Month: July 2012

Officer injured in stolen vehicle pursuit

A Keizer Police motorcycle officer was hurt during the pursuit of a stolen vehicle at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, near Keizer Station. Keizer Police received a report of a stolen car in the area of Keizer Station at 3:53 p.m.  Officer David Babcock, operating a marked patrol unit, responded to the area, followed by Officer Eric Jefferson, who is assigned to the Traffic Unit and operates a police motorcycle.  Officers Babcock and Jefferson located a green Honda Accord believed to be stolen on the cloverleaf of Ulali Drive in a line of stopped vehicles that were waiting to turn eastbound onto Chemawa Road and towards the I-5 interchange. Babcock drove up next to the stolen vehicle with Jefferson following behind. The driver of the vehicle immediately redirected the stolen vehicle out of his lane of travel, ramming Babcock’s patrol car and heading directly toward Jefferson, police officials said. To avoid getting rammed head-on by the stolen vehicle, Jefferson turned suddenly and laid the police motorcycle down in an attempt to get out of Honda’s path. The stolen vehicle then fled the area and was pursued by other responding officers before being stopped on Indian School Road just south of Chemawa Road. Jefferson was transported to Salem Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. Babcock was uninjured. The patrol vehicle sustained moderate damage and the police motorcycle sustained...

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Decorum, role of technology top council discussion

  By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer city councilors attempted to iron out what is and is not a breach of decorum and how that squares with personal freedom of expression at a work session Monday. They will no longer be able to attend meetings via telephone and must either use city email addresses for correspondence or forward it all to the city, a draft of new council rules states. In order to do either, councilors must vote to suspend the rules. A request from the West Keizer Neighborhood Association for councilors to participate in a dunk tank fundraiser raised hackles when Mayor Lore Christopher said such activities are against current council rules that govern decorum and dignity. (Organizers of RIVERfair, the festival where the fundraiser was planned to be held, have since informed WKNA that an insurance issue prohibits a dunk tank.) Christopher said her interpretation of the broad rule instructing councilors to “conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the dignity of their office stemmed from a Gubser Elementary School request for a pie-in-the-face contest. “If the only way to show our support as an elected official was to do something personally embarrassing or humiliating … there’s so many other positive ways,” Christopher said. “… I’m a mom and a grandma. I don’t want to be in a dunk tank.” Christopher then left the meeting. Discussion...

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Volcanoes evade sweep in 7-6 win

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A 7-6 victory in 10 innings closed out The Volcanoes’ five-day road series with the Tri-City Dust Devils Monday, preventing a sweep. Salem-Keizer scored the first run of the game in the first inning on a bases-empty home run by Joe Rapp, his sixth, but fell behind 5-1 after three innings. The Volcanoes made it a ball game again in the fifth, scoring five times. In the bottom of the first, Derek Jones hit a one-out triple to right center field and scored as Tom Murphy reached first base on a fielder’s choice. A throwing error by third baseman Stephen Yarrow moved Murphy to second. Jarod Berggren scored Murphy with a single to left. Another Tri-City triple, by Zach Osborne, started the bottom of the third. Jones singled him home, and Murphy drove Jones in with a double. Francisco Sosa reached first on a fielder’s choice and second on a throw, went to third on a single by Jarod Berggren and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Patrick Hutcheson. The Volcano fifth inning began with a single by Mike Mergenthaler. Dashenko Ricardo singled, moving him to second. A single by Stephen Branca loaded the bases, and Kentrell Hill singled Mergenthaler home. Ryan Jones singled to drive in Ricardo, and the bases were still loaded. Tri-City replaced starting pitcher T.J. Oakes with Chris Dennis,...

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Creative process on display at RIVERfair

Watch art happen at the upcoming RIVERfair with the Keizer Art Association. Artists will be demonstrating calligraphy, mixed media, polymer clay sculpting, wood carving, Chinese water color and and dragon lanterns at the August 11 event at Keizer Rapids Park. Their booth also has information on classes for all ages throughout the year. Here’s the booth schedule: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Watch as your name is written by award-winning calligrapher Penny White while Pat Domogalla sculpts out of clay. Noon – 2 p.m. – Dave Disselbrett shows off his wood carving skills. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Marie Sakai creates Chinese dragon lanterns while Brigitte Cobb creates a mixed media collage before your eyes. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Jody Bartruff paints water colors in the Chinese style while Michelle Deplois demonstrates acrylics on...

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