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NO CHARGES IN MODESTO WORKER JEWELRY SALE: MODESTO  (AP) — Modesto is developing a policy for items employees find on the job after three public works employees were found to have sold about $2,500 worth of jewelry they came across while cleaning sewer lines.

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office says the three, who have not been identified, will not face criminal charges.

Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley said there was no evidence the property was stolen nor any reason why the city workers would have known to whom it belonged.

The three workers apparently sold the items to a local gold dealer over two months. Police discovered their names during a routine audit of the dealer's books.

City spokesman Jim Arnold says Modesto is developing a policy on what employees should do when they find items on the job.


NEW HOSPITAL FOR MODESTO : MODESTO — A new 54,000-square-foot hospital is in the works for Modesto, HealthSouth Corporation announced Wednesday.

The 50-bed hospital will be built near Coffee Road and Mable Avenue.

Officials say that the hospital will be state-of-the-art. Design work on the new building has already begun.

Construction isn’t expected to begin until the third quarter of 2014. The project is projected to be completed a little over a year later.

The hospital is expected to bring in about 100 full-time jobs, officials say.

COUNCIL SAYS NO TO ASKING FOR SALES TAX HIKE: STOCKTON - . A very long night for Stockton City Council members came to an end just after 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Following the previous day's lead topic of bankruptcy, the conversation shifted to a proposed sales tax increase and the Marshall Plan. 

Mayor Anthony Silva's two-pronged proposal for a sales tax increase would speculatively generate close to $18 million with the money going toward hiring as many as 100 police officers.

The first motion of to refer the plan to a public safety committee for input, failed by a 4 to 3 vote.

The second element to approve a staff recommendation which was against the tax increase was approved 4 to 3.

The Marshall Plan, which suggests long-term solutions to Stockton's crime problem, as opposed to a short-term fix, was approved by a vote of 6 ro 1. 

Silva was the lone dissenting vote.