Dennis Shanahan
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Sacramento is my home. Sure, I grew up in the Bay Area. But after graduating from Sac State with a degree in communications, I knew that I would be happy living and working in this city. That's why, after a few years reporting in Eureka and Reno after college, I jumped at the chance to come home to the Sacramento region where many of my friends and relatives live. I've been a reporter in the Capital City since 2001, and at FOX40 since 2008. I enjoy meeting the great people of this region and visiting so many cities and communities on assignment.

On weekends you can catch me forecasting the weather on FOX40. My love of the outdoors and the science of weather (even those blustery Blue Canyon snowstorms) led to this position.

On my days off, I enjoy keeping up with my extended family and spending time in the company of good friends. I also get along quite well with my DVR and flat screen TV. When the weather is nice, you might see me running or trying to play golf. Trying. During the winter, I gladly trade in the golf clubs for my snowboard.

Recent Articles
  • Watering Restrictions Impacting Cemetery Grass in Galt

    GALT- More than a dozen people who have relatives buried at the Galt Cemetery attended the Wednesday night meeting of the Galt-Arno Cemetery District Board of Trustees, looking for answers about the condition of the grass there. The majority of the grass on the 91-acre cemetery at the corner of Joy Drive and Kost Road was a brownish color Wednesday afternoon. “This looks terrible,” said Ken Johnson, who has several relatives, including his son Ken Jr., buried at the cemetery. […]

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    Sacramento Food Trucks Allowed to Linger Longer

    SACRAMENTO- The Sacramento City Council, Tuesday night, approved an ordinance expanding mobile food truck options. The ordinance removes the 30 minute time limits on food truck parking, paving the way for extended vending in one place. Highlights of the ordinance also include the following standards: Vendors must keep sidewalks clear, and keep areas around their food trucks free of trash. They must provide county-approved toilet and hand-washing facilities for employees. Food trucks must be 50 feet from intersections, 400 feet from […]

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    11-Year-Old Boy Graduates from American River College

    SACRAMENTO- An 11-year-old Sacramento boy is now a college graduate. Tanishq Abraham graduated from American River College in Sacramento on Wednesday night with degrees in math and physical sciences, general science and foreign language studies. “I like to learn,” he told FOX40 following the graduation ceremony. “So I just followed my passion of learning, and that’s how I ended up here.” “We did it as a family, as teamwork,” added his proud mother, Taji Abraham. “And I was just cheering, […]

  • Pair Investigated for Possibly Stealing Water from Fire Hydrant

    SACRAMENTO- The City of Sacramento is investigating whether two men stole water from a fire hydrant. The incident happened Wednesday afternoon on the 8100 block of Elder Creek Road. Sacramento police observed the men drawing water from a city hydrant into a rented truck with the capacity to hold at least 2,000 gallons of water. Police cited the driver for not having a valid driver’s license and sent the truck to a tow yard. The truck’s two-man crew did not possess […]

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    3 Adults, 3 Children Displaced After Fire Damages Modesto Home

    MODESTO- Three adults and three children were displaced when a fire tore through their home Monday evening. The Modesto Fire Department was called to a working house fire on Idylwood Court in Modesto just after 5:50 p.m. When crews arrived, they found a single-story home with heavy smoke coming from the garage and kitchen. A wooden roof, storage in the garage and blown-in insulation and winds made battling the flames intensive work for the firefighters. The fire went to two alarms and brought […]

  • Officials Investigating ‘Suspicious’ Activity at Scene of Fair Oaks Fire

    FAIR OAKS- Sacramento Metro Fire crews battled a two alarm fire near the Sailor Bar area in Fair Oaks on Wednesday evening. The fire burned near several homes on Bluff Lane off Hazel Avenue just after 6 p.m. The Sacramento Metro Fire Department said the homes were threatened by the blaze. One resident was seen spraying hose water from his back porch at the flames to keep them at bay. One house sustained minor damage to the deck. A National Guard helicopter could be seen making […]

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    Modesto Places Temporary Moratorium on New Massage Businesses

    MODESTO- The Modesto City Council passed an urgency ordinance Tuesday night aimed at massage businesses that are fronts for prostitution and other illegal activity. In a staff report, the city attorney recommended “establishing a (45) day moratorium on the establishment of new, and the expansion or relocation of existing, massage and bodywork establishments within the City.” The staff report further stated: “This moratorium is needed in order to complete a study to determine 1) the potential impacts massage and bodywork […]

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    Three Rottweilers Dumped Along Rural Road Rescued

    WOODLAND- An animal rescue organization in Woodland is caring for three Rottweilers that were abandoned in poor health last month. A witness saw somebody in a pickup truck leaving dogs by the side of a rural road in the town of Byron, according to Renee Lancaster, founder of Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue. “The pickup drove off and these people left three beautiful young Rottweilers behind,” Lancaster explained. “They were cared for by the people that found them.  When no one came […]

  • 104-Year-Old Throws Out First Pitch at Ports Game

    STOCKTON- The Stockton Ports honored one of their best fans on his 104th birthday. Eddie Piazza, born May 6, 1911, threw out a ceremonial first pitch before the Ports’ Wednesday night game at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton. With many members of his family in attendance, Piazza threw a gem right over the plate to Ports Catcher Nick Rickles. “You gonna sign me up?” he quipped to Rickles after tossing the pitch. “It’s a memory that I don’t think any […]