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Ex-priest to testify in sex-abuse trial

An ex-priest who last year pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 10-year-old St. Jerome’s altar boy will testify for the prosecution in the trial of two other men accused of molesting the same child.

Jury deliberations begin in road-rage death in Far Northeast

Gerry Shaffer Jr., 23, is on trial on third-degree murder charges in connection with the death of pedestrian Mark Wallace, 54, after an altercation in the Far Northeast.

Oral arguments to begin Monday in sex-abuse trial

A jury has been selected in the trial of the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and school teacher Bernard Shero. They are accused in connection with the sexual abuse of an altar boy at St. Jerome's parish in the late 1990s.

Hey, look us over, lend us an ear…

With this new column and the new year, I’m hoping to begin a regular conversation with readers about the Northeast Times.

City controller talks taxes at Take Back meeting

The Take Back Your Neighborhood Civic Association observed a moment of silence for the shooting victims in Newtown, Conn., before welcoming comments from a police official, the city controller, a state representative and a two-time City Council candidate who specializes in economic development.

Conflict resolution

Justin Jones is a big believer in the peer mediation program at Hamilton Disston Elementary School.

City controller to visit Burholme civic group

The Burholme Community Town Watch and Civic Association will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m., at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer, at 1128 Cottman Ave. (at Lawndale Avenue).

Former cop to do time for steroids ring

A Northeast resident and former Philadelphia police detective was ordered Monday to serve four years in federal prison for orchestrating a multi-tiered steroids distribution ring from his Modena Park home.

A fiery baptism

— Emotions ran smoking hot when Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia Fire Department brass showed up for the dedication of a new firehouse in Tacony on Tuesday.

Far Northeast bust turns up cash, heroin

Philadelphia narcotics officers seized more than $60,000 cash, a kilogram of heroin and two guns during a Jan. 4 raid on the home of an alleged drug trafficker in the Far Northeast’s Chalfont section.