Day: June 30, 2010

WANTED SEX OFFENDER

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office releases the following sexual offender information pursuant to ORS 181.507 & OAR 291-28-38. These statutes authorize the release of such information when it will enhance the public’s safety and protection. William Michael Althouse was convicted and served sentences totaling more than 12 years in prison for felony Sexual Abuse I, Burglary I and Sodomy I.  These offenses require sex offender registration with law enforcement.  Althouse’s criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.  He has a history of exhibition, and exposing himself, as well sexually offending minor children that are both known and unknown to him. Althouse was granted supervision with the following restrictions: no contacts with minors (male or female), required participation in sexual offender treatment, no use of alcohol and submission to polygraph testing. Althouse was on GPS monitoring, but he cut off his GPS ankle bracelet and failed to report to his Parole Officer.  He is now wanted.  His last known location was the area of Locust St. NE and Cherry Ave. in Salem around 12:30 pm on 06/29/10.   Althouse is known to frequent wooded parks and likes to loiter around the riverfront area.  He methodically plans his offending behaviors and should be considered a threat to minor children. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call 911 or his Parole Officer, Marion County...

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Firefighters rescue homeowner, pets

Keizer Fire District firefighters rushed to a man’s aid at 6:52 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. The homeowner had been cooking dinner when he stopped to use the bathroom. While in the bathroom he heard his smoke alarm sounding. He opened the bathroom door to investigate and found heavy smoke and flames. He quickly shut the door to prevent further smoke from entering the small bathroom. The homeowner called 911 and began kicking his way through the drywall into another room. When the man attempted to exit thru the hole he became stuck on the drywall and studs. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find no visible smoke or flames showing. Upon opening the front door they were greeted by heavy smoke, but no flames. Crawling to the rear the house they saw the glow of fire. Firefighter/paramedic Christina Johnson began extinguishment of the fire while her partner firefighter/paramedic Greg Biben searched for the homeowner. Biben found the man in the bathroom stuck in the wall with this head thru to another room. Biben quickly joined the homeowner in the bathroom and shut the door to prevent the homeowner from breathing more smoke. Biben pulled more drywall from around the homeowner and pushed him through the wall to safety. The homeowner then proceeded to exit the home the rest of the way on his own. Johnson extinguished the fire...

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Police chief says status quo, much less progress, threatened by low tax rate

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer’s top cop is questioning whether the current city tax rate will be enough to meet growing police needs in the city. Police Chief Marc Adams described the quandary thusly: “I see a need for the department to grow staff-wise to be able to meet our mission,” Adams said. “But I also see a problem of, ‘How do you pay for it?’” “With our low tax rate, it’s darn near impossible to operate a police department the city needs,” he added. “No matter how efficient you get, eventually you’re just not going to be able to do it.” He noted Measure 5, passed in 1990, had a role in limiting the department’s revenue options. And he acknowledged that a public safety levy, in the midst of a recession, would be unpalatable. “People can vote to go outside that tax rate, but in this economy right now no one can afford to do that,” Adams said. “That’s why we’re applying for every grant.” And in an opinion piece by Councilor Jim Taylor published in last week’s Keizertimes, he wrote that “the city cannot continue to provide the same or more services without asking the citizens to pay more for them. “We have now come to a point in our history that we are going to have to decide whether we want a lesser level...

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