Articles by William Kenny

Drug deal leads to Boulevard car chase

A police investigation into an alleged small-time drug deal led to a vehicle pursuit that ended in a violent crash on Roosevelt Boulevard near Langdon Street on Friday night. No serious injuries were reported in the episode, although two officers from the 15th district reported minor injuries, as did an innocent motorist. It all began at about 10:30 p.m. near Frankford Avenue and Dyre Street when patrol cops spotted what appeared to be an open-air drug transaction. The officers moved in to investigate the suspected dealer, who broke free and allegedly jumped into a running Cadillac Escalade. As the suspect drove away, he reportedly dragged two of the officers a short distance.


Thug with knife attempts two robberies, fails

A bumbling robber with a pocket knife attempted and failed to hold up a couple of Northeast Philadelphia businesses on Mischief Night, but he ended up with a jar of loose change and small bills for his troubles. Police hope that surveillance video from the two targeted businesses will help them generate leads on the identity of the unknown bandit.


Water Department scrambles to fix Somerton sewer project

Some residents in Somerton deal with severe flooding every time it rains. The Water Department planned to install storm drains, but progress has been mired in questions.   


New police headquarters going to West Philly

The Roundhouse is moving to West Philadelphia, and it’s not going to be round anymore.


Protecting home base

The 8th district has a new police captain, but he’s no stranger to the streets of the Far Northeast.   


Friends of Pennypack Park holds monthly cleanup

Community volunteers, including families from Father Judge, St. Hubert’s and Central high schools, Holy Family University students and parishioners from St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic and St. David’s Lutheran churches, joined the Friends of Pennypack Park for the group’s monthly cleanup event on Oct. 25.


Bustleton ambulance owner sentenced to federal prison

Feda Kuran wasn’t the most original criminal in Northeast Philadelphia, but federal judges don’t generally give credit for originality anyway.


NE mother charged for lewd pics of young daughters, offering one for sex

A federal grand jury has indicted a Northeast Philadelphia woman for allegedly taking sexually explicit photos of her two daughters, ages 6 years and 16 months, sharing images of the older girl with a Michigan man via the Internet and offering to send the older girl to Detroit to meet the man for sex.


Red light traffic fines to fund safety improvement projects

Red light runners are going to do Philadelphia and 36 other municipalities across Pennsylvania a public service in the coming months as their traffic fines will pay for traffic safety improvements in those localities.


Gunman sought in Morrell Park Sunoco heist

A gunman wearing a red bandana robbed a Sunoco gas station and mini mart in Morrell Park early Monday.