Video: Stolen collection box leaves Louisville woman questioning USPS

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A West Louisville woman said she’s concerned more people have lost money than the U.S. Post Office is letting on after someone stole a postal box.

The heist happened overnight March 1. Sandra Fant, who owns The Liquor Store on West Broadway, said dropped her mail in the box that night and grew concerned after companies called to say she had missed payments.

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“I’m frustrated, because I take care of my business and I pay my bills,” Fant said. “I’ve never heard somebody talk about a mailbox being stolen. A whole mailbox?”

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Video: USPS truck collides with car, flips over in SE Houston

HOUSTON — Emergency crews were on the scene of an accident Friday afternoon in southeast Houston involving a United States Postal Service truck and a four-door sedan.

The vehicle was nearly unrecognizable with the top of the car ripped apart. Several ambulances responded to the scene.

One person has been transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in serious condition.

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Buffalo letter carrier dies on duty

From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

March 14, 2014–Buffalo-Western New York Branch 3 letter carrier Leo Sucharski, 76, died on Sunday, March 9, following an injury he sustained while on duty. Three days earlier on March 6, after delivering the mail, Sucharski had returned to his Eastside Station post office and parked his two-ton truck in the parking lot. After he got out of his vehicle, he reportedly slipped and fell on a large patch of ice, hitting his head. Another letter carrier came over to help Sucharski, who was then taken by ambulance to a hospital where he later died. Visitation is Friday evening, March 14, 5 to 8 p.m., at Sliwinski Funeral Home in Cheektowaga. Funeral is Saturday, March 15, at 9 a.m. at Queen of Martyrs Church, also in Cheektowaga. Sucharski is survived by his wife, Annette, a sister, three children and six grandchildren. “I ask all letter carriers to join me in sending our deepest condolences to Leo’s family at this difficult time,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

 

Georgia letter carrier gets 15 months behind bars for mail theft

secretMichael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Nathaniel M. Johnson, aged 57, of Albany, Georgia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Albany, to serve 15 months in the Bureau of Prisons for theft of mail by a postal employee.

Mr. Johnson previously entered a guilty plea to the charge on October 4, 2013. As part of his plea agreement, Mr. Johnson admitted that, while he was a postal employee, he rifled through, opened and stole United States mail, including U.S. Treasury checks, during April 2013. There were 10 identified victims who experienced losses totaling more than $30,000.

“We all count on our postal employees to handle and deliver some of our most important things. From wedding invitations to tax returns and payroll checks, a great deal of trust is placed in postal workers. Most of the good folks at the post office care deeply about the people they serve, making sure that nothing stands in the way of the mail delivery. Unfortunately, Mr. Johnson cared more about enriching himself than serving the public and, in doing so, dishonored the many others whose dedication is legendary,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

“The United States Secret Service will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to vigorously investigate the theft and negotiation of U.S. Treasury checks. We will work closely with prosecutors to ensure offenders, like Mr. Johnson, who abuse public trust are put behind bars,” said Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.

Senator tells USPS to meet with community before choosing buyer for Bronx PO

Bronx, NY – As the United States Postal Service (USPS) moves ahead with the second phase of the sale of the historic Bronx post office, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged USPS to meet with the Bronx community and hear their concerns before deciding on a winning bid. With the review process underway of at least eleven submitted plans, Senator Gillibrand pressed the agency to choose proposals that would transform the City landmark into a space that would benefit the community and grow the local economy in the South Bronx.

“The sale of the historic Bronx post office, a neighborhood cornerstone, is an important decision that will deeply impact the future of the South Bronx,” said Senator Gillibrand. “The USPS must ensure that the voices of Bronx residents are heard. The community deserves a transformative space that will strengthen the borough and help grow the local economy.” Continue reading

USS Arizona Memorial Commemorated on Stamp

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HONOLULU, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Postal Service today honored the tranquil shrine that pays tribute to the 1,177 sailors aboard the USS Arizona who lost their lives Dec. 7, 1941, with the dedication of a Priority Mail Express $19.99 stamp.

“Today, nearly 100 years to the day that the Navy laid the keel to begin construction of the Arizona, we gather to pay tribute to its final resting spot,” said U.S. Postal Service Information Technology Vice President John Edgar in dedicating the stamp. Not everyone will have an opportunity to visit Hawaii and see this memorial in person. But with this stamp, they’ll be able to see what it looks like and be reminded of what it stands for. “

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Video: Pot Shipments With Fraudulent Return Addresses On Rise

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The U.S. Postal Service says mixups like the one that returned a package of marijuana to a Sacramento family they didn’t ship are becoming more common.

CBS13 brought you the story of the couple who received an airtight package of marijuana hidden underneath empty boxes inside a larger box.

The Postal Service dropped off the package at the home because it had insufficient postage, and the couple’s address was listed as the return address.

Jeff Fitch is a postal inspector for Northern California, and says his office gets several cases like this a week.

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Tuskegee Airmen To Dedicate Stamp Honoring Father of Black Aviation

Tuskegee Airmen To Dedicate Stamp Honoring Father of Black Aviation

BRYN MAWR, Pa., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Referred to as the Father of Black Aviation, Chief Flight Instructor of the prestigious Tuskegee Airmen C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson, will immortalized on a stamp tomorrow, March 13. The 1 p.m. dedication ceremony, free and open to the public, will take place at Bryn Mawr College’s McPherson Auditorium, 101 North Merion Ave.

Anderson also has been referred to as the Charles Lindbergh of Black Aviation for his record-breaking flights that inspired other African-Americans to become pilots.

As the 15th stamp in the Postal Service’s Distinguished American Series, the 70-cent First-Class stamp, available in sets of 20, is good for First-Class Mail weighing up to 2 ounces. Customers may purchase the stamps at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), at Post Offices nationwide or at ebay.com/stamps.

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