Author: Eric Howald

Council takes on police fee

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For the first time since last summer, the Keizer City Council will formally address the possibility of additional police in Keizer. The council will take up the issue at its work session Monday, June 12. The session begins at 5:45 p.m. at the Keizer Civic Center. Public testimony is welcomed and encouraged. Keizer currently has 37 police officers, but that average of roughly one-officer-per-1,000-residents is well below national and state averages. Keizer Police Chief John Teague would like to add another five officers to the roles in a variety of different capacities, none...

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KPD night shift makes do

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 2, Sgt. Jeff Goodman and Officer Kevin DeMarco are at the front door of a home where gang members are known to associate – not far from the Keizer Police Department (KPD) station. DeMarco was first on the scene and Goodman joined him a few minutes later on a report of a domestic disturbance that became a noise complaint. The caller said several juveniles were in the driveway playing music loud. Goodman knocks on the door, announces the presence of police, and a TV flickering behind a...

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Retro video games in new exhibit

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The only video game console David Sherman has ever sold was his original Nintendo Entertainment System. It ended up being such a traumatic experience that he can still remember the precise day: Halloween 1991. “I sold it to a guy who ran a flea market table for $55 with all my games at the time … so stupid, but I was only 10 years old and did it without my Mom knowing,” said Sherman. He planned to used the proceeds to purchase a Sega Genesis without realizing he would have to come...

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Sugar high

Keizer cake-maker bakes up sweet smiles By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Given enough fondant and a few days of toil, Tresha Capps can turn your next party cake into just about anything you want. She knows fondant isn’t everyone’s cup-o-tea, but she’s hoping to make converts out of her Pink Princess Cakes clients. “Store-bought fondant can be a little weird, but I made everything from scratch. The fondant I use is make of marshmallows and powdered sugar so it tastes a lot better,” Capps said. Capps, who lives with her family in south Keizer, started her home-based business...

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New fence to keep out bad neighbors

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes As a new fence went up around the Rickman Community Garden Saturday, May 27, Peggy Moore wanted to kiss every post and hug each of the five volunteers who made it possible. “We needed this so bad. Whenever we’ve talked to the other gardeners, this was the thing they wanted most,” Peggy said. Peggy and her husband, Jerry, are the garden coordinators. The garden, which sits west of the Keizer Civic Center in Chalmers Jones Park, makes gardening possible for 17 local families without the space to do one in their own...

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