Author: Eric Howald

Council caves to pressure on public amenity fund

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After numerous discussions during city council and planning commission meetings, the city council declined to approve a program that would have given city staff the tools and funding to begin to reshape River Road North. The council took up the issue for a third time at the city council meeting Monday, Oct. 2. The city’s planning commission had recommended an amendment to the Keizer development code that would have required new and redevelopment of commercial properties to set aside 1 percent of a project’s total cost to create public amenities. The amenities...

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Attempted murderer gets 25 years

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man convicted of attempted aggravated murder of a Keizer police officer, among other charges, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday, Oct. 9. Jose Antonio Hernandez was found guilty of the attempted murder, attempting to elude an officer in a vehicle and on foot, unlawful use of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm by a jury on Oct. 4. The charges stem from an incident in October 2016. In issuing the sentence, Judge Channing Bennett took into account two prior firearm-involved incidents for which...

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No bail for man on 3rd drug arrest

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man on probation for drug-related charges for a second time in less than a year was arrested on a third round of drug charges last week. On Monday, Oct. 2, Clayton Lee Smith, 32, arrived at the Keizer Police Department to turn himself in to his probation officer, Marion County Sheriff Deputy Eric Bandonis, who works out of the Keizer police station. Smith denied officers access to his car, but members of the Community Response Unit (CRU) believed they saw items inside the car that were evidence of narcotics crimes....

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Council walking back previous decision on development fee

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes New information and additional public testimony have the Keizer City Council rethinking its stance on plans to enact a fee to create public amenities in association with new commercial development projects. At a council meeting Monday, Sept. 12, councilors were preparing to act on amendments to the city development code that included requirements that: 1) any development or interior remodel worth more than $100,000 would require bringing landscaping up to code and 2) that any new development or remodel of a business of any amount would dedicate one percent of the total...

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Keizer Station Hop Jacks will open next spring

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizerites will have a new option for burgers and brew come spring 2018. Hop Jacks, a Washington-based chain specializing in American comfort food, is currently building one of its newest locations on the corner of Ulali Drive North and Keizer Station Boulevard. “We selected Keizer because of its general proximity to I-5 and the mix of businesses in the center,” said founder Mark Eggen. “We have signed a lease in the Sherwood neighborhood, and are actively pursuing several opportunities throughout the Portland and Willamette Valley areas.” The Keizer location will be the...

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