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Jackson County DA: Office will likely reopen today following bomb attack

 Posted: 7:35 AM November 14, 2013

Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert said she is confident her office's three buildings will reopen today following a bomb attack that damaged the entrance to one early Wednesday.

Two of the three buildings at 715 W. 10th St., which house the child support and victim services divisions, along with half of the criminal division, will reopen as scheduled at 8 a.m. Heckert said she expects the building damaged in the attack will reopen around 10 a.m.

Trials and motions for today are canceled, but grand jury and arraignments are still scheduled. Heckert said she will be glad to get back to business as usual following the Wednesday explosion.

"I'm very pleased with my staff and how they dealt with all of this," she said today. "We're not going to be intimidated."

The homemade bomb — in improvised explosive device attached to a propane tank — went off at 4:38 a.m. Wednesday. The blast broke the front windows and caused some interior damage. The device did not detonate all the way, only caught fire that eventually went out. Investigators said most of the building would have been leveled had the tank exploded as planned. No one was hurt, and the fire did not spread to surrounding structures.

Medford police are currently working in conjunction with the FBI, Oregon State Police Bomb Squad, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. No suspects have been identified, and a motive for the attack has not yet been established.

A second press conference on the ongoing investigation is scheduled for 10 a.m. today.

— Ryan Pfeil


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