Articles by John Loftus

NE man charged with animal cruelty

A Morrell Park man has been accused of animal cruelty after a PSPCA officer found a ldquo;severely emaciated” dog in the basement of a home on the 3400 block of Morrell Ave. on Dec. 23.

Assaults with guns rise in 15th police district

Capt. John McCloskey had some high praise for a couple of his officers during the Dec. 29 meeting of the 15th Police District Advisory Council.

D.A. drops forfeiture case against Somerton couple

The District Attorney’s office will no longer go after the home of a Somerton couple whose son was arrested on drug charges earlier this year.

Construction, potholes continue to plague Orthodox Street

Go to civic association meetings in Frankford and Northwood and you’re sure to hear someone bring up Orthodox Street. To say the street has been battered by the years would be an understatement, and right now the Philadelphia Water Department is digging it up to install new mains. 

Woman critically injured after being run over by her own car

A 46-year-old woman was critically injured when she was run over by her own car late Friday afternoon outside the Klein JCC on Jamison Avenue near Red Lion Road, police said.

One injured in two shootings at Mayfair bar

One man was wounded by gunfire at a Cottman Avenue bar early Sunday. Another man surrendered later to detectives, and a third man was placed under arrest after allegedly driving to the shooting scene and exiting his vehicle with a gun in his hand.

Officials cut ribbon on new trail

The new 1.5-mile Poquessing Creek Trail got its official opening Dec. 10 as the mayor and other honorables cut a blue ribbon at the trail’s entrance behind Junod Playground in Parkwood.

O’Brien’s immigration bill passes

Crooks who prey on immigrants better watch their steps in Philly.

New bill will prohibit large accessory structures

A City Council bill passed Dec. 11 will prohibit superlarge sheds and other “accessory structures,” Councilman Brian O’Neill told Greater Bustleton Civic League members last week.

Most holiday trash can be recycled

Picture an ideal Christmas Eve scene. The tree is trimmed, and wrapped gifts are stacked beneath it. Holiday tunes are playing. Soda and beer cans are popped open. Wine is chilled.