Day: November 29, 2010

Muchas Gracias suffers armed robbery

Keizer experienced its second robbery in a 27-hour period when a local restaurant was hit early Monday, Nov. 29. According to Keizer Police, a man walked into Muchas Gracias on River Road by himself early Monday morning. He displayed a gun and took an undisclosed amount of cash, said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. Two employees were at the business when the robbery occurred. No one was hurt. Officers were unable to find the suspect. Police don’t yet know if the latest incident was connected to a robbery late Saturday night at Baskin Robbins, which is just a block north of Muchas Gracias on River Road. He was described as a white male adult, between ages 25-28, with a heavy build and standing 5’8” or 5’9”. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a pair of blue jeans and a grey short-sleeve...

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Group may seek ballot measure on cell phone fee

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes It’s not yet official policy, but a wireless telecom fee in Keizer could be sent to voters if councilors vote on second reading to institute one. Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nationwide group with an Oregon chapter, will ask city councilors to refer the issue to voters, according to its spokesman. If not, said Oregon AFP spokesman Matt Evans, the group would work to “collect a sufficient number of signatures to give voters in the city of Keizer the opportunity to weigh in on the idea. “I think it’s fair to say that AFP is going to attend the next council meeting where this issue is discussed,” Evans said. “We’re going to appeal to the council … If they feel the need for this tax to be implemented, we believe they should refer it directly to the ballot and allow the voices of Keizer voters to be heard on the issues rather than just implementing it.” The Keizer City Council last week gave themselves the authority to institute a tax on wireless telecommunications companies operating within the city of Keizer. The primary target is cell phone users. Because the wireless telecommunications companies do not pay franchise fees as a wired telephone firm like Qwest does, some city staff argue expenses for 911 and public safety communications are outpacing revenue from the state’s 911...

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