Articles by William Kenny

Siffel steps down in E. Torresdale

Anyone who’s attended a meeting of the East Torresdale Civic Association during the last three decades knows Connie Siffel. And Connie probably knows them.


Former police officer sentenced in fatal DUI

A former Philadelphia police sergeant was sentenced to two to seven years in prison after pleading no contest on Monday to charges related to a drunken-driving crash that claimed the life of another motorist in Holmesburg in 2013.


St. Christopher School raises money for childhood cancer research

The first graders at St. Christopher School in Somerton organized an Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the school on June 3. 


Man sought after Mayfair 7-Eleven heist

An unidentified gunman robbed a convenience store in Mayfair on June 9. The heist occurred at 7-Eleven, 3301 Tyson Ave., shortly before 1 a.m


N.E. sees largest heroin bust in decades

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced the city’s largest heroin bust in two decades on June 10. It happened in the Northeast.


Holmesburg actor loses leg in Center City hit and run

Michael Toner — a well-known regional actor specializing in classic Irish and Shakespearean theater — tried to cross Market near 11th Street in a rainstorm when a passing vehicle struck him, ran him over and left him there.


Councilman Henon delays vote on bill that could lead to new prison

Councilman Bobby Henon delayed the vote on his bill that would essentially allow the city to buy riverfront property in Holmesburg for the potential development of a new prison. Henon said that new questions from one of his colleagues prompted the postponement, the third such delay in the relatively brief, tumultuous history of Bill No. 150406.


Frankford perfume shop robbed at gunpoint

Something smelled rotten at the King Perfume store in Frankford on June 11, but it wasn’t the merchandise.


One dead, one critical in house fire

Fatal blaze occurred three days after Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer addressed fire safety at Somerton Civic Association meeting.


Take a bike

As the city expands its network of bicycle lanes, some critics want to put the brakes on a new idea.