Clackamas Co. fined $2.1K over murder of weighmaster in Feb.

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – State safety officials have fined Clackamas County over the death of a weighmaster killed while working for the county back in February.

Grady Waxenfelter was working along Highway 224 when he was shot and killed by a truck driver he pulled over for a load check.

An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration later determined that Waxenfelter was put at risk because his work vehicle looked too much like a police car.

While OSHA has acknowledged that the risk was low, they still fined Clackamas County $2,100 in the case.

Waxenfelter's widow also filed a $2.75 million wrongful death lawsuit against the county. That lawsuit is still pending.

Clackamas County officials said they have already made safety improvements for current weighmaster employees and traffic stops are no longer part of their job duties.

Meanwhile, Waxenfelter's killer has still not been found. The reward for tips leading to an arrest of suspect Dirck Morgan White, 41, of Edgefield, Wash. (pictured) has risen to $16,000.

White was a delivery driver for O'Malley Brothers Trucking in Estacada, Ore. at the time of the murder. He was described as an Hispanic man, 6 feet tall and weighing 190 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. Deputies said he has an extensive criminal record and may be driving a white, four-door 2004 Mercedes 320 with the Washington license plate ANB7070.

White was also wanted for questioning regarding the rape of a child in Pierce County, said Lt. Robert Wurpes of the Clackamas County Sheriff s Office.


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