Day: September 9, 2014

From Apple to Keizer’s Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Valeria Moore heard the words come out of her mouth, but couldn’t quite believe it. It was 2008, when Moore and her partner Mike were living in Seattle. Moore was ready for a change. “It was just a toxic environment,” she said. “My partner Mike had a friend in Salem. Mike came down to visit him and his friend took him out on a trip. It’s always beautiful here. He called me from the car: ‘Honey, I’m out in this beautiful area, with rolling green hills.’ Out of my mouth came these words: ‘Do you want to move there?’ There’s a pause, then ‘yes.’ By the time he got back (to Seattle) I was already packed.” After renting a house in Salem for a few years, the couple then moved to Keizer. Moore, who has been putting together a website for the Big Toy play structure project, has been happy with the move. “I really like it here,” she said. “It’s my speed. That’s not a put down on any level. Sometimes you reach a time in life when you need to slow down.” The slowdown makes sense when you consider how busy Moore has been over the years. The native of Branson, Mo. grew up in Missouri and later Arkansas. When she turned 16 in 1968, her mom got her a job...

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Defendant pleads guilty in fatal Keizer heroin case

A defendant entered a guilty plea last week to conspiracy to distribute heroin, which resulted in the death of a 21-year-old Keizer woman. Sergio Quezada-Lopez of Mexico, 35, appeared before U.S. District Judge Michael Simon in Portland on Aug. 25. Quezada-Lopez entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin in quantities of one kilogram or more that resulted in death. The minimum sentence for the charge is 20 years in prison, while the maximum sentence is life. Quezada-Lopez is scheduled to appear for sentencing on Dec. 1. According to a release from the Department of Justice, the investigation started in April 2012 when Keizer Police Department officers responded to the residence of Laurin Putnam, who was found deceased. “The initial investigation indicated that her death was likely caused by a heroin overdose and later confirmed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office,” the release read in part. “Soon after her death, investigators learned the identity of the last person in the chain that was responsible for distributing the heroin to Putnam that caused her death. From there, investigators were able to identify several conspirators and move six levels up the chain of distribution to Sergio Quezada-Lopez. During the investigation, agents learned that Sergio Quezada-Lopez was a high level member of a large scale conspiracy involving the distribution of significant quantities of heroin in Oregon, Washington, Nevada and...

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