Day: August 7, 2012

Police seek fraud suspects

Police said five people used a stolen credit card to spend thousands of dollars last month. The female victim told police her wallet was stolen from her purse while shopping at Ross Dress for Less in Keizer Station on Saturday, July 21. “Within minutes the five involved subjects made fraudulent purchases worth thousands of dollars using the victim’s stolen credit cards,” said Sgt. Trevor Wenning of Keizer Police. Wenning added that one man left a nearby Target store and returned after changing his clothes and hat. The provided surveillance photos are from Target. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer James Young at 503-390-3713 ext. 3510. Additional suspect photos:...

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Planning commish seeks council seat

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Planning Commission member Matthew Chappell is urging a cautious approach to growth as he makes his first bid for local office. Chappell is seeking Position No. 3 on the Keizer City Council, which is being vacated by Mark Caillier. He said the periodic review process, complex as it is, will lead up to two questions: “Do we want to expand the (urban growth boundary) or not and how much growth do we want to take on?” Chappell, 39, is disabled and cares for his father. Born in Los Angeles, he’s lived in Keizer for nearly 20 years after time around Oregon. He favors a regional approach to the UGB discussion, saying a shared boundary with Salem could keep future growth in check. “I get the feeling, at the city level, we’re pushing for fast growth in Keizer,” he said. “I’m more for moderate growth.” Chappell has contributed several opinion articles to the Keizertimes, one of which called for Keizer to start providing municipal fire service, starting by contracting with Marion County Fire District No. 1 – a power move he suggested could convince Keizer Fire District’s leadership to agree to merge. “I haven’t talked to other leaders in the city about how they feel about it, but I thought that’s where we were going to be eventually leading in the future,” Chappell said. “In...

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Young Life names new director

Beau St. Peter is the new director of Keizer Young Life. It’s a full circle turn for the 23-year-old McNary High School alum, whose parents still live in Keizer. He was formerly an admissions counselor at Corban University, where he graduated with a degree in health sciences and a minor in Bible studies. Ministry has always been in the back of his mind, but he started college focusing on a career in physical therapy. “It wasn’t so much that I was drawn away from physical therapy as I was drawn to Young Life,” St. Peter said. “… Right now this is where I think God is having me work.” His work at Corban was directly with younger people and parents, just like this new job. But he’s looking forward to not spending this fall on the road – and more time with youth in Young Life. He’s been involved with Keizer Young Life for a while and is excited to spend even more time with his kids. “Now I can go more consistently to games, go to their school, hang out with them more, get to know more kids and really spend my time solely developing and growing this program,” he said. St. Peter’s own religious commitment became serious when he was 15 years old at a church camp, and said that wouldn’t have been the case without adults...

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