Day: July 7, 2017

Man arrested on drug charges twice in 9 months

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man on probation after pleading guilty to drug charges in November 2016 was arrested again on new drug-related charges last week. On Tuesday, June 27, Clayton Lee Smith, 32, was arrested during a traffic stop by members of the Keizer Police Department Community Response Unit. Investigators suspected Smith had committed several drug offenses. The traffic stop occurred in the 300 block of Sunset Avenue North while additional officers served a search warrant on Smith’s residence at 3950 5th Avenue N. During the search of the residence, investigators recovered four long...

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Volcanoes bullpen blows up on Independence Day

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes The Volcanoes lost a lead in the opening game of a Fourth of July home series with the Hillsboro Hops, who won 6-3. A crowd of 5,223, after watching pregame ceremonies that included cadets from the McNary High School Junior ROTC, saw Salem-Keizer take a 2-1 lead in the second inning and a 3-2 lead in the third before giving up four runs to the visitors in the eighth. Hillsboro scored the first run of the game in the first. Bryan Araiza, who had bunted a single and gone to third base on...

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Re-enactors find connections, lessons in Civil War stories

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Joe Cross stepped away from his modern life and comforts over the long Fourth of July weekend to play the role of a Confederate surgeon at the Northwest Civl War Council re-enactment, but the things he’s learned while researching his role have had far-reaching effects on his personal life. Cross joined a legion of fellow history buffs for the annual re-enactments at Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks July 1-4. Last year, Cross had one of his legs amputated and struggled to adapt to his new circumstances even with a modern prosthetic. “I...

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The unknowns of the eclipse

Depending on whom one talks to there could be as many as one million people pouring into Oregon for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. The eclipse, which has fostered a number of multi-day events along the path of totality in Oregon, has led the state, counties and cities to hope for the best and expect the worse. Marion County’s emergency management office is expecting 50,000 to 200,000 visitors to the county. There are too many unknowns so every municipality, including Keizer, must plan for a crush of people, cars and recreational vehicles. Are the throngs expected in...

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Impeachment calls ill-conceived

Calls for impeachment of President Trump are whiny and ill-conceived. A political remedy, impeachment has been used against only two of the 44 people who have held the presidency—Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. A conviction by the U.S. Senate, after impeachment by the House of Representatives, removes the person from office. There are no criminal penalties, that would come from prosecuters. Groups call for Trump’s impeachment because of his Tweets, for his boorish behavior, or for his treatment of women and others. These alone  cannot be considered impeachable offenses. Calls for his impeachment are as effective as pundits and...

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