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Officials question Northeast Texas man in connection with letters sent to NYC mayor, Obama

May 31, 2013 at 2:56 a.m.


Federal officials, including the FBI, are questioning a Northeast Texas man in connection with poison-laced letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, <a href="http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/home/demandaplan.html" target="_blank">Mayors Against Illegal Guns</a> and President Barack Obama, <a href="http://www.ksla.com/story/22463360/authorities-inside-new-boston" target="_blank">KSLA-TV in Shreveport reports</a>.

The station said agents were seen Thursday night taking items from a home in New Boston, where the man lives with his wife and five children.

According to <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57587006/person-of-interest-idd-in-ricin-letters-case-sources/" target="_blank">CBS News</a>, the New Boston man is not under arrest, but he has been questioned in connection with the letters.

<a href="http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20130531/NEWS01/305310012/" target="_blank">The Sheveport Times</a> reports that the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricin" target="_blank">ricin</a>-laced letters, which included a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/person-interest-questioned-amid-exclusive-images-possibly-ricin/story?id=19285946#.UaiiRUpgZht" target="_blank">statement threatening</a>, "You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns," had a Shreveport postmark.

The Associated Press <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/news/nation/obama-letter-similar-to-poisoned-bloomberg-notes/article_a032792a-c94f-11e2-8c84-001a4bcf887a.html" target="_blank">reported Thursday</a> another letter sent to the White House was similar to the ones sent to Bloomberg and the mayors' group.

<span>The Secret Service said the letter addressed to President Barack Obama was intercepted by a White House mail screening facility, and it was turned over to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force for testing and investigation.</span>

Authorities have <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/news/nation/obama-letter-similar-to-poisoned-bloomberg-notes/article_a032792a-c94f-11e2-8c84-001a4bcf887a.html" target="_blank">arrested a man</a> in Spokane, Wash. in connection with that letter, which was intercepted May 22. 

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