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Lockdown lifted at Kona hospital after no threat found

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:09 p.m. HST, May 30, 2012


Hawaii County police arrested a 51-year-old Kona man today in connection with alleged threatening comments made about Kona Community Hospital.

Kona patrol officers arrived at the hospital 9:24 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a report from Kona Community Hospital that a man had made threatening phone calls to "shoot up" the hospital. Because of the phone call, hospital officials placed the facility on lockdown for about two hours, until 11:30 a.m.

Police spokeswoman Chris Loos said there was no one armed at Kona Community Hospital.

Police arrested the man at 12:40 p.m. at his home on suspicion of disorderly conduct for causing alarm at the hospital.

Police released him an hour later pending further investigation.

The public hospital is a 94-bed, 24-hour emergency hospital on the west side of Hawaii island.

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