Month: May 2017

Many knew plans, no one called police

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Clinton Russell Robison made little secret of his plans to kidnap an ex-girlfriend in the spring of 2016. According to transcripts of text messages, Robison contacted at least eight people who likely had some knowledge of what he was threatening to do and no one called the police. The list includes Robison’s mother and roommate and the father of the victim. That stood out to Officer James Young, “During interviews, no one said he wouldn’t do it.” The closest it appears anyone got to interfering with his plans was a veiled threat from...

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Texts provide window into kidnapper’s mind

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Clinton Russell Robison broke up with the woman who became his intended kidnap victim in March 2016. Text messages and love letters from the next three months, leading up to his arrest in May 2016, show his mental state deteriorating and words turning into action. Robison was intent on “rescuing” the woman from her alleged drug use. On April 2, 2016, Robison and his victim argue about him keeping a key to her home.  Robison had recently let himself into her home while she was there and wrestled two phones away from...

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School Board renews Howard Street contract

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes The Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday, May 9, renewed the district contract with Howard Street Charter School for a five-year term starting July 1. Renewal was approved by a 5-2 vote, with Paul Kyllo and Jim Green opposed. Kyllo opposes the charter school concept. Green’s objection was to a provision that if the school moves from the South Salem High School annex, the district will reimburse the school $10,000 per year up to three years. Green contended that the provision was unfair to the other charter schools in the district. The board also...

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Buttoned up

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Most people probably think of buttons as mostly utilitarian items, those occasionally troublesome things we use to fasten our shirts and blouses. A few minutes with Deborah Hanson are more than enough to change your perspective. “Buttons are a great way to engage with history, there are political buttons, fashion buttons, ones that can tell you about the history of a family and some conferred status,” said Hanson, a button dealer who traveled all the way from New Hampshire to take part in the annual Oregon State Button Society Show at Quality...

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Salem man built box to confine ex-girlfriend

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The most disturbing aspect of Clinton Russell Robison’s plans to kidnap his ex-girlfriend is difficult to pin down. It might be the way he brazenly drove through a police barricade and attempted to approach a home where a SWAT team was executing a search warrant. It could be the numerous threatening text messages he sent to the intended victim and others (see related story below, Texts provide). The box he built to keep his victim in once he’d completed his plan is certainly near the top of the list. There’s also the...

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