Day: February 15, 2011

Suspicious death in W. Keizer under investigation

The death of an adult woman in a west Keizer apartment is being called “suspicious” by Keizer Police. Detectives had tentatively identified the deceased as of Tuesday evening, but had yet to release a name or cause of death. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday. Officers responded to a call at 2:07 p.m. to 1143 Orchard Court North #C and found a woman dead inside the apartment. No information on identity or possible cause of death has been released. “The death is suspicious in nature at this time,” said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. Detectives responded to the location and are continuing to investigate alongside the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Police executed a search warrant Tuesday. Blake Wheeler lives in a neighboring apartment and said he last saw the deceased – whose name has yet to be released by police – a few days ago. He said she came to their apartment after he overheard her side of an argument with a man, claiming she was being “manipulated.” She asked to use a cell phone, and called her own after it apparently had been stolen, Wheeler said. Wheeler described the deceased as “very respectful. She was religious, and she felt comfortable around us.” He said he heard music playing in her apartment for several days straight. Wanda Derocher, who likewise was a neighbor, said the deceased woman lived alone...

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Chance to make a difference motivates KFD’s Volunteer Firefighter of the Year

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes On his first day as a Keizer Fire District volunteer firefighter, Jim Simpson mentioned to a few of the guys on shift that they had once extinguished a fire in his in-laws attic 13 years prior. “They remembered the fire, what started it, what got damaged,” he said. Most firefighters who have been on the job for any length of time stop seeing their city as a web of streets, residences and businesses. They can drive down any given street and recollect the time they responded to a call there and specifics of what happened. As much it impressed Simpson that his new colleagues could recall a fire that happened 13 years prior, he likely didn’t guess that five years later he would have created his own ghost map of Keizer. “I can remember the first time I ran into a burning building, the first time I did CPR on someone, the first motor vehicle accident I ran on – I had to help cut someone out of a car,” Simpson, 40, said. Simpson’s done all of it as volunteer in addition to a full-time job as a technical services manager at the Oregon Department of Human Services and demands as a husband and father of two. He was rewarded for his efforts last month when he was named the Keizer Fire...

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