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Texas Postal Worker Under Investigation for Stealing Mail

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(PEARLAND, Texas) -- A Texas Postal Service employee is under investigation for swiping bulk mail that belongs to other people and allegedly stowing it away in her office, home and storage spaces.

Karen Samford, 72, of Pearland, Texas, estimates that over the last 10 years she's absconded with enough catalogs, mailers and other junk mail to fill a box truck on an annual basis.

The jig was up when a supervisor noticed the stuff in her office and Samford admitted transporting the 3rd Class mail to other hiding places.

In her own defense, Samford says, "People can have mental issues.  It doesn't make them crazy; it doesn't make them insane.  It makes them stupid."

Now suspended without pay, Samford would prefer to keep her job, given that she's worked for the post office over the past 36 years.

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Postal Santa Claus Can Wear His Costume on His Route

Altrendo Images/Thinkstock(BELLEVUE, Wash.) -- The postal Santa has regained his wings.

Letter carrier Bob McLean had been donning a Saint Nick costume for the holiday season while on his route in Bellevue, Wash., for over a decade. But a supervisor earlier this week told him that he was no longer allowed to spread his brand of holiday cheer, alleging that a complaint was filed that he was not wearing official post office attire.

After a hearing Thursday, McLean was told he can wear the outfit again Friday when he delivers the mail.

"There will be a Santa in Bellevue," McLean told The Bellevue Reporter. "I'm just glad it's all resolved."

Earlier, he was pretty upset about being told not to wear the costume.

"The government is shutting me down because it's a non-postal regulation uniform," McLean, who has been working with the postal service since 1971, told The Bellevue Reporter.

McLean, who wears a white beard and has crisp white hair, said that he began wearing the costume when he was told that he looks a bit like Kris Kringle. Since then he has delighted residents while delivering the post, even causing traffic jams as motorists try to get a peek.

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Suspicious Package at Illinois' Scott AFB; Three Treated at Hospital

Scott [dot] AF [dot] mil/Karen Petitt(SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.) -- Three people were hospitalized Wednesday after they developed “rash-like” symptoms while handling a suspicious package in the mail room at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

A spokesman for the base said the individuals have been treated and released.  Parts of the base, which is located about 25 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri, remain under evacuation as a precaution.

“Scott AFB emergency responders are well-trained professionals who provided immediate response.  They are working diligently to render the area safe and investigating the source of the package,” Col. Mike Hornitschek said in a statement.

The three servicemembers were transported to Memorial Hospital for “possible chemical exposure.”  Another 13 people are being decontaminated on site.  Those treated on site have also been released.

Base officials say they still do not know what the package contained, but said it is being currently tested.  A spokesman was unable to describe its contents but said there is “no immediate threat to the community.”

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Powder in Package at VA Courthouse Not Dangerous

File photo. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MANASSAS, Va.) -- Tests have concluded that powder that spilled from a suspicious package at Prince William County Courthouse in Manassas Tuesday morning was not harmful.

Manassas City Fire Chief Francis Teevan also told a local ABC affiliate that none of the 11 workers who were near the powder, or the three who came in contact with it, have shown any symptoms that would point to the substance being toxic.
People inside the building were quarantined after the package -- described as an envelope containing a white powdery substance -- was found in the building Tuesday morning.

Authorities plan to re-open areas of the building that had been closed off.

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