Day: July 30, 2015

RIVERfair promises fun activities for all

RIVERfair 2015 will offer a variety of activities and entertainment on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Keizer Rapids Park. The RIVERfair Pet Parade, sponsored by Copper Creek Mercantile, begins at 11 a.m. The parade will end at the Upper Course Stage where the Golden Bone Awards will be presented. The Mayor’s and President’s 1Award will be joined with best costume, funniest and best look-a-like. The Keizer Community Library and the Keizer Heritage Center co-sponsor one of RIVERfair’s newest and popular activities: the Junior Archaeology Dig. With tools provided kids can dig like professional archaeologists and search for dinosaur bones and other relics. Each child will receive a Junior Archaeologist Certificate. The activity will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. RIVERfair’s signature event: the pie eating contest is back. Last year there was a grudge match between the Keizer Police Department and the Keizer Fire District. Come and see which side comes out on top this year. Aside from the firefighters and police, there were will be four categories of the contest: boys 13 and under; girls 13 and under; men 14 and older and women 14 and older. Entrants in the younger divisions will eat mini-pies while the older contestants will have to tackle a full-sized pie. Winners will receive a blue ribbon. The Willamette Wanderers, a member of the American Volkssport Association, will present a 5K and 10K...

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Suspect cuffed in mace robbery

Keizer police have arrested a Keizer man accused of attempting to rob a Salem man during a meeting set up for the two parties to complete a Craigslist transaction. Joshua J. Smith, 28, of 4343 Rivercrest Drive N. was arrested and charged with attempting to rob a 29-year-old Salem man of guitar pedals the victim was there to sell. Smith has been charged with third degree robbery, fourth degree assault, first degree theft and unlawful use of mace. Bail was set at $30,000. On Tuesday, July 28, at approximately 5:15 p.m. officers from the Keizer Police Department responded to 452 Cummings Lane North, John Knox Presbyterian Church, to a report of a robbery that had just occurred. The victim said he was assaulted during the robbery when the suspect sprayed him with a chemical weapon agent similar to mace or pepper-spray that incapacitated him and his ability to defend himself or prevent being robbed.
When officers arrived they found the man lying on the ground in the church parking lot next to his vehicle. The officer confirmed he had been sprayed in the face with some type of chemical weapon agent and observed his eyes were swollen shut and he had mucus coming from his nose and mouth. The victim also reported he was having difficulty breathing as he suffered from the effects of the chemical agent that the suspect had assaulted...

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