Northeast Times

 Articles by William Kenny

Costly sewer proposal a hot topic with E. Torresdale civic

About half of some 70 residential properties in a section of Torresdale have no public sewer service, according to a recent Philadelphia Water Department study. And many, perhaps most of the homeowners have no interest in getting hooked up, despite periodic flooding and sewage back-ups — even in light of a new water department plan to install sewers in the neighborhood.


Car falls off jack, kills Rhawnhurst man

A Rhawnhurst man was killed on Sunday when his car fell off a jack and crushed him.


Water Department scrambles to fix Somerton sewer project

Some residents in Somerton deal with severe flooding every time it rains. The Water Department planned to install storm drains, but progress has been mired in questions.   


Thug with knife attempts two robberies, fails

A bumbling robber with a pocket knife attempted and failed to hold up a couple of Northeast Philadelphia businesses on Mischief Night, but he ended up with a jar of loose change and small bills for his troubles. Police hope that surveillance video from the two targeted businesses will help them generate leads on the identity of the unknown bandit.


Protecting home base

The 8th district has a new police captain, but he’s no stranger to the streets of the Far Northeast.   


Prisoner charged in Lawncrest triple murder

If violent crime was Cori Thompson’s profession, then last winter was a busy season for the 22-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man.


New police headquarters going to West Philly

The Roundhouse is moving to West Philadelphia, and it’s not going to be round anymore.


Friends of Pennypack Park holds monthly cleanup

Community volunteers, including families from Father Judge, St. Hubert’s and Central high schools, Holy Family University students and parishioners from St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic and St. David’s Lutheran churches, joined the Friends of Pennypack Park for the group’s monthly cleanup event on Oct. 25.


Drug deal leads to Boulevard car chase

A police investigation into an alleged small-time drug deal led to a vehicle pursuit that ended in a violent crash on Roosevelt Boulevard near Langdon Street on Friday night. No serious injuries were reported in the episode, although two officers from the 15th district reported minor injuries, as did an innocent motorist. It all began at about 10:30 p.m. near Frankford Avenue and Dyre Street when patrol cops spotted what appeared to be an open-air drug transaction. The officers moved in to investigate the suspected dealer, who broke free and allegedly jumped into a running Cadillac Escalade. As the suspect drove away, he reportedly dragged two of the officers a short distance.


Bustleton ambulance owner sentenced to federal prison

Feda Kuran wasn’t the most original criminal in Northeast Philadelphia, but federal judges don’t generally give credit for originality anyway.