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Author: Steve Fillmore (Page 1 of 18)

Something Haunted This Way Comes

An abandoned and mysterious mental asylum drives the plot of Al Cassidy’s first novel, Freeing Linhurst, a detective story set in a small Pennsylvania town. 

What’s the story behind the story? EFL had a few questions for Al…

Why the young adult genre?

While the theme of a mental institution seems like a potentially uninteresting storyline for young people, I wanted to capture the feeling of being a teenager — coming of age and really starting to understand the realities of the world. Remember the first time you realized that adults don’t actually know ev-er-y-thing?? That’s partly what the characters are going through here.

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October 2017

10/18
Theft
4168 Ridge Ave. (A Plus station)
12:30PM
Owner of 2011 Toyota Tacoma went into store to purchase items. When he exited, an unknown male was driving his vehicle southbound on Ridge Ave. Complainant had left his keys in the vehicle. Value: $13,000

Theft
39XX Vaux St. 
Noon (on 9/21/17 – reported 10/18/17)
Compl states offender (compl’s home health aide) is prime suspect with unauthorized transaction using her Citi bank card for $732. Compl also said offender took $900 cash from her house. Offender worked for compl from 9/13 until 9/28. Value: $1632

10/16
Theft
5500 Wissahickon Ave. (Alden Park Apartments)
5PM
Complainant was at the gym of his apartment complex. When he returned from the shower, he noticed his wallet had been removed from his clothes and several credit cards, as well as $78 in cash, were missing. Value: $88

Aggravated assault
3749 Midvale Ave. (Falls Tap Room)
10:15AM
Complainant (owner) stated he and offender (female employee) were having an argument over business closing and payment due to offender when offender threw hot coffee at him, striking him in the face. No visible injuries. Compl did not press charges. Female released.

Theft
4300 Kelly Dr.
10AM
Unknown person(s) smashed front passenger window of complainant’s car between 10 and 11:30AM and stole her purse and credit cards. Value: $200

10/15
Burglary
3269 S. Ferry Rd. (Trolley Car Café)
11:21PM
Police arrived to find front doors of café damaged and forced open. Several items tossed about the interior. Black safe was pulled down from a shelf but not opened. Nothing taken. Police discovered blue crowbar at the scene. Value: $4000

10/14
Theft
33XX West Penn St.
6PM
Complainant, mother of vehicle owner, states her son’s 2005 Jeep Liberty was taken. Her son parked vehicle in front of her house while away at college. Value: $4000

Burglary
37XX East Falls Ln.
12PM
Unknown offender(s) took various items of clothing from complainant’s apartment. She stated no one has permission to enter the premises. No signs of forced entry. Value: $190

Theft
34XX West Coulter St.
12:45AM
Complainant discovered her grandchildren’s bikes missing from side porch of her property. She said she heard a commotion from the area at 12:45AM. No surveillance cameras. Stolen: Giant dark blue 18 speed and Specialized dark gray 18 speed bikes. Value: $1300

10/11
Robbery
2991 W School House Ln.
8:10PM
Complainant was walking eastbound on Schoolhouse Ln when one of four offenders approached him from behind and hit him in the back of the head with a fist. Other offenders began hitting him, knocking him to the ground and stealing his iPhone6. Offenders then fled westbound. Police surveyed the area with compl, during which two of the offenders were identified and placed in custody.

10/9
Theft
5100 Wissahickon Ave.
5:30PM
Complainant noticed her 2003 Mitsubishi Galant missing. Value: $3000

Aggravated assault
4168 Ridge Ave. (A Plus gas station)
4:15PM
Offender arrived at complainant’s work, walked into back storage area and began assaulting him with hands and feet. When compl attempted to restrain offender, she pulled a pair of scissors out of her hoodie pocket and began to swing them at compl. He disarmed offender and threw scissors away only to have offender kick, punch, and bite him. Offender then grabbed a knife from the sink area and attempted to stab compl. He suffered a cut hand and bruise on his right arm from bite. Compl transported to police station. No arrest.

Burglary
31XX W. Coulter St.
9:10AM
Complainant left home at 9:10AM. When she returned at 1:35PM, she found the window on her front door open and a fireproof safe (containing documents) was missing. Front door glass was broken to unlock door. No security cameras. Value: $2500

10/7
Burglary
4133 Ridge Ave.
6:35AM
Complainant, employee of East Falls Development Corp. arrived at location and noticed damage to front door around handle and lock. No entry was made. Door still able to lock.

10/8
Theft
5400 Wissahickon Ave.
8PM
Complainant parked his 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle at location at 8PM. When he returned at 9PM on 10/9, it was missing. Police checked tow file, negative results. Compl has only set of keys and said no one has permission to use it. Value: $2500

10/5

Theft

2979 W. Schoolhouse Ln. 

9:55AM

Complainant went to sleep with his tablet in his kitchen. When he awoke, it was gone. No signs of forced entry. Value: $200

Monumental Makeover

Our Revolutionary War memorial gets a makeover.

Today I saw some men digging out a large stone memorial having to do with George Washington in front of the water facility on Queen Lane. Does this have something to do with the country’s current race issues?

Oh no, Trump was right – you tear down one Confederate statue and where does it end? Apparently one reader thought the Revolutionary War Memorial at the Queen Lane Reservoir was next.

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New Exec at EFDC

The East Falls Development Corp.’s new Director hits the ground running.

So who’s the new face of the East Falls business district? We hear that question all the time about the new Executive Director of the EFDC, Kathleen Hogan. Depending on who’s asking the question, it can be a compliment or a curse. Funny thing, people get kinda passionate about development around here.

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September 2017

9/30
Theft
34XX Tilden St. 
9:15PM
Witness called complainant to tell her saw someone in his car. Compl found offender in his vehicle, who fled with Garmin GPS unit. Value $200

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Fresh Start at Fresh Cuts

Fresh Cuts’ Joseph Davis, and a crew of Philly barber pros, help local kids start the school year right.

The way Joe Davis sees it, a fresh start for kids going back to school requires a fresh look. “It gives the kids a boost to get their hair cut and look their best. It’s a confidence builder,” said Davis, owner of Fresh Cuts on Midvale.

For 34 lucky local kids, they got their boost free of charge (and school supplies to boot) on September 2nd during Fresh Cuts’ 5th annual Community Giveback.

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EFL Traveler: Kiwis in the Falls

New Zealanders find a touch of home in our ‘hood.

Where in the world is Kihikihi? You might not be familiar with the small town on the north island of New Zealand (FUN FACT: Kihikihi means “cicada” in the Māori language: the name imitates the sound made by the insect) — but there are plenty of New Zealanders who’ve heard about East Falls, thanks to the Merson family.  We encountered them in July at Billy Murphy’s, as they were grabbing lunch and planning the rest of their vacation in the States.

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NewCourtland, Act 2 (Gesundheit!)

What’s happening with NewCourtland? We found out the latest at the August East Falls Forward meeting, when Max Kent and Bob Theil presented plans for phase 2 of the Henry Ave. project.

A few meeting highlights:

The Pavilion. NewCourtland has targeted the Pavilion, a one-story building that stands in front of the tower, as a commercial space for medical providers. There are two possible options for occupying this 8,000 square foot space – the first would be a “docs in a box” scenario, in which multiple medical providers would staff small satellite office spaces.

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Castle on Tap is Back

Parks, schmarks — in East Falls, we take over CASTLES! Join guests and neighbors for a pop-up beer garden at Undine Barge Club’s historic boathouse aka Castle Ringstetten.

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August 2017

8/22
Burglary
5450 Wissahickon Ave. 
3:35AM
Male broke into complainant’s apartment using pry bar and masturbated. Complainant stated that no one had permission to enter her apartment. Witness (security guard) stated that male didn’t have permission to be on premises. Offender arrested.

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