Day: September 23, 2010

Two arrested in heroin investigation

Two Keizer men are in police custody due to an investigation of a heroin distribution ring. Salem Police are leading the investigation into the heroin investigation, which culminated in search warrants served at three addresses in the Salem-Keizer area. One was in Keizer, at 1268 Greenwood Drive NE. Authorities also searched at 855 Norman Street NE and a storage facility in Salem. Two vehicles from the homes were also searched. Between arrests and searches, police said they found heroin along with some $1,200 in cash, drug packaging materials and drug paraphernalia. Police believe one of the suspects would sit in Salem-area fast food restaurants, selling heroin for hours at a time. Arrested were Patrick Keerins, a 53-year-old Keizer resident, and his brother, 48-year-old Kris S. Keerins. Patrick was arrested for eight counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, along with nine counts of delivery of a controlled substance and parole violation. Kris Keerins was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and parole...

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Bowling champ in Keizer Saturday

Keizer bowlers interested in sharpening their skills will have the opportunity to do so alongside Professional Bowling Association bowler Wes Malott Saturday, Sept. 25, at Town and Country Lanes. Malott will be providing tips to the alley’s youth bowlers, signing autographs and taking pictures throughout the morning. Beginning at 1 p.m., he will be bowling alongside local talent in a tournament open to the public. Interested bowlers can register for the tournament in advance by calling 503-390-2221, but walk-ins will be welcomed. Cost is $10 for youth and $20 for adults with $10 of each adult entry going toward a prize fund. Malott, from Pflugerville, Texas, has rolled 26 perfect games (300) during sanctioned...

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Think of effect of a big box ban

By CHRIS PEYTON I am deeply concerned about the possibility of the big box ban passing in Keizer. Like so many laws and restrictions that are foisted upon us, this is another “well intentioned” effort that would have unforeseen negative effects for Keizer that would far outweigh any benefits.  With the arbitrary value of 65,000 square feet chosen as the cut-off for the ban, does this mean that a 66,000 square foot store would damage our community, increase crime in our neighborhoods and snarl traffic but a 64,000 square foot store would fit in nicely and cause none of those?  Are we to believe that a store’s benefit to the community is inversely proportional to its size?  Of course, this is ridiculous. The economic analysis of Keep Keizer Livable (KKL) and the unions is weak.  They argue that keeping out large stores would strengthen our local businesses and benefit all Keizer residents.  This proposal is nothing but protectionism on a small scale and would bring the negative impacts that always follow protectionist policies.  Added competition brings additional services, greater product variety and lower prices for all of us, all of which would be restricted by this ban.  Jeff Anderson of United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) 55 also claims that chain stores hurt communities by lowering wages.  It’s Mr. Anderson’s ideas that are damaging: forcing artificially high wages on...

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Freilinger wants your vote for county commissioner

Jason Freilinger, a Silverton-area Democrat is seeking the county commission seat currently held by Patti Milne, a two-term Republican from Woodburn. The Keizertimes sat down with Freilinger to find out why he’s challenging Milne and what his vision for Marion County is. Q: Why challenge Commissioner Milne? (Editor’s note: Commissioner Janet Carlson is also up for re-election this year. She is running unopposed.) A: “There were a couple of different reasons. One was purely logistical with the charter that was on the ballot the last time a ound. It made things very confusing as to how to structure a campaign. … I was in the same district as she would have been if it would have passed. “And I have to honestly say I have a good deal of respect for Janet Carlson and I feel she brings a lot to the county. She’s highy intelligent, very inquisitive. When I look at striking a balance, which is very important to me as far as what we need in the county, we need a more balanced approach to land use and finance, I think my addition to the board working with Janet Carlson would be much more conducive than running against Janet.” Q: You say you want a more balanced approach, but what does that mean to a Marion County resident? A: “I think we are really out of balance...

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