Day: February 29, 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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