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Month: April 2014

Celtics win two by skin of teeth

Celt Matt Aguilar heads for home plate on a sacrifice bunt by teammate Mickey Walker in the contest with McKay High School Friday, April 18. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Celt Matt Aguilar heads for home plate on a sacrifice bunt by teammate Mickey Walker in the contest with McKay High School Friday, April 18. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

After being dealt a 4-1 loss by the West Salem High School Titans on Tuesday, April 15, the McNary High School varsity baseball team rebounded to eke out two wins in tight contests.

“When you win close games, it builds confidence. It’s up to our team to remember what that feels like so we can overcome when those situations happen again,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach.

The Celts got the first run of the game with West, but it was also the team’s only one.

Jacob Wood was walked to start the game and advanced to second on a sacrifice fly by Mickey Walker. Wood rounded the bases on a single by Hayden Gosling and McNary went up 1-0.

Despite 17 first-pitch strikes in a complete-game effort, the Titans made the most of their five hits on pitcher Jordan Barchus and walked away with the win.

McNary returned to the field the following day to host the Sprague High School Olympians and the teams duked it out for 12 innings before Barchus singled to left field driving in Jacob Vasas for the 3-2 win.

“We were just trying to battle up and compete the best we could and that’s what we did,” said Celt Travis Klampe. “We had good defense down the stretch and shut them out after their last run.”

Sprague had a 2-0 lead when McNary got its turn at bat in the bottom of the third inning. Wood scored on a double by Walker to right field to cinch up the score to 2-1. In the next inning, Connor Goff doubled to left field, scoring Barchus and tying the game.

Klampe struck out two in a row in the top of the ninth inning with runners of second and third, putting the kibosh on Sprague’s best shot at winning. Three innings later, Tim Hays got the team started with a double and Barchus ended the game with his walk-off single.

“We had a stretch when neither team scored any runs, but we toughed it out and got the win,” Gosling said. “Our offense is starting to come around now, but we have to keep hitting and and keep getting stronger on defense.”

Barchus went 3 for 5 at the plate with two doubles and an RBI.

The Celtics’ game with McKay High School Friday, April 18, was more a matter of toughing it out after taking an early lead.

McNary got its first run in the bottom of the third when Matt Aguilar scored on a sacrifice bunt by Walker. The Royal Scots tied the game 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the frame, Hays scored on a bases-loaded walk, Tristan Mistkawi and Vasas scored on a single by Wood, and Aguilar scored on a sacrifice Walker to take the 5-1 lead.

Gosling, as catcher, caught a runner stealing home in the bottom of the seventh. A ground out by the next batter ended the game.

Despite the confidence that comes with close wins, Klampe hoped the team could keep its focus on the present.

“We have to take it one game at a time and give it our all,” he said.

Keeker said the team would do well to acknowledge its strengths and build on them.

“We’re not the type of team with so much talent that we can walk on the field and beat somebody. We have to know who we are and play to our strengths,” Keeker said.

There’s no such thing as too much cowbell


Of the Keizertimes

There are plenty of events for runners next month.

But if running isn’t your thing, there is still an opportunity for live music – provided by you.

Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, gave an update on the 27th annual Iris Festival presented by Silverton Health at the April 10 West Keizer Neighborhood Association (WKNA) meeting.

Iris Festival officially kicks off May 1 with the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, with most events taking place May 15 to 18.

In addition to the parade on May 17, there will be runs galore.

Over the course of two days there will be a Kidz 3K, a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and a full marathon.

“Starting at 7 a.m. there will be a full marathon,” Dieker said. “This is the first time in the region we’ve had a full marathon. I expect probably 100 participants. If we had that many, I would be happy.”

Dieker said the runs will go down Windsor Island Drive, with the full marathon going down 13 miles before turning around and coming back along the same route.

“These participants will be on the road,” Dieker said. “It would be helpful if cars are not on the road. If you care to and have skills as a musician or want to play your favorite music, it’s great for runners to have entertainment. You can also wave, bang pots and pans or whatever else you’d like to do. Any help you would like to offer or give, we’d appreciate it.”

In other recent WKNA business:

• Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, explained road work projects city staff will be doing this summer within the WKNA boundaries.

“We are planning to rebuild Shoreline Drive from Cummings Lane to Wayne Drive,” Lawyer said. “This will be replacing the sidewalk and pavement. We can’t just resurface, because it’s too bad. We have to rebuild it. Work will include replacing the curbs and sidewalks, updating stormwater catch basins and a new driving surface.

“The sidewalks will be widened to five feet,” he added. “The existing sidewalks now vary from three feet to four feet wide. We also have to bring everything up to current ADA (American with Disabilities Act) standards.”

Lawyer said the road width itself will remain at 30 feet, while there will be ADA compliant drop ramps at all intersections.

“We designed it to match what’s already there as much as we can,” Lawyer said. “Existing curb heights are matched, to impact property owners as little as possible. We will go to bid in the next three weeks, get those back in May, start in July and it should be done in 90 days.”

Lawyer noted there are also some resurfacing projects being done this summer.

“We try to resurface each year to prevent roads from falling into Shoreline’s condition,” he said. “We’re putting nine roads out to bid; six are in your area. We’re hoping we can get these projects done so we focus on big roads like Cherry and River in the future; big, expensive projects that will take up all of our budget for one or two budget cycles.”

• Due to an event at the Keizer Civic Center, this month’s WKNA meeting was held next door at the Keizer Heritage Center. The next WKNA meeting will be held Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the civic center. That is expected to be the last WKNA meeting until September.

Coaches at MHS prepped alum for career as athletic director

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The lesson Boone Marker remembers most vividly from his days as a McNary High School athlete was also one of his earliest.

“I made a snide remark during baseball tryouts of my freshman year. It got back to Coach (Craig) Nicholas,” Marker said. “I waited and waited for him to ask to speak to me. Finally, I went to him. I was ready to run 15 miles to make up for it if I could still be part of the team.”

When Marker pleaded his case, Nicholas said nothing. Later that day, he addressed the whole team.

McNary alum Boone Marker, athletic director of the Salem Boys & Girls Club, works with club members as part of the organization’s youth volleyball program. Jazlyn Jordan, 7, is on the left. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
McNary alum Boone Marker, athletic director of the Salem Boys & Girls Club, works with club members as part of the organization’s youth volleyball program. Jazlyn Jordan, 7, is on the left. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

“He told us, ‘You’ve come here and you wear our clothes. You respect that. You respect your school, you respect your coaches, you respect your teammates, you respect yourself,” Marker said. The team went on to a 16-2 record.

That lesson has been ringing in his ears in recent weeks. Marker is now athletic director of the Salem Boys & Girls Club, and one of the athletes went on a Twitter attack of her coach in the program. When the time comes, it’s not hard to see him choosing a similar method to address it.

Marker was involved with the Boys & Girls Club from a young age as an athlete, then a peer mentor and later as a branch director. He’s starting in his fifth year as athletic director and oversees 67 teams with 800 budding athletes, but he still gets a bit giddy at the thought of himself at his current athletes’ ages.

“I wanted to be Stephen Copeland,” Marker said. Copeland led the McNary football team to its first state title in 1997. He took it upon himself to do the necessary research.


“All the teams at the time were learning the McNary offense under Tom Smythe, but I knew all the calls. I would sit in the visitor section so I would watch the hand signals and learn who the decoys were,” he said.

Eventually, he offered himself up as one of the decoys. As a freshman, he  even wore the same cleats Copeland used in the 1997 championship game.

“I don’t think any of us ever thought we would be in the same position four years later when I was a senior,” Marker said.

While Marker didn’t have as much contact with Smythe as some other players did, the lesson he and many other took from the man is often summed up with the letters “WWLB.” Depending on who one asks, the precise meaning is: winners win, losers bellyache. Frequently, the last word is swapped out for an expletive.

“What I took that to mean was that you’re going to do well or you’re not, depending on how you prepare,” he said.

Marker had more contact with Jeff Auvinen in his role as a starter on the junior varsity team (his record was 5-2).

“Auvinen was just a great head coach. He always put me in the best position for success. He was relaxed when he needed to be, and did a good job of figuring out what our strengths were,” Marker said.

After McNary, he went on to study at Chemeketa Community College and then Western Oregon University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. He recently completed a master’s degree in business with University of Phoenix. Marker’s path at Boys & Girls Club has always presented itself, but many of the things he picked up from a long line of coaches – at McNary and elsewhere – are put to use with the next generation of athletes. For the most part, he wants club members to focus on the fun in fundamentals.

“It means we may not keep score, but there are plenty of outlets for competitive athletics. What we try to focus on is how we can help them get better so that they walk away from the experience with something to work on,” he said.

Marker is keenly aware of how a focus on results can skew the perceptions of student athletes when the key is to give those same students the tools to succeed outside of sports. If he does the job well, there’s also a chance a few will follow in his footsteps.

“Somewhere along the line, I realized how many people had given their time to be a coach for me. I also realized that they were doing it because someone did it for them, that’s why I’m doing this, and it’s why I love it.”

Police searching for stolen truck driver

The driver who crashed this stolen Toyota pickup (right) into the Ford Aerostar minivan at 7-11 Tuesday morning eluded police.



Of the Keizertimes

The driver of a stolen pickup who crashed into a parked van Tuesday morning was able to elude authorities.

Keizer Police Department officers on bike patrol in Keizer Station Tuesday stopped the white Toyota pickup around 10:30 a.m. when the driver was spotted not wearing his seatbelt. The plates returned as a stolen vehicle and the driver took off, while the officers on bike alerted other units.

As officers chased the suspect down Lockhaven Drive, the driver attempted to cut through the 7-11 parking lot at Lockhaven and River Road. The attempt wasn’t successful, however, as he crashed into a parked Ford Aerostar van. The two occupants in the truck jumped out and fled on foot.

“They both went through the car lot to the (Shoreline Pointe Apartments),” KPD deputy chief Jeff Kuhns said. “The passenger came back, ran across River Road and ran into Rite-Aid. We caught him coming out the back.”

While the passenger was being transported to Marion County Correctional Facility, Kuhns said a perimeter was set up to catch the driver, described as a young Hispanic male about 5’5” in height. The perimeter included Trail Avenue and Manzanita Street.

“We believe he entered an apartment behind the 7-11,” Kuhns said. “The occupants gave us permission to search the apartment, but nothing was found.”

Lt. Andrew Copeland said Gubser Elementary and Whiteaker Middle Schools were notified as a precaution but weren’t in full lockdown mode.

“Officers went to the schools to check them out,” Copeland said.

Around 12:15 p.m. the perimeter was being taken down when a new report came in that a young Hispanic male was seen running through the backyard of a residence on the 5800 block of River Road, just up from the 7-11. Police vehicles littered the hill up River Road as officers from the KPD and deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office searched the area, with help from police K-9s.

The search was called off around 12:45 p.m., with the suspect not found.

Copeland said the suspect could be the same person sought in other recent burglaries, including the one from early April when a Hispanic male stole a charity jar from 7-11.

“It’s possible,” Copeland said. “He matches the description.”

City looking for a brighter future with new LED lights


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More efficient lights could be coming soon to Keizer.

At Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting, the idea of Portland General Electric (PGE) converting existing street lights over to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights throughout the city was brought up.

City attorney Shannon Johnson said most street lights and poles in Keizer are either Option A or Option B. In Option A, PGE owns and maintains the lights while in Option B the city owns the lights but PGE maintains them. There is also Option C, in which the city owns and maintains lights, but most lights are under the first two options.

“This conversion only applies to Options A and B,” Johnson said. “PGE indicates the LEDs are more cost effective and sustainable and use a lot less energy. There don’t appear to be any downsides to the city and ratepayers.”

Melissa Swenson, PGE project manager, noted her company has installed 25,000 LED lights in the past year. PGE staff first met with city staff in November.

“The second option is to transfer Option B fixtures to PGE, then we’d put in poles,” Swenson said. “Poles that are metal last a long time.”

Councilor Cathy Clark liked the overall idea of power conservation.

“I love the idea of switching to LEDs to save power,” Clark said. “My question is what is in it for PGE to own the poles?”

Swenson said there was a simple explanation.

“It is the core of our business,” she said.

Swenson pointed to a key advantage to the new lights and poles.

“There is reduced maintenance,” she said. “Right now we’re looking at lights and poles every five years. These lights are expected to last 20 years. There is no upfront cost to the city.”

Councilors unanimously approved a motion directing staff to come up with a resolution for the next council meeting on May 5 for the conversion of street lights. PGE would acquire Keizer’s Option B fixtures, convert Option A and B lights to LED lights and replace Option B poles with Option A poles at the end of their lives.

Lady Celts beat McKay

McNary’s Sandy Childress returns a volley in competition with Courtney Hammagren Tuesday, April 15.  (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
McNary’s Sandy Childress returns a volley in competition with Courtney Hammagren Tuesday, April 15. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

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The McNary High School girls varsity tennis team beat McKay High School 5-3 and lost to South Salem 6-2 last week.

The frustration, if there was any to be had, for Head Coach Mark Kohley was that there wasn’t a whole lot of difference in play between the two matches.

“We played the same way in both matches, it was just opponents of different skill,” Kohley said. “The good thing is that no one is slacking. Everyone is trying their hardest and playing as best they can.”

The Lady Celts picked up two wins in singles and three wins in doubles competition with the Royal Scots. Sandy Childress won in straight sets of 6-0 and 6-1. Rachel Morrow won in consecutive 6-0 sets. In doubles, Katie Stignei and Megan Thompson won in sets of 6-1 and 6-0; Ariana Neads and Sami Trowbridge won in sets of 6-0 and 6-1; and Taslima Sidhu and Katherine Patterson won in sets of 6-2 and 6-4.

“Last week, we got closer to the line-up we’re going to have for the rest of the season,” Kohley said. “There will be some minor adjustments this week and, I hope, some improvement in the way we play doubles.”

The South Salem match saw some of the team’s top talent stumble. Childress lost her first match of the season to Lady Saxon Courtney Hammagren in sets of 0-6 and 1-6.

“Long points and a couple of deuces that didn’t go our way were the reason,” Kohley said.

The Saxons swept singles matches, but Neads and Trowbridge picked up a win in doubles with set scores of 6-3 and 6-4. Izzy Peña-Venegas and Celena Camacho took a doubles win with set scores of 6-4 and 7-6 (7-2).

Second superintendent search yields two finalists for SKSB

E. Prince and C. Perry
E. Prince and C. Perry

For the Keizertimes

Two finalists for superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District have been chosen and will meet the public Monday and Tuesday.

Both are mid-Willamette Valley superintendents. Christy Perry is superintendent of the Dallas School District, and Erin Prince holds that position with the Corvallis School District.

Perry will meet with staff at 5 p.m. at Claggett Creek Middle School and with the public at 6 p.m. there Monday. Prince will meet with the same schedule at Claggett Creek on Tuesday.

Perry has been superintendent in Dallas since July 2005. She also has been principal at two elementary schools in Dallas and director of human resources in the district. Her teaching experience includes a fifth-grade position at Keizer Elementary School from August 1991 to June 1992.

She has a bachelor of science in education degree from Western Oregon University (then Western Oregon State College) and a master of science in education degree from WOU. She holds a continuing administrator license from Portland State University.

Prince has been superintendent in Corvallis since 2011. Previous positions include those of assistant superintendent in the Sherwood School District, director of human resources in Sherwood and principal in the Lake Oswego and Greater Albany districts. She has been an adjunct professor for the University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark College since 2007. She taught in the Tigard-Tualatin, Hillsboro and Oregon City districts.

She received a bachelor of science degree from Oregon State University, a master of arts in teaching degree from Lewis & Clark and a doctor of philosophy degree from Oregon State.

The two finalists were chosen from six candidates in the second round of applicants for the Salem-Keizer position.

McNary takes down North in track, field

Celt Colden Garro launches the shot put in competition with North Salem High School Wednesday, April 16. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Celt Colden Garro launches the shot put in competition with North Salem High School Wednesday, April 16. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

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Tevita Maake didn’t crack the state’s top ten shot put throwers last week, but one more seven-foot personal record (PR) would put him in the top five.

Maake launched the shot put for a mark of 46-08 in competition at the meet with North Salem High School last week. He won the event and soared past his prior best of 39 feet in his first season as a track and field athlete.

“We have a good coach who gives us a lot of advice,” said Maake, a junior. “Now I want to get past 50 feet this season.”

Both the boys and girls varsity teams won their side of the meet with the Vikings. The final score for the boys was 85-60. The girls won 77-68.

The Lady Celts have their sights set on another Central Valley Conference title, said senior Ashlee Koenig.

“I think the team is in a really great place after winning last year and we have a confidence in each other that some other teams don’t have,” she said.

Koenig was part of the winning 4×100 relay team that included Daysha Simms, Alyssa Looney and Danielle Duran. She also topped the podium in the long jump with a mark of 15-10.

“My goal this season is to get the record for the girls long jump. It’s 17-4 now, but last year I went from 14 feet to 16 feet. I’m striving to make another leap like that,” she said.

Other winners for the girls were: Looney in the 100 meter in 13.4; Simms in the 200 meter in 26 seconds; Duran in the 400 meter in 1:01.8; Aisha Amaitsa in the 1,500 meter in 5:20.8; Duran, Sydney Hunter, Hali Thurston and Simms in the 4×400 meter relay in 4.11; Kyla Duncan in the discus with a mark of 100-05; and Jasmine Ernest in the javelin with a mark of 101-03.

The Celtic boys depth in sprinting helped the team turn in top performances in relays and short races, said junior Kyle Torres.

“Most of our sprinters would be on the varsity team anywhere else in the league,” he said. “We’re lucky to have that.”

Torres won the 100 meter in 10.9 and helped the 4×100 relay team to victory in 43.2 seconds. The relay team includes Anthony Nguyen, Austin Brown and Garrett Hittner.

Other winners for the boys were: Brown in the 200 meter in 23.8; Adrian Fernandez in the 800 meter in 2:03.9; Daniel Brattain in the 300 meter hurdles in 39.9, the pole vault clearing 12-06 and long jump with a mark of 21-00; Brown, Brendan Van Voorhis, Evan Rummerfield and Brett Hildebrand in the 4×400 relays in 3:37.4; Coben Christenson in the discus with a mark of 117-11; and Perry Groves in the high jump clearing 6-00 and triple jump with a mark of 41-01.

At the Oregon Relays in Eugene Saturday, April 19, Amaitsa claimed a three-second PR in the 800 meter with a time of 2:25.07; Van Voorhis topped the podium in the freshman 100 meter with a time of 11.52, and the boys 4×100 team of Brown, Brett Hildebrand, Nguyen and Hittner took third with a time of 43.16.

Tow truck parking in neighborhoods debated

Photo courtesy Wikipedia
Photo courtesy Wikipedia

Of the Keizertimes

The debate over tow truck parking in Keizer continues.

Under current code, a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds is not allowed to park on a street in a residential area.

In recent meetings, owners of area tow truck companies have argued employees often don’t have room to park tow trucks in their private driveways and thus need to be able to park on the street, since responding to an accident scene from home within the time required by the Keizer Police Department is faster than driving to the office in a personal vehicle to pick up a tow truck and then respond to a scene.

However, there has also been pushback from neighbors who have argued tow trucks create safety hazards when parked on the street, in addition to waking up neighbors when the trucks respond to an accident in the middle of the night.

City attorney Shannon Johnson indicated at the April 7 meeting the request to look at the parking ordinance first came from BC Towing.

“Some tow companies have drivers on call, so they take trucks home with them,” Johnson said. “If they park the truck in the street, they are in violation of our parking ordinance. It’s really a policy question.”

Liz Rumelhart from Wiltse Towing said tow trucks weigh more these days since most cars are heavier than before.

“When our drivers are on duty at night, our offices are closed,” Rumelhart said. “In Keizer, our drivers have to be (to a scene) in 15 minutes. I understand the issue with the noise and the backup beepers. Drivers come and go in the middle of the night. That does happen.”

Rumelhart said her company has low turnover and new employees are told to talk to their neighbors about the issue.

“I want my drivers to be able to live in Keizer,” she said. “If this law is not passed, I won’t be able to hire drivers who live in Keizer. I need to be able to have drivers take their trucks home.”

Nick Devlin and John Blake, residents on Clearview Court, noted some drivers are not like the ones described by Rumelhart.

“Trucks are parking right at the intersection where it’s not a wide street to begin with,” Blake said. “This is the bad side of it. I was told (by the driver) it’s my problem. I wish Ms. Rumelhart was in my neighborhood. We have a tow truck driver with zero respect for the community.”

Blake said one residence on the cul-de-sac has two tow trucks, leading to safety concerns as there are 13 children in the neighborhood.

“The trucks started parking in the easement, which created a mudhole,” Devlin said, noting the residence in question is a duplex. “These companies need to look at where their employees are living.”

Mayor Lore Christopher noted the tricky balance between allowing tow truck drivers to respond and the potential impacts on a neighborhood.

“None of us are hard and fast sure what the answer is,” Christopher said. “Those cul-de-sacs are tight anyway. Maybe not allow parking in cul-de-sacs (for trucks). That is a real safety issue, especially when you have children.”

Councilors approved a motion for staff to bring back an ordinance with parking restrictions at an upcoming meeting.

Councilor Dennis Koho brought up the issue again during this week’s meeting, in regards to two letters received from neighbors complaining about tow trucks in their neighborhood.

Jar for charity stolen at 7-11

John and Jane Hyder have been franchise owners of the 7-11 at Lockhaven Drive and River Road for 32 years. A male stole a jar used to collect donations for charity at the store earlier this month. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
John and Jane Hyder have been franchise owners of the 7-11 at Lockhaven Drive and River Road for 32 years. A male stole a jar used to collect donations for charity at the store earlier this month. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

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The man who stole the canister could clearly see what he was doing.

It’s not the act of theft itself that frustrated John and Jane Hyder, longtime franchise owners of the 7-11 convenience store at Lockhaven Drive and River Road.

Instead, it’s what got stolen at 6:14 a.m. on April 4.

The store’s video surveillance cameras caught a short, young Hispanic adult male swiping a canister off the counter while an accomplice distracted the clerk by asking for a pizza to be prepared.

For years, the Hyders have had the canister on the counter to collect money in support of Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). Both John and daughter Jill have Retinitis Pigmentosa, a retinal degenerative disease more commonly referred to as tunnel vision. Jill is co-chair of the foundation’s annual fundraiser, the Oregon VisionWalk coming June 28 at Oaks Park in Portland.

“It’s not stealing from us, it’s stealing pure donations,” Jane said. “For me, it doesn’t get any lower than that.”

John said the canister, about two-thirds full at the time, is usually chained to the counter. He doesn’t know if it was already unhooked or if the suspect did that.

“We collect several hundred dollars a year,” John said of the canister. “It all goes to VisionWalk. We’ve had it more than 10 years.”

Jane said with the family history of eye issues, it was natural to get involved with FFB.

“Some people have things or causes near and dear to their hearts,” she said. “This is ours. We’re so frustrated over this.”

Jill said the theft was a heartbreak.

“We are all devastated,” she said. “It’s a tremendous loss.”

Staff at the 7-11 showed the Keizertimes the video of the incident. The male who swiped the canister appeared to have a mostly shaved head, wearing a white t-shirt and a hooded jacket. He waited until only his accomplice was in sight, took the canister and immediately left.

Jane said the accomplice returned to the store April 15 and was caught trying to leave with more stolen items.

Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the Keizer Police Department, noted an officer has a copy of the surveillance video.

“He will be reviewing it for possible leads,” Kuhns said. “The officer continues to investigate the incident.”

John said police indicated to him they “are familiar” with the two men and the apartment they are associated with.

John also recalled once having a canister benefitting muscular dystrophy swiped – on Christmas Day.

“I’ve been dealing with the public for 32 years as the franchise owner here,” he said. “When you think you’ve seen everything, people do something to surprise you.”

Those who want to donate to FBB can do so at 7-11, located at 5550 River Road N.