Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

IRS warns customers about rampant phone scam

According to an Aug. 13 IRS news release, 1,100 victims have lost $5 million.

When you answer your phone, don’t believe anybody who claims to be from the IRS -— especially one who demands you cough up some dough, or else. There really might be federal employees who think you nibbled at the truth on your tax return, but they aren’t calling. Con artists are.


Fighting forfeiture

A Somerton couple was forced out of their home and told the DA’s office will seize the property because of their son’s drug arrest.

A Northeast couple has been trying to keep their Somerton home from becoming the District Attorney’s office’s property. Christos and Markela Sourovelis said representatives of the DA’s office forced them out of their Ferndale Street home in early May, telling the couple that the office will take the property from them because of their son’s March drug arrest. 


DA’s office submits another brief in Lynn case

The District Attorney’s office has chipped in another state Supreme Court brief in a historic case tied to the sex scandal in the Catholic Church.


Volunteers return from Liberia before outbreak

Somerton United Methodist Church members were working on a school in the village of Ghenwein in January, but were back home before the largest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus began this spring.

Two members of a Somerton church that’s been building a school in Liberia were in the West African country earlier this year, but they were there and back home before the largest ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus began this spring.


Students ‘extend school year’ this summer in Northeast

Thousands of kids went to school this summer and participated in a special program that maintains school structure and helps focus on key parts of their education. In the Northeast, the “extended school year” program was hosted at Lincoln High, LaBrum Middle School and at Fels High School, where the kids got ice cream courtesy of a local radio station on Aug. 7, the last day of classes.


Frankford man charged with running violent prostitution ring

State police have been looking for Frankford resident John Calvin “G” Guerra since 2010 to arrest him on charges he ran a violent prostitution ring that recruited minors and advertised its services online.


City collecting millions more from tax delinquents

According to figures recently released by City Controller Alan Butkovitz, Philly collected $502 million more in taxes in the 2014 fiscal year than it did in 2010’s.

If there is one thing that ticks Philadelphians off, it’s taxes, and if there’s something that makes them really see red, it’s that a lot of people seem to get away with not paying any.


Castor Gardens man arrested for alleged affiliation with terrorist group

Federal authorities last week arrested a Castor Gardens resident on charges he lied to immigration officials when he entered the United States by neglecting to mention he was affiliated with an extremist terrorist group.


Another court battle brewing in long Bustleton zoning fight

If the fight over the use of one little Bustleton house were a reality TV show, it would be called Zoning Wars. So far, there have been several episodes, and another is in production now.


Residents encouraged to speak up at 15th PDAC meeting

What about us? What do we think about crime in our neighborhoods?