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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Lucas County Sheriff's Office is investigating how a gun got through a security
checkpoint at the Toledo Municipal Court recently.
entering the courthouse must empty their pockets and walk through metal
detectors. Purses and other bags get run through a scanner, too. Now
investigators are trying to figure out how a gun got through it all on Feb. 10.
officer's attention was directed to something else that just had occurred,"
said Sheriff John Tharp. "He took his eyes off the X-ray machine for just a
moment and the purse went through."
sheriff says officers regularly look over their work and X-ray images. He says
it wasn't long after the woman and the man she was with passed through that the
officer realized his mistake.
deputies then went throughout the building looking for the couple," he said. "They
found them in the prosecutor's office."
says the couple, Sara Buchholz and Carnell Noble, were cooperative. They
admitted to having the gun and were escorted out. The woman did not have a CCW
permit, so she could face charges.
people at the courthouse were shocked to hear of this incident, but others say
they're not surprised. They think security should be increased.
think having more people do pat-downs, making sure everybody doesn't have
anything on them, have them check their shoes, everything," said Dominic Hill.
sheriff says the officer who made the mistake has been reassigned for the time
being, and an internal investigation is underway.