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April 13, 2017

A mailbox at the home of Shirley Johnson at 405 E. First Avenue in Odessa was essentially destroyed Saturday, April 1, prior to about 10 or 10:30 a.m. The mail carrier that day notifed the homeowner that the mailbox was damaged when the attempt was made to deliver that day's mail. The mailbox itself was thrown into the yard and its post was thrown off kilter.

Johnson is asking that anyone who may have seen the vehicle that hit the mailbox notify her or town police chief Tom Clark at 982-0141. Tire tracks left on the grass and driveway next to the mailbox indicate that a vehicle struck the mailbox prior to leaving the scene without notifying the homeowner.

Mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705) makes it a crime to vandalize them (or to injure, deface or destroy any mail deposited in them).


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