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Thursday, May 26, 2005
  Dog Bites Man
NewsChannel 5 Network: "Agents arrested Sen. Ward Crutchfield, (D) Chattanooga; Sen. John Ford, (D) Memphis; Sen. Kathryn Bowers, (D) Memphis; Rep. Chris Newton, (R) Cleveland.

Agents also arrested former Memphis senator Roscoe Dixon, who now works for the Shelby County mayor’s office.

There may be additional arrests. Federal agents on Capitol Hill said they were waiting for someone else.

The legislators were arrested on sealed indictments handed down by a federal grand jury in Memphis.

Sources said the arrests were based on violations of the Hobbs Act, which is a type of extortion.

Some searches were conducted in the Capitol Building in Nashville.

One legislator, Frank Buck, (D) Dowelltown, said he was surprised to see fellow lawmakers being led out in handcuffs."
 
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