The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office and the Rochester Fire Department responded to a report of a detached garage fire Sunday evening in the 5600 block of Cambridge Hill Road Southeast in Marion Township. No one was injured in the fire, but it caused an estimated $10,000 worth of damage. Olmsted County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Behrns said the 52-year-old homeowner was grinding a metal step in the garage and a spark or ember may have ignited a nearby woodpile.
The Rochester Police Department is investigating a suspicious death after a 21-year-old man was found dead in his motel room Saturday morning. Police were called to the Motel 6 around 7:30 a.m. for a report of a possible medical call. Rochester Police Capt. Casey Moilanen said the 21-year-old man was in town as part of an out-of-state construction crew. The man had “marks on his body that led police to investigate this further.” Police are waiting on an autopsy to determine cause of death, but police Captain Casey Moilanen said the death “appears to be an isolated incident and there is not a risk to the community as a result of this incident.”
A 21-year-old Rochester man was arrested early Saturday and charged Monday in Olmsted County District Court with first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault and possession of ammo/any firearm with previous felony conviction. Rochester Police Capt. Casey Moilanen said Diangelo Johnson was arrested after he allegedly broke into a 19-year-old woman’s apartment, threatened her with a gun, assaulted her and damaged some of her belongings.