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ex-postal worker admits he burned 20 tubs of mail


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postal worker admits he failed to deliver mail for years


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mail-hoarding postman pleads guilty to failure to deliver


north carolina state promo(photo: shane music) 82 connectlinkedinemailmoreasheville, n.c. — a former postman who for years hoarded mail that was later hauled away in dump trucks pleaded guilty to failing to deliver the letters to residents along his rural route in north carolina.one letter found in the home of gary wayne collins, 53, dated from 2000, while a bag held 134 pieces of mail stamped with a september 2002 date, according to federal documents.the case began when a postal customer recorded collins stashing several tubs of mail holding 1,500 items behind a dumpster in shelby in april 2014. the witness contacted the postmaster, according to a factual basis signed by collins’ attorney, mary ellen coleman, a federal public defender.confronted by postal inspectors, collins said he could






mail-hoarding postman pleads guilty to failure to deliver


north carolina state promo(photo: shane music) 78 connectlinkedinemailmoreasheville, n.c. — a former postman who for years hoarded mail that was later hauled away in dump trucks pleaded guilty to failing to deliver the letters to residents along his rural route in north carolina.one letter found in the home of gary wayne collins, 53, dated from 2000, while a bag held 134 pieces of mail stamped with a september 2002 date, according to federal documents.the case began when a postal customer recorded collins stashing several tubs of mail holding 1,500 items behind a dumpster in shelby in april 2014. the witness contacted the postmaster, according to a factual basis signed by collins’ attorney, mary ellen coleman, a federal public defender.confronted by postal inspectors, collins said he could






mail-hoarding postman pleads guilty to failure to deliver


north carolina state promo(photo: shane music) 89 connectlinkedinemailmoreasheville, n.c. — a former postman who for years hoarded mail that was later hauled away in dump trucks pleaded guilty to failing to deliver the letters to residents along his rural route in north carolina.one letter found in the home of gary wayne collins, 53, dated from 2000, while a bag held 134 pieces of mail stamped with a september 2002 date, according to federal documents.the case began when a postal customer recorded collins stashing several tubs of mail holding 1,500 items behind a dumpster in shelby in april 2014. the witness contacted the postmaster, according to a factual basis signed by collins’ attorney, mary ellen coleman, a federal public defender.confronted by postal inspectors, collins said he could






usps told injured mail carrier to return donations, he said


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymike martinez, a postal worker who was seriously injured in april while delivering mail in north babylon, with his wife, jessica martinez, in december 2016. (credit: jessica martinez) a postal worker was told by his employers to return nearly $40,000 he collected for mike martinez, a co-worker who was seriously injured while delivering mail in north babylon, according to martinez.martinez, 40, of bayport, was struck by a car while working his route on april 11, he said. martinez said his right leg was severed, his left leg badly injured and his arm broken. he was airlifted...






postal contractor relief driver admits stealing mail


charleston, w.va. (ap) — a west virginia man has admitted to possessing stolen mail.thirty-eight-year-old richard thomas morris jr. of washington in wood county pleaded guilty in federal court in charleston last week.prosecutors say morris was a relief driver for a u.s. postal service contractor whose job was to collect outgoing mail from post offices along a route between parkersburg and ravenswood.last november, law enforcement officials with the u.s. postal inspection service stopped morris at the belleville post office and he consented to a vehicle search, which turned up a piece of opened mail addressed to a home in st. mary’s that had contained a greeting card and $50 in cash.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksmorris faces up to five years in federal prison and






neither snow nor rain nor wildfire's devastation stops this u.s. postal service


douglas thron, an oakland-based drone cinematographer, has photographed california wildfires and their aftermath for decades.but even he was surprised when he captured a u.s. postal service truck driving through santa rosa’s coffey park neighborhood. the driver could be seen tuesday dutifully opening mailboxes in front of destroyed homes.at first, thron thought the driver was just pulling over to take a cellphone photo.“but then i got a little closer and saw he was delivering mail. he delivered to half a dozen houses or what used to be a house," he said. at one point, thron said the postal worker, who wore a face mask, waved to him. “it was surreal-looking,” thron said of the scene in coffey park, one of the areas believed to be hardest hit by the tubbs fire. “it looked like a nuclear bomb






colorado postal worker who hoarded 26,000 pieces of undelivered mail is sentence


a 23-year-old u.s. postal service carrier in northeast colorado who hoarded roughly 26,000 pieces of undelivered mail — and also destroyed and opened other letters, postcards, packages and bags — was sentenced tuesday to two years of probation.tayson adam hidalgo, of sterling, was also ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and to pay restitution of $1,506.76 to the victims of his crime.colorado’s u.s. attorney’s office said hidalgo gathered the items between october 2014 and april 2016.federal prosecutors say officials were able to return more than 26,000 pieces of undelivered mail that was located during their investigation.“the recovered mail was addressed to residents within the city limits of sterling and several local postal routes in fort morgan,” the u.s. attorney’s off






usps worker in critical condition after north babylon crash, cops say


a u.s. postal worker was airlifted to stony brook university hospital after he was struck by a car in north babylon on tuesday afternoon, suffolk police said.advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe postal worker, who was not in his vehicle when he was hit by on prairie drive by a lincoln continental headed west, is in critical condition, the police statement said.the driver declined medical care after his car collided with the postal truck, a fire hydrant, and a telephone pole after he veered off the road at about 1:57 p.m., they added.






postal service reports more dog attacks on carriers


robert rochester, a 55-year-old postal worker, was delivering mail in stanton, del., when a german shepherd charged out and pounced on him.the fully grown dog mauled rochester's legs, arm and stomach before a passing motorist pulled rochester into her vehicle. badly injured, rochester died several days later of cardiac arrest as a result of his wounds.though most canine encounters don't end so tragically, the attack on rochester, which happened in 2012, is all too familiar for the country's roughly 329,000 letter carriers. and while the image of an ill-tempered dog chasing a terrified mail carrier may sound like a made-for-tv cliché, new statistics show that the menace is as real as ever.the u.s. postal service this week released a report showing 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dog






usps told injured mail carrier to return donations, he said


a postal worker was told by his employers to return nearly $40,000 he collected for mike martinez, a co-worker who was seriously injured while delivering mail in north babylon, according to martinez.martinez, 40, of bayport, was struck by a car while working his route on april 11, he said. martinez said his right leg was severed, his left leg badly injured and his arm broken. he was airlifted to stony brook university hospital and is recuperating at an oakdale rehabilitation center, he said. his doctors say he will need to remain in rehab for several weeks or as long as a few months, according to martinez’s wife, jessica martinez.most populardays after the accident, martinez said a co-worker started a gofundme account to help his family handle expenses. over the course of a couple weeks, a






usps worker in critical condition after north babylon crash, cops say


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya u.s. postal worker was airlifted to stony brook university hospital for treatment  tuesday april 11, 2017, after he was struck by a car in north babylon, suffolk county police said. a car struck the worker, his delivery van, a fire hydrant and a utility pole, a police statement said.a u.s. postal worker was airlifted to stony brook university hospital after he was struck by a car in north babylon on tuesday afternoon, suffolk police said.the postal worker, who was not in his vehicle when he was hit by on prairie drive by a lincoln continental headed west, is in critical condition, the police statement said.the driver declined medical care after his car collided...






postal worker admits she took bribes to deliver drug parcels


boca raton, fla. (ap) — a former u.s. postal service worker in florida has admitted to taking cash bribes in exchange for delivering packages that contained drugs.the sun sentinel reports 53-year-old evelyn ramona price pleaded guilty friday to bribery of a public official.price told investigators she met a man named “steve” in 2016 and agreed to provide him with addresses on her boca raton route where packages could be sent. they would then meet to exchange the packages. she was paid $50 per package.authorities later seized four packages, which they say contained more than 20 pounds of marijuana. the packages bore return addresses in florida or new york, but were postmarked from california.most read storiessave over 90% on select subscriptions.price will be sentenced in september. she cou






2 'flotation therapy' tubs stolen from naperville-area spa


two unique "flotation therapy" tubs weighing a hefty 100 pounds apiece were stolen from a naperville-area spa, the owner of the annica float club said.there are only five of the tubs in existence, according to lindsay reinhardt, whose 4s100 n. route 59 business offers flotation therapy, sensory deprivation and relaxation services. and while they were being replaced as part of an ongoing remodeling project, reinhardt said she needs them as evidence in a lawsuit against the tubs' manufacturer.the tubs were taken sometime between 1 and 9 a.m. thursday, reinhardt said. they were outside because of the remodeling and the thieves left little behind in the way of evidence, other than "some tire marks in the grass," she said.reinhardt said the tubs are made of white fiberglass, and are 8 feet long






ex-postal worker admits scamming $1.2m in federal benefits


buffalo, n.y. — a former u.s. postal service worker in western new york has pleaded guilty to scamming the federal government out of more than $1.2 million in benefits.the u.s. attorney's office says 59-year-old richard klaffka, of holland, pleaded guilty wednesday to wire fraud. prosecutors say his 62-year-old wife, cathleen, admitted to playing a role in the scheme.authorities say richard klaffka told veterans affairs in 2006 that he was disabled and needed to use a wheelchair because of an injury connected to his military service. he claimed he couldn't walk or dress himself, but officials say he hiked, biked and played horseshoes.he also claimed to have limited mobility because of an injury suffered while working for the post office.he and his wife were ordered to pay back the more tha






2 'sensory deprivation' tubs stolen from naperville area spa


two unique "flotation therapy" tubs weighing a hefty 100 pounds apiece were stolen from a naperville area spa, the owner of the anicca float club said.there are only five of the tubs in existence, according to lindsay reinhardt, whose 4s100 n. route 59 business offers flotation therapy, sensory deprivation and relaxation services. and while they were being replaced as part of an ongoing remodeling project, reinhardt said she needs them as evidence in a lawsuit against the tubs' manufacturer.the tubs were taken sometime between 1 and 9 a.m. thursday, reinhardt said. they were outside because of the remodeling and the thieves left little behind in the way of evidence, other than "some tire marks in the grass," she said.reinhardt said the tubs are made of white fiberglass, and are 8 feet long






2 'sensory deprivation' tubs stolen from naperville area spa


two unique "flotation therapy" tubs weighing a hefty 100 pounds apiece were stolen from a naperville area spa, the owner of the anicca float club said.there are only five of the tubs in existence, according to lindsay reinhardt, whose 4s100 n. route 59 business offers flotation therapy, sensory deprivation and relaxation services. and while they were being replaced as part of an ongoing remodeling project, reinhardt said she needs them as evidence in a lawsuit against the tubs' manufacturer.the tubs were taken sometime between 1 and 9 a.m. thursday, reinhardt said. they were outside because of the remodeling and the thieves left little behind in the way of evidence, other than "some tire marks in the grass," she said.reinhardt said the tubs are made of white fiberglass, and are 8 feet long






mistaken for thief, postal worker threatened with gun


prescott valley, ariz. (ap) — prescott valley police say a postal worker delivering packages was confronted at gunpoint when a retired police officer mistook her for a thief.the prescott valley police department said in a news release the incident took place tuesday night when the out-of-state retired officer thought the worker was stealing packages, not delivering them.the retired officer took out a holstered firearm and pointed it toward the employee.authorities say the retired officer did not see the u.s. postal service identification on the victim’s jacket because it was dark.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.a conversation ensued and the victim convinced the retired officer she wasn’t stealing.police say the worker reported the incident only after her employer






california postal customers fighting back against mail theft


postal customers in california who are fed up with their mail being stolen and what they feel is indifference by the u.s. postal service are increasingly taking it upon themselves to thwart the thefts and solve the crimes.some customers have even employed in their fight a new service, informed delivery, that allows them to see images of their letters before they are delivered – though the postal service says informed delivery was not created with mail theft in mind.“we have to be proactive because the post office isn’t concerned,” said riverside resident jana nocella, three times a victim of mailbox break-ins.ricky vida, a postal inspector in the san diego office, said such criticism “kills me” and that the postal service takes every report of stolen mail seriously.nevertheless, vida said






free usps tool informed delivery lets you preview your mail


is that long-awaited letter going to show up today? a new u.s. postal service feature breaks the suspense, giving users a daily preview of the mail to be delivered.informed delivery rolled out last month in a few areas, including the bay area, and now is available in most of the united states.postal customers can sign up online at informeddelivery.usps.com. images of the envelopes for each piece of letter-sized mail going to a specific address are made automatically at the sorting facility and either e-mailed to the recipient or displayed in the user’s dashboard.there is no charge for informed delivery.the postal service is not presenting the feature as a way to combat mail theft. “the best way to prevent mail theft is for customers to retrieve their mail from their mailbox every day as so






postal service, citing losses, seeks higher stamp prices


washington — the u.s. postal service is hoping it can soon raise stamp prices by a penny or more.the postal service on wednesday reported a quarterly loss of $562 million, despite growth in package delivery, due to continued erosion in the use of first-class mail as well as expensive mandates for its retiree health care obligations. it also attributed losses to a forced reduction in stamp prices last year.the postal service’s report shows earnings of more than $12 million for the three months that ended on march 31. but when taking into account expenses to prefund retiree health care and other items described as beyond the management’s control, it posted a loss.operating revenue came to $17.3 billion, a decrease of $474 million from the same time last year.most read storiesunlimited digita






driver charged after hitting mail carrier in north babylon, cops say


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya u.s. postal worker was airlifted to stony brook university hospital for treatment  tuesday april 11, 2017, after he was struck by a car in north babylon, suffolk county police said. a car struck the worker, his delivery van, a fire hydrant and a utility pole, a police statement said.a motorist was charged with reckless driving and misdemeanor drug possession after he hit and seriously injured a mail carrier on a street in north babylon, police said.stefano belloisi, 51, of john place in deer park was awaiting arraignment wednesday in first district court in central islip, suffolk county police said.police did not say what the drug he possessed.the unidentified...






analysis: postal woes demand jump in stamp price to 60 cents


washington (ap) — a 60 cent postage stamp? the u.s. postal service would have to boost prices for mailing letters and packages by nearly 20 percent — the biggest one-time increase in its history — to avoid bankruptcy and improve delivery service, an industry analysis says.that means the price of a first-class stamp could jump from 49 cents to nearly 60 cents — if the post office gets the power to raise stamp rates beyond the rate of inflation.the postal service is currently petitioning the agency that oversees it, the postal regulatory commission, to grant the biggest change to its pricing system in a half century: the authority to lift a cap on postal rates. the commission’s decision is expected within weeks.if the postal service gets the ability to raise rates, it could add substantially






postal service: red ink for 11th year in row as mail slumps


washington — the beleaguered u.s. postal service reported a financial loss tuesday for the 11th straight year, citing declining mail volume and costs of its pension and health care obligations even as it predicted another strong holiday season of package deliveries.it pleaded for more freedom to raise stamp prices to help keep pace with consumer demand for ever-quicker deliveries from online shopping.without help, "our financial results will continue to deteriorate and likely at an accelerated rate," said postmaster general megan j. brennan. "we cannot generate enough revenue or cut enough costs to pay all of our bills."the postal service reported a loss of $2.7 billion for the fiscal year that ended sept. 30. that was better than a $5.6 billion loss in the prior year but was mainly due to






debt-plagued u.s. postal service eyes bipartisan bill to solve woes


u.s. postal service mailbox(photo: getty images) 6 connectlinkedinemailmoreone of its stamps lasts forever, but the future of the u.s. postal service? less clear.the "forever" stamp turns 10 years old in march. that's about how long the postal service has faced declining mail volumes and a growing mountain of debt. mail volume is now at a 29-year low, and for the past 10 years, usps recorded annual losses as high as $15.9 billion. last year, it tallied a $5.6 billion loss.the beleaguered service, its regulatory agency and members of congress hope 2017 will mark a turning point.the postal service operates under a 2006 law that governs what it can charge for stamps, how much it must pay into retiree health funds and how it operates its business. some provisions of the law expired last year,






debt-plagued u.s. postal service eyes bipartisan bill to solve woes


u.s. postal service mailbox(photo: getty images) 12 connect 5 linkedinemailmoreone of its stamps lasts forever, but the future of the u.s. postal service? less clear.the "forever" stamp turns 10 years old in march. that's about how long the postal service has faced declining mail volumes and a growing mountain of debt. mail volume is now at a 29-year low, and for the past 10 years, usps recorded annual losses as high as $15.9 billion. last year, it tallied a $5.6 billion loss.the beleaguered service, its regulatory agency and members of congress hope 2017 will mark a turning point.the postal service operates under a 2006 law that governs what it can charge for stamps, how much it must pay into retiree health funds and how it operates its business. some provisions of the law expired last ye






da: driver who hit postal worker with car faces upgraded charges


a deer park man arrested in april after authorities said he struck and seriously injured a mail carrier with his car was indicted tuesday on additional, upgraded charges, suffolk county district attorney thomas spota said.the indictment against stefano belloisi, 51, was unsealed by state supreme court justice fernando camacho, and included two upgraded charges: one count of second-degree assault and one count of second-degree vehicular assault, both felonies, a spokeswoman for spota’s office said.advertisement | advertise on newsdaybelloisi, of john place, also faces charges of reckless driving, driving while ability impaired on drugs or alcohol and criminal possession of a controlled substance, court records show.storycops: driver charged after hitting postal workerhe pleaded not guilty a






debt-plagued u.s. postal service eyes bipartisan bill to solve woes


u.s. postal service mailbox(photo: getty images) 16 connect 15 linkedinemailmoreone of its stamps lasts forever, but the future of the u.s. postal service? less clear.the "forever" stamp turns 10 years old in march. that's about how long the postal service has faced declining mail volumes and a growing mountain of debt. mail volume is now at a 29-year low, and for the past 10 years, usps recorded annual losses as high as $15.9 billion. last year, it tallied a $5.6 billion loss.the beleaguered service, its regulatory agency and members of congress hope 2017 will mark a turning point.the postal service operates under a 2006 law that governs what it can charge for stamps, how much it must pay into retiree health funds and how it operates its business. some provisions of the law expired last y






former postal worker accused of drug thefts gets probation


burlington, vt. (ap) — a former u.s. postal worker accused of stealing prescription drugs from packages has been sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to perform community service work.federal prosecutors say 62-year-old robert mackenzie of fletcher, vermont, was sentenced in u.s. district court in burlington on wednesday after pleading guilty to one count of possession of oxycodone.court records say while he was employed with the u.s. postal service as a rural carrier associate he stole oxycodone for personal use from parcels that he was supposed to deliver.mackenzie was fired from his job.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.he was ordered on wednesday to perform 40 hours of community service during his probation.his public defender did not immediately retur






debt-plagued u.s. postal service eyes bipartisan bill to solve woes


u.s. postal service mailbox(photo: getty images)connectlinkedinemailmoreone of its stamps lasts forever, but the future of the u.s. postal service? less clear.the "forever" stamp turns 10 years old in march. that's about how long the postal service has faced declining mail volumes and a growing mountain of debt. mail volume is now at a 29-year low, and for the past 10 years, usps recorded annual losses as high as $15.9 billion. last year, it tallied a $5.6 billion loss.the beleaguered service, its regulatory agency and members of congress hope 2017 will mark a turning point.the postal service operates under a 2006 law that governs what it can charge for stamps, how much it must pay into retiree health funds and how it operates its business. some provisions of the law expired last year, inc






pittsburg mailboxes get security upgrade – the mercury news


pittsburg — the u.s. postal inspectors are repairing and upgrading locks and security on cluster boxes to battle an uptick in mail theft locally and statewide.pittsburg police chief brian addington and city manager joe sbranti met with the postmaster last week to discuss additional security measures around thefts from mailbox clusters.“we are seeing an uptick in mail theft statewide and we see the same increase throughout contra costa county,” said jeff fitch, public information officer for the san francisco division of the postal inspector’s office. “they are targeting a number of those cluster boxes, which are in many of the new neighborhoods. the postal service is looking to repair and upgrade those boxes.”mailbox clusters are being targeted by thieves who are looking to get a large amo






dog attacks on mail carriers rise again as online sales boom


by hope yenwashington  — letter carrier james solomon thought he knew all the tricks to prevent a dog attack: watch the pet’s mannerisms, use the mail satchel as a shield, pull out the emergency dog spray — it contains an extract of cayenne pepper.but nothing prepared the 17-year postal veteran from hatboro, pennsylvania, for what happened when a woman answered his knock.“it was three little hot dogs who came out and bit me on the shin,” solomon said, describing dachshunds. “there was nothing i could do. it didn’t hurt that much, but it was very aggressive, one after the other.”booming online retail sales are good news for the u.s. postal service, but its carriers are incurring a cost: more dog bites.dog attacks on postal workers rose last year to 6,755, up 206 from the previous year and t






dog attacks on mail carriers rise again as online sales boom


washington (ap) — letter carrier james solomon thought he knew all the tricks to prevent a dog attack: watch the pet’s mannerisms, use the mail satchel as a shield, pull out the emergency dog spray — it contains an extract of cayenne pepper.but nothing prepared the 17-year postal veteran from hatboro, pennsylvania, for what happened when a woman answered his knock.“it was three little hot dogs who came out and bit me on the shin,” solomon said, describing dachshunds. “there was nothing i could do. it didn’t hurt that much, but it was very aggressive, one after the other.”booming online retail sales are good news for the u.s. postal service, but its carriers are incurring a cost: more dog bites.most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april 2.dog attacks on postal workers rose las






emory townsend, 93, delivers mail in north fork valley for 60 years


somerset — emory townsend pulls his kia sorento off colorado 133 near a mailbox and fills it with letters and packages, just as he has twice a week for the last 60 years. he turns his gaze toward the raggeds wilderness, its serrated ridges furrowing into lush benches of aspen and spruce.it was about 25 years ago when townsend returned home from his mail route and announced to his wife, beebe, that ragged mountain was very likely the oldest in colorado.“she kinda looked at me all puzzled like a wife does when she can’t figure ya out and she asked me, ‘what makes you figure that’s oldest mountain in colorado?’ ” he says, his blue eyes twinkling with a pending punchline. “i said, ‘well, i was just looking at it today on the mail route and i decided it had more wrinkles than any other mountain






dog attacks on mail carriers rise again as online sales boom


washington — letter carrier james solomon thought he knew all the tricks to prevent a dog attack: watch the pet's mannerisms, use the mail satchel as a shield, pull out the emergency dog spray — it contains an extract of cayenne pepper.but nothing prepared the 17-year postal veteran from hatboro, pennsylvania, for what happened when a woman answered his knock."it was three little hot dogs who came out and bit me on the shin," solomon said, describing dachshunds. "there was nothing i could do. it didn't hurt that much, but it was very aggressive, one after the other."booming online retail sales are good news for the u.s. postal service, but its carriers are incurring a cost: more dog bites.dog attacks on postal workers rose last year to 6,755, up 206 from the previous year and the highest i






the postal service will email you photos of your mail before it's delivered


the united states post office started testing a new service that scans your mail and emails you photos of it about a year ago, but now the service is rolling out in most major metropolitan areas.advertisementthe service, called informed delivery, scans your mail then emails you a black and white scan of that mail. the usps has been scanning envelopes for a while because it’s how their sorting equipment works, and now they’re just making those scans available to its consumers.when you sign up for the service, you’ll get a physical letter in the mail with a verification code you need to enter in before the service starts. you won’t actually know what’s inside any of this mail, but you will at least know it’s on its way. you can check to see if your address is applicable over on the informed






flying cretaceous monster ate dinosaurs for breakfast


image: peerjit’s been said that azhdarchid pterosaurs, which can only be described as a bird-reptile-dinosaur-esque-things, were the largest flying animals. this giant beast—which roamed the earth during the cretaceous period roughly 66.5 million years ago—was a reptile but not actually a dinosaur. despite being winged, it wasn’t bird, either.advertisementfor obvious reasons, scientists have had a difficult time figuring how to cl ify pterosaurs. while the bones of pterosaurs have been found many times before, a lack of firm evidence has kept the hideous beast’s lineage shrouded in mystery. but recently, two researchers from the uk found a remarkable pair of azhdarchid pterosaur fossils in the transylvania region of romania that could bring paleontologists one step closer to figuring this