Day: June 3, 2016

Wolverine 8th grader wins state title, makes history

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Nick Zuro, a Whiteaker Middle School eighth grader, was still in the single digits, he was given a pogo stick for his birthday. Nick had never used one before but, within 48 hours, he was jumping 1,000 consecutive times – without using his hands. “If he wants to do something, he works hard until he does it. It’s the way he’s always been,” said Camille Zuro, Nick’s mother. That kind of determination paid off in a big way May 26. Nick became the first Wolverine to win a state title at the Oregon Middle School Meet of Champions (MOC). As far as anyone can remember, he might even be the first state champ in the school’s history in any track and field event. “I knew it was a possibility,” Nick said. “I hoped I could do it, and I was really happy when it happened.” He cleared 5-foot-8 at MOC along with two other jumpers, but he completed the jump in fewer attempts. That mark isn’t even his best. At a track meet with Houck Middle School in April, the 6-foot-4, 14-year-old cleared 6 feet. Nick started competing in the high jump as a seventh grader at the encouragement of James Decker, a Whiteaker teacher and coach. Decker had seen Nick dunking the ball on the basketball court and knew he was...

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Man gets 33 years in child porn case

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison last week after being convicted on 20 counts of encouraging sexual abuse of a minor. Judge Donald Abar delivered the 33.75-year sentence to Larry Lee Edwards May 25 in Marion County Circuit Court. Edwards, 52, was arrested at his Keizer residence in November 2015 after Keizer police officers served a search warrant on his residence at 4090 Hennessy Lane N.E. Keizer Police Department (KPD) received a tip that Edwards was posting images of child pornography online. Det. Ben Howden was the primary investigator. “Without going into too much detail, certain internet service providers will alert us when one of their subscribers is posting illegal material online, or possible illegal material, online,” Howden said. “The content he was posting was of a particularly extreme nature, but we believe all of it had been created by others.” Edwards was renting a bedroom from an elderly couple that he knew. They did not know about anything he had been doing, Howden said. Edwards was already listed on the Oregon Sex Offender Registry, stemming from previous convictions more than three decades ago. In 1981, Edwards was convicted of attempted sodomy. In 1985, he was convicted of kidnapping and sodomy. His preferred targets are boys 12 and younger, according to the information available at

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Persuade the community

Mayor Cathy Clark and some city councilors say they will hold community conversation meetings this year to get a sense of what Keizer’s citizens want and what they may be willing to pay for. Last month’s budget committee meetings got heated over the issue of adding one officer to the police force. Witnesses and some committee members expressed frustration-—and even anger—that the city would not be able to fund one new cop. The Keizer Police Department has operated with three fewer officers than they say is necessary to do the job. City Manager Chris Eppley has said he doesn’t want to add personnel not backed with sustained funding. The 2016-17 budget should be the last in which the city has to forgo beefing up the police department. The 2017-18 budget cycle will benefit from tax payments from new development that is coming on line this year. Tax revenue won’t start coming into Keizer’s coffers until November; revenues in November 2017 should be rosier. Operating a city is expensive, espeically when some expenditures are federally mandated. Add in ever-rising health care costs and PERS requirements and the budget is quickly allocated before a new cop or park maintenance can be added. Keizer’s tax rate has been frozen at $2.08 per $1,000 valuation since day one. Other selected Oregon cities of similar population have rates of between $2.95 and $6.33 per...

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Hill’s emails: lying in plain sight

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Speaking in San Francisco last week, Hillary Clinton told supporters that Donald Trump is not fit to be president. “He roots for himself,” the former Secretary of State proclaimed, “and that’s the type of person who should not be president of the United States.” By that standard, Clinton herself has no business running to win the White House. Recently the State Department’s independent watchdog, the Office of the Inspector General, issued a report on Clinton’s “email records management.” The report includes information that shows that practically everything Clinton has said about her use of a private server is false. Last year, Clinton said that she used the private server “for convenience.” She talked as if she had not given the matter much thought. That claim was unbelievable at the time. Given the family’s extensive history of being under investigation, she of all lawyers had to know that government correspondence belongs to the people, not the place holders. As the Washington Post editorialized, the new report shows that Clinton’s decision “was not a casual oversight.” The Secretary of State was so busy trying to protect her self-interest that she repeatedly ignored warnings about cybersecurity risks. Even after the inspector general’s report was released, Clinton continued to spin lies. She told ABC News and CNN that her use of a private server was “allowed.” It was not. Indeed,...

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