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Woman Jailed For Trying To Take Gun To Courthouse

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FORT WORTH (AP) – A North Texas woman reporting for jury duty is charged with trying to take a loaded handgun into a courthouse.

Tarrant County authorities say Dayna Kay Purtee was arrested Tuesday and charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon in a prohibited place.

Authorities say they found the loaded .32-caliber handgun after Purtee’s personal items were screened at the Tarrant County Justice Center. Everyone who enters the building is screened.

Tarrant County sheriff’s spokesman Terry Grisham says he doesn’t know if the 53-year-old woman has a license to carry the gun, but it’s illegal to take a weapon into a courthouse.

Online jail records don’t list an attorney for Purtee. The woman lives in Burleson.

She remained jailed Tuesday on $2,500 bond.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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