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4 guns, 1 felony charge



A judge more than tripled the bail Friday for a Medford man accused of attempting to get past security Thursday with four firearms at the Medford airport.

Wearing an orange jail uniform, Anthony James Anderson showed little emotion at a court hearing Friday afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court, one day after he was tackled by Medford police when he allegedly attempted to get past TSA agents at the airport while open-carrying a semiautomatic handgun and a bag of other firearms.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Laura Cromwell set bail for Anderson, 34, at $100,000, siding with the District Attorney’s office, who told Cromwell that Anderson has a history of mental illness.

Anderson was held on $30,000 bail after he was arrested by Medford police Thursday at the airport.

Details about Anderson’s mental health history were not presented at the short arraignment hearing. A call to Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz, who is prosecuting the Anderson’s case, was not immediately returned.

Cromwell ordered that Anderson be excluded from early-release lists at the jail. Should Anderson post bail, Cromwell mandated that he comply with mental health services.

So far Anderson faces just a single felony in the incident, unlawful use of a weapon, alleging the incident involved “the use or threatened use of a firearm,” although he was also indicted Friday on misdemeanor counts of unlawfully possessing a firearm, resisting arrest and second-degree trespassing.

Anderson allegedly went to the airport with an “open carry semi auto handgun” and tried to go through screening with a tactical bag containing three other firearms, according to court documents filed by Medford police.

When police arrived, Anderson allegedly refused to speak with police and refused to leave the airport. He pulled away when police tried to arrest him. While he was on the ground, police say, Anderson reached under his body toward a holstered gun.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

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