Day: October 28, 2011

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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Pops passes down piping tradition

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes It’s never a bad idea to find a common interest with your wife and father-in-law. Now Rick Johnston is passing along a tradition of Scottish pipe and dance to his sons, both of whom have joined him in a local bagpiping group. Rick and sons Charles, 17, and Robbie, 14, are performing in this weekend’s Kirkin of the Tartans service at First Presbyterian Church in Salem. The service honors the Scottish tradition in the church. “It’s kind of a blending of the Scottish heritage and the Presbyterian faith,” said Johnston, who lives with his family in west Keizer. He’s been playing bagpipes for a little more than 10 years now; he said his interest began in earnest around the time Braveheart was released on DVD. Starring Mel Gibson, the film tells the story of Scotland’s first war of independence. Father-in-law Jim Macpherson played the pipes, and the whole family got into the scene. Johnston’s wife, Janet, was a competitive Highland dancer, as were her sisters, and his son is a drummer. Johnston was sitting on Macpherson’s couch watching the movie and playing around with a recorder-like instrument – “he kinda roped me into it,” Johnston said. He played on a practice chanter – a reed instrument beginners learn on and more experienced pipers use them to hone their craft. But that wouldn’t do for...

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McNary, McKay clash in final league game

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Looking at its win-loss record, it might seem as though the McNary High School varsity football team will make easy work of the McKay Royal Scots (0-4) this week, but those numbers can be deceiving. Despite struggles, the Royal Scots have proven time and again they show up to play and 300-plus yard nights on the rushing game are not out of the ordinary. The Celts meet the Royal Scots on the gridiron Friday, Oct. 28, at McKay. “Our kids’ work ethic has been outstanding. There’s no quit in this group. They’ve been fighting hard and practicing to win every week,” said Jay Minyard, McKay head coach. Royal Scot Tyler Gonzales led his team with 118 yards on 16 carries last week despite a 62-34 loss to South Salem High School. Quarterback Alex Emerson piled up 100 yards running on option plays and chalked up two touchdowns. “Alex has come a long way over the past couple of years and, as a leader, he’s been outstanding on the sidelines keeping everybody’s heads in the game,” Minyard said. Minyard will be looking for his team to keep ahead of McNary’s receivers on the field. The Celts will be looking to mix it up coming off its first conference win, 27-26 over Sprague High School. “We’re super-jacked about it and we we feel like...

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Homecoming Court 2011

  McNary High School’s homecoming court gathers for a photo last Friday. This year’s court comprises of: Freshmen Zoe Arnsmeier, Naomi McDonnell, Austin Curtis & Chance Clark;  Sophomores Bonnie Kerr, Lexi Price, Hunter Bomar, & Hayden Gosling;  Juniors Elizabeth John, Teresa Peterson, Kelly Cowan, & Cole Flanigan; Seniors are Beth Bello, Stefani Kephart, Camile Nelson, Averi Wing, Trevor Braun, DJ Harryman, Edgar Jimenez, & AJ...

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