April 29, 2013 |
A karate instructor appeared in federal court in Mississippi and was ordered held on a charge that he produced the poison ricin and sent it in letters to President Obama and others. Wearing an orange jumpsuit and with his hands shackled, James Everett Dutschke, 41, appeared in court and said he understood the charges against him, according to media reports from the courtroom in Oxford, Miss. Federal Magistrate S. Allan Alexander ordered that Dutschke be held without bond pending a preliminary hearing on Thursday.
April 27, 2013 |
TUPELO, Miss. - A Mississippi karate instructor whose home and business were searched as part of an investigation into poisoned letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge has been arrested in the case. The arrest of J. Everett Dutschke followed several days of raids and inspections at his home and the karate studio he used. Dutschke, 41, was arrested without incident about 12:50 a.m. Saturday at his Tupelo home by special agents of the FBI, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden told The Times.
April 26, 2013 |
You might not expect to find a glorious, uninhabited island in the middle of the Mississippi River. And even if you did, you probably wouldn't expect to find an unkempt and unsmiling Matthew McConaughey hiding out on it. That such a thing feels credible in the new film "Mud" is a testament to the skill of young Austin, Texas-based director Jeff Nichols, whose new coming-of-age adventure is rich with geographic specificity yet concerned with...
April 24, 2013 |
The investigation into ricin-laced letters addressed to the president, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge highlighted a personal feud Wednesday and an unusual cast of characters - starting with Paul Kevin Curtis, an Elvis impersonator who had pestered officials for years about his conspiracy theory that the federal government was involved in an organ-harvesting plot. Government plot or no, Curtis was, of course, glad that officials had decided to drop the charges against him. He had been arrested last week, days after the letters were sent, and was freed Tuesday.
April 23, 2013 |
A Mississippi man who had been accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge was set free Tuesday and charges against him were dropped as authorities converged on the home of another man. Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss., had been released on bond earlier in the day. The part-time Elvis impersonator had been arrested last week on suspicion of mailing three letters filled with ricin within days...
April 23, 2013 |
Floodwaters that swept through the Midwest last week failed to recede Tuesday after another inch of rain fell in Illinois and surrounding states, and forecasters warned that more was on the way. Heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms battered the region with half a foot of rain last week, inundating several small towns - including Marseilles, Ill., and Kokomo, Ind. - and causing damage from lower Michigan to Missouri. Water coursed through downtown Chicago, submerging cars, knocking out power to thousands of residents and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights from O'Hare International Airport.
April 22, 2013 |
Paul Kevin Curtis dreamed of conspiracy and was convinced that the government was spying on him -- which it had been, at least a little, since 2007, in the sense that officials occasionally investigated him on suspicions that his anti-government ramblings might turn violent. The Mississippi Elvis impersonator was charged last week on suspicion of mailing three letters filled with ricin, a poison, to President Obama , Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Lee County, Miss., Judge Sadie Holland in the days following the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15. The letters inside were similar to ramblings he had posted on his blog and on his Facebook page.
April 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama, a U.S. senator and another official, authorities said. The FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service said Paul Kevin Curtis was taken into custody at 5:15 p.m. for sending three letters "which contained a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin. " Ricin, a poison, is deadly in small amounts if inhaled or ingested. Further tests will be performed on the letters to confirm whether the substance is ricin. The letters went to the White House, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)
April 11, 2013 |
A fierce storm hugged the eastern portion of the nation in an icy, wet grip Thursday, spawning strong winds, tornadoes and the possibility of floods through the region where just days ago spring was beginning to bloom. At least one death related to tornado activity was reported in Mississippi, bringing the toll from this week's freakishly winter-like weather to two. Tornado watches remained in effect in Mississippi and next door in Alabama while Missouri had declared a state of emergency because of drenching rains.
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March 24, 2013 |
Olen Burrage, a farmer and Ku Klux Klan member who owned the Mississippi land where the bullet-riddled bodies of three civil rights workers were found buried in the 1960s, has died. He was 82. Burrage, who was acquitted on civil rights charges related to the murders, died March 15 at a medical center in Meridian, Miss., the McClain-Hays Funeral Home announced. The cause was not released. The Ku Klux Klan slaying became one of the most infamous episodes of the civil rights era and led to the 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discriminatory practices that kept African Americans from voting.