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DECEMBER 4, 2015, KEIZERTIMES, PAGE A3
light up Keizer
for the holidays
New Christmas decorations can be seen along two of the
main streets in Keizer, with the design on the left visible
along River Road in the downtown core and the design on
the right visible along Chemawa Road. The new designs
replace ones from the past couple of years that were met
with lukewarm response. Dave Walery, revered locally as
Mr. Christmas, put the decorations up per usual the week-
end before Thanksgiving with help from his elves.
We’ll transform your kitchen
or bath into what you’ve
always dreamed of
Man arrested after multiple crimes
By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
The entire incident didn’t
take long, but plenty of crimes
were committed in the short
matter of time.
James Rodney Hill III, 24,
was arrested Sunday night on
multiple charges after initially
slipping away from Keizer Po-
lice Department offi cers at the
Keizer Station Target.
acing and resisting arrest. Just
for good measure, Hill also had
four felony warrants out for his
Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief
with the KPD, said the incident
unfolded around 9:30 p.m. Nov.
“Mr. Hill was being placed
under arrest for criminal mis-
chief when he was attempting
to steal property from Target,”
Kuhns said. “While placing him
in handcuffs, Mr. Hill fl ed from
the offi cer and the store. While
fl eeing on foot, Mr. Hill got
into the back of a vehicle that
was being operated by an inno-
cent victim. He told the victim
to drive him from the area and
told the victim he had a gun.
The driver of the vehicle did
not do as Mr. Hill demanded
Kuhns said offi cers soon
caught up with Hill behind a
nearby restaurant, who once
again tried to fl ee on foot.
“Our offi cers eventually
caught up to the fl eeing suspect
and took him into custody after
he fought with one of the of-
fi cers,” Kuhns said.
Hill was transported to the
Marion County Correctional
As is often the case as the
holiday season arrives, the KPD
police logs showed an uptick in
thefts and burglaries in Keizer
during the past week. In light of
that, Kuhns offered the follow-
ing tips for Keizerites.
• Keep all car doors locked
and windows closed while in or
out of your car. Set your alarm
or use an anti-theft device.
• If you must shop at night,
park in a well-lighted area.
• Park as close as you can to
your destination and take no-
tice of where you parked.
• Never leave your car unoc-
cupied with the motor running
or with children inside.
• Do not leave packages or
valuables on the seat or open
cargo area of your vehicle. This
creates a temptation for thieves.
If you must leave something in
the vehicle, lock it in the trunk
or put it out of sight.
• Be sure to locate your keys
prior to going to your car.
• Keep a secure hold on
your purse, handbag and parcels
when walking to your vehicle.
Do not put them down or on
top of the car in order to open
• When approaching or leav-
ing your vehicle, be aware of
• Do not approach your car
alone if there are suspicious
persons in the area.
• Ask mall or store security
for an escort before leaving
your shopping location.
• Shop during daylight hours
whenever possible. If you must
shop at night, go with a friend
or family member.
• Avoid wearing expensive
• Do not carry a purse or
wallet, if possible.
• Avoid carrying large
amounts of cash.
• Pay for purchases with
a check or credit/debit card
• Keep cash in your front
• Notify the credit/debit
card issuer immediately if your
credit card is lost, stolen or mis-
• Keep a record of all of your
credit/debit card numbers in a
safe place at home.
• Be extra careful if you do
carry a wallet or purse. They are
the prime targets of criminals.
• Avoid overloading yourself
with packages. It is important
to have clear visibility and free-
dom of motion to avoid mis-
• Beware of strangers ap-
proaching you for any reason.
At this time of year, con art-
ists may try various methods of
distracting you with the inten-
tion of taking your money or
• Be extra cautious about
locking doors and windows
when you leave the house, even
for a few minutes.
• When leaving home for an
extended time, have a neighbor
or family member watch your
house and pick up your news-
papers, mail and package deliv-
• Indoor and outdoor lights
should be on an automatic
• Leave a radio or televi-
sion on so the house looks and
• Large displays of holi-
day gifts should not be vis-
ible through the windows and
doors of your home.
• When setting up a Christ-
mas tree or other holiday dis-
play, make sure doors and pas-
sageways are clear inside your
• Be sure your Christmas
tree is mounted on a sturdy
base so children, elderly persons
or family pets cannot pull it
over on themselves.
• If you use lights on your
Christmas tree ensure the wir-
ing is not damaged or frayed.
Frayed or damaged wiring can
cause a fi re.
• Place your Christmas tree
in water or wet sand to keep it
Strangers at your house
• Be aware that criminals
sometimes pose as couriers de-
• It is not uncommon for
criminals to take advantage of
the generosity of people during
the holiday season by solicit-
ing donations door-to-door for
charitable causes although no
charity is involved.
• Ask for their identiﬁ cation,
and fi nd out how the donated
funds will be used. If you are
not satisfi ed, do not donate.
• Donate to a recognized
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