Day: May 18, 2010

County budget won’t include more cutbacks

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The proposed 2010-11 budget for Marion County, at $343,414,714 is 0.77 percent more than the current budget. John Latimer, county chief administrative officer, presented his message to the Marion County Budget Committee on May 4. “We have designed this year’s budget by considering its impact on future years,” he told the committee. “While we know some of the economy’s immediate effects on the county’s financial condition, there are many unpredictable events that could affect budgets and programs well into the future.” The proposed budget, which Lattimer said is based on maintaining county programs at the current year’s reduced levels, includes a general fund of $77,518,080.  The full text of his message can be found by going to the Marion County home page, www.co.marion.or.us and clicking on the “Hot Topics” link. The website also includes the schedule of budget committee meetings. The public can view the meetings live on CCTV or in person at Courthouse Square or in the Senator Hearing Room. The next public comment period will be at 5:15 p.m....

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Alert cop helps crack check fraud case

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes An observant Keizer Police officer helped nab a pair accused of forgery and theft. The arrests stemmed from a Wednesday, May 5 incident at Keizer Station. There, at about 11:38 a.m., a witness heard a car alarm and saw a passenger-side window broken out of a vehicle parked in front of Ross Dress For Less. The witness also saw a small sport utility vehicle backing out of a parking stall next to the victimized vehicle. [MAP: 2] The victim did confirm there were items stolen from her vehicle. Suspect photos were captured on Ross’ in-store surveillance system. Police said the suspects then drove to the Bank of the Cascades location in Keizer, where an off-duty officer happened to be. Observing them “acting suspicious,” Keizer Police Sgt. Trevor Wenning said, the officer wrote down their vehicle license plate number and a description of the two. They left the bank after trying to cash a check, which police said was stolen in a burglary in Portland. They then went to a Bank of the Cascades location on Hawthorne Avenue in Salem trying to cash the same check, police said. They ultimately were caught by Salem Police. Wenning said they admitted to both theft and attempted fraud in Keizer. Both are transients from the Portland area. Arrested was Charles A. Thedford, 29, for forgery, unlawful entry...

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