Day: July 5, 2013

Mother relieved to see arraignment in son’s murder

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes All along, Jean Ausborn kept the faith. In light of her son being murdered in Keizer back in 2004, Ausborn kept faith detectives with the Keizer Police Department would find the killer. Even more, she kept her faith in a higher power. That faith was rewarded last week as Victor David Smith was arraigned in Marion County Circuit Court on one count of murder with a firearm of Ausborn’s 33-year-old son, Phillip Lynn Johnson, outside his Cascadian Village Apartments residence on Claxter Road on July 1, 2004. “(Phillip’s) brother and sister, I had to keep them motivated and encouraged,” Ausborn told the Keizertimes from her Mississippi residence June 28. “There were times they started to give up. I had to keep faith in God and in the police. That faith in God and knowing He’s just has kept me going. He is control over everything in our lives. He was in control over this shooting. Hopefully this will be over soon and we can get on with our lives.” Since the murder, KPD detectives have continued to follow leads and given updates to Ausborn. “They always reassured us this case was being kept going,” Ausborn said. “They were always interviewing, reinterviewing, traveling. They always told us they were moving forward. That gave us the hope.” Capt. Jeff Kuhns with the KPD confirmed the...

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Daniel Day Lewis has nothing on this Lincoln

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Steve Holgate dons the beard and top hat of the United States’ 16th president, he knows the audience is struck by the at times uncanny resemblance to the Great Emancipator, but he’s hoping they’re just as in tune with what he has to say. “The real truth isn’t a detail of dress, it’s who he really was, which is the far more important thing,” said Holgate, who will be appearing as Abraham Lincoln Sunday, July 7, as part of the finale to the Northwest Civil War Council’s reenactments at Willamette Mission Park. Holgate said he will be reviewing the Union troops and mingling with them before a “presidential press conference” slated at 1 p.m. “I will speak to the audience for about 25 minutes and then open it up to questions,” he said. “The re-enactors are great because they know so much about the time period and it makes for great questions.” Holgate assumed the mantle of Lincoln after taking early retirement from the Foreign Service as a state department officer. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 5 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...

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Keizer Celts take league title

Trailing 3-0 in bottom of the fifth in the Valley League Championship game, Keizer Celt Jadon Mansur started things off by making it to first after being hit by a pitch. Noah Bach followed up with a single that set the table for Joel Knight’s stand-up triple to center field that scored Mansur and Bach. After a line drive for the first out of the inning, Bryce Campbell came up to bat and hit a single up the middle,  scoring Knight from third to tie the score up at three apiece.  Campbell then stole second base, and then advanced to third on a fielders choice by the Central pitcher.  With two outs and down in the count 0-2, Layton Thurlow hit a ball in the hole that the Central short stop fielded, but could not get to first in time, allowing Campbell to score the go-ahead run. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 5 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 in...

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Hosting Volcanoes lose squeaker to Hawks

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The Volcanoes lost a tight one to Boise at home Monday, 3-2. The Hawks led most of the way in the first game of a three-game stand. Preceding the game was a ceremony for Honor America Week for a series that ended Wednesday, just before a trip to Everett. The Volcanoes wore their red, white and blue jerseys. Two of Boise’s runs came in the first inning. Shawon Dunston Jr. reached first base on a force out of Jacob Hannemann, and Yasiel Balaguert walked. With Jacob Rogers at bat, pitcher Jose Reyes balked, moving up both baserunners. Rogers tripled to right center field, driving both in. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 5 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 in...

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Dominating offense makes for Salem-Keizer win streak

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes June 26: Volcanoes 5,  Eugene 1 Salem-Keizer outhit and outpitched Eugene for a third consecutive win. Jose Reyes continued the string of shutout innings by Volcano starters, allowing three hits in his five innings. He struck out only two, but relievers Jake Smith and Arturo Maltos-Garcia had five and three strikeouts respectively. In the second inning, Shilo McCall singled, Jonathan walked, and both advanced on a bunt by Gabriel Cornier. A single by Cristian Otero scored McCall and Jones. Jeremy Sy walked in the third, moved to second on a grounder and scored on another McCall single. The remaining Volcano runs came in the fifth. Kentrell Hill doubled, went to third on a wild pitch by Justin Livengood and scored on a double by Brandon Bednar. Sam Eberle singled Bednar home. The Emeralds’ run came in the eighth. Fernando Perez doubled and scored on a single by Trae Santos. Reyes ran his record to 2-1. Eugene’s starter, Erik Schoenrock, was the loser at 0-1. June 27: Volcanoes 9,  Eugene 3 Ryan Jones had three hits and drove in three runs after being sidelined for a while, and Volcano starter Joe Kurrasch got his first win of the season. It was the first Salem-Keizer sweep in Eugene since September 2009, and the big inning was the five-run third. Kentrell Hill doubled and scored on...

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