Day: July 22, 2011

Meth sales investigation nets two arrests

  A months-long methamphetamine sales investigation ended in three arrests for crimes ranging from selling drugs to child neglect. Keizer Police served a search warrant at 5055 Briarwood Circle N. on Friday, July 22, seizing what Lt. John Troncoso described as a “small amount” of methamphetamine along with “other materials” associated with drug sales. One suspect is accused of selling methamphetamine with two children present, but they weren’t there when the warrant was served. Arrested were: • Lindsey N. Russel-Versteeg, 34, of Keizer, three counts each of unlawful delivery and unlawful possession of methamphetamine, two counts of child neglect and four counts of frequenting a place where controlled substances are used. Total bail: $1,575,000. • Teresa Lea Taylor, 32, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, frequenting a place where controlled substances are used. Total bail: $15,000. Cited was Joanna M. Farr, 37, of Keizer, for frequenting a place where controlled substances are...

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Heritage deserves new lease

The City of Keizer and the Keizer Heritage Foundation are in talks for a renewed lease for the land the Keizer Heritage Center sits upon. After years of the Center being on the back burner, the City is looking to rewrite the lease agreement, mostly due to a simple word:  public. Mayor Lore Christopher has said repeatedly that the Heritage Center is one of the biggest recipients of public money and the public should expect to have more access to the building. She has also said repeatedly that the Center should be the home for the Keizer Heritage Museum and for the Keizer Community Library. Those who want to impose tough conditions on the foundation in exchange for a new lease should come forward and publicly state what the foundation has done wrong or not done at all to warrant a long-term lease. With few historic buildings in Keizer, the city and the council should be thankful that the Heritage Center is one project they needn’t worry about. The Keizer Heritage Center is open to the public.  It is currently home to the Heritage Museum, the Community Library, the Keizer Art Association, Keizer Young Life and the Keizer Chamber of Commerce and the public can rent the room on the second floor for meetings and other events such as parties and weddings. Since the mid-1990s the Foundation has owned...

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Cuts plus revenues needed

By DON VOWELL I went away pondering a nation that doesn’t want to pay its bills.  Now I return, still pondering.  Will the debt ceiling be raised to avoid defaulting on federal payments? There is talk about the 14th amendment of the Constitution which includes this clear directive —“The validity of the public debt of the United States … shall not be questioned.”  That is the ordinarily accepted basis of the idea that U.S. bonds are backed by “the full faith and credit of the United States.”  It would be unconstitutional to default on our loans. Some say that is authority enough for the President to simply raise the debt limit—our constitution leaves him no other choice.  That same constitution gives Congress the exclusive power to borrow money and to raise taxes.  Who will claim responsibility? As I write this, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has floated an idea to simply let the president raise the debt ceiling as needed until the end of his term.  Senator McConnell from the beginning of his term has bluntly said his number one legislative priority is to make certain that President Obama is not reelected.  He must feel pretty clever to wash his hands of it all and allow blame to fall solely on the president.  He doesn’t seem to mind abrogating the constitutionally assigned power of the purse. It is another grandstand...

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Cases highlight judicial system flaws

By ALLEN PRELL Our legal system is broken beyond repair, or is it? In the past several months I have been riding an emotional roller coaster, like many around the country and perhaps the world. The emotions flow from court cases and survival stories in the news fed by the right wing media. Yes right wing, not liberal left. The conservative talk show entertainers of the nation help feed on emotions and not the facts. It is great for ratings. Our trial courts put people on trial for crimes we believe they have committed. Some people who are accused of  horrific crimes remain in jail awaiting trial because they are determined a flight risk. Others are allowed to go about their business because they appear safe to our community. When the defense goes to trial, we understand deals were attempted to avoid the trial in the first place. When the talks fail and a deal cannot be reached, the trial begins. It is often the emotions of the case, and the showboat effect from attorneys, that override the facts. Attorneys present a story based on the facts as they see them and present witnesses and professional witnesses to win the case. A jury must decide who to believe based on science and from professional’s “expert opinion.”  The jurists are of varied educational backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. The prosecution and...

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Get the facts right on Clear Lake annex

By KRIS LOCKARD The recent guest opinion (Keizertimes, July 15) by Randy Franke makes some unfair insinuations that need to be addressed. This is in regard to the effort of Keizer Fire District to annex the Clear Lake Area. Mr. Franke makes the comment that the letters that both the Keizer Prairie Home Owners Association and Vineyards II Home Owners Association were from only those association’s boards of directors and were not representative of the home owners themselves. Let me make something clear regarding homeowners associations and their boards of directors. These people, usually, and in the case of Keizer Prairie are volunteers, are voted into office by the association members who attend the general membership meetings where elections are carried out. These directors are empowered by the association’s by-laws to represent the general membership in all and any business that involves the neighborhood. There are a few exceptions but the writing of this letter was not one of them. Mr. Franke states that he spoke to residents of both areas who indicated to him that they were never approached about this topic by their respective boards of directors. As a past secretary of Keizer Prairie Home Owners Association for the past nine years, I can say that Keizer Prairie residents are consistently offered an opportunity to discuss their concerns by a minimum of the following methods: There is at...

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