Burbank CA Police Hunt 2 Home Invasion Robbers Who Allegedly Posed As Mail Carriers

BURBANK (CBSLA.com) — Burbank Police are on the hunt for two male suspects they say committed a home invasion robbery after posing as mail carriers.

Police say the robbery was reported just after 4:15 p.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of Paseo Redondo.

Authorities said the two male suspect knocked on the front door of a residence claiming to have a mail delivery.

After the door was opened by a female housekeeper, the two men forced their way in.

Read more: Burbank Police Hunt 2 Home Invasion Robbers Who Allegedly Posed As Mail Carriers « CBS Los Angeles.

Flood of letters to PM makes postal officials roll up sleeves

NEW DELHI: Call it a growing desire among citizens to directly connect with the PM, the postal department has witnessed a phenomenal upsurge in letters addressed to the country’s highest office in the past few months.

While the PMO used to receive anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 letters per month during Manmonhan Singh’s tenure, the figure has been 1-2 lakh every month since July, barely two months after Narendra Modi took over as the , said officials. From the pathetic condition of a school to suggestions to generate power from alternative and renewable sources, people seem to be writing to Modi on everything under the sun.

While this could be an indicator of Modi’s popularity among the masses, the sudden increase in the volume of letters has had the post office at Nirman Bhawan, which deals with the PMO letters, on its toes. This has prompted the officials, who were accustomed to dealing with just one fourth of these numbers, to increase the staff strength at the PMO dak unit and upgrade infrastructure. The team led by post master general Vishwamurti and the senior superintendent (central division) Binti Chaudhry had also put in place a better delivery system.

Read more: Flood of letters to PM makes postal officials roll up sleeves – The Times of India.

Video: Thief steals mail from Toluca Lake CA condominiums


Authorities are searching Thursday for a thief who stole mail from condominiums in Toluca Lake.

Several mailboxes in the 10600 block of Woodbridge Street were hit Thursday morning. The thief also struck the mailboxes across the street. They remained open hours later awaiting investigation from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Some residents told Eyewitness News that the culprit must have had someone buzz them into the building or had the access code to get in.

Barber and his neighbors say they suspect the person who did this had a master key that only U.S. Postal Service mail carriers use, because the mailbox wasn’t forced open.

Read more: Thief steals mail from Toluca Lake condominiums | abc7.com.

Video: Mail Stops Showing Up In Santa Clara Neighborhood; Post Office Overtime Fears Blamed

SANTA CLARA (KPIX 5) – The U.S. Postal Service goes by the creed “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” but one KPIX 5 viewer said that’s not the case in Santa Clara.

On the Circle Drive neighborhood in Santa Clara a former postal worker said mail stopped coming and she called to find out why.

“My neighbor said he did not receive mail and asked if we had received mail and we had not. There was nothing in our slot. That’s pretty unusual for a Monday,” said the resident identified only as Gail.

She says she was told the overtime clock had stopped her delivery.

Read more: Mail Stops Showing Up In Santa Clara Neighborhood; Post Office Overtime Fears Blamed « CBS San Francisco.

Video: Political mail straining postal service

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The last minute push by political campaigns before Election Day is clogging up our mailboxes and putting a strain on the Postal Service.

Postal workers say more political mailers are going out than ever before, and that may have an affect on how timely our mail is delivered.

"We’re just looking at something nobody’s seen with this amount in political mailings," Mark Case said, the Western North Carolina Central Labor Council President. "I’ve been with the Post Office 18 years and I’ve talked to others who have been there then and longer. They’re saying the same thing."

Read more: Political Mailers Weigh on Postal Service – WLOS – Asheville Top Stories – ABC.

APWU, USPS Extend Memo on Filling Clerk Craft Residual Vacancies

apwulogo10/31/2014The APWU and USPS have agreed to extend a March 20 Memorandum of Understanding Re: Filling Residual Vacancies for employees in the Clerk Craft. The memo outlines a procedure for filling residual vacancies in the Clerk, Maintenance and Motor Vehicle Crafts.

The MOU was due to expire on Oct. 31 for employees Clerk Craft, but continue for employees in the Maintenance and MVS Crafts. An agreement signed Oct. 31 extends the Memorandum of Understanding for clerks.

The MOU has resulted in the conversion of more than 5,200 Postal Support Employees (PSEs) to career status in the Clerk Craft, more than 3,000 in Maintenance Craft, and hundreds in the Motor Vehicle Service Craft.

“I am pleased we were able to extend the MOU, which forged a path to career status for so many PSEs,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

Read more at the APWU web site

Former USPS exec says financial crisis is “over for now”

From Linn’s Stamp News reporter Bill McAllister:

For most of his 35 years with the federal government, Stephen M. Kearney was a financial analyst for the United States Postal Services.

Now, as the executive director of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, he has become one of Washington’s most important postal commentators.

Since Kearney filled most every executive job on the Postal Service’s financial side, few people outside the agency are better qualified to write about postal finances.

That has made Kearney’s weekly “Alliance Report” must reading in Washington and, I suspect, at Postal Service headquarters.

His Oct. 7 analysis may have turned a few heads there because he declared that “the financial and liquidity crisis that USPS management declared a couple of years ago is over for now.”

The Postal Service no longer frets about “the exact number of days” of cash balance it has on hand, he said.

Instead, Kearney noted, “The compelling reason for reform voiced by USPS management has changed from we’re about to run out of cash to we need about $5 billion to update our truck fleet by 2017.”

Read more: Former stamp executive returns to financial analysis – Linns.com.

Video: Florida postal employee dealt prescription drugs while at work


Two U.S. Postal Service workers are off the job after they were caught in a drug deal on the job, police said.

Investigators said a postal inspector witnessed the transaction inside the Rockledge post office branch on Murrell Road.

According to investigators, one of the workers arrested told them he had purchased drugs from Tonya Wheeler in the past, while she was delivering mail around the city of Rockledge.

Wheeler was arrested, accused of trafficking in oxycodone and hydrocodone while at her job at the Rockledge post office.

Police said the postal inspector witnessed Wheeler passing pills to a coworker Wednesday.

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Video: Postal problems completely resolved at New Orleans high rise after TV news reports

When the U.S. Postal Service stopped delivering packages to a New Orleans high-rise, some residents had a tough time getting their medicine.

For the last few months, retrieving postal packages had become a hardship, until this week.

“Sometimes the mailman would leave them (packages) at the front desk, and when we come in, sometimes they would call us and say ‘come on down and get your package’ and sometimes the mailman would deliver the package right in front of the door,” explained resident Elaine Brown.

Concerned about the elderly and disabled tenants, one woman turned to the FOX 8 Defenders for action.

Two months ago, Elaine Brown shared her frustrations with the Defenders after the postal service stopped delivering all packages to the Guste high-rise.

Brown, who’s 65 and diabetic, explained how she would walk several blocks through busy intersections and in the weather to retrieve packages at the main post office on Loyola Avenue.

“Holy spirit said go to FOX 8. FOX 8 just kept coming up,” she said. Her call prompted the Defenders to get answers.

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Video: APWU’s Dimondstein Says Don’t Let PMG Put USPS in a Museum

“Postmaster General Donahoe is implementing one of the greatest threats to the public Postal Service to date,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein says in a new video. Standing in front of the National Postal Museum, Dimondstein adds, “This is where Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe would permanently put the public Postal Service.”

Dimondstein urges viewers to participate in a National Day of Action on Nov. 14 to stop the PMG from turning the USPS into a “relic of the past” and to tell Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

Dimondstein: Don’t Let Postmaster General Put USPS in a Museum | APWU.