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Second Smith trial continues

Second Smith trial continues

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes SALEM – The second murder trial against Victor David Smith is continuing. Smith has been accused of murdering Keizer’s Phillip Johnson outside his apartment on the night of July 1, 2004. The case against Smith ended with a mistrial back in June. The second trial began with jury selections […]

KYSA, KLL look to merge

KYSA, KLL look to merge

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Could the bitter battle in Keizer youth sports actually be nearing an end? Representatives from both Keizer Little League (KLL) and Keizer Youth Sports Association (KYSA) indicate the two groups are working on a merger. Clint Holland indicated during the annual Keizer Parks Tour on Monday evening a merger […]

From Apple to Keizer’s Big Toy

From Apple to Keizer’s Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Valeria Moore heard the words come out of her mouth, but couldn’t quite believe it. It was 2008, when Moore and her partner Mike were living in Seattle. Moore was ready for a change. “It was just a toxic environment,” she said. “My partner Mike had a friend in […]

Second murder trial starts next week

Second murder trial starts next week

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For the second time, the case against Victor David Smith starts next week. Smith has been charged with the 2004 murder with a firearm of Keizer resident Phillip Johnson. After more than three days of deliberations in June, the Marion County Circuit Court jury remained irreparably split. Judge Thomas […]

Public turns out against apartment proposal

Public turns out against apartment proposal

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Council chambers weren’t quite as full the second time around, but it was close. In June, a public hearing about a proposal to convert the “cow pasture” along Verda Lane between Chemawa Road and Dearborn Avenue at Keizer Civic Center resulted in the council chambers being filled with about […]

So, there’s a grenade in my desk drawer…

So, there’s a grenade in my desk drawer…

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes High on the list of things teachers don’t want to see in their desks when returning from the summer break: a grenade. That’s just what one teacher at McNary High School found last Thursday, Aug. 28. As a result, the Keizer Police Department was called and the bomb squad […]

Apartment plan gets nixed

Apartment plan gets nixed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In the end, the numbers didn’t add up. As a result, members of the Keizer City Council unanimously rejected a proposal that would have cleared the way for approximately 120 new apartments along Verda Lane between Chemawa Road and Dearborn Avenue, on land referred to as the cow pasture. […]

Trying to find land’s true worth

Trying to find land’s true worth

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes How much is city property in Keizer Station Area B worth? City officials aren’t sure. As such, agents of the Keizer Urban Renewal Agency unanimously approved a request Aug. 18 to have an appraisal done on city-owned commercial properties along Lockhaven Drive between the Keizer Transit Center and the […]

New homes on Bair proposed

New homes on Bair proposed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The developer hoping to convert the “cow pasture” by Claggett Creek Park into apartments is also proposing a new subdivision on Bair Road. Mark Grenz with Multi-Tech Engineering has submitted an application to turn a 2.32 acre parcel by Bair Park into a new 12-lot subdivision. A hearing on […]

A busy day for Keizer Police

A busy day for Keizer Police

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes From start to finish, Aug. 20 was a strange and busy day for the Keizer Police Department. It all started around 8 a.m. when a member of the KPD’s Community Response Unit (CRU) spoke with Angelica Maria Rodriguez, 33, who had been living illegally in a residence at 4795 […]

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