Once again the United States Postal Service came through on February 12, delivering mail even in Georgia, a state hit very hard by the recent spat of severe weather. The Atlanta Top News Examiner reports that mail delivery trucks were traveling around North Georgia when few other vehicles dared brave the streets and roadways. And with lights flashing, mail carriers young and old continued to deliver the mail--waving and smiling as they went.
In Akron, Ohio one mailman got bitten as thanks for his faithful service to the community he served. And it was all because he failed to deliver a check one man was expecting. According to WKYC Channel 3 News, the 56-year-old postal service worker was first pepper sprayed by his 25-year-old alleged attacker Robert Keifer, who then went on to bite him three times in the leg.
The pepper spray belonged to the Ohio postman, but in the scuffle with Kiefer it was used against him. Police turned their version of the non-lethal weapon on Kiefer when he resisted their arrest during the fight breakup. And after placing him in handcuffs, he was transported to the Summit County Jail, where he was booked for misdemeanor charges of assault and resisting arrest.
A bond of $1,000 was given by the Akron Municipal Court, where the defendant will return for a pretrial hearing on Feb. 21. Fortunately for the postal service carrier, the suspect will stay in jail until then, as he was unable to make bond financially.
The mailman bitten in the leg was treated at the scene of the crime by paramedics. And if he is anything like the postal carriers in the state of Georgia, then he is already back on the road making deliveries after his Saturday attack. And with the severe weather conditions that postmen have to endure in order to do their job, one would think the last thing they would have to worry about was a human bite.
The Atlanta Top News Examiner Radell Smith has a degree in criminal justice and behavioral forensics.