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Day: June 9, 2014

Brinks robber indicted

A. White
A. White

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

A Keizer man has been arrested for an attempted robbery back in March.

Jeff Kuhns, deputy police chief with the Keizer Police Department, said on Wednesday 28-year-old Anthony Samuel White was indicted by a Marion County Grand Jury on 14 criminal charges, with 13 of those being felonies and one being a misdemeanor.

The attempted robbery took place at the former Keizer Roth’s in Schoolhouse Square at River Road North and Chemawa Road early in the afternoon of March 18.

According to Kuhns, one employee of the Brinks armored vehicle called police and said his partner had been robbed while servicing the Bank of America ATM from the inside.

“We learned the other employee had sheltered in place in the store,” Kuhns said at the time. “He goes inside and at some point he is confronted by the armed male suspect. He was able to get into a room, locked the door and protected himself.”

A perimeter was set up within minutes of the initial call, closing part of River Road. In total, about 35 to 40 officers responded with assistance from Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, the FBI and the Salem SWAT team.

After about a three-hour closure, police came up empty-handed. Kuhns said at the time the suspect “most likely got out early” but the whole building had to be searched to make sure.

Kuhns said on Wednesday KPD investigators worked closely with the FBI, the Oregon Department of Justice, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the OSP Crime Laboratory, the SPD Forensic Technicians and the Eugene Police Department.

Four days after the Keizer incident, there was an attempted armored truck robbery in Eugene.

In that case, the suspect was shot multiple times by one of the truck’s guards, according to a story from The Register-Guard newspaper.

Kuhns said there is a connection.

“Anthony White…is the same individual who allegedly committed the crime of robbery when he confronted a different armored truck courier in Eugene on March 22,” Kuhns said. “During that incident Anthony White was shot by the armored truck courier.”

White was taken to a hospital in Springfield following the shooting. After being released, he was held at the Lane County Jail until being transferred to the Marion County Correctional Facility on April 7, where he has been since.

“After a lot of legwork, we were able to tie him into the Keizer robbery,” Kuhns said. “He’s been incarcerated since being released from the hospital down there. Our detectives had to methodically work it out from A to Z.”

White was charged on Wednesday with five counts of felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of burglary in the first degree and one count each of burglary in the second degree, robbery in the second degree, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated theft in the first degree and theft in the second degree. The total bail amount was $315,000.

Family seeks help in finding lost Keizer man

Robert Knupp
Robert Knupp

Authorities and family members are searching for 53-year-old Keizer resident Robert Allen Knupp.

Oregon State Police (OSP) has joined family members in the search and is asking for the public’s help to find him after he was last seen Saturday evening, June 7. His 1993 Geo Metro was found locked and unoccupied at the Santiam Rest Area along Interstate 5 south of Salem around midnight.

There is no evidence at this time to indicate he was the victim of a crime.

Knupp is described as a white male, 5’11”, 215 pounds, with brown salt and pepper hair and a short beard. He was last known to be wearing a blue print Hawaiian-style shirt with khaki pants, white socks and brown leather tie shoes.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, he drove his brother to an Albany-area restaurant and dropped him off.

On June 8, OSP began an investigation and have taken a missing person report regarding Knupp. His family indicates his behavior is out of character and that he recently began taking newly prescribed medications.

His wife, Vicki Knupp, last saw him on the evening of June 6 before she went to work for the night.

Anyone with information regarding Knupp’s whereabouts is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.

Lead investigator is Senior Trooper Frank Hagen.

Delaney Madison Grill to open this summer

Jim Marshall is turning the former Caruso's Italian Cafe into Delaney Madison Grill, set to open this summer. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Jim Marshall is turning the former Caruso’s Italian Cafe into Delaney Madison Grill, set to open this summer. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Jim Marshall’s original plan wasn’t to use the middle names of two of his five daughters for his new restaurant.

It just worked out that Delaney Madison Grill sounded like a good name.

So what did Jennifer, Stephanie and Ashley think of the name honoring younger sisters Hallie Madison and Jordan Delaney?

“The others were on board, 100 percent,” Marshall said with a chuckle.

The sale of the former Caruso’s Italian Cafe at 5745 Inland Shores Way officially closed last Friday, May 30. Marshall, a Keizer resident with 42 years of experience in the restaurant industry, including 20 years in management at McGrath’s Fish House until this week, hopes to open his new restaurant in late July or early August.

Marshall is having a bar built for his new business. How long that takes will determine the opening date.

“As soon as it is done, we’ll open,” he said. “I’m committed to getting the bar built, otherwise I would do (the opening) in two weeks. I have the vendor selected for food. I have relationships 20 years in the making. I have great relationships with people, whether it be with maintenance, kitchen wares, dish machines. It’s healthy to have those relationships established.”

Marshall is used to spending 120 nights a year in hotels. Now, he will be working a minute-and-a-half from his Keizer home. Another big change: while he was vice president at McGrath’s, he had a boss. This time, he’s the boss.

“With McGrath’s, I opened or reopened 16 restaurants,” he said. “I definitely know the process. I am cautiously confident. I’m a humble guy. It’s important to listen to those around me. My goal here is to give people a Portland-style destination restaurant without having to drive to Portland.”

A smaller match for Keizer Parks Board program

KEIZERTIMES/File photo
KEIZERTIMES/File photo

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

The debate over Keizer’s proposed 2014-15 budget of nearly $38 million came down to a $10,000 question Monday evening.

That was the amount Richard Walsh, a former councilor and current member of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, asked for on behalf of the Parks Board. In recent years the Parks Board has had $20,000 to spend.

The proposed new budget cut that in half. Walsh asked for the amount to be restored and received support in his quest from councilors Marlene Quinn and Jim Taylor.

That was all the support he got, however. A motion to add the $10,000 failed by a 4-2 vote, though councilors did unanimously agree to add $4,000 back.

“I’m an opponent of the current budget because I’d like you to change it,” Walsh said during the public hearing on the budget. “We’re talking about $38 million overall. There’s nothing you can do with more bang for the buck than parks. It will make a tremendous impact for very little money. We partner with Keizer’s strongest asset, volunteers. This is the flagship for volunteerism.”

In response to a question from Mayor Lore Christopher, Walsh made his request on behalf of the Parks Board.

“The budget was cut from $20,000 to $10,000,” Walsh said. “We want the $4,000 currently on the table back into it. We don’t have money for the neighborhood parks. This can help with that a tremendous amount. At a minimum we’d like the $4,000, but really we should have the full $20,000 restored. You have a $60,000 contingency fund. Please don’t leave it where it is.”

Walsh noted the Parks Board’s new matching grant program doubles funds; thus $10,000 would become $20,000 but a full $20,000 would become $40,000.

Quinn stood up for Walsh’s request.

“I’m an advocate for the Parks Board,” Quinn said. “I’d advocate putting the $10,000 back in. That means $40,000 for parks that kids can enjoy. This is for the kids of Keizer, for kids to go to the parks.”

Taylor rejected the idea of pushing off the decision to mid-year.

“I’m a little uncomfortable leaving (the funds) in contingency for now,” Taylor said. “This is our decision. It’s up to us to say put it in there now. That’s what I would like to do, rather than wait six months. There will be at least three new councilors. We went through the budget process. I would like to put it in now.”

Councilor Dennis Koho had an issue with the size of the contingency fund.

“The general fund is nearly $9.5 million,” the former mayor said. “The contingency fund is $60,000 out of $9.5 million. That’s terribly thin.”

“They always are thin,” Christopher said.

Responded Koho: “That doesn’t make it right.”

When it came time to vote on adding the $10,000 to the Parks Grant program, Christopher initially voted yes but quickly changed. The motion failed 4-2, with only Quinn and Taylor in support.

A subsequent vote was taken on the addition of $4,000 to the program from contingency. That was approved 6-0, with council president Joe Egli absent.

“I fought for $10,000 more, since it will lead to more,” Quinn said afterwards. “I fought a gallant battle. At least we got $4,000 more.”

Aside from that, there was no discussion on the budget. The budget was highlighted by the addition of four new positions: a computer forensics person for the police department, a code enforcement officer,  an information system technician and a midyear patrol officer position for the police.

The total budget is $37,966,400 which includes a general fund of $9.4 million, a $5.5 million sewer fund, $3.6 million for administrative services, $2.85 million for the street fund and $2.8 million for the water fund. There is also $1.7 million for the Keizer Station Local Improvement District fund and $1.45 million for the Transportation Improvement Fund.

The tax rate remains at $2.0838 per $1,000 of assessed value, while property tax revenue is expected to increase 2.7 percent in the fiscal year ahead, which starts on July 1.

At one point during the meeting, Taylor explained the lack of discussion.

“It may seem like we’re going fast, but this has gone through a budget process of 14 people, including all of us,” Taylor said. “A lot of this has already been in discussion. This is the process we go through. We’re not really hurrying through it.”

In recent years there have been requests from members of the Keizer Budget Committee – which includes the city councilors – to add back positions cut a few years ago, but Eppley has emphasized the need to wait and make sure the positions could be sustainable and not just one-year positions.

“I’m always pleased with how well stuff puts together the budget,” Eppley said following Monday’s meeting. “There’s an amazing effort put into it. We have a good process. It’s a shining example of good governance. That was especially the case this year. Staff did a good job of cutting expenses and adding services the budget committee asked for. We were finally in a position to offer sustainable new positions. You have to wait until you can afford them.”

Eppley said the department leadership team “works incredibly well together” and came up with a plan that pleased everyone.

“We threw out ideas, debated them and came up with solutions,” he said. “Susan is phenomenal at putting things together…We have a track record of being very conservative. We don’t hire people we can’t keep.”

Another change came in regards to the Keizer Police Department. Former chief Marc Adams typically pushed for the return of four lost officer positions during the budget season. His replacement, John Teague, would have accepted new officers but emphasized the realization of other departments needed more as well.

“Chief Teague has a slightly different view (than Adams),” Eppley said. “You can see him implementing it.”

In other budget-related items Monday:

• Prior to the start of the regular council meeting, the Urban Renewal Agency budget of $2.26 million was approved unanimously.

• A water rate increase of 4.5 percent, effective in January, was approved. The increase will bring in an estimated $55,000 in new revenue. The water bill for an average single family residence will go up $6.64 a year.

• Storm water rates will go up $0.43 an Equivalent Service Unit per month, also starting in January. The increase is expected to bring in $48,000 in new revenue.

• Higher development fees were approved. For example, partition fees increased from $320 to $860. The subdivision fee and master plan fee are each $2,600 now, up from $1,340 and $1,495, respectively. There are similar increases for zone change, comprehensive plan change and planned unit development.

New fees were added for plat ($325), appeal of a staff decision ($250), appeal of a hearings officer or Keizer Planning Commission decision ($365), cottage cluster partition ($860), cottage cluster subdivision ($2,600) and review of Traffic Impact Analysis ($600).

• A new fingerprinting cost of $25 was approved, along with police photos on a DVD disc for $12 and the actual cost for an officer exam fee.