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Augusta Woman Caught with Loaded Gun at Airport

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An Augusta woman was arrested Thursday morning for bringing a loaded gun in her bag at the Augusta Regional Airport.

Cheryl Arrington, 53, is being held without bond in the Richmond County Jail on a charge of carrying a weapon or long gun at a commercial airport.

Authorities say the woman’s gun was found in her carry-on bag during an X-ray screening. She is not currently a licensed weapon’s permit holder.

The weapon was described as “a .38 special caliber, Smith and Wesson model 642 revolver, loaded with five rounds of ammunition.” According to a warrant, the traveler went “into the airport security screening checkpoint wherein prominent signs were posted clearly indicating weapons were not permitted in such area.”

Airport officials say Arrington may have been a permit holder but her permit expired. If she had accidentally brought the gun to the airport and had a current permit, TSA officials may have gone easier on her and let her secure the weapon in her vehicle.

“Because she had no valid permit, they took her to jail,” said Diane Johnston, with the airport’s marketing department.

Airport officials say a traveler can legally transport a gun if it’s checked and locked in a secure gun case.

According to Arrington’s Facebook page, she is a Mary Kay distributor, former hospital lab director and married.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.

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    in bulky bags when you’re flat out trying to create jobs. Sales people like
    this lady create more jobs than anyone else. NOBODY MAKES ANYTHING UNTILL
    SOMEBODY SELLS SOMETHING. Notice TSA has burned through almost 1 billion
    dollars and NEVER STOPPED A SINGLE TERRORIST??? The only thing the TSA did was
    grope its way to the bottom of the food chain and had several job producers arrested.
    So these job creators had to lay off employees to pay off the TSA and all the
    expenses they incurred trying protect the things they need to employ people. Now
    you the tax payer have paid about 1 billion dollars to pervs who have caused a
    whole bunch of people to lose their jobs, houses, marriages and freedoms. When
    will they learn from the Israelis who have caught more terrorist than ALL of
    our law enforcement combined???

  3. It’s incredibly easy to leave a peashooter
    in bulky bags when you’re flat out trying to create jobs. Sales people like
    this lady create more jobs than anyone else. NOBODY MAKES ANYTHING UNTILL
    SOMEBODY SELLS SOMETHING. Notice TSA has burned through almost 1 billion
    dollars and NEVER STOPPED A SINGLE TERRORIST??? The only thing the TSA did was
    grope its way to the bottom of the food chain and had several job producers arrested.
    So these job creators had to lay off employees to pay off the TSA and all the
    expenses they incurred trying protect the things they need to employ people. Now
    you the tax payer have paid about 1 billion dollars to pervs who have caused a
    whole bunch of people to lose their jobs, houses, marriages and freedoms. When
    will they learn from the Israelis who have caught more terrorist than ALL of
    our law enforcement combined???

  4. It’s incredibly easy to leave a peashooter
    in bulky bags when you’re flat out trying to create jobs. Sales people like
    this lady create more jobs than anyone else. NOBODY MAKES ANYTHING UNTILL
    SOMEBODY SELLS SOMETHING. Notice TSA has burned through almost 1 billion
    dollars and NEVER STOPPED A SINGLE TERRORIST??? The only thing the TSA did was
    grope its way to the bottom of the food chain and had several job producers arrested.
    So these job creators had to lay off employees to pay off the TSA and all the
    expenses they incurred trying protect the things they need to employ people. Now
    you the tax payer have paid about 1 billion dollars to pervs who have caused a
    whole bunch of people to lose their jobs, houses, marriages and freedoms. When
    will they learn from the Israelis who have caught more terrorist than ALL of
    our law enforcement combined???

  5. It’s incredibly easy to leave a peashooter
    in bulky bags when you’re flat out trying to create jobs. Sales people like
    this lady create more jobs than anyone else. NOBODY MAKES ANYTHING UNTILL
    SOMEBODY SELLS SOMETHING. Notice TSA has burned through almost 1 billion
    dollars and NEVER STOPPED A SINGLE TERRORIST??? .
    So these job creators had to lay off employees to pay off the TSA and all the
    expenses they incurred trying protect the things they need to employ people. Now
    you the tax payer have paid about 1 billion dollars to pervs who have caused a
    whole bunch of people to lose their jobs, houses, marriages and freedoms. When
    will they learn from the Israelis who have caught more terrorist than ALL of
    our law enforcement combined???

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