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Mr. Pickle's closed due to leaky roof

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Posted: Thursday, January 7, 2010 12:00 am

The Mr. Pickle's restaurant on Lodi Avenue and Hutchins Street that recently and unexpectedly closed last week was due to leaks in the roof, said Mr. Pickle's Inc. CEO Frank Fagundes.

"The leaks have gotten so bad they deteriorated the ceiling to a point we had to deem it unsafe to occupy," he said.

He said the Mr. Pickle's location will undergo construction on a new roof in the upcoming weeks and asked the community to be patient with the process.

"I don't know if Lodi will forgive us," Fagundes said. "They have already forgiven us one time."

Fagundes said the Mr. Pickle's was initially closed because of an inattentive shopkeeper who never properly fixed the leaking roof.

He said he understands the frustration customers have and realizes they can easily visit competitors.

"I know Lodi is a Butcher Shop town, but I would love to come back," he said.

Jordan Guinn

Galt to install city's first artificial turf

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday night, the Galt City Council decided to spend $570,000 to install artificial turf at Walker Park, a 40-acre park at West Elm Street and Sargent Avenue. Councilman Donald Haines was absent from the meeting.

When complete, Walker Park is expected to include soccer and softball fields, courts for tennis and basketball and a community center.

The park is estimated to cost the city $24.7 million and is part of the Galt Parks Master Plan.

The current construction is part of the first phase and will include two natural turf soccer fields, one synthetic turf field and a playground.

Maggie Creamer

Catholic priest accused of sexual misconduct

Stockton Diocese Bishop Stephen Blaire announced on Wednesday that Father Leo Suarez engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor 20 years ago.

Suarez, who expressed "deep sorrow" over the hurt he has caused, is in residential treatment and will no longer engage in priestly ministry, Blaire said in a news release.

Suarez has never served at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Lodi, St. Joachim's in Lockeford or St. Michael's in Morada, according to Sister Terry Davis. Suarez has served at parishes in Stockton, Modesto, Turlock and Hughson.

Ross Farrow

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