Month: September 2010

Keizer man arrested on kidnapping, sodomy charges

A Keizer man faces kidnapping, sodomy and sex abuse charges after his arrest Wednesday afternoon. The investigation stemmed from a Sunday incident at the suspect’s home in Keizer involving a 32-year-old woman who does not live with him, according to Oregon State Police. The two-day investigation resulted in the suspect’s arrest. Arrested was Michael Scott James, 45, for first-degree kidnapping, attempted sodomy and sex abuse. James is a training and development specialist for the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in its Private Investigator/Private Security program. James will be placed on administrative leave by the agency, according to DPSST Director Eriks...

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Schrader looks back on first term, ponders work yet to be done

While the race for Oregon’s 5th District Congressional seat is generally considered the federal race to watch here in the Beaver State, freshman Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader feels good about his accomplishments in his first two years in Congress. The congressman, who faces Oregon House Rep. Scott Bruun in November’s midterms, recently had a wide-ranging conversation with the Keizertimes on issues from Afghanistan to unemployment and government spending. Q: About a year ago you told us you wanted to “evaluate” progress in Afghanistan a year from then. What are your thoughts now? A: “Well, there hasn’t been any progress. It’s been very clear there’s an extremely corrupt regime. … Karzai’s got to get his act together. There’s still no political unity. … You can’t even call it a nation with various tribes fighting among themselves. The intelligence agencies in Pakistan still collaborate with the Taliban … basically none of the conditions laid out by Congress when we approved the first supplement have been met … It’s time to bring our men and women home and fight the war on terror where it is, and it’s not in Afghanistan.” “The other thing, the biggest threat to our nation, … is the economy. We’ve got to make sure the men and women coming home have jobs and can repair their lives.” “Once you’re in the conflict there are those who would like...

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Keizerite finds fulfillment, and a living, in Saudi Arabia

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Welcome to Saudi Arabia. Tom Hogan, a Keizerite who spent much of the 1980s training employees at Saudi Aramco – the state owned oil company that is also the world’s largest – had gone back to Khobar, S.A., as a contractor in May of 2004. Two days after his arrival, al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the Oasis Compound just miles from where Hogan was living, along with buildings for two oil companies. The compound was primarily housing for foreign workers. In total, 19 people were killed in the attacks, including two children after someone fired into a school bus. “My wife was still back in the States,” Hogan explained. “She got up the morning after the attack and reads that about Khobar. She was scheduled to come over in August. Of course, she has no idea that I’m in the Aramco compound. And everything is safe.” It might have scared off a first-time employee – and indeed, several companies pulled their foreign workers out of Khobar after the tragedy. But Hogan has spent enough time there to have a little more perspective. He worked from 1981-88 for Aramco, coming home when it was time for his youngest daughter to attend high school. His two sons attended prep school for their high school years in Minnesota, where Hogan grew up. Hogan moved to Oregon in 1977 to...

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New eatery offers homemade Asian fare at a nice price

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A new Asian takeout restaurant offers a variety of homemade sauces and more at their location behind the 76 station in north Keizer. [MAP: 1] The owner is Pk Yi, who moved with his family from Cambodia when he was a child, arriving in Springfield and graduating high school in Alaska. His wife, Morkath Hach, is the inspiration behind the food. She had worked in the restaurant industry in Cambodia, so it seemed a natural fit to open their own business here in Keizer. One of the restaurant’s specialties is its barbecue pork bao, a variation on the traditional bao. It’s a steamed roll with a barbecued pork filling. “The egg rolls we make ourselves,” Yi added. “A lot of other restaurants buy those from vendors.” The menu also has Pad thai with chicken, beef or shrimp. Other options include a variety of fried or steamed rice dishes. The steamed rice is available with pineapple chicken, spicy Penang chicken, basil chicken, beef or chicken with a spicy lemongrass flavor, flaming wok chicken and veggie stir fry, available with chicken, beef or pork. Other house-made specialties include the teriyaki pork over rice, which includes a sweet and sour sauce made at the restaurant. Their peanut sauce is homemade. Yi said favorites so far among customers are the chow mein and the beef pad thai. Plus,...

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