Month: September 2015

Scots, Celts battle Friday

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Neither the players nor head coach of the McNary High School varsity football team believe the team has lived up to its potential so far this season. They’ll get another chance to prove themselves Friday, Sept. 25, at McKay High School. “It’s not good enough to just beat them. Putting up a big score would really show what we’re able to do and the type of team we are,” said Celt Kyle Aicher. McNary (2-1 overall, 2-0 in the Greater Valley Conference) faces a struggling Royal Scot team just getting over its third consecutive loss. It might be tempting to overlook the Salem team, but Celt Jon Anderson wanted McNary to step back and take it a game at a time. “I want us to come out and not underestimate McKay. We have to take it seriously and hit them hard every single play,” Anderson said. Three games into the season, McNary is becoming known as a running team despite having lots of options in the air. “Our receivers can get a little more open on the outside and Trent (Van Cleave) can get the ball to us if we can get open,” Aicher said. Van Cleave completed 16 of 29 last week for 183 yards with no interceptions and one touchdown. Brendan Van Voorhis led the receivers with four catches for...

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Pedestrian killed in accident with vehicle

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A vehicle vs. pedestrian accident on Chemawa Road North Friday morning has been confirmed at fatal. Lt. Andrew Copeland with the Keizer Police Department said a 68-year-old male was killed after being struck by a Ford Ranger pickup. The accident happened shortly after 7:30 a.m. Sept. 25 at Chemawa and Newberg Drive North, resulting in the area being closed to traffic. “An older gentleman was crossing the road and walked right in front of the pickup,” Copeland said from the scene. “There was nothing criminal in nature. The guy didn’t make it.” Copeland said the name won’t be released until family can be contacted. Several items could still be seen on the road about an hour after the accident, including a shoe and a bottle of pop. A number of officers and a state trooper were on scene to begin the reconstruction of the accident. Copeland noted the female driver of the Ranger appeared to have done nothing wrong. “The driver of the pickup has been cooperative,” he said. “This type of accident is very traumatic for the driver. There’s no indication of anything other than she was driving lawfully at the speed limit when the pedestrian just crossed right in front of...

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Pearson gets 40 years to life

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes SALEM – Keizer teenager Brett Angus Pearson was sentenced to life behind bars with the possibility of parole after 40 years on Wednesday for his involvement in a shooting that killed his mom and injured his dad. Brett, who turns 19 on Oct. 7, pleaded guilty to several charges in the spring in connection to the March 5, 2014 shooting at his family’s home. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Dale Penn read the sentence in a courtroom filled with family members, including Brett’s father Wilfred “Bill” Pearson, who recovered from the shooting that left his wife Michelle dead. Brett was charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder with a firearm and conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. Miller entered a guilty plea last week and had his sentencing later on Wednesday. He received the same sentence as Brett. The main question for Brett Pearson was if Penn would have the 10 years for the attempted aggravated murder charge run concurrently or consecutive to the 30 years for the aggravated murder  charge. Penn ultimately went with consecutive, meaning Brett won’t be eligible for parole until after 40 years. There was no additional time for the conspiracy charge, as it was merged into the attempted aggravated charge. “This is a heavy sentence, but this is a heavy crime,” Penn said to the teenager. “I hope as you...

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A million pennies

Does anyone reach down to pick up a penny anymore? In earlier days when a kid found a penny (or a nickle or a quarter)  it was like finding treasure. Nowadays an errant penny is passed over with nary a glance. One can only guess the value of all the pennies laying on the ground in Keizer. More importantly, one can only imagine the value of the all change in all the vehicles in Keizer. That can add up to some serious money, which would be good for the Keizer Community Food Bank which is holding a fundraiser starting Oct. 1. Originally conceived as “12 Miles of Pennies,” an effort to raise more than $10,000 in the month of October. But, $10,000 equals more than 1million pennies, that’s unweildly. The food bank is still seeking to raise the money to help fill its shelves, which today are woefully sparse. Keizer kids are being asked to pick up a penny if they find one on the ground and put them in any number of collection cans that will be popping up around town late next week. Keizer drivers are asked to clean out the change cache in their vehicles and donate to the food bank, too. In one day Keizer generosity with its ‘car change’ could raise the money that is needed by the food bank. Food donations are accepted...

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KFD equipment bond request

To the Editor: I am writing in support of Measure 24-389, the Keizer Fire District’s request for a 20-year bond to replace aging fire apparatus and ambulances. The staff at Keizer Fire District has spent extra dollars and manpower in an effort to maintain an aging fleet of vehicles. It is time to continue supporting our emergency service providers by providing the monies necessary to purchase new firefighting apparatus, new ambulances and associated equipment to fully furnish these new units. You may see the KFD apparatus go by and say to yourself, “that looks new” when in reality the newest engine is now 11 years old, and our newest ambulance is seven years old. Recently one of the three ambulances was towed for repair, putting it out of service to respond. By approving this bond request the Keizer Fire District will be able to establish and maintain a schedule of vehicle replacement that will provide years of service to the constituents of Keizer Fire. From me personally, I support this worthy effort. I look at it as very inexpensive insurance to have adequate and advanced equipment available if I am ever in need of fire or EMS services. Please join me in voting YES for Measure 24-389, the Keizer Fire District equipment bond measure. Greg Ego...

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