Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus


Breaking news: Convicted priest must stay in jail; sentencing moved up

The first highly placed Catholic official convicted in a sex-abuse case will stay in jail while he awaits sentencing, which was moved up to July 24. Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina on Thursday rejected a request to allow Monsignor William Lynn to live under house arrest in the Lower Northeast home of Rita DeCarolis, an elderly in-law’s in-law. The judge also moved up Lynn’s sentencing date, which was originally set for Aug. 13. On June 22, a jury found the 61- year-old monsignor guilty of one count of endangering children. He immediately was taken into custody and has been held in the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on State Road. Prosecutors have said they will ask for the maximum sentence of seven years and added they viewed Lynn as a flight risk. Lynn faces from three and a half years to seven years imprisonment. Lynn’s attorneys said they planned to appeal the conviction once Sarmina sentences their client.


It's a 'half-block party' for Orthodox Street

— Shots fired after a June 23 block party on a nearby street put the July 4th party on Orthodox Street in peril. But a compromise was reached.



Mad about meters

— PECO says the new electric 'smart meters' are safe, but some residents are not convinced.



One man wolfpack

— State gaming officials are attempting to capture a mysterious wolf-hybrid animal that has been spotted in Pennypack Park.


House arrest for Lynn?

— Convicted felon Monsignor William Lynn hopes for a taste of freedom before he is sentenced.


Lynn led to jail, hung jury for Brennan

Monsignor William Lynn charged on one count of endangering children. Jury deadlocked on verdict for Rev. James Brennan.


Breaking news: Jury in priest sex abuse trial says it can't decide

The jury in the priest sex abuse trial in Philadelphia sent a note to the judge this morning telling her that it had reached one verdict, but was a hung jury on all other charges.