Day: April 15, 2011

Church to screen Gibson’s “Passion” on April 22

Keizer Christian Church will present a free showing of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” as part of its Good Friday celebration. The film is intended for mature audiences. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22 at the church located at 6945 Wheatland Road N. For information call the church office at 503-393-6843 between 9 a.m .and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday....

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Cops catch burglary suspect in minutes

Cops from Marion County and Keizer nabbed a burglary suspect just minutes after he allegedly broke into a Dearborn Avenue home on Thursday, April 14. A police K9 from Marion County Sheriff’s Department was able to track down the suspect just a block from the crime scene after a witness was able to point out his whereabouts. A woman living in the 700 block of Dearborn Avenue NE reported she found a man burglarizing her house when she came home around 9:03 p.m. Thursday. She “verbally challenged” the man but he fled out of the home with stolen property inside a large duffel bag, according to Keizer Police Lt. Alan McCowan. A witness walking a block away told police he saw the suspect and heard the victim yelling “that the suspect had just robbed her,” McCowan stated. The witness followed the man but lost him as he went behind a home in the 600 block of Dearborn Avenue NE. Keizer Police were assisted by Marion County Deputy Jon Gadberry and K9 partner Donja. Donja located the stolen property, apparently dropped by the suspect, and found the suspect hiding in a parked vehicle in the 600 block of Dearborn Avenue. His arrest came exactly 21 minutes after the initial call. The suspect told the transporting officer “that he was impressed that the K9 officer was able to find him,” McCowan...

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Honors, maintaining libraries were focus of SKSB meeting

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes More honors than usual came to the McNary High School attendance area at Tuesday’s Salem-Keizer School Board meeting. Weddle Elementary School, which was named the 2011 Celebrating Student Success Champion by the Oregon Department of Education, received a trophy along with its $3,000 grant for the distinction. Claggett Creek Middle School, for closing an achievement gap, was recognized as a Continuing Student Success School. Much of the time at the brief meeting was taken up by comments from members of the audience, mostly librarians, in defense of maintaining libraries and librarians when school programs are cut to keep districts financially solvent. Some noted that libraries in Portland-area schools that were eliminated have not been brought back. Personnel actions approved by the board included contracts as temporary full-time teachers for Jesse Tate, fourth grade, Clear Lake Elementary School, and Ryan Uldall, band, Claggett Creek. The board approved the retirements of Linda Schmidt, third grade, Weddle Elementary School; Pamela Miller, health and health occupations, McNary; and Linda Wallmark, fifth grade, Cummings Elementary...

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