Day: June 27, 2016

Armed robber eludes police twice

  Keizer Police Department responded to two armed robberies in the wee hours Sunday, June 26. Police officials suspect the same man in incidents at Cooper’s Deli & Pub, 5408 River Road N., and Quality Suites, 5188 Wittenberg Lane N.E. At 12:57 a.m., officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Cooper’s. The female victim, a cashier at the business, reported a single male adult entered the business and confronted her demanding money while displaying a black handgun. The suspect fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen headed southbound on River Road North, but was not located. At 2:30 a.m., police received a second report of an armed robbery at Quality Suites. A clerk reported a male subject entered the lobby of the hotel confronting him while displaying a black handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash in an unknown direction of travel. A K-9 team from the Salem Police Department responded to this incident and searched the area for the suspect but he was not located. The suspect is described as a light skinned Black Male Adult in his late 20’s, 5’11”, thin build with scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a dark gray hoodie and torn baggy jeans. No injuries were reported with either incident. Anyone having information about...

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Officer-involved shooting at convenience store

A Keizer police officer was involved in an on-duty shooting on Sunday June 26, at the 7-Eleven located on the corner of Lockhaven Drive North and River Road North. At 8:18 p.m., officers from the Keizer Police Department responded to the convenience store after receiving a report that an armed robbery had just occurred at the business. One Keizer Police officer arrived on scene and confronted the suspect.  During the confrontation the officer discharged his firearm striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to Salem Health for treatment of his injuries. The involved officer was not injured. An investigation will be conducted by members of the Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. It is standard procedure for the Keizer Police Department to request the Oregon State Police conduct an independent investigation into an incident of this nature, said Jeff Kuhns, KPD deputy chief. The name of the involved officer and the suspect are not being released at this time as additional time is needed to make notification to the families of those who were involved. The involved officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation, a standard proceure in officer-involved shootings. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Oregon State Police at...

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“This is Your Brain on Parasites” by Kathleen McAuliffe

“This is Your Brain on Parasites” by Kathleen McAuliffe c.2016, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $27.00 / $39.00 Canada 288 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You didn’t get much sleep last night.  You were too busy checking windows. The blame for that lies squarely on that creepy show you’ve been watching on TV; all you could think about was what it would be like to be eaten by zombies. But read the new book “This is Your Brain on Parasites” by Kathleen McAuliffe, and you’ll see that the real danger isn’t outside your window. It’s inside your skin. As an adult human being, you are in control of your life. You’re rational, decisive, and interpretive – or are you? Could it be possible that your decisions, food choices, sex life, and personality are driven by something you picked up from your last vacation, your local grocery store, or your cat? Yes, says science writer McAuliffe, it’s not only possible – it’s probable. Parasites, which include viruses and bacteria, have been around for about as long as humans have, and some of them are beneficial: you literally could not live without the flora in your gut, for instance. As for the nasty ones, McAuliffe says, “virtually every aspect of the human body’s design bears witness” to their presence and to the “age-old struggle” to thwart what those parasites can do. By...

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Hopkins retires from Keizer Elementary

At the end of every school year, Gay Hopkins gets out her magic wand and turns all her Keizer Elementary second graders into third graders. It’s a ritual that has meant so much to students that one recently asked Hopkins to bring the wand to her graduation at Linfield College to turn her into a nurse. But Hopkins did her magic for the final time last week. After 34 years, 31 in the Salem-Keizer School District, including 18 at Keizer Elementary, she is retiring. Hopkins has wanted the same thing for all of her students—a great life and an invite to their graduation. “I hope my enthusiasm for learning really makes a difference for all of my students,” she said. “I want them to feel positive that they can do it. I want them to appreciate and enjoy what they’ve got.” While her mom was a teacher, it was once the last thing Hopkins wanted to be when she grew up. “In middle school, I was absolutely not going to be a teacher,” she said. “I think it was rebellious. I’m not going to be like my parents.” But in high school she changed her mind and enrolled at Western Oregon University. After graduation, Hopkins accepted a position in South America, teaching English to kindergarteners in Colombia. “I always wanted to go overseas and be a foreign exchange student...

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