Day: January 2, 2015

U.S. Bank robbed Friday morning

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A robber got away after taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the Keizer U.S. Bank on Friday morning, Jan. 2. Shortly before 11:15 a.m., officers with the Keizer Police Department were called to the bank, located at 5110 River Road N, about a robbery that had just occurred. According to a statement from the KPD, the suspects “approached a teller inside the bank and demanded money.” No firearm was observed. The suspect took the cash and fled on foot. The suspect is described as being a white male in his 20s, about 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8, thin to medium build with light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a purple hooded zip-up sweat jacket, blue jeans and a backwards brown baseball cap. In addition, the suspect was described as having a bruise under his left eye. Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the KPD, said the description matches one from a similar incident earlier in the week. “Although we cannot confirm for certain this is the same suspect who robbed the U.S. Bank in Salem on Tuesday, he does have a very, very similar description with the added unique characteristic that he appears to have a bruise under his left eye at this time,” Kuhns told the Keizertimes. “We can confirm we believe the suspect is one in the same, but we can’t...

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Gone fishin’: Taylor set to leave council (with VIDEO)

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If you want to know why Jim Taylor has served on the Keizer City Council for 12 years – and the Parks Board for 10 years before that – you have to hit the rewind button. Taylor, 67, has lived in Keizer his entire life. He was active in Troop 241 Boy Scouts as a child and played youth baseball. Taylor coached youth baseball and softball for years, also serving on the Keizer Little League board for more than a decade. “My dad was always real active in the community,” Taylor said. “Growing up, I saw a lot of people active in volunteering. All of the people I looked up to as adults, whether it be through the Keizer Merchants Association (precursor to the current Keizer Chamber of Commerce), the Lions Club or Keizer Rotary, I looked at those people and they all volunteered in Keizer. So it was a natural progression.” Taylor is leaving the council at the Jan. 5 meeting, handing his seat over to Brandon Smith. Mayor Lore Christopher is also leaving (see related stories), as well as Joe Egli. “The most important thing we have in our life is time,” Taylor said of serving on Parks Board and council for a combined 22 years. “That’s what I was giving up. It was very self-satisfying. I didn’t do it for...

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The Christopher Era (with VIDEO)

She was a mother of two and frustrated about the state of her city’s parks for her children to play in. Lore Christopher looked around and saw no one doing what she thought should be done for Keizer and its families. She was involved with Keizer Little League and spent almost 10 years on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board—parks began her political career but it ends with much more. She’ll be the one first one to say she didn’t do anything—she was one of seven ‘folks’ helping out. She may have been one of seven votes, but her style and her determination aided her in forming coalitions, if not downright unanimous votes. Lore Christopher always had Keizer and its residents’ best interest at heart. Her votes over the years reflect that philosophy. She sought consensus when she could and barreled ahead when she could not. A dynamo, Christopher put her energy and passion into all things Keizer which meant fostering close relations with officials from Salem and Marion County among others in the region. If one of those other governments wanted to do something not in Keizer’s favor she was the first to put her ‘stop’ hand up. Though she called herself just a neighbor and a ‘folk,’ Lore Christopher grew into one of the most astute politicians in the Willamette Valley. She easily dispatched with ease two...

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New hand on the gavel

For a the first time in 14 years a new hand will be holding the gavel at Keizer City Council meetings. By most measures Cathy Clark is the most prepared and most experienced person to ever take the oath of that office. Clark and three councilors will be sworn on Monday night’s meeting. Of those three new counilors Brandon Smith served once before and Roland Herrera worked for the city’s public works department for many years. Amy Ripp will bring her enthusiasm and years of community volunteering to the council. The spotlight will be on Mayor Clark. She takes the helm of the council after eight years as a member, which includes serving as council president. Two things will become apparent quickly for interested and casual viewers—the new mayor is whip smart and she loves her community. Though Clark earned a masters degree at Kansas State University she says she is a life-long learner. She wants to know everything she can regardless of the topic. Her thirst for information and knowledge should not prolong council meetings, though. There is a time to seek infomration and at times quizzing a witness speaking before the council is not that time. Clark will be challenged maintaining her job at the Oregon Education Investment Board and being mayor. Keizerites expect to see their mayor at community events; they expect their mayor to be...

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KNOW thanks Keizer

To the Editor: By now, the Christmas wrappings have been discarded.  By now, almost 400 children in Keizer are enjoying the warmth of their new jackets, clothing and most importantly, are playing with their new toys. Thank you Keizer community and swarms of volunteers who made this happen.  The Keizer Network of Women (Keizer Chamber of Commerce and Foundation) are grateful for another year of the Gift Basket Program, and we couldn’t have done it without you.  Thank you. Audrey Butler...

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