The Cleveland man accused of the horrifying abduction and rape of three women over the last 10-plus years, Ariel Castro, was arraigned in court on Thursday morning. He is being held on $8 million bail—$2 million for each of the three women he kidnapped and for the young girl one of the women gave birth to while in captivity.
Amarillo police are currently in a standoff in southwest Amarillo near Amarillo High School. Police were responding to a burglary call this morning at 10:15am in the Puckett residential area of the city at the 3500 block of Danbury St. A suspect in one or more of the burglaries ran into a home on the 3500 block of Carlton. Police believe to have seen the man carrying a handgun as he made entry to the house. Access to the neighborhood remains restricted as the situation continues to unfold.
12:45 p.m. (EST): FBI spokesman Paul Bresson has confirmed that the substance found in the letter to the president was ricin.
The Secret Service says that a letter containing a suspicious substance and addressed to President Obama was received on Tuesday at a White House mail facility. This comes just after a letter sent to Senator Roger Wicker (R.-Miss.) was found to contain the poison ricin.
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