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Executive arrested for having gun at airport

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

A Columbus, Ga.-area company executive was arrested Monday afternoon when Atlanta airport workers found a handgun in his attaché case.

Don Trandem, 67, of Midland, Ga., will make his first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court, today, and get a bond.

Trandem is executive vice president of The Memory Company, based in Phenix City, Ala.

According to the company's web site, the business is a designer and marketer of licensed sports-related gifts, collectibles and home decor products.

The company sells merchandise emblazoned with images of national and collegiate sports teams, Coca-Cola and Elvis, to name a few.

Trandem is being represented Jonesboro attorney Steven Frey. Frey said Trandem simply forgot he had the weapon when he entered Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

"It was unintentionally left in his attaché case," said Frey. "He'd forgotten entirely that the firearm was still in the bag."

Last month, a former Clayton County assistant district attorney was arrested on the same charge. Attorney John Milton Turner, Jr., 62, of Atlanta, entered the Clayton State Court's pre-trial intervention program Friday.

Turner could complete the program in three months. He will be required to attend meetings and complete community service.

Successful completion of the program results in the charges being dismissed, and Turner said he plans to petition the court for expungement of his arrest record.