SINCE 1979 • VOLUME 38, NO. 29 SECTION A APRIL 21, 2017 $1.00 Offi cer shortage delays home intrusion arrest By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes An intruder caused a Keizer family to fl ee their home and a shortage of offi cers on the Keizer Police Department’s (KPD) night shift delayed an arrest by almost an hour. About 4:30 a.m., on Saturday, April 15, Offi cer Eric Jefferson was dispatched to a report of a burglary-in- progress in the 1100 block of Lockhaven Drive Northeast. A 9-1-1 caller reported an unknown male was banging on the door of his home and ringing the doorbell. While en route to the call, Jefferson was informed that the caller had armed himself with a gun and the suspect “ We simply do not have enough night shift ofﬁ cers to properly contain crime scenes and establish a good perimeter” — Jeff Kuhns, Deputy Chief, Keizer Police Jamie Reyes was breaking a window to gain entry. After the man gained entry, the man, his wife and two dogs fl ed the home into the backyard. The caller reported he could see the suspect walking down a hallway. Jefferson and K-9 Buster arrived moments later and identifi ed the point of entry, but because of the size of the home and the lot, additional support was needed to contain the suspect if he decided to fl ee. “We simply do not have enough night shift offi cers to properly contain crime scenes and establish a good perimeter around such crime scenes,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Kuhns. “Not only were more offi cers needed to contain the area and set a perimeter, we needed to evacuate the victims and their two dogs from the immediate area for their own personal safety.” Jefferson and Offi cer Andrew McCowan waited nearly 40 minutes for back- up, in the form of four Salem Police Department offi cers, to arrive. At 5:20 a.m. offi cers entered the home and found the suspect asleep on a couch. He was taken into custody and found to be intoxicated. Jamie Reyes, 23, was arrested and told police he believed he had broken into his own house, a house he was buying from his cousin. He is charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass. During the course of questioning, Reyes also told Jefferson that his brother, Darius Adams, had dropped him off at the home after a night of partying at Tequila on River Road North. Jefferson had arrested Adams on suspicion of driving under the Please see DELAY, Page A8 Principal to committee: We need sidewalks Planning commision says ‘no’ to c-store North. The project has been on the city’s wish list for at least a decade, but fi nding funding for it has been more of a chal- lenge. The city applied for federal funds to install sidewalks and other pedestrian improve- ments around 2008, but the project was scored so low by grant administrators that the city hasn’t even attempted it again. “Arterials and collectors get most of the federal fund- ing and (Delight) is a local road,” said Bill Lawyer, Keizer Public Works director. By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Conversations about a pos- sible fueling center at Safeway on River Road will continue if the Keizer City Council accepts the recommendation of the Keizer Planning Com- mission. However, the recommen- dation does not permit a convenience store associated with a fueling center. At issue is a text amend- ment to the city’s develop- ment code. In the 1990s, the then-city council approved a special zone for an area around the intersection of Chemawa Road and River Road North. The zone cur- rently prohibits the place- ment of gas stations in the area as well as several other types of development. Safe- way – which did not send any representatives to the Wednesday, April 12, meeting – needs the code altered be- fore discussions can continue. Even though the planning commission is recommend- ing a narrower set of param- eters on the development that Safeway requested, the coun- cil could still alter the fi nal amendment. Planning commissioners predominantly focused on two topics during the meet- ing: how to address impacts to the Keizer Fire District with increased traffi c at the Safeway shopping center and whether to allow a conve- nience store in addition to the fueling center. Please see SIDEWALK, Page A9 Please see SAFEWAY, Page A9 KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald Cummings Elementary School students walk along the side of the road after the end of the school day. By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The principal at Cum- mings elementary school had a message for the Keiz- er Traffi c Safety Bikeways and Pedestrian Committee Thursday, April 13: prioritize pedestrian access around her school. “I have severe con- cerns about pedestrian traf- fi c around the school,” said Martina Mangan, Cummings principal. “With no sidewalks and heavy traffi c during drop- off and pick up times we have students walking around traf- fi c jams.” Mangan brought an ally “ When I am there watching the kids run back and forth along the edge of the street, it is enough to give you heart failure” — Carol Doerﬂ er, Crossing guard at Cummings Elementary School with her to the meeting, Car- ol Doerfl er, a member of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association Board and cross- ing guard at the school. Doer- fl er didn’t mince words. “When I am there watch- ing the kids run back and forth along the edge of the street, it is enough to give you heart failure,” Doerfl er said. Currently, the only avail- able sidewalk around Cum- mings, on Delight Street N., end at the building itself. There are no sidewalks on the opposite side of Delight and none along Cummings Lane Shelter gets parks grant amid dissent By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer Rapids Park is on the path to getting it’s fi rst picnic shelter thanks to the narrow approval of a match- ing grant request by the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Tuesday, April 11. The grant for $8,300 – all of the remaining funds in the matching grant budget for the fi scal year – will help cover the cost of a 16-foot by 24-foot covered picnic shelter near the sand volleyball courts on the northwest side of the park. The total cost of the project is esti- mated at $26,300. Hans Schneider, the driving force behind the upgrade to the sand volleyball courts a few years ago, was the grant appli- cant. He and his wife are com- mitting $10,000 to the project. Please see SHELTER, Page A9 Lady Celts take first and second in long jump PAGE A10 Treasury wants employees to have better plan PAGE A2 Egg hunt photos PAGE A3 Slater retires from KFD after 22 years PAGE A5 KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald Keizer Rapids Park will get its ﬁ rst picnic shelter thanks to a matching grant approved last week. The shelter pictured is near Grant Community School in Salem.