Day: December 18, 2015

3 bomb threats at Keizer schools

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two bomb threats at two Keizer schools in two days was unusual enough. That makes three such threats in four school days all the more unusual. McNary High School parents received an automated phone message last Thursday, Dec. 10 about a threat found at the school that day. School was open as usual Dec. 11, but with extra security. Attendance was lower than usual. Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief of the Keizer Police Department, said the threat was being investigated. “We treat any and all threats made against a school as a very serious matter and investigate each accordingly as a criminal matter,” Kuhns said. “The Salem-Keizer School District and the Keizer Police Department are working together on this matter.” On the afternoon of Dec. 11, a new threat was discovered at Claggett Creek Middle School. Jay Remy, Communications director for SKSD, confirmed CCMS parents were notified via phone about the incident. “Due to a bathroom graffiti bomb threat, the kids at Claggett Creek Middle School were taken right across the street to Weddle Elementary School,” Remy said. “They were there for about 40 minutes. We ask parents to remind students that making threats can result in criminal charges and school consequences.” Students were supervised inside Weddle until the normal release time, with buses picking up CCMS students at Weddle. The release time for...

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Keizerite arrested for rape charges

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man was arrested earlier this month in connection with raping three people in the last 15 years, two of whom were minors at the time. Keizer Police Department detectives arrested Nikolay Avdeyev, 52, a Keizer resident on the 1300 block of Angie Way NE, on Dec. 3. An indictment hearing for Dec. 18 has been pushed back to Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 8:30 a.m. Court papers show more than 20 charges filed against Avdeyev. Jeff Kuhns, deputy police chief with the KPD, said Avdeyev was not a stranger to his victims. There are two court dockets concerning Avdeyev. One has a single charge, rape in the first degree. According to the court papers, the sexual intercourse took place on or between Sept. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2009. The other court docket lists 19 charges, 18 of which are concerning one victim. That docket lists three counts of rape in the first degree, five counts of rape in the second degree, 11 counts of sex abuse and a sexual penetration with a foreign object charge. Both victims in the second docket are listed as children under the age of 14. The multiple acts on the first victim are listed as taking place between Jan. 1, 1999 and Dec. 31, 2002. The timeline on the second victim is listed as taking place...

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Getting a new perspective

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Eric Peterson certainly had preconceived notions in his mind and figured they would be proven right. A few days after 22-year-old Brandon Crist of Keizer – the nephew of Peterson’s longtime significant other – died of a heroin overdose in late September, Peterson heard some of Crist’s friends would be gathering at a park in Salem to remember him. “My intention was to go there and hang in the background, scope people out, embed myself, prove my preconceived notions,” Peterson said. “What actually happened was one of the most moving experiences of my life.” As Peterson approached the park, he found a group of Crist’s friends. He also saw police lights, since neighbors had complained about noise and a sheriff’s deputy was waiting for more people to enter the scene. Peterson approached the deputy, explained what was going on and asked for the police lights to be turned off. “I asked the deputy if I could diffuse the gathering, make sure nobody was drinking and driving and get them out of there without him getting involved,” Peterson said. “He approved and turned off his lights as a group of kids started shuffling out of the woods. The deputy backed up his patrol car to the other side of the parking lot while I approached the kids.” With law enforcement backing off, Peterson approached...

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Every tradition is important

By LYNDON ZAITZ I don’t mind that the holiday season began months ago. Some decry the Christmas displays in various retail stores, starting as early as August or September. “It starts earlier every year!” some exclaim. Others repeat the new saw: “The holidays have become too commercialized.” Yeah, well…bah humbug on those sentiments.The holidays come exactly as early as the public wants it to come. How many people do you know that proudly boast they have finished their Christmas shopping. In July, no less. They are just over-achievers. I understand when people say they miss the traditional, old fashioned Christmases of their memory.  Each family has its cherished traditions that each member carries with them, like imprinted DNA. Religious traditions mix with familial traditions mix with culinary traditions. Each as valid and important as the next. While my family had its traditions when all us kids were still at home, each of us has moved on and created our own versions of the season. Many of my cherished holiday memories revolve around friends who, like me, had no family living nearby. We created our own Christmas. The tree was decorated in a modern style—think Andy Warhol over Norman Rockwell. Our warm feelings (and gifts) for each other was no less traditional or meaningful than if we were with our own families. We searched our favorite shops for the most...

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