Man Pleads Innocent After Being Caught With Concealed Handgun In Airport

CLEVELAND (AP) - A man pleaded innocent Wednesday to carrying a concealed weapon that was found in his carryon bag at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Jerry Carlton, 58, of Mantua, entered the plea before Municipal Court Judge Angela R. Stokes, who released him on bail pending a July 31 preliminary hearing.

The man, who was arrested Monday, told police had had forgotten the 9mm automatic was in his bag. He was arrested when an X-ray scanner check of his bag turned up the weapon and a separate loaded magazine.

Airport Commissioner Fred S. Szabo said Carlton appeared embarrassed by the incident. Carlton was arrested while about to board a Continental Airlines flight to Baltimore.

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