Day: May 4, 2012

Keizer woman’s death spurs federal drug indictments

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes  A Keizer woman’s death of a heroin overdose led to federal indictments against five men, it was announced Friday. Laurin Putnam, a 21-year-old Keizer resident, was discovered at her home dead of a heroin overdose on Monday, April 16. Her death was the fourth fatal heroin overdose in 2012, and highlights a startling trend statewide. “The tragic death of Ms. Putnam was the fourth heroin overdose death this year in Keizer and it highlights the growing heroin problem in our area,” said Keizer Police Chief Marc Adams. At the current pace, federal officials said more than 100 lives could be lost due to heroin in 2012. Statewide heroin deaths jumped nearly 60 percent last year, to 143. The year with the second-highest number of heroin overdose deaths was 131 in 2000. In the four days after Putnam’s death, officers from Keizer and Salem police, the Salem Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force and numerous other agencies made arrests and conducted searches throughout Marion, Washington and Multnomah counties along with Vancouver, Wash., finding more than four pounds of heroin along with methamphetamine, cocaine, guns and more than $20,000. “Those responsible for Laurin Putnam’s overdose are distributors of death and despair, from the source and his runners, to his wholesalers and retail level street dealers,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Matthew G. Barnes. “This is...

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Lady Celts rebound strong from two losses

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After a week that included two losses – the team’s only two of the season – the Lady Celts of the McNary High School varsity softball program was looking for a bit of retribution this week. McNary faltered in a 8-0 loss to South Salem High School and a 3-1 loss to West Salem High School, but rematches with both opponents were on tap. “I think it gives us a better idea of how good they are and we sort of underestimated them,” said senior Brooke Bauer. “Coming back we’re going to bring a little more heat. We all need to just come together as a team.” After losing to the Saxons on Monday, April 23, McNary rebounded in a major way to seal up a five-inning, 10-0 shut out over the Sprague High School Olympians. The star of the game was sophomore Dani Saunders, but she shared the spotlight with teammate Olivia Yarbrough. Saunders had a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the second. Yarbrough went three for three with a double,  two RBIs and two runs scored. The next day, the Lady Celts lost, 3-1, to the Titans. “It was a tough luck game with West Salem. We had eight hits and they had eight hits, and we had a bunch of balls that were...

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Titans edge out Celts in first track and field loss

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity track and field teams took their first dual meet losses of the season against West Salem High School, but several star athletes were taking on a lighter load in preparation for district competition. “We want to compete in dual meets, but our ultimate goal is to send as many kids as possible to state. If that means our kids aren’t as competitive in our dual meet, we’re okay with that,” said Frank Gauntz, McNary head coach. The boys lost their side of the meet 86-59 while the girls barely missed the opportunity and lost 73-72. Sophomore Evan Rummerfield, who won the 3,000-meter for the boys with a time of 10:20.10, said the upside of the loss is that is shows there’s room for improvement all around. “No one’s plateaued yet and everyone is pacing themselves and hanging in and staying strong despite the loss,” he said. “The good thing is there’s still two weeks left before district and that’s a lot of time.” Taking time to heal from a brilliant start to the season is also part of the plan, said Gauntz. “Each coach designs their program to peak toward the district meet and state meet. It’s a matter of giving them the tools they need to meet their goals and any goals they have in life,”...

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Celt baseball stumbles in losses

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes North Salem High School continued to be a thorn in the side of the McNary High School varsity baseball team. The Vikings picked up their third win, 4-3, of the season over the Celtics. McNary managed to knot the game at 3-3 in the fifth inning, but North plunged ahead with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Twelve strikeouts didn’t help the Celtic effort, but McNary’s Justin Gardner doubled in the outing. The game was another notch in what’s become an uneven season for the Celts, who hoped to get things going again on the heels of a 22-9 win over McKay High School. “Our goal was just staying strong for the whole game and we showed we were able to do that against McKay,” said McNary senior Garren Robinett. Robinett homered and tripled in the game with McKay leading the team in an offensive onslaught. Jon Stong, Conor Suing and Robinett shared duties on the mound allowing 13 hits between them, but the Celts put runs on the board in every inning including five in the second and fifth innings and seven in the sixth. Gardner and Sterling Becktel doubled in the game. Prior to the game with the Royal Scots, the Celts fell to Sprague High School in a 4-2 loss. “That was a game we should have...

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