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2 told to stop letters to Mayor Thompson, police say

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Police said they have identified two people who wrote harassing letters to Mayor Linda Thompson, but added that the men likely will not file charges because they have mental health issues.

Authorities said Thompson has stopped receiving the letters since the men were told to stop delivering them to city hall.

Police said the mayor had received about 50 letters making obscure references to John F. Kennedy, the FBI and the CIA since taking office last year.

Investigators were unsure of the authors' intentions, but said one message in particular raised concerns and was perceived as somewhat of a threat. The author mentioned that West Point's first African-American graduate was buried in Thomasville, Georgia and was thought to be drawing a parallel to Thompson, the first African-American mayor of Harrisburg.

The letters, all hand-delivered to the mayor's office, prompted a few security changes at city hall. Employees were told to wear their ID badges in plain view, visitors were required to sign in with an officer, and a metal detector was placed at the front door.

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