The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

May 10, 2013

‘Please Mr. Postman’

Route resumed; police on case

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

HERMITAGE — Door-to-door mail delivery to Shenango Park Apartments in Hermitage resumed Thursday while the U.S. Postal Service and park management try to work out a location for a centralized mail-delivery station.

Also Thursday, Hermitage police interviewed the mail carrier who alleged that he walked in on a drug deal at the apartment complex, which prompted a temporary suspension of mail delivery.

The carrier reported feeling uneasy when someone walked up behind him while he was delivering mail, said police Chief Brian Blair.

“Nothing happened and no one threatened anyone,” Blair said, adding that a more complete report was being worked on.

The exact date of the incident is not clear, but residents were informed of the suspension in an April 30 letter.

Blair said police initiated their investigation on their own. Police had received no information of the incident prior to The Herald asking about it this week, Blair said.

Tad Kelley, corporate communications manager for the post office’s western Pennsylvania district, said postal inspectors did not investigate the incident because the carrier was not threatened or assaulted.

The delivery suspension was called to try to head off any problems.

“We don’t want to wait for something to happen,” he said.

Blair said he recalls no past incidents or threats involving postal workers.

“We’ve had crime in Shenango Park, but we have an extremely high clearance rate with successful arrests and prosecutions,” Blair said.

Postal authorities will be meeting with park management about possible locations for a centralized mailbox station on the property. Kelley agreed with the assertion of management that construction of such a station would take some time.

Kelley said postal officials have a “great working relationship” with Shenango Park’s management, NDC Real Estate Management Inc.

Residents of the 200-apartment complex had been able to pick up their mail during the suspension at the Hermitage post office.