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Placer County investigators were continuing their investigation Thursday into allegations that Ernest Shih, information technician for the city of Auburn, stole money from the city.

Shih was named Employee of the Year in 2005. Co-workers in the city praised him at the time of the award as being intelligent and creative.

But on Wednesday morning, county Sheriff’s deputies arrested Shih at City Hall. City employees did not have access to computer services, including the Web page and e-mail, due to security reasons, an employee told The Union.

Shih, 42, of Auburn, was booked into Placer County Jail, with preliminary bail set at $250,000, on suspicion of grand theft.

– Trina Kleist

49 safety meeting with canceled

Concerned Citizens for Highway 49 Safety announced that a meeting scheduled for Thursday with State Sen. Sam Aanestad and the director of Caltrans to discuss the corridor was canceled.

“After a phone conference with Senator’s Aanestad’s Office on Tuesday, we learned that at this time, they feel that there is not a significant enough reason to warrant a meeting with the Director of Caltrans,” the citizens group announced in a media release. “This has been a big blow to us as we were hoping to be able to voice the concerns of the community directly with Caltrans and the Senator at the planned May 25 meeting.

“The fact still remains that Highway 49 is a ‘deadly’ highway with a speed limit that is not safe considering that fact that so many side streets and driveways must enter in front of cars sometimes traveling in excess of 70 mph from Dry Creek to Combie Road. And, the fact also remains that the highway from Combie Road to McKnight Way is extremely dangerous due to the increased amount of traffic that must travel the narrow road without any protection from cross-over vehicles.”

– The Union staff

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