Day: April 18, 2014

Lacrosse team starts 2-0 in league contests

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity lacrosse team is 2-0 in the North Valley Conference while battling through thick and thin in its first league games. The Celtics traded leads with the South Salem High School Saxons six times before putting the match away with an 11-9 final score on April 8. It was the first time in the five-year program the Celtics beat the Saxons at the varsity level. “We won the ground ball battle 42-48, the six ground balls were the difference in the game. Each ground ball, which is similar to a rebound in basketball, gave us another possession and chance to get a shot on goal,” said Ryan Bowlby, McNary head coach. McNary put up a stalwart defensive stand in the fourth quarter of the game to hold the Saxons scoreless. Goalie Austin Fisher had three of his five saves in the fourth quarter. The Celtics took a one-point lead with two minutes left in the third quarter, and then slowed the pace of the game due to a number of injuries. “The student athletes showed great time management skills, eating up minutes off the clock on each possession,” Bowlby said. For the Celtics, Joseph Giblin had two goals and an assist; Preston McNeely had three goals; Isaiah Vian and David Gonzalez had two goals and two assists; Nick...

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Police thinking of Pearsons

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In more ways than one, it was a difficult situation. On the night of March 5, police officers responded to a call at the Pearson residence on the 4800 block of Ventura Loop. The details known now are both chilling and heartbreaking. Brett Angus Pearson and friend Robert Daniel Miller III, both 17, were arrested for the murder of Pearson’s mother Michelle and the attempted murder of his dad, Wilfred. The two teens were arrested later that night in separate locations. Initially, however, information was sketchy at best. Lt. Andrew Copeland with the Keizer Police Department singled out some individuals for acting heroically that night. Chief among them: Wilfred “Bill” Pearson, who was taken to the Salem Hospital with gunshot wounds. He was released on March 22. “Bill Pearson did as good a job as he could,” said Copeland, who met with Pearson last week. “He’s just a phenomenal individual. He’s recovering well, given the circumstances. We as a law enforcement community have the utmost respect for him. He did a great job with dispatch, staying calm. The call taker did a phenomenal job as well. “There were a lot of different scenarios we’re dealing with,” Copeland added. “We knew at least one person was injured, Bill. We didn’t know the extent of his injuries. We knew he was in the house, unable...

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Easter hunts abound in the valley this weekend

Forecasts call for a beautiful spring weekend. Fortunately, there are plenty of outdoor events to be enjoyed. Here is a list of some of the Easter-related events taking place in the area this weekend. Friday, April 18 Bowlers at Town & Country lanes will get free raffle tickets for a drawing on Saturday, April 19. Extra tickets will be given for $5 donations to the Grand Prix College Scholarship fund. Doggy Easter Treat Hunt, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Doggy treat hunt, treats hidden throughout the park. Prizes for best Easter dog costume, photos, music, and more. Centennial Park dog park, 900 Parr Road, Woodburn. Saturday, April 19 Easter at Lancaster Mall, 831 Lancaster Drive N.E., in Salem. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Games, prizes, entertainment on the main stage and a special Easter Egg hunt in balloons! Admission to the Easter Egg hunts is first come first served, Free tickets will be available at the check-in counter near Starbucks. Hosted by Connection Life Church. Albertsons, Easter egg hunt beginning 8 a.m., with candy in eggs and prizes along with a visit by Mr. Cottontail himself. 5450 River Road North. Keizer Christian Church Easter Egg Hunt at 10  a.m. to noon. Egg hunt, Easter story, treats, free. 6945 Wheatland Road NE. Easterpalooza at First Presbyterian Church, 770 Chemeketa Street, N.E., in Salem. Egg hunts, pancake feeds, bounce houses and carnival...

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Saving trees could alter location for The Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Has a Keizer Planning Commission decision taken out some possible sites for The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project? In recent months Mayor Lore Christopher has pushed to have the community build play structure constructed in the front of the orchard area by Chemawa Road. The orchard is part of 28 acres of land within city limits but not within Keizer’s Urban Growth Boundary. In order for the land to be used, the UGB would have to be expanded to include the land. Discussion of such a process was the main item on the agenda at the April 9 Keizer Planning Commission meeting. By a 5-1 vote, commissioners agreed the KRP master plan should be amended to include the area in question. “I move that the commission accept the staff report for the expansion of the UGB with a heavy emphasis on the governance of the master plan,” commissioner Hersch Sangster said. Chuck Fisher made an amendment to the motion, based on a matter discussed during the meeting. “We need to make sure to include the filbert trees remain under the master plan developed for the whole park for the entire acreage we’re bringing in,” Fisher said. “The trees shouldn’t be taken down prior to being part of the master planning process.” Sangster agreed with the addition. “Hopefully as part of the...

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