Day: April 23, 2010

Two boys faces 22 graffiti charges

Two 15-year-olds face 22 criminal mischief charges after police said they were caught violating curfew. Keizer Police Officer Dan Carroll spotted the pair at about 3:30 a.m. Friday, April 23, and they took off on foot when he tried to speak with them, police said. They were found and apprehended in the 900 block of Glynbrook Street N. Initially charged with violating curfew and other crimes, when residents in the area began waking up the graffiti complaint calls started coming in. Reports were coming from the same area where the boys were found, police said. Keizer Police detectives became involved and the two boys had 22 charges each of criminal mischief tacked onto violating curfew and being minors in possession of alcohol via consumption. Police said the two also went into private residential yards on Dorcas Drive N. and Glynbrook Street N., resulting in two counts each of second-degree criminal trespass. “Detectives do not normally investigate low-level crimes such as graffiti,” said Lt. John Troncoso. “However, they do on occasion assist with such investigations, when numerous cases are involved and manpower is short on...

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Center stage is where gymnast loves to be

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes Taylor Keeker relishes the idea of being the center of attention. “I absolutely love performing in front of large crowds,” said Keeker, a level 10 gymnast from Keizer. “Floor is a lot easier to perform than the beam because on beam you have to be super focused. You’re not on a very large piece of equipment. But floor is very easy to show off and get the crowd going. Yeah, it’s fun. I love it.” The McNary junior will soon be doing what she loves on one of her sport’s grandest stage: The national championships, set for Saturday, May 8, in Dallas, Texas. Skill, she says, only takes you so far. There’s also the connection factor to consider. “You smile. You look up at the audience. I mean, you try to catch people’s eyes. It draws them in and makes your performance a lot better,” said Keeker. This same strategy applies to the event’s four most important observers. “You try to catch the judges’ attention, trying to get them to look at the performing aspect of the routine instead of maybe the little details that aren’t quite there, yet,” she said. If football is a game of inches, then gymnastics is a sport of fractions. “A tenth of a point, or even a hundredth, can make a huge difference. So .25 points can...

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Sleep disorder blamed for man hitting wife

A fun Friday night out on the town ended in a way Adam and Randi Kearns of Keizer could have never imagined. By the time the sun rose on Saturday morning, Adam was in police custody on assault charges. Randi, his wife of 10 years, had a black eye and was badly bruised on the left side of her face. Since then, per court order, the couple that hadn’t spent more than two nights apart in a decade hasn’t seen one another, or had contact. Adam is now allowed limited contact with his three children. Adam, 31, says he doesn’t remember a thing. And his wife passionately is pleading with authorities to have mercy on the man she has three children with. They believe an REM (Rapid Eye Movement) behavioral disorder is to blame. The National Sleep Foundation describes it as one where the patient will act out dreams. They can talk or scream in their sleep, and can even be violent. That’s what both say happened that night. Earlier this week, Randi, 29 saw a program on the disorder on the show “Dr. Oz,” an ABC show that airs on KATU-TV in Portland. That network first reported the story. It has since been reported on “Good Morning America,” who will interview Kearns from her home on Monday. The Keizertimes has fielded calls from as far as Germany, and...

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Lorin E. Goodwin

Services for Mr. Goodwin will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salem. Lorin E. Goodwin of Keizer died on April 20, 2010, at the age of 79. He and his family arrived in Oregon in the fall of 1969. He and brother Lee owned Goodwin Bros. GMC Truck Dealership for many years. In retirement, Lorin was active in real estate, numerous business ventures, and he volunteered many hours for Catholic education in Salem. He was preceded in death by his sons Michael and Patrick. Survivors include: his wife Joan; sons, Daniel and Brian; daughters, Colleen, Jane, and Sharon; brothers, Lee and Bill; and sister, Ruth; He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Donations may be made to Blanchet Catholic High School in Salem, Oregon. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral...

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