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Day: January 19, 2012

Burglars hit Brooks School. Twice

A safe at Willamette Valley Christian School was destroyed by burglars. Damage is estimated at about $15,000. (Submitted)

Of the Keizertimes

A pair of burglaries is expected to cost a private school in Brooks upwards of $15,000 in damage and missing supplies.

The culprits who broke into Willamette Valley Christian School twice – once between Sunday evening and Monday morning, and again the next day – forced their way in and did a number on the school, which has about 145 students from pre-school age through high school.

In the first incident, someone stole 10 to 15 flat screen computer monitors, a flat screen television, computers, a camera, guitars and a drum set, cutting computer wires and breaking lockers along the way. Entry was forced, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

There was another break-in the next evening despite the school acting to repair and change the locks, the sheriff’s office reports. The burglar(s) pried open a safe, stole cash and even ate candy belonging to the preschool children.

“It appeared that the thieves spent a considerable amount of time in the school, going from room to room, cutting computer wiring, eating food from the kitchen and boxing up items to be taken,” read a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Office Manager Carrie Reichell said the stolen camera and a computer contained yearbook photos and articles.

“We rely heavily on our computer system to help our students be successful,” Reichell added. “The damage to the wiring was considerable and will set us back.”

High water closes streets; crews at work


Of the Keizertimes 

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Localized flooding has closed several Keizer streets and isolated several homes, but officials don’t think private property has been hit yet.

All major roads in Keizer remain open, but several neighborhood streets are experiencing flooding.

Salem-Keizer School District is asking parents to pick up kids early if possible, but school will remain in session. All after-school and evening activities are canceled.

Keizer Public Works has sand and sandbags available at the park on Rickman Road. Bring your own shovel.

The following streets are closed or affected due to high water:
• Kalmia Drive NE east of Verda Lane
• Kafir Drive NE east of Arcade Drive NE
• East end of Greenwood Drive NE, near Claggett Creek.
• 13th Avenue between Chemawa Road NE and Dearborn Avenue NE.
• Pedestrian bridge connecting Country Glen Park to the Gubser neighborhood.
• McLeod Lane NE and Chemawa Road NE.

In addition, localized high water has been spotted in the Hidden Creek area on Jakewood Court NE and Lazy Creek Court NE, along Labish Creek. Public Works Director Rob Kissler said there’s lots of capacity at Lake Labish, so he isn’t expecting problems from Little Pudding River runoff.

New information indicates the Willamette River is expected to crest at 30.04 feet at the gauge in Salem. Keizer officials will pump at several locations once it reaches 28.5 feet, Kissler said, and they will continue to monitor river levels. Forecasts are below the river wall and ordinary high river bank elevations.

“There are some localized issues our guys are working with citizens on that are not really related to the tributaries,” Kissler said. “It’s just the amount of rain.”

For more photos of the high water, visit our photo gallery.