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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 […]

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 […]

Redirecting to Alzheimer’s Network…

Redirecting to Alzheimer’s Network…

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 […]

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 […]

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