Author: Eric Howald

Few barriers for Keizer youth wanting tobacco

A Keizer kid under the age of 18 has about a 50/50 chance of walking into a River Road business and walking out with a pack of cigarettes they paid for. That’s according to numbers provided based on Oregon Health Authority inspections in 2015. According to 2016 figures, the successful purchase of tobacco by minors was down to about 14 percent, but it’s difficult to compare year-over-year, said Inga Suneson, a health educator with the Marion County Health Department (MCHD). “Because the teams don’t go to the same locations at the same times, there’s no real control number,” Suneson said....

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Longtime broker hangs new shingle on River Road

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Karen Cota, the principal broker of At Home Real Estate, feels well-equipped to help her clients because she’s lived through the tough times herself. She and her family had built their dream home on five acres in the Coburg Hills near Eugene when the bottom dropped out of the housing market in 2009. When she had to sell the home, it was devastating but she feels the lessons learned have made her a stronger broker. “The things I have gone through have helped me ask the hard questions on everything from owning...

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KPD officer tapped for major award

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Officer Martin Powell of the Keizer Police Department (KPD) can tell a lot about you just by looking into your eyes. He’s particularly adept at determining whether you are or have recently been under the influence of an intoxicant or drug. Not only that, he could tell you what classification of drug you ingested with an accuracy rate of better than 80 percent. For instance, he might ask you to follow his finger with your eyes as he traces a line across your field of vision. A sober person could do so...

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Life sentence issued in Valentine’s Day murder

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Timothy Calloway, one of two men charged in connection with the homicide of Jerrid Goodpaster on Feb. 14, 2016, was found guilty of murder, robbery and unlawful use of a weapon in Marion County Court last week. On Thursday, June 6, Calloway waived his right to a jury trial in front of Judge Courtland Geyer and was found guilty on all three of the original charges stemming from the incident. On Tuesday, June 13, Geyer issued lifetime sentence with a minimum of 25 years before Calloway is eligible for parole. A court...

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$4 monthly police fee advances

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council unanimously approved moving forward with a $4-per-month fee to create dedicated funding for new police officers at a special session Monday, June 12. The vote does not enact the fee – an ordinance will come back to the council for final approval at a future meeting – but there didn’t appear to be many roadblocks standing in its way during the meeting. Public testimony offered by about a dozen residents resembled a lovefest for Keizer cops with only a limited amount of concern voiced for any aspect of...

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