Martial arts expert held over Obama ricin letters

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A Mississippi martial arts instructor was arrested yesterday after his home and a former business were searched as part of an investigation into ricin-laced letters sent to president Barack Obama and two other public officials.

Everett Dutschke, above, was taken into custody by US marshals at his Tupelo home. It was not known if the 41-year-old has been charged.

Agents from the FBI, the US Capitol Police, and an anti-terrorist response team from the Mississippi National Guard, searched Dutschke’s home last week and a former martial arts studio he ran in the city.

Earlier, prosecutors dropped charges against Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis, who was released from jail after a search of his home in nearby Corinth revealed no incriminating evidence.