Author: Eric Howald

Burglary underscores need for more officers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A 42-year-old Salem man, found stuck in a window and bleeding, is in cuffs after allegedly attempting to burglarize Keizer’s One Stop Smoke Shop in the wee hours of Thursday, March 16. But it wasn’t Keizer Police officers who responded to the call. At 12:51 a.m., the Keizer Police Department were contacted by a private security officer who responded to a burglary alarm at the store located at 3926 River Road North in Keizer. When the security officer arrived on the scene to check the business he found a burglary suspect stuck...

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New barber shop opens

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A local barber has opened up a new shop in Keizer. After eight years of working in another shop, Dave Wells has opened Dave’s Place at 148 Chemawa Road N. “I come from a line of production line workers and just decided I wanted to try something else,” Wells said.  “I’m passionate about it and I like making people feel good about the way they look.” Wells and his wife, Emily, recently purchased a home in town with their family – including Brennan Dobson, a baseball player for KYSA, Jasmine Wells, a...

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After tragedy strikes, drag racer puts skills to work for teen drivers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Learning to drive can become a contentious ordeal for even the most patient teens and their parents. Former drag car racer Doug Herbert started out hoping to help teens improve their driving skills, but he’s ended up creating some better parent-teen relationships along the way. “Some of the kids come to BRAKES kicking and screaming, but at some point during the day the light bulb comes on and they realize everything they don’t know. Those same ones that come in kicking and screaming have their arms around their parents at the end,”...

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Commishes want more on Safeway fuel proposal

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Planning Commission opted to continue a public hearing on a proposed Safeway fueling center on River Road North at its meeting Wednesday, March 15. Representatives of Safeway requested a continuation of the process while they determined how to deal with a prohibition on sales of other merchandise in a proposed amendment to the city’s development code. But commissioners also wanted to hear more on other issues brought up during a public hearing. Concerns about traffic, especially in regard to the Keizer Fire District’s ingress and egress, were at the forefront...

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Paint job leads to nightmare for biz owner

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For the past five months, Jerry Long’s RV has been sitting in the parking lot of a Scio-based auto repair shop. It went in for a paint job, and as far as Long can tell, the only work that’s been done is to remove pieces from it. “My main concern is that someone else will get screwed,” said Long, owner of Keizer’s ABB Stoves. In August of 2016, Long and his manager at the store came to an agreement with the owner of Mike’s Auto Repair and Towing, Mike Selmer, to recondition,...

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