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Video: Vigil Held For Postal Worker Killed On Duty In Maryland

LANDOVER, Md. (WJZ)–Shot on the job! A Prince Georges County postal worker is murdered while delivering the mail.

Rochelle Ritchie spoke with heartbroken letter carriers who say changes need to be made.

It’s a very tragic story. Neighbors say they heard about seven gunshots. When police arrived, they found 26-year-old dead.

Dozens of postal workers gathered Sunday night in Landover where letter carrier Tyson Barnette was shot and killed while delivering mail.

Read more: Vigil Held For Postal Worker Killed On Duty In Landover « CBS Baltimore.

NALC statement on the shooting death of letter carrier Tyson Barnette


Tyson Barnette, 26, was shot and killed on Saturday evening while delivering the mail on his regular route in Cheverly, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the letter carrier and his family during this very difficult time. We are all deeply saddened," NALC President Fredric V. Rolando said. "The nation’s letter carriers deliver the mail in every community throughout the country. This tragic incident highlights the need in all operational decisions about how and when mail is delivered to give priority consideration to the safety of these dedicated public servants." The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the killing.

Read more: NALC | The National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO.

Video: Letter carrier shot and killed while delivering mail at 7:20 PM in DC suburb


Update: according to the Washington Post:

The shooting occurred about 7:20 p.m. in the Cheverly-Landover area of the county, said Officer Harry Bond, a police spokesman. Apparently the man was delivering mail on or near Reed Street when the shooting occurred. It was well after sunset when the shooting occurred. Residents of the area said mail is not usually delivered there so late.

“It was mighty late,” the neighbor said.

It was thought that the carrier’s unfamiliarity with the route might have been linked to the lateness of his deliveries.

CHEVERLY, Md. – Prince George’s County Police are investigating a fatal shooting of a Postal Worker.

It happened Saturday evening on the 1600 block of Reed Street in Cheverly.

According to police, officers who responded found the Postal Worker shot.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Read more: Postal worker shot to death in Cheverly – DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG.

The Washington Post has more details here.

Canada Post says it may need Ottawa’s help in 2014

OTTAWA Canada Post is facing major financial difficulties and will likely be asking Ottawa for financial relief next year, the federal Crown corporation said Thursday.

The company, collectively the Canada Post Group, made the comment in releasing its third-quarter results, which included an improved but still sizeable pre-tax loss of $109 million for the period ended Sept. 28.

The group, which includes the Canada Post mail and parcel delivery segment, along with majority-owned subsidiaries Purolator, SCI Group and Innovapost, says options under consideration include asking the federal government for additional pension regulatory relief and new financing for 2014.

Read more: Canada Post says it may need Ottawa’s help in 2014.

Canada Post faces $1B pension shortfall

Canada Post warns it will need a significant cash infusion by the middle of next year to meet pension payment obligations estimated at $1 billion.

“Based on our current financial projections, we believe we are going to require additional liquidity by mid-next year,” said Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton. “We’re talking to the shareholder, the government, about options to address the challenge.”

Hamilton had no specifics about what that might entail, whether it would be increased borrowing or a subsidy, though Hamilton said Canadians have made it clear they don’t support such government subsidy.

Read more: Canada Post faces $1B pension shortfall | Toronto Star.

Overnight mail taking 3 days after USPS changes in Pasco WA

PASCO, Wash. — Recent cutbacks and changes at our local Post Offices mean it’s taking longer for your mail to get to your home — and also out of town. An influx of Christmas cards and packages will only add a new burden. KEPR talked with the President from the local Postal Workers Union and USPS to get both sides about how your mail is being impacted in new ways.

"It’s written in the law that we provide universal, low cost service to every American citizen," said John Michael Wald, Local American Postal Workers Union President.But he says that’s exactly what you’re not seeing with mail service in the Tri-Cities right now. Mail processing moved from Pasco to Spokane in July. Since then, bundles of issues have arrived.

Read more: Overnight mail taking 3 days after Pasco changes | Top Video | KEPR CBS 19 – News, Weather and Sports – Pasco, WA.

PRC Approves USPS Rate Increase; Implementation of Full Service IMb Remanded

prcWashington, DC -Today, the Postal Regulatory Commission issued its decision in Order 1890 on the Postal Service’s request to increase prices January 26, 2014. The Commission determined that the rates proposed by the Postal Service are consistent with the law, provided that the Postal Service does not implement Full Service IMb requirements concurrently with the proposed increased rates.

Full Service IMb requires each piece of mail, each bundle, and each pallet to have a unique identity barcode. The Commission determined that Full Service IMb mail preparation requirements are a classification change and that its effects must be included in its calculation of the percentage change in rates. Read the rest of this entry »

Cintron named VP, Product Information

From USPS News Link:

Robert Cintron
Robert Cintron, currently manager of Western Pennsylvania District, has been appointed the Postal Service’s new Product Information VP, reporting to CIO Jim Cochrane. The appointment takes effect Dec. 14.

PMG Pat Donahoe said Cintron will be responsible for managing innovations in technology and information systems, including the Intelligent Mail barcode and Address Management Systems. Cintron also will lead the Postal Service’s ongoing initiative to use technology to add value to the U.S. Mail.

Among other duties, Cintron will share responsibility for developing new package sorting equipment and overseeing continuing technology development to enhance last-mile capabilities for parcel distribution and dynamic routing.

A 28-year veteran of USPS, Cintron began his career as a clerk in Rochester, NY. He served in senior plant manager positions in Northern Ohio and Western New York, and also was plant manager at facilities in Stamford, CT, and Rochester. He has served as In-Plant Support manager for the Northeast Area.

“I know that Robert’s in-depth experience in Operations will serve us well as we continue to leverage data to better understand our customers’ needs,” said Donahoe. “He will ensure that our technology and tracking systems continue to deliver world-class visibility and information for our customers.”


Video: $10K reward offered in Glendale CA post office burglary

GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) — The U.S. Postal Service announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two burglary suspects who broke into the North Glendale Post Office on Thursday.

Two men broke into the post office located at 1009 North Pacific Avenue between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on November 14. The suspects were caught on camera.

Read more: $10K reward offered in Glendale post office burglary | abc7.com.

Waterbury CT USPS supervisor charged with stealing parcel loaded with cocaine

WATERBURY — A U.S. Postal Service supervisor was arrested after federal authorities say he stole a package that had been loaded with cocaine and held a tracking device that had been secretly placed inside it, according to a federal complaint obtained Wednesday.

Edward Hogan, 37, of Waterbury, was charged with theft from the U.S. Mail as part of an investigation into a suspicious package that was detected by the Postal Service earlier this month.

Read more: Postal supervisor arrested Republican American.