NEast Links: Dangerous bridge in Somerton, Swastikas and More

Here’s a summary of the week’s Northeast news we didn’t cover. See others here.

Escaped convict Oscar Alvarado has been captured as of Monday.

Kamilah Alvarado, 22, Dean Ortiz, 33, and Crysta Otto, 27, of Barnett Street near Erdrick, in Mayfair, face charges for holding up the apprehension of the escaped convict by hiding him inside a Motor Inn in Trevose. Alvarado is accused of murdering a woman in October 2008.

Keep reading for break-ins at Franklin Mills Mall, a sentence for an ex Northeast charter school board president, and more.


Valerijs Belovs, 56, and his boss, Victor M. Kalinitchii, 41, both of Algon Avenue in the Northeast, have pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular homicide. Belovs, a truck driver, drove a truck with faulty brakes on the Schuylkill Expressway. He crashed into the car of David Schreffler, 49, of Fort Washington. Schreffler died instantly due to chest injuries. As of Wednesday, mechanic Joseph Jadczak, 61, of Milton, Del., has also pleaded guilty.

Rosemary DiLacqua, 51, the former board president of Philadelphia Academy Charter School was sentenced on Tuesday to 366 days in prison for a plot to defraud the school. DiLacqua plead guilty in July to accepting $34,000 in payments and loans from the founder and former top administrator of the charter. She also rewarded them with raises and high paying contracts.

Vandals drew swastikas on the fence of Larisa Vizirov, which NBC 10 described as ‘near Roosevelt Boulevard Park.’ Watch the story below.

No arrests have been made in a wave of car break-ins at Franklin Mills Mall. Thousands of dollars worth of items have been stolen by the unidentified thieves.


The plans for the Fox Chase Cancer Center to lease out part of Burholme Park in order to expand its campus have been derailed by a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court panel.

According to City Controller Alan Butkovitz, Edison Avenue Bridge in Somerton is one of four Philadelphia bridges in need of repair to aid in correcting safety hazards.

What was your favorite story of the week? How often do you frequent Franklin Mills Mall? What do you think of the Rosemary DiLacqua fraud case?

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