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Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 10:00 pm

Beating victim improving

A man who was beaten with a baseball bat to the point that Lodi police had said he would not likely recover is now rehabilitating in another hospital, his father said Tuesday.

Mychal Angelo Lewis, 28, of Stockton, was visiting friends on North School Street in the early hours of June 24 when a man entered the home, beat him unconscious with a baseball bat and then fled.

Lewis was hospitalized in critical condition, and on July 26 he technically died but was resuscitated, his father said. But since then, Lewis has improved.

He's now in a different hospital - he was admitted to one hospital under a fake name because officials feared for his safety, and police declined to disclose the hospital - and can speak.

"He's talking, he's got movement, he's got somewhat of a memory, he remembers his children," his father, Mychal Lewis Sr., said Tuesday.

However, his condition is intermittent and his speech and movement vary, his father said.

The suspect, childhood friend Pharoah Brooks, 26, also of Stockton, has yet to enter a plea to a charge of attempted murder. Lodi police allege that Brooks fled to Chicago after the assault, then boarded a Greyhound bus bound for St. Louis, Mo., where he was arrested.

Burglary leads to shoplifting arrest

Lodi police officers spent more than an hour Tuesday looking for two residential burglary suspects near Target and did not find them, but they did happen to catch a shoplifter after he ran from the store directly toward police.

Police were called to the 2300 block of St. Anton Drive home, where a resident had come home to find two strangers in her house.

The two male suspects fled south, ran through Target and disappeared, Lt. Bill Barry said. Officers searched the home, then began canvassing the neighborhood.

In the meantime, Sgt. Steve Carillo was searching outside Target when a man ran north and Carillo stopped him with an armload of electronic goods valued at about $300. The items, including a video game system and a radar detector, were matched to the store, Barry said.

He did not appear to be connected to the residential burglary, Barry said, but had inadvertently shoplifted from Target when officers happened to be standing outside.

Skatepark closed due to vandals

The Lodi Skatepark will remain closed to skateboarders and inline skaters until City of Lodi parks maintenance workers can remove all the graffiti and vandalism that was found Aug. 7.

"The parks Division is committed to a graffiti-free and safe facility," said parks superintendent Steve Dutra. He said that a large amount of graffiti was found at the park.

For example, paint and stickers on ramps and skating surfaces could affect wheels and possibly result in injury. The park is unsupervised, but Lodi Police officers do make the rounds, Dutra added. The skatepark is located at Kofu Park off Ham Lane and Cardinal Street.

Nothing to do in Lodi?

Teens, do you find yourselves bored on Friday and Saturday nights? What is there to do in Lodi during the weekends? What would you want to do, where would you want to go? The Lodi News-Sentinel invites you to speak out about weekend hangouts and recreation. Contact education reporter Kendyce Manguchei at kendycem@lodinews.com or 369-7035.

Council candidates set

Six candidates have qualified to run for the Galt City Council in the November election.

Incumbents Darryl Clare, Thomas Malson and Randy Shelton will be on the ballot, as will challengers Andrew Meredith, Donald Haines and Marylou Powers.

Kathleen Amos announced her intention last month to run for one of the three available seats voters will fill Nov. 7, but did not qualify, according to the Galt City Clerk's Office.

The nomination period closed Friday.

Council to discussbypass study, 'wish list'

The Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council will hear an update on the Highway 88 bypass feasibility study and develop a wish list of projects the community would like to see in Lockeford at Thursday's meeting.

The wish list could include development of a park, community center or street improvements, according to the meeting agenda.

The bypass study will cover the idea of creating a route around downtown Lockeford to alleviate traffic congestion. Proposals include moving Highway 88 to Brandt Road to bypass Lockeford and possibly Clements.

The MAC will also hear an update on the Lockeford Community Services District's recent purchase of 60 acres on Tully Road for sewage disposal. The land purchase will accommodate the construction of up to 500 homes.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lockeford Community Center's McDonald Building, 19456 N. Jack Tone Road.

First published: Wednesday, August 16, 2006

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