Ohio Woman Jailed After Gun Found In Suitcase

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Bail has been set at $150,000 for a woman found to have a loaded handgun in her carry-on bag at the Port Columbus airport.

Colleen Henderson of Columbus cried but said little when she appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court on Tuesday on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, a third-degree felony that carries a maximum prison term of five years.

She remained in the Franklin County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.

When arrested at the airport on Monday, the 51-year-old grandmother said she had forgotten the .22-caliber pistol was in the suitcase. It was detected by an X-ray machine at a security checkpoint.

Henderson was preparing to board a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit on company business. She is a regional manager in Columbus for Renzenberger, a company that contracts primarily with railroads to transport crews in passenger vans.

Company policy forbids employees from carrying any type of weapon on the job, said Karen Landmann, a vice president for Renzenberger, based in Shawnee, Kan. Henderson is on leave as the company investigates, she added.

Henderson has no criminal record, police said.

County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said he's expected a report on the incident from the Port Columbus police within five days.

"We would review the circumstances of her arrest and her claim that it was a mistake or accident" before the case is presented to the grand jury, O'Brien said.

"At this point, I don't know why it would not go to the grand jury," he added.

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