URGENT-Bomb Threat at St. Catherine Hospital

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(Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com)

 

Garden City Police responded to the report of a possible bomb threat at St. Catherine Hospital at 10:16 this (Friday) morning.  Hospital Executive Director Victor Hawkins confirmed that a threatening message was discovered scrawled inside of a restroom facility near the hospital’s Emergency Room.  Hawkins says police were contacted immediately after the threatening message was found.

Garden City Police Sergeant Michael Reagle says officers are in the process of trying to determine if the threat is credible.  No device has been found.  The hospital has not been evacuated and the decision on whether or not to evacuate is up to hospital administration.  At least a dozen officers, including Police Chief James Hawkins, are on scene conducting the investigation.  Reagle says Garden City Police do not have bomb sniffing dogs and dogs from an outside agency, like the Kansas Highway Patrol in Wichita, may be called in to do a sweep of the hospital.  Police remain on scene probing for a device and to make a determination regarding the credibility of the threat. 

Fire fighters and personnel with Finney County’s Emergency Management Services are also at the scene and remain on standby.  We’ll pass on more details when they become available.