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Not guilty plea in Rochester bomb threats

Kyle Miller
Kyle Miller

Police say man claimed to have placed dangerous material throughout the city.

Posted: Apr 5, 2018 5:04 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2018 5:08 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A not guilty plea has been entered in a case that sent police searching through Rochester for bombs and hazardous materials.

Kyle John Miller, 19 of Dodge Center, is charged with five counts of threats of violence. He was arrested on February 26 after police were called to the Generose Parking Ramp at St. Mary’s Hospital on a report of a man with a gun to his head. Officers say they found Miller with what appeared to be a rifle pointed at his head but it turned out to be a BB gun.

Rochester police say Miller claimed to have place explosives and other harmful substances around the city, which resulted in almost every on-duty officer heading out to check various locations. Oak Hills Wesleyan Church, Century High School, and Calvary Evangelical Church were among the places examined.

Police say they found metal containers with what appeared to be writing on them and an envelope but their contents were not dangerous.

Miller underwent an evaluation at St. Mary’s Hospital and was then charged.

His trial is scheduled to begin on August 20.

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