Day: August 3, 2015

National Night Out is Aug. 4

In partnership with the National Association of Town Watch, the Keizer Police Department will be co-sponsoring the 31st annual National Night Out event citywide on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. More than 34 million people in more than 15,000 communities throughout the country will join forces to promote police-community partnerships, crime, drug and violence prevention, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime awareness; generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations and send a message to criminals, letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Residents in neighborhoods in Keizer and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, potlucks, dessert socials and youth activities. Neighborhood Watch block captains are highly encouraged to organize an event as an opportunity to contact their participants, meet new neighbors and update their rosters. All other neighborhoods are also encouraged to participate. Participants are asked to designate a particular problem area in their neighborhood. Called “Project 365,” it could be anything from a problem park, a suspected drug house or car break-ins. The goal will be to work towards correcting the problem in 365 days, or by National Night Out...

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New details in toddler death at sentencing

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In the aftermath of the fire last Oct. 24 that killed her 4-year-old son, Niya Breann Sosa-Martinez talked to detective Chris Nelson with the Keizer Police Department multiple times. The story changed each time. Nelson gave some chilling details July 22 during a sentencing hearing. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Courtland Geyer ultimately gave Sosa-Martinez 11 years (132 months) for the fire that killed Andre Joaquin Sosa at their Susan Court apartment. The mom, now 24, pled guilty to manslaughter in June, meaning last week’s sentencing took the place of a trial that had been scheduled to start in August. The sentencing served as the first time a number of details about last fall’s fire and subsequent investigation publicly surfaced. Nelson said he first interviewed Sosa-Martinez the afternoon of the fire as he gave her a ride to the KPD. In the initial interview, Sosa-Martinez said her son got a runny nose so she directed him to go to the bedroom to get a Kleenex off the nightstand which had a candle and a marijuana bong on it “Then she heard the loud noise of breaking glass,” said Nelson, who noted Sosa-Martinez felt her son had knocked over a candle. “She saw her bed on fire, told her son to get out of the apartment and she started to panic.” After putting some...

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