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  • District Attorney's Office workers resume duties

    District Attorney's Office workers resume duties day after explosion
  • A homemade bomb that broke several windows on the front of the Jackson County District Attorney's Office early Wednesday has left the employees rattled, but they're ready to get back to work, District Attorney Beth Heckert says.
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  • A homemade bomb that broke several windows on the front of the Jackson County District Attorney's Office early Wednesday has left the employees rattled, but they're ready to get back to work, District Attorney Beth Heckert says.
    "People have questions. People are apprehensive, but by the same token, we're not going to be intimidated by someone doing something like this," Heckert said at a press conference Thursday.
    "We've faced threats in the past. They haven't had this result, so I think that kind of startles people and makes people realize that we do deal with a lot of dangerous criminals who sometimes take out their anger on us or our office."
    The bomb, an improvised explosive device attached to a propane tank, went off at 4:38 a.m. Wednesday outside 715 W. 10th St. in west Medford. Several of the front windows shattered and fire sprayed the building, but the tank did not rupture. No one was injured.
    A perimeter was established around the buildings while 30 officers from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies combed the surrounding neighborhoods for debris and additional evidence. A damage estimate was not available Thursday.
    Investigators agree the bombing was intentional and directed at the DA's office.
    On Wednesday, the DA's office operated with a bare-bones crew, working out of different county offices. County justice officials canceled grand jury sessions and delayed court until the afternoon.
    Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz said news of the bombing was "a little shocking."
    "Not knowing what the damage was or anything, and to come down here and see it all roped off and see all the fire trucks yesterday morning — it was definitely an eye-opener," Markiewicz said.
    Deputy District Attorney Ruby Herriott said she was awakened by a call telling her what had happened. She said the incident surprised her, but she's well aware that her profession is a potential target.
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