Day: March 16, 2015

Suspicious package closes River Road

A suspicious package was found late Monday afternoon at the Summer Breeze statue on River Road near Figaro’s. As a precaution, deputy chief Jeff Kuhns with the Keizer Police Department said River Road was closed from about 6:20 to 6:55 p.m. “We closed River Road to let the bomb squad use their robot to check things out,” Kuhns said. “There was nothing dangerous. We want to be safe for all concerned.” The item was a case draped around the neck of the...

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Keizer PD uses old Roth’s for training

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Since the Roth’s grocery store closed in Keizer nearly three years ago, it hasn’t been unusual to see officers with the Keizer Police Department meet up in the parking lot. Inside the former grocery store, though? That hasn’t happened much. But that’s just what happened over a two-day period last week as all KPD officers went through some training scenarios in the vacant building. Officers went through various scenarios and got immediate feedback, as well as the opportunity to explain what they saw. “We’re putting officers through some drills,” Sgt. Bob Trump said as officer Dave Babcock started the training. “This is an on-duty cop. We pulled him off the road from his patrol. He’ll go back out when he’s done here.” The first scenario involved hand-to-hand fighting, with Darsy Olafson doing the training and evaluation. “It’s practicing defensive tactics,” said Olafson, who has been doing the training since 2004. “I can evaluate how well they’re picking it up.” Trump then had officers go in the back and deal with a stubborn subject with a weapon, in this case played by Lt. Andrew Copeland. Babcock went through the scenario in a dark back room. “He was not responding to my commands,” Babcock said while debriefing with Trump. The scenario helped officers with a common issue. “Handcuffs have to sometimes be put on in...

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Knight of Arts ‘amazing’ success

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary’s Knight of Arts was a success in almost every way imaginable. The event, held Saturday, March 7, at McNary High School brought in about $35,000. Funds will be used to pay down the cost of the music programs’ latest CDs in addition to helping install a closed-circuit camera system in the school’s Ken Collins Auditorium. The unexpected donation of high-end microphones from Uptown Music during the fundraiser will also go a long way to cutting costs on future CD projects. “It means we can now fully produce all our own recordings of the groups for our yearly CDs and concert recordings,” said Leah Garro, McNary Fine Arts Boosters president. All told, about 2,000 hours go into planning the event. Garro’s involvement with Knight of Arts goes back three years, but even she was stunned by the outpouring this year. “Whether it was businesses stepping up to donate, people wanting to contribute funds, or parents volunteering to plan and work at the event, everyone was so willing to do what they could to help out. The end result was an amazing night,” she said. “I am also proud of the variety of ways these funds have benefited our programs. We have helped replace instruments for the band, paid entry fees for students to attend art shows, built a recording studio and a piano...

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