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Damage to the Ranger ap-
peared to be minimal, with
impact at the right headlight.
Copeland noted the female
driver of the Ranger appeared
to have done nothing wrong.
“The driver of the pickup
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“I came here pretty often,
since it’s the store closest to my
house,” said Marin, who helps
coach several sports teams at
McNary High School. “It was
nice because they had organic
food. I didn’t really notice a
lot of price changes when it
became Haggen, but they did
have more vegan and organic
foods. They also gave bananas
and apples to kids.”
With the closure of Hag-
gen, Safeway is the only gro-
cery store remaining in Keizer.
“It’s too bad they’re clos-
ing,” Marin said of Haggen. “I
guess I’ll be going to Safeway.
It’s not a bad store, but they
don’t have as much organic
has been cooperative,” Cope-
land said. “This type of acci-
dent is very traumatic for the
driver. There’s no indication of
anything other than she was
driving lawfully at the speed
limit when the pedestrian just
crossed right in front of her.”
Any witnesses are encour-
aged to contact Sergeant Da-
vid LeDay with the KPD at
503-390-3713 ext. 3482.
and vegan stuff.”
Marin had one item in par-
ticular he was hoping to stock
up on at Haggen.
“They had this trail mix
I was eyeing for a couple of
weeks,” he said. “I was hoping
to get a real good deal.”
A picture posted on the
Keizertimes Facebook page of
the closed store reignited calls
for another grocery store to
come to Keizer, with a major-
ity of posts asking for Winco.
That mirrors results from a
September poll at www.keiz- asking which
chain should come to town.
Out of more than 300 re-
spondents, 58 percent wanted
As part of conditions of a
Safeway-Albertsons merger
approved last year, a number
of stores had to be sold. Hag-
gen offi cials announced plans
to take advantage late last year
by buying 146 stores. As stores
were converted, company of-
fi cials talked about ways they
would partner with commu-
nity organizations and local
Things quickly started to
unravel in the summer, how-
ever. In addition to the initial
list of closures, Albertsons and
Haggen announced lawsuits
against each other.
Haggen then declared
Chapter 11 bankruptcy and
then announced plans to re-
align operations around 37
core stores.
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The drug dealer was refer-
enced in interviews both Brett
Pearson and Miller had with
KPD investigators the night
of the shootings, but no name
was listed in court documents.
In the interview with Brett,
he told investigators “I’m not
going to do that” when asked
to disclose who gave him the
“This refusal was steadfast
even after being confronted
with the information that
police could examine his cell
phone and get the informa-
tion anyway,” according to
court documents, to which
Brett allegedly replied, “Well,
that’s the way you guys can go
about it, but I’m not, I don’t
want to be on paper saying
that I said this person...I know
for a fact it will kill my life.”
Brett Pearson was arrest-
ed early on the morning of
March 6, 2014 while driving
his dad’s pickup back toward
the family house. Miller was
arrested shortly after at a Sa-
lem motel.
According to court docu-
ments detailing discussions
Miller had with police on
the night of the shooting, he
eventually admitted a “Mi-
chael” rented the hotel room
and told his dad Brett had shot
his parents.
Murphy’s description in
court last week and the court
documents paint an unfl atter-
ing picture of Brett. Murphy
argued the contradictions and
manipulations displayed by
Brett during an eight-hour
interview with the police the
night of the murder showed
the true Brett.
“That is the real Brett
Pearson, the one that walks
through his mother’s blood
without any emotion at all,”
Murphy said.
Judge Dale Penn appeared
to agree with the prosecutor,
as he ruled Brett must serve
30-year and 10-year sentences
consecutively instead of con-
currently, meaning no chance
of parole until 40 years are
Family members, however,
told a different story, about a
good person who went astray
and committed an unthink-
able act.
“We might have rivaled,
but I always admired Brett,”
older sister Dana said. “I think
it was mutual. Brett is a spit-
ting image of our mom in so
many ways. He’s one of most
empathetic people I know.”
Baldwin, who was a neigh-
bor to the family for 14 years,
sides with the family.
“It was totally out of
character,” Baldwin said of
what Brett did on the night
in question. “I don’t believe
a word the prosecutor said
about who he was. He was
a kind little boy. He enjoyed
talking to all of the neighbors.
Then he started having trou-
bles in school. He got in with
the wrong crowd. My grand-
son knew him really well. He
noticed Bret was going down-
hill with these other people.
But I never thought anything
would happen in that house.”
Baldwin didn’t like the pic-
ture of Brett that was painted
at the sentencing by Murphy.
“It made me mad,” she
said. “He had already pled
guilty and took responsibility.
I didn’t think any of that was
More than 18 months later,
the events of that night don’t
seem entirely real to Baldwin.
“Michelle was a wonder-
ful woman,” she said. “It just
broke my heart. It’s still a
shock. I look out and see that
house every day.”
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The bike arrived at the
Charleston airport in a box.
Masa assembled it when he ar-
rived in mid-August, hopped on
and started his 2,900-mile bicy-
cle ride. Masa stayed primarily
on state highways; at times he
was forced to ride on interstate
freeways which he said was a
frightening ordeal for him.
Using paper maps and the
help of strangers, the slender
Masa headed west.
During the interview with
the Keizertimes, Mike Smede-
ma stepped in to help translate
when Masa could not fi nd the
correct English word. “He said
he got lost many, many times,
but people were mostly help-
ful,” Smedema said.
Every type of weather greet-
ed Masa along the way. When
he started out it was hot and
humid in the south. In the mid-
west he faced days and days of
driving, drenching rains. He ex-
perienced heat again when he
entered the deserts of the west.
With daily temperatures reach-
ing into the triple digits Masa
decided to ride at night when
it was relatively cooler and slept
during the day.
Riding at night was scary
and he was always worried if he
was going in the right direction.
Though he had a cell phone
it did not have phone service
so he used it to text his fam-
ily in Japan when he was at a
place with service. Of course he
used it as a camera as well, tak-
ing hundreds of photos along
the way.
The bike carried several
saddle bags of supplies includ-
ing a sleeping mat. He did not
have a sleeping bag but used a
survival blanket to keep him
warm at night. He carried en-
ergy food with him such as trail
mix and energy bars but water
was problematic. It is heavy and
he couldn’t stow enough, so he
found water where he could—
gas stations were an oasis for
Masa. He could get water, rest,
use a restroom and use the wi-
fi . It was also the place where
strangers were accepted.
When he needed to mend
or repair his bike he found most
people were helpful, though
some were standoffi sh at fi rst.
“People were very nice,
friendly, except a few areas,”
remembered Masa. Police
were suspicious but once they
learned what Masa was doing
they warmed up and assisted
with directions.
His ‘must sees’ on his trip
were the Mississippi River
(“very grand”) and the pueb-
los of the southwest. In all he
traveled through 12 states. As
Smedema related for him, when
Masa rode up a mountain to the
rim of the Grand Canyon he
was struck by the grandeur. “It
was very spiritual for him,” said
Strangely, bicycling is just a
hobby for Masa in Japan. He
didn’t practice by riding day af-
ter day, his conditioning came
from playing baseball and bas-
His mother thought he was
crazy to undertake the bike-
across-America challenge. “Im-
possible,” she told him. She
preferred he make the journey
by car or train. Many people
thought he was crazy to ride
solo across a country he didn’t
know and where language was
somewhat of a barrier, but he
Masa made it to the Smede-
ma’s new house in Keizer where
Mike lives with his wife Jessica
and sons Gage, 9, and Gunner,
11. At fi rst, Mike said, he re-
verted to his days as a host dad.
But then he realized Masa had
“He just biked across the
country. Alone. He didn’t need
my help,” Mike said.
Masa fl ew out of Portland
to return home where he will
be met by his mother and two
younger brothers. The bike
went with him, safely packed
for the trip.
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