TEXARKANA, TX—A 35-year-old New Boston, Texas woman has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison on a biological weapons charge in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin today.
On December 10, 2013, Shannon Guess Richardson pleaded guilty to an Information charging her with possession of a toxin for use as a weapon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline M. Craven. Richardson was named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on June 27, 2013, charging her with threatening the President of the United States, mailing a threatening letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and mailing a threatening letter to Mark Glaze in Washington, D.C. Continue reading Texas Woman Sentenced to 18 years in prison for sending ricin letters
KMOX St Louis reports that the US Postal Service had a maintenance employee arrested on terrorism charges after he reported a carbon monoxide leak. It happened at the St Louis Network Distribution Center in Hazlewood MO. Now OSHA has filed a lawsuit against the USPS, demanding that the agency reimburse the worker for his losses.
The TV station says the unnamed worker “reported unsafe working conditions and suffered reprisals, including false charges of making a terrorist threat”.
The story doesn’t name the employee, or identify the postal official(s) responsible for the false terrorism charge.
The story quotes Marcia Drumm, acting regional administrator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
The Postal Service not only disciplined this long-term employee for reporting unsafe working conditions, but also pursued a baseless criminal complaint against him resulting in his detention by law enforcement and the disparagement of his reputation. No American worker should be subject to such treatment. The department will do everything in its power to prevent this type of unlawful retaliation against workers who report unsafe working conditions.
Read more: False Charges, Reprisals Against Post Office Worker Prompts Anti-Retaliation Lawsuit « CBS St. Louis.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Richard Lee Gray, 57, of Foresthill, was sentenced Thursday by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley to one year in prison for destroying U.S. Post Office letter boxes, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and possessing over 15 unauthorized access devices with intent to commit fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Judge Nunley ordered Gray to pay $10,333 in restitution to the United States Postal Service.
This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the United States Forest Service. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.
According to court documents, between January 2013 and April 2013, Gray pried open more than 20 post office letter boxes in the Placer County towns of Colfax, Auburn, and Foresthill. On April 2, 2013, a federal search warrant was executed at Gray’s residence. In the house and in his car, officers found mail stolen from more than 108 victims. Gray also possessed burglary tools, pry bars, and ammunition.
A USPS public relations staffer used Facebook last night to respond to a viral video apparently showing an Alabama postal worker tossing parcels into a ravine. News reports suggest that the individual shown in the video has resigned. As of this writing, the video has had almost a half million views:
The USPS response, posted on the Huffington Post via Facebook:
The Postal Service condemns, in the strongest possible sense, the actions of any employee who mishandles mail or packages. A recent video obtained by the Postal Service appears to show a Postal Service employee discarding mail from his or her postal vehicle. If this video is accurate, then the behavior on the part of the employee shown in the video is not only unacceptable to the Postal Service, it threatens to tarnish the reputation and high level of trust that the vast majority of our employees work so hard to uphold. The USPS Inspector General has been notified and is conducting a full investigation of this incident. They will provide their findings and recommendations to the Postal Service and the United States Attorney’s Office for any further action.
Postal Worker Caught On Video Hurling Packages Into Ravine.
HALE, MO (KCTV) -
The ex-husband who allegedly shot an acting postmaster at a Carroll County post office Wednesday afternoon has died.
The U.S. postal inspector said Billy Bell walked into the post office in Hale, MO, about 2:40 p.m. and allegedly shot 42-year-old Michelle Bell. The couple had recently divorced.
The post office is located on Main and Second streets.
Michelle Bell was shot at least once. She was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital and last listed in stable condition.
The U.S. postal inspector said members of the Carrollton County Sheriff’s Office found Billy Bell in another location with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he died Thursday morning.
It was not the type of crime that happens every day in the small town of Hale, located about two hours northeast of Kansas City.
Read more: Ex-husband who shot acting postmaster dead – KCTV5.