Author: Eric Howald

3 down, 1 to go in Dec. robberies

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer police have made a second arrest in the strong-arm robbery of Shari’s Cafe and Pies in December. On Jan. 4, Ranson Alfred, 25, of Keizer was interviewed and arrested in connection with the robbery that took place on Dec. 7. During the robbery, two men pushed a manager to the ground before making off with one of the business’ cash drawers that contained $400. According to a probable cause statement, Alfred told Keizer Det. Ben Howden he and Brandon Thompson entered the restaurant with the intent to rob it. Alfred said...

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The nut of Measure 101

How do voters want to fund healthcare? By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes On Jan. 23, Oregon voters will decide whether or not to keep some major sections of a bill designed to help pay for healthcare for the state’s low-income individuals and families. Ballots should be arriving soon asking voters whether they approve of the House Bill 2391’s methods for paying these costs or reject certain financial aspects of the bill. As written, HB 2391 imposes, among other things: temporary assessments of 1.5 percent on premiums charged by health insurance companies for a time period of two...

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“Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit” by Chris Matthews

“Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit” by Chris Matthews c.2017, Simon & Schuster $28.99 / $38.99 Canada 397 pages You have other plans. That’s your excuse for trying to get out of doing something you don’t want to do, but good luck with that. Sometimes, fate just steps in and changes things. Sometimes, your plans are weaker than your duty. Or sometimes, as in the new book “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit” by Chris Matthews, you may have been born to it. Known by his mother as a “vulnerable,” devout, compassionate boy, Robert Kennedy grew up with a handicap: his...

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Fees get added layer of transparency in budget

Goal is to make it easier to track fees in and out of city coffers By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council approved the the establishment of special accounts for the parks and police fees collected by the city. “By recording the amounts to a separate fund it separates the amount and provides more transparency to how much is received and what the amounts were used for,” said Tim Wood, Keizer’s finance director. The council approved the supplemental budgets at the Dec. 4 meeting of the council. Keizer began collecting $4 for public safety staffing...

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City has little recourse when homes sit vacant

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The house at the corner of Sieberg and Arnold Street in south Keizer looks abandoned from the street. Several of the windows are boarded up and “Black Mold” is scrawled across plywood in black Sharpie on the main entry, a warning to those that might try to gain access. However, the most cursory of glances shows the tell-tale signs that not everyone has heeded the caution. A detached storage shed door is cracked open, but there isn’t anything of value in sight even after it’s opened further. Cast off tools and buckets...

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