White City man arraigned on charges related to bombing

A White City man suspected of detonating a homemade bomb at the Jackson County District Attorney's Office in the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 13 was arrested Wednesday and appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court today.

Alan Leroy McVay, 46, remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $5 million bail.

"I think everyone in my office breathed a sigh of relief," Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert said at a press conference this morning.

McVay, 46, appeared in Judge Lorenzo Mejia's courtroom this afternoon. He was arraigned on charges of first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a destructive device, unlawful manufacture of a destructive device and first-degree criminal mischief.

The case will be presented to a grand jury next week. A preliminary hearing has also been scheduled at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. Prosecutors recommended upping McVay's bail by five times the original $1 million amount because of the severity of charges against him, adding they believe he also has access to money.

"Due to the nature of these charges, I believe $5 million is appropriate," Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz said.

Federal charges also could be added to McVay's rap sheet, a decision that will be finalized within a week, prosecutors said.

Medford police, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad, FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives launched a cooperative investigation in the wake of a bomb that detonated at 4:38 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in front of the DA's Office, 715 W. 10th St., Medford.

"We all worked well together," said Mike Plichta, FBI assistant special agent in charge. "That's why you were able to see results this quickly."

Police said they identified McVay as a possible suspect within days and arrested him Wednesday afternoon in the Bobbio's Pizza parking lot in White City.

"The threat has been removed from the public venue," Medford Police Chief Tim George said.

— Ryan Pfeil

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