Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

Automated purchasing machine ban moves forward

The machines offer quick cash for small electronics, and some feel the easy money fuels rising smartphone thefts.

A bill that outlaws automated purchasing machines like the two in Franklin Mills was voted favorably out of committee last week.


DA drops molestation charges against priest

A former Northeast assistant parish pastor won’t be tried on charges he molested a young altar boy more than a decade ago.


Ex-teacher wants Wilson’s art out of storage

Retired science teacher Marilyn Krupnik has a good idea what she wants done with scores of paintings that were removed from the Wilson Middle School in 2003 and 2004 and put into storage.


City announces tax plan to help some homeowners who have fallen behind

A new bill aims to encourage tax-delinquent homeowners to pay back their taxes by offering a complete or partial reduction of their penalty fees.


Frankford Parks elects new board

The Frankford Parks Group, a nonprofit dedicated to fixing up and maintaining some small neighborhood parks, elected a new board on Oct. 8, said treasurer and former president Kimberly Washington.


DA drops sex-abuse case against priest

The witness against the Rev. Robert Brennan died earlier this month

Philadelphia’s district attorney has decided to withdraw charges against the Rev. Robert Brennan almost two weeks after the death of the young man who accused him of molesting him in a Northeast parish more than a decade ago.


On hold

City Council considers banning automated purchasing machines that dispense cash for small electronics.

City Council is considering outlawing machines that dispense dollars in exchange for small electronics like smartphones and iPods as one way of curbing skyrocketing phone thefts.


2nd District officers awarded for heroic rescue

Aug. 14 was not a particularly typical day in the neighborhood.


Priest’s accuser dies

The witness against a 75-year-old Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting a Northeast altar boy died suddenly, the district attorney’s office announced this afternoon.


Ex-school worker’s bail hiked to $5 million

A prosecutor said Robert McKenna had stash of weapons, threatened to shoot cops and booby-trapped his house.

Bail for a former school district employee who police said booby-trapped his Wissinoming home has been increased from $1 million to $5 million cash.