Day: November 5, 2010

Eagle scout project nets 8,000 items for library

Grant Gerstner of Keizer collected more than 8,000 items for the Keizer Community Library for his Eagle Scout project. Gerstner, 15, a sophomore at McNary High School and a member of Troop 67, collected books and other library items by placing drop boxes Keizer True Value Hardware, Roth’s Fresh Market and the Keizertimes.  He also distributed flyers and talked to friends and strangers alike to solicit donations to his project. By the end of the project on Saturday, Oct. 30, Gerstner had collected 6,746 books (fiction and non-fiction), 909 VHS tapes, 85 CDs, 235 DVDs, 46 cassette tapes and 104 books on tape.  He also raised $80 in cash.  All the items will be donated for use or for a future book sale by the Keizer Community Library.  More than 200 hours were spent on the project. At the outset Gerstner expected to collect about 5,000 items.  He said he was “definitely surprised” when the final tally came to more than 8,000 items. Local businesses helped the future Eagle Scout.  Mark DeWilde of Select Impressions printed more than 3,000 flyers that Gerstner distributed while Rick and Iva Curry of Budget Rent-a-Space provided a storage unit to hold the collected books. Art Burr, executive director of the community library said that the library board will decide whether to hold a special book sale with the windfall from Gerstner’s project or...

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Woman on lam for 22 years arrested

A Salem woman lived under a false identity for more than 20 years after absconding from parole was arrested Friday, Keizer Police report. According to Sgt. Jeff Goodman, the suspect had assumed a false identity after being paroled on larceny charges in 1988. The female suspect, police said, had assumed the name of Teresa Ortiz, and made a life for herself. She got married, had children and obtained identification cards from California and Oregon. She had also gotten a faked United States Resident Alien card, Goodman said, and opened up checking accounts under the false name. She even opened a business – a scrapbooking store on Salem’s Lancaster Drive, Goodman added. Her husband owns and operates a forest fire-fighting company. According to police, things began unraveling for the suspect on Wednesday, Oct 27, when she was stopped by Officer Juan Mendoza, for a traffic violation, giving the name Tammi Renee Aguilar. She was arrested for failure to carry or present a license, and taken to the Marion County Jail. There she was fingerprinted, charged with identity theft, forgery and giving false information to a police officer – then released. A subsequent search of a national fingerprint database revealed the woman’s true identity, Goodman stated. It turns out their suspect had a criminal record dating back to at least 1988, Goodman said. In July of 1998 a warrant was issued...

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No injuries in ambulance-involved crash

Keizer Firefighters were the first on scene at accident at Ferry and Church Street in Salem Thursday afternoon – as one of the parties involved in a crash. Firefighter/Paramedics Chris Waldroop and Ryan Harris were returning from Salem Hospital to Keizer after taking a patient to the emergency room. As they reached the intersection of Church and Ferry, Harris, who was driving Medic 36 through the intersection, saw a Ford Taurus fail to stop at the red light. He attempted to avoid the crash, but was struck in the rear quarter panel of the medic unit. Waldrop and Harris immediately checked on the other driver and contacted dispatch to notify of the accident. All involved were wearing their seatbelts and all safety devices worked correctly. The other driver who was driving a 2001 Ford Taurus was uninjured, but her vehicle received moderate damage. The medic unit sustained several hundred dollars in damage, but was driven back to the Keizer Fire Station. Neither firefighter was injured. Medic 36 will be taken out of service until repairs can be made, until that time the reserve medic a 1999 Freightliner will be used. The other driver received a...

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Boys soccer team snags playoff berth

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary’s starters on the boys varsity soccer team played for just 40 minutes in their final game of the Central Valley Conference with West Salem, but they made the statement they’ve been striving for all season. “There was one team on the field and that was us,” said Celtic Jake Paulson. “We were winning every ball, they had the ball maybe 10 percent of the time. They were yelling at their coach saying their strategy wasn’t working.” After getting pulled from the field in the second half, McNary’s subs continued to hold the Titans off until the 65th minute, but the game fell apart after that ending in a 3-0 loss for McNary. The game proved to be a launching pad for the Celtics as they entered a state playoff play-in game with Aloha on Tuesday, Nov. 2, and came out with a 3-0 win. The first goal came from the foot of Celtic forward Nevin McLain who broke away from defenders into an open field and snuck the ball into the net under the arms of Aloha’s goalkeeper. McLain assisted on the second goal of the match by popping the ball up to Hugo Gonzalez who buried it in the back of the net with a header. Gonzalez paid it forward on an assist to Erick Cid to put the game...

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