Articles by William Kenny

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.


Man indicted for pair of bank robberies

A federal grand jury indicted a Philadelphia man on Aug. 22 for the robberies of two banks in the Northeast and Bridesburg in May.


Pennypack drowning victim ID’d

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday confirmed the identity of the drowning victim pulled from the Delaware River on Aug. 17 as the boy who went missing in the Pennypack Creek four days earlier. Sebastien Sanon, 15, of Wissinoming, died in an accidental drowning, said Jim Garrow, a spokesman for the Department of Public Health. Officers from the police Marine Unit found Sanon’s remains at about 8 a.m. on Aug. 17.


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.


Police seek suspect in ATM robberies

An alleged burglar who has appeared on Northeast Detectives’ last two monthly Most Wanted lists has been linked to nine additional break-ins at bank ATMs throughout the city this summer.


Mayfair Town Watch needs new members

Mayfair Town Watch is seeking new members, who will be trained by the city’s Town Watch Integrated Services. For more information, call 215-435-2506, visit mayfairtownwatch.org, check out the Mayfair Town Watch page on Facebook or email mayfairtownwatch@gmail.com ••


Recovered body may be Pennypack drowning victim

A body recovered by police from the Delaware River last weekend may be that of a Wissinoming teenager who disappeared while wading in the storm-surging Pennypack Creek on Aug. 13.


Elderly man crashes into shopping center

A Pennsylvania Department of Revenue office in the Northeast received an unexpected visitor on Friday afternoon as a Mercedes-Benz sedan crashed through the stripmall storefront.


City to pay firefighters, continue appeal

Even as City Hall and Philadelphia’s firefighters union embarked on new contract arbitration last week, Mayor Michael Nutter yielded ground in his administration’s prolonged legal war with firefighters over their recently expired 2009 contract.


Healing hands

Community rallies around wounded police officer by giving blood and offering prayers.