Donna Leinwand Leger and Michael Winter, USA TODAY4:59 p.m. EDT
April 30, 2013
“…………The contaminated items were found April 22 in a trash can near James Everett Dutschke’s martial arts studio in Tupelo, Miss…….. Traces of ricin, which is made from castor beans, were also found in his studio.
Dutschke bought castor beans on the Internet, the FBI said………”
James Everett Dutschke had been the target of the ricin-letter investigation since the release from jail last week of Paul Kevin Curtis, with whom Dutschke has feuded.
By KIMBERLY KINDY AND JOEL ACHENBACH
“……Early Saturday, four days after authorities dropped charges against an Elvis impersonator in Mississippi, FBI agents arrested a man the impersonator had been feuding with, a former radio announcer and onetime candidate for the state Legislature who recently was charged with child molestation.
James Everett Dutschke, 41, was taken into custody at his home in Tupelo, Miss…….”
“Criminal charges were dropped Tuesday against a Mississippi man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Obama…..
One day after the F.B.I. said it could find no evidence that the man, Paul Kevin Curtis, was behind the plot, a federal judge released him from jail and federal authorities shifted focus to another person of interest in the case.
Lawyers for Mr. Curtis, 45, a celebrity impersonator, said he had been framed by a longtime personal enemy……..At a news conference after his release, Mr. Curtis said he did not harbor any ill feelings toward prosecutors or the president and was relieved to be free. “I respect President Obama,” he said. “I love my country and would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any other U.S. official.”
Mr. Curtis, a party entertainer who dresses and sings as Elvis, Prince, Johnny Cash, Bon Jovi and others, had been in jail since Wednesday. He said he had never even heard of ricin. “I thought they said rice,” he said…………..”
“……The surprising move was announced in a brief document filed in federal court in Oxford hours after Paul Kevin Curtis was released from custody. The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means they could be re-instated if prosecutors so choose. Attorneys for Curtis have suggested he was framed, and an FBI agent testified in court this week that no evidence of ricin was found in searches of his home. …..”
“….As a precaution, Senate post offices on Capitol Hill were shut down and will most likely remain closed for the rest of the week. Senators were told that there was no evidence of contamination inside the Capitol or on the grounds, but investigators were still looking into whether any similar envelopes had been sent to anyone in the House……..”
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“………..The disease dynamics in port cities such as Mahajanga are thus critical to plague pathogen amplification and dispersal into new suitable ecological niches for the observed global long-term maintenance of plague pathogens…………….”
House votes to reauthorize bio, chemical countermeasure programs
By Pete Kasperowicz – 01/22/13 02:31 PM ET
“The House on Tuesday approved legislation that reauthorizes several federal programs designed to counter the effects of biological, chemical and nuclear attacks against the United States……in a 395-29 vote…”