Day: June 27, 2013

Suspect arraigned for murder of Phillip Johnson

With the ninth anniversary of Phillip Johnson’s murder just around the corner, a suspect has been arraigned in the case. Victor David Smith, 36, was arraigned in Marion County Circuit Court by Judge John B. Wilson on Wednesday. Smith was arraigned on one count of murder with a firearm for the July 1, 2004 of Keizer’s Johnson. Detectives with the Keizer Police Department found Johnson lying near the parking lot outside his Cascadian Village Apartments residence on Claxter Road around 11 p.m. that night and have been working since then to solve the case. Johnson was pronounced deceased at the scene from the gunshot wounds. Police have not stated how many times he was shot. Smith is being held at the Marion County Jail without bail. The case will go before Judge Thomas Hart for a status conference on July 16 at the Marion County Courthouse. Murder is an unclassified felony in Oregon, carrying a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum of 25 years. Johnson, 33, left behind a son – also named Phillip – and a daughter who had not been born yet when he was murdered. In June 2011, Det. Dmitry White with the KPD told the Keizertimes detectives traveled to Arizona since “significant developments” led them there. White also noted at the time detectives had contacted “at least 100 people” while investigating the case....

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Keizer Fire levy looks good to voters according to early poll

  Preliminary polling results asking 383 residents of the Keizer Fire District whether they would support a 59-cent-per-thousand local option levy revealed substantial support by voters. Polls conducted by Adams and Company consultants revealed about 70 percent Keizer voters are leaning toward supporting the new option levy, expected to be on the November ballot. Regardless of how the question was phrase, support for the levy never dipped below 60 percent. “These preliminary results are very encouraging, but we will get a more detailed briefing on the specifics in July,” said Keizer Fire Board Director Greg Ego. “Those more detailed results will show us what work we have left to do and help us craft our message.” The Keizer Fire Board received the results of the polling conducted earlier this month at its meeting Tuesday, June 18. Poll respondents also overwhelmingly viewed the district and its staff in a favorable light, 85 percent deemed operation and performance of the district as “pretty good” or “excellent.” To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 21 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition 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...

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