Woman Arraigned for Bringing BB Gun

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The woman accused of bringing a BB gun into the Romney Building near the state capital Tuesday was arraigned in court Wednesday afternoon.

June Ann Hinkle faces a felony charge of possessing a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent. The felony carries penalties of up to five years in jail or a $2,500 fine.

Police say Hinkle brought a .177 caliber BB pistol onto the second floor of the Romney Building, where Governor Engler has an office. The governor was not in the office at the time.

Investigators say a building worker noticed the gun inside Hinkle's purse and alerted authorities. They arrested her outside the building just after 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Judge Nettles-Nickerson set a $200,000 cash bond. Hinkle must pay that or get a bail bondsman to pay at least twenty percent in order to get out of jail.

Hinkle's preliminary examination is set for 2:30 p.m. October 25, 2002. Hinkle will have an opportunity to have bond lowered at that time.

Building officials say they are always reviewing their security procedures, but they don't want to increase security measures so much that the public or building workers will have difficulty accessing the building or doing their work efficiently.