Articles by William Kenny

Fire Department appoints new commissioner

The Philadelphia Fire Department gained a new commissioner on June 14, one day following the retirement of the often-controversial Lloyd Ayers, who served 40 years as a firefighter, including the last decade as commissioner. Mayor Michael Nutter named Derrick Sawyer as Ayers’ successor last month.


7th PDAC honors officer

Officer Randy Vogt has been named Officer of the Month for May in the 7th Police District. Members of the 7th Police District Advisory Council presented Vogt with the award during the council’s monthly meeting on June 19.


Upper Holmesburg Civic to host European fall festival

The Upper Holmesburg Civic Association is planning to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a European-style fall festival that would double as a fundraiser for the group.


Woman shot in Bustleton

A woman with pink hair and her red-bearded companion ambushed a 23-year-old woman in a parked van outside a Bustleton apartment complex on June 18, shooting the victim five times.


Pennypack Park cleanup is a success

A dozen volunteers from Holmesburg Christian Academy joined 26 others to clean up Pennypack Park on May 24 in the area of Sandy Run, a tributary stream to the Pennypack.


Police search for teen’s kidnappers

A Hollywood-style drama played out in Somerton on June 18 as robbers kidnapped a local teenager, invaded his parents’ home and stole tens of thousands of dollars in cash. 


Two suspects arrested after motel shootout

Two men who allegedly turned a Northeast motel into the OK Corral three months ago are now behind bars facing aggravated assault charges.


Mayfair store owner shoots robber

A would-be robber made a fatal mistake in his attempt to hold up a Mayfair health food store on Monday afternoon. He brought a knife to a gunfight.


Two arrested following Andalusia hit-and-run

Two people have been arrested for a car accident that killed a Philadelphia man as he walked along Bristol Pike near Woodhaven Road in Andalusia last on June 19.


Two locked up for separate robbery offenses

Surveillance video and public tips have helped police identify and capture two alleged serial armed robbers.