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Police: Arrested Men May Have Been Trying To Kidnap Former Publisher

April 26, 1995

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Two men arrested on weapons charges may have been plotting to kidnap a talk show host and a former newspaper publisher, police said Tuesday.

Sean Patrick Bottoms, 35, and his brother Brian Scott Bottoms, 33, were arrested Monday evening after federal agents raided their home and found three pipe bombs and materials to make others, said Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron. Two legal, high-powered rifles and ammunition were also found.

Aaron said the raid took place after an informant told a police officer the men kept a cache of explosives at their home and had talked of kidnapping John Seigenthaler, former publisher of The Tennessean, and WLAC radio host Les Jameson.

``We took it seriously enough to notify both men,″ Aaron said.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is investigating the kidnapping possibility, Aaron said. He would not say what was found in the residence in addition to the weapons, or what police protection Seigenthaler and Jameson were being provided.

Jameson said he was aware of the threat and was taking precautions. Seigenthaler, who is chairman of the First Amendment Center, said he was pleased with the police work.

``My view is that once the attempt is publicly known and those two people know that their plan is exposed, I’m as safe as I could possibly be,″ he said.

Maj. John Manning said police were tipped off by the suspects’ brother, Kevin Bottoms, The Tennessean reported Wednesday.

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