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Officials: Man caught trying to enter courthouse with gun

November 17, 2018

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man is facing additional weapons counts after authorities say he was caught trying to enter the county courthouse for a hearing with a gun.

The Allegheny County sheriff’s office says 40-year-old Birch Foley of Butler was scheduled to appear in the Pittsburgh courthouse Friday on retail theft and prohibited offensive weapons counts.

Officials say a magnetometer alerted when Foley tried to enter and a “fully loaded” .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol was found on his leg.

Officials said Foley appeared to be under the influence of something and eventually acknowledged using methadone and Oxycontin. Authorities say he had a license to carry firearms.

Foley was charged with possession of a firearm in a court facility and disorderly conduct. His attorney didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Saturday.

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