Woman accused of sending threatening letter to Susan Collins held without bail

The Burlington woman accused of mailing a threatening letter to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins waived a probable cause hearing on Tuesday and agreed to be held without bail while her case is pending in federal court in Bangor.

Suzanne E. Muscara, 37, allegedly mailed a letter to the Republican senator in October that contained a white powder that the sender claimed was anthrax. The letter came after Collins’ vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Muscara, who is being held at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison, last week requested the preliminary hearings before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison but apparently changed her mind.

The letter, which was addressed to Collins at her Bangor home, was intercepted at the U.S. Postal Service’s sorting facility in Hampden on Oct. 17, two days after Collins’ husband received a similar letter in the mail.

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