Day: January 9, 2015

First medical marijuana facility opens in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Ben Robison recently opened Keizer’s first medical marijuana facility. The way he sees it, there won’t be much competition in the future in Keizer. Robison opened Alpha Alternative Solutions at 3700 River Road on Dec. 20, nearly a year after he hoped to open. Figuring out how to regulate such facilities was a hot topic for the Keizer City Council throughout 2014. A task force was set up early in the year in response to new state laws that went into effect. A moratorium ended up being set up, in essence buying city officials time to implement a plan. Robison noted he was three days short of being grandfathered in before the moratorium went into effect, leading to a long delay. “I’ve been renting for a good five months,” Robison said this week. “I’ve been trying to open since February.” Robison noted he’s had a number of obstacles to overcome, starting with the stigma attached to medical marijuana dispensaries and how far away such facilities have to be from specific types of buildings. State laws include the stipulation that a facility has to be at least 1,000 feet away from a school. In Keizer, the rule is 1,500 feet, in addition to being 1,000 feet from any public building and 1,000 feet away from any other dispensary. “It’s extremely hard to find a...

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New mayor, councilors take over (with VIDEO)

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Four familiar faces were sworn in during Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting. Cathy Clark was sworn in as the new mayor after serving on the council for eight years. Clark took over the seat previously held by Lore Christopher for 14 years. Roland Herrera may be new to council, but the new council No. 4 seat holder is no stranger to how the city operates. After all, he worked for the city for 19 years before resigning in 2011. Amy Ripp was sworn in for the No. 5 council seat. Like Herrera, it is Ripp’s first time on the council but the small business owner has been involved in various committees and community organizations over the years. Brandon Smith made his return to the council. Smith, who took over the No. 6 seat previously held by Jim Taylor, formerly served on the council from 2007 until the first meeting of 2013. Since leaving council, Smith has served on the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as well as the Storm Water Advisory Committee (SWAC). Those expecting Clark to institute massive change will likely be disappointed. “Thank you for being here tonight and supporting us,” Clark said after taking over the center seat on the dais. “We are a community of volunteers. We work with you as well as for you. We do this...

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Dog shot, two arrested at longtime drug home

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two people were arrested and an aggressive dog was shot early Thursday morning. According to a news release from the Keizer Police Department, members of the KPD’s Community Response Unit (CRU) heard about complaints of drug dealing at 453 Juedes Avenue North in December and began an investigation. A search warrant was secured and served shortly before 6 a.m. on Jan. 8. According to police, when officers entered the house, a 93-pound four-year-old American pit bull terrier-mix dog became aggressive and charged at the officers. Sgt. Jeff Goodman, believing serious injury was imminent for himself and fellow officers, shot and struck the dog at least one time in the left shoulder. After being shot, the dog retreated into the garage and hid under a desk, staying highly agitated and not allowing officers near. The officers were eventually able to coax the dog out and placed him on a makeshift stretcher made specifically for dogs. Once muzzled, the dog was taken to Keizer Veterinary Clinic for treatment of a non-life threatening injury. It was determined one of the people in the house, 50-year-old Tami Labee, had picked up the dog from its owner home about three hours before the search warrant was served on her home. In talking with Labee, investigators learned sales of controlled substances have been taking place in the home for...

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