Month: October 2011

“Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor” by Ozzy Osbourne

“Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor” by Ozzy Osbourne c.2011, Grand Central Publishing $26.99 / $29.99 Canada 274 pages   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You can feel it down to your bones. You’ve got a pain in the neck, for one thing. No, not that kind – a real pain in the neck and it’s not going away.  Work has been a headache – literally – and your feelings are a little bruised. Maybe it’s all because you fell head over heels in love and broke your heart on a few sharp words. It happens, you know. Perhaps it’s time to seek counsel. Perhaps it’s time to grab “Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor” by Ozzy Osbourne, and get an opinion from a doc that rocks. When someone has endured 40 straight years of drinking and drug-taking, has lived through a few car-crashes, and has returned from the dead at least once, you’d expect him to know a thing or two about survival, right?  That’s Ozzy Osbourne, who was approached a few years ago by a bloke who asked if Osbourne would write an advice column. Osbourne was surprised, but decided to give it a go. He is, after all, an anomaly: until recently, doctors didn’t know how he withstood four solid decades under the influence. The fact that he survived surely...

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Jobless rate keeps rising

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The local jobless rate continued its rise in September, inching up to 10.2 percent. Statistics released for the Salem metropolitan statistical area show the seasonally adjusted jobless rate is up slightly from its August revised rate of 10.1 percent. It’s more than a half-point higher than the statewide seasonally adjusted rate of 9.6 percent, and Worksource Oregon reports nonfarm employment has fallen 6,400 jobs in the past 12 months, with an estimated 18,108 Marion and Polk county residents unemployed. The local economy has lost more than 16,000 jobs since the pre-recession employment peak in April 2008. Keizer is part of the Salem MSA. Private non-farm employment has fallen by 2,700 jobs in the past 12 months, with public sector employment dropping 3,700 positions. Educational and health services gained 300 jobs in the past year, with manufacturing dropping 1,800 jobs. September’s employment gain was just 300 jobs; Regional Economist Pat O’Connor said the job market typically grows about 1,730 jobs between August and September. In key sectors: • Construction fell 200 jobs, with flat growth in the past 12 months. • Retail trade fell by 100 jobs in September. • State government shed 200 positions, while local government added 700...

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UPDATE: Three arrested in SE Keizer shooting

Three men were arrested early Saturday morning on conspiracy and weapons charges after they apparently returned to the scene of a Friday night shooting. A vehicle reportedly tied to the incident had returned to the Partridge Lane Apartments shortly after investigators had completed processing the crime scene there. Officers had been investigating what was called a “gang fight.” Witnesses reported a gunshot at about 8:52 p.m., and seeing at least 30 people fleeing the scene immediately afterwards. One person, a 20-year-old man who lives at the apartments, was treated for what KPD Capt. Jeff Kuhns called a non-life threatening gunfire-related injury. At about 2:13 a.m. Saturday morning Sgt. Andrew Copeland located the vehicle, a green 1996 Plymouth Voyager mini-van, and stopped it near the intersection of Hyacinth Street NE and 25th Street NE in Salem. Arrested were: – Hector Flores, 18, Gervais, conspiracy to commit assault and parole violation. – Jose Emanuel Patrico, 20, Keizer, conspiracy to commit assault, unlawful possession of a short-barrel firearm, reckless endangering and unlawful use of a weapon. – Fermin Flores-Bautista, 21, Gervais, conspiracy to commit assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and second-degree...

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Suspected abuser caught while fleeing on boat

A Keizer man wanted on sex abuse charges was arrested on the Columbia River while fleeing authorities in a sailboat. Evidence found on board the boat led authorities to think the suspect was leaving the area for a while, according to Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings. “He had quite a large amount of clothing, money and numerous credit cards that were on the boat with him,” Hastings said. Keizer Police Det. Ben Howden had traveled to Vancouver, Wash. to locate a Keizer resident wanted for abusing a juvenile female. The suspect and victim knew each other, said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. “The abuse, the best I can tell you, is something that’s been going on the past several years,” Kuhns said. While in Vancouver Howden learned the suspect may be in St. Helens, where his sailboat was docked. St. Helens Police responded, saw the boat was gone and notified OSP. OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper Chris Boeholt and Trooper Adam Shimer were checking sturgeon anglers in the area and spotted the boat near Goble, an unincorporated Oregon community about 12 miles downstream from St. Helens. Troopers pulled the boat alongside the 27-foot Catalina sailboat the suspect was operating, confirmed his identity and arrested him without further incident. “Often suspects flee on foot, in motor vehicles or on motorcycles,” Kuhns said. “But not in sailboats.” Arrested was Thomas...

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