Small bombs damage mailboxes in Rogue River

ROGUE RIVER — Three people were arrested Saturday for reportedly planting small explosives inside three mailboxes near Rogue River.

The explosives damaged the mailboxes and forced a major call-out of police and bomb squad technicians, according to Jackson County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Andrea Carlson.

"No one was injured, but this was a big concern," Carlson said.

The bombs, which were crated inside small medicine bottles, blew up mailboxes on Carlos Avenue, West Evans Creek Road and Queens Branch Road in Rogue River.

Deputies from the Sheriff's Department and Oregon State Police troopers rushed to the area to warn neighbors after the bombs were discovered.

The OSP bomb squad responded just after 3 p.m. and announced that all the bombs had been accounted for.

Three people were soon arrested for planting the bombs. Two were juveniles and the third was identified as Paul Martin Joseph Davidson, 18, of Rogue River. Carlson declined to identify the juveniles.

Davidson was charged with possession of a destructive device and manufacturing a destructive device. He remained lodged in the Jackson County Jail late Saturday on $30,000 bail.

Charges are pending against the juveniles, Carlson said.

"We take these things seriously," Carlson said. "If anyone sees a suspicious package or a device in their mailboxes, they should call 9-1-1 immediately."

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