Day: January 14, 2011

Husband, accused of slaying, suspected affair

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A probable cause statement released Friday states Peter Zielinski told a detective he shot his wife amid suspicion she was having an affair. Released by Marion County, the document states Zielinski was crying when he called dispatch from the Keizer Police Department at 7:12 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, to say his wife, Lisa Zielinski, 38, needed an ambulance “and he himself needed help,” according to Det. Vaughn Edsall. He would go on to say “I don’t know what I did,” the statement reads. Peter Zielinski, 39, was arraigned Thursday in Marion County Circuit Court on one count of murder. His next court date is Jan. 31. According to the statement, Peter Zielinski “suspected, generally, that his wife was having an affair” and a discussion “with some degree of intensity” had taken place in the home’s bathroom after she returned home early on the morning of Jan. 12. Peter Zielinski “suspected that she was at the apartment of the man she had been exchanging … messages with,” the statement reads. He hugged his wife, the statement reads, but “he noticed a look of ‘disgust’ on Mrs. Lisa Zielinski’s face.” The statement reads Peter Zielinski left the bathroom “to retrieve a cup of water.” A five-year-old child was sleeping in another room, the document states. Instead “he walked to his bedroom closet” where he kept...

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Husband accused of killing his wife

Updates on the Lisa Zielinski homicide will be posted as we receive them. Below the updates is the original story. UPDATE (4:21 p.m. 1/13/11): Peter J. Zielinski will be held without bail at least until his hearing on Jan. 31. Attorneys Jon Weiner and Noel Grefenson were appointed to represent Peter Zielinski by Marion County Circuit Court Judge Pro Tem Gale Rieder. Judge Dale W. Penn has been assigned the case. UPDATE (3:20 p.m. 1/13/11): Peter J. Zielinski was arraigned on one count of murder just after 3 p.m. in Marion County Circuit Court Pro Tem Judge Gale Rieder’s courtroom. Next court appearance is 8:30 a.m., January 31. UPDATE (1:39 p.m. 1/13/11): Neighbors of Lisa Zielinski on Nightingale Court NE for flowers, candles, and other memorial items. Neighbor Troy Bingenheimer said one goal is to inspire hope in Lisa’s children. UPDATE (1:37 p.m. 1/13/11): An autopsy revealed Lisa Zielinski died of a single gunshot wound to the head, reports Dr. Larry Lewman of the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A Keizer woman was killed in her home Wednesday, and her husband has been arrested and accused of her murder. Police identified the victim as Lisa T. Zielinski, 38, of 836 Nightingale Court NE in north Keizer. Her husband, Peter John Zielinski, 39, came to the Keizer Civic Center at about 7:12 a.m. Wednesday morning...

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Time to take a breath and slow down

By LORE CHRISTOPHER I owe our community an apology. Since the decision was made to support police and fire hires by adopting a cell phone providers fee, I have become a zealot for public safety funding.  When I was elected, I accepted my role in the collective responsibility to keep our community safe. I believe the way to do that is with enough police officers and fire personnel to protect our citizens and property.  I have been incredibly frustrated during the past several budget cycles to listen to reductions and vacancies in our police department due to lack of funding. I have felt helpless and victimized by the actions of our state elected officials in the legislature who have kept the tax dollars we pay to fund our police officers and fire personnel.  I feel we are out of options. I believe if we want to fill police officer and fire personnel vacancies it has to be with additional revenue.  This is a desperate position to be in and I my recent actions reflect the desperation I feel. I owe an apology to our city council for putting them in the position of having to speak to my request to have a councilor support a city council decision by changing his vote after the council vote and decision to move forward with the cell phone providers fee for police...

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Vote on cell phone fee may come in Nov.

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The mayor and a city councilor want to delay implementation – and a public vote – of a cell phone fee. A group called Citizens Against New Telecom Taxes was founded to fight it, with a goal of putting the telecom ordinance passed late last year by the Keizer City Council to voters in a May special election. But Mayor Lore Christopher and Councilor David McKane said in a joint statement Monday they want to hold off on enacting a 3 percent fee on cell phone service and various other fees related to telecom technology. Instead, the goal is to have voters decide in November, McKane said. “I think the recommendation is going to be not to implement the fee. How we do that I don’t know,” McKane said. “Obviously folks want to vote on it because they got the signatures, so we need to do something to put it to a vote,” Christopher said. Councilor Brandon Smith added having an election on the matter in November 2011 could reduce costs associated with a special election. When there are more items on the ballot, costs for individual governing bodies go down, he said. “Also in November you have higher voter participation than you do in a May election, so more voices in theory will be heard,” Smith said. City Attorney Shannon Johnson said...

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Better hearing

Though David McKane’s resignation from the Keizer City Council was short-lived, his concerns will addressed. Among the reasons he gave in his resignation letter to the mayor was his belief that the council does not listen enough to citizens who address them at hearings. At a press conference earlier this week McKane and Mayor Lore Christopher said that the council has unanimously agreed to do a better job of listening to concerns of citizens, even to the point of holding town hall meetings and getting into the community more. That is a good thing and Keizer will be stronger for it plus it will build public confidence in the way the council operates. Though it is unfortunate that it took the resignation of a McKane to improve the back and forth between citizens and the council, the reaction was swift.  The councilors’ decision to put the implementation of the telecom business tax on hold is evidence that the new year will see a council that listens to citizens more and make the progress more transparent. At the press conference Mayor Christopher said the council wants to plan Town Hall meetings, a forum for Keizerites to voice their  concerns and opinions.  Town hall meetings have been staple of some American towns for almost 200 years, and in some views they are as important an element as elections in our democracy....

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