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Day: October 14, 2010

Theft ring puts three in jail

Three people were arrested Wednesday as police believe they were part of a theft ring hitting local stores.
According to Keizer Police, a shoplifting report at Radio Shack in the 5400 block of River Road came in at about 1:31 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, stating a woman had come in and stolen a DVD player, fleeing the store on foot and getting into a waiting car.
The caller described the woman, the vehicle and its driver, and officers attempted to perform a traffic stop when they found it a few minutes later in the area. The driver didn’t immediately yield, according to Sgt. Jeff Goodman, but eventually stopped in the parking lot of Countryside Christian Church at 5775 McLeod Lane NE.
One suspect, police said, jumped from the vehicle, but was detained after a short chase. They said the man who ran initially gave a false name and date of birth, but officers subsequently found the man had an outstanding warrant.
The female suspect wasn’t in the car, but was found walking in the Lockhaven Drive and River Road area and arrested. The DVD player was found.
Officers searched the suspect vehicle, Goodman said, and found “multiple items … believed to be stolen from other stores” in the area, including north Salem Fred Meyers, Keizer’s Walgreens, the Radio Shack in south Salem and the OSU Beaver Fan Shop.
Police also found small amounts of methamphetamine in both the suspect vehicle and the female suspect’s purse, Goodman said.
Officers think the three were working together to steal from local businesses.
Arrested were:
• Eddie Art Quintero, 19, Salem: Second-degree conspiracy to commit theft, driving without a license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to carry proof of liability insurance.
• Kimberly D. Brown, 20, Lebanon: possession of methamphetamine, third-degree theft, second-degree conspiracy to commit theft.
• Enrique R. Mata, 24, Keizer: parole violation warrant, second-degree theft, second-degree conspiracy to commit theft, interfering with a police officer, giving false information to a police officer, identity theft and possession of methamphetamine.

Three-car crash sends two to hospital


A three-vehicle accident at River Road and Dearborn Avenue in Keizer Thursday afternoon sent two to a local hospital, authorities said.

The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to Keizer Police Lt. Alan McCowan.

It’s believed a white Ford Windstar van was traveling northbound on River Road at about 1:45 p.m. Thursdsay when it veered into the southbound lanes, hitting head-on a gray Subaru Forrester that was headed southbound on River Road, police said. The Subaru skidded backwards onto the lawn at Mommy and Maddi’s, a nearby restaurant.

McCowan and other emergency officials on scene did not yet know why the van drifted into oncoming traffic.

A third vehicle, a beige Ford Explorer, also struck the van as it was sitting in southbound traffic.

The driver of the van, 79-year-old Marc Hannible of Keizer, was transported to a local hospital, as was Conny Backer, 50, of Salem. Both were conscious at the scene, police said.

The driver of the Ford Explorer, reported as Steve Ellison, 56, of Keizer, was not transported.

Norman Lee Gatlin

Mr. Gatlin, of Salem, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. He was 83.

Born March 20, 1927, to Albert Norman and Sylvia Naomi Shadwick Gatlin on a farm near Goodwin, Mo., they moved to Kansas, where Mr. Gatlin graduated high school from Larned High in 1945, joining the Army Air Corps. He spent time at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., then was stationed in the Philippines until he was honorably discharged in 1947.

He wed Evelyn Marie Sikorra at the Nazarene Church in Salem, divorcing in 1973 after having six children. He later wed Barbara Jean Bayne Girt, moving with her to Salem in 1990 after time in Arizona and Missouri.

He spent 26 years working at the Dammasch State Hospital, PERS and the Oregon Highway Department before retiring in 1984. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, photography and visiting his parents in Sunnyside. He also played several instruments.

Remembering his time in the tropics, Mr. Gatlin visited the Philippines again after a pen-pal courtship with Nenita Rose Ricarde. They married in Iloilo, Panay, Philippines on Jan. 31, 1995, and they moved to Oregon in 1996.

He moved into Regency Woodland Residential Care Community in July 2010.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents, sister Erma Jean Nichols, and his youngest daughter, Debra Sue Finnegan (Paul). He is survived by his wife, Nenita Rose Gatlin; son, Larry Gatlin (Carol) of Groton, CT; daughters (all from Oregon), Linda Watson (Don) of Keizer, Leanne Ruby (George), of Pendleton, Leslyn Gatlin-Grape (Mark) of Sisters, and Diane O’Brien (Mike) of Salem; sister, Joyce Roswall of  Bremerton, WA; brother, Sam Gatlin (Donna) of Yakima, WA; and Evelyn Marie Gatlin of Salem.

He leaves behind 13 grandchildren: Amie Watson of Arcata, CA; Jason Gatlin (Mary) of Beaverton, OR; Josiah Cotton (Keely) of Hillsboro, OR; Jonathan Watson (Krista) of Cornelius, OR; James Perkins (Heather) of Portland, OR; Corby DeCosta (Adam) of Nashua, NH; Thangaraj Watson (Beth) of Keizer, OR; Tyler Perkins (Christina) of Porterville, CA; Magdalena Gibbs-Ruby (Kristina) of Seattle, WA; Brandon Gatlin of Seattle, WA; Zachary Ruby (Brindy) of Tigard, OR; Courtney Gatlin of Jamesville, NC; and Jayme Bandy (David) of Woodburn, OR.

Salon has new name – and a new owner

Kim Lewis is the owner of Salon Paradise at Keizer Plaza. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

Salon Paradise
Location: 4916 River Road N.
Phone: (503) 409-0004
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sunday


A River Road mainstay has a new owner – and a new name.

Salon Paradise is the new name, and Kim Lewis is the new owner.

Perhaps it was premonition – just a few months ago she posted on Facebook that she would own a salon in the next two years.

It was formerly Classic Touch Hair Salon, and was owned by Rosa Rios. It’s been in Keizer Plaza for 16 years.  [MAP: 6]

Lewis has been hard at work putting her personal touch on the inside, including new lighting, plants and general rearranging. The salon offers all manner of hair services, including one stylist who does extensions. They also offer waxing, manicures and pedicures, some including hot stone massage.

“There’s a lot of therapy that goes into a pedicure,” Lewis said. “The massages alone are 10 to 15 minutes.”

Appointments can be made up to two weeks in advance, but walk-ins are welcome as well.

Lewis looks to establish a spa feel “at a great price.”

She started at the salon under Rios a few months ago, leasing a station. She has worked 23 years in the hair industry after graduating from cosmetology school in Portland.

Lewis said she had explored the mid-valley and “really wanted to be in Keizer. I guess I ended up in the right place at the right time.”

Eventually she hopes to get into franchising, opening several more Salon Paradise locations.

She’s joined up with the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, calling it “the best thing I’ve ever done. That is just such a great, loyal group of people.”