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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • RPD: 2 juveniles allegedly responsible for bomb threat

  • Two juvenile males from Rolla are allegedly responsible for calling in a bomb threat Tuesday to the Medical Office Building at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC), according to the Rolla Police Department.
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  • Two juvenile males from Rolla are allegedly responsible for calling in a bomb threat Tuesday to the Medical Office Building at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC), according to the Rolla Police Department.
    An RPD news release stated that the department’s division of criminal investigations identified the two juvenile subjects, who were detained and questioned in connection with the incident.
    The threat turned out to be a hoax and nobody was injured.
    Both juveniles were later turned over to the custody of the Phelps County Juvenile Office for disposition.
    The RPD’s central communications division received a 911 call regarding the bomb scare around 12:02 p.m. Tuesday after a hospital employee received a series of telephone calls from an unidentified male caller who disclosed that an explosive device had been planted in a specified area of the hospital located at 1000 W. 10th St.
    John Denbo, CEO of PCRMC, told The Rolla Daily News that the caller seemed to indicate the bomb was in a package either in one of the physician’s offices at the Medical Office Building or in the surgery department.
    Both of those areas were evacuated for about three hours as an extensive search of the hospital and Medical Office Building was conducted by first responders and bomb sniffing K-9 units, which resulted in no explosive devices being located in either of the buildings.
    At 2:53 p.m. an announcement was made that the medical office building was clear and normal hospital operations resumed.
    Agencies assisting the RPD in this investigation were the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the patrol’s Bomb Squad, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri University of Science and Technology Police Department, the Fort Leonard Wood Military Police K-9 Unit and the PCRMC Department of Public Safety.
    According to PCRMC’s Facebook page, people who had appointments scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the medical office building need to reschedule them for another day.
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