Northeast Times

 Articles by William Kenny

Crime log: January 7, 2015

Dec. 1 through 14


Alleged Pennypack rapist returns in cuffs

Two years ago, Robert Palen abandoned his job, his wife, his children and his Northeast Philadelphia home to satisfy his fascination with a 20-something Wisconsin woman whom he knew only through a dating website, police say.


Woman pleads guilty in Tacony dungeon case

A woman who helped imprison, beat and starve disabled people in a dungeon-like Tacony basement while stealing their government benefits pleaded guilty to dozens of federal crimes on Dec. 22.


Passenger critical after Burholme DUI crash

Burholme resident Denzel Mendoza was just blocks from his home when he flipped his car and crashed into a house early Sunday morning, leaving a woman passenger with critical injuries and himself behind bars.


Multicultural medley

Music and dance illuminated the auditorium of Northeast Philadelphia’s Universal Creighton Charter School on the eve of its winter break on Dec. 23. While the imminent Christmas holiday played a prominent role in the grade school’s annual seasonal concert, students drew upon many other religious and ethnic traditions for a joyous multi-cultural celebration.


FBI seeks immigrants for scam investigation

Federal authorities are seeking to contact immigrants to the United States who may have had contact with any of several Ukrainian companies that are now under investigation for their suspected mishandling of government funds.


Driver sought in fatal hit-and-run

A 33-year-old South Philadelphia woman is dead and an unidentified hit-and-run driver remains at large following a fatal rush-hour collision between a truck and a pedestrian in front of a Northeast Philadelphia prison on Dec. 23.


Suspects sought for stealing FedEx box

Dr. Seuss had only one Grinch that stole Christmas but Northeast Philadelphia has at least two of them, according to Philadelphia police. 


Senior man still missing

Relatives and police are still searching for a senior man from Bustleton who disappeared more than a week ago after leaving a neighborhood restaurant.


Pair arrested in botched Target break-in

Philadelphia police caught two suspected burglars lying down on the job after they allegedly broke into a Somerton department store on Dec. 17 and tripped off a silent alarm.