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Day: March 22, 2016

Arrest made following Monday shooting

Kyle Erik Madrid was arrested following Monday afternoon's shooting in the Keizer Bi-Mart parking lot (Photo courtesy Marion County Sheriff's Office)
Kyle Erik Madrid was arrested following Monday afternoon’s shooting in the Keizer Bi-Mart parking lot (Photo courtesy Marion County Sheriff’s Office)


Of the Keizertimes

A 31-year-old male has been arrested in connection with Monday afternoon’s shooting in the Keizer Bi-Mart parking lot.

Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the Keizer Police Department, announced Tuesday morning Kyle Erik Madrid had been arrested for the shooting of Randall Lynn Anderson, 59.

The shooting happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. March 21. Medics with the Keizer Fire District immediately transported Anderson to Salem Hospital. A hospital spokesperson on Tuesday said there was no update available on Anderson’s condition. Kuhns said the Salem resident survived treatment of serious physical injuries, but gave no other update.

At the same time Anderson was being transported, police reported a white male suspect was seen running north along River Road. A few minutes later, officer Dave Babcock detained Madrid in JC’s Pizzaria at 4200 River Road North. A second potential suspect was detained elsewhere, but later released.

Madrid was arrested on five criminal charges: attempted murder, first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and parole violation. He is being held without bail at the Marion County Correctional Facility.

A handgun was seen left on the ground at the scene of the shooting.

“Kyle Madrid is well known to law enforcement in the mid-Willamette Valley as he has an extensive criminal history,” Kuhns said.

Madrid previously has had permanent addresses in Keizer and Salem, but was considered a transient at the time of his arrest.

Kuhns said the shooting was not random.

“Investigators have established the suspect and victim knew each other prior to the shooting,” Kuhns said. “There is no reason to believe this was a stranger-to-stranger encounter.”

Kuhns said no information about a possible motive for the attempted murder is being released at this time.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or believe they saw the suspect fleeing on foot from the scene of the crime is asked to contact KPD Detective Andrew Phelps at 503-390-3713 Ext. 3497.

The shooting occurred less than a day after an armed robbery at the One Stop Smoke Shop, almost next door to Bi-Mart along River Road. Counting the fatal car vs. pedestrian accident near that shop on March 11, there have been three serious incidents within 10 days in about a 100-yard radius.

Roundabout on track for June start at Chemawa and Verda

Of the Keizertimes

Construction is still on schedule to start in June for the new roundabout at Chemawa Road and Verda Lane.

The Oregon Department of Transportation project, with a total cost of approximately $1.8 million, should be open sometime in September.

“Construction is expected to start in early- to mid-June,” said Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer. “It will take about three months to complete it enough to open it for traffic.”

Once the roundabout is open for traffic, Lawyer noted finishing work like putting in plants could be done later.

Bids for the construction for the project were opened in November, with North Santiam Paving Co. submitting the low bid of $838,731.60. That was about $140,000 less than engineering estimates.

Recently, the trees on the southeast corner of the intersection were taken down. The Herber family farm property across Verda was proposed to be turned into apartments in 2014, but the plan was denied. A revised proposal is expected to be submitted to the city soon.

Even with that, Lawyer said the roundabout project won’t be impacted.

Trees at the corner of Chemawa Road and Verda Lane were taken down recently, in advance of roundabout construction. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)
Trees at the corner of Chemawa Road and Verda Lane were taken down recently, in advance of roundabout construction. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)

“Because of the denial of their application, it did affect the project in that we didn’t have the right of way we needed,” Lawyer said. “Part of their application was that they give the (right-of-way) rights. The project needed to purchase the property, so that’s all done.”

In other words, whereas the necessary land on the corner would have been given to the city had the application been accepted, ODOT instead had to purchase the necessary property.

“It was planned for in the beginning of the project,” Lawyer said. “The project originally planned for having to purchase that.”

According to Lee Cronemiller with ODOT, the project was first included in the 2010-13 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. Lawyer said and others on city staff – predecessor Rob Kissler and Nate Brown – were involved starting in June 2011 to help ODOT review plans from its consultant.

The project has been delayed twice, most recently being pushed back from last year to this year.

“It’s not uncommon a project misses the original schedule,” Lawyer said. “When there is acquisition necessary, as much as you would like it to go smooth and quick, it never does. Schedules are put together with an optimistic outlook on acquisition.”