Day: June 29, 2012

Cops cuff armed robbery suspect

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer police nabbed a suspected armed bank robber Friday afternoon after the man entered Key Bank in Keizer Station and presented a note to a teller stated that he was armed and demanding money. Police were called to the bank, 2680 Jorie Lane N.E., at 2:46 p.m., June 29, after the initial report of the robbery and the suspect had already fled. At the same time, an eye witness called 9-1-1 and said he believed he was following the suspect north on Interstate 5, said Capt. Jeff Kuhns of the Keizer Police Department. Officers hit the highway and pulled over a vehicle north of the Brooks exit that turned out to be the wrong one. However, two units continued up I-5 to Woodburn exit where police encountered the suspect car in the parking lot of Burger King. “He took to I-5 again and we caught up with him at the Aurora-Donald exit (278) where we were able to pull him over in a high-risk traffic stop at the bottom of the exit ramp,” Kuhns said. The driver and the passenger of the vehicle were taken into custody at the scene and Keizer officers were working alongside the FBI to close out the investigation. The identities of the two in custody have not yet been released. “It’s pretty rare that we are able...

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Burglars attempt to enter through wall

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer Police are investigating an early-morning burglary attempt at a River Road coin dealer. The suspects, or suspects, broke in to the former location of Keizer Computer around 4 a.m. Friday, June 29. The space was vacant – a result of the computer shop moving across the street three weeks ago – and the suspects attempted to enter the neighboring business, American Coin & Gold, 4922 River Road N., through the wall, said Capt. Jeff Kuhns of the Keizer Police Department. “Because they entered through the neighboring shop it’s actually two burglaries,” Kuhns said. “When they tried going through the wall something set off the alarm inside the coin shop,” he said. Keizer Police arrived on the scene two minutes after the shop alarm sounded, but the suspects had already fled. Kuhns said officers planned to canvas neighboring businesses to see if the video cameras at other shops in Keizer Plaza shopping center offered...

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Will she make it? Former Celt chases Olympic dream

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Regardless of whether she makes the U.S. Olympic swim team, it’s important to understand the magnitude of what Amber Boucher has already accomplished. Of all the swimmers in U.S. high schools and colleges, and all those still fighting for Olympic dreams past those points in their life (there are many), Boucher is among the most elite – seeded in the top 100 in the nation. That might seem like a lot of pressure, but Boucher said she wasn’t feeling it. At least, not until she stepped out onto the arena floor Monday morning, June 25, with a crowd of more than 13,000 in attendance. “I’ve been to big meets, but this one is quite literally mind-blowing. I thought I was walking into a NFL pro game,” Boucher said. “I walked out for my first race and thought, ‘Oh … my … God.’” At that point, all the excitement she had felt up to the moment turned to nerves. To calm herself before her first race, the 100-meter butterfly, she started repeating the following like a zen koan: “It’s just another pool, just another 100 butterfly, I’ve done this a thousand times.” It must have worked because Boucher entered the heat seeded 10th and finished second. Overall, her improvement in that race moved her from 111th in the country to 86th, and it...

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Hot bat, pitching can’t hold off Ems

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Rafael Rodriguez’s big bat and effective work from the Volcanoes’ last two pitchers were not enough to keep visiting Eugene from beating Salem-Keizer 10-7 Monday. Rodriguez tripled in the third inning, driving in Matt Duffy and Chuckie Jones, and scored on a double by Brennan Mergenthaler. In the seventh, he hit a solo home run. He also singled in the first without producing a run. The Volcanoes were ahead 2-0 after two innings. In the top of the third, the Emeralds went ahead with four runs. Dane Phillips doubled, clearing the loaded bases. Jeremy Baltz then doubled, and Clark Murphy singled him home. Joe Kurrasch replaced starting pitcher Lorenzo Mendoza and ended up as the loser. In the bottom of the third, Salem-Keizer went back ahead by a run. Duffy walked and stole second base, and Chuckie Jones walked. Joe Church then came in to replace starting pitcher Bryan Rodriguez. Rodriguez then hit his triple, Joe Rapp flew out and Mergenthaler hit his double. Despite the rough inning for Church, he became the winning pitcher. Eugene regained the lead in the top of the fifth. Jorge Bucardo was the Volcanoes’ pitcher and gave up a one-out triple to Corey Adamson, who then scored on a sacrifice fly by B.J. Guinn. Stephen Carmon tripled and scored on a single by Alberth Martinez. In the...

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Young matmen shine at regional tourney

Three Keizer wrestlers recently traveled to Pocatello, Idaho for a Western Regional tournament. The wrestlers who competed on behalf of the Celtic Mat Club were: Zach Hammerschmith at the Cadet age group (14 and 15) in the 170-pound weight class, Brayden Ebbs at the Novice age group (11 and 12) in the 90-pound weight class, and Samuel Partida at the Novice age group in the 105-pound weight class. Each competitor wrestled in three different styles between June 17 and 23:  Folkstyle, which is traditional middle school and high school American style wrestling, Freestyle and Greco, the Olympic styles like will be seen this summer in London. Hammerschmith placed third in freestyle and qualified for Cadet Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota next month. “Zach was an important part of our high school program this last year and will be returning to the mat for the Celtics as a junior next year,” said Jason Ebbs, head coach of the McNary High School wrestling program. “He is currently deciding on whether to pursue the national tournament after his success at the Western regionals.” Brayden Ebbs took first in Greco, second in folkstyle and third in Freestyle. It was Brayden’s third trip to the event and he has had success in the past. “After winning the Greco tournament, he has really learned what he is capable of achieving. All of his matches except for one were...

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