Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

Space calamity

Some high school kids saved the world last Friday. It wasn’t the first time. Three of them died doing it, and it wasn’t the first time for that, either.


SEPTA policing visible in Frankford

A special detail of SEPTA police officers has been working in and around transit stops in Frankford since August.


Council overrides mayor’s medical zone veto

Council voted against the veto, 16-1. The bill would require zoning variances for medical offices and drug treatment facilities, such as methadone clinics, which recently were a point of contention at an EKNA zoning meeting.


Man charged with stealing ambulance

A Massachusetts man is under arrest, charged with stealing an ambulance in Frankford, police said.


OPA is wrapping up assessment reviews

The Office of Property Assessment by Dec. 9 had mailed out 46,304 answers to owners who asked the agency to review the new market values assigned to their properties this year. The agency refused to change those numbers for 39,483, said Michael Piper, OPA’s deputy chief assessment officer.


Eye doctor has seen changes

Ophthalmologist Dr. John Siliquini Sr. can recall cataract surgery that required large incisions.


Did your home’s value triple? City has a tax break for you

Longtime residents who this year saw their homes’ assessments more than triple are being invited to participate in a program that could cut their 2014 taxes by hundreds of dollars. Last week, the city began mailing information about the Longtime Owner Occupants Program, or LOOP, to about 80,000 homeowners, said Mark McDonald, Mayor Michael Nutter’s spokesman. If they’re eligible, homeowners could see tax savings from a few dollars to thousands of dollars, McDonald said. Those tax decreases should average out at about $700, he added.


Frankford woman arrested in connection with the stabbing death of her cousin in Logan

A Frankford woman was arrested Sunday in connection with the stabbing death of her cousin during a late Saturday night quarrel in Logan.


Mass. man arrested after swiping ambulance in Frankford

A Massachusetts man is under arrest, charged with stealing an ambulance in Frankford, police said.


S. Philly man shot, dumped in Rhawnhurst

A South Philly man was shot late Sunday in Southwest Philadelphia and driven to Rhawnhurst, where he was dumped and shot again.