Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

Lawndale man sentenced for straw gun purchases

A 33-year-old Lawndale man on Monday was sentenced to 2 to 14 years in prison for buying four guns for his 16-year-old drug dealer.


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.


Tips: avoid getting scammed this holiday season

Experts weigh in to offer advice on staying safe during the holidays. 


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.


Holidays’ dark side

Crooks love the holidays. Their immeasurable bad will is the yin for the yang of everybody else’s yuletide generosity and good cheer.


Bustleton builders seek community support Dec. 18

Local builders will be back before members of the Greater Bustleton Civic League next week with revised plans for two new homes on the 9600 block of Evans Street.


BRT asking 2,000 residents to consider dropping appeals

On Monday, Chris Artur got a letter from the Board of Revision of Taxes that made him laugh.


Castor Gardens man charged with brother’s murder

A 34-year-old Princeton Avenue man has been charged in the Sunday-morning death of his older brother, whom police said they found wrapped in a sheet with packing material.


Officer shoots suspect in Tacony street robbery

An officer on Saturday shot and critically wounded a robbery suspect who police said pointed a shotgun at them near Levick and Vandike streets.


15th PDAC elects officers

Members of the 15th Police District Advisory Council will be electing the organization’s officers during their Dec. 30 meeting at the Mayfair Community Center.