Day: March 12, 2016

Child killed Friday while crossing River Road

An 8-year-old Salem boy was killed Friday evening while attempting to cross River Road North on the 3900 block. Just past 7 p.m. March 11, Keizer Police Department officers responded to a 9-1-1 report of an automobile versus pedestrian crash in the northbound lanes of River Road North. When officers arrived on scene, they confirmed Jaren James Nash, 8, had been struck by a northbound 2006 Ford Explorer driven by 31-year-old William Andrew Wetzler of Salem. Paramedics responded to the scene and took Nash to Salem Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Nash was then flown by Life Flight the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, where he was pronounced as deceased shortly after arriving. According to police, the preliminary investigation showed Nash was accompanied by his mother, Devon Rutherford of Keizer, while attempting to cross from west to east when he was hit in the northbound lanes. It was dark and the road was wet at the time of the incident. Wetzler stayed on scene and cooperated with authorities. The portion of the road where the mother and son were crossing does not have a crosswalk. The Oregon State Police assisted the KPD with the crash scene reconstruction. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact KPD Sergeant Dan Kelley at 503-390-3713 ext. 3479. Nash attended Schirle Elementary in Salem. Officials with the...

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Saxons foil boys tournament hopes

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After winning a hotly contested first round playoff game, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team ran up against a wall with South Salem High School in the second round of the state tournament. The Celtics edged Tualatin High School 44-43 Wednesday, March 2, to advance to the second round, but the Saxons shot out the lights from three-point range to win 71-58 Saturday, March 5, and earn the berth at the state tournament. “I thought we had a good game plan, but South made more shots than us. Losing was difficult, but I’m proud of the way our guys competed and they lost with class,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. In the South game, it was a back-and-forth battle for the first couple of minutes. The teams traded the lead six times before the Saxons went on an 11-0 run that included a trio of treys. The Celts were able to staunch the bleeding as they settled into a rhythm. McNary dominated scoring in the last four minutes of the period, but were only able to close the gap to 23-16 by the buzzer. McNary made the most of rebounds and a couple of steals in the second quarter to cut South lead to as little as four points. The teams went to the locker room with a score...

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