Day: November 8, 2012

Man finds key to jail time

He had more than 100 keys on him. None of them work where Everett Wasley Newton is now. Officers with the Keizer Police Department arrested Newton, a 31-year-old transient, on the 5300 block of Windsor Island Road N. around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Officer Darsy Olafson with the KPD was on patrol when he noticed a brown 1992 Honda Civic going south on Windsor Island. As the car passed, Olafson noticed the Newton looked at him and then quickly diverted his gaze. Newton’s body also stiffened, making him appear nervous. Olafson performed a check with the Department of Motor Vehicles on the Honda’s plates, revealing the car had been stolen out of Salem. Newton pulled into a driveway. Olafson contacted him at the front door of a residence, where Newton was talking with the homeowners, who did not know Newton. Police discovered Newton had committed additional thefts and possessed both burglary tools as well as methamphetamine. Two key rings were found, with more than 100 house and vehicle keys. Police searched the stolen Honda and seized property not belonging to Newton. Some of the items were found to be stolen and returned to the rightful owners. Officers are still in the process of identifying other victims, so their property can be returned. The investigation is continuing. More theft and/or burglary charges could be coming. Newton was arrested and...

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Quinn, LeDuc, Koho to hold council seats

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Marlene Quinn admits the delay in results being posted Tuesday night was a bit stressful. Due to late voters turning in ballots at the last minute, Marion County Elections personnel did not release initial results from Tuesday’s election until 9:30 p.m., some 90 minutes later than normal. Ultimately the wait was worth it for Quinn, who emerged on top of a three-way battle for the Keizer City Council Position 3 race. She will be taking over the spot currently held by Mark Caillier, who did not run for re-election. Ken LeDuc defeated write-in candidate and incumbent Position 2 councilor Brandon Smith, while Dennis Koho won an unopposed race for Position 1. “We were not doing good until 9:30 p.m. when they posted results,” Quinn said. “It looks pretty safe. I feel pretty good about it. It was a hard-fought campaign. I worked very hard. If you have drive, it will happen.” Initial results showed Quinn with 46 percent of the vote, for a total of 3,879 votes with 91.8 percent of precincts voting. Eamon Bishop was second with 32 percent (2,679 votes) and Matthew Chappell third with 21 percent (1,810 votes). Overnight results showed Quinn still ahead, with 46 percent (5,037 votes). Bishop remained in second with 31 percent (3,457 votes) and Chappell in third with 22 percent (2,401 votes). Quinn couldn’t point...

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Thatcher wins as snafu delays results

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer’s Kim Thatcher retained her 25th District State Representative seat Tuesday by defeating Paul Holman. It just took her a while to know. In Marion County alone, Thatcher got 64 percent of the vote, or 9,944 votes in the overnight results. Holman got 33 percent, or 5,119 votes. “It’s good,” Thatcher said. “I’m happy to serve again. Hopefully we can continue to work on getting fiscal responsibility back into the state.” Thatcher believes her re-election shows voters feel the same way. “I take it to show they know I will continue to be representing their interests at the Capitol,” she said. “I believe in fiscal responsibility. I will continue to do so.” In the District 5 U.S. Congress race, incumbent Kurt Schrader defeated Fred Thompson, 54 percent to 43 percent. Tuesday’s election featured a delay in results being posted. Typically the Marion County Elections division posts results at 8 p.m. or shortly after on election night. On Tuesday, initial results weren’t posted until 9:30 p.m. County Clerk Bill Burgess said there was still a line at 8 Tuesday evening, which was when polls closed. “If someone is still in the office, by state law we can’t post results,” Burgess said Wednesday morning. “Anybody that got in line by 8 p.m. had the right to vote. We had hoped to post at 8 p.m.,...

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