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Med marijuana permit process tuned

Med marijuana permit process tuned

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer City Councilors continue to fine tune a permit process for medical marijuana facilities in city limits. City Attorney Shannon Johnson explained an ordinance with the latest updates during the Sept. 2 council meeting. The issue has been a regular topic in Keizer and other cities around Oregon this […]

Victor Smith found guilty of murder

Victor Smith found guilty of murder

By Craig Murphy Of the Keizertimes More than 10 years later, there is finally resolution in Keizer’s oldest unsolved murder. A Marion County Circuit Court jury found Victor David Smith guilty of murder with a firearm in the July 1, 2004 shooting of Keizer’s Phillip Johnson outside Johnson’s apartment. Following closing arguments Tuesday morning, the […]

Candidates meet at forum

Candidates meet at forum

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Five people are running for four spots on the Keizer City Council in November. The five candidates were all present Tuesday for the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s candidate forum luncheon at the Keizer Quality Suites and Conference Center (the former Renaissance Inn). Current councilor Cathy Clark is the only […]

City, KPD battle transient camps at Wallace House

City, KPD battle transient camps at Wallace House

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Typically, homeless camps are not an issue in Keizer. Recently, however, such an issue arose at Wallace House Park, off Rivercrest Drive at the south end of town. Officers with the Keizer Police Department got several complaints about transients camping in the park last month. Lt. Andrew Copeland led […]

Gate between MHS and Sandy is closed

Gate between MHS and Sandy is closed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A new, simple approach is being utilized to cut down on incidents with McNary High School students causing issues on Sandy Drive. The issue, which has been ongoing for years, flared up again last spring as neighbors complained students were loitering in their neighborhood starting around 6:30 a.m. on […]

Future of cows uncertain

Future of cows uncertain

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The surprise decision last week by the Keizer City Council to reject plans for new apartments at the “cow pasture” along Verda Lane seemed to, on the surface, be a good thing for the cows. Still to be determined: what will happen to the 20 or so cows that […]

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 […]

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