Day: June 4, 2012

Hitchin’ Post party raises $11K for child’s medical expenses

A fundraiser for 13-year-old Sydney Tucker and her family to attend a conference on her medical condition was a massive success. The recent event at the Hitchin’ Post raised more than $11,000, with bands performing and a silent and verbal auction. Never 2 Late and Showdown performed for free. Tucker lives just north of Keizer and attends Whiteaker Middle School. She suffers from Jacobsen Syndrome, a rare form of autism known to afflict only 50 children nationwide. In addition, Tucker’s father Alex sold eggs fresh from his chickens for $3 a dozen, but buyers starting paying $10, $20, $50 and even $100 a dozen. The funds will allow Sydney and her family to attend the conference in San Diego this July and also give them a day at Sea World. They’re also looking to assist a family in Redmond, whose son also has the condition, with a trip to the...

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Crashing car was inches from tragedy

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man was hospitalized after a car accident on Sunday, May 27, that could have been much worse than it was. Police said Wilbur Bluhm, 85, was driving northbound on River Road at about 12:39 p.m. when he suffered some sort of medical incident and may have lost consciousness. His vehicle, a 2002 Buick LeSabre, crossed two lanes of southbound traffic and into the Shell station parking lot at 3401 River Road N. The vehicle jumped onto the gas pump island, then slammed into a set of concrete posts protecting a large propane tank. Keizer Fire paramedics transported Bluhm to a hospital. Police estimate the car was going about 40 miles per hour. “As if running into the gas container wasn’t enough of a tragedy waiting to happen, he missed a set of pumps by about two feet,” said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. “It looks like the steel posts did their job.” According to Keizer Fire’s official Facebook page, a station employee activated the emergency pump shut-off and FerrelGas was contacted to check the propane tank and...

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