Northeast Times

 Articles by William Kenny

Man allegedly raped 12-year-old runaway

A Pottstown man is facing child rape charges after he allegedly picked up a 12-year-old runaway in Frankford, took her to a Northeast motel and forced her to have sex with him. Police arrested George Williams, 40, at his home on Aug. 28. According to court records, he is charged with rape, unlawful contact with a minor, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, corruption of a minor, indecent assault with a person younger than 13 and indecent exposure.


Crime log: August 28, 2013

July 29 through Aug. 11


Smoker stable after Somerton gas blast

A cigarette smoker was critically injured when his lighter ignited a gas explosion inside his Somerton home last Wednesday.


Boyhood friend charged in ‘personal’ killing of teen

The fatal shooting of a Somerton teen at a neighborhood construction site on Aug. 19 was even more “personal” than homicide detectives initially imagined.


Officer Davies is ‘slowly improving’

Wounded Philadelphia Police Officer Ed Davies continues “slowly improving” from the near-fatal injuries he suffered on Aug. 13 when an alleged heroin dealer with a history of violence against police shot him inside a Feltonville corner store.


New police training facility in NE

The Philadelphia Police Department opened a new “regional tactical training facility” in the Northeast on Aug. 20. All of the city’s law enforcement agencies, as well as agencies from throughout the region, will be able to study S.W.A.T., ordinance (bomb) disposal and K-9 operations at the facility, according to a statement issued by Mayor Michael Nutter.


The enemy within

Local 22 President Joe Schulle is facing many challenges, including an all-time low in morale.   


Feds nab alleged Mayfair loan sharks

Federal racketeering charges were filed last week against nine alleged bookmakers and loan sharks who conducted their nefarious and sometimes violent business inside several Mayfair shops, authorities said.


AOH ‘Rally for Rags’ fundraiser is Sept. 7

Division 87 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians invites all family and friends of Mike “Rags” Rad to an afternoon of music, food and adult beverages to benefit his battle with illness. The Rally for Rags beef ’n’ beer will be on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Division 87, 2171 Wakeling St., just north of Harbison Avenue.


Most wanted pharmacy burglar pinched in North Wildwood

Authorities from Philadelphia and North Wildwood have captured a fugitive who was wanted for the burglary of a Northeast pharmacy in May and is considered a “person of interest” in numerous ATM break-ins across the city.