Sam Newhouse

Reporter

Sam.Newhouse@metro.us

Rape allegations against Conestoga High School football players dropped

Three Conestoga High School football players accused of hazing a younger player by sodomizing him with a broomstick have formally admitted to “harassment,” authorities announced Tuesday.The accused players acknowledged using a broomstick, but only to "poke" the victim in the leg, according to a...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 1:08 PM

Golden-voiced train caller reflects on career struggles

In the late 1970s, Glenn Lewis attained a measure of fame as the booming baritone announcing the arrivals and departures of Conrail trains at the Reading Terminal.Passengers were impressed by his crisp, staccato announcements of train schedules. A few called local newspaper reporters and laudatory...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 5:00 AM

Beloved South Philly shopkeeper is buried, suspect is charged with murder

The investigation into the chilling Christmas Eve killing of an elderly South Philadelphia shopkeeper is over.Maurice Green, 31, faces murder charges for the fatal shooting of Marie Buck, 81, inside her grocery store just before 9 a.m. on Christmas Eve. He was arrested Dec. 28 and the next day,...

Friday, December 30, 2016, 5:19 PM

Mayor assembles cabinet to clean up Philadelphia

It's a sad fact of life for Philadelphians. On some blocks, litter, garbage and such eyesores as discarded mattresses or laundry dryers pollute the streets, sometimes for days.In six months, however, the city can expect to see a new "action plan" for grappling with litter and waste from the Zero...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 3:21 PM

Philadelphia prof critical of university's response to his 'white genocide' tweet

A Philly professor's Twitter wish for a "White Genocide" Christmas is attracting scorn, death threats and a smattering of support for his First Amendment rights.On Christmas Eve, George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of political science at Drexel University, tweeted "All I Want for...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 1:25 PM

Hughes announces $125K in new grants to fight lead poisoning

State Sen. Vincent Hughes announced Thursday that he has successfully brought together $125,000 in new grants to help fund Philly's fight against lead poisoning.While lead poisoning rates have dropped dramatically among Philly children, it's still twice as high as the rest of the nation.In 2015,...

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 5:58 PM

Philadelphia police on alert after Berlin terror attack

The Philadelphia Police Department quietly stepped up its police presence at the Christmas Village in Center City after a terrorist drove a truck into a holiday market in Berlin."We’ve always maintained a police presence out there," said Lt. John Stanford, spokesman for the police department. "When...

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 5:43 PM

Family of slain ‘Voice’ singer sues venue, promoter over security

Six months after a South Jersey singer was killed by a deranged fan, her family has filed a lawsuit over the lack of security that allowed him to get so close to her.Christina Grimmie, 22, who was a rising star on YouTube and the reality TV show “The Voice,” was fatally shot on June 10.She was...

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 1:42 PM

Jewish family flees Lancaster after Christmas play cancellation story goes viral

A Jewish family is reportedly in hiding after they were accused of getting a fifth-grade Christmas play canceled, a story the school denies.“Was it a complaint about the line ‘God bless us, every one!’ that prompted reassessment of the play? Absolutely not,” the Hempfield School District posted...

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 12:30 PM

Philly man who spent decade in prison freed after conviction vacated

Donte Rollins has spent a third of his life behind bars for shooting and paralyzing a 6-year-old boy; he walked out of a Center City courthouse Wednesday as a free man.An appellate court ordered Rollins' release after reviewing compelling evidence that he had nothing to do with the 2008 crime....

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 9:38 PM

Man accused of stealing gas-leak detectors from PGW truck

A 34-year-old man is accused of ripping off two gas-leak detectors and a GPS systemfrom a Philadelphia Gas Works truck just down the street from his home.Pollice charged William Cook with breaking into a PGW vehicle parked on South Second Street near Moore Street at about 5:45 a.m. on Nov. 25 — a...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 12:54 PM

Philly police arrest 170, seize $225k worth of drugs in heroin trade raid

Responding to a surge in heroin abuse, Philadelphia police staged a three-day attack against the drug trade last week during which they arrested dozens of violent offenders and seized guns, drugs and cash, officials announced Tuesday.The raids came two weeks after the city experienced a spike of...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 3:09 AM

Banks collected billions of dollars in overdraft fees nationwide in 2016: Report

Banks make billions of dollars in revenue on overdraft fees from customers who withdraw more money from their accounts than they have.But what many people don’t know is they can opt out of overdraft fee obligations, thereby avoiding having to pay a penalty on even the smallest overdraft, according...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 11:38 PM

Philadelphia to intensify fight against childhood lead poisoning

Mayor Jim Kenney and other city officials vowed Monday to take new action to fight the lead poisoning of Philadelphia children.Lead poisoning rates have plummeted in recent years, but in Philadelphia they remain twice as high as the national average. More than 300 children tested above the levels...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 3:02 AM

Judge throws out lawsuit aimed at killing Philly soda tax

An early legal challenge to Philly's soda tax fizzled on Monday.Mayor Jim Kenney's long-touted 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on soda and other sweetened drinks will go into effect Jan. 1 as planned after a judge dismissed an anti-tax lawsuit filed by the American Beverage Association and several local...

Monday, December 19, 2016, 11:43 PM

PHOTOS: Kids get hundreds of toys from Metro readers

Christmas dreams came true a week early through the annual Tony's Metro Magic toy drive.For the 7th year running, Metro readers donated to bring gifts to children in need in Philadelphia, Boston and New York.Above, see pictures of gifts donated through Metro Philadelphia to kids at theInstitute for...

Monday, December 19, 2016, 8:57 PM

Philly reaches for upgraded parks, rec centers and more in 2017

Philadelphians may have a lot to look forward to in 2017 —the year the city begins to realize the mayor’s bold dreams for neighborhood improvements, particularly in long-neglected communities.Philly Rebuild (or Rebuilding Community Infrastructure) is focused on upgrading Philadelphia’s parks,...

Monday, December 19, 2016, 4:22 PM

It's no miracle: Philly Jesus stays warm in bitter winter weather

When the temperatures drop, Philly Jesus gives thanks for the blessings of long underwear and hot chocolate.“It’s so cold. Even with gloves, my fingers were frozen,” said “Philly Jesus,” as Center City's Mike Grant is known.Philly Jesus is seen daily around the Christmas Village in Center City,...

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 3:06 AM

Protesters say justice still denied in Tate-Brown shooting

In the two years since the controversial police shooting of a black man who was pulled over for driving without headlights, the city has instituted changes to address such situations.To the family of the slain man, Brandon Tate-Brown, the changes do nothing to remedy what they deem an injustice.The...

Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:49 AM

Mayor’s office sent activists to 'corner' councilwoman over soda tax, emails reveal

In the weeks leading up to City Council’s passage of the new sweetened drinks tax, the debate over the tax was getting heated.So heated, in fact, that Mayor Jim Kenney’s chief of staff decided to help send activists from ACTION United to “corner” City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, who...

Friday, December 16, 2016, 3:22 AM