Author: Eric Howald

Complaints, solutions abound at McNary community forum

Officials also unveil plans post-bond measure By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Salem-Keizer School District (SKSD) is already planning how it might revamp the McNary High School campus in 2019 if a new bond measure passes next year. That may sound like putting the cart before the horse, but the cost of what might be a massive project is a factor. “We are moving forward as if the bond will pass because, if we don’t it, it will delay the whole program and cost $30 million more. It makes sense to do that prep,”  said SKSD Chief...

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Keizer man headed to prison for at least 25 years in murder

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years after pleading guilty to stabbing another man after his car crashed into a tree. Darnell Harris, 37, was sentenced by Judge Tracy Prall for the murder of 32-year-old Andrew Ramon in Salem in November 2016. Salem police officers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash into a tree at the intersection of Liberty Street Southeast and Superior Street Southeast in Salem about 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Officers found a Chevrolet Trail...

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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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