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Jury doesn’t reach verdict in murder case

Jury doesn’t reach verdict in murder case

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes After more than five hours of deliberation Friday, no verdict was reached in the murder trial of Phillip Johnson. Victor David Smith was charged with murdering Keizer’s Johnson with a firearm. Johnson was shot multiple times outside his Keizer apartment the night of July 1, 2004. Smith was […]

Residents against apartments

Residents against apartments

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There weren’t signs, but it was pretty clear where the crowd stood on the issue. At the public hearing in front of Keizer Hearings Officer Cynthia Domas in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center on June 12, approximately 100 people filled the room to talk about a proposal to […]

Two stories at murder trial

Two stories at murder trial

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The 10-year anniversary of someone’s death is often a somber time. But in the case of Phillip Johnson, there could be some joy mixed in. Johnson was 33 when he was killed in the parking lot of Cascadian Village Apartments on the night of July 1, 2004. Last […]

Audrey Butler takes over Keizer Chamber board

Audrey Butler takes over Keizer Chamber board

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Audrey Butler was in line to be the new president of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce Board. She just had to wait a bit. When board members agreed to move the changeover date from January to June, that meant president Derik Milton was tabbed to serve an 18-month term, […]

Neighbors give an update on Sandy Drive problems

Neighbors give an update on Sandy Drive problems

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two Sandy Drive neighbors who brought up issues with McNary High School students were back in front of the Keizer City Council last week. This time, in addition to hearing the update, councilors also gave suggestions on where else the ladies should take their complaints. Shabri Vignery and Audra […]

This camp will be a Blast

This camp will be a Blast

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Lt. Andrew Copeland with the Keizer Police Department was figuring he would have to really promote Blast Camp. Copeland had plans for promoting the June 17 to 20 event aimed at boys and girls going into grades 3 to 8. “We anticipated probably 50 kids,” he said. “Now we’re […]

Cyclocross proposed for KRP

Cyclocross proposed for KRP

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For the second time in less than a year, the idea of bicycle racing at Keizer Rapids Park has been brought up. Like a proposed BMX track – an idea which hasn’t been publicly discussed since – proposed last summer, Tuesday’s idea of a cyclocross track was brought up […]

State’s WWII Memorial is dedicated on D-Day

State’s WWII Memorial is dedicated on D-Day

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes SALEM – The beauty of the day contrasted vividly with the somberness. Last Friday, June 6, the new Oregon World War II Memorial at Willson Park was dedicated, in the foreground of the state capitol building. It was estimated more than 250 World War II veterans were among the […]

Grant for Big Toy denied

Grant for Big Toy denied

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Early on, one key grant was the target for the Big Toy play structure project at Keizer Rapids Park. On Thursday, city leaders learned their $150,000 application to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Local Government Grant program was denied. Nate Brown, the director of Community Development for […]

Having a cow? Nah, saving them

Having a cow? Nah, saving them

Proposal would rezone land with cows and make way for apartments

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