Smoke damage, lurkers and and a bullet hole
Rochester Fire Department, Olmsted County Sheriff's Office and Rochester Police Department reported these incidents from late last week and the past weekend:
• A smoky situationat Gage Elementary School over the weekend caused $20,000 in damage.
The Rochester Fire Department spent more than two hours venting a heavy buildup of smoke from the building. The department reported that electrical equipment that had overheated, according to an initial investigation, produced enough smoke to set off the smoke detection system but hadn't become hot enough yet to set off water sprinklers.
• Lurkers take converters: The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office is asking residents to report anyone seen "lurking around vehicles at night in the dark" after catalytic converters were cut from two vehicles left out overnight between last Tuesday and Friday. A used catalytic converter can bring a scrapper about $50 to $100. But a car owner who has to buy a replacement will shell out about $1,500, the Sheriff's Office said.
• Bank bullet: A bank in the 400 block of First Avenue Southwest reported finding a bullet hole — in a third-floor window. The hole was reported Thursday. It was about the size that would be made by a .22-caliber bullet, according to the Rochester Police Department. The projectile came from a northeast direction and appeared as if it had been shot from the same height as the window.