Day: August 6, 2012

Reward offered in 2007 death of Marion County sheriff’s deputy

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The family of deceased Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Kelly Fredinburg are offering a reward for the man police believe is responsible for the fatal 2007 crash. Authorities believe the suspect fled to Mexico shortly after he was released from a Portland hospital and are pursuing what is known as an Article 4 prosecution. Alfredo de Jesus-Ascencio, now 25, was indicted in 2007 here in Oregon for criminally negligent homicide. While the crimes are not eligible for extradition, Mexican law allows for prosecution of Mexican nationals who commit crimes in other countries and then return to Mexico. A warrant for his arrest has been issued there. Oregon State Police, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s district attorney have been working on the case behind the scenes for several years, they announced Monday at a press conference. After determining prosecution in Oregon was an unlikely outcome – the defendant would have had to voluntarily come back to the state – representatives from the DA’s office and MCSO met with the California Department of Justice and an official from Mexico’s Office of Attorney General in January 2010. In October 2010 OSP officers presented their case to Mexico’s AG in Mexico City. A warrant was issued a year later. Recently Mexican authorities detained a suspect, but later determined they did not have de Jesus Ascencio. The...

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“Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them” by Frank Langella

“Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them” by Frank Langella c.2012, Harper $25.99 / $28.99 Canada 356 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Admit it. You’re kind of klutzy sometimes. And clumsy. That’s you, as pillows are tossed, furniture bumped, frames go askew, nerves are shattered and so is glassware. You’re Molly McMessy, as knees are skinned, bruises erupt, and moods drop, busted next to belongings on the sidewalk. Ooops. Butterfingers. But dropping things isn’t always bad; just ask author and actor Frank Langella. In his new book “Dropped Names,” he lets go of a few tales and things as he writes about the stars he knew, hated, and loved. It all started with one word from Marilyn Monroe. Frank Langella was a fifteen-year-old New Jersey boy on a bus trip to New York when a limousine happened to pull up in front of him while he stood in Times Square. The driver pushed Langella aside and when the limo door opened, a vision in white emerged. Marilyn Monroe smiled and said “Hi,” and Langella was instantly smitten. He never forgot that whispered word, even through his long career in Hollywood and on Broadway allowed him to meet all kinds of famous characters. Because he was friends with their daughter, for instance, Longella spent long summers at the various homes of Paul and Bunny Mellon, and...

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Fire board prez gets wag of finger in election complaint

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office recently cleared Keizer Fire Board President Joe Van Meter of an elections complaint filed during the battle for the Clear Lake neighborhoods with Marion County Fire District No. 1. However, while blame could not be assigned to one individual, Deputy Director Brenda Bayes of the Elections Division declared it “inappropriate” for the fire district to have put a letter from Van Meter on the district’s website asking for support in a pending election. The complaint was initiated by Marion County Fire District No. 1 Fire Board Director Randy Franke in February after the letter from Van Meter was posted to the KFD website. At the time, the two fire districts were engaged in a heated and often bitter dispute over which district would provide emergency services to two neighborhoods in north Keizer. “I was always told it was illegal for a government body to use public taxpayers’ money to influence the outcome,” said Franke in a letter to the Secretary of State. “I am filing a formal complaint because they are misusing public dollars by trying to influence an election by asking for a yes vote in the March special election in Keizer.” In a letter clearing Van Meter of wrongdoing, Bayes said it was unclear who was responsible for directing the letter to be placed...

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Ten-hut: JROTC program starts at MHS this Sept.

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School students will have a new elective to choose when the doors open this year: an Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. However, its two instructors, Master Sgt. Robbie Ellis and Maj. Bob Garcia, want the community to know it is not a recruitment program. “Our main goal is producing students of character with a sense of community and community involvement,” Ellis said. “Our goal is making better citizens.” The JROTC program will focus on various aspects of aerospace history and science with a healthy dose of military history, but students who enroll will not be expected to make a career of the military. An informational session is being held at the high school Thursday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. for those with an interest in finding out more. The program is first for McNary, but North Salem High School hosts an Army ROTC program for the Salem-Keizer School District. Students can enroll in the program at any time during their four years at McNary and will go from being known as students to cadets, complete with uniforms and drills. “The program is 40 percent science, 40 percent military studies and 20 percent physical fitness,” Garcia said. Cadets must maintain good standing in terms of grades, attendance and behavior to remain enrolled in the program. “They’ll also be assigned...

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