Articles by William Kenny

Police release third victim ID, details surrounding fatal crash

Authorities have confirmed the name of a third fatality of the fiery, high-speed car crash in Holmesburg on Dec. 20. Meanwhile, more details have emerged about the circumstances of the accident, as well as the tragic past of one of its victims.


Pedestrian killed crossing Boulevard

A man was struck by a car and killed while crossing Roosevelt Boulevard in Castor Gardens on Monday morning.


Thieves swipe dozens of propane tanks

Fences, razor wire, heavy lifting and even security cameras don’t seem to deter a squad of thieves who have been stealing dozens of propane and acetylene tanks from Northeast businesses in recent weeks.


Community helps replace stolen gifts

Mere days before what was shaping up to be a plentiful holiday celebration, a Tacony family found out that the Grinch Who Stole Christmas isn’t just a fairy tale. But after a burglar made off with their Christmas gifts, officers from the 15th Police District demonstrated what the holiday spirit really is about.


Christmas Decorating Contest winners announced

A record number of more than 140 homes and businesses were nominated for the third annual Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest this year. Twelve judges, representing the 12 days of Christmas, toured the neighborhood from Dec. 15 to 20, grading each display on a scale of one to 12, with 12 being the ultimate decorations and one being the equivalent of a single window cling-on. Winners were announced on Dec. 21.


Three die after car smashes into parked tractor-trailer

A wall of flames and explosions engulfed a stretch of Torresdale Avenue in Holmesburg early Sunday when a speeding car struck an illegally parked tractor-trailer, claiming the lives of three women who were inside the car.


Senior fatally struck by car in Somerton

A senior citizen from Somerton died after a car struck him while he was crossing Byberry Road near his apartment building on Saturday.


Police open stations for merchandise exchanges after string of Craigslist robberies

A recent spate of gunpoint robberies linked to bogus Craigslist ads has prompted Philadelphia police to open three Northeast stations for merchandise exchanges. Members of the public who wish to sell an item to or purchase an item from a stranger in a safe environment may do so in the lobbies of the 2nd/15th district, the 7th district or the 8th district.


Man shot six times outside Rhawnhurst bar

An argument outside a Rhawnhurst bar/restaurant led to a shooting that left a man with six gunshot wounds on Saturday.


Local students awarded scholarships

Two eighth-grade students from St. Christopher School in Somerton were among 35 students from throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who were named 2015 Neumann Scholars. Oonie Lynch of the sponsoring Connelly Foundation recognized scholarship winners Matthew Comas and Brendan McLernan during a ceremony at St. Christopher School.