Authorities padlock site searched in ricin case

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Authorities have padlocked the door of a former martial arts studio once used by the man charged in the investigation of poisoned letters sent to President Barak Obama and others.

The FBI arrested James Everett Dutschke on Saturday as part of its investigation into ricin-laced letters sent to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge.

Dutschke is a former martial arts instructor. The FBI searched his former studio in Tupelo, Miss., last Wednesday.

Annette Dobbs owns the shopping center where the studio was located. She says authorities padlocked the door sometime after the search.

She says FBI agents haven’t told her anything, including whether the building poses a health threat.

Dutschke is jailed without bond pending a hearing on Thursday on a charge of making ricin.

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