Day: March 6, 2014

Son arrested for murdering mom, shooting dad

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A Keizer teen was arrested early Thursday morning for murdering his mom and attempting to murder his father. Brett Angus Pearson, 17, was arrested around 1 a.m. March 6, less than two hours after the double shooting at his family’s house at 4826 Ventura Loop North. A second 17-year-old Keizer male, Robert Daniel Miller II, was later arrested as well. Officers with the Keizer Police Department responded to the house around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night and found the deceased body of Brett’s mother, 44-year-old Michelle Yvonne Pearson. Brett’s father, 57-year-old Wilfred “Bill” Pearson, was also shot and transported to Salem Hospital with “serious gunshot injuries.” He underwent treatment Thursday morning and is expected to survive. Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the KPD, said an alarm at the residence was activated. “While enroute to the location, officers learned there was a male subject inside the residence who reported he had been shot,” Kuhns said Thursday afternoon. When officers entered the house, they located the body of Michelle Pearson. “It appears Michelle Pearson died as a result of being shot,” Kuhns said, noting the exact cause of death will be determined after an autopsy is performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. Kuhns didn’t specify how many times she had been shot, or by whom. Officers then located Michelle’s husband, Bill. “He, too, received...

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No action taken on medical marijuana

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Well, at least a task force was established. The hot button issue of medical marijuana facilities was brought up once again Monday during the Keizer City Council meeting. During previous discussion, councilors had indicated they were leaning towards requiring a permit in order to operate a medical marijuana facility in Keizer, following on a recommendation by the Keizer Planning Commission. However, that did not happen. Nor did a motion to establish a moratorium on such facilities. What was approved was a medical marijuana facilities regulations task force. City Attorney Shannon Johnson noted state law allowed the facilities starting Monday morning and pointed to the ever-changing laws at the state level on this issue. “Seeing some things in the state, it’s a moving target right now,” Johnson said. “Other cities have done temporary moratoriums. After we finalized the council packet on (Feb. 26), the bill had been substantially changed for Thursday.” After a bit of discussion, councilors voted unanimously to establish the seven-member task force. The task force will include one councilor, a Planning Commission member, a Keizer Chamber of Commerce member, a member each from the West Keizer and Greater Gubser Neighborhood Associations, a member from a local school and a representative from the medical marijuana community. Membership was amended to including a law enforcement person in a non-voting role. The task force will...

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Well set up to succeed

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For some, landing a part in a high school play is simply one more thing to add to a college application. For Danielle Purdy, the role of Irene Molloy in McNary High School’s production of Hello, Dolly!, launched her into a new trajectory. “That musical was formative in my childhood as was Barbra Streisand who played Dolly in the film. The opportunity to be a part of that story and sing that classic music was more important than I think I realized at the time. That was the time when I officially decided, albeit quietly, that performance was where I was headed,” said Purdy. Purdy, 27, graduated from McNary in 2004 and now makes a living splitting her time between Portland stages and as a support assistant for developmentally disabled adults. After McNary, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Warner Pacific College in music performance. A year later, she packed up and moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, where she earned a master’s degree in science in music in the community. That may sound like a mouthful, but her dissertation will leave you envious. “I researched musical theatre performance for empowerment with vulnerable children. For the project portion, I designed and directed a musical theatre production at a school for students with developmental disabilities and PTSD in Bosnia. The production was in Bosnian and aired on the local...

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Rawlinses, city reach agreement

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A key chapter in an ongoing saga involving property in Keizer Station is reaching an end. What a chapter it’s been. At Monday’s Urban Renewal Agency meeting – and again later at the Keizer City Council meeting – a settlement agreement between the city and two Rawlins entities was approved. In both cases, councilors Dennis Koho and Jim Taylor abstained due to conflicts of interest. A follow-up special public hearing was scheduled for Thursday, March 6. Councilors had little to say Monday during either meeting. Mayor Lore Christopher and councilor Marlene Quinn both indicated more would be said on Thursday. The saga between the city and the two Rawlins parcels in Keizer Station Area A dates back to 2005. After local improvement district (LID) fees were assessed in 2008, developer Chuck Sides via his Northwest National LLC company paid monthly rent to the Rawlinses as well as making their LID payments to the city. Those LID payments stopped in 2010. Three years later, city leaders started the foreclosure process on the properties. The matter was discussed several times in executive sessions, including twice last month. Legislators – particularly Rep. Brian Clem – got involved and a summary judgement in Marion County Circuit Court was expected on March 10. Assuming the final agreement is signed off on Thursday, city attorney Shannon Johnson said there...

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Helping at KLL Park

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes A small army of volunteers attacked a reconstruction project at Keizer Little League Park to repair damaged infrastructure on Saturday, March 1. Keizer resident Danielle Bethell took on the repair as part of  her Rotary Club project. With reports of the damage caused by vandalism in the media and on social networking Internet sites, Bethell was approached by local businesses and volunteers to help. Larry Dalke, vice president of Dalke Construction of Salem, contacted Bethell and offered his services as project manager; he proceeded to recruit other volunteers from local construction and supply companies. On Saturday workers were building two new dugouts, digging trenches for drainage pipes, constructing a new base for bleachers and erecting a new score box. There is still work on the project to be completed over the next few weeks. Four Keizer youth, identified as the vandals, were also part of the group working on the project. Besides project leader Dalke Construction, others donating volunteer labor and material were Parr Lumber, Fredinburg Masonry, Rick’s Custom Fencing, Dale’s Remodeling, Pfeifer Roofing and the Keizer Rotary Foundation. Individuals included real estate broker Tom Marks, Marion County Fire District #1 Chief Kevin Henson, Troy Young, Jim Millen and Luis...

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