June 13 through 26
SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III said on July 1 that he will not dismiss a transit officer who was recorded on a witness’ cell phone video forcing a handcuffed man to the ground at the Frankford Transportation Center last month.
Federal agents and Cherry Hill police haven’t gone to sleep on Taking a Break, the Norman Rockwell painting stolen from a home in the South Jersey community on June 30, 1976, and which is still missing four decades later.
Update: On Wednesday, the Press of Atlantic City reported that the missing flag had been returned to the North Wildwood home where the July 4 theft had occurred. The newspaper reported that Patrick Corcoran’s brother, Tom Corcoran, was at his home in Bucks County when he received a telephone call from his neighbor at the shore, Tom Schaefer, alerting him that a woman had returned the missing flag, which was inside a box. Schaefer determined that it indeed was Corcoran’s flag based on the markings on the brass rings used to hang the flag from a pole. North Wildwood police have made no arrests in the case.
Philadelphia police found a 21-year-old man who had been wounded by gunfire in a portion of Pennypack Park near Austin Meehan Middle School on July 5, but investigators have released little information about the incident since it happened.
The Northeast Times provides an overview of crimes reported to the four police districts in the Northeast. The details are based on reports compiled by the Northeast Detectives division of the Philadelphia Police Department.
The FBI last week released surveillance photos of a man who investigators believe robbed one bank in Bustleton and another in Kensington in May.
A Central New Jersey man is facing homicide by vehicle and DUI charges in Philadelphia after he struck and killed a recovering addict outside a Northeast drug and alcohol treatment facility last Thursday.
Bassem Kuran started a private ambulance company in the Northeast in 2011 after federal authorities locked up his mom for using her own local ambulance company to bilk millions of dollars from Medicare.
Dr. William J. O’Brien III, a former Bustleton-based family physician, has been convicted of illegally dispensing more than a half-million prescription pills in collaboration with the Pagans Motorcycle Club, a conspiracy that netted the doctor about $2 million in proceeds from 2012 to ’15 and resulted in the overdose death of at least one drug user.