Day: September 23, 2013

Stolen car, driver tracked down in Keizer

A Tualatin teenager was arrested in Keizer Monday afternoon after fleeing a car he stole. Shortly past 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 23, Keizer Police Department officer David Zavala located a four-door 1998 Honda Civic near the intersection of Wheatland Road North and Wheatland Lane North reported stolen from Tualatin shortly after 8 a.m. When Zavala spotted the Honda, the two males inside fled the vehicle. Several officers in both marked and unmarked vehicles responded and established a perimeter in the north Keizer area. Shortly before 2 p.m., officers located and detained the 15-year-old male passenger. The juvenile, who lives in Tigard, was taken into custody without incident and was charged with one count of conspiracy. While officers continued to search for the driver, described as a Hispanic male wearing a black or dark blue sweatshirt and khaki pants, a K-9 team from the Salem Police Department was called to assist. At 2:39 p.m., a Salem K-9 located the suspect hiding near a residence in the 7000 block of Cedar Falls Court North. The male was identified as 18-year-old Julio Mina from Tualatin. Mina was bitten by the K-9 after attempting to flee once spotted by the dog. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries and transported to Salem Hospital. Mina was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and interfering with a police officer. Additional charges...

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St. Ed targets Christmas open

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Father Gary Zerr admits he had trouble focusing on work at St. Edward Catholic Church earlier this year. It happened in the spring when the large wooden arches of the church’s new facility first went up. People from miles around could see the arches gracing the skyline. Zerr had a birds’ eye view from just a few feet away. “It was cool to see the arches exposed like that,” Zerr said last week while giving the Keizertimes a tour of the new $4 million building. “It was exciting to see them go up. It was hard to concentrate at work that week.” The arches have since been covered up – good news a couple of weeks ago when heavy rain hit Keizer.  Zerr noted crews worked until 10 p.m. the night before making sure things were covered up. When the building is finished, the arches will be illuminated by LED lights and will be visible along River Road. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 20 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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Teague takes over KPD Sept. 23

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes John Teague returns home next week. Machell DePina, Human Resources director for the city of Keizer, confirmed this week a start date for Teague, a former longtime member of the Keizer Police Department who is returning as the new police chief. Teague was selected out of a pool of 33 candidates to replace Marc Adams, who served as Keizer’s police chief for nearly 16 years before retiring at the end of August. Captain Jeff Kuhns has been serving as interim police chief since. DePina said required background checks, psychological evaluations and drug tests have been completed. “After confirming successful completion of these items, Chief Teague accepted our final offer on Friday (Sept. 13) and will move into his new office on Monday, Sept. 23,” DePina said. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 20 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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