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Mom pleads guilty in fatal fire case

Mom pleads guilty in fatal fire case

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A Keizer mom has pleaded guilty in a case involving the death of her 4-year-old son. Niya Breann Sosa-Martinez, now 24, pleaded guilty to three charges earlier this month, including manslaughter in the first degree. Fire destroyed the apartment on Susan Court Sosa-Martinez shared with her two young children […]

Palma Ciea talked about again at Parks Board

Palma Ciea talked about again at Parks Board

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For a park that hasn’t had much attention over the years, Palma Ciea Park has sure gotten a lot of notice recently. After neighbors talked about the issue at the June 1 Keizer City Council meeting, the same people brought up the topic again at the June 9 Keizer […]

Java Crew to aid ex-employee

Java Crew to aid ex-employee

Java Crew will donate June 26 profits from its six Keizer-Salem stores for medical care of former employee Kyrstle Carruthers who was struck by a drunk driver in Portland last month. Carruthers is in a coma at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland. Java Crew manager Tiffany Howe said customers can make additional donations at any […]

Council amends marijuana permit process

Council amends marijuana permit process

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A relatively simple question split the Keizer City Council on Monday. The first question didn’t cause the issue: should a permit for a medical marijuana facility in Keizer expire each June 30 – regardless of when it was issued – as the ordinance approved last year reads, or should […]

Officer honored for saving life

Officer honored for saving life

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The first time Keizer Police Department Officer Andrew Phelps met the Clason family, it was not a good situation. Tammy Clason had called 9-1-1 on March 1 because her husband, 60-year-old Glen Clason, wasn’t breathing. Phelps was the first responder to the call and administered CPR until medics from […]

Stitt happy to see Big Toy happen

Stitt happy to see Big Toy happen

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Will Stitt’s son had to wait nearly a year. Before Liam Stitt turned 6 last September, dad figured he had the perfect present: a new playground at Keizer Rapids Park called the Big Toy. While such a structure was already in the park’s master plan, it was Will Stitt […]

WE DID IT: The Big Toy

WE DID IT: The Big Toy

There was plenty of pride and spirit on display as the Big Toy was built starting last Wednesday, June 10. There were also the volunteers, completing Keizer’s motto. The only problem was not quite enough volunteers. As a result, the scheduled 5 p.m. soft opening on Sunday, June 14 didn’t take place. Instead, project leaders […]

Big Toy opening delayed

Big Toy opening delayed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park was to be built by community volunteers in five days. It’s taking longer than that. A lower number of volunteers than anticipated – project coordinator Mark Caillier estimated on Sunday only about half of the necessary volunteers showed up – slowed down […]

Big Toy build underway at KRP

Big Toy build underway at KRP

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The big week is here for the Big Toy. Hordes of community volunteers started showing up at the play structure site Wednesday morning, in the filbert orchards at Keizer Rapids Park. A playground was part of the KRP Master Plan approved in 2008. The idea for what became the […]

One sent to hospital in head-on crash

One sent to hospital in head-on crash

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A head-on crash Thursday afternoon on River Road sent one driver to the hospital. Personnel with the Keizer Police Department and Keizer Fire District responded to a report of a head-on crash shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11. The crash occurred on River Road North at the intersection […]

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