Articles by William Kenny

Officers honored in 15th police district

Three police officers who captured a group of armed robbery suspects as they fled the scene of a hold-up have been named Officers of the Month for the 15th district.

Northeast robbery spree ends with two arrests

A two-person robbery spree in the Northeast’s Upper Holmesburg and Holme Circle sections last week ended when an alert police officer spotted the suspects’ car in the parking lot of a local motel.

Local police commander promoted to deputy commissioner

Northeast native Joseph P. Sullivan was one of three Philadelphia police commanders who were promoted to the rank of deputy commissioner by Police Commissioner Richard Ross on March 7.

Historic building preservation topic of Tacony meeting

Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s director advised residents how to get the neighborhood’s many historic buildings on the city’s historic registry. There are 1,300 properties on the city’s registry, but just one from the Tacony historic district.

Taking flight

The Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion has spread its wings in Northeast Philly. 

Reward for cemetery vandalism rises to $74K

As the reward for information about the Mount Carmel Cemetery gravestone vandalism has increased to $74,000, new information reported to police indicates that much of the damage may have been caused days or weeks earlier than originally suspected. According to multiple news reports, the superintendent of Laurel Hill cemetery in North Philadelphia’s Swampoodle section told police detectives last week that he saw many overturned gravestones at Mount Carmel on Feb. 21, five days before the damage was first reported to authorities.

Police seek Mayfair bank robber

The FBI and Philadelphia police seek the public’s help in identifying and finding a man suspected of robbing a Mayfair bank last month.

Blowtorch may have sparked aquatic center fire

About 100 patrons and employees of a Torresdale aquatic and fitness center escaped a four-alarm fire that may have been sparked by a roofer’s blowtorch on Monday morning.

Woodhaven Road crash claims life of one, injures two children

A disabled minivan and distracted driving led to a high-speed crash that claimed the life of one man and injured three other people, including twin 2-year-old girls, on Woodhaven Road on Feb. 21, Philadelphia police said.

Vandals destroy grave markers at NE Jewish cemetery

A Northeast Philadelphia Jewish cemetery has become the latest touchstone in a national dialogue about religious and cultural tolerance after vandals toppled more than 100 grave markers there early Sunday.