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Day: January 30, 2014

Ron C. Bassett-Smith

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Ron Bassett-Smith, 64, of Keizer died Jan. 17, after a lengthy battle with melanoma.

He was born in Lafayette, Ind., on Sept. 4, 1949, to Charles and Marjorie Bassett, the first of five children.

Bassett-Smith served two tours of duty in the military in Vietnam. In 1972, he moved from Michigan to Oregon. He completed a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Oregon State University.

Bassett-Smith married his wife in 1976 and they enjoyed 38 happy years together. Upon completing school, Ron began serving his community through his efforts working with disabled veterans and working for refugee employment programs. Ron retired from a career as chief operations officer at Chemeketa Community College. He also served on many boards including the board of directors for the Salem Outreach Shelter and on the budget committee for the Salem-Keizer School District for many years.

Bassett-Smith is fondly remembered for his kindness, passion and a sense of humor that bought joy to others.  He liked to do things big for his family, such as putting on a fireworks show every 4th of July. His hobbies included classic cars, woodworking and home projects. His only regret was that he only had 40 more hours left to complete the 1965 Barracuda he was restoring with his son, Trevor. Otherwise his life was filled with fireworks, a loving and loyal dog, Bub, his wife and three children and being Grandpa Truck.

He is survived by his wife Nina; children, Sean (Makayla) of Seattle, Chelsea (Daniel) of Keizer, Trevor of Keizer; grandchildren, Cameron, Sara, and Weston; his two dogs and two cats.
His sisters, Marsha and Paula and his brother, Brian, live in Michigan. His parents and brother Jeff preceded him in death.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. at Clear Lake United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Ray of Hope (www.rayofhope4all.org) PO Box 746 Beaverton, OR 97075 or the Marion-Polk Food Share (www.marionpolkfoodshare.org), 1660 Salem Industrial Drive NE, Salem, OR 97301. Arrangements entrusted to Keizer Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services. Online Condolences may be left at www.keizerchapel.com.

Keizer man arrested for videos

Bryan Tilley
Bryan Duane Tilley

A Keizer man arrested in Corvallis on Jan. 17 was arrested on separate charges by the Keizer Police Department a week later for taking hidden video of female family members.

Bryan Duane Tilley of 890 Cater Court North in Keizer was arrested on Jan. 17 by the Corvallis Police Department due to allegations Tilley, 51, hacked his 22-year-old stepdaughter’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The stepdaughter is a student at Oregon State University.

When he was arrested in Corvallis, Tilley had a USB flash drive that was seized. The Corvallis officer secured a search warrant and got assistance from detective Ben Howden from KPD, a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner.

Howden searched the flash drive on Jan. 23 and found numerous videos with hidden camera video recordings of three females at different locations, inside bathrooms and bedrooms of private residences. Apparently unbeknownst to the females, the hidden cameras captured them in various states of undress.

Two of the female victims are adults, while one is a minor female. Each was known personally by Tilley.

More investigation showed Tilley illegally entered at least one home, without permission, to place a concealed camera to record the female homeowner. The unlawful recordings of the three victims took place between May and September 2013.

On Jan. 24, Tilley was arrested without incident by KPD detectives at the Taylor Park Campground in Lyons. Tilley was charged with three counts of first degree burglary and 17 counts of invasion of personal privacy. The crimes are alleged to have happened in Keizer.

Invasion of personal privacy occurs if the person knowingly makes or records a photograph, motion picture, videotape or other visual recording of another person in a state of nudity without the consent of the person being recorded; and at the time the visual recording is made or recorded the person being recorded is in a place and circumstances where the person has a reasonable expectation of personal privacy.

Tilley was lodged at Marion County Correctional Facility on Jan. 25 with bail set at $205,000. He was arraigned on the charges Jan. 27, with bail increased to $585,000.

The investigation is ongoing and investigators are continuing to analyze additional evidence that has been seized pursuant to search warrants. The KPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional potential victims.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Howden at 503-390-3713 Ext. 3525 or by e-mail at [email protected] Please reference Keizer Police Department Incident #14-0702.

City hires first event center coordinator

Kristian Bouvier
Kristian Bouvier

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Kristian Bouvier had spent seven years as event coordinator at Chemeketa Community College.

Despite that stability, Bouvier jumped at the chance last fall to apply for the new limited-duration Event Center Coordinator position with the City of Keizer.

Bouvier got the job and started earlier this month. The city has budgeted the position to go through next summer.

So why go from a stable job to one that could last 18 months?

“There are more opportunities for growth here,” Bouvier said last week. “I have a desire to go into marketing. Those are the overall concerns. But to me, the benefits were worth the risk. This is a fabulous opportunity for me to exercise my ability and knowledge. This is a pilot opportunity to bring this center into the community.”

In her new role, Bouvier’s main charge is the marketing, booking and customer service for those renting the Keizer Community Center, or Event Center.

As such, Bouvier is taking over some of the duties formerly held by Tracy Davis, Keizer’s city recorder.

“Once an event is scheduled, Kristian works on room setup, meets people here for the events, takes out the garbage, helps with audio/visual needs; whatever the needs of the client are, she is coordinating that,” Davis said.

In getting up to speed on her tasks, Bouvier has been impressed with what Davis did with the facility, which opened in 2009 but hasn’t been seriously marketed for events until now.

“I’m in awe of what you did, Tracy,” Bouvier said. “You built an amazing foundation.”

For her part, Davis is glad to have someone take over some of her duties.

“I’m happy you are here,” Davis told Bouvier. “This is a great New Year’s present. You are starting out awesome. You are already reaching out to new contacts.”

Bouvier said she was somewhat limited in terms of marketing in her old job.

“The limit here is my own limit,” she said. “I have to play upon my experience in reaching out. It’s very exciting and also intimidating.”

When the topic of marketing the community center was brought up in Keizer City Council meetings last year, a key concern brought up was whether such efforts by the city would interfere with or possibly hurt local businesses going after the same clientele – namely, the city’s only hotel, the Renaissance Inn, located just down the road.

Bouvier emphasized her desire to help out local businesses, not work against them.

“For example, Portland State University is looking for space on a certain date,” she said. “I may be able to accommodate them. But I am letting them know about the Renaissance Inn as well. I want to help other businesses. We have an unwritten rule: if someone has 10 rooms reserved (at Renaissance Inn), I will give their guests a discount here. I want to develop contacts and resources for the hotel as well.”

Now that she’s gotten her feet somewhat wet, Bouvier is looking to expand what she does.

“I’m settling into the room rentals part,” she said. “The next step is how to get the community center out to the community. I’m reaching out to old contacts.”

Before interviewing for her current position, Bouvier hadn’t stepped into the Keizer Community Center. She likes what she has to sell.

“I was very surprised at what it was like,” she said. “I stepped back and said, ‘Whoa, oh my goodness.’ It’s so beautiful, with so many possibilities. I don’t want to ever lose that feeling. I hope to convey that ‘ahhh’ factor.”