Day: November 8, 2011

Public safety fee flops at ballot box

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Voters have resoundingly rejected a local ballot measure which would have established a public safety communications fee. While less than half of results have been reported thus far, initial returns show a four-to-one landslide against the $4.86 fee. Results released by the Marion County Clerk’s office show 5,898 voting against Measure 24-324, with 1,471 voting in favor. More returns are expected to be released at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday...

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Boy’s death ruled homicide

A four-year-old Keizer boy’s death was ruled a homicide Tuesday afternoon, and his stepfather is in jail on manslaughter charges. Authorities allege the man pushed the young boy down a flight of stairs, then played video games for more than an hour before seeking medical help despite injuries to the child’s head. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office stated Sebastian Iturbe, 4, died of blunt force trauma to the head. Dr. Larry Lewman stated the death was a homicide. A statement Tuesday from Keizer Police stated the boy lived at Hawk’s Point Apartments at 1220 McGee Court NE in north Keizer with his mother, 27-year-old Erika Iturbe Colin, stepfather Gerardo Chavavirra Pinzon and his 13-month old sister. Pinzon is charged with manslaughter and is in the Marion County Correctional Facility. Additional charges may be forthcoming, police said. According to a probable cause statement from Keizer Police detectives, the suspect initially told authorities the child fell off a step leading to their apartment and hit his head. However, according to Det. Vaughn Edsall, the suspect later changed his story. Police said the suspect had his hands full while returning to their basement apartment and asked Sebastian to carry something. Sebastian became angry and stopped at the top of a flight of stairs, Edsall wrote in his statement. The suspect then pushed the boy, police said, causing him to fall down...

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Whiteaker student arrested after violent threat

A 13-year-old Whiteaker Middle School student was arrested for disorderly conduct after threatening to bring a gun to campus and shoot other students, Keizer Police said Monday night. Administrators at the school found out about a potential threat to the school through students last Thursday and an investigation led to the student suspected of making the threat. Principal Laura Perez said earlier in the day the threat was “not viable.” “Any time you have students anxious about something the story tends to get bigger and bigger,” she said. An recorded call went out to parents last week and classes have continued at the school uninterrupted. The suspected student was suspended from school pending the investigation’s outcome. Perez said administrators enacted their security plans and were “looking at the issue from all angles since student safety is the priority.” Parents of the student suspected are cooperating with investigators and the school is working toward a discipline plan. School Resource Officer Jay Prall began investigating the threat last week. Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns said the student, identified simply as a 13-year-old male, had told several peers over a period of days he was planning to bring a gun to school and shoot other students. The arrested juvenile denied making the threats. Kuhns also stated that evidence on the suspect’s Facebook page supported what other students had been saying. Additional charges...

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Celts’ ‘Antigone’ opens Thursday

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When the curtain rises on McNary High School’s production of Antigone next week, actor Ricardo Jimenez doesn’t want it to fall without jerking a tear or two. “There are some moments where you might laugh, but it’s about life and death. It’s a tragedy,” Jimenez said. The plays unfolds in the wake of a civil war in which two brothers died. Their uncle orders a hero’s’ funeral for one while the other will be buried unremarkably. Their sister, the titular Antigone, must decide how she will respond to the orders. It’s an updated version of the Greek play by Sophocles. For Belladina Starr, who plays Antigone, the role spoke to her deeply and immediately. She was given the script last year by director Dallas Myers to research a monologue. “Within the first three pages, I wanted to play Antigone,” Starr said. “She stands up for what she believes in, it’s true to myself. If you believe in something you need to stand up and be true to yourself.” While the play revolves around Antigone’s decision, it’s Jimenez who shoulders the lion’s share of the plays dialogue, about 70 percent of it, by Myers’ calculations. The Chorus, traditionally played by 1-3 people, is tackled by a group of 10 Celtic actors who take on a role much more interactive that what was originally...

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