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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2007 10:00 pm

Downtown Lodi officialarrested in Galt

The executive director of the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership was arrested last week on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and hit-and-run, both misdemeanors.

Jaime Watts, 30, was arrested after getting into a solo-vehicle collision at 4 a.m. Feb. 8, according to Galt police.

Officers were initially sent to First Street, in southern Galt, for a report of a reckless driver. By the time they arrived, a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Watts, had hit a parked car on First Street, Sgt. Ed Arlt said. The vehicle then hit a pole and went through a barbed-wire fence into a field, he said. Watts was not injured.

Watts was booked and released from the Galt Police Department that morning.

Watts remains on her job, which she has held for the past year.

"It was a personal incident that has not - or will not - affect my job or my performance. I am moving forward," Watts said Friday.

Clay Sayler, who is acting president of the business partnership while president Chuck Easterling is in Australia, said the board has not taken any action.

Sayler said he stands behind her.

"She made a mistake and she admits it, and we'll go on from there. We've all made mistakes, so who am I to throw the first stone?" he said.

The DLBP is made up of downtown businesses, and it organizes promotions including the weekly summer farmers markets. Of its annual budget of $198,600, the city contributes $35,300.

Get ready forkindergarten

Parents are invited to learn about the requirements to register their children in kindergarten, at a meeting Wednesday at the library.

Children must be able to sit and listen to a story, hold a pencil correctly, cut with scissors, use the restroom and wash their hands without help.

This year, an oral health screening is also required for new students.

The meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lodi Public Library. The information session is presented by the Lodi Unified School District and the Family Resource and Referral Center, funded by First 5 of San Joaquin.

Parents must register and reserve a spot. Call (209) 461-2993.

First published: Saturday, February 17, 2007

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