Articles by William Kenny

Man admits bilking Medicare out of $66,000

Bassem Kuran started a private ambulance company in the Northeast in 2011 after federal authorities locked up his mom for using her own local ambulance company to bilk millions of dollars from Medicare.


Imagination station

 Tacony’s new library and arts building is uniting culture and community. 


Fire department: 911 calls should be emergencies

In 2015, the Philadelphia Fire Department’s emergency medical service responded to about 270,000 911 calls. That volume represented an increase of almost 25,000 from the prior year and more than 55,000 from 2007.


Doctor convicted for illegal prescriptions

Dr. William J. O’Brien III, a former Bustleton-based family physician, has been convicted of illegally dispensing more than a half-million prescription pills in collaboration with the Pagans Motorcycle Club, a conspiracy that netted the doctor about $2 million in proceeds from 2012 to ’15 and resulted in the overdose death of at least one drug user.


2014 Pathmark attacker convicted

In a criminal career that’s spanned 18 years and at least 15 prior arrests, Dondi DeCosta had been on relatively good behavior leading up to Oct. 12, 2014.


15th PDAC honors Officers of the Month

Two officers from the 15th Police District performed their duties so well in May that both were named Officer of the Month during the meeting of the 15th Police District Advisory Council on June 28.


Renovation plans draw ire of Bustleton residents

A former dentist’s office has become a toothache for a group of Bustleton residents who don’t like the property owner’s plan to give the longtime eyesore some reconstructive surgery.


Police seek gunman who killed Frankford man

An unidentified bandit fatally shot a Frankford man as the victim was walking along Torresdale Avenue with his girlfriend on June 21, police say.


Lincoln beating prompts truck chase

An alleged assault by a group of teenage girls on another teen inside the Lincoln High School football stadium was the precursor to a wild pickup truck chase through the streets of Holmesburg on June 21 that ended when a truck crashed into a parked car outside of St. Hubert’s High School.


Husband confesses to killing wife with crossbow

A Northeast man has admitted to using a high-velocity crossbow to shoot and kill his new wife inside their Willits Road home on Sunday night, according to the commander of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Homicide Unit.