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23 years for man who led 11-year-old to Mexico

23 years for man who led 11-year-old to Mexico

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A former Keizer resident pleaded on his knees for forgiveness in front of a Marion County Circuit Court judge before being sentenced to nearly 23 years in prison on three counts of rape. The charges stemmed from a 2007 incident involving Raul Xalamihua-Espindola’s taking of a then 11-year-old […]

‘We can’t arrest our way out of homelessness’

‘We can’t arrest our way out of homelessness’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes As the members of the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative (MWHI) have been making the rounds in the region collecting feedback from residents on how to tackle homelessness in Marion and Polk counties, they are encountering a familiar refrain. “We attended a neighborhood meeting this past week and one of […]

Being the change is harder than it looks

Being the change is harder than it looks

By ERIC A. HOWALD My 16-hour trip along the outskirts of the criminal justice system began at 9 a.m. Monday morning. I was waiting in the hallway outside of Marion County courtroom for a man convicted of raping a minor to receive his sentence. It had been a while since I’d seen the inside of […]

Think Keizer crime is on the rise? Look deeper

Think Keizer crime is on the rise? Look deeper

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two homicides, one parking lot shooting with injuries and a fourth incident in which a gun was fired at a home, all of it occurred in Keizer in a span of four months. It has some thinking the city might not be as safe as it once was, […]

Strand to Minot Beavers

Strand to Minot Beavers

By ERIC A. HOWALD} Of the Keizertimes When Derek Handley was head coach of another Greater Valley Conference girls basketball program, he dreaded going head-to-head with McNary High School. “They had this 6-foot-2, sophomore post with skills that I knew would cause us trouble,” said Handley, who is now head coach of the Celtics. The […]

Wolverine 8th grader wins state title, makes history

Wolverine 8th grader wins state title, makes history

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Nick Zuro, a Whiteaker Middle School eighth grader, was still in the single digits, he was given a pogo stick for his birthday. Nick had never used one before but, within 48 hours, he was jumping 1,000 consecutive times – without using his hands. “If he wants […]

Man gets 33 years in child porn case

Man gets 33 years in child porn case

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison last week after being convicted on 20 counts of encouraging sexual abuse of a minor. Judge Donald Abar delivered the 33.75-year sentence to Larry Lee Edwards May 25 in Marion County Circuit Court. Edwards, 52, was […]

Duran, Van Voorhis, boys 4×100 win GVC titles at district meet

Duran, Van Voorhis, boys 4×100 win GVC titles at district meet

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School senior Dani Duran added to her growing list of accomplishments at the Greater Valley Conference Championships last week. Duran took the league titles in the 400 meter race and 300 meter hurdles at the meet held in McMinnville May 13 and 14. “It’s definitely a […]

Childress to state tourney

Childress to state tourney

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School sophomore Hannah Childress entered in the Greater Valley Conference tennis championships seeded fourth. She came home as the third place finisher with a berth in the state tournament that began May 19 in Tualatin. “My goal this year was just to make it to state,” […]

Celtic pair takes home ‘distinguished’ medals

Celtic pair takes home  ‘distinguished’ medals

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A last-minute donation to the Distinguished Young Women of Keizer (DYWK) made for an unexpected surprise during the scholarship program Saturday, May 14. Instead of one winner, there were two $1,500 scholarships to be given out. The recipients were Sydney Martindale and Elizabeth Russell, who will go on […]

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