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Day: April 19, 2011

Man encounters burglar in home

For the second time in a week a Keizer resident caught a burglar in the act.

A man in the 2200 block of Aldine Drive NE called 911 at about 10:21 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, reporting he found an intruder in his home. The suspect left using a back sliding door and climbed over a wall in the backyard. The wall separates his property from an undeveloped area of Keizer Station.

The description of the man was broadcast over the police radio. Shortly after Officer Dan Kelley and Detective Ben Howden found the suspect and detained him without incident about a block east of the victim’s home.

Police found a diamond ring valued at $3,100 and a watch taken from the burglary, said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. The suspect confessed to “unlawfully enter(ing)” the home, Kuhns added.

Arrested was Benjamin Robert Howell, a 24-year-old transient, for burglary and theft. He was transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility.

A woman also reported coming across a burglary in process on April 15 (see related story).

School district budget meeting set for April 26

Salem-Keizer Schools Superintendent Sandy Husk will present the district Budget Message on Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at Claggett Creek Middle School, 1810 Alder Drive N.E. Public testimony will not be received.

The Budget Committee public meetings will be held on May 3 and 4 at Claggett Creek Middle School.

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is May 5

The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is set for 7:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Keizer Civic Center.

Breakfast costs $15 and must be purchased in advance through the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. It will feature Mayor Lore Christopher and a host of local religious leaders offering prayers. Attendees are also asked to bring peanut butter for the Keizer Community Food Bank.

For more information call 503-393-9111.