Day: March 23, 2012

Man stabbed in west Keizer robbery attempt

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes  A man tried to rob a Keizer resident and stabbed him when he said he didn’t have money, police said Friday. A 20-year-old man was walking alone near Willow Lake Road N. and Lacey Court N. at about 2:46 p.m. when the suspect approached him, asking for money. The victim told the suspect he didn’t have any cash, but the suspect started to follow him. When the victim told the suspect to stop and tried to defend himself, the suspect stabbed him at least once, police said. The victim, who lives in Keizer, was taken to Salem Hospital via Keizer Fire District ambulance with injuries believed to be non-life threatening. The suspect is believed to have fled east on foot on Willow Lake Road. He’s described as a white male, approximately 30 years old, with a slender build, wearing camouflage or green pants with a black hoodie. He had a brown or black thin goatee. Anyone with information can contact Keizer Police at...

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A day-by-day guide to Spring Break

Monday, March 26 • Stayton Public Library hosts “Motion Monday” from 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. with music and dance for smaller children. Free. 515 N. First Avenue, Stayton. • The West Salem Branch of the Salem Public Library hosts The March Winds Blow! – a children’s activity at 2 p.m. All materials provided, but pre-registration required at 503-588-6301. Everyone will make a small paper kite, windsock and paper airplanes. • LEGO Lab, 9 a.m. – noon, A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 8-12, $21 members/$31 non-members. Create models of buildings and machines that really work. Pre-register at 503-371-3631. • Intro to Robotics, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 8-12, $21 members/$31 non-members. LEGO Mindstorms Robotics. Prerequisite to advanced robotics class on Wednesday. Pre-register at 503-371-3631. • Regal Santiam Stadium 11, 365 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem hosts “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as filmed from the London stage, starring Donny Osmond. Includes live Q&A telecast with Osmond after. 8 p.m. $15.   Tuesday, March 27 • Willamette Heritage Center at Mission Mill Museum hosts “Herb”-an Renewal, where kids can develop their green thumbs planting seeds and learning something new about old plants. $2 per child, members free. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Let’s go Tidepooling, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport. Children and parents...

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More than half of children in Keizer public schools are eligible for free & reduced lunches

In Marion and Polk counties, more than 39,000 children count on the school lunch program for a free or low-cost meal. For some children, days away from school may mean no lunch at all. To help relieve some of the stress, Marion-Polk Food Share is coordinating the No Hungry Child Spring Break Lunch Program. From noon to 1 p.m. March 26-30, children ages 1 to 18 can eat a nutritious lunch for free at the following locations: • Cummings Elementary School, 613 Cummings Ln. N., in Keizer. • Town & Country Bowling Lanes, 3500 River Rd. N. in Keizer. • Keizer Boys & Girls Club, 4540 Noren Ave. N.E., in Keizer. • Highland Elementary School, 530 Highland Ave. N.E., in Salem. • Brooks Assembly of God Church, 9165 Portland Road N.E., in Brooks. • Gervais Middle School, 150 Douglas Avenue, in Gervais. Last year the program served more than 7,100 meals to area students. No registration is required. “We want people to spread the word about this program to make sure that every child who needs food gets it,” said program coordinator Nancy Hadley. “We’ll also have fun activities for the kids at many of the sites, and free books from Reading for All.” Volunteers are welcome to come and engage the kids while they eat. To help lead activities or make lunches, call Janet Spingath, 503-581-3855, ext. 311....

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Hyacinth train tracks set for fix

Here our writers and editors will offer a glimpse behind the headlines to stories and issues bubbling just below the surface. Got news that deserves a spot in the Notebook? Email editor@keizertimes.com or call our Tip Line at 503-383-9201. Hyacinth train tracks set for fix Last year we reported that Union Pacific was preparing to repair its train track crossing on Hyacinth Street NE. A poster to the SeeClickFix.com feature said a “huge pothole with metal plates and bolts” caused this person a flat tire and broken motor mount. Coming east from Keizer, that’s the second one just prior to reaching Portland Road NE.A City of Salem representative said the railroad was to fix the issue in October 2011. That date has come and gone, and now the company said the crossing will be replaced the week of April 2. Hyacinth will close from April 2-6, with local access from Portland Road NE to 25th Avenue NE and from Salem Parkway to Salem Industrial Drive NE. “We have begun notifying area businesses,” added Aaron Hunt, director of corporate relations and media at Union Pacific. To report your own neighborhood issues, visit Keizertimes.com/SeeClickFix. – Jason Cox Dog park reopens soon, hopefully UPDATED: Keizer Rapids Dog Park reopens Saturday, March 24. The park was closed in early February for maintenance and renovation. City staff announced this week the park reopen at...

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