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Hermitage police are now investigating why the post office stopped delivering to an apartment building after a mailman felt unsafe and why police were never notified.
Mail delivery was stopped May 1 to the Shenango Park Apartments after a mailman alleged he walked into the middle of a drug deal while making his rounds.
“Recently our carrier was making a delivery in one of these hallways and happened upon a nefarious act taking place, a drug deal, and there is a history there,” said apartment complex resident Danielle Ivey.
Since then, residents have had to drive to the post office a few miles away to pick up their mail.
“I don’t have a car. I don’t have money to give people gas money to take me up and down the highway just to go and pick up mail. It’s an inconvenience being disabled and my feet hurt real bad,” Ivey said.
On Thursday, an agreement was reached between the apartment complex and the U.S. Postal Service that mail delivery would resume. However, they are working to put a centralized mailbox for all tenants somewhere in the complex, and each resident would have their own key.
But some residents feel they are being punished for the action of a few.
“They need to figure out exactly who it was, what apartment they were in, and take action from there. I don’t feel you should punish everybody for one person or two people or however many people did it,” said Shenango Park Apartments resident Dionne Jones.
Hermitage police plan to interview the mail carrier about what he saw. However, during their investigation, police discovered that Shenango Park Apartments managers and the postal service have been at odds over putting boxes at a central location in the complex to alleviate the building-to-building delivery.
Apparently, the boxes can only be purchased through the postal service at a cost of $10,000 and the management at the complex has been hesitant to act on the project.