St. James bomb scare ends with man in custody

A housekeeper found a note that there was a bomb inside the room

One man is in custody after a bomb scare at a St. James motel.

Police say they were called to Finn's Motel on 777 Grover Street at about 9:30 Sunday morning. A housekeeper for the motel found a note stating there was a bomb inside the room.

Residents and guests of the motel were evacuated as law enforcement secured the scene.

Inside, two empty gasoline canisters were found. A suspect was also in the motel room and was taken into custody, where he awaits charges.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad, St. James and Rolla Police, and the Phelps County Sheriff's Department all assisted in the investigation.

Finn's Motel is located off Interstate 44 at Highway 68 in St. James.