defamation suit dismissed

Judge dismisses defamation suit against Union Gap, mayor

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A Yakima County Judge has dismissed a defamation suit filed against the city of Union Gap and its mayor by one of its councilmembers.Councilwoman Julie Schilling sued Mayor Roger Wentz and the city in 2016, alleging Wentz's proposal earlier in the year to censure her and another councilman was done maliciously.The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that Schilling's attorney, James Perkins, said Wentz knew his statements were intended to "defame two people falsely."