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November 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM
The Associated Press
MEDFORD, Ore. — An explosive device that went off before dawn Wednesday and damaged the Jackson County prosecutor’s office in Medford, Ore., appeared to be a failed attempt to level the building, a police spokesman said.
The device shattered windows and damaged mainly the exterior of the building, said Lt. Mike Budreau of the Medford police. Nobody was hurt.
“I think that it’s safe to assume that had this bomb went off as it was intended to, it would have most likely destroyed most of the building, and we believe that was the intent of the suspect,” Budreau told the Medford Mail Tribune.
Budreau said the device included what appeared to be a propane tank that was found burning in front of the district attorney’s office after the explosion was reported about 4:30 a.m.
The device didn’t fully detonate, he said, leaving the tank as a valuable clue for investigators. “But it did catch fire and emitted a large flame until it eventually burned out,” he said.
Budreau says police are searching for a man who ran from an officer several blocks away.
“We’re not sure if that is going to be related to this case or if it’s going to be unrelated,” he said.
The resulting fire from the blast did not spread to nearby buildings. The office is part of a cluster of government offices in downtown Medford.
Police cleared a large area around the office out of fears there might be other explosive devices, but tightened the closed area after none was found. The district attorney’s office was closed for the morning.
October 17, 2013 at 9:26 AM
The Associated Press
MEDFORD, Ore. — A couple who engaged in oral sex on a flight from Medford, Ore., to Las Vegas pleaded guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct and each was fined $250.
The Mail Tribune reports Christopher Martin of Las Vegas and Jessica Stroble of Medford were not required to attend the hearing in federal court in Las Vegas and the pleas from their lawyers were accepted by Magistrate Judge George Foley.
An FBI affidavit says passengers saw Martin exposing himself and engaging in acts with Stroble despite warnings from flight attendants.
In a statement to the Medford paper, Martin apologized to those he hurt and offended.
April 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Try as he might, a man from Enumclaw failed in his attempt to get away from police using a car, bicycle and his feet.
Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, an Oregon State Police trooper attempted to pull over a 1991 Honda Civic for a traffic violation in Medford, but the driver took off, beginning a police chase that ended when the vehicle crashed into a road sign near a gas station, according to authorities.
The driver then ran out of the car and got on a mountain bike nearby. But the bike had flat tires, so the man began running through people’s backyards.
Eventually, police officers caught up to the 21-year-old man identified as Anthony Jonathon Byam from Enumclaw.
Police say Byam stated he had stolen the vehicle just moments before the officer attempted to pull him over. He was booked into the Jackson County jail for investigation of several misdeeds.
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