Lakeland, Florida — A 48-year-old mail carrier is under arrest and investigators say he stole several government checks from people living along his route.
The United States Postal Service announced on June 20, 2014, the appointment of Maura McNerney, age 43, to the position of Vice President, Controller (principal accounting officer). Ms. McNerney succeeds Scott G. Davis, whose appointment to the position of Acting Vice President, Controller was previously announced by the Postal Service; he will return to his position as Manager, SOX Controls and Integration.
Since May 2013, Ms. McNerney has served as Chief Financial Officer of TSS, Inc., where she was responsible for the oversight of the financial activities of the company. Prior to joining TSS, she was Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Hampshire Group, Limited, from August 2011 to May 2013. From November 2010 to August 2011, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Spartan Foods of America. From June 2009 to November 2010, she was Vice-President, Corporate Controller of Centerplate, Inc. Ms. McNerney received a B.S. in Accountancy from Clemson University (magna cum laude) and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Ms. McNerney will be entitled to an annual gross salary of $192,500, paid in biweekly installments. Ms. McNerney will be eligible for all benefits provided to officers of the Postal Service pursuant to standard Postal Service policy and practice. These benefits include annual leave, participation in the officers’ salary continuation plan in lieu of sick leave, life and health insurance and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan and the Federal Employees Retirement System. The Postal Service will make a one-time payment of $30,000 to Ms. McNerney during the first sixty days after she begins employment. In the event that Ms. McNerney does not remain employed by the Postal Service for a period of 365 days from her effective date for any reason, she shall, within fourteen calendar days after she ceases to be employed by the Postal Service, refund to the Postal Service the $30,000 payment that she received for the purpose of inducing her to accept the position of Vice President, Controller, less any applicable deductions.
VISALIA, Calif. (KFSN) — An identity theft investigation in the South Valley has uncovered a crime even larger than first thought. Police say the suspect wasn’t just stealing the victim’s mail, but entire mail boxes.
Shannon Sorrels, 35, is in custody after a check fraud investigation led officers to uncover he’d stolen a number of community mailboxes around town.
In the video, you’ll see Visalia police and federal investigators taking away bags of stolen mail, after five community boxes were stolen around the city.
Visalia police say the secret service is involved in the investigation Because of another federal crime they believe Sorrels was committing at his home.
Sgt. Dominguez explained, “We found evidence that shows that he was manufacturing some counterfeit currency we also found some counterfeit currency in his possession.”
Sorrels is facing local charges for check fraud and federal charges for mail theft and counterfeiting.
Officers are still looking for the fifth stolen community mailbox.
Updated September 9, 2014– According to news reports, the Tarrant County Grand Jury declined to indict Jackson for fatally injuring the dog. The US Postal Service had no comment.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram has more:
FORT WORTH — A Tarrant County grand jury on Tuesday declined to indict a postal worker accused of bludgeoning a Yorkshire terrier with a rock, a decision that left the dog’s owners angry and dissatisfied.
“We’re upset,” said Lawrence Brown Jr., one of the owners of the 4-year-old, 10-pound dog named Maxwell. “Number one he did it, number two he told me he did it.”
The Browns rushed Maxwell to an emergency clinic in May, where a veterinarian told the couple that the Yorkie had a shattered skull and severe spinal cord injury and couldn’t be saved, so the dog was euthanized, Lawrence Brown said.
In June, Fort Worth police issued a probable cause arrest warrant for Ricky Eugene Jackson, a mail carrier who Brown said told him he felt threatened by the dog and was protecting himself. Maxwell was not on a leash and was across the street from the Browns’ house in the 3600 block of Hazeline Road when he was injured.
Jackson was facing a felony charge of animal cruelty.
“He was familiar with our animal, he’s been to our home before,” Brown said. “I’m not really understanding a lot of it. It’s like he got away with murder.”
Fort Worth police said U.S. Postal Service worker Ricky Eugene Jackson turned himself in at the Tarrant County Jail Thursday afternoon. He was later released on a $3,500 bond.
Dog owner Lawrence Brown said his Yorkshire terrier named Maxwell had to be euthanized after being found critically injured May 17. Brown has said his pet apparently wandered across the street and then he heard the dog howling.
“At the time, I didn’t know it was my wife’s dog. I just heard a loud yell,” Brown said. “So when I looked at the postman as he was walking up the street, I asked him, ‘What did you do to that dog?’ He said, ‘I got me one.'”
“I said, ‘You got you one? Did you mace him?’ He said, ‘No, I hit him with a rock,'” Brown said.
It was then that Brown went across the street and learned from his neighbor that it was his family’s dog the mail man had been talking about.
Jackson has been on paid leave since the incident.
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FedEx yesterday announced a jump in fourth quarter profits, but it also noted that its SmartPost product, a partnership with the USPS, had lost volume:
FedEx SmartPost average daily volume decreased 8% while net revenue per package was up 8% due to rate increases and improved customer mix, partially offset by higher postage costs.
While it wasn’t enough to significantly damage FedEx Ground’s profitability, the news is a reversal from past reports crediting growth in SmartPost with boosting the company’s overall success. Just a year ago, SmartPost daily volumes had jumped 25% thanks to increased ecommerce shipments. That may be a worrying trend for the USPS as it tries to capture “last mile” package delivery volumes to help offset letter mail losses.
Read more: FedEx – News Release.
OAKLAND PARK, Fla – A South Florida letter carrier is being honored for saving a life.
Mark Gereffi, who has been a letter carrier for more than 30 years, said he was just doing his job when he saw the victim on the ground in front of her Oakland Park home, back in April. “I had pulled around, and I was walking up to the house to deliver the mail,” Gereffi told WSVN, “and there was a lady laying in the front porch.”
Gereffi has delivered mail in Oakland Park for the majority of his time as a postal worker, so over the years he has gotten to know the people on his route. When he saw the vicim in distress and yelling for help he immediately called 911. “I see them all the time, and my first response was, ‘Where is Barry?’ which is her husband, but he happened to be out that day, and there was nobody home.”
The 57-year-old woman was having a stroke. Gereffi stayed with the woman until paramedics arrived and possibly saved her life.
On Wednesday, Gereffi was honored by the National Association of Letter Carriers for his heroic actions. “I just did what anybody would do,” said Gereffi. “I’m just glad I could help.”
The US Postal Service has started the ball rolling on a new generation of delivery vehicles with a solicitation for 400 to 500 “Intermediate Walk Through Body Delivery Trucks”. The trucks would have 500 cubic feet of cargo space compared with 108 in the current LLVs. The new trucks would have a cargo capacity of 3,500 pounds, more than triple what an LLV can handle.
And they will be air-conditioned.
Don’t get too excited about your shiny new vehicle just yet though- the solicitation notes that the contract award is “contingent upon approval of funding”.
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You probably weren’t wondering about this, but just in case- the rabidly homophobic “American Family Association”, which has called for a boycott of the Harvey Milk stamp, and says it will refuse to accept mail bearing the stamp, is serious about it! From the humor blog Wonkette:
You may recall that we recently challenged you to send the nice folks at the American Patriarchy Association some love in envelopes adorned with Harvey Milk stamps, which they are urging people to boycott because ew, gay. And so Alert Wonkette Operative “TK” sent them a little note, and even a small donation, in an envelope with one of the terrible horrible demon stamps. And back it came!
“The situation now, as you can see, is fairly precarious. When you have roughly $4 billion of cash, and over $100 billion in liabilities, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out we’re in a financial crisis.”
—USPS Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett,
Wall Street Journal online edition,
June 18, 2014
June 18, 2014—Poor Joe Corbett. The Postal Service’s chief financial officer probably finds it hard to get out of bed each morning, knowing that his bank account holds only a fraction of what he owes on his home mortgage, car loan and credit cards. Then he has to go to work at the Postal Service and face, what he thinks, are the same daunting financial circumstances.
Of course, most Americans—geniuses or otherwise—know that comparing your total liabilities over the next several decades to a small fraction of your assets that’s held in cash is probably not the right way to approach the problem. Continue reading