Day: January 20, 2012

Cops catch theft suspect using prints

Keizer Police solved a months-old theft from an automobile thanks to fingerprint evidence. On Sept. 15, 2011, a resident in the 4800 block of Pender Court N. reported someone opened her unlocked car and stole her purse and wallet. Someone had made several unauthorized purchases using the victim’s stolen credit cards at various locations in Salem. Several fingerprints lifted by Community Service Officer Lynn Halladey were later matched to a man currently incarcerated on unrelated charges in the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Halladey used the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a computer network dedicated to maintaining, searching and retrieving fingerprints. Keizer Police Det. Tim Lathrop traveled to the prison where the suspect is in custody. Police said the suspect was unable to say why his fingerprints were on the victim’s vehicle. The stolen property has not yet been recovered. Charged was Michael John Padrta, 37, with third-degree theft and unlawful entry into a motor...

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Unselfish play highlights Celt loss at North Salem

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It was an down-and-up week for the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team despite chalking up a pair of losses. The Celts started the week facing off against West Salem High School and the team scattered under Titan pressure ending 73-48 loss. Team members fell back on old habits en route to the loss, said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach, “We gotta realize that it’s five guys responsibility to get the ball across half court. No matter if you’re a point guard, a post, or a wing, we’ve got to come back and help get the ball across center court.” The Titans poured in 23 points in the first period and never felt pressure from McNary after that. “We got to the point where we played as individuals and not as a team,” said junior Jon Kiser. “We were taking shots that we shouldn’t have taken.” A rushed pace led to more turnovers, said Isaiah Montano. Johnathan Doutt led the McNary charge with 14 points in the game, Justin Burgess put in eight, Brandon Lao and Kiser had six points each, Nick McDonald had five, Montano and Grant Fletchall had three each, Dylan McHugh drained a bucket and Connor Goff hit one from the free throw line. On Friday, Jan. 13, McNary traveled to meet North Salem High School where the...

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OPEN over SOPA

The current debate about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is heating up and even led to several web sites, including Wikipedia, to go black for one day earlier this week in protest. SOPA has powerful backers in the U.S. House and supporters in the business community, especially the motion picture and recording industries. In theory, the subject of SOPA is something most people can get behind: combating online piracy, especially from foreign sites. The proposed act would authorize the Justice Department to  obtain court orders that would compel Internet service providers and search engines to deter users and require payment processors and ad networks to stop servicing them. The act would also allow owners of copyrights and trademarks to seek similar court orders. That could in in effect, cause the shut down of some of the most popular web sites. Supporters of SOPA say it will protect intellectual property as well as save jobs and revenue. The act would help enforce copyright laws mainly against foreign web sites. Opponents of SOPA are up in arms calling it an attack on First Amendment free speech rights, that it promotes Internet censorship and it will cripple if not threaten the very existence of many web sites based in the United States. We do not downplay the threat that online piracy does to those doing business in cyberspace. Illegal downloads, violation of...

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About the dog

By SUSAN ESTRICH There is a famous story (it may be apocryphal, of course) about Richard Nixon and his dog. No, I don’t mean the Checkers speech, the one where Nixon saved his integrity by invoking his little dog, Checkers, and his wife’s cloth coat. This one came later, after he lost, during the famous Bel Air fire. The story is that as he was fleeing his house, Nixon left his dog. When it comes to friends, it’s hard to beat a dog. Harry Truman, it is said, once was told that if you want a real friend in Washington, get a dog. But friendship —really, love—should be a two-way street. I am the mother of three loving dogs: Judy Jarvis Estrich, Molly Isabel Estrich and Irving A. Estrich. Sometimes, being the worrywart that I am, I actually spend time thinking about how I would round up my dogs in the car in case there was a tsunami or a fire. It goes without saying that I would never leave without them. A few years ago, Rosie, who helped me raise my children and now helps me raise my dogs, found a hungry and bedraggled dog at the local dog park. He was wearing a tag, so she called the number. It turned out the family had been away during the Malibu fire, and when they finally got home,...

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