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Day: July 30, 2015

RIVERfair promises fun activities for all

Brady Goss, along with his band, will headline RIVERfair in Keizer Saturday, Aug. 8. RIVERfair is the annual one-day event sponsored by Making Keizer Better Foundation. (Submitted)
Brady Goss, along with his band, will headline RIVERfair in Keizer Saturday, Aug. 8. RIVERfair is the annual one-day event sponsored by Making Keizer Better Foundation. (Submitted)

RIVERfair 2015 will offer a variety of activities and entertainment on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Keizer Rapids Park.

The RIVERfair Pet Parade, sponsored by Copper Creek Mercantile, begins at 11 a.m. The parade will end at the Upper Course Stage where the Golden Bone Awards will be presented. The Mayor’s and President’s 1Award will be joined with best costume, funniest and best look-a-like.

The Keizer Community Library and the Keizer Heritage Center co-sponsor one of RIVERfair’s newest and popular activities: the Junior Archaeology Dig. With tools provided kids can dig like professional archaeologists and search for dinosaur bones and other relics. Each child will receive a Junior Archaeologist Certificate. The activity will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

RIVERfair’s signature event: the pie eating contest is back. Last year there was a grudge match between the Keizer Police Department and the Keizer Fire District. Come and see which side comes out on top this year. Aside from the firefighters and police, there were will be four categories of the contest: boys 13 and under; girls 13 and under; men 14 and older and women 14 and older. Entrants in the younger divisions will eat mini-pies while the older contestants will have to tackle a full-sized pie. Winners will receive a blue ribbon.

The Willamette Wanderers, a member of the American Volkssport Association, will present a 5K and 10K guided walk at RIVERfair this year. This activity is open to the public; children must be accompanied by an adult.  Leashed dogs are welcomed, too.  The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the Keizer Rapids Park boat ramp.  Walkers can register after 9:30 a.m. at the Club’s RIVERfair booth near the amphitheater.  There is no fee, but participants who want to receive AVA credit pay a $3 fee.

The Keizer Police Department will stage K9 demonstration several times during RIVERfair. The first is scheduled for 11:15 a.m., the second at 1:45 p.m.

A nature walk through Keizer Rapids Park lead by guides who will talk about the fauna and flora of the area will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sign up for the walk at the RIVERfair information booth.

For more information visit riverfairkeizer.com or call 503-390-6840.

Keizer City Council meeting

KEIZERTIMES/City Council
KEIZERTIMES/City Council

CITY OF KEIZER MISSION STATEMENT

KEEP CITY GOVERNMENT COSTS AND SERVICES TO A MINIMUM BY PROVIDING CITY SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY IN A COORDINATED, EFFICIENT, AND LEAST COST FASHION

AGENDA

KEIZER CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR SESSION

Monday, August 3, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Robert L. Simon Council Chambers

Keizer, Oregon

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. ROLL CALL

3. FLAG SALUTE

4. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS

5. COMMITTEE REPORTS

a. Appointment to the Keizer Public Arts Commission

6. PUBLIC TESTIMONY

This time is provided for citizens to address the Council on any matters other than those on the agenda scheduled for public hearing.

7. PUBLIC HEARINGS

8. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION

a. RESOLUTION – Authorization for Supplemental Budget – Parks Matching Grant Program

b. Request for Allowance of Additional Concert and Movie at Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre

9. CONSENT CALENDAR

a. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the City Manager to Enter Into Lease Agreement with Ricoh USA Inc. for Community Development Copier

10.COUNCIL LIAISON REPORTS

11.OTHER BUSINESS

This time is provided to allow the Mayor, City Council members, or staff an opportunity to bring new or old matters before the Council that are not on tonight’s agenda.

12.WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS

To inform the Council of significant written communications.

13.AGENDA INPUT

August 10, 2015

5:45 p.m. – City Council Work Session

Tour of Salem Keizer School District Career and Technical Education Campus

August 17, 2015

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session

September 8, 2015 (Tuesday)

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session

September 14, 2015

5:45 p.m. – City Council Work Session

Annual Keizer Parks Tour

14.ADJOURNMENT

Upon request, auxiliary aids and/or special services will be provided. To request services, please contact us at (503)390-3700 or through Oregon Relay at 1-800-735-2900 at least two working days (48 hours) in advance.

Suspect cuffed in mace robbery

File photo
File photo

Keizer police have arrested a Keizer man accused of attempting to rob a Salem man during a meeting set up for the two parties to complete a Craigslist transaction.

Joshua J. Smith, 28, of 4343 Rivercrest Drive N. was arrested and charged with attempting to rob a 29-year-old Salem man of guitar pedals the victim was there to sell. Smith has been charged with third degree robbery, fourth degree assault, first degree theft and unlawful use of mace. Bail was set at $30,000.

On Tuesday, July 28, at approximately 5:15 p.m. officers from the Keizer Police Department responded to 452 Cummings Lane North, John Knox Presbyterian Church, to a report of a robbery that had just occurred.

The victim said he was assaulted during the robbery when the suspect sprayed him with a chemical weapon agent similar to mace or pepper-spray that incapacitated him and his ability to defend himself or prevent being robbed.
When officers arrived they found the man lying on the ground in the church parking lot next to his vehicle. The officer confirmed he had been sprayed in the face with some type of chemical weapon agent and observed his eyes were swollen shut and he had mucus coming from his nose and mouth. The victim also reported he was having difficulty breathing as he suffered from the effects of the chemical agent that the suspect had assaulted him with.

Paramedics from the Keizer Fire District responded to render aid snd the victim was treated and released on the scene. 
The initial investigation determined after the suspect robbed the victim that he fled on foot to the south of the church parking lot on Toni Avenue North. Additional Keizer Police officers and a K-9 Unit from the Salem Police Department responded to the area in an effort to locate and apprehend the suspect, but the search was unsuccessful.

In addition to providing a suspect description and his last known direction of travel, the victim provided investigating officers with the telephone number he said the suspect called from when they made arrangements to meet. Further investigation revealed this telephone number belonged to a payphone that is located at the 7-11 convenience store located at 4380 River Road North, approximately five blocks from the location the robbery occurred. Officers later responded to the 7-11 where they were able to view surveillance video of a person who used the payphone that matched the description of the suspect that had been provided by the victim.

On Wednesday, July 29, officers continued to investigate the incident and were contacted by the victim who told investigators he believed he had found the guitar pedals the suspect stole from him. He said he believed the suspect was attempting to sell the stolen property on Craigslist.  After learning this information the investigators were able to identify the person who was selling the possible stolen property.

Smith resided within approximately a half mile of where the robbery occurred the previous evening.
The follow-up investigation continued Wednesday afternoon with undercover officers arranging to meet with the seller of the guitar pedals at 2 p.m. at an auto parts business in the 4200 block of River Road North.

The seller arrived and was observed wearing the same clothing the suspect from the previous evening’s robbery was described to have been wearing. Undercover officers approached him and took him into custody without incident and they recovered the guitar pedals they believe the suspect had stolen from the victim. 
Smith was transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility late Wednesday afternoon.  
The Keizer Police Department provided the following safety tips when buying and/or selling property:

1. Trust your instincts.
2. Don’t go or meet alone.
3. Insist on meeting at a public place that is populated.
4. Do not meet in secluded areas.
5. Do not invite strangers into your home/apartment, and do not go into theirs.
6. Be cautious when buying/selling high value items.
7. Perform the sales transaction during daylight hours.
8. If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is.
9. Tell a friend or family member about your intentions.
10. Take your cell phone with you.