Day: October 10, 2012

Whiteaker Middle instructional assistant arrested for sexually abusing minors

A Whiteaker Middle School instructional assistant was arrested Wednesday on seven counts of sexual abuse. Keizer Police were notified of a Department of Human services investigation and arrested the suspect on allegations of fondling three male juveniles at both his workplace and his home. According to a probable cause statement from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect admitted to inappropriately touching children in both 2010 and 2011 at the school, and to another incident at his home. Arrested was Jose Juan Moreno, 45, of Salem, for six counts of sex abuse in the first degree and one count of third-degree sexual abuse. He was arraigned on the charges Wednesday. Police said the victims’ parents have been notified and authorities do not believe there are more victims at this point. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Det. Tim Lathrop at 503-390-3713 ext. 3481. Moreno has been employed as a special needs instructional assistant at Whiteaker Middle School since September of 2008 and served in a similar role at Clear Lake Elementary School for the last three months of the 2007-08 school year. He is on paid administrative leave, said Jay Remy, a spokesman for Salem-Keizer...

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Why me? Council candidates spell out their views

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Candidates for Keizer City Council’s Position 3 held court on traffic, land use planning and the future of Keizer Station in a campaign forum Tuesday night. All three qualified candidates – Eamon Bishop, Matthew Chappell and Marlene Quinn – appeared at the forum, moderated by Keizertimes Publisher Lyndon Zaitz. Their visions for the undeveloped portion of Keizer Station – particularly Area C – varied. Chappell said there was enough, if not too much, retail near the freeway and suggested apartments could be a positive addition, noting economic conditions would be a barrier. “I have no problem with a large-type grocery there,” Chappell added. Quinn said medical offices and perhaps a unique grocery store – “not necessarily Trader Joe’s because they didn’t like us,” she quipped – would be a natural fit. Bishop said he would use a discount grocer like Winco, but added such a store is hardly unique to the area and would likely not be a significant draw for freeway traffic. “I’d like to see Area C become a destination point,” he added. On growth, Chappell said Keizer is in a spot where the community can determine its destiny. By sharing an urban growth boundary with Salem, Chappell said, Keizerites can choose whether additional land would be added to the city limits. “If we had a boundary of our own we’d be...

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Scout pays tribute to elementary school mascot with service project

  Just in case you can’t remember Keizer Elementary School’s mascot, Samuel Hayes’ Eagle Scout project will help you remember for years to come. Samuel, a student at McNary High School, and about 15 of his fellow scouts, friends, parents, and other volunteers donated close to 100 hours of time to spruce up two formerly neglected landscape areas in front of the building.  Samuel, a former Keizer Colt, organized an effort to beautify two highly visible, front-of-the-school flower beds through stump grinding and cleaning the two spaces prior to tucking a variety of new plants into a thick bed of fresh red fir bark mulch. The crowning achievement of Samuel’s landscape design is a “green colt” fit for a Disney World exhibit that stands in front of the front left wall. Sculpted from arbor vitae, the green colt, donated by Bountiful Farms of Woodburn from its topiary collection, offers a green greeting to all who enter the building. Bountiful Gardens donated all plant materials and Bark Boys donated red fir...

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Pup escapes kitchen fire on Dennis Lane

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A dog escaped injury from a house fire that consumed the kitchen at 349 Dennis Lane N Wednesday morning. Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan said the blaze started in the kitchen and the cause is under investigation. There was smoke damage throughout the house. The homeowners, Mary and Michael Watson, were at work at the time. A neighbor saw smoke coming from the eaves and roof, calling 911. They were initially concerned Mary Watson was inside. Firefighters from KFD forced entry and found no one inside. “They were thankful we were able to stop the fire from consuming the home,” Cowan said. “… They had visions when they were coming home of their whole house being consumed.” They found the Watsons’ dog, Penny, in the back yard. The Watsons think Penny escaped the fire through a dog door. Pups often get agitated at fires, but Cowan said Penny was an exception. “She literally watched the firefighters work; some of them didn’t even know she was there,” he said. Keizer Police assisted with traffic and crowd control, Salem Fire sent a crew and Rural Metro Ambulance helped provide medic service coverage. Cowan said his agency was responding to four additional service calls at one point while they were working this...

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