Articles by William Kenny

The power of purple

“Amanda, when she has a purpose, she puts all her energy into it. By doing this, I knew it would allow her to engage what happened without dwelling on the sadness. Jim would have loved this.” — Felicia Toska 


Parked cars in Mayfair have tires slashed

Police are trying to identify a man who punctured tires on 11 parked vehicles in Mayfair late on May 30.


Officer prevents alleged robbery at his house

A Philadelphia police officer found himself face-to-face with a couple of crooks inside the cop’s own home on May 31. The confrontation led to gunfire and two arrests, according to the police department.


No vote on future of vacant convent

The owners of the former convent at St. Bartholomew Church asked members of the Wissinoming Civic Association on May 31 to support their plan to repurpose the property.


Man dies trying to save dog from creek

A dog walker drowned in Pennypack Creek on May 30 after he and his pet ended up in the stream, which was swollen with fast-moving stormwater.


Man accused of raping 13-year-old girl

A Frankford man sexually assaulted his 13-year-old stepdaughter, then beat his wife into unconsciousness early on May 31, Philadelphia police said.


Gun club could make changes

The West Torresdale Civic Association expects to see what the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale has in store for its trap shooting range by the end of the month.


Golden jubilee

Stephen Decatur School isn’t the oldest building in Parkwood, but it may be one of the oldest that’s still standing.


Girl dies, mother injured in Morrell Park fire

A rapidly moving house fire last Thursday claimed the life of a 5-year-old Morrell Park girl, despite desperate heroic efforts by an off-duty police officer and a city paramedic to rescue her from the burning building. The girl’s mother was also injured critically in the blaze.


Bank robber sought for attempted heist

A man allegedly tried to rob a Mayfair bank on Saturday afternoon, but in the middle of the hold-up, he turned and ran away empty handed.