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Killer gets 30 years

Killer gets 30 years

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes SALEM – With her son’s killer found guilty, Jean Ausborn had a few things to say. Two days after Victor David Smith was found guilty by a Marion County Circuit Court jury in the July 2004 murder of Keizer’s Phillip Lynn Johnson, judge Tom Hart sentenced Smith, 38, to […]

Dim Sum opens in Keizer

Dim Sum opens in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A new restaurant is blooming in Keizer. Dim Sum Restaurant opened this week at 3843 River Road N, the former Blooming Cuisine location. The owners are the husband and wife duo of Jian Zhuang Ma and Ximei Huang, who also run John’s Chinese at 4842 River Road. Much about […]

Highs and lows on Parks Tour

Highs and lows on Parks Tour

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Attendees at last week’s annual Parks Tour loved the news of the upcoming addition to Bair Park. Same for the recent work done at Sunset Park. The brown grass at Keizer Little League Park, on the other hand? Not so much. Members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory […]

KRP planning is part of WKNA meeting

KRP planning is part of WKNA meeting

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Think of it as a preview of sorts. During the Sept. 11 West Keizer Neighborhood Association meeting, locations for proposed amenities at Keizer Rapids Park were discussed. In a way, it previewed the process that will like be happening in the Sept. 27 design charette for future plans at […]

Council moves forward on medical marijuana issue

Council moves forward on medical marijuana issue

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Some Keizer City Councilors feel the medical marijuana discussion is being dragged out too long. Other councilors feel the city is rushing into decisions that don’t – or shouldn’t – need to be made yet. For the second meeting in a row Monday, those wanting to move forward won […]

The Big Toy castle?

The Big Toy castle?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If Rick Day has his way, the Big Toy play structure will get an extreme makeover before it’s even built. Day, owner of Advantage Precast in Keizer, talked about his proposal for the project during the Sept. 3 Community Build Task Force meeting. The play structure, originally scheduled to […]

Johnson’s family, Keizer Police relieved by outcome

Johnson’s family, Keizer Police relieved by outcome

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes SALEM – Shortly after the verdict was read, Jean Ausborn bowed her head. “Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus,” she sobbed quietly as the tears flowed. For more than 10 years, Ausborn had been waiting for this day. It finally came at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when Marion County Circuit […]

Guilty on second try

Guilty on second try

Victor Smith found guilty of murdering Phillip Johnson

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 […]

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