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Tarpon police close investigation of mysterious letters

Tarpon Springs police have closed the investigation into a string of mysterious letters anonymously sent to three former city officials after a contentious mayoral election in March.

A report says the "incident does not appear to rise to the level of a criminal investigation." But "should a continued course of conduct, with no legitimate purpose, persist, we can review the facts anew to see if it meets the statutory requirements for stalking."

The recipients -- former Mayor Anita Protos, former City Manager Beverly Billiris and former Commissioner Cindy Sanner -- each told the Times they thought the letters were a form of retaliation by members of Mayor Chris Alahouzos' campaign for their outspoken criticisms of him during the election against Frank DiDonato.

But the report says Protos was the only person involved in the incident to speak with investigators. Billiris and Sanner both said they didn't want to be involved, and Becky Archer, wife of former Commissioner Jim Archer, who prompted the investigation by bringing a complaint to city officials on May 2, did not return investigator's calls, the report said.

[Last modified: Monday, May 30, 2016 5:35pm]


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