Joshua Chatham Pate sometimes has an audience when he does his volunteer work for Adopt-A-Stream.

Last week, the high school senior was ankle deep in mud in the creek that runs beneath the East Beach causeway when he saw a stark white object in the outgoing tide under the bridge. He balanced it on his long-handled sample net and tossed it up on the pedestrian walkway on the bridge where a woman and child watched.

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Nineteen-year-old Trent Lehrkamp — who police say was left by three minors at the hospital emergency room covered in spray paint, barely breathing and with a mixture of drugs and alcohol in his system that nearly killed him — is out of the intensive care unit.

Cries for justice rang loudly down Parkwood Avenue on Monday where more than 200 people gathered to pray, show their support and, most of all, to call for arrests to be made in the incident that police say put Trent Lehrkamp in the hospital in critical condition and on a ventilator.