Month: February 2012

Cops find stolen property, say more arrests on the way

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes  Keizer Police found a cache of stolen property in the 3600 block of Brooks Avenue NE, arrested one man and detained five more. Officers served a search warrant on the home at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, February 28 investigating burglaries committed earlier in the day. Five people were temporarily detained, while a 16-year-old boy was arrested on a probation violation. Sgt. Trevor Wenning of Keizer Police said numerous stolen items were found from burglaries in Salem, Keizer and Marion County. He said more arrests are expected. The juvenile, a Keizer resident, was arrested for theft by receiving and probation...

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Celtics’ theater insider takes final curtain call

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School lost a faithful ally last week with the passing of Dan Hays. Hays, 67, succumbed to failing health Sunday, Feb. 19, but his impact on a generation of McNary High School students was indelible. Hays worked with Celtic drama students for more than 14 years, he was known as the theater department’s dramaturge, providing research and printed materials for the department, and directed the school’s Shakespearean efforts for a number of years. “He directed, he provided a historical and a literary context for every McNary production, he wrote press releases. He would come in and spend the day with kids in class. He was essentially a second instructor with a huge amount of experience,” said Linda Baker, the former director of the McNary theater program. Hays grew up in Medford and attended Southern Oregon University where he became a protege of Angus Bowmer, the founder of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Baker said he was offered a position that would have led to him directing at the festival but turned it down to pursue acting. “He traveled and acted spending time in Scotland. He went on to earn two master’s degrees from the University of Oregon and finally landed in Salem,” Baker said. In addition to reviewing books for the local daily newspaper, Hays became deeply entrenched in the local...

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Police nab two suspected of burglary

Two would-be burglars were arrested after trying to break into an adult foster home around midday Tuesday. The suspects, a Keizer man and a 15-year-old Salem boy, may also have been involved in a burglary on Linda Avenue earlier in the day, said Keizer Police Sgt. Andrew Copeland. Police arrested the two after a call from a home in the 4000 block of Arnold Street NE. The caller, who operates an adult foster home out of her house, described seeing a juvenile opening her back sliding glass door at about 11:40 a.m. She had gone into the room to see why her dog was barking, she told authorities. The suspect fled after seeing her, she reported, met up with another person and left the area on foot. They were spotted shortly thereafter in the 4000 block of Gary Street by Ofc. Kevin DeMarco, and arrested without further incident. Arrested was Nicholas Stehlin, 19, of Keizer on several counts, including attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. The 15-year-old Salem boy faces counts of burglary, attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit...

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BURNING QUESTIONS: Fired up about annexation? Here’s what you need to know.

By ERIC A. HOWALD and JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Local voters will be asked on March 13 whether to annex the Clear Lake neighborhood into Keizer Fire District via Measures 24-325 and 24-326. Emergency services in the neighborhood are currently provided by Marion County Fire District No. 1. While keeping in mind some of the issues presented are likely to be solved in court, here’s answers to many of the common inquiries we’ve heard about the election. What will my property tax rate be if these pass? Currently residents in Clear Lake pay taxes and bonds of Marion County Fire District No. 1 (MCFD1), while the rest of the city of Keizer pays taxes and bonds to Keizer Fire District (KFD). If the measures pass, those inside the Clear Lake are will pay taxes assessed at the lower Keizer Fire District rate and a cheaper KFD local option levy – a savings of about $90 per annum based on an assessed value of $250,000 – the average home value in the area. If you live outside the Clear Lake area, your tax rate will not change. Who will pay which bonds? State law says that while territory withdrawn from a particular taxing district no longer pays taxes to it, the property owners are responsible for any bond debt issued before the measure passed. Both fire districts have outstanding...

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