern California

Karen K. Delaney has been named vice president and Southern California employee benefits market leader at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. Delaney will work with the firm’s leadership and provide marketing solutions to clients. Delaney has nearly 20 years of experience on …

California Workers’ Comp Officials Continue to Praise Reforms

Touting California’s still-young workers’ compensation reform law as a “pragmatic middle” compromise that seems to be working, two of the top officials responsible for the system talked up some of the reform’s finer points on Thursday. David Lanier, secretary of …

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