By The Associated Press A jury awarded more than $1million in damages Wednesday to a police detective who claimed she was wrongly demoted for complaining about alleged sexual misconduct by her boss. The jury deliberated for several hours before finding that the Police Department retaliated against Ya-May Christle for complaining about former Deputy Chief Michael Berkow. “Hopefully this sends a message to the city that they have a problem and that they have to fix it,” Christle’s attorney, Bradley C. Gage, said after the verdict. John W. Sheller, representing the city, said he was disappointed by the jury’s findings. Christle, 43, sued the city and Berkow in May 2006, claiming her career suffered while other officers who had affairs with him got special treatment. Christle worked as a sergeant in the internal affairs department, but after she complained about his alleged misconduct, she was assigned to a “dead-end” job as a detective. Berkow acknowledged having an extramarital affair with a female officer but denied Christle’s allegations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Born in suburban New Jersey, Fry wanted to be a cowboy when she grew up. Instead, she flipped hamburgers for White Castle, taught horseback riding at summer camp, sold subscriptions to Life magazine door-to-door, and spent a year in a Maya Indian village in Belize teaching children to read. At age 8, she wrote a book called “Silver the Wild Horse” – all in capital letters because she didn’t know how to work the shift key on the typewriter. The illustrations were in crayon. Since then Fry has sold hundreds of articles and short stories to newspapers and magazines. Fry’s books are “The Beginning Dressage Book,” first published in 1981 by Arco Publishing and republished in 2003 by The Lyons Press, and “Backyard Horsekeeping: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need,” published by Lyons Press in 2004. She is wrapping up “How to Cook a Mountain Cow,” a culinary memoir of her stay in Belize 42 years ago. On Feb. 12, Deanne Stillman will speak on “The Power of Place,” explaining the role of landscape in narrative nonfiction. Stillman is the author of “Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave,” published by William Morrow. On March 12, Dorothy Howell will talk on “Fighting For Your Dream.” Discouraged from writing, she gave it up as a stupid dream, then found someone who supported her and she decided to go for it. Her 20th book, “The Hired Husband,” came out in November. She has three more books planned for publication through 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Free monthly lectures will introduce professional writers to the community. The Meet the Writers talks will be hosted by an organization called Antelope Valley Writers on the second Sunday of each month. Local author Joan Fry will be speak on “How to Turn Your Hobby into a Money-Maker: Write about it,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Centre Galleries, 44851 Cedar Ave. Fry, who is on the faculty of the Antelope Valley College, is a longtime freelance writer with more than 1,000 published articles. She started by writing for the speciality markets, which in her case was horse and cooking publications. Her horse hobby has produced two books and she has a culinary memoir in the works.