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New details in toddler death at sentencing

New details in toddler death at sentencing

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In the aftermath of the fire last Oct. 24 that killed her 4-year-old son, Niya Breann Sosa-Martinez talked to detective Chris Nelson with the Keizer Police Department multiple times. The story changed each time. Nelson gave some chilling details July 22 during a sentencing hearing. Marion County Circuit Court […]

Parade mural still on despite recent site controversy

Parade mural still on despite recent site controversy

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Think that it might be a risk to put up a city-approved mural on the wall of a business that recently stirred up nationwide controversy with an anti-gay marriage message on its readerboard? Former Keizer mayor Lore Christopher, chair of the Keizer Public Arts Commission which met July […]

Marijuana shop siting prompts question: What is a school?

Marijuana shop siting prompts question: What is a school?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are some complex rules when it comes to recreational marijuana in Oregon. One of the simple rules would seem to be marijuana can’t be sold within a certain distance from schools. The state law calls for at least 1,000 feet distance, while in Keizer the distance is 1,500 […]

Suspect cuffed in mace robbery

Suspect cuffed in mace robbery

Keizer police have arrested a Keizer man accused of attempting to rob a Salem man during a meeting set up for the two parties to complete a Craigslist transaction. Joshua J. Smith, 28, of 4343 Rivercrest Drive N. was arrested and charged with attempting to rob a 29-year-old Salem man of guitar pedals the victim […]

Hearing held for new subdivision

Hearing held for new subdivision

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Some concerns were expressed July 16 regarding a proposed new housing development in west Keizer. And no, concerns weren’t just expressed by the neighbors. Three neighbors did express various concerns before Hearings Officer Cynthia Domas, who conducted a public hearing on a proposal to turn 5.73 acres of land […]

Manager leaves Town & Country Lanes after reader board incident

Manager leaves Town & Country Lanes after reader board incident

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The fallout over a recent billboard message at Town & Country Lanes continued last week as manager Mardi Smith quit. Smith had been at Keizer’s bowling alley for 10 years and had been manager since 2010. Don Lebold has owned Town & Country for 47 years. On July 2, […]

Sand volleyball courts almost done

Sand volleyball courts almost done

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Visitors to Keizer Rapids Park last week may have noticed the rather large mound of sand by the area of the old volleyball courts. There were actually two mounds: one with the old sand and one with the new sand for the three new courts. Hans Schneider, who has […]

Progress made in Area C project

Progress made in Area C project

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Trees are being taken down to make way for the road and permits are being submitted. Yes, plans for apartments and senior housing in Keizer Station Area C are moving forward. Plans submitted by Bonaventure Senior Living for a 154-unit retirement community and Mountain West Investment Corporation for 180 […]

25 Fields for Oregon expands its scope

25 Fields for Oregon expands its scope

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It all started with the seemingly simple idea of adding much-needed soccer fields. But the 25 fields for Oregon project has expanded far beyond that. Carrie Cool, executive director for the project launched in late 2012, had originally hoped to have 25 soccer fields open by the start of […]

All-male choir festival planned

All-male choir festival planned

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Times have changed, but the idea of a young men involved with choir still brings to mind a range of stereotypes. “Even today, in 2015, a lot of young men have a lot of pressures when it comes to being involved in the arts, and especially in singing. […]

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