Day: June 1, 2011

Armed man robs convenience store

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A man robbed the 7-Eleven at River Road and Lockhaven Drive NE early Wednesday, June 1. Police said the suspect was carrying a semi-automatic handgun and wearing a black mask when he entered the 7-Eleven in the 5500 block of River Road N. at about 3:21 a.m. Wednesday morning. Keizer Police arrived within a minute but were unable to find the suspect, said Keizer Police Sgt. Jeff Goodman. Witnesses reported the man fled northbound on foot. The suspect is described as a white male, standing 5’2” to 5’4”, with a slender build. He appeared to be 19-20 years old and was wearing a tan hooded jacket with black tennis shoes with white stripes around the bottom, black jeans and a black mask. The gun he showed the clerk was a black semi-automatic handgun. Officers from Keizer, Salem and Marion County tried to find the suspect, including using K-9 tracking dogs, but were unable to find...

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Fifth grader wins state, chases national title in Japanese karate

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At age 11, Isaiah Putnam is competing at a level of Japanese karate that his sensei has rarely witnessed. “I have given him as tough a workout as I ever have any child his age. When he came back for the state tournament, I was given his assessment papers and ‘tremendous spirit’ was written across it in big, bold letters. You can see it emanating from him and that’s something he didn’t necessarily walk in the door with,” said John Olivera, Isaiah’s instructor and owner of Steele’s Gym in Salem. Isaiah earned the title of state champion for his age bracket in a recent competition and his family is raising money to send him on to the national competition slated for July 14-18 in Arlington, Texas. At the state competition, Isaiah competed against two others, a 12-year-old and an 8-year-old and emerged victorious in kata, or forms, and kumite, or sparring. “I had to spar with a brown belt and going up against him was pretty tough,” Isaiah said. In kata, competitors go head-to-head in a demonstration of pre-arranged sparring movements done in memorized sequence with an emphasis on technique and quickness. In sparring, competitors strike each other for points in a duel. “We focus on giho – the right way of doing things – over bravado,” Olivera said. “Control means never...

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