After working 43 of the last 44 Keizer Fire District breakfasts, Dale Slater won’t be there on Mother’s Day this year, greeting guests at the door.
But do not be alarmed. He’ll be back.
Slater, a volunteer at KFD since December of 1994, retired last month to spend time with his new grandchild, born March 30 in New York.
“I think we’re going to be in New York for the Mother’s Day breakfast but I will be coming back for those,” Slater confirmed. “Just because I’m not an active volunteer, there are many former volunteers that come back to work those. If I can come and flip pancakes or work the desk or the door, they’re happy to have the extra set of hands.”
A fire that broke out early Friday morning at a northwest Prineville storage unit business apparently rekindled late Saturday afternoon, putting up more black smoke, and Oregon State Police and the state fire investigators were called in to help look for the cause, authorities said.
The initial smoky fire was reported early Friday morning and tore through about 20 storage units at Goodman Storage, a business on Northwest Lamonta Road, said Crook County Fire and Rescue Chief Matt Smith.
Crews were dispatched at 6:42 a.m. Friday to the report of a storage unit. They arrived to find a complete building of storage units, totaling about 20, on fire, Smith said.
A total of 20 firefighters, using three engines and several support vehicles, worked for several hours to put out the fire and salvage what property they could, the fire chief said.
Dressed in a black, jail-issued jumpsuit, Deshaun Swanger said very little during his appearance before a Clackamas County judge Friday afternoon, only responding, “Yes, ma’am” and “No, ma’am” to questions from the public defender.
Minutes later, he said nothing as the judge handed down his $500,000 bail on a sole charge of attempted murder.
Investigators say Swanger is the man, seen in restaurant surveillance video, who walked into a Happy Valley Denny’s Wednesday night, sat down and doused the stranger next to him with gasoline.
He then, deputies say, lit that stranger on fire.
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