Day: April 28, 2010

Woman injured after she falls off car hood

A 19-year-old woman was seriously injured last weekend after she fell off a vehicle hood, police believe. Keizer Police responded to an injury accident in the 1700 block of Brian Court NE and found 19-year-old Melissa Lorenzo of Keizer “lying in the roadway with severe head trauma,” according to Keizer Police Sgt. David LeDay. It is believed the victim was riding on the hood of a vehicle driven by Chieko Silem, 21, of Salem, and fell off while it “was reported to be traveling at relatively low speeds,” LeDay said. The victim fell and struck her head on the asphalt, LeDay reported. Keizer Fire medics took the victim to Salem Hospital. Reports will be submitted to the Marion County District Attorney’s office for review once...

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Testifying citizens call out councilors, mayor for calling out testifying citizens

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Councilors not only heard an earful about land use on Monday night. They got admonished for their own alleged behavior. Keizerite Dave Bauer, a former Salem-Keizer School Board member, said the council has a tendency to interrogate or even attack the views of residents testifying during public hearings. “Often, it seems, a council member or the mayor has something to say to the citizen other than, ‘Thank you for their comments,’” Bauer said. “If the person is disagreeing with the council, the mayor or a councilor is always trying to justify their position on the topic.” He called such behavior “a continuing practice of the council.” Bauer also said “it’s not appropriate to embarrass a citizen” saying Mayor Lore Christopher “asked a citizen during a public hearing on text amendments for Keizer Station whether they thought buying property near Keizer Rapids Park was a good idea. “This was nothing but a slap in the face to the citizen who first testified against the property option during the proper time,” Bauer said, saying Christopher was trying to “say the first guy didn’t know what he was talking about.” Finally, Bauer said a councilor, who he didn’t name, “made (a) citizen act like he didn’t know what he was talking about” on an urban renewal issue. Bauer, part of a family with deep community ties,...

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