Day: February 15, 2016

Man dies after shooting at Starbucks

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes One man died after a shooting Sunday night in Keizer. Keizer Police are still looking for suspects from a Sunday evening fatal shooting at Keizer Station. Officers with the Keizer Police Department responded to an assault call at 6:36 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2555 Jorie Lane NE, the Starbucks in Keizer Station. According to the KPD, officers arrived and located a 28-year-old male victim from Salem who had been shot and was seriously injured. The victim was transported to Salem Hospital by the Keizer Fire District and was later pronounced dead. The identity of the victim has not been released yet. The shooting is being investigated as a criminal homicide. The KPD is being assisted by members of the Homicide Assault Response Team with investigators from the Oregon State Police and the Salem Police Department. No suspects have been taken into custody yet, but the investigation is continuing. Anyone who witnessed the incident or may otherwise have related information is asked to call KPD detective Arsen Avetisyan at 503-390-3713 ext. 3514 or...

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Budget woes discussed by Parks Board

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It looks to be another tight budget year for the parks department in Public Works in Keizer. That helped launch another discussion of how to bring in more funds at Tuesday’s Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. The discussion got going when Robert Johnson, Parks supervisor for the city, gave a preview of the upcoming 2016-17 fiscal year budget. “I’ve been given another status quo budget,” Johnson said. “Bottom line, it doesn’t increase at all. We know the challenges we had this year and it will be more challenging as we get no more funding.” Johnson said the cost of temporary employees – a proposal to hire an additional full-time employee last year didn’t get approved – has gone up 23 percent or about $10,000. He and Bill Lawyer, Public Works director, looked at options and determined the money could be made up in only two places: pulling $10,000 in funding designated for Keizer Little League Park or from the Parks Board’s matching grant program. “That covers the cost increase, but includes no more hours, which we need,” Johnson said. “We’re just trying to stay afloat. We’re not seeing an increase (in general fund revenue), from what I’ve been told.” Johnson said the situation reinforces what has become a hot topic for Parks Board members at recent meetings. “This shows how important...

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