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Oct

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.

Tue
08
Oct

Roseville massage therapist faces new charges

Brandon Lee Palmer, a massage therapist and owner of the now closed Serene Body Therapy Health and Wellness Center on Snelling Avenue in Roseville, faces 13 new counts of criminal sexual conduct.
The new charges were filed last month in Ramsey County District Court. There are now a total of seven women who, according to criminal complaints, have accused Palmer, 31, of unwanted sexual contact during massages he gave them at Serene Body Therapy.

Mon
07
Oct

East Sider’s car stolen three times within a year

While car thefts are not unheard of in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood, it’s perhaps a bit out of the ordinary to have your vehicle stolen three times in a year.
But Lisa Venticinque has struck just this stroke of bad luck. Since December 2012, her 1997 Honda Accord has thrice been stolen, each time seemingly by young thieves looking for joyrides.
For Sgt. Tom Radke, who works in the auto theft department at the St. Paul Police Department, Venticinque’s story doesn’t particularly surprise him.

Mon
07
Oct

‘Little white church’ in IGH vandalized


Inver Grove Heights’ Old Salem Shrine, commonly referred to as the “little white church,” was broken into and vandalized around Sept. 29. So far there are no suspects. (Luke Reiter/Review)

Vandals who broke in the Old Salem Shrine in Inver Grove Heights may have left the historic church in even worse shape than they realized after they shattered a door, smashed and stole antiques and tore through the sanctuary.
The volunteer committee that maintains the 150-year-old property says the break-in, which was first reported by neighboring residents the morning of Sept. 27, left the church with an extensive list of repairs that the committee has neither the finances nor manpower to complete.

Mon
07
Oct

Mendota Heights’ bond rating upgraded to AAA

A stable local economy, relatively low debt load and reliable budgetary track record have added up to Mendota Heights receiving the highest possible endorsement from its rating agency.
City officials say the AAA bond rating received from Standard & Poor’s is especially noteworthy for a city as small as Mendota Heights and will help save taxpayers money in the long term in the form of reduced interest rates for city projects.

Mon
07
Oct

Mendota Heights approves Hunter Lane assessments

Mendota Heights’ street repair project in the Hunter Lane neighborhood started with spirited debates about layout, speed limits and curbing that eventually led to rounds of redesigns and a dusty summer of torn-up roads and clamorous road work - and for residents, those were the easy parts.

Mon
07
Oct

Remodel plans out for Sun Ray Library


An artists rendering of the new Sun Ray Library plans show a whole wall of added windows along the front of the building. (submitted graphic)

St. Paul Public Libraries released preliminary plans for the upcoming $5.5 million renovation of the Sun Ray Library, and displayed them for the public last week.
The plans depict several new features for the library, including a new facade with more windows, a reading garden, a 24-hour book drop, a new “teen zone,” and an expanded children’s section, to name a few items.

Mon
07
Oct

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.”

Mon
07
Oct

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.

Thu
03
Oct

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.

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