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East Side resident in critical condition after hit-and-run

Wade Souster, 31, is shown in critical condition, lying in a hospital bed in the surgical intensive care unit at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. (Photo courtesy of Wade Souster's family)

Wade Souster, 31, was nearly home when a vehicle struck him in the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 3. The driver did not stop.
At 4 a.m., another driver spotted Souster lying in the median of Phalen Boulevard, near the intersection of Atlantic Street. Emergency personnel were called to the scene, and he was brought to Regions Hospital.
Now, he lies in a hospital bed, fighting for his life.


Plaza Maplewood Theatre to change management

On Nov. 1, Woodland Hills Church will take over management of the Plaza Maplewood Theatre. The church has owned the building since 2001 and will continue to run it as a theater, while also adding church programming. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Will go from the hands of a movie nerd to the hands of a church

When 25-year-old movie nerd Nathan Block was offered the chance to buy the Plaza Maplewood Theatre 15 years ago, he tried to play it cool.
He says he told the owners that he’d have to think about it, and that he’d need to see the numbers.
“But inside, I was like ‘Where do I sign?’” he said. “It was all I had ever dreamed of doing since my college days.”


With Boys Totem Town’s 100-year anniversary, staff talk changes

The sleeping areas at Boys Totem Town are communal rooms with cots and very little privacy. In an updated facility, boys would have their own private rooms, said Steve Poynter, superintendent of Boys Totem Town. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

With its 100-year anniversary celebration coming up this Wednesday, Boys Totem Town is a facility in transition.
The Ramsey County correctional facility houses juveniles, including some East Side kids, who are there after sentencing for crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. The offenses can include everything from thefts to assaults.


Jury finds Trevino guilty of unintentional murder

Jeffery Trevino

The family of Kira Steger says justice has been served after Ramsey County District Court jurors found Steger's husband, Jeffery Trevino, 39, guilty of unintentional second-degree murder. The jury was handed the case on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and deliberated for 17 hours before returning to the court with their findings the evening of Oct. 2.
Trevino had been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, one intentional and the other unintentional. Over the course of the eight-day trial, prosecutors called 42 witnesses to the stand to testify about the couple's relationship and the search for Steger's body and to explain autopsy reports. The defense did not call any witnesses.


Fatal crash in North St. Paul claims life of Jack Meyer

The North St. Paul Police Department, Fire Department and an ambulance responded to the area of East Seventh Avenue and Oak Hill Place on reports that a pedestrian had been struck by a motor vehicle around 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30.
The pedestrian, later identified as John (“Jack”) F. Meyer, 70, of North St. Paul, was found lying in the street and was transported to the hospital, where he later died due to his injuries.


Benefit slated for 5-year-old with leukemia

Trenton, 5, displays his fighting spirit during one of his many visits to the hospital for treatment for leukemia. “He has physical therapy exercises, but they’re easy to make into games or ‘ninja training,’” mom Amanda Karl explains. He was diagnosed last spring; family and friends are holding a benefit for him Oct. 12. (submitted photo)

To a 5-year-old, the late, cold, wet spring of 2013 must have seemed like it would last forever. Small wonder Trenton, only son of Chad and Amanda Karl, headed outside the first sunny, warm April day he found.
After just a short time playing, though, he had what looked like blisters and burns on his face, neck and ears. Amanda took him to a clinic, worried the rash might be some kind of contact allergy.


Long-time East Side barber closes up

Cliff Gebhard, 72, sits in one of two barber chairs in his shop at the corner of Minnehaha Avenue and Stillwater Road. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Cliff’s Barber Shop is one of those places that was always full of regulars, quirk and charm, and where the haircut service provided wasn’t necessarily the only reason you’d swing by.
Rather, you’d also be there to catch a story, and to chat with your neighbors.
It’s been a community of sorts for the owner, Cliff Gebhard, and his customers.


Class of ‘43

submitted photo

Members of the North St. Paul High School Class of  1943 took advantage of the Homecoming/Fall Round-Up hoopla to schedule their 70th class reunion, demonstrating the close ties that bind so many to their hometown even decades later.


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