Authorities arrested a woman who is accused of bringing a handgun to the Cleveland County Courthouse last Friday.
According to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s office, Cynthia Bodnar, 52, walked into the building and placed her purse on a conveyer belt that would move the item through an X-ray machine. Bodnar then walked through a metal detector.
The X-ray machine revealed an object that appeared to be a handgun inside Bodnar’s purse, according to the Sheriff’s office. When a deputy asked Bodnar about it, Bodnar reportedly denied having a gun in her purse.
A deputy said he could see a zippered handgun case in the purse. He opened the case and found a .22 caliber Taurus PT-22 semiautomatic handgun in Bodnar’s purse, according to the Sheriff's office.
The gun was loaded with one bullet in the chamber. Deputies also discovered a magazine with seven more rounds.
Bodnar told the deputies that she did not have a concealed/open carry permit and that her boyfriend put the gun in her purse and that deputies could have the gun. She also told deputies that her grandchildren were taken from her custody the previous evening. She was at the courthouse to attend a court hearing, authorities said.
Deputies arrested Bodnar on complaint of unlawful carrying a firearm in courthouse. She was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center, and bonded out of jail on Saturday after posting a $5,000 bond.