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Video: letter carrier stranded in Houston flood

Heavy rainfall caused Mayde Creek to overflow Friday, keeping emergency crews busy helping stranded motorists and trapped people. Khambrel Marshall and Gianna Caserta report.

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Video: Fraud ring caught stealing from Georgia mail boxes

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga — How often do you have to send a check in the mail and put the check in your mailbox for the mail carrier to pick up? This story may make you think about doing it again.

Investigators with the Forsyth County Sheriff Office broke up a massive fraud ring that was stealing people’s identity from their mail boxes. They say the ring was stealing checks and credit card applications and using the information to create fraudulent checks, IDs, credit cards and licenses.

It began as a burglary investigation in August. While investigating that burglary Detectives developed information about the fraud ring that was operating out of a home on Commonwealth Trail in south Forsyth County.

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USPS found to be at fault in Missouri letter carrier’s heat death in 2012

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — When a mail carrier died on the job, his wife blamed the Post Office for not taking his concerns about excessive heat seriously. The widow finally has closure two years after his death.

All Kay Watzlawick has of her husband John are memories. They would’ve been married 35 years this year and she remembers him fondly, even when recounting disagreements.

“I’m not perfect and he wasn’t either. I miss those arguments believe it or not,” she said.

John Watzlawick was a devoted mail carrier of 28 years. He died delivering mail on a blistering hot day in July 2012.

Read more: USPS found to be at fault in metro mailman’s heat death from 2012 |


Video: Hero mailman appears on Ellen DeGeneres show

On Wednesday, September 18th,Stephanie Cooper, Eli – her one year old son, and Christopher Brown –their mailman, join “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to talk about how Christopher miraculously saved Eli’s life.

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Video: Mailman caught on camera sideswiping car, driving off

EVERETT — The post office delivers through rain, sleet and snow, but an Everett couple said what their mailman brought to their door is not what they expected.

For months they’ve been tangled in government red tape until Q13 Fox News started to investigate.

Read more: Mailman caught on camera sideswiping car, driving off | Q13 FOX News.


Video: Pricing shifts in the parcel business

Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) — Shipware President and CEO Rob Martinez discusses pricing shifts in the parcel business on “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Read more: USPS Rivals FedEx, UPS With Rate Cuts: Video – Bloomberg.


Video: USPS recruiting more city carrier assistants

From USPS News Link:

The Postal Service is recruiting more people to serve in city carrier assistant (CCA) positions, non-career jobs that offer a stepping stone toward permanent employment with USPS.

CCAs fill in for regular carriers on their routes and perform other mail delivery and collection tasks. Since the position was created in 2013, more than 9,000 CCAs have been converted to career status.

In a new recruitment video, CCAs discuss the job and why they enjoy it, even when it’s challenging. “It looks like an easy job, it really does,” says Alexandria, VA, CCA Juan Butler. “But when you’re out there, you find out it’s not as easy as you think it is.”

CCAs deliver and collect mail on foot or by vehicle, dealing with the same challenges that regular carriers face. Niagara Falls, NY, CCA Alexandra Dell said the job isn’t for the faint of heart. “If you’re a lazy person, I would not suggest this job,” she said.

If you know someone who may be interested in a CCA job, encourage them to visit the USPS Careers site.

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Video: Egyptian Suez stamp features wrong canal

Watch as Scott catalogue senior editor Marty Frankevicz discusses a new three-stamp Suez Canal commemorative set from Egypt that features a photograph of a canal on the center stamp — but it’s not the right canal. The scene on the stamp shows part of the Panama Canal.


Video: Strangest Things Sent In The Mail

No one wins any awards for sending spam about the latest lucrative business opportunities from Nigerian princes or anti-Obama jokes from your uncle’s old Navy buddy.

But get a real piece of junk shipped through snail mail and glory awaits at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not annual Strange Mail Contest.

Participants sent things like a tree trunks and prosthetic arm to the Orlando, Florida, headquarters of Ripley’s. There was a catch: The items could not be packaged in a box, envelope or any wrapping of any kind, and the postage and address must be placed directly on the item.

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Video: USPS Nixes Delivery To Some Brooklyn Residents With Low Mail Slots In Doors

Update: after a lot of negative publicity, the USPS has apparently backed off on its demands:

U.S. Postal Service officials agreed to resume delivery in the Brooklyn neighborhood, where dozens of residents were threatened with the permanent loss of home delivery and ordered to install mail boxes that were easier for the carrier to reach, Assemblyman Dov Hikind said.

“The mail will go through,” Hikind (D-Borough Park) said in a statement.

A customer-service manager at the 51st St. post office sent letters to area households, outlining the draconian demands and saying the change was needed to prevent injury to the carrier.

New York Daily News

Original story:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some Brooklyn residents with mail slots in their doors are not getting their mail.

Hundreds of Borough Park residents were first told by their local carrier that their mail slots are too low and later received letters from their local post office saying that their mailboxes are not in compliance and need to be relocated, according to Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn)

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