Yamhill man's actions result in bomb squad callouts
The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad was called out to a rural Lafayette residence Wednesday night and then returned to the Safeway parking lot in McMinnville Thursday evening. The responses resulted in the arrest of a Yamhill man.
He allegedly claimed he was going to detonate explosives in a barn on the Lafayette property. Then he left what was disguised as an explosive device in bushes on the Safeway property.
Damon Gerad Parsons, 39, of 14944 Tupper Road, was charged by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office with one count each of second-degree disorderly conduct, initiating a false police report and possession of a hoax destruction device. Those are misdemeanors.
Parsons was also wanted for failing to appear June 24 for a trial report conference related to a case in which he was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance/hydrocodone and methamphetamine. He was indicted by a grand jury last May on the charges.
Parsons was arraigned before Circuit Court Judge Ronald Stone Friday afternoon. He set bail at $25,000 and appointed Sheridan attorney Elana Andrew-Flynn to handle his defense.
See Tuesday's print edition for additional details.