Day: July 8, 2016

Giants’ top pick joins Volcanoes

By TIM HAYS Of the Keizertimes Bryan Reynolds has finally arrived in Salem-Keizer. The 2016 second round pick by the San Francisco Giants joined the Volcanoes last Thursday in Hillsboro. His home debut was Monday against the Vancouver Canadians. A native of Brentwood, Tenn., Reynolds has grown up around baseball his whole life. “Growing up I was playing with all my best friends,” he said. “We traveled all around Tennessee, and a few other states to play. It was really good to create a foundation for baseball, and I found some lasting relationships. That was probably the best time in baseball I’ve had so far.” As a four-year letter winner in high school, Reynolds didn’t have to move too far from home. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, though not before a minor setback. “My senior year I had shoulder surgery, and it only allowed me to play half of my last season in high school,” Reynolds said. “That could’ve been the reason I wasn’t heavily recruited.” It didn’t seem to faze him all that much. In his first ever game at Vanderbilt, Reynolds began his career with a pinch hit single, creating what was the first of many special moments for him. During his freshman campaign, Reynolds led Vanderbilt’s 2014 National Championship team in batting average (.338) and slugging (.480). He was named to the Freshman All-American Team...

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Two-alarm blaze in central Keizer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Emergency services were kept busy over the Fourth of July weekend culminating in a two-alarm fire Monday, July 4. Crews from the Keizer Fire District were summoned to 804 Faymar Drive N.E. The owner of the home awoke to crackling and smoke and opened the door to his garage to find it fully engulfed in flame. While the source of the blaze is still under investigation, Division Chief Brian Butler said the cause may have been fireworks. “He got his wife and stepdaughter out of the home but. for right now, they can’t live there,” Butler said. While the blaze was contained to the garage after about 20 minutes, the rest of the home suffered severe smoke damage. Butler said he called for a second alarm to help combat the flames and received assistance from Salem Fire Department, Marion County Fire District No. 1 and the Chemeketa Fire program. “I wasn’t too sure how many we were going to get because we had four fires in the area called in at around the same time,” Butler said. The home is insured and smoke detectors were working. Annie-Marie Storms, KFD’s spokesperson, said crews ran on 18 calls in the 24-hour period around July 4, but most of them were medical calls. There were no injuries reported as a result of firework usage. While...

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Young man dies after River Road collision

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A 20-year-old Keizer man died of injuries sustained in a vehicle-on-pedestrian collision in the early morning hours of Friday, July 1. Walter Westgarth, 65, of Keizer was driving a 2005 Volkswagen Passat four-door wagon northbound on River Road North in the curb lane through the intersection of Chemawa Road Northeast with a green traffic signal when Anthony Jon Ernest stepped off the sidewalk into the roadway where he was struck by the Passat. It is not known whether Ernest saw the vehicle or if he was distracted. Westgarth stopped his vehicle immediately on River Road and cooperated with the investigation. Ernest sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Salem Health where he later died. The driver showed no signs of impairment and no citations or criminal charges have been filed. Ernest’s mother, Jill Pallin, posted on Facebook Saturday, July 2, informing friends and relatives that brain trauma suffered in the incident was “irreversible.” On Monday, Ernest underwent organ donation surgery. His heart, liver and both kidneys were already slated for delivery to other patients at the time. Pallin encouraged friends to celebrate her son’s journey into new lives as they set off fireworks on July 4. A Facebook memorial page, included outpourings from friends and family. “I’m so glad we became close friends. I still can’t believe you’re gone. I will never...

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