Month: December 2015

Man extradited to Keizer for 2007 case

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A man who allegedly took an 11-year-old Keizer girl to Mexico in the spring of 2007 has been extradited to Oregon to face criminal prosecution from the Marion County District Attorney’s office. Raul Xalamihua-Espindola, now 28, was escorted Dec. 15 by two special agents from the Portland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from Mexico City to Portland, where custody was transferred to members of the Keizer Police Department who were awaiting his arrival. Xalamihua-Espindola was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant issued in April 2007 for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and for one count of custodial interference in the first degree. Another warrant was issued in December 2007 for four counts of first degree rape. Authorities investigated the case the whole time and worked collaboratively with the federal government of Mexico. All criminal charges stem from the investigation that began on April 6, 2007 when it was reported to the KPD 11-year-old Deysi Cisneros left a note for her mother and father explaining that she had run away with her boyfriend, Xalamihua-Espindola, who was 19 at that time. Within five days of the investigation beginning Xalamihua-Espindola had been indicted for one count of custodial interference in the first degree. Investigators from the KPD and the FBI worked to locate the victim and suspect, who had left Oregon and were...

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Lady Celts take down Oregon’s 6A leaders

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity basketball team took most everyone by surprise in a 75-57 win over Sheldon High School Saturday, Dec. 19, themselves included. “It was kind of a surprise to be winning but, by the end of the game we were like, ‘Oh, this is us and who we are as a team,’” said Kaelie Flores, a Celtic senior. Going into the game, Sheldon was the top-ranked team in the OSAA 6A division, McNary moved up to No. 14 with the win. McNary hosted the match-up and started out with a seven-point run that included two two-point goals by Flores and a three-pointer by Madi Hingston. The Keizer girls carried that lead into the second frame and lost it only briefly midway through the quarter. After falling behind 26-24, sophomore Kailey Doutt hit a two-pointer to knot the game 26-26. The Lady Celts would trail through the end of the half, but a final bucket by Reina Strand sent the teams to halftime with the Fighting Irish leading 35-33. “We started doing things a bit different even in the pre-game warm-ups and that made for a good start,” said Strand. By midway through the fourth quarter, the Lady Celts had a 19-point lead over the Irish. McNary spent much of the late minutes at the foul line making free baskets....

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Decorated for the season

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If you’ve been through the Gubser Miracle of Christmas Lights Display in the last 25 years, odds are you’ve seen the decorations at the Naegeli house. Not to mention the Halloween decorations. And the Valentine’s Day setup. Oh yeah, there’s also the Easter display. Yes, Harlan and Barbara Naegeli like to decorate their home at the corner of McLeod Lane and Rock Ledge Drive for various holidays. For Christmas time, the couple goes all out – and in. While the outside display is impressive in its own right – award-winning, in fact – the theme is continued inside, as Christmas decorations are everywhere. If there was room, there would be even more. Barbara and Harlan came to Christmas decorating from opposite perspectives. Barbara split her childhood between America and England, where the focus is on the inside of the house. Harlan, on the other hand, grew up in Silverton with plenty of outside decorations but nothing on the inside. “In England we didn’t do outside lights,” Barbara said. “We met one October. Then he came to my house the beginning of December and walked in. It was interesting for him to see all the decorations inside. I say our kids got the best of both worlds. We did Christmas crackers and paper crowns. It took Harlan a while to warm up.” Harlan flashed...

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Wish list

Sadly, the 2015 holiday season is slowing ebbing away. The Christmas gifts have been opened, the wrapping recycled and the tree is beginning to look a little forlorn. The time between Christmas and New Year’s Day is spent by many looking forward to the coming 12 months, some people make resolutions (and stick to them). Others think about what they will do with the new year and what they wish to happen. We have our wish list, too, of things we’d like to see in the coming year. • The round-about at Chemawa Road and Verda Lane to be completed on time and with signage that will make it easy for uninitiated drivers to navigate a traffic control tool that works just fine all around the globe. • A plan to make the Keizer Civic Center conference room financially stable, enough so that a lighting system can be installed that won’t leave speakers and performers in dark. • Money is obtained to finish the big playground at the Keizer Rapids Park and other amenities so we can move onto other projects. • A home for Keizer Homegrown Theatre. We think a pavilion at Keizer Rapids Park would do very well. It would serve not only as a 200-seat theatre for our performing groups including the Keizer Community Band and non-profit groups. The pavilion would also serve as a green...

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Back on the job

By MARK GLYZEWSKI “Without my back I could not do this job,” said Greg Biben, a firefighter/paramedic with the Keizer Fire District for the past 14 years. Unfortunately, Biben hurt his back while on the job on two different occasions. The first was in 2012 while lifting a man onto a stretcher. Biben ended up with a ruptured disk and needed surgery. Two years later at the scene of a house fire, Biben felt his back pop as he was cutting siding off an exterior wall to get at the fire. “That took me to the absolute lowest that I’ve ever been,” said Biben. “With the injury and my mental state of being hurt again and not being able to go to work, I felt hopeless.” His doctor referred him to Salem Health’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Services and its Work Injury Management team of physical and occupational therapists. “The staff there is just amazing,” said Biben. “They create a routine that mimics your work, whatever it is. In my case, they customized all of the exercises for firefighters.” “I eventually pulled a 50-pound bag that was strung from a second floor balcony in the rehab center to mimic lifting a bundle of fire hose from one floor to the next,” said Biben. “Also, I pushed a 300-pound sled to simulate rescuing somebody or moving the heavy gear we have.” “The exercises...

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