Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

New device can allegedly open electronic car locks

A small hand-held device advertised on the Internet can pop some factory-made electronic locks and could be responsible for several car break-ins in Mayfair and Tacony.

Anna’s car was burglarized. So was Sarah’s, and so was Chris’s. But the thieves didn’t use what cops call “the North Philly key,” i.e., a rock, to get into their vehicles.


Frankford man sentenced for tax evasion

A Frankford private investigator was sentenced to 21 months in prison last week for hiding more than $2 million of income from the IRS. 


A celebration of suds

A Bavarian and Local Beer Tasting will be held this Saturday at the Danube Swabian Association.

There is this persistent rumor that’s been going around for years that people like to drink beer. Those intrigued by this notion might like to make it over to the Danube Swabian Association, 1277 Southampton Road, on Saturday, Sept. 13, to sample some imported and local suds.


Penalties for dope discussed at meeting

Dope was the topic at the Aug. 28 meeting of the Northeast EPIC Stakeholders in the Second Baptist Church of Frankford.


Officers honored for saving 2-year-old

On July 20, a 2-year-old Northeast Philly child was saved by three 15th District cops, police said last week. Responding to a report of a person screaming on the 5200 block of Glenloch Street, Officers Melissa Creamer, Donald Revill and Anthony Berry met a woman who told them her boyfriend was high on PCP and was locked inside their house with their 2-year-old daughter. The woman told the officers the man just had told her their child was dead.


Increasing crime a hot topic at PSA meeting

There have been enough robberies involving masked men that the 15th Police District’s commander has instructed his officers to stop anyone they see wearing them.


DA office files another brief in lengthy appeal

The existence of a witness who never testified at trial is no reason for two men convicted of child molestation charges to get new trials, the district attorney’s office stated last week in a state Superior Court brief.


City controller wants school district art out of storage

The city controller wants the Philadelphia school district to take its large collection of art out of storage and display it somewhere, which is something a spokesman said the schools are working on.


Bustleton Ave. businesses create new group

The owners and operators of Bustleton Avenue businesses have organized, according to Sandi King of the city’s Commerce Department. And the goal of the new group, its president said, is to help its members prosper, grow and, most important, stay in Philly.


Serial robber targeting seniors

Police who have been looking for a man who follows elderly people home from local banks and robs them before they can get safely inside have a warrant for his arrest and were looking for him Tuesday.