Security spurs earlier City Hall closing time

I tried to get into Medford City Hall a little after 8 p.m. the other day and the doors were locked. They're normally unlocked unless it's a holiday. But it was Monday, and that's not a holiday. What gives?

— Mark, via email

What you see, Mark, is a slight change in security at City Hall in the wake of the November bombing at the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

After the bombing of the DA's office, Medford police officials decided to take a look at the security of their buildings, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau says.

In the end, the only thing that changed was the time City Hall gets locked up for the night.

Instead of 10 p.m., it's now 8 p.m., Budreau says.

If you have business with the police, you can hit the call button at the door on the southwest corner of the building. That will lead to a telephone call to police records, and a records clerk can buzz you in.

The man accused in the D.A. bombing, Alan Leroy McVay, is facing two counts of malicious destruction of property by explosion in federal court.

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