Sam Newhouse

Reporter

Sam.Newhouse@metro.us

Need something notarized at 3 a.m.? This notary is happy to oblige

Some say it’s hard to startover when you’re a woman past 50.But that’s exactly whatJudith Lawrencedid when she bought the decades-oldCenter City Notarybusiness, became her own boss and turned the shop intoPhiladelphia’s only 24-hour notary.“At first, I was terrified,” said Lawrence, a South Jersey...

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 3:30 PM

Two SEPTA workers injured in manhole fire in West Philly

Two SEPTA workers were injured in a manhole fire Wednesday morning in West Philadelphia, officials said.One worker was transported to the Temple University Hospital Burn Unit with first-degree burns to his hand and face, officials said. The other worker was released after being treated for minor...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 10:48 PM

The Wishwall honors 'Voice’ singer Christina Grimmie

Only six months have passed since Christina Grimmie, a rising star and gifted singer from South Jersey, lost her life to senseless violence.But Christina’s spirit continues to inspire people.“It’s just amazing that other people who didn’t even know her feel touched by her,” said Christina’s brother...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 3:30 PM

Real or Fake? Christmas tree debate heats up

“The smell.”That's the main difference between real and artificial Christmas trees, according to Floyd Singletary, who sells Christmas trees during the holidays out of his auto shop at 27thand Poplar streets."People walking by here always say, 'I love the smell,'" Singletary said as he showed off...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 3:30 PM

Lyft claims taxi app lifts fortunes in Philly

Even as they have sparked outrage, protests, and lawsuits, the mega-popular new taxi apps that turned the traditional cab industry on its head say they've delivered significant economic benefits to the cities where they operate.Lyft suggests in its 2017 economic impact study that it has brought...

Monday, December 12, 2016, 3:30 PM

Body shop owner sentenced for attempted murder and insurance scams

A South Philadelphia man already in prison for plotting to kill his daughter's boyfriend faces up to 29 years in prison for another murder-for-hire plot and a variety of scams run out of his auto body repair shop, prosecutors said.Ronald Galati Sr., 66, was sentenced Friday to serve 14½ to 29 years...

Friday, December 9, 2016, 11:51 PM

Police seek suspect who photographed Temple University student changing clothes

Philadelphia Police have released video surveillance footage of a man lurking outside a Temple University student's window before allegedly taking photographs of the woman changing her clothes. The victim believes the same man may have been spying on her and her roommate for weeks.The victim, 20,...

Friday, December 9, 2016, 11:05 PM

Pro-Mumia supporters plan rally on 35th anniversary of officer's murder

Thirty-five years ago, on Dec. 9, 1981, 25-year-old Philly cop Daniel Faulkner was shot to death at 13th and Locust streets.That death led to the conviction on murder charges of Mumia Abu-Jamal. To markthe 35th anniversary of Abu-Jamal's arrest,supporters are planning a march through Center City on...

Friday, December 9, 2016, 4:07 AM

Philly looks to change standards for awarding public works contracts

City Council unanimously voted Thursday to give residents the opportunity to vote on a proposed City Charter change that is already under attack for allegedly widening opportunities for corruption.City Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill which will ask voters in May to approve a change to the...

Friday, December 9, 2016, 3:55 AM

PHOTOS: Philadelphia lights up for the holidays

Philadelphia is changing into a winter wonderland to celebrate the holiday season.The eye-catching decorations outside homes are nearly an art form in neighborhoods like South Philly's tiny 2700 block of Smedley Street, which has its annual Christmas Light Spectacular; and thefamous Miracle on...

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 11:10 PM

‘America’s Most Wanted’ fugitive from Montco caught in UK after raping teen

A convicted child predator who skipped bail in Montgomery County and fled the country in 2006 was sentenced this week in England on child rape charges, prosecutors announced.Gerard Zalewski, 33, will be targeted for extradition back to the U.S. after completing his 12-year sentence to serve even...

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 3:03 AM

Philly court rejects Stein’s request for voting machines analysis

The push for a recount in swing states including Pennsylvania led by former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein took another blow Wednesday.A Philadelphia city judge denied the party’s requests for “a full forensic analysis of voting machines and their software,” a spokesman for Stein’s...

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:10 AM

Philly art spaces spark concern after Oakland fire

The tragic fire in an Oakland warehouse and artist’s enclave that killed at least 36 people last week hit home with artists in Philadelphia.Like Oakland, sections of Philadelphia have blocks filled with former industrial warehouses, now frequently re-purposed as low-rent studios and living spaces...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 3:30 PM

Wave of change coming for adults with developmental disabilities

In a grassy unused field toward the back of Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Southwest Philly, Jimmy Cinque tends beehives.“I like the bees,” Cinque said, pointing with his thick gloves at a gooey frame thick with honeycomb drawers. “These ones are about to hatch.”What sets Cinque apart from other beekeepers...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 3:30 PM

Philadelphia Fire Department holds onto tradition while moving into future

The Philadelphia Fire Department has come a long way from the days when horse-drawn fire trucks raced to the scenes of blazes to spray water pumped out of the Delaware River. But the spirit of the men and women who serve is still the same.“The Fire Department’s been in operation for 145 years,”...

Monday, December 5, 2016, 3:30 PM

Montgomery County prosecutors renew plea for clues in teen's cold-case murder

It was a cold night 23 years ago when a teenage girl called her parents from theLansdaletrain station, askingfor a ride home.But when 18-year-old Julie Barnyock’s father arrived at the station shortly after her 11:40 p.m. call on Nov. 8, 1993, he couldn’t find her.Joseph and Gloria Barnyock never...

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:20 AM

Philly attorney summons fellow citizens to join 'war' against PPA

"Parking Wars" is about to get real.In Philadelphia, the anger everyone feels at the sight of a parking ticket tucked under a windshield wiper became the basis for A&E reality show "Parking Wars."On Thursday, local lawyer Michael Coard declared war against the Philadelphia Parking Authority.The...

Friday, December 2, 2016, 5:30 AM

NJ man charged in election-night Trump graffiti: police

Police on Thursday announced an arrest in one of the many acts of graffiti related to the election of Donald Trump that have occurred around Philadelphia.William Tucker, 58, or Lawnside, New Jersey, is charged with tagging messages about Trump on South Sixth Street, just south of Christian Street,...

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 11:47 PM

Tears, reconciliation as Philly juvenile lifers’ cases move forward

It was a situation rarely seen in any criminal court. An admitted murderer and his family watched as a judge,prosecutors and defense attorneys worked in support of his efforts to get out of prison.It happenedin Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center on Wednesday, in the case of Michael Twiggs, 58,...

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 3:30 PM

Montco pediatrician admits to collecting child porn on iPhone: Prosecutors

A pediatrician who owns a medical practice in Montgomery County was busted on child pornography charges after his own nurse discovered his massive collection, prosecutors said.Dr. David S. Kennedy, 48, of Pennsburg, admitted to possessing the images after a nurse found them on an iPhone he had...

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 3:50 AM