Month: August 2010

Search warrant prompts three arrests at Partridge apartments

Three people were arrested Thursday morning on drug-related charges after authorities searched a southeast Keizer apartment. Keizer Police along with Salem Police SWAT officers executed a search warrant at about 6 a.m. at an apartment in the Partridge Lane apartment complex. Officers were investigating crimes like burglary, theft and drug offenses. The three arrested were inside the home at the time officers arrived. Police suspect one of the men arrested in a medical marijuana theft from a north Salem registered grow site. They believe the same suspect stole a generator from North Salem High School that was being used by contractors making repairs there. Officers also reported finding a camera they believe was stolen from the Sonic restaurant in Keizer. In addition, officers said they recovered user amounts of methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials and pipes. Arrested were: • Ean Petersdorf, 33, for unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, first-degree burglary, first- and second-degree theft, unlawful possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and unlawful delivery of marijuana. Total bail was set at $605,000. • Heather Petersdorf, 31, for unlawful distribution and unlawful possession of methamphetamine. Total bail was set at $510,000. • Jon Patrick Thompson, 43, for unlawful delivery and unlawful possession of methamphetamine; bail was set at $510,000. Officers are continuing to investigate the incident. The Petersdorfs reside at the address searched, police...

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Presented by Copper Creek Mercantile

It was quite the week for Ted Natividad, 72. Ted bowled his first sanctioned 300 game in the Bar League Challenge at Town and Country Lanes on Thursday, Aug. 12. He had previously bowled one non-sanctioned 300 game. Ted’s average in the league is 203 and he has been bowling more than 50 years. He bowled a near perfect game, a 290, less than a week earlier, on Monday, Aug. 9. This time with 11 strikes in a row, Ted said he was concerned he would leave the corner 10 pin on his 12th and last ball in his attempt. He said he took an extra 20 seconds adjusting his fingers and calming his nerves. The ball carried and the 300 was his. His team, DJ’s Bar & Grill No. 2, was elated as were family members rooting him on. Daughter Carleen Natividad, bowled her first 300 just over a month ago so this is a really great summer for the Natividads. Ted is an assistant  bowling coach at McNary High School. He and his wife Carol are long-time residents of...

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Salem-area unemployment up to 10.7%

Unemployment in the Salem area was up in July. The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate was up to 10.7 percent in July, up from June’s revised rate of 10.2 percent. The number is just a bit higher than the state seasonally-adjusted jobless rate of 10.6 percent for the month, and is 0.2 percentage points lower than the jobless rate for the Salem area one year ago. The statistics are for the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes Keizer. All statistics are from Worksource Oregon. An estimated 21,212 Marion and Polk county residents were unemployed in a civilian labor force of 203,943, for the month. Overall, 234 more people were unemployed in July 2010 than in July 2009. Total non-farm employment fell by 1,200 jobs from June to July, with government dropping 3,600 positions and the private sector adding 2,400 jobs. The large drop in government jobs is attributed largely to the 2010 U.S. Census, according to Worksource Oregon Regional Economist Patrick O’Connor. Construction added 200 jobs in July, and has lost 500 jobs in the past 12 months. Manufacturing added 2,200 jobs, largely due to seasonal food product manufacturing jobs. Professional and business services added 100 jobs in July, and the sector shows about 100 positions added over the past year. Retail trade added 100 jobs in July, but the sector has declined 600 jobs in the past year. “Job...

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Early morning home burglary in Gubser neighborhood

Three men are in police custody following an overnight burglary in Keizer Tuesday morning. Keizer Police were called to a home in the 6400 block of 14th Avenue NE at about 3:23 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, “at what appeared to be a burglary in progress at a private residence there,” according to Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. The person said they heard loud noises and glass breaking. A second call came from the victim’s home, who was reporting the suspects had tried to get into his home, but he was able to deter them with his gun. “He basically protected himself and his property,” Kuhns said, adding no weapons were fired in the incident and no one was hurt. Kuhns added there’s “no reason to believe this is a random act,” but didn’t say why this home in particular may have been targeted. The suspects had left the scene in a red and white sport utility vehicle driving northbound on 14th Avenue NE. Keizer Police officers, along with police from Salem and Marion County, searched the neighborhood as witnesses were calling 911 to report seeing them in the neighborhood. Two suspects were located and detained. Officers believe the two got out of the suspect vehicle attempting to elude officers, but were caught on foot. The vehicle itself – a 1987 Ford Bronco – was found in the 6400 block...

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