NEWARK - Police are investigating threatening letters sent to four Newark City Council members that also contained a white powder.

Officials say three were sent to City Hall, while one was sent to the home of City Council President Donald Payne Jr.

Police evacuated the home as a precaution, but determined the white power was not dangerous.

Council members Anibal Ramos Jr., Ron Rice and Mildred Crump also received letters.

Councilman Payne declined to say what the letter said specifically, but did say that it contained a short and direct threat to his life.

Newark city official receives threatening letter