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Veteran charged with trying to board plane with loaded gun at Midway

Josephine M. Coleman 25 Country Club Hills military veteran is charged with boarding an aircraft with weapCook County Judge James

Josephine M. Coleman, 25, of Country Club Hills and a military veteran, is charged with boarding an aircraft with a weapon, and Cook County Judge James Brown ordered her held Sunday in lieu of $25,000. | Provided by Chicago Police

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Updated: December 29, 2013 5:07PM



A military veteran is accused of trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a plane at Midway Airport during the busy holiday travel weekend.

Josephine M. Coleman, 25, of Country Club Hills, is charged with boarding an aircraft with a weapon, and Cook County Judge James Brown ordered her held Sunday in lieu of $25,000.

Coleman was arrested Saturday, according to Chicago Police reports, after she placed a carry-on bag containing a Smith & Wesson handgun loaded with seven live rounds on a Transportation Security Administration X-ray machine. She was allegedly on her way to Southwest Airlines flight No. 1404 bound for San Antonio.

She said she didn’t know the gun was in the bag, police said.

“I’m in the military,” Coleman said, according to police. “And I have a FOID card.”

Coleman’s firearm owner’s ID card is valid, according to the police report.

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