Articles by William Kenny

Inmate gets more time for ’04 rape

Justice may have been delayed, but it arrived nonetheless for convicted armed robber and rapist Lamar Rayson. On Friday, Common Pleas Court Judge Alice Dubow sentenced Rayson to serve 37-1/2 to 75 years in state prison for the brutal 2004 rape of a Wissinoming woman in her home in front of her boyfriend and two children. Dubow issued the state sentence consecutively to a 32-year federal prison term that Rayson has been serving since 2008 for a series of robberies. 


Young bear visits Fox Chase, returned to wild

A baby black bear’s romp through Northeast Philly ended in dreamland atop an Abington Township tree as a wildlife conservation officer shot him with a tranquilizer and captured him last Wednesday. The plan is to release the beast into the wild upstate. Residents in the Fox Chase area were placed on alert for a couple of days after passers-by and a local merchant spotted the bear roaming Pennypack Park on May 12 and 13. 


Mayfair man beaten at home

Two unidentified men invaded a Mayfair home, pistol-whipped the occupant and stole his wallet and cell phone on May 12, according to police.


Somerton Civic president to step down from post

Dolores Barbieri had large shoes to fill when she became president of the Somerton Civic Association. Some would say those shoes were enormous.


Three NE residents receive Team Excellence Awards

The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance recognized three Northeast residents during PCA’s annual Bear Affair fundraiser on May 1 at The Crystal Tea Room in Center City.


Police nab watch store thief

Perhaps Michael Greed might still be a free man had he disappeared after he allegedly stole a watch from a Mayfair store on April 19. But he got greedy, according to police.


Students throughout Northeast named distinguished scholars

Thirty-three students from five Catholic high schools serving Northeast Philadelphia have been named distinguished scholars by Archbishop Charles Chaput, who recognized the honorees during the Academic Honors Convocation last Tuesday at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Prior to the convocation, Chaput was the main celebrant during a Liturgy of the Word.


Mayfair beauty salon robbed at gunpoint

Three men walked into a Mayfair beauty salon on May 2 trying to cover their faces, but it wasn’t because they were overdue for makeovers. They robbed the place at gunpoint, according to police.


Police dispatcher charged in fraud case

Philadelphia motorists know that it often seems like private tow truck operators know about traffic accidents before even the police do. On Friday, federal prosecutors offered an explanation as to why at least one local towing service often got the jump on the competition.


Gunmen sought in cell phone store heist

Police are trying to identify two masked gunmen who robbed a pair of cell phone stores, one in the Northeast and another in Roxborough, on May 5.