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Preliminary hearing set in Keonepoko Elementary gun case

A 49-year-old Hawaiian Beaches woman accused of pointing a gun toward Keonepoko Elementary School made her initial court appearance on Tuesday.

Lokelani Lenore Harbrecht-Kalua pleaded not guilty to first-degree terroristic threatening. Hilo District Judge Harry Freitas scheduled a preliminary hearing for Thursday at 2 p.m. Freitas maintained Harbrecht-Kalua’s bail at $2,000.

According to court documents, William Neimeyer, the school’s vice principal told police that on the morning of Aug. 29 prior to classes, a woman leaned out of the window of her Aama Street home and waved a firearm in the direction of himself and the school.

Niemeyer described the firearm as a long-barreled black rifle or shotgun with a wooden stock, documents state. The school went on lockdown status until shortly after 8 a.m., school officials said last week.

No shots were fired and nobody was injured.

Police arrested Harbrecht-Kalua and executed a search warrant on the home after the incident. She was charged on Friday.

Police say three firearms were recovered during their investigation.


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