Vermont Postal Worker Charged With Stealing Money Order From Mail

A U.S. Postal Service worker has been accused of stealing a money order sent through the Hardwick, Vermont Post Office.

Desiree Martin, 29, of Hardwick, pleaded not guilty Monday in Caledonia Superior Court to felony identity theft and misdemeanor false pretenses and was released on the conditions that she not abuse or harass the alleged victim in the case – Hardwick resident June Draper. Continue reading

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New Year, New Stamp – USPS Commemorates Lunar New Year with Year of the Rat Forever Stamp

MONTEREY PARK, CA — The U.S. Postal Service today marked the beginning of the Lunar New Year by issuing a new Forever stamp celebrating the Year of the Rat. The stamp was dedicated during opening ceremonies of the Monterey Park Lunar New Year Festival, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the nation. The public is asked to share news of the stamp using the hashtag #LunarNewYear.

“For more than 100 years, we have issued stamps that celebrate the cultures of people who have come from around the world, reflecting the rich and multi-faceted heritage of America,” said Luke Grossmann, the event’s dedicating official and senior vice president, finance and strategy, U.S. Postal Service. “Ours is truly a world culture, and our stamps allow us to weave together the unique threads of our national tapestry.”

Lunar New Year - Year of the Rat stampJoining Grossmann to dedicate the stamp was Hans Liang, mayor of Monterey Park, CA, who served as master of ceremonies.

Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year for many Asian communities around the world. Across these varied cultures, many traditions exist for ringing in a new year of good luck and prosperity. In communities across the United States, people shop for food and other supplies, hang decorations and ceremoniously clean their homes and streets to welcome the year with a fresh start.

The rat is the first of the 12 zodiac animal signs associated with the Chinese lunar calendar. Those born during the Year of the Rat may be seen as very clever, self-aware and highly social. The Year of the Rat begins Jan. 25, 2020, and ends Feb. 11, 2021.

With blue as the predominant color — said to be one of the lucky colors for individuals born during the Year of the Rat — the rat mask in the stamp design incorporates elements with symbolic meaning. Several of the patterns were created with the style of Asian textiles and the circle in the center of the rat’s head represents the new moon on which the Lunar New Year begins. A pop of the very lucky color red ties the design in with other common celebratory decorations.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with original artwork by Camille Chew.

The Year of the Rat stamp is the first stamp in the third series of celebrating Lunar New Year. The first series ran from 1992 to 2005 and the second series from 2008 to 2019. The Year of the Rat stamp is being sold in panes of 20. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

NAPS Chat January 10, 2020

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NAPS Legislative & Political Director Bob Levi hosts NAPS Chat.

January 10, 2020 Episode 59

During this week’s NAPS Chat, Bob discusses NAPS’ legislative, regulatory and political plans for 2nd term of the 116th Congress.

NAPS Chat is a weekly podcast intended to inform NAPS members about the latest legislative and political goings-on within our nation’s capital. Hosted by NAPS Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Bob Levi.

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Florida Man Pleads Guilty in High-Profile Macon, Georgia Mail Theft Case

MACON, Ga. – A Miami, Florida man pleaded guilty to stealing mail and checks out of a Macon mailbox, an action that triggered the victim to hold the defendant at gunpoint in an effort to prevent his escape, announced Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Jeremy Brown, 31, entered a guilty plea to one count of theft of mail before U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell today. Defendant Brown is facing a maximum term of five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and three years supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for April 1, 2020. There is no parole in the federal system. Continue reading