Articles by William Kenny

Crime log: June 18, 2014

May 19 through June 1


Somerton Civic Association has new leader

Residents had every reason not to attend the June 10 meeting of the Somerton Civic Association. It was the group’s final monthly meeting before its annual summer recess. The agenda was pretty light. Rain was falling in buckets.


Armed bandit holds up sneaker store

Robbers usually like to make a quick getaway, but that didn’t prevent one Northeast bandit from taking his time before he held up a sneaker store at Roosevelt Mall on June 10.


NE ambulance drivers sentenced for fraud

Two Northeast-area ambulance drivers were sentenced last week to serve at least two years in federal prison for their roles in a multimillion-dollar Medicare fraud. One of the drivers is also facing murder charges for his role in an unrelated drag racing crash on Roosevelt Boulevard that claimed the lives of a woman and her three young sons.


Three Northeast businesses robbed

Police have posted surveillance video hoping that the public will help them identify the culprits in three recent, unrelated robberies involving Northeast businesses.


Teacher accused of having sex with student

A former special-education teacher at a Mayfair grade school had sex repeatedly with a 14-year-old student in March and April, according to criminal charges filed by the District Attorney last week.


Daniel Sweeney Day fundraiser is June 22

The memory of fallen firefighter and former Fox Chase resident Daniel Sweeney will be honored in the third annual Daniel Sweeney Day, featuring a day-long softball tournament, at Fox Chase Recreation Center on June 22. Proceeds will benefit the Daniel Sweeney Scholarship Fund.


Crooks take estimated $20,000 in copper

A crew of burglars turned an idle Holmesburg warehouse into a metal factory that supplied them with tens of thousands of dollars in recyclable copper recently, police say.


Thief swipes pipes from Tacony home

Workers on a home renovation project in Tacony took a break on Sunday, June 1, so a burglar went to work. He used luggage on wheels to tote copper pipes and power tools from the job site.


Navigating the World Cup

Perhaps the late Frank Zappa best described the relationship between international football and beer: “You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”