Day: July 8, 2014

Employer offers reward to find missing Keizer man

The employer of a Keizer-area man reported missing June 8 is offering a reward of up to $500 for information that helps authorities find him. Robert Allen Knupp, 54, was reported missing to Oregon State Police (OSP) after his vehicle was found unoccupied at the Santiam Rest Area along Interstate 5 south of Salem. Knupp is described as a white male, 5’11”, and 215 pounds, with brown salt and pepper hair and a short beard. He was last known to be wearing a blue print Hawaiian-style shirt with khaki pants, white socks and brown leather tie shoes. He was driving a 1993 Geo Metro passenger car found locked Sunday, June 8, about midnight at the rest area. He was last seen in Albany on Saturday, June 7. Knupp has worked for 17 years at Garten Services, Inc., a Salem-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1970 to support people with disabilities in their effort to contribute to the community through employment, career and retirement opportunities. At the time of his disappearance, Knupp was working as a custodial supervisor. Garten Services, Inc., has established an account at US Bank under “Robert Knupp Reward Fund” in case anyone wishes to donate. Anyone with information regarding Knupp’s whereabouts is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. The lead investigator is Detective Richard...

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‘Keep an eye out for No. 56’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The grin McNary High School grad Perry Groves gets when you ask him what he’s most excited about in regard to his future as a Portland State University linebacker is infectious. “I’m really excited for everything,” Groves, who plans to study mechanical engineering, said. “I wanted to find a good school that I could enjoy and fit into first.” He found the atmosphere around the football team matched the general feel of the campus. “Right off the bat, I saw the close connection between all the players on the team and wanted to be part of it,” Groves said. Groves signed on to play for the Vikings earlier this year after a three-sport career as a Celtic in football, swimming and track and field. “Perry is one of the most phenomenal athletes to come through this school, and one of his goals this year was to make the Groves name proud. He’s done a fabulous job of that,” said Isaac Parker, McNary head football coach. On the gridiron, Groves has been a presence on the varsity defensive line since his freshman year, but he became one of the team’s leaders as an upperclassman. “Perry inspired the team. Everyone felt like they had a chance to win because we had Perry on the field,” said Parker. Lester Towns, an assistant coach and recruitment...

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KFD chief marks 30 years as paramedic

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Jeff Cowan knew certain things after he completed his paramedic training 30 years ago. “I was a 21-year-old paramedic, I didn’t even shave every day. I was very clinical. I knew my drugs, my doses, and I knew them forwards, backwards and chapter and verse,” said Cowan, chief of the Keizer Fire District, who celebrated the 30th anniversary of obtaining his paramedic license last month. But there are things you cannot learn or prepare for by reading a textbook and taking a test. November 1987, while he was working in Kitsap County, Wash., was one of them. Career firefighters and paramedics only work 10 24-hour shifts a month. In an average year, a single paramedic can expect to encounter a dozen or so fatal calls. In November 1987, Cowan and his partner responded to nine calls involving fatalities, one in almost every shift they worked. “It was gunshot wounds, car crashes, a teen suicide, a kid falling asleep at the wheel and crashing into a tree. Everything,” Cowan said. His speech accelerated recalling each one, his voice trembling slightly. The final fatality involved a child who had been playing in his cousin’s yard when he was run over by a three-wheeled ATV. “He had a bad head injury. We were half an hour from help, and I called for a helicopter to...

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