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Martin Anderson of Indianapolis, left, Jimmy Laster of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Charles Applewhite of the Detroit area, leave 1st District Court in Monroe, Michigan, after arraignments on dogfighting charges, Tuesday.

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MONROE  — Men from Indiana, Michigan, and Georgia were arraigned Tuesday in Monroe County District Court on charges relating to a dogfight that authorities said they broke up in the midst of activity.

Twenty-three people on Tuesday were facing charges of one count of attending a dog fight, while another, Kevin Forbes, of Detroit, was arraigned on one count each of attending a dog fight and participating in a dog fight. Bond for Forbes, who is currently on parole for a home invasion out of Wayne County, was set at $100,000. County Prosecutor William Nichols said several of the defendants already have convictions in Michigan for attending a dog fight and were on probation at the time.

In addition to Forbes, those who were arraigned by Judge Mark Braunlich on Tuesday include: Martin Anderson, 30, of Indianapolis; Robert French, 34, Isaac Hyser, 34, and William Buchanan, 27, all from Fort Wayne, Ind.; Arden Dusz, 23, of New Boston, Mich.; Scottie Lawson, 43, of Pontiac, and Jimmy Laster, 31, of Ypsilanti, Mich. Others included: Delano Applewhite, 30, and Charles Applewhite, who are brothers from Detroit; Donald Broome, 52, of Allen Park, Mich.; Henry Douglas, 28, of Ypsilanti; Quitman Williams, 32, of Highland Park, Mich.; Shawn Colston, 38, of Detroit, and Richard Godbold, of Conyers, Ga.

A total of 26 people were arrested after federal agents, state police, and deputies descended on a Raisinville Township house 2 miles north of Ida about 1:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving a tip that it was the scene of a high-stakes dogfight.

Willie Fletcher, 32, of Detroit, and James Broome, 32, of Belleville, Mich. are each charged with one count of participating in dogfighting and attending a dog fight, felonies that carry four-year prison sentences. They remain in the Monroe County jail after court appearances on Monday. Donald Broome is James Broome's father.

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