Author: Eric Howald

Man chose wrong site for alleged drug house

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Police Department Community Response Unit uncovered a trove of drugs and guns while executing a search warrant on a nuisance property Monday, May 8. Keizer and Salem police officers executed the warrant – issued for a high probability that controlled substances were being used and delivered there – about 4:45 a.m. at 4945 Delight Street N. “We received several complaints from more than one neighbor, and everyone noticed the continual foot and vehicular traffic,” said KPD Deputy Police Chief Jeff Kuhns. Investigators also had probable cause to believe the primary...

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Parks fee talks go south quick

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A conversation among Keizer city councilors about whether to impose a fee on residents to support Keizer parks short-circuited upon liftoff. The council hosted a public forum on the topic of parks fees Monday, May 8, and turned to their own discussion of the issue after taking public testimony (See related story Page A11). While the council eventually passed a motion directing city staff to craft an ordinance that would impose the fee, at least three councilors – of the six in attendance – expressed reservations regarding how the city should approach...

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No trial for woman in murder of son, 12

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer woman charged with strangling her 12-year-old son to death will not face trail after being found mentally unfit. Amy Marie Robertson was charged with the aggravated murder of her son, Caden Berry, on Saturday, Jan. 14. Robertson was being held without bail at the Marion County Correctional Facility. In April, Judge Lindsey Partridge ordered a psychiatric evaluation on Robertson’s fitness to stand trial. On May 1, Partridge ordered the evaluation sealed and remanded Robertson to Oregon State Hospital. The order signed by Partridge states that Robertson is a danger to...

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Partial wins for community orgs in city budget

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The city’s budget planning kicked into high gear at the first meeting of the Keizer Budget Advisory Committee Tuesday, May 2. The meeting largely consisted of reviewing the proposed budgets from each department with some limited discussion of each (for more on those discussions, check next week’s edition of the Keizertimes). The other major portion of the meeting was dedicated to public testimony for organizations requesting a portion of the Iris City’s fiscal pie. In many cases, the requests had already been fulfilled in the proposed budget, but there were a few...

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How we got to here: City council takes up parks fee Monday

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes On Monday, May 8, at 6 p.m., the Keizer City Council will hold a public forum on enacting a fee to create a dedicated fund for city parks. The forum will not be the culmination of a more than year-long effort, but it will be one of the more prominent opportunities for those who support the idea, and those who oppose it, to have their voices heard. The council will take public testimony, but it’s not likely to be the final opportunity for residents to testify. “The discussion will be based on...

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