Northeast Times

 Articles by William Kenny

History on display

Seven weeks ago, the Barnes Foundation debuted an exhibition aiming to offer visitors an unprecedented assessment of the still life paintings of 19th-century Post-Impressionist Paul Cezanne. But for those who haven’t had the occasion or the inclination to visit the Barnes since its controversial move from the Main Line to the Ben Franklin Parkway two years ago, the Cezanne show presents an appetizing opportunity to take a closer look at the museum itself, too.


Bank robber gets 10 years in federal prison

A serial bank robber was ordered last Wednesday to serve 10 years in federal prison for targeting four banks, including one in the Northeast.


Wissinoming Civic becomes a registered community organization

Residents of Wissinoming have their very own civic association once again. About 40 neighborhood residents met the new leaders of the long-dormant community group last Wednesday night during an inaugural meeting at Lower Mayfair Playground.


Volunteers brave storm to clean up Pennypack Park

The cleanup crew from the Friends of Pennypack Park endured an intermittent rainstorm to round up 29 bags of litter from the park near Frankford and Solly avenues on July 26. Curiously enough for the 21 rain-soaked volunteers, they also found an abandoned rowboat.


Thief steals snow blower from local business

There was no Christmas in July this year, but a Wissinoming burglar was prepared in case a winter storm descended upon the Northeast. The unknown thief stole a snow blower from a local business, Philadelphia police say.


Suspects sought in ‘Stop and Shop’ robbery

Two burglars turned a Northeast “Stop and Shop” into a stop, smash and grab early last month, according to Philadelphia police, who released surveillance video of the break-in last week.


Suspected DUI in fatal crash

A suspected drunken driver struck and killed a man who was walking along Academy Road near Northeast Airport early last Friday, according to police.


Officer fatally shoots home invader in Northwood

A Philadelphia police officer came face-to-face with death in Northwood on Friday when a suspected home invader pointed a loaded gun at the officer’s head. The cop quickly turned the tables, however, swatting away the threat and fatally shooting the alleged robber during an exchange of gunfire, authorities said.


Narcotics officers arrested in corruption case

A group of corrupt narcotics officers from the Philadelphia Police Department robbed, beat up and kidnapped numerous suspected drug dealers, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars during a seven-year span, according to a federal grand jury indictment released last Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Men steal change from car wash machines

Two men in a duty-sized pick-up truck with “dually” wheels busted open the change boxes on numerous vacuum cleaner machines at a do-it-yourself Mayfair car wash on July 19, police said.