Month: July 2015

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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Errors cost Volcanoes several games

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Salem-Keizer has had an inconsistent record lately, hitting well and usually pitching well but giving away runs with holes in infield gloves. July 15: Volcanoes 5, Boise 4 Ronnie Jebavy’s walk-off home run gave Salem-Keizer its sixth win in a row to start the home series with the Hawks. Boise scored first with two runs in the second inning, but the Volcanoes tied the score in the bottom of the second and added a run each in the third and the fifth. After Boise tied the score with two in the eighth, Jebavy led off the bottom of the ninth with his homer. The Volcanoes had another home run, also leading off an inning, by Chris Shaw in the fifth. Boise had one homer, a two-run shot by Carlos Herrera in the eighth. Logan Webb was Salem-Keizer’s starting pitcher, giving up two runs, both unearned, in his five innings. Cory Taylor was the winning pitcher, with Christian Quintin the loser in relief. July 16: Boise 11, Volcanoes 8 Four errors cost the Volcanoes their second win of the series. Of the Hawks’ 11 runs, only six were earned. Boise outhit Salem-Keizer 14-11, but the Volcanoes made their hits count enough to win were it not for those errors. Each club scored four times in the first inning, but Boise added two runs each...

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“Big Top Burning” by Laura A. Woollett

“Big Top Burning” by Laura A. Woollett c.2015, Chicago Review Press $18.95 / $22.95 Canada 167 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER For months now, you’ve been growing out your hair. One day, it will be long enough that you can become an aerialist who hangs by her locks, looking like a mid-air ballet artist. And if that doesn’t work, you could be a lion tamer, for sure, or maybe a clown. But no matter what you choose, read “Big Top Burning” by Laura A. Woollett and stay safe. In the middle of World War II, when resources and money were both scarce, a trip to the circus was a huge treat. Families sometimes saved for months for the chance to see big cats, elephants, trapeze acts, and clowns. That was the case for many residents of Hartford , Connecticut , when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus came to town that day in early July 1944. Everyone was excited – even the government knew the circus was good for morale – and they quickly took their seats on bleachers or in fold-up chairs lined up on boards. “More than 6,000 people attended the circus on that hot July 6 afternoon,” says Woollett. The Big Tent (which was “massive” and weighed over 75,000 pounds) filled quickly with circus-goers, clowns and horses, bears and lions, tigers, chimps and...

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Hearing held for new subdivision

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Some concerns were expressed July 16 regarding a proposed new housing development in west Keizer. And no, concerns weren’t just expressed by the neighbors. Three neighbors did express various concerns before Hearings Officer Cynthia Domas, who conducted a public hearing on a proposal to turn 5.73 acres of land on Burbank Street into a 32-lot subdivision known as Bowden Meadows. The lots would range in size from 5,000 square feet to 10,856 square feet with the average lot being 6,033 square feet. The project applicant is Mark Farrow on behalf of Trademark Enterprises LLC for property owned by Robert Bowden and Doug Harner on behalf of JDC Homes LLC. Sam Litke, senior planner for Keizer, noted the subdivision was planned several years ago. “This particular property had received approval in early 2008 for comprehensive plan zone change/lot line adjustment,” Litke said. “The recession that year means the subdivision that was approved never happened. Now a new applicant has come forward. The lots are slightly different. There are slightly more lots.” City engineer Bill Peterson had an issue with the site distance in the plans, as well as the revised plans meant to respond to that concern. “When you skew the distance like that, there is a horizontal alignment,” Peterson said. “It doesn’t meet the city standard. If it did, that would improve things...

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Manager leaves Town & Country Lanes after reader board incident

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The fallout over a recent billboard message at Town & Country Lanes continued last week as manager Mardi Smith quit. Smith had been at Keizer’s bowling alley for 10 years and had been manager since 2010. Don Lebold has owned Town & Country for 47 years. On July 2, Lebold posted a message about the recent Supreme Court decision allowing same sex marriages: “Judges making decisions contrary to the word of God will they themselves be judged.” Things were quiet for a few days, but word of the message went viral on July 7. By the next day, the message was making national headlines. Smith posted on the bowling alley’s Facebook page the message was solely Lebold’s and did not reflect any other employees at the business. There were immediately dozens of responses, most highly critical of the bowling alley. The post was eventually removed, but soon the page was filled with negative one-star reviews. By the end of last week, the Facebook page was taken down. On July 15, Smith announced on her Facebook page she would be leaving her job. “I regret that I now announce that I must separate myself from the leadership of Town & Country Lanes,” Smith wrote. “I am giving my reluctant resignation effective July 29 to pursue available business opportunities within our community with the same...

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