Articles by William Kenny

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.

Planting the seed

Fox Chase Elementary unveiled its new agricultural lab, part of its school redesign. 

Frankford American Legion hall destroyed by fire

Memorial Day festivities at a Frankford American Legion hall ended in devastation as a four-alarm fire gutted the nearly century-old neighborhood institution.

Driver sought for hit and run

A 44-year-old SEPTA police officer is facing a long recovery from critical injuries he suffered when a hit-and-run driver struck him as he jogged along Rowland Avenue in Holmesburg on May 22.

Couple arrested for scams

A husband and wife who allegedly tried to use a home repair scam to rip off a 92-year-old Morrell Park man last Sunday ended up behind bars when a quick-acting police officer caught them red-handed. 

Civic groups not sold on nursing home expansion

The new owner of a Holme Circle nursing home formerly operated by the city’s Roman Catholic archdiocese wants to expand the Immaculate Mary Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, but many neighbors don’t seem sold on the idea.

7th PDAC honors Officer of the Year

In the hands of police, a cell phone can be used as an effective crime-fighting tool — especially when the phone belongs to a criminal. Officer Joseph O’Reilly of the 7th Police District demonstrated how it’s done in January 2015 as he identified and captured a serial burglar with that singular piece of evidence. Throughout the rest of the year, O’Reilly captured an armed robber red-handed as well as another burglar minutes after he tried to break into a neighbor’s home. 

Volunteers return to Poquessing Creek Park for second cleanup

One Philly Spring Cleanup day wasn’t enough to cover the Poquessing Creek Park, so volunteers decided to go back for a second shot at it.

Upper Holmesburg up in arms over debris, odors

Britton Industries, which has a site on Torresdale Ave., has been issued 12 violations and fined $12,000 since last December.

Police search for Bustleton bank robber

A bank robber went with the conspicuously inconspicuous Hunter S. Thompson disguise when he knocked off a Royal Bank branch in Bustleton on May 13. The FBI is hoping that someone will recognize the man in the bucket hat and sunglasses.