Rochester officers scour city after bomb, hazardous materials claim

Three locations – Oak Hills Wesleyan Church, Century High School and Calvary Evangelical Church – were all locations where Rochester police searched.

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 10:45 AM
Updated: Feb 26, 2018 7:06 PM

UPDATE: According to police, Miller has undergone an evaluation and is now in custody.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – What began as officers responding to a man with a gun pointed toward his head turned into officers scouring the city after a man claimed to have planted bombs and harmful substances around Rochester.
Kyle Miller, 19, of Rochester, was taken to St. Mary’s hospital for evaluation before he will be taken into police custody after authorities say he claimed to have placed various items in schools and churches around Rochester.
Three locations – Oak Hills Wesleyan Church, Century High School and Calvary Evangelical Church – were all locations where Rochester police searched.
An envelope marked as “poison” left at Calvary Church did not contain a hazardous substance, police said late Monday morning. There was no powder located inside the envelope.
Police say at 3:10 Monday morning they were called to the Generose Parking Ramp at St. Mary’s Hospital and discovered what appeared to be a rifle pointed at Miller’s head. It was later determined it was a BB gun.
Police say that is when Miller told them about placing various items around the city.
Bomb dogs and a Hazmat team were called in. A white powder was found inside an envelope at Calvary Church.
Almost every Rochester PD officer on-duty spent the morning responding to the indicated locations.
Metal containers with what appeared to be Arabic writing on them were found but the substance wasn’t dangerous, police say.

Article Comments

Mason City
Scattered Clouds
25° wxIcon
Hi: 26° Lo: 10°
Feels Like: 18°
Albert Lea
Overcast
21° wxIcon
Hi: 23° Lo: 8°
Feels Like: 14°
Austin
Overcast
25° wxIcon
Hi: 26° Lo: 12°
Feels Like: 19°
Charles City
27° wxIcon
Hi: 26° Lo: 12°
Feels Like: 18°
Rochester
Overcast
22° wxIcon
Hi: 22° Lo: 10°
Feels Like: 13°
Looking at some colder temps in the future
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Ribbon cutting at Mason City multipurpose arena

Image

Sara's Daybreak Forecast - Friday

${item.thumbnail.title}

StormTeam 3: Friday's Snow

Image

Hergert off to the big leagues

Image

How to avoid a pileup

Image

The cost of living

Image

Liquor sales are up..again!

Image

House fire in Austin

Image

Kmart parking lot moves forward

Image

Sean Weather 12/12

Community Events