Friday, September 16, 2011
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Clayton News Daily
Four travelers in two days were arrested for carrying firearms through security at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Joseph Octavius Beckford, 38, of Grayson, was arrested Friday afternoon by Atlanta Airport police and was being held in the Clayton County Jail. He was expected to make a first appearance hearing at 9 a.m. Saturday in Clayton County Magistrate Court. Details about his arrest were not immediately available Friday afternoon.
Thursday night, airport police arrested Damian Cory Shaw, 39, of Atlanta. Warrants issued in his case allege he had a .40-caliber handgun inside his backpack.
In another case, a retired decorated war hero once held by Soviet Union forces as a mercenary was arrested Thursday morning at the airport. Warrants show Richard Ronald Fusakio, 65, of Tennessee, had a loaded .22-caliber Beretta handgun hidden in a black carry-on bag as he tried to go through security. Bond was set Friday morning at $5,000 for Fusakio, Prioleau and Shaw. As of about 6:30 p.m. Friday, the men were still listed as jail inmates.
Fusakio is a retired Army officer who served his country in Vietnam as a pilot.
Also Thursday, Atlanta attorney Oscar Eugene Prioleau, Jr., 47, of Fairburn, was arrested on the same charge. Warrants allege Prioleau was carrying a loaded Glock 17, 9 mm handgun in his bag.
-- Kathy Jefcoats