MU police responds to bomb threat at Truman Veterans Hospital

Friday, September 17, 2010 | 10:32 p.m. CDT; updated 5:46 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 18, 2010

COLUMBIA – When campus police and a bomb squad unit responded to a potential bomb threat at Truman Veterans Hospital on Friday night, they were met with only an empty cooler. 

MU Police Department Capt. Brian Weimer said police received a call from the hospital asking for assistance with the cooler, which had been left near the building. Police responded to the call at 8:17 p.m., according to the City of Columbia’s 911 fire and dispatch log.

“There was nothing in the cooler," Weimer said. "We didn’t anticipate anything, but it’s always good to check."

Five squad cars seen near the hospital, located at 800 Hospital Drive, were blocking Hospital Drive between Deans Drive and Monk Drive. A bomb squad unit vehicle was parked on Hospital Drive about 100 feet east of Deans Drive.

Around 9:15 p.m., a remote controlled robot came from near the hospital parking lot’s north entrance and was loaded into the bomb squad vehicle.  

The police cars left the scene around 9:30 p.m.

“We just wanted to check it out and make sure everyone’s safe,” Weimer said.

Missourian assistant city editor Rebecca Berg contributed to this report.

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Ray Shapiro September 19, 2010 | 4:32 a.m.

So who gets the cooler if the original owner doesn't come forward?
Maybe CPD could auction it off, ala the Mexico Goat, or did the robot crush it to smithereens?

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