Day: June 21, 2011

New coach hopes to rekindle Keizer’s love affair with Celtic boys basketball

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In the past 15 years, Ryan Kirch played and coached against the McNary High School boys basketball program, but next winter he’ll assume a new role on the Celtic court: head coach. “The tradition of McNary basketball was a big part of the reason I wanted the job, but it’s the way the Keizer community supports the school and its athletics that make it a great opportunity for a coach,” said Kirch, 32. Kirch replaces Matt Espinoza who resigned in the wake of two disappointing seasons for the Celtics. Kirch’s immediate goals are reaching out to the community for increased support, changing the culture within the team and evaluating the talent the team possesses moving forward. “I want to win a lot of games, but I think we do that by building good kids. Basketball is an extension of the classroom and the program going to be based on character and foundations of discipline and commitment that will help win games,” he said. Kirch is the product of Crescent Valley High School and Linn-Benton Community College basketball programs. As a player at Linn-Benton, Kirsch was a co-captain and made the All-Academic Team.  At Crescent Valley, he was team co-captain and his team won the Valley League in 1996. He was named to 1st Team All-League that year. He’s held roles as an...

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Judge: Cops didn’t violate marijuana patient’s rights

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A federal court granted summary judgment last month in favor of the city of Keizer, four of its officers and two Marion County prosecutors stemming from a medical marijuana patient’s 2007 arrest. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken granted the defendants’ request, ruling the officers and deputy district attorneys didn’t violate Anthony Wyatt Beasley’s Fourth Amendment right against illegal search and seizure when he was arrested. The judge also ruled against Beasley’s claim of municipal liability against the city of Keizer. Several claims under Oregon law were also dismissed; Beasley has the option of refiling those in state court. The case stems from when Beasley was arrested in 2007 for manufacturing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. A Marion County grand jury subsequently opted not to indict Beasley. Beasley lived in a home on Newberg Drive adjacent to the McNary High School campus, and had been growing marijuana there. Now 32 years old, Beasley was a patient and grower under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. Authorities had responded to the house on Oct. 17, 2007, after a former roommate reported seeing “what she thought were two ‘pipe bombs’” inside the home. Keizer Police brought in the Salem Bomb Squad, which determined the PVC pipes were being used to derive hashish oil from the marijuana. Police obtained a search warrant for the...

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