Day: January 15, 2016

Laundromat hearing gets washed back

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Salem’s Thomas Patrick Healy was already in quite a bit of legal trouble. Fleeing to Arizona and getting arrested down there didn’t help his cause. Healy, 50, had a plea hearing before Judge Audrey Broyles in the Marion County Courthouse Annex on Jan. 7. The hearing didn’t last long, as it was pushed back to Friday, Jan. 22. Healy was arrested in January 2014 after investigators with the Keizer Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office forced their way into his residence. Healy was arrested at the time and charged with 16 counts each of burglary, criminal mischief and possession of a burglary tool or theft device. In November 2013, KPD officers responded to a theft report at Keizer Coin Op Laundry on River Road, where a change machine was reported to be extensively damaged and money was taken. Working with investigators from other agencies such as the Salem Police Department, detectives were able to identify Healy and his Jeep from surveillance videos. When authorities entered Healy’s residence two years ago, they recovered evidence linking him to a number of other laundromat burglaries from 2013. A loaded handgun and additional ammunition were also found. The crime spree was believed to have taken place between May and November 2013 in various cities around Oregon. Detective Chris Nelson said Healy got a break, but...

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Ebbs, Kibbey tops at Don York Invite

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School senior Joey Kibbey and sophomore Brayden Ebbs won their divisions at the Don York Invitational Jan 8-9. The Celtics finished third overall in the annual tournament held at Cleveland High School. “We were third in that tournament because everyone contributed,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. “The exceptional parts were the five kids who didn’t place but were one match away from it.” Kibbey, at 120 pounds, had one fall and three decisions in the run up to his finals match where he face Gary Thayer of Churchill High School. We won the finals match 9-7 for the tournament title. “Keeping my mind in the game the whole time was a big part of it. I was also lucky to have my whole team behind me,” Kibbey said. His only disappointment of the tournament was not getting to face first-seeded Gavin Stockwell of Sunset High School. Stockwell lost his third-round match just before Kibbey would have faced him. The younger Ebbs, at 138 pounds, entered the tournament as the first seed and notched three pins to make his way to the semifinals where he faced Drew Urben of Putnam High School. Urben was the only wrestler to get a point on B. Ebbs in the entire tournament. B. Ebbs won that match in a 14-1 major decision and pinned...

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Gym to fill empty Depot space

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A new gym is tabbed for Schoolhouse Square. It’s location? Right next to an existing gym. Last week, Gary Miller with Utah-based Cumming Construction Inc. submitted an application for a permit at 5045 River Road North, the former site of the Office Depot. The office supply store closed in 2009 and the building in the middle of Schoolhouse Square – which is under new ownership – has been vacant ever since. When the Keizertimes visited the site on Jan. 8, the large poster telling the nearest Office Depot location in Salem was still on display, as well as a for rent sign. By Monday morning, doors were open and cleaning could be seen taking place. According to the permit filed with Marion County last week, B Fit Health Club is coming in. Tenant improvements to the building are listed as being worth $600,000. Miller referred questions to Connie Koska, the San Diego, Calif.-based construction project manager with 24 Hour Fitness. Koska did not return messages from the Keizertimes seeking comment, but a worker at the vacant site on Monday said a gym is indeed coming in. Darren Bloch, principal with Bellevue, Wash.-based Bloch Properties, noted his company closed on the purchase of Schoolhouse Square in December and has some prospective tenants for other spaces as well. One of the other spaces in Schoolhouse...

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William (Bill) D. Rumpf

Former Keizer resident Bill Rumpf passed away on Dec. 28, 2015 in Kirkland, Wash. Bill married Dawn 51 years ago and together they had two sons, William (wife Kris) and Robert with twin grandsons Alec and Cale. Bill was a former president of Keizer Little League, and with the help of many volunteers was instrumental in the original construction of the Keizer Little League Fields. Bill is survived by his mother, Patricia DuBois, two sisters Sue (Chuck) and Pam (Vance) and three brothers, Dan (Wendy), Dave (LaVonne), H.T. (Shelly), along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and extended...

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