Burglary charges dismissed due to faulty paperwork

Faulty paperwork prompted a Philadelphia judge to dismiss felony burglary charges against two men who were accused of breaking into almost two dozen Northeast apartment buildings and stealing change from coin-operated laundry machines. Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons cited lack of evidence on March 13 when she dismissed the cases against Marcus Fair, 28, …

Neighbors to discuss proposed ‘sex-positive’ club

The new proprietors of the historic Tacony Music Hall are planning to convert the three-story office building into what they prefer to call a “sex-positive community center.” But before any of that happens, some regular neighborhood folks will meet there first. The Tacony Civic Association will host a public meeting at the hall on Thursday …

Historic building preservation topic of Tacony meeting

Last May, the National Register of Historic Places formally listed  Tacony’s Disston district in recognition of its founding and significance as a planned “company town” within 19th-century Philadelphia. But that designation doesn’t necessarily mean much in the way of preservation, according to officials from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. During the bimonthly meeting of …

Local police commander promoted to deputy commissioner

Joseph Sullivan was promoted to the rank of deputy commissioner by Police Commissioner Richard Ross on March 7. TIMES FILE PHOTO Northeast native Joseph P. Sullivan was one of three Philadelphia police commanders who were promoted to the rank of deputy commissioner by Police Commissioner Richard Ross on March 7. Most recently, Sullivan served as …

Reward for cemetery vandalism rises to $74K

As the reward for information about the Mount Carmel Cemetery gravestone vandalism has increased to $74,000, new information reported to police indicates that much of the damage may have been caused days or weeks earlier than originally suspected. According to multiple news reports, the superintendent of Laurel Hill cemetery in North Philadelphia’s Swampoodle section told …