Staff photo: Erin Evans
It was a case of more cold than snow this week as everybody and everything hunkered down to fight against the elements. Postal employee Debra Griffieth stays as warm as she can between deliveries and no doubt kept the postman’s credo — “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” at the forefront of her mind during this cold spell.
DUNDEE, Mich. (AP) -- Police say no charges are planned after a letter carrier died when a concrete porch collapsed while she was delivering mail in the southeastern Michigan community of Dundee.
The Monroe Evening News says heavy machinery was needed to help remove a 500-pound slab that fell on 46-year-old Nancy Schafer of Dundee on Tuesday.
Dundee police Officer Tom Redmond says Schafer was on the phone with a co-worker when the collapse occurred.
U.S. Postal Service spokesman Ed Moore tells The Detroit News Schafer was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
WDIV-TV reports the porch was covering a cellar that had been sealed off from the rest of the house.
Police Chief Dave Uhl tells WXYZ-TV the death was an accident, and the owner won't be charged.