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Some Residents Spooked By Unusual Letter

by on March 25, 2015 6:00 AM

State College police received several calls on Tuesday from concerned residents over a strange letter that was apparently distributed throughout parts of Centre County.

The letter is eight pages long, resembling a kind of disjointed socio-political treatise with racial and religious undertones. The letter tackles several seemingly unrelated topics, including personal familial disputes, perceived moral failures of the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries, and efficient sewage systems.

It is signed by a resident of Blair Township who included his personal contact information. State College police officer Sgt. Todd Scholton says he reached out to the local police in Blair County, who informed him the author of the letter is a local resident well-known to police departments in the area.

The author has reportedly written a number of similar letters over the past several years and mass mailed them to residents of Blair, Cambria and Bedford Counties.

“They seemed surprised that this had been sent to Centre County,” Scholton says.

In addition to residents of the State College borough, some residents of Ferguson and Patton Townships also received a copy of the letter. Scholton says the letter received by State College residents also appears to be a mass mailing. It is addressed to “local postage customer.”

The State College police department got so many calls that officers used social media to announce they were aware of the mailing and asked residents for patience while they looked into it.

Scholton says the letter does not target any Centre County residents, does not constitute a crime, and no charges will be filed.

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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for StateCollege.com who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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