Allegheny County sheriff's deputies arrested a North Side man on Tuesday on suspicion of trying to carry a 12-inch dagger into the courthouse.
Sheriff William P. Mullen said 54-year-old William Gurley tried to enter the courthouse shortly before noon when a security guard on the Grant Street side of the building discovered the dagger hidden inside a cane.
“You could unscrew the cane and pull it out,” Mullen said. ‘This could do some serious damage.”
Gurley could have given up the weapon, but was taken into custody when he refused.
"Deputies went down and questioned him about whether or not he knew he had a dagger in the cane. He said that he did,” Mullen said.
He was visiting the courthouse because his son had a court hearing scheduled, Mullen said.
"This happens primarily every day," Mullen said. "But when you get a 12-inch blade hidden inside a cane, I think it's a little bit different."
Gurley is charged with prohibited offensive weapons, possessing instruments of crime, possession of a dangerous weapon in a court facility and disorderly conduct.
Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.