Day: February 2, 2015

Montano turns up heat on Grizzlies

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School sophomore Jaylene Montano ignited second-half scoring vs. McMinnville High School in a varsity basketball game Friday, Jan. 23. Montano replaced senior Jasmine Ernest who got into foul trouble in the first half, then drained a trio of three-pointers and 3 of 4 from the field to lead Celtic scoring with 16 points in a 47-29 win. “Once that first shot (a three pointer) went in, my confidence went up. From there it was a matter of trying to get out in the open and making sure we ran through our plays aggressively,” Montano said. It was the fourth consecutive win for McNary, and came as the team was about to begin the second round robin of the Greater Valley Conference. The Lady Celts had to wrest back the lead in the game against the Grizzlies in the latter half of the first period on a basket by Kailey Doutt. The bucket put McNary up 6-4. “We started the games getting good looks, but shots we’d been making just weren’t falling. We were trying some new things in our defense that weren’t quite working, but our man-to-man and half-court defense was just outstanding,” said Derick Handley, McNary head coach. “Luckily, it was one of those games where the defense kept us in it while the offense warmed up.” By the...

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Chief Teague talks about POP, CRU, stats and more

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It’s no secret things are done differently these days at the Keizer Police Department. Chief John Teague feels the changes have been for the better – even if that isn’t always easy to show in numbers. Teague, who took over as Keizer’s police chief in September 2013 following the retirement of Marc Adams, explained his approach and the results thus far during the January West Keizer Neighborhood Association meeting. One of the main emphasis for Teague was talking about a change to problem-oriented policing (POP) and restarting the Community Response Unit (CRU). “Our industry is going to more problem-oriented policing, trying to figure out problems,” Teague said. “For decades we chased the numbers. Just because we make a bunch of arrests doesn’t mean we live in a safe place. When we made safety our goal, we recognized it may be we need to change what we’re doing.” As part of that, Teague has given Lt. Andrew Copeland the authority to go through reports, identify problems and use CRU and patrol resources to solve the problems. Teague said people such as a “crazy guy” on Larry Avenue are being talked to and babysat in an attempt to be ahead of issues, instead of simply responding repeatedly as happened in the past. “It helps the neighbors to feel better,” he said. “We’d rather be ahead...

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