Day: May 13, 2013

Fire causes damage at Apple Blossom Apartments

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A Monday afternoon fire is causing heavy damage at Apple Blossom Apartments. Officials with Keizer Fire District and Keizer Police Department closed Apple Blossom Avenue N between River Road N and 2nd Avenue N around 3 p.m. Monday, May 13. Additional firefighting units were still arriving an hour later. There were no reports of injury at the scene. It appears the fire may have started in trees just west of the apartment complex, blown to the west side of the building by the wind. “The fire is in attic space between the apartments and the roof,” KFD chief Jeff Cowan said on the scene. “That’s making it difficult to reach.” No damage estimate was immediately known. Chuck Fisher, owner of the apartment building, said the fire appeared to be contained to the west side of the building. Firefighters attacked the fire from both above and below as they attempted to contain...

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“NOS4A2: A Novel” by Joe Hill

“NOS4A2: A Novel” by Joe Hill c.2013, William Morrow $28.99 / $31.99 Canada 692 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The Christmas tree is long gone. It shed its last needle on the curb more than four months ago, looking sad without baubles on branches or gifts around its trunk. It’s probably mulch now, and that’s okay: the baubles are in a box in the garage, the gifts half-used or half-forgotten already, and you’re thinking summertime, not Yuletide. But what if it was Christmas every day?  In Christmasland it is, and in the new novel “NOS4A2” by Joe Hill, the holiday’s a scream. For her eighth birthday, Victoria McQueen got exactly what she wanted: a Raleigh Tuff Burner mountain bike. For a kid whose parents fought a lot, the bike meant freedom and escape that summer, and a different kind of adventure: accidentally, Victoria found a bridge didn’t really exist, that followed her whenever she went across it and took her where she needed to be, when she needed to be there. But since the bridge wasn’t real, Vic figured her memories of it weren’t, either. It was like a dream: touchable, but not quite. Charles Talent Manx loved children. He loved them so much that he tried to protect them from their parents because Manx knew that tattooed women and preoccupied fathers meant trouble. So he enticed...

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Another suspicious package in Keizer

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For the second time in less than a week, Keizer Police Department personnel responded to a suspicious package call early Monday morning, May 13. As was the case May 7 when a similarly suspicious object was found by the water pump station on Cherry Avenue, the Salem Police Department’s bomb squad once again was called in. A robot disrupted the device. Around 5:30 a.m. Monday, police got a call of a suspicious package at 3625 River Road N., an office building that includes an office for the Attorney General. “It was a small, plastic, hard shelled case, smaller than a suitcase,” Lt. Lance Inman with the KPD said on the scene. “It was left right in front of the door.” Capt. Jeff Kuhns with the KPD said the package appeared to be a briefcase – the same type of package found last week in front of the water pump station. “We erred on the side of caution,” Kuhns said. “There is no known connection with last week’s. There’s no reason at this time to believe they are connected.” Kuhns noted River Road was closed around 7 a.m. as the robot moved the package down to the bottom of the steps of the business office. “We’re living in a different day and age,” Kuhns said. “We understand closing a main thoroughfare like River...

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Adams’ retirement a moving target

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Sometime this year, Marc Adams will no longer be Keizer’s police chief. Adams, chief of the Keizer Police Department since 1997, had originally planned to retire in March 2014. That later changed to the end of 2013. Yet another change has prompted a rather fluid end date. Adams now plans to officially retire at the end of May – kind of. “Due to the potential impact of PERS legislation, I decided to change my retirement date, moving it up by many months to the end of this month,” Adams said last week. “I have agreed to stay on as chief of police in a temporary capacity for three more months to allow the city time to recruit and appoint a new chief of police.” That three-month extension, however, could be shorter, according to Machell DePina, Human Resources manager for the city of Keizer. “Marc has agreed to stay on for a few additional months to help us through this since he moved up his timeline so much,” DePina said. “Our hope is to not have an interim chief, but to go directly from him to the new chief. If there are complications, like the top candidate doesn’t work out, that timeline could be longer. We’re hoping for the best.” To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick...

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Councilors name park after Ryan Hill

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Shawna Fenison appreciates her late son being honored. Now, she hopes Ryan Hill will be remembered for generations to come. A step towards that took place Monday evening, as emotional members of the Keizer City Council unanimously approved a resolution to name park property in Keizer Station Area A the PFC Ryan J. Hill Memorial Park. Surrounded by friends and family members, Fenison talked lovingly about her son, believed to be the only Keizer resident killed in war since the city was incorporated in 1982. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 10 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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