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Medford man accused of building explosive devices

According to OSP, the search was part of an ongoing investigation into multiple reports of 'explosions across the Rogue Valley.'

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 5:54 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2021 5:59 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police and bomb technicians from Oregon State Police on Thursday searched the Medford home of a man suspected of building explosive devices.

According to OSP, the search was part of an ongoing investigation into multiple reports of "explosions across the Rogue Valley." Investigators from OSP and Medford Police identified a suspect in the case, serving a search warrant at a home in the 1100-block of Char Way in Medford.

During the search, officers found "numerous items relating to the manufacturing of destructive devices," OSP said.

Police arrested 23-year-old Brian Lighthill and lodged him in the Jackson County Jail on 23 counts of Manufacturing of a Destructive Device and nine counts of Possession of a Destructive Device.

According to court documents, Lighthill was already awaiting trial on charges for delivery and possession of heroin. He was released from jail earlier this year with a pre-trial conference date set for March 22.

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