Arrest made in White House ricin case

10:26 AM, Apr 27, 2013   |    comments
Federal authorities wear hazmat suits Wednesday during a search of a retail space in Tupelo, Miss., where neighboring business owners said Everett Dutschke used to operate a martial arts studio. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP)
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USA Today -- A Mississippi man was arrested Saturday in connection with ricin letters sent to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge, media outlets are reporting.

Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton told WTVA-TV that Everett Dutschke was arrested by the FBI and turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service. Carleton did not say what Dutschke was charged with.

Federal agents from the FBI and the Capitol Police, as well as members of an anti-terrorist response team from the Mississippi National Guard, had searched Dutschke's home on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as the premises of a former martial arts studio Dutschke ran in the city, Reuters reports.

Dutschke's name was brought up during a preliminary hearing for Kevin Curtis, who originally was charged in the case. Those charges were later dropped.

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