Articles by William Kenny

Community honors officer shot by ‘urban terrorist’

Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett has become something of an American cult hero since surviving a Jan. 7 ambush on a West Philadelphia street corner by shrugging off three bullet wounds and prevailing over the so-called “urban terrorist.”

Union hall expansion approved in Parkwood

The Parkwood Civic Association usually likes union halls in the neighborhood. And the neighborhood sure has a lot of union halls.

Three arrested for string of armed robberies

Police arrested three men for alleged gunpoint stick-ups that stemmed from fake Craigslist ads. Citizens are encouraged to use police stations as a meeting place to buy and sell personal items. 

Police search for masked gunman

A masked gunman held up a Sunoco APlus market in Burholme on Dec. 16 in broad daylight.

Philadelphia fire deaths reach all-time low in 2015

Fewer fire deaths occurred in Philadelphia in 2015 than any calendar year in the city’s recorded history, Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer announced earlier this month.

New executive board announced

The 2nd Police District Advisory Council announced the installation of a new executive board on Jan. 12 during the group’s monthly meeting at the Philadelphia Protestant Home. The group also recognized Lynn and Larry Genetti for their many years of service as PDAC leaders.

A growing necessity

Good things are right around the corner in Wissinoming, thanks to plans for a new shopping center. 

Future of Liddonfield site, tractor-trailers discussed

An agreement to redevelop the former Liddonfield Homes public housing project may be imminent according to state Rep. Mike Driscoll and leaders of the Upper Holmesburg Civic Association, who made that announcement during the community group’s monthly meeting last Thursday at St. Dominic’s Marian Hall.

Former prison guard pleads guilty to extortion

A former Philadelphia corrections officer has admitted to accepting a cash payment from an inmate of the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in exchange for smuggling illicit drugs and a cell phone into the prison.

Corrections officer allegedly abused inmate

A Philadelphia corrections officer surrendered to investigators from the District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday to face allegations that she threatened and abused a woman inmate, then filed a false complaint that led to the inmate’s arrest.