Day: August 31, 2010

More than 130 pot plants seized; man arrested

A man was arrested just east of Keizer after police said they found 136 marijuana plants in his Hazelgreen Road NE home. Detectives from the Keizer Police’s Community Response Unit along with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at a home in the 5500 block of Hazelgreen Road NE at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. MCSO spokesperson Don Thomson said the warrant service was “the culmination of an investigation into marijuana cultivation.” Deputies reported seizing 136 marijuana plants in varying states of growth, along with growing and packaging equipment. They estimate the street value at $408,000. Two juveniles not related to the suspect, aged 14 and 16, were referred to the Department of Human Services. Officers arranged a caregiver for an elderly man with a medical condition who lived on site. “Thousands of children and families in Marion County are impacted by the use of illegal drugs such as marijuana,” said Chris Baldridge, a deputy in MCSO’s Street Crimes Unit. “Our office is very pro-active in detecting and prosecuting people involved in the manufacture and delivery of illicit drugs. I’m glad to see that this marijuana won’t end up on the streets in Marion County.” Arrested was Stephen Eric Fendley, 40, for manufacturing a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, using a minor to deliver...

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Methods haven’t changed, results have for Volcanoes coaching staff

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Tom Trebelhorn’s strategy and practice sessions have changed little if at all from the last two seasons. The Volcanoes, who made the Northwest League playoffs in 2008 and won them last year, have struggled in the second half of this year after going 17-21 in the first half.  Their manager, however, said after the end of last week’s home series against Spokane that he is doing much the same things. “Same old game,” Trebelhorn said. “Just haven’t done it as well.” Trebelhorn has been able to get better early innings from his pitching rotation, and a few of his hitters, such as Ryan Scoma, have improved during the season. However, as he noted at the start of the season, he was starting with a mostly new roster as usual, with many question marks. His players, even with their limited experience, know that the club has done much better in recent years. However, they have not seen changes in the way the Volcanoes are run. Infielder Adam Duvall observed simply that the club has shown less talent than before. Stephen Harrold, a relief pitcher, said, “We just ran into a lot of bad...

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SPARKLEs awarded to Whalen, Esser

Two men who donate lots of time to Keizer’s parks were recognized at RIVERfair last weekend with the SPARKLE awards. The awards are given out by the Keizer Parks Foundation, a nonprofit established to improve parks in Keizer. Garry Whalen, a parks and recreation board member, “has been there to help the Keizer Parks Foundation from the very beginning,” said Vickie Hilgemann, who is on the foundation’s board. “He has said yes to any request for help we had from making paw pavers, to working on development of the Wild, Wild Rec program, to coordinating and doing a lot of the work on irrigating the Whittam Gardens.” The other award went to Dennis Esser, who has built seven kiosks at city parks, assisted in Whittam Gardens and made “many” paw pavers, which raise funds for the Keizer Rapids Dog Park, Hilgemann...

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No alarm, no surprises in municipal election

Residents will have one new face – and a whole host of familiar ones – representing them on the Keizer City Council after November’s election. Presuming there’s no massive write-in campaign, all the incumbents who sought re-election will continue on the council. Joe Egli, president of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, was the only candidate to file for Position No. 5, currently held by Councilor Richard Walsh. Walsh opted not to run for re-election this year. Mayor Lore Christopher was the only candidate to file for mayor. She is finishing her fifth term in office. Councilor Cathy Clark is unopposed for her second bid at Position No. 4, and Jim Taylor faces no opposition in his bid for a third term on council in Position No. 6. Council terms are for four years, while mayoral terms are for two. Councilors David McKane, Brandon Smith and Mark Caillier are not up for re-election this...

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Inspirational theatre is filling hearts, roles in upcoming plays

By LANCE MASTERSON For the Keizertimes Lights! Camera! Action! Okay, okay. Maybe director Lori Hammer’s dream is centered on the stage, but who’s to say one of her budding stars or starlets won’t end up on the silver screen some day. For now, however, the buzzwords are “fun” and “learning.” Salem-Keizer Inspirational Teen theatre kicks off its third season next month. SKIT, as it’s called in the biz, is open to students in grades 6-12. They are taught acting, dancing and singing although some prefer directing or improvisation. There’s also something for the even younger set. SKIT-Little is open to students in grades 1-5. This offshoot became a reality last year when Hammer heeded her parents’ requests. “I have a heart for teenagers. So I was very excited to start SKIT. But parents kept asking: ‘My little guy is in fifth grade. Can he join?’,” said Hammer. “And we thought why not? They do a bit of dancing class, a bit of acting class, and a bit of singing class. It’s a two-hour program and they get to do a little bit of each, and then they put it all together to make their own show at the end of the season.” Expansion gained even greater steam when other volunteers offered their assistance. “We were able to expand our program and create our own jumping off point. So we...

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