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O'LAUGHLIN GIVEN GUARD AFTER THREAT

As if the man has not had his share of problems lately, Mayor Michael C. O'Laughlin says he now has another.

A "creep" sent him a threatening letter this week, and as a result, the mayor now has a bodyguard assigned to him by the Niagara Falls Police Department.

Capt. Louis Curcione said a detective has been assigned to O'Laughlin since Tuesday, a day after he received a letter postmarked in Buffalo. "The letter said in essence for the mayor to get out of town, he and his wife," Curcione said.

"We have all kinds of creeps in the world and someone sent me some kind of letter and I assigned it to the police," said O'Laughlin. "They sent someone over to me."

O'Laughlin declined to say whether the letter was tied to the current FBI investigation involving him. Sources have said the FBI has tapes of the mayor allegedly accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent. O'Laughlin has denied any wrongdoing.

Police Chief Anthony C. Fera said the mayor has received other threatening notes but it was quickly apparent some were from "mental incompetents." Some were even signed.

However, the mailing Monday was different.

"The tenor of it was life-threatening to the mayor," said Fera.

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