Day: July 16, 2012

K-9 officer involved in crash

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A civilian was injured in a three-vehicle crash involving an off-duty Keizer Police K-9 officer Monday afternoon. The crash at 4:11 p.m. was at River Road N. and Quinaby Road N. Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns said Officer Stephen Richardson was riding westbound on Quinaby with K-9 partner Axel in a department-issued 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe when he stopped at the intersection with River Road N. While he was waiting for traffic to pass, a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer attempted to turn eastbound onto Quinaby in front of a 1997 Mazda Protege, Kuhns said. The two vehicles collided and the Protege subsequently hit the police vehicle. The Mazda’s driver was transported to Salem Hospital for evaluation and treatment; police believe those are non-life threatening. The crash closed River Road N. between Perkins Road NE and Quartz Avenue N. for about 45 minutes. Paramedics from Marion County Fire District No. 1 responded. Neither the officer nor his four-legged companion were injured. Richardson has been with the department for five years. He was returning from a memorial service for Marion County Sheriff’s Senior Deputy Tyler Chapman, who was killed in a crash while riding his motorcycle off-duty. No citations have been issued in the crash. Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact Sgt. David LeDay at 503-390-3713 ext....

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“The Bully Society” by Jessie Klein

  “The Bully Society” by Jessie Klein c.2012, New York University Press $29.95 / $32.00 Canada 307 pages, includes notes   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your child’s grades are slipping. You noticed it last winter, just after the new year, but you thought it was just a mid-winter slump or something. But now, though, he’s been avoiding activities he used to love, he has little interest in anything but his bedroom, and although you once had a good relationship with him, he refuses to talk about things. You think you know what’s wrong. You were bullied once, too. Author Jessie Klein did some research on bullying and what she found is stunning. In her new book “The Bully Society,” she tells the story of bullied kids, school shootings, and what we can do about them. In October 1997, sociology professor Jessie Klein heard about a Mississippi 16-year-old who opened fire in a school, explaining that he’d done so because he was angry over mistreatment from peers. Then similar violence happened again. And again. “I continued to study these cases,” Klein says, eventually finding 182 of them in a forty-year period. What she learned were three main reasons for school shootings: “everyday” violence of bullying, destructive gender pressures, and social demands on children at schools. Our children, she says, are constantly enduring a culture that “places a diminished value” on students...

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Officer retirement is a milestone for Keizer Police

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Two longtime Keizer Police employees have retired. Officer Brian Hunter was the first Keizer Police officer to start, complete his career and retire from the agency, which itself was established in 1984. And Prajedes Martinez is also retiring after 13 years as a police support specialist. Hunter began his police career as a cadet with the Salem Police Department in 1978. He became a reserve officer in 1984 with Keizer Police and was hired full-time in 1986. He worked as a patrol officer and detective, but is perhaps best known as a school resource officer. He worked initially at Whiteaker Middle School and finished up at McNary High School. He was twice named Officer of the Year, in 1992 and 1993. His other assignments through the years included field training officer, polygraph examiner, K-9 handler and DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer. Hunter attended the first DARE class in the state of Oregon, hosted by the Los Angeles Police Department. While she wasn’t an officer, Martinez’s voice was well-known to those who have reason to frequently call the agency, often answering phones and greeting visitors in person. Sgt. Lance Inman said she entered thousands of police reports and worked with courts, law enforcement agencies and other governmental entities, providing reports and information. Inman added that her Spanish-speaking abilities proved invaluable through the years. Martinez...

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Food bank seeks grant funds, but needs help first

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer Community Food Bank is looking for ways to get more grant dollars, helping to meet their mission of feeding the hungry. Donations to KCFB have always been tax-deductible, but their roots as an outreach arm of John Knox Presbyterian Church can sometimes complicate grant efforts. So they’re looking to become their own 501(c)(3) organization, but they need about $1,000 to complete the process. “The church has been very supportive, and we have their blessing to move on,” said Rev. Curt McCormack, director of the food bank. They’re hoping to reach their fundraising goal by the end of July. Now housed in Faith Lutheran Church, the food bank has grown from its start at John Knox to an effort of six Keizer churches, with a client list that seems to be constantly growing. Becoming an independent organization will streamline the group’s finances while relieving the church of paperwork that often merely duplicates that of the food bank, McCormack said. “(The arrangement) is not broke, but we’re at the point where we’ve come of age,” McCormack said. Donations to the initial incorporation effort are still tax-deductible and can be dropped off at the Keizertimes office, ACE Hardware, Uptown Music, Faith Lutheran Church or John Knox...

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