Month: February 2016

KPD questioned persons of interest about fatal shooting

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two men arrested in Eugene last week were also questioned about the fatal Keizer Station shooting on Valentine’s Day night, Feb. 14. Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the Keizer Police Department, said officers investigating the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Jerrid Goodpaster went to Eugene the night of Feb. 16. “(They were) looking for two men they had identified as individuals with whom they wanted to speak to with regard to the investigation,” Kuhns said on Feb. 18. “Coincidentally, both men had warrants for their arrest for unrelated alleged crimes. Although both men were taken into custody, they were not taken into custody for any alleged crimes or relation to the homicide investigation. Nobody has been charged with any alleged crimes related to our investigation.” A statement released by the Eugene Police Department on Feb. 17 stated the EPD assisted the KPD “to locate and apprehend a wanted, possibly armed suspect.” A Community Emergency Notification System warning was issued shortly before the arrest since cops were chasing one of the suspects. Kuhns said Feb. 18 the warrants weren’t for KPD or EPD. “We learned they were in Eugene,” Kuhns said. “We called (the EPD) and asked if they would help us. We were all there. We found the house they were at. A car left the house. One suspect was in the car, one...

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Woman blessed by Benny — twice

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Is Benny back with his $100 bills? Keizer’s Joni Powers sure is a Benny Believer. On Valentine’s Day, Powers was shopping in the toy aisle at the Keizer Goodwill store with grandson Jackson, 3. Powers takes care of Jackson full-time so his parents can both work. Having not worked herself for more than 18 months, money is a little tight for Powers. “I live on $30 a week,” Powers said. “Both of my kids work. We just started going back to church. This was after church on (Feb. 14).” Powers said she saw a man who might have been the ever elusive Benny. “That day we were talking,” Powers said of herself and Jackson. “He said, ‘Grandma, are you going to buy those clothes?’ I said, ‘No, I’m too cheap to buy something for myself.’ I told him we couldn’t buy anything. We were in the toy aisle. I had seen this guy being close (to Jackson). I went over near where he was and he left. I went back to the toy aisle and on the third shelf, right there on eye level where he’d been, was a $100 bill. No one could have just dropped it, because it was too high up.” Powers didn’t know what to do and debated internally if she should pick it up or leave it. “I was...

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Kuch takes fifth in state 100 free

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After setting two Greater Valley Conference records two weeks ago, McNary High School’s Marissa Kuch claimed top 10 finishes at the state meet Feb. 19 and 20. “Friday wasn’t the best day of racing for me, but I improved from sixth to fifth in the 100 free,” said Kuch, a sophomore. Kuch swam the 100 free in 24.96 seconds and finished eighth in the 200 free with a time of 26.15. Kuch actually had a better time in the 200 free than several of the higher-placing finishers, but she was relegated to the B Final after her tough day on Friday. “The best part was swimming with a bunch of amazing girls in the A Finals of the 100 free. I know a lot of them from club swimming,” Kuch said. Kuch swims competitively year-round and started at age 6. “When I was little, my grandparents in California had a pool and I always wanted to get in it and never get out,” she said. At the beginning of her second season with McNary, she had two goals: claim a school record and repeat as a district champ. “The school records are really hard to get, but I got the 500 free record and then the district meet went really well,” Kuch said. Kuch won the district title in the 200 freestyle...

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Two wrestlers, zero excuses

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two former wrestlers with similarly unique challenges visited Keizer schools last week delivering messages of inspiration. Anthony Robles, who won the 2011 national NCAA wrestling title at 125 pounds, visited McNary High School Wednesday, Feb. 17. Keizer’s own Kacey McCallister, a wrestling standout at McNary who ended his career with a second place finish at the state tournament, visited Whiteaker Middle School Friday, Feb. 19. Robles was born with only one leg, McCallister lost both of his when he was struck by a semi truck at age 6. Both wrestlers credited their parents for setting the standards by which they would learn to live their lives. “(My mom) raised me thinking that missing a leg wasn’t going to be an excuse, it was a challenge,” said Robles. After the accident, McCallister’s parents were told by doctors to let him figure things out for himself. If it meant figuring out a way to scale the cabinets to get a box of cereal, so be it. “I had to figure out how to be awesome,” McCallister said. “The next summer I was playing t-ball. I would hit the ball and my dad would push me in the wheelchair, but he would run like he was the one playing. There were kids dodging me and trying to tag me out at the same time.” McCallister...

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Teens hurt in Windsor Island Road crash

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two 17-year-old boys from Salem were injured in a one-vehicle crash last Friday afternoon, Feb. 19. Keven Potts, who had just turned 17 the day before, was driving a 1992 Toyota Camry when he struck a large tree along the road on the 5900 block of Windsor Island Road North shortly after 3 p.m. Potts’ passenger, Connor Campbell, had serious injuries and underwent surgery at Salem Hospital. Potts had serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to the Keizer Police Department. According to Facebook pages, both boys attend West Salem High School. Mark Glyzewski, public relations consultant for the hospital, said on Tuesday afternoon Campbell had been updated to fair condition. Potts was released from the hospital on Saturday. Potts’ mother, Theresa, posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon her son had a broken arm, a concussion and staples in his scalp, while Campbell was still recovering from surgery but was in good spirits. Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the KPD, said it was a one-vehicle accident with the cause still under investigation as of Tuesday afternoon. The Marion County CRASH Team responded to the scene. KPD officers were assisted by the Oregon State Police and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. There was rain off and on Feb. 19, but it’s not clear if it was raining at the crash scene at the time. Windsor Island...

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