Northeast Times

 Articles by John Loftus

Defendant in assault must have mental-health tests

A judge orders the evaluation as part of ongoing efforts to determine whether Shawn Aiken is competent to stand trial on charges related to the March 2010 attack.


IRS: Tax scam brings many unhappy returns

Con artist “tax preparers” are telling seniors they can get big refunds. What they're likely to get is a lot of aggravation.


Car club hits the brakes in quest for new headquarters

The Secret Society Vehicle Club needs a zoning variance. The club's treasurer recently tried to dispel the doubts of opponents reluctant to offer their blessing.


The art of Frankford

Sometime next spring, muralist Cesar Viveros will put Frankford’s story on the walls along the neighborhood’s business corridor.


Public hearing discusses school choice and tuition vouchers

Should parents get Pennsylvania tax dollars — money to be taken from spending on public schools — to help them pay for tuition at private, non-public or charter schools?


Child molestation cases to begin in March

The ability of retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua to testify will be at issue next month.


Boyle brothers propose new bill

State Reps. Kevin and Brendan Boyle want to deny pensions for government employees convicted of sex crimes.


Frankford group supports local school’s expansion plans

Mastery Charter Schools took over operations of Franklin Smedley School this year, and now the company wants to add a gym, more classrooms and air conditioning as it expands the school to make room for about 100 more pupils.


Baseball training facility approved by zoning board

A Mayfair man’s plans to put an indoor softball and baseball training facility into a McNulty Road warehouse got the city Zoning Board of Adjustment’s approval in July.


Oxford Circle Church has space for new PAL center

A new PAL center is expected to open in the Northeast before the school year begins.